December 6, 2018

Beyond the Stacks: Children’s Author Paul Acampora Recommends Books! [podcast]

It’s always a good time to buy books, but the holiday season is definitely an excellent excuse! So if you’re wondering what to buy the young reader in your life (or the young not-yet-a-reader), check out this podcast. Library Director Josh Berk interviews children’s author Paul Acampora of Allentown about what’s new and exciting in […]

November 27, 2018

Beyond the Stacks! Podcast with guest Heather Mayer Irvine, cookbook author

“Beyond the Stacks” is back! Your favorite BAPL podcast has a new episode where I (Josh Berk) interview writer/editor/runner Heather Mayer Irvine. She is the author of the new Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook, and will be speaking about it at the library on December 5th at 6:30. The name of that talk is 5 Ways to […]

July 6, 2018

Beyond the Stacks: Interview with Bill Duane (Atomic Chickens)

Today on the library podcast, I sat down with musician Bill Duane. Bill’s an old friend but even I learned things about his first band, The Atomic Chickens, and what it was like to be a young musician way back in the 1990s. We chat, we laugh, we rock out a bit. Good times. You […]

July 3, 2018

Beyond the Stacks: Interview with Sophia Verbiscar and Nick Pokrivchak

Today on the BAPL podcast, I sat down with Sophia Verbiscar and Nick Pokrivchak of “Bring Your Own Vinyl.” They are record collectors and vinyl aficionados and we had a fascinating conversation about the resurgence of popularity that vinyl is experiencing. (Though we could argue that it never went away.) We talk about the library’s brand […]

April 13, 2018

BEYOND THE STACKS: Experimento! An Interview with Matt Wolf

Today on “Beyond The Stacks,” I talk with BAPL’s own Matt Wolf. Matt is hosting the upcoming Experimento! at the Ice House on April 27. What is an Experimento?! Well, listen up, buttercup! Podcast is below. Also the flier is below that. Come to the Ice House on April 27! -jb      

March 29, 2018


Today on BEYOND THE STACKS, I talk to Matthew Rothfuss, who is a historian and a classic video game enthusiast and also a colleague here at BAPL. The topic for the day is vintage video games and the upcoming Retro Arcade that we are hosting at the library with the Alternative Gallery on April 14th. We […]

March 15, 2018

Beyond the Stacks: Interview with The Minimologist

Today on “Beyond the Stacks,” BAPL Executive Director Josh Berk sits down with professional organizer Colleen Warmingham (aka “The Minimologist”). Colleen will be offering a very useful program at the South Side Branch of BAPL on March 24 at 2pm on the topic of getting organized, simplifying your life, and embracing the minimalist lifestyle. Full […]

February 5, 2018

Podcast #4! BEYOND THE STACKS. “Live Music” with photographer Willem Ytsma

Photographer Willem Ytsma was at the library hanging pictures for his new exhibit “Live Music.” I took the opportunity to ask him some questions about his art and to cast this very fine pod. The opening music was created with a site Willem showed me called beepbox. It is very interesting. He is an endlessly […]

November 10, 2017

Podcast #3! BEYOND THE STACKS. Book recommendations with Paul Acampora

I was really happy to sit down with children’s author Paul Acampora (Scholastic) for the BAPL podcast. We talk about Paul’s books and also other books.  He recommends some great titles if you’re looking to buy books for the kids (or other non-kid people) in your life this upcoming holiday season. Books are the best gift! […]

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