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Two Librarians Walk Into a Shelf

41 EpisodesProduced by HSV Madison County Public LibWebsite

Every week, librarians Rob and Michelle give listeners their recommendations on the latest books, movies and other materials to check out at their local library. Many of the recommendations are available to stream with Hoopla.

41 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

41 - Best and worst book to movie adaptations

May 14th, 2021


In this episode, your hosts discuss the best and the worst book to movie adaptations, from classics of literature, to pulp horror and sci-fi novels. 

40 - 20 questions with Rob and Michelle

May 7th, 2021


Rob and Michelle celebrate the podcast being over the hill and answer some frequently asked questions about the podcast, about the library, and about themselves in this episode. 

Find the materials mentioned in this …

39 - An interview with Melanie Thornton, Library PR; Rob and Michelle read James Patterson

April 30th, 2021


In this episode, you'll hear from the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's Public Relation's Director, Melanie Thornton. Melanie discusses the new library branches opening this year, her favorite books, and even …

38 - Weddings in media, our own weddings, and National Poetry Month

April 23rd, 2021


In this episode, Michelle and Rob discuss a little about their own weddings and any drama that may have ensued. They also discuss favorite weddings in media, and share some favorite poems to celebrate National Poetry …

37 - Two books and a movie

April 16th, 2021


This week, Michelle and Rob discuss two new nonfiction titles they enjoyed, and discuss a movie. Michelle read "Veritas: a Harvard professor, a con man, and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife" by Ariel Sabar - a nonfiction …

36 - Yes another teen movie, Rob kills Dazed and Confused, and what makes a good cult classic

April 9th, 2021


In celebration of Rex Manning Day, the day we take to observe the greatness that is the movie Empire Records, Rob and Michelle discuss Empire …

35 - Rob's hot take on the Snyder cut? Crappy first jobs and jobs in media

April 2nd, 2021


This week on Two Librarians Walk Into a Shelf, Rob shares his hot take on the Snyder cut of Justice league, why working at the video store was the best job he ever had, and why Michelle thinks pushing grocery carts was …

34 - Two Librarians Book Club, Rob Plays with Dolls, and Movies to Watch

March 26th, 2021


In this episode, Rob confesses his love of fashion action dolls in the 70s and his special relationship with the Bionic Woman, Jaime Sommers. Then, …

33 - Women's History Month and 1 year of the pandemic

March 19th, 2021


Rob and Michelle discuss books about interesting women in history, movies with inspiring women protagonists, and a run down of how the library is faring one year into the pandemic. 

Media in this episode: 

Mad and Bad: …

32 - Two new books and a movie

March 12th, 2021


Rob and Michelle tackle some advice they would give their younger selves, what it's like to be the oldest child, and discuss some new books and …

31 - Graphic Novels

March 5th, 2021


Michelle and Rob each read a graphic novel to discuss, and also discuss one they chose to read together. 

Materials mentioned in this episode: 

Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa in branches on hoopla

30 - 5 cozy mystery series written by Black authors, and Rob's movie recommendations

February 26th, 2021


Rob and Michelle are issuing a retraction on their February Book Club pick after discovering that the author was not only posing as a Black author to reach what they saw as an "untapped market". In Lieu of reading that …

29 - Youth Books to Celebrate Black Joy with Monday Sanderson

February 22nd, 2021


Your hosts welcome their coworker, Monday, and discuss the importance of representation in media. Monday gives some book recommendations that celebrate Black joy. Monday also teaches us about mirrors and windows in …

28 - Reading Goals with Amanda Campbell

February 13th, 2021


Rob and Michelle are joined by Amanda Campbell, branch manager of the Monrovia Public Library to discuss how to make reading goals and how to reach them. Amanda shares  what she’s currently reading, how she categorizes …

27 - The Valentine's Episode

February 5th, 2021


If you're in the mood for love, we've got some recommendations for you! From Romances, to an anti-romance playlist on Hoopla, there's something for everyone in this episode. Materials mentioned in this episode: 

"Rebel" …

26 - Gunsmoke and Trail Dust Book Club

January 29th, 2021


Listen this week to our discussion on Gunsmoke and Trail Dust, whether or not your hosts liked the book, and a little history about the author and his other pen names. This book has everything – cattle rustlers, kids …

25 - Your Brain on Social Media

January 22nd, 2021


Rob and Michelle talk about how our brains are actively working against us when consuming media of all kinds, but we're particularly vulnerable on …

24 - Recommended Young Adult Novels

January 19th, 2021


In this episode, Rob and Michelle discuss some novels from the Young Adult section that they recommend to anyone looking for a fast, engaging read. A …

23 - Best Media of 2020

January 8th, 2021


Rob and Michelle recap some of their favorite books and media of 2020. 

Mentions in this episode: 

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix; The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda; Open …

22 - Interview with Marquez McClinton

January 2nd, 2021


Rob and Michelle talk with their coworker, Marquez, about his book, Becoming: The Process of Becoming You. Marquez also discusses how he gets so much done, how he stays positive when facing adversity, and his motivation …

21 - A Die Hard Holiday

December 22nd, 2020


In the Two Librarians Walk Into a Shelf Holiday Special, your hosts are visited by our frequent guest and coworker, Gantt Moore, with a very special …

20 - Digital collection picks and a farewell to 2020

December 18th, 2020


This week, Rob and Michelle pick some materials from the library’s digital collections to share. Both of your hosts found old favorites to revisit on …

19 - Holiday Book Exchange and Movies

December 11th, 2020


In this episode, your hosts discuss their holiday themed book exchange picks with each other, and lay out some criteria to judge whether or not those …

18 - Two Librarians at Home

December 4th, 2020


Rob and Michelle had to quarantine after a Covid case at work. THey took home some new releases to read while at home. Materials mentioned in this episode: "The Less Dead" by Denise Mina, "Evil Geniuses" by Kurt …

17 - Meet the library’s new Director!

November 30th, 2020


Rob and Michelle interview the library's Interim Executive Director, Cindy Hewitt. Cindy answers hard hitting questions about her favorite books, how the library is making it through these unprecedented times, and even …

16 - Book Club

November 20th, 2020


In A Rogue by Any Other Name,  Sarah MacLean has created two characters that you can really root for and care  about. It's funny, it’s heart warming, it’s swoony. It has revenge,  twists, intrigue, a satisfying …

15 - Prepping for Holidays

November 13th, 2020


What do you do to prep for the holidays? What is that you do to get yourself ready for the holiday season? Do you cook something special? Or maybe it …

14 - No Guilt

November 6th, 2020


On this very special episode of Two Librarians Walk Into A Shelf, Rob and Michelle have a discussion on guilt and how it relates to the media they consume. They make a case for not calling anything a "guilty pleasure", …

13 - The Halloween Variety Show Special

October 30th, 2020


Trick or treat!?

Maybe both. 

In this episode, Rob and Michelle ran out of ideas for October and channeled their creative energy (and the talents of …

12 - A history of the horror genre and why people like it

October 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Michelle and Rob discuss the history of the horror genre, why people enjoy scary books and movies, and why it seems to have a resurgence every couple of decades. Rob discusses some of the writing that …

11 - Spooky Scary Reads for October

October 16th, 2020


In this episode, Rob and Michelle take a look at some spooky books for all kinds of readers. Michelle shares a realization that she's been reading scary things for a while, even though she thought she was horror-averse, …

10 - 13 Classic Scary Movies

October 9th, 2020


Listen as Rob and Michelle count down 13 classic scary movies you can find throughout the HMCPL catalog. Your hosts play TV and radio spots advertising the movies and discuss their own experiences associated with …

09 - A conversation with author Grady Hendrix

October 2nd, 2020


Episode 09 features a conversation with best-selling author Grady Hendrix, in which we discuss favorite books and movies for the Halloween season, the inspiration behind the characters in his newest novel "The Southern …

08 - New Fiction and Nonfiction

September 25th, 2020


This week's episode features new fiction and nonfiction from authors who had different careers before becoming writers. Rob Discusses Deborah Goodrich Royce's Thriller, "Finding Mrs. Ford" and "Monster She Wrote" by …

07 - Currently Reading and Watching

September 18th, 2020


Michelle and Rob discuss books and movies they're currently reading and discuss whether they enjoyed them or not. Materials discussed in this episode are "The Girl from Widow Hills" by Megan Miranda, "Because Internet" …

06 - Books and Movies that Inspired Us

September 15th, 2020


This episode highlights some books and movies that inspired our hosts in one way or another. Rob discusses Dan OBannon and Return of the Living Dead and Robert Block in Psycho 2. Michelle Discusses her favorite …

05 - Throwback 60’s

September 9th, 2020


Michelle  and Rob discuss favorite current books and movies set in the 1960's.   Materials discussed in this episode: Psycho Sanitarium by Chet …

04 - Favorite Mysteries

August 28th, 2020


In Episode 4, Michelle and Rob discuss some favorite mystery books and movies found in the library. Listen for the bonus top 10 list of mysteries with animal puns in the title! 
Materials discussed: 
Blow Out Starring …

03 - Romancing the Book

August 21st, 2020


Rob and Michelle discuss favorite romance reads and a little about the history of those fabulous (and Fabio) romance novel covers. 

To read the blog …

02 - With a little help from your friends

August 14th, 2020


Every week,  librarians Rob and Michelle give listeners their recommendations on the  latest books, movies and other materials to check out at their local  library. Many of the recommendations are available to stream …

01 - Books and Movies that Scared Us

August 7th, 2020


Your hosts, Michelle and Rob, discuss library materials that are scary in different ways. For links to their recommendations, visit their blog:

Music - Story has Begun (Kielokaz 156)by …

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