Middle Country Public Library Podcast
Episode 120 - Genealogy & History Bites

Episode 120 - Genealogy & History Bites

May 28, 2020

On this special episode, we focus on a couple of adult services and programming available while the library is temporarily closed. 

Marlene is here to let you know that if you'd like her help in researching your family tree and your family's history, MCPL cardholders can make a request for a virtual one-on-one appointment to go over all of our fabulous genealogy resources.

And if history is your thing, why not check out Jim's informative History Bites series on our YouTube channel, http://mcpl.tv!


Episode 119 - Celebrating 10 Years of the Nature Explorium + Spring Jubilee

Episode 119 - Celebrating 10 Years of the Nature Explorium + Spring Jubilee

May 21, 2020

We are happy to have Amanda and Kristin join us to chat about the 10th anniversary of our fabulous outdoor learning classroom, the Nature Explorium, which has recently been renovated. We also discuss what's coming up for our Spring Jubilee, taking place virtually, on June 5th.

For more information, visit the library's website at http://www.mcplibrary.org/

For info on the Nature Explorium, check this out.

Remember, you can watch all of our great online programming, plus videos from the library at our YouTube page, http://mcpl.tv


Episode 118 - Hoopla Digital Music Picks

Episode 118 - Hoopla Digital Music Picks

May 14, 2020

How about some tunes to get you through your days at home? And how about you use your library card to stream albums for free? Here are some of our favorite albums available for download on Hoopla Digital!

Sara’s Picks

Hey Ladies Beastie Boys From Paul’s Boutique


Big Freedia From Louder


REV001 Refused From War Music


Red/Blue/Green Album – Weezer


Mothership – Led Zeppelin


Cuz I Love You – Lizzo


After Hours – The Weeknd



Nicole’s Picks

Whitney Greatest Hits - Whitney Houston https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11036783 

Emancipation of MiMi - Mariah Carey

The Fame - Lady Gaga https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10960491 

Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13225727

Suga - Megan Thee Stallion [PA] https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12981454 


Sal’s Picks

Achtung Baby (Deluxe Edition) - U2


Joshua Tree (30th Anniversary Edition) - U2


Atlantis – David Arkenstone


The Fairy Garden – David Arkenstone


Soul Cages – Sting


Last Ship (Deluxe) – Sting


Exotica – Martin Denny


Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie


The Nine Symphonies – Antonin Dvorak (Berlin Philharmonic)


Got a favorite? Agree or disagree? Send us a comment! 

Episode 117 - Movie Chat: Ex Machina

Episode 117 - Movie Chat: Ex Machina

May 7, 2020

Nicole has picked 2014's Ex Machina for this week's Movie Chat. You can stream this movie for FREE using your MCPL library card from either Hoopla Digital or Kanopy. See the links below for more information. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, and Sonoya Mizuno. It is written and directed by Alex Garland. It is rated R for language, violence, and graphic nudity. It was the Oscar winner for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and nominated for Best Screenplay.

View the IMDb listing here.

Watch for free with your MCPL library card on Hoopla Digital here or Kanopy here.

Episode 116 - Database Trivia plus The Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce

Episode 116 - Database Trivia plus The Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce

April 30, 2020

We have another trivia episode...but this time, Sal creates his questions from some of the databases available to patrons remotely. 

Patrons with MCPL cards can access these databases by visiting our website, https://www.mcplibrary.org/adults/services/reference-database/

Here is the list of the databases we used in this episode:

  • Credo Reference
  • CultureGrams
  • Demographics Now
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
  • Gale Directory Library
  • Gale Health & Medical Encyclopedias
  • Gale History of the American Cinema v1-10
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Mango Languages
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Science Online Facts on File

Will Sara extend her winning streak? Will Nicole win this one? Will Sal terribly mispronounce digamous? Listen to find out!

PLUS: in our Focus Segment this week, we have a discussion with the newly elected president of the Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce, Lenore Paprocky and chat about what the future will bring for the chamber and how important it is for small businesses to become a member of their local chamber, especially in this time of coronavirus. 

For an extended look at the MC Chamber and more of the interview with Lenore, take a listen to the Miller Business Center's newest podcast, Centered on Business at https://millerbusiness.podbean.com. For more info on the chamber, their website is: http://middlecountrychamber.com


Episode 115 - Movie Chat: Freaks

Episode 115 - Movie Chat: Freaks

April 23, 2020

It's Sara's turn to pick a movie for Movie Chat, and this week it's Freaks starring Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern. An entry in the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, this independent sci-fi thriller is about a little girl, her family, and her amazing powers. SPOILER ALERT - do not listen unless you want to be spoiled! 

Library card holders can view the film via Hoopla Digital here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12646215

The IMDb record is here : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8781414/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Read the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes here: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freaks_2019


Episode 114 - More Digital Resources

Episode 114 - More Digital Resources

April 16, 2020

We take a deep dive into some more digital resources that you may not know about. Best of all, you can access all these from home! 

Nicole's Picks:



CQ Researcher

CQ Magazine

Sara's Picks:

RB Digital


Sal's Picks:

Consumer Reports

AllDataPro Car Repair ** Available off-site during the library's closure **




Episode 113 - Talking Weather with Islandwide Weather

Episode 113 - Talking Weather with Islandwide Weather

April 9, 2020

Sara interviews Long Island's weather guys, Glen and Don...the folks behind the wildly popular Islandwide Weather. 

Islandwide Weather's Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/islandwideweather/


Episode 112 - Podcast and YouTube Picks

Episode 112 - Podcast and YouTube Picks

April 2, 2020

In this episode, we chat about what podcasts we are listening to and what we are watching on YouTube.

Sara's Podcast Picks:





Narrow Caves

The Left Right Game

Ear Hustle

Turned Out a Punk

Nicole's Podcast Picks:

A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids (NY Times)

Staying In

Nailed It


Sal's Podcast Picks:


The Soundtrack Show

The Long Island History Project

LI Law Podcast


Sara's YouTube Picks:

Hot Ones

Graham Norton

Nicole's YouTube Picks:



No Film School

Peter McKinnon

RocketJump Film School

Film Riot

Bonus: Vulture Instagram

Sal's YouTube Picks:


Wingin' It! with Paul Lucas

Have an idea for a future episode? E-mail us!

Library Update - 3/27/2020

Library Update - 3/27/2020

March 27, 2020

THIS IS A SPECIAL LIBRARY UPDATE from the Middle Country Public Library Podcast.

At a recent tele-meeting, the library board of trustees have decided to postpone the library budget and board vote originally scheduled for April.

The new library budget and board vote will take place on Tuesday, June 16th 2020.

To read the MCPL Quarterly, click here.

The Miller Business Center’s popular annual business to business networking event Strictly Business which was to have taken place on May 5th has also been postponed. A new date will be announced in the future. For more information, visit strictlybusinesstradeshow.com.

Subscribe to the Miller Business Center Newsletter for updates.

Visit the library's home page for operational updates and to access all of our digital resources from home!

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