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Are you craving ‘feel-good’ stories? Do you want characters to cheer for?  Leave the bleak headlines behind as Kelsey and Jenn shine a light on likeable characters in fiction in this episode of The First Fifty Pages.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith

One Day by David Nicholls

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... 

This is Billie Voss, with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to Check It Out. 

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.

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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.

Jorge Quezada

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.

Today, I’m focusing my recommendation on my newfound love for audiobook narrator George Guidall. Widely regarded as the world’s most acclaimed and prolific audiobook narrator, George Guidall has been delighting listeners for over 20 years and has lent his voice to more than 1,300 unabridged novels…and counting.

Today, I’m recommending Seven Days of Us by Francesa Hornak. Making her fiction debut, Hornak has crafted a witty yet deeply heartfelt work that bestselling author Emily Giffin describes as, “an insightful, character-driven look at the real failures, fumbles, and false starts that define family—and why understanding the people closest to us might be the hardest thing in the world.”

Lamb Theatre

Inspiration can strike from anywhere. Reading the obits one day, Kenneth Jones came across the story of Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who lived and worked in Alabama during the 1950's and 60's. Trouble began for her when she added illustrator Garth Williams' book The Rabbits' Wedding to her stacks, a book that portrays the marriage of a black rabbit and a white rabbit.

What would you do if you were married to a potential killer? In Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, she tackles this exact question.

Before his demise, Glen was the number one suspect in the abduction and potential murder of two-year-old Bella Elliott, who was kidnapped from her front lawn –years ago, much to the dismay and heartbreak of her mother.

Following the award-winning success of her debut novel, The Good Thief, author Hannah Tinti returns with her second novel, another atmospheric and intricately suspenseful saga centered on a vulnerable child under the care and guidance of an outlaw.  Today, I’m recommending The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. 

This book highlights important women in wrestling from the past and present and also shows the evolution of women’s wrestling from its beginnings as a sideshow act to its current state in 2017, where female wrestlers are big stars, just like their male counterparts.

Today, I’m recommending 2001 National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon’s latest Ill Will, a chilling novel of psychological suspense. Dubbed by The Washington Post as “The scariest novel of the year”, their review states that, “Chaon’s novel walks along a garrote stretched taut between Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.”

Maddy, a loving stay at home wife and mother, seems to have it all. She will drop anything to help her friends, lives for her daughter’s happiness, and has a husband who provides financially for anything she needs. Maddy is the true cornerstone of her family.

Today, I’m recommending Those Who Wish Me Dead by New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta. Hailed as “a master” and “superb storyteller” by big-name authors like Stephen King, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson, Koryta has crafted a truly heart-thumping, edge of your seat adventure. I couldn’t put it down.  

Nothing new under the sun is a common sentiment when it comes to remakes or retellings of popular books and movies. And while oftentimes that feeling might ring true when we read a classic work that has been redone, Marissa Meyer’s teen series The Lunar Chronicles breaks through. 

Today, I’m recommending The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino, an irresistibly funny family drama jam-packed with deeply flawed yet loveable characters.

Today, I’m recommending the audiobook First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. This first installment in this paranormal romantic suspense series introduces listeners to Charley Davidson, a 27-year-old woman who’s a part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. It is her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when someone dies with unfinished business on Earth, they seek out Charley in order to bring the bad guys to justice.   

Imagine that a global pandemic has wiped out most of civilization as we know it.  Who struggles the most in this world to adapt to a new way of life? Those survivors who remember what life was like before the pandemic—or those who have not experienced the beauty of civilization through art and culture? What is worth saving when the world has lost so much? These ideas are explored in the lyrical and compelling Science Fiction novel, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel.   

Today, to help keep your spirits merry and bright this season, I am recommending a trio of my personal holiday favorites.

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