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The podcast where we talk about all things library and some things not.

    Season 2 Finale: Goodbye 2020, See You Never (S2 E18)

    Season 2 Finale: Goodbye 2020, See You Never (S2 E18)

    Like any good library-themed project, we begin with the stats for season two of Library Life. Next, we look at our favourite and least favourite episodes of the season. We reflect on the year's ups and downs and chat about where we want the show to go in season three. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about her Christmas-themed book, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, and Jenna talks about The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Thanks for another great season! We'll see you in the new year!

    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 39 min
    How to Say "No" to Customers (S2 E17)

    How to Say "No" to Customers (S2 E17)

    How do you maintain good boundaries in the library? We attempt to answer this question and dive into the many complexities of providing good customer service without giving too much of yourself. This conversation is filled with personal examples of how we've over-extended ourselves and our strategies to improve our own boundaries. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire and Homework by Julie Andrews. Jenna talks about The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Feel free to reach out on social media. 



    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 44 min
    Thoughts From a Shelver During Covid (ft. Elizabeth) (S2 E16)

    Thoughts From a Shelver During Covid (ft. Elizabeth) (S2 E16)

    We are joined by our friend Elizabeth, who just started working as a shelver. We talk about how Covid has affected the shelvers' regular duties, the library hierarchy and how working at the library shapes reading habits. During our Reading Break we talk about a Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, A Study In Scarlett Woman by Sherry Thomas, Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters, and Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. You can find Elizabeth on Instagram @elizabethreda.
    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 50 min
    Shaena Finally Reads Still Life by Louise Penny!!! (S2 E15)

    Shaena Finally Reads Still Life by Louise Penny!!! (S2 E15)

    The day has finally come! Shaena has read one of Jenna's all-time favourite books, Still Life by Louise Penny. We laugh a lot and discuss our thoughts on this mystery novel. There is fangirling (by Jenna) and musings on the actual number of trees in Three Pines (by Shaena). The conversation strays to topics including the middle-aged women POV and the many themes of Can Lit. Heavy spoilers occur from 32:37-38:39. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and Jenna talks about Come and Eat by Bri Mckoy. Have you read Still Life? If so, let us know what you think!

    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 47 min
    Do People Really Have Library Shame?! (S2 E14)

    Do People Really Have Library Shame?! (S2 E14)

    Sometimes good people have big library fines. We talk about how shame keeps people away from the library, and Jenna's friends kindly share some of their own library shame. We also talk about how no overdue fines (as a COVID-19 relief effort) has changed the experience of "library shame."  During the Reading Break Shaena talks about A Darkening Mist by Iona Whishaw, and Jenna talks about Highfire by Eoin Colfer. This episode was inspired by a CBC article called "I'm a bookaholic... and a bad library patron."

    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 46 min
    Jenna Wrote a Novel and It's About a Library! (S2 E13)

    Jenna Wrote a Novel and It's About a Library! (S2 E13)

    This is a bit of a departure from our usual content, but Jenna wanted to share some big news: she finished writing her book! Shaena interviews her, and Jenna shares the story of why she wrote a novel that's set in a library. The conversation gets into different aspects of the writing life and how part-time library jobs make room for creative pursuits. Jenna also gets real about self-doubt and the need for perseverance in any kind of art. To continue the conversation, reach out on social media!

     This episode has no Reading Break. 



    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

    • 33 min

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