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The Library Laura Podcast

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The Library Laura Podcast brings you your weekly dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm.

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Episode 87: Laura's December 2021 and January 2022 Reading

February 2nd, 2022

24:58

On this dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura catches you up on her reading from December 2021 and January 2022. From year-end musings to ALA award winners, picture books to …

Episode 86: There's Always Water in the Wilderness with Author Kari Cope

January 26th, 2022

45:45

On this dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is author Kari Cope. She's recently written a book, There's Always Water in the Wilderness: A Close Look at …

Episode 85: A Love Letter to Venice | Into the Lion's Mouth by Nancy McConnell

January 5th, 2022

55:27

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Nancy McConnell, the author of Into the Lion’s Mouth. It’s a middle grade historical fiction novel set in 1498 Venice. …

Episode 84: Dear Arlo | Adventures in Dadding with Tom Kreffer

December 8th, 2021

46:48

On this dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is author Tom Kreffer. Tom is the author of two books about fatherhood, Dear Dory: Journal of A Soon-to-be First-time Dad and Dear …

Episode 83: Laura's November 2021 Reading

December 1st, 2021

33:42

On this dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, your host Laura talks about all the books she read in November 2021. It was a great reading month with a fun variety of books, from picture …

Episode 82: The We and the They with Author Kyra Ann Dawkins

November 24th, 2021

53:46

Welcome to this dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Today's Library Laura Podcast guest is author Kyra Ann Dawkins. She's the author of The We and the They, as well as being a writer, an …

Episode 81: Blue Shadows Fall with Lenore Stutznegger

November 10th, 2021

57:15

In this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Lenore Stutznegger. Lenore is the author of Blue Shadows Fall, a debut YA dark fantasy novel set in …

Episode 80: Laura's October 2021 Reading

November 3rd, 2021

29:44

On this episode of the Library Laura Podcast, your host Laura shares all the books she read in October of 2021. From middle grade mysteries to inspiring and thought-provoking nonfiction, from books set in bookshops to …

Episode 79: Something Better Coming with Megan Saben

October 27th, 2021

1:26:56

I'm very excited to be talking with Megan Saben on today's episode of the Library Laura Podcast. She's the author of Something Better Coming, a children's picture book about the resurrection of Jesus that just released …

Episode 78: Books for Childhood Grief with Jodi Meltzer

October 13th, 2021

43:59

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Jodi Meltzer. Jodi is the award-winning author of two children's books, When You Lived in My Belly 

Episode 77: Laura's September 2021 Reading

September 29th, 2021

40:30

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, your host Laura shares her reading list from September 2021. She read a surprising amount of both middle grade books and non-fiction …

Episode 76: Whimsically Spooky Books with Author & Artist Ken Priebe

September 22nd, 2021

52:39

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is author, illustrator and animator Ken Priebe. He's the author of several books for children, …

Episode 75: Changing the Narrative about Climate Change with Author Rab Ferguson

September 15th, 2021

59:46

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is debut author Rab Ferguson. He's written a young …

Episode 74: Swallowed by a Secret with Author Risa Nyman

September 8th, 2021

41:15

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Author Risa Nyman. She's written two middle grade mysteries, Swallowed by A Secret and Spooked by A …

Episode 73: Laura's August 2021 Reading

September 1st, 2021

27:23

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, podcast host Laura tells about all the books she read in August 2021. We've got loads of mysteries and fantasy this month, with some …

Episode 72: Underrepresented Stories of Women In History with Emily VanderBent

August 25th, 2021

37:49

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Emily VanderBent. She's the author of Crimson Time, a YA Historical Fantasy novel, and is releasing …

Episode 71: Freedom Farm with Maine Author Jennifer Neves

August 18th, 2021

49:06

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Jennifer Neves. She's a mother and writer living in …

Episode 70: Laura's July 2021 Reading

August 11th, 2021

32:51

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, your host Laura talks about her July 2021 reading. There's quite …

Episode 69: A Compass for Deep Heaven: Navigating the C.S. Lewis Ransom Trilogy

August 4th, 2021

44:45

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love and literary enthusiasm, our guests Daniel Friend and Daniel Hsieh are here to talk about A Compass for Deep Heaven: Navigating the C.S. Lewis Ransom Trilogy.

Episode 68: Beyond the Halls | Author & Anthropologist Mackenzie Finklea

July 28th, 2021

47:01

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is author and anthropologist Mackenzie Finklea. She's …

Episode 67: Riley The Brave | Books for brave kids with big feelings with Jessica Sinarski

July 21st, 2021

58:49

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Jessica Sinarski. Jessica is the author of Riley the …

Episode 66: Writing Dyslexia-Friendly Books with Andrew M. Nehring

July 14th, 2021

48:05
On this week's episode of The Library Laura Podcast, our guest is Andrew M. Nehring, who is the author of two series. His book David Massie and the …

Episode 65: Laura's June 2021 Reading

July 7th, 2021

22:50

On this episode of the Library Laura Podcast, your host Laura shares what books she read in June 2021. It's a shorter list this month, thanks to summer, traveling, and family visiting. But there's still some great …

Episode 64: Books about "the real stuff" with Author Pete Fanning

June 30th, 2021

49:02

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Author Pete Fanning. Pete has …

Episode 63: Mickey on the Move | Books for Kids with Hearing Loss with Michelle Wagner

June 23rd, 2021

31:46

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Michelle Wagner. Michelle is a …

Episode 62: Bake Believe | Books That Make You Hungry with Author Cori Cooper

June 16th, 2021

1:01:22

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our Library Laura Podcast guest is Author Cori Cooper. She wrote …

Episode 61: A Journey of Sea and Stone with Tracy Balzer

June 9th, 2021

1:23:46

Happy St. Columba's Day! On this episode of the Library Laura Podcast, our guest is Tracy Balzer, an author of four books who I know personally from …

Episode 60: Laura's May 2021 Reading

June 2nd, 2021

24:28

On this episode of the Library Laura Podcast, your host Laura shares the books she read in May 2021. From middle grade fiction to thought-provoking non-fiction, there's a lot of great reads to share about today! Laura …

Episode 59: Animal Stories for Children with Author Claire Eckard

May 26th, 2021

58:48

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Claire Eckard, a children’s book author who grew up in England and now lives in Arizona with her husband and has a ranch …

Episode 58: An Industry of Dreams | Immortal Works Press

May 19th, 2021

1:04:16

 On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm on The Library Laura Podcast, we talk with several members of the team over at Immortal Works, a unique indie publisher. Jason King …

Episode 57: Laura's April 2021 Reading

May 12th, 2021

28:09

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura shares the books she read in April 2021. From graphic novels to middle grade books, murder mysteries to YA to historical fiction, …

Episode 56: Let's Celebrate Mother's Day with Author Jodi Meltzer

May 9th, 2021

1:06:01

Hello and welcome to a special Mother’s Day episode of The Library Laura Podcast, your week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Today’s guest is author Jodi Meltzer, here to talk about …

Episode 55: "Ordinary" by Debut Poet Laura Hyppolite

May 5th, 2021

41:55

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Laura Hyppolite, the author of a poetry anthology …

Episode 54: Podcast 1st Birthday Q&A

April 28th, 2021

30:38

One year ago I bought a microphone and decided to launch an experimental project called The Library Laura Podcast. We were about a month into the …

Episode 53: "My Name is Layla" with Reyna Marder Gentin

April 21st, 2021

34:57

Today’s guest is Author Reyna Marder Gentin, and we’ll be talking about her book, “My Name is Layla” which is a story about a middle schooler who …

Episode 52: Audiobook Creator Paul Gewuerz

April 14th, 2021

50:48

Welcome to this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Have you ever wondered who narrates your audiobooks? …

Episode 51: Laura's March 2021 Reading

April 7th, 2021

37:06

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, your host Laura shares the books she read in March 2021. They include #middlegrademarch, mysteries, recommendations from friends, books …

Episode 50: Let's Learn about Chemistry with Dr. Stephanie Ryan

March 31st, 2021

1:00:17

Welcome to this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm! You may remember my sister, Rachel, who was our guest on

Episode 49: Big Kids Book Club with Marcus Henson

March 24th, 2021

54:17

Here to join us on this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm is Marcus Henson. Marcus is the host and producer …

Episode 48: Laura's February 2021 Reading

March 17th, 2021

38:23

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Library Laura Podcast host, Laura, breaks down the books she read in February 2021. From recommendations from friends and book club …

Episode 47: Picture Books for Teachable Moments with Lori Orlinsky

March 10th, 2021

43:17

Today's guest on The Library Laura Podcast is Lori Orlinsky, a three-time author of picture books for children that teach important lessons. She has written these books to fill gaps she found in kids books after her own …

Episode 46: "REAL" by Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard

March 3rd, 2021

49:33

Welcome to this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Today’s guest on The Library Laura Podcast is Carol …

Episode 45: Introducing Bandersnatch Books & "Rosefire" by Carolyn Clare Givens

February 24th, 2021

59:29

On today's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Carolyn Clare Givens (but you can call her Carrie), who …

Episode 44: Laura's 2020 Favorites

February 17th, 2021

39:55

I've been promising this episode for a while and this is the week it finally happened! I'll share some of my favorite fiction, non-fiction, middle grade, and series that I read in 2020. The books are organized roughly …

Episode 43: Two Book Nerds Discuss the 2021 ALAYMA Winners (Part 2)

February 10th, 2021

53:40

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love and literary enthusiasm, we are joined by a returning guest, my bookstagram friend and fellow book nerd Kris ( @noextrawords ). She originally joined us on

Episode 42: Two Book Nerds Discuss the 2021 ALAYMA Winners (Part 1)

February 3rd, 2021

50:01

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love and literary enthusiasm, we have a returning guest: my bookstagram friend and fellow book nerd Kris Dersch (@noextrawords)! Kris originally joined us on episode …

Episode 41: Laura's January 2021 Reading

January 27th, 2021

40:14

Coming to you a bit early (due to an exciting episode next week) is Laura's January 2021 reading. Today there's lots of enthusiasm about middle grade books and mysteries...starting out with lots of comfort reading this …

Episode 40: Which Way is North? with Chris Morris

January 20th, 2021

56:04

Chris Morris is the author of Which Way is North?: 15 Mixed Genre Short Stories, which he independently published in late 2020. He is also a dad to a …

Episode 39: The Magic of Reading With Your Kids | Jed Doherty (aka Jedlie)

January 13th, 2021

56:45

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Jed Doherty. Jed is the host of the Reading With …

Episode 38: Laura's December 2020 Reading

January 6th, 2021

36:42

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, we look back at Laura's reading from December 2020 and reflect on …

Episode 37: Author Marvin Faulkner | Love, Grief & Hope During the Holidays

December 16th, 2020

31:06

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is local author Marvin Faulkner. This episode's format …

Episode 36: Alexis DeJoy | To Love and To Loathe

December 9th, 2020

46:28

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Alexis DeJoy. Alexis is a comedian, book nerd, and podcaster and I'm delighted to be talking with her today on The Library …

Episode 35: Laura's November 2020 Reading

December 2nd, 2020

34:05

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, your host Laura shares about the 18 books she read in November. From non-fiction knitting books (love!) to contemporary romance (ugh!), …

Episode 34: Preparing for Advent with Author Rhonda Carter

November 25th, 2020

48:18

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love and literary enthusiasm, our guest is a local author, Rhonda Carter. She’s written two devotional books, including her newest, which is a very timely little book …

Episode 33: Author Conor Bredin |Renaissance Nerd (Part 2)

November 18th, 2020

48:45

Hello and welcome to the Library Laura Podcast! I’m your host Laura, here with this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Our guest this week is Conor Bredin. He’s an American Irish …

Author Conor Bredin | Renaissance Nerd (Part 1)

November 11th, 2020

39:44

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest this week is Conor Bredin. He’s an American-Irish …

Episode 31: Laura's October 2020 Reading

November 4th, 2020

25:40

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our host Laura talks about the 19 books she read in October 2020. From owned non-fiction books to spooky books from the library, …

Episode 30: Author Devin Joubert + eBook giveaway!

October 28th, 2020

1:00:47

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest this episode is Devin Joubert. She is an author, reader, and writing coach living in North Dakota. Devin and I met …

Episode 29: Laura Stegman | Author of Summer of L.U.C.K.

October 21st, 2020

1:13:22

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Laura Stegman. She's the author of the middle grade book Summer of L.U.C.K. It’s her debut novel, with a sequel coming out …

Episode 28: Christin Young | Owner of The Green Door Bookstore & Gift Shoppe

October 14th, 2020

1:02:17

I discovered The Green Door Bookstore & Gift Shoppe first on Instagram, and later got to visit the store on Independent Bookstore Day. While I …

Episode 27: Laura's September 2020 Reading

October 7th, 2020

20:20

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura shares the dozen books she read in September!  From middle grade graphic novels to stranger-than-fiction historical non-fiction, …

Bonus Episode: 1 Year Bookstagram Anniversary + GIVEAWAY!

October 1st, 2020

6:15

A short reflection on my year of being on bookstagram and starting the podcast 6 months ago. Visit the giveaway post on @library.laura  between now and October 4th at 9 p.m. central for your change to win a book! 

Episode 26: Josiah Duff | Gathering a Non-Fiction Library

September 30th, 2020

1:15:23

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is my local friend and book enthusiast, Josiah Duff. Josiah’s hard to put in a box and wears many hats, everything from …

Episode 25: Author Ruth Mitchell and "Deleted"

September 23rd, 2020

1:06:06

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, our guest is Ruth Mitchell, the author of Deleted, which is YA science fiction. We met through Instagram, then she sent me copy of her …

Episode 24: AJ Vanderhorst - Interview with the Author of The Mostly Invisible Boy

September 16th, 2020

32:45

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura interviews AJ Vanderhorst, the author of The Mostly Invisible Boy (Casey Grimes series #1), which is a middle grade fantasy …

Episode 23: Laura's August 2020 Reading

September 2nd, 2020

31:38

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura shares the 19 books she read in August!  From middle grade graphic novels to ya sports stories, historical fiction, to poetry and …

Episode 22: Kris @noextrawords | A Librarian Who Never Grew Up

August 26th, 2020

1:33:02

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, we talk with Kris Dersch. She's a librarian and mom, reader and writer from the Seattle area. Find her on instagram @noextrawords, …

Episode 21: Kaitlyn with Novelann | Middle Grade Book Recommendations with a 13-year-old

August 19th, 2020

26:06

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I interviewed Kaitlyn Krauss, a 13-year-old avid reader and the …

Episode 20: Jewel Gilbert | Trying to Make the World a Better Place

August 12th, 2020

35:46

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I talked with my dear friend Jewel Gilbert. This is the second part of our conversation, so if you missed part one, go back to episode …

Episode 19: Laura's July 2020 Reading

August 5th, 2020

27:21

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura shares the 20 books she read in July!   From non-fiction to …

Episode 18: Jewel Gilbert | Reading What You Want To Read

July 29th, 2020

49:30

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I talked with my dear friend Jewel Gilbert about all things books and reading…as usual! It’s high time we had Jewel on the podcast, as …

Episode 17: Hannah Wright | Books, Tropes, and Podcasts (Oh My!)

July 22nd, 2020

1:01:51

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm I get to talk with one of my good friends and fellow podcaster, …

Episode 16: Leigh Ann Porter and Stories Uncensored

July 15th, 2020

49:19

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I talk books and reading with Leigh Ann Porter. She’s a friend of mine as well as the host of the Speech Uncensored Podcast. She’s a …

Episode 15: Laura's June 2020 Reading Recap

July 8th, 2020

22:59

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura shares the 18 books she read in June and what she's currently reading. From historical fiction to middle grade, fantasy fiction …

Episode 14: Author Kathleen M. Jacobs and the love of words

July 1st, 2020

46:15

On this episode I get the privilege of talking with Author Kathleen M. Jacobs. She has 7 published works in a variety of categories, including a children’s picture book, a chapter book, a middle grade book, a coming of …

Episode 13: A Bookish Father's Day | A Family Legacy of Reading with Dr. Bob Roller

June 24th, 2020

51:09

On this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I have a special Father’s Day episode for you. That’s right, we …

Episode 12: Rachel Palm on reading, writing, and following your whimsy

June 17th, 2020

40:27

Hello and welcome to today’s episode of The Library Laura Podcast I’m your host Laura, here with this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm.  On today’s episode, I have the pleasure …

Episode 11: Whitney Conard and The Unread Shelf Project

June 10th, 2020

48:43

On this episode, we get to talk to Whitney Conard, who you may know from instagram as @TheUnreadShelf. I am excited and honored about talking to her for many reasons, including that we both live on the Kansas side of …

Episode 10: Laura's May 2020 Reading Recap

June 3rd, 2020

19:05

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, Laura talks about all the books she read in May of 2020 (spoiler alert, it's a lot!) 

Check out the blog or the booklist (affiliate …

Episode 9: Rachel Roller and Laura Miller swap book recommendations

May 27th, 2020

16:23

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, we continue our conversation with Laura's sister Rachel (from episode 8) by swapping book recommendations. It's a lot of fun! 

Books …

Episode 8: Rachel Roller | Reading from Dostoyevsky to Dragons

May 20th, 2020

31:26

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, we talk with the host's younger sister, Rachel who is a chemistry grad student and avid reader. She has wide reading tastes (from …

Episode 7: Ryan Miller | books for audiophiles, fantasy fans, and baseball aficionados

May 13th, 2020

33:16

Welcome to the Library Laura Podcast, with this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Today I interviewed my husband, Ryan. He does most of his reading by listening to audiobooks, …

Episode 6: Book Twins | Interview with Eden @Ponchospages (part 2)

May 6th, 2020

15:20

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, you'll find the second half of my interview with Eden @ponchos pages. Join us as we swap book recommendations, talk about book …

Episode 5: Book Twins | interview with Eden @ponchospages (part 1)

May 1st, 2020

18:49

On this week's dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm, I get to introduce you to my book twin, Eden from @PonchosPages on IG. Join us for lots of love for middle grade, classics, and …

Episode 4 Bookish love in the time of Coronavirus disease

April 22nd, 2020

9:44

On this weeks dose of bookish recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm we talk about the joys and sorrows of life during the COVID-19 / coronavirus disease outbreak. 

Link to the National Emergency …

Episode 3 Middle Grade Books and Why I Love Them

April 15th, 2020

14:31

This week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm includes what Middle Grade Books are and several books and authors I have loved in this genre. 

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Episode 1 Introduction to the Library Laura Podcast

April 7th, 2020

5:57

Welcome to the Library Laura Podcast! Here with this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. On this episode we will introduce our host Laura, talk about what got her started reading, …

Episode 2 Little Free Libraries

April 7th, 2020

9:09

Welcome to the Library Laura Podcast and this week’s dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. On this episode we will talk about the history of Little Free Libraries and books I've personally …

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