Library Radio Show

“Check This Out”

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Nelson Public Library in partnership with Kootenay Co-op Radio is pleased to present “Check This Out”, a radio show about all things Library: readers’ advisory, secrets revealed, bibliophiliac discussion from analog to digital, and the ever-evolving landscape of reading and knowledge.

The podcasts of each episode are available below:

October 3, 2019

Join Avi and Anne for the season finale as they delve deep into the Library of Things – both at the Nelson Public Library, and at other libraries around the world…

September 3, 2019

How do public libraries help make reading materials accessible for people with print disabilities?
This is possible with help from the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). In this episode, Anne interviews the NNELS Accessible Publishing Coordinator, Leah Brochu, and Heather from Nelson Library who facilitates this for eligible readers in our area. Tune in for more details on this much needed service…

July 25, 2019

Host Anne DeGrace chats with Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien about the provincial $20M in 2020 campaign to see a 2% increase for BC public libraries in the next BC budget. Susan Thiele, a library user whose letter to the Province struck a chord, talks about the experience of using the Library with her son Jake, for whom the library is vital…

June 27, 2019

It’s finally summer – which means our annual Summer Reading Club is back! Victoria and Hailey, this year’s coordinators, give us the inside scoop on all the wonderful activities and events that are in store for this free children’s program. We’ll also take a look at our monthly question: “Other than books, what items would you like to be able to borrow from the library?” Some of your answers are sure to surprise…

May 30, 2019

You spoke – and we listened! Join Avi and Anne to discuss your answers to last month’s question: “How do you use the online library?” We follow up it up with a look at how the library is involved in this year’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival (this year’s fabulous lineup includes Iona Whishaw, Stephen Fearing, and Marilyn Bowering). Listen in on our conversation to learn more…

May 2, 2019

There’s nothing soporific about our Annual Report to the Community! Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien is here to illuminate the current numbers, facts, trends, and more from this report.  We’d love more feedback from the public about our services, and we invite listeners to tell us: “How do you use the online library?” Please write / email us and tell us your thoughts…

April 4, 2019

Find out about three wonderful programs coming to the library this month! Guest Melodie Rae tells us about her upcoming Granny Goose program, workshop series on parenting teens (“Making Sense of Adolescence”), and the latest installment in her popular Teen Tech series (“Make a Movie on Your Smartphone”). There’s something for everyone at the library in April – don’t miss out!

March 4, 2019

Freedom to Read Week happens every year at the end of February, but if history is any indication, the issue never goes away. To mark the occasion Anne reads from history on banned and challenged books, and guest poet / parent Jane Byers reads from the challenged book “And Tango Makes Three”. The discussion acknowledges that Freedom to Read sometimes involves having conversations about awkward or uncomfortable subjects. We’d like to continue this discussion all year long – with your help! Please contact the Library and tell us what Freedom to Read means to YOU…

February 4, 2019

Join Avi and guest Sadie Yancey (Kootenay Co-op) as they talk about the wonderful Kootenay Co-op Book Club. Find out about its highlights so far, and learn about the upcoming books! This club meets monthly in the Library…

January 7, 2019

What is the latest lend-able added to our ‘Library of Things’? Ukuleles! Many 21st century libraries are loaning out ‘things’, and in Nelson this trend is picking up steam! In this episode, Anne and Avi tell you more and feature a range of ukulele music including a special live demonstration…

November 26, 2018

Avi talks with Laura Lundy and Carina Costom of the Nelson at its Best End Poverty Initiative. This initiative created the Community Services Navigator program, and Carina is at the Library every Wednesday as a “System Navigator”, offering free consultations to help members of the public find their way in the system. This service fits naturally with the Library’s mandate to provide access to information! Listen in to this conversation to find out more…

October 29, 2018

Did you know that the Library loans many kinds of devices? Our ‘Library of Things’ contains all sorts of helpful devices, including Kill-A-Watt readers and radon gas detectors. Carmen Proctor, coordinator of the City of Nelson’s Eco-Save program, is here with Anne to talk about energy efficiency at home, Eco-Save assessment tools and services, plus more rebate programs…

October 01, 2018

Local municipal elections in times long past! Anne tackles this topic with a helping hand from Jean-Philippe Stienne, Archivist & Collections Manager of Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History. Further on, the discussion highlights our local history resources including ghost town newspapers…

September 03, 2018

Can public libraries play a role in social movements? Join Avi and Melodie Rae as they explore the various ways the Nelson Public Library is supporting the new wave of women’s rights, and they reveal a list of relevant reads for children, teens and adults…

July 23, 2018

In terms of literacy development in children, what is the “Summer Slide” and how does the Library help prevent it? Kyoko rejoins Avi in the studio to discuss this, and share more details on the great activities at Summer Reading Club this year…

Jun 25, 2018

Summer Reading Club 2018 has a brand new theme: “Motion Commotion”, and Claire and Kyoko are back to lead the program again! Hear an overview of this year’s plans, anecdotes from last year, plus what’s happening for adults and teens this summer at the Library…

May 28, 2018

Famous writers in our library! Guests Natasha Smith and Anne DeGrace talk about poet, novelist, and children’s writer Susan Musgrave, who, as Elephant Mountain Literary Festival writer-in-residence, will meet with local writers one-on-one and give a free public talk on the writing craft in July…

April 30, 2018

Anne interviews New Denver author Art Joyce about his new novel Mountain Blues, and about what it’s like to set your novel identifiably in your home town—characters and all—ahead of his book launch at the Library in May…

April 2, 2018

2017 was a very busy year for the Library, and our Annual Report to the Community has just been published! Check out this episode to hear its highlights, with Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien…

March 5, 2018

Preparations are again underway for the Human Library event! Anne consults two human “books”, to revisit their experiences in last year’s event, and looks ahead to this year. To learn more about becoming a “book”, please contact Anne at the Library…

February 5, 2018

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: February 25 – March 3, 2018. Samara and Natasha of Otter Books and “Novel Ideas” (another Kootenay Co-op Radio show), join us in the studio for a rousing trivia quiz on banned and challenged books…

January 8, 2018

The Year in Review: Top Books of 2017. Anne asks staff Heather G. what the standout titles were last year at the Library. Mayor Deb Kozak, MLA Michelle Mungall, and Constable Matt Caldwell also share their top picks…

November 20, 2017

Join guest host Avi Silberstein and Melodie Rae for a chat about book clubs and how they foster connections between people. Hear about our parent-teen book clubs, the Amnesty International book club, how everyone wins in the Reading Link Challenge, and the New to Nelson Potlucks at the Library…

October 23, 2017

Books are just the beginning, but if it’s books you’re after (or media, games and puzzles), the Friends of the Library Annual Fall Book Sale is not to be missed! What do the Friends of the Library do? Why are they fundraising? How can you help? Guest Catherine explains everything including how to get involved in the great work that the Friends do behind the scenes…

September 25, 2017

Become acquainted with incoming Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien as she visits the radio station for a tête-à-tête with host Anne DeGrace…

July 24. 2017

The Library’s summer reading challenge is: Canadian Book Bingo! Anne & guest librarian Avi  give a rundown of the categories and share a great list of titles to help you get started…

Click here for a list of Canadian titles recommended during the July 24 show.

June 26, 2017

Meet this year’s Summer Reading Club team for a sneak preview of the what the program will have in store! Hint: this year’s theme is “Walk On the Wild Side”…

May 29, 2017

Facets of librarianship, collection development, borrowing pre-loaded genre-specific eReaders, and resource-sharing between libraries…

April 24, 2017

BC Youth Week, screenwriting, and films we loved– with the Library’s Teen Services Coordinator Melodie Rae Storey and the Civic Theatre’s Jason Asbell…

Click here for a list of movies recommended during the April 24 show.

March 27, 2017

Chief Librarian June Stockdale visits with host Anne DeGrace to recap the Human Library event and shed light on the process that created the new Nelson Public Library Strategic Plan for 2017-2021

February 27, 2017

All about the Human Library! Yes—it’s about people checking out people in a safe, open environment. The Human Library was developed in Copenhagen in 2000 as a way to break down societal barriers, challenge prejudices, remove assumptions, shatter stereotypes, and build communities…

January 23, 2017

Book clubs: their rising popularity, accessing library resources for book clubs, and the Amnesty International Book Club taking place at the Library…

November 28, 2016

There are kids’ books we love as kids, and then we love again as adults, sometimes for different reasons…

October 31, 2016

Anne DeGrace of the Nelson Public Library and special guests discuss scary books for a range of ages…

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The show airs via radio every two weeks on Thursdays at 8:30am PST (alternates with “Novel Ideas”):

93.5 FM in Nelson

96.5 FM in Crawford Bay

101.5 FM Lower Slocan Valley

107.5 FM in New Denver

Live stream: www.kootenaycoopradio.com