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Memorial Hall Library

Shelf Help

Library staff talking about all things libraries

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Episode 16: Recent Reads

Episode 16: Recent Reads

posted 9/17/2021

In Episode 16 of Shelf Help, MHL staff Tricia Craig, Clare Curran, Gerry Deyermond, and Stephanie Smith discuss each of their favorite recent reads, as well as some similar titles, features of horror, fantasy, and historical fiction novels, where to get book suggestions, and more. Titles discussed are Later by Stephen King, The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel, Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, and The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie.

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Episode 15: Memory Kits

Episode 15: Memory Kits

posted 9/3/2021

In this episode of Shelf Help, assistant head of circulation Gerry Deyermond and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss the library's new memory kits, services for homebound patrons, and more.

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Episode 14: Graphic Novels

Episode 14: Graphic Novels

posted 8/20/2021

In episode 14 of Shelf Help, reference librarian Justin Termini and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's collection of graphic novels for adults.  Hear about a variety of graphic novels available to borrow, the history of the collection, and ideas for people who've never read a graphic novel but might want to.  Hint: they're not all about superheroes!

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Episode 13: Board Games

Episode 13: Board Games

posted 8/6/2021

In this episode of MHL's Shelf Help, Teen Services & Reference Librarian Anna Tschetter and Cataloging & Reference Librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's board game and jigsaw puzzle collection. Listen to find out the 10 most-borrowed board games, where to get board game suggestions, and more.

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Episode 12: A Day in the Life of a Reference Librarian

Episode 12: A Day in the Life of a Reference Librarian

posted 7/23/2021

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a reference librarian is like? Listen in as reference librarians Justin Termini and Stephanie Smith discuss a typical shift at the reference desk, from microfilm to Microsoft Office.

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Episode 11: Genealogy at MHL

Episode 11: Genealogy at MHL

posted 7/9/2021

Reference & local history librarian Stephanie Aude and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's genealogy club as well as the challenges of genealogical research on people whose neighborhoods were destroyed, either as part of urban renewal or as part of a government project, such as the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

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Episode 10: Crafts @ MHL

Episode 10: Crafts @ MHL

posted 6/25/2021

Join Gerry Deyermond, Vicki Murphy, and Stephanie Smith as they discuss MHL's new craft area, the upcoming return of craft programs for adults, and Vicki & Gerry's new email for all questions craft-related (crafts@mhl.org). You can see photos of the new space, plus a list of some of their favorite craft books (all available at the library) here.

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Episode 9: Privacy and Technology in the Library

Episode 9: Privacy and Technology in the Library

posted 6/11/2021

Systems librarian Theo Kontos and cataloging & reference librarian Stephanie Smith discuss technology in the library, including the Makerspace, with a focus on privacy and technology. How does the library protect patron privacy? What can each of us do when online to protect our data? From password managers to two-factor authentication and beyond, join us for this episode of Shelf Help from Memorial Hall Library.

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Episode 8: Summer Reading Books (for Adults)

Episode 8: Summer Reading Books (for Adults)

posted 5/28/2021

Join Clare Curran, Assistant Director for Collection & Development and Technical Services, and reference and cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith as they discuss summer reading (for adults), with a focus on some of the books they are most excited to read or to recommend this summer. A full list of the books discussed--plus some there weren't time to mention--can be found here.

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Memorial Hall Library's Shelf Help Episode 7

Memorial Hall Library's Shelf Help Episode 7

posted 5/14/2021

In episode seven of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, teen services librarian Renata Sancken and reference librarian Stephanie Smith discuss a variety of read-alikes for The Library Book by Susan Orlean. A full list of titles discussed (plus some that weren't discussed) is available here: https://mhl.org/what-read-after-library-book

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