60 episodes

Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, borrowing books! Brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library.

Borrowed Brooklyn Public Library

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 122 Ratings

Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, borrowing books! Brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library.

    School's Out! Time for a Pop Quiz

    School's Out! Time for a Pop Quiz

    • 28 min
    Books Unbanned

    Books Unbanned

    Book bans and challenges have been on the rise in the past few years. When BPL launched a free eCard to give out-of-state teens access to our eBook collection, including many banned titles, we saw an incredible response. We look at the impact of that initiative, and our own history of censorship over the past 125 years.


    Check out our book list and transcript here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/books-unbanned 

    • 25 min
    A Library Sounds Like This

    A Library Sounds Like This

    From defunct recording technology to vinyl’s comeback, we've been through a lot of media changes over the last 125 years. And we're still not done changing! We talk about audio's next great frontier with the world's first two podcast librarians. Read the transcript and check out our listening list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/library-sounds

    • 26 min
    World Wide Web

    World Wide Web

    In 1996, we were one of the first libraries in the nation to connect our patrons to the internet. Today, we're extending our WiFi reach down the block, loaning hotspots, and archiving hyperlocal websites for the future. 
     
    Read the transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/world-wide-web 

    • 22 min
    Decolonizing Dewey

    Decolonizing Dewey

    A lot had changed since Melvil Dewey came up with a classification system to organize all known and not-yet-known knowledge into a string of numbers and search terms. And yet, hundreds of thousands of libraries use the same system to this day, often preserving out-dated and offensive terms. In this episode, we take a look at what has changed—and what hasn't—in our library catalog.
     
    Read our transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/decolonizing-dewey-02549 

    • 24 min
    New Libraries, Old Places

    New Libraries, Old Places

    Libraries weren't always located in their own stately buildings. Many of our branches used to operate out of pharmacies, laundry rooms, storefronts, and more! In celebration of our first new branch in nearly forty years—Adams Street Library, located in a former factory in DUMBO—we're bringing you stories of new libraries in old places. 
     
    Read our transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/new-libraries-old-places  

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

yorkvilleresident ,

Building Brooklyn!

I loved learning about the different communities within Brooklyn in the last series. The Chinatown episode was great!

Blizzzzzard ,

An endlessly fascinating burrough

Well done! For me, everything that a binge- able podcast should be. This is an extraordinary oral history of an iconic and storied city that has been completely shaped by waves of immigrants. Who better to deliver the goods then local librarians? Many fascinating episodes from America’s front door..

BostonLovesBorrowed ,

Fantastic storytelling!

I don’t even live in Brooklyn but I still love this podcast so much - the range of stories that all happen to start at the library is incredible and I learn something new about books, Brooklyn, and myself every episode!

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