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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Tune In To Podcasts And Downloadable Audio

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:47 pm

In our fast-paced world it’s sometimes necessary to do things on the go, which has helped to make this the era of the podcast. If you enjoy interviews with Coronado community leaders, local authors and artists, the library podcast lets you listen when you want. If you aspire to make your own podcasts, the library will teach you how. Downloadable audio books, and even good old-fashioned CDs, are experiencing a surge in popularity. When there is no time to waste, going for a jog, walking the dog, or driving the car are all golden opportunities to catch up with the best fiction and non-fiction writing. The growing taste for audio is being observed by Coronado librarians who oversee a vast CD collection and the free audio content available through the Overdrive app, which can be installed from any app store and only requires a one-time activation using a Coronado Public Library card number.

These days there are many products you can access from your phone, iPad or smart TV, and the library already offers numerous services without going anywhere near the library itself, including eBooks and the popular Kanopy app which allows library members to stream popular movies at home or from any device. The library and its staff are only a phone call, email or short trip away to offer “genius bar” type support for its online services. “The only hurdle is getting signed up the first time,” said Library Director Shaun Briley, “after that it is very, very simple and intuitive to use these services. We are here to help you get started.”

The library’s podcast offering, however, is comparatively new. Already listeners can hear about upcoming programs, new book releases, and more. “We’ve been recording the podcast here at the library for a little while and it’s been exciting to see the response from the community,” said Nick Burmeister, Digital Media Librarian at the Coronado Public Library.

For those who don’t know, a podcast is a downloadable audio program users can access through the internet. Listeners can use their computers, smartphones or other web-enabled devices to access them. “It’s like a radio show you listen to when you want. People are busy, that’s why podcasts are so great. They can listen whenever they like.”

A recent episode featured Heath Lee, author of “The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home.” A book with many Coronado connections about how prominent military wives took a leading role in bringing home American POWs from Vietnam. Along with authors, recent podcast guests include local artists, community leaders, and other library program presenters. “The guests on the podcast as are as diverse as the programs we offer at the library,” says Nick. “One week we might have a local financial analyst, the next it might be a social media influencer, a dream interpreter, or a local author. We had Laura McNeal on the podcast. She wrote “The Practice House,” the Coronado Community Read for 2019. She was great!”

“We produce everything here at the library in our Digital Media Lab,” said Nick. “If a patron wanted to make a podcast of their own, they could do it all right here in the library as well.”

Many library patrons have already been listening to the podcast from the various platforms available. Right now, anyone can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Play, Soundcloud, and Podmatic. Patrons wishing to subscribe need only search for Coronado Public Library on any of these podcast providers to find the program. Several back episodes, as well as the current episode, are available. As always, if a patron has a question about how to access the library podcast, they can ask at the reference desk in the library.

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