Middle Country Public Library Podcast
Episode 228 - Just Another Trivia Episode!

Episode 228 - Just Another Trivia Episode!

June 23, 2022

This summer, why not check out the great online resources we have here at MCPL to create your own trivia game to play with family or friends. Or you can just listen to Sara and Nicole battle it out.

If you have an MCPL card, check out these links to our favorite eBooks and databases for trivia research... (and if you don't have an MCPL card...come on down to the library to access these great resources!)

Credo Reference

Includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present - from across the English-speaking world.

Science Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

World Geography & Culture Online by Facts On File

Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.

Episode 227 - Summer Reading Clubs 2022

Episode 227 - Summer Reading Clubs 2022

June 16, 2022

Time to jump into Oceans of Possibilities with the 2022 Summer Reading Clubs at MCPL!

Our amazing colleagues from the Adult, Teen, and Children's departments are here to give us the scoop on what to expect if you sign up for this year's clubs! Registration is now open.

For Adults – Enjoy a summer filled with reading your choice of books, audiobooks, or eBooks. Participants can earn virtual raffle tickets for each book they read. Those who read at least 3 books will receive an invitation to our Summer Reading Club Finale. Each virtual raffle ticket counts as one chance in our raffle drawing to win some fantastic prizes! 

For Teens – Entering 6th-12th grade. Earn a chance to win raffle prizes for every hour read. Read 6 hours and get an invitation to our end of the summer soiree!

For Children – For ages birth-entering 5th grade. For every half hour read you will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win some raffle prizes. Read a total of 4 hours to complete the club, receive your final prize and an invitation to our end of the summer celebration.

Want more information? Visit https://www.mcplibrary.org/summer-reading-club/ and sign up today with your MCPL library card or come down to any reference desk!

Episode 226 - New DVDs + June Book Horoscopes

Episode 226 - New DVDs + June Book Horoscopes

June 9, 2022

It's that time of month again...New DVDs and Book Horoscopes. We put them together for your convenience. How nice!

Have an MCPL card and want to view/reserve your DVDs? Use this link:


Remember, as Sara mentioned: Adult DVDs are released the first and third Monday of the month (or Tuesday if a holiday falls on a Monday). New DVDs are super popular, so make sure to either log in online or call us to reserve starting at 9:30am.

If you want to follow along with this month's Book Horoscopes, you can see the article that Nicole sourced here: https://bookriot.com/june-2022-horoscopes-and-book-recommendations/. 


Episode 225 - Water Safety + Florida Facts

Episode 225 - Water Safety + Florida Facts

June 2, 2022

This week's episode is coming to you from Podfest 2022 in Orlando, Florida! We are here to learn more about podcasting, video production, and the great resources that are available...and we will be bringing this knowledge back to our patrons for some exciting things that will be available later this year.

In the meantime, as the summer season begins, it's a good time to refresh yourself with the importance of water safety, especially if you have little ones. Nicole has the scoop on what you need to think about if you have a pool and a toddler, or are visiting the beach this summer.

Since we are recording in Florida, Sara thought it would be interesting to let us in on some interesting facts about Florida, and she used one of our great digital resources, CultureGrams! You can access this database with your library card to get information on cultures from around the world as well as the great places in the United States.


Episode 224 - The Seed Library

Episode 224 - The Seed Library

May 26, 2022

Our green-thumbed colleague Amber Gagliardi is here to talk gardening, seeds, and the Seed Library!



Episode 223 - Summer Concerts at Jones Beach + Celebrity Authors

Episode 223 - Summer Concerts at Jones Beach + Celebrity Authors

May 19, 2022

Sara has a list of the concerts and events coming up this summer at Jones Beach! Check out our extensive Music CD collection to get you ready to see your favorite artists live.

Interested in attending a concert at Jones Beach? Check out the link here for details:


Nicole was surprised at just how many "celebrity authors" have written children's books. Here's a sample of some books mentioned on today's episode:

Mr. Peabody's Apples / by Madonna ; art by Loren Long

The one and only Sparkella / Channing Tatum ; illustrated by Kim Barnes

Perfectly prima / Whoopi Goldberg, with Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Maryn Roos

The very fairy princess / by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton ; illustrated by Christine Davenier

Out of the ballpark / by Alex Rodriguez ; illustrated by Frank Morrison

This is me : a story of who we are & where we came from / by Jamie Lee Curtis ; illustrated by Laura Cornell

Snowball fight! / by Jimmy Fallon ; illustrated by Adam Stower

If roast beef could fly [sound recording] / Jay Leno ; illustrated by S.B. Whitehead

Please, baby, please / by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The case of the time-capsule bandit / Octavia Spencer

The book with no pictures / B.J. Novak

She persisted : 13 American women who changed the world / written by Chelsea Clinton ; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

River Rose and the magical lullaby / Kelly Clarkson ; illustrated by Laura Hughes

Episode 222 - Touch-A-Truck & Museum Day

Episode 222 - Touch-A-Truck & Museum Day

May 12, 2022

In-person programming is back and ramping up BIG TIME at the library! Join us for our Touch A Truck event on Saturday, May 14th from 11am to 1pm in the parking lot of our Centereach building. This unique event will feature large trucks and heavy equipment from law enforcement, fire department, commercial companies, industrial companies and more. Michelle is here to let us know what to expect!

Plus Deborah is here with a list of who will be exhibiting for our annual Museum Day. Local museums, historical societies, science and nature centers will be on hand to share information regarding their collections, programs and exhibits! It's a great way to plan out your summer activities.

Both events are free and open to all!

Episode 221 - Movie Chat Special : The Star Wars Saga (Part II)

Episode 221 - Movie Chat Special : The Star Wars Saga (Part II)

May 4, 2022

May the 4th be with you!

On this May 4, 2022 we celebrate Star Wars with the second of our three part series on the Star Wars Saga. This week, we use the force on Nicole and convince her to watch the original three Star Wars films (or the "middle three" in story chronological order):

Star Wars : Episode 4 - A New Hope

Star Wars : Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars : Episode 6 - The Return of the Jedi

MCPL cardholders can take out the trilogy here : https://tinyurl.com/starwarsmc1

Want to listen to Part 1? Get it here:



Episode 220 - A Bit of Springtime Readers Advisory

Episode 220 - A Bit of Springtime Readers Advisory

April 28, 2022

Spring is in the air! Perhaps you'd like to sit outside when the weather finally gets warmer and enjoy a good read? Nicole and Sara are here to give you some suggestions!

Nicole mentions this article from Publisher's Weekly that might interest you: 


Sara mentioned just a few of the New York Times best sellers. Here is the current and complete list... if you have an MCPL card, you can reserve right from this page:


Episode 219 - BBC Shows + Homesteading
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