The First Fifty Pages

The First Fifty Pages is the Sioux City Public Library's podcast about books, library culture, and current reading trends. Each month, Kelsey Patterson and Jenn Delperdang discuss what they're reading, what's popular in our community, and what's happening at the Library! Who knows, they might even help you find your next great read! Highlighting the amazing work that libraries do, and why you should be using your library, this podcast is not to be missed! 

Produced by Siouxland Public Media.

Reading for enjoyment can be difficult when you're feeling anxious.  In this episode, Kelsey and Jenn discuss their go-to 'comfort' reads.  They also share ideas for reading when you're feeling anxious and favorite literary escapes for your #stayathome. 

Looking for something good to read? On this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Kelsey and Jenn share some of their favorite nonfiction books, as reviewed by Sioux City Public Library staff in clips from the Check It Out series.  Your To-Be-Read list is about to get longer... 

Do you have a “Reading Resolution” for the New Year? In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn and Kelsey discuss realistic ways to help you reach your reading goals, and they might even persuade you to join a book club.  (Spoiler alert: You’re likely to live longer if you do!)

How have we evolved as readers? Whch trends picked up steam? What were the most sought out books in the last ten years? Jenn and Kelsey reflect back on the last decade to address these questions.

What is the true cost of eBooks and audiobooks for libraries? What is Bridges? How does the Macmillan embargo affect libraries? In this installment of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey invite Becky Heil, District Consultant from the State Library of Iowa, to help address these questions and further discuss Libby.

In part one of the Libby series, Jenn and Kelsey dive into the app, which lets users borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their local library. Special guest Alex Watters, City Councilmember of Sioux City, helps Jenn and Kelsey discuss why audiobooks are so popular right now, whether listening is the same as reading and Libby hacks. 

How does one find the perfect scary story? Is there a one-size-fits-all when it comes to the horror genre? What is your monster? Special guest Gregg Winsor, Reference Librarian and Reader's Advisory Specialist at the Johnson County Library in Kansas, helps Jenn and Kelsey address these questions.

Viewers Advisory

Oct 24, 2019

On this episode, Jenn & Kelsey discuss the vast collection of DVDs the library offers along with special guest Sara Leiss, Operations Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. Sara helps dissect appeal factors, viewing styles and the book to movie connections.

Banned Books Week, what is it, and when does it happen? Why is it important for a community to celebrate Banned Books Week? What is the difference between a challenge or banning? Jenn & Kelsey address these questions and more with the help of special guest Zach Freking-Smith, Director of the Cherokee Public Library.

In honor of September being Library Card Sign-up MonthJenn & Kelsey reflect on the impact library cards has had throughout their lives. As well as the many benefits a library card can grant a user. 

In the fourth episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey discuss vacation and beach reads. What fits the bill for a beach read? And, what sort of books are Jenn & Kelsey taking on their vacations?

In the third episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey, along with special guest Jessi Wakefield, discuss the different types of readers, how they developed their relationship to reading, and a few of their personal favorite books.

In the second episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey talk about blind dates with books. Why should one go on a blind date with a book? What makes librarians great match makers? How does one connect to the right appeal elements of books? Jenn & Kelsey address these questions and more.

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What places a book on a best of list? Are those lucky few that rank on The New York Times or Amazon the books that people are actually reading? Does that matter? The Sioux City Public Library's Kelsey and Jenn review the best "Best Of" lists and look at what was actually checked out at the library in 2018.