HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 8

HUSH: a podcast from your libraryThad Hartman and Lissa Staley  introduce our featured guests and the events, books, resources and services they are promoting.

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Computer Classes (00:40)

Becky HintonBecky Hinton, Computer Trainer, promotes the twenty different computer classes that the library offers for free each month. Classes range from “Taming Your Mouse” for the customer who has never really touched the computer before, through timely topics like Digital Photos, Facebook, E-books and iPads. Plus, listen to a truly inspiring letter from a woman who took computer classes several years ago and wrote to the library this month to share how the experience changed her life.

Read more about the Computer Classes at the library.

Red Carpet: choosing reading materials for others (16:30)

Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson, of Red Carpet Services, explains why the library doesn’t literally have a “red carpet”, talks about how she chooses books to deliver to customers throughout the community, and shares some of her current reading tastes.

Special guest: On Safari with Gary K. Clarke (33:00)

Gary Clarke

Gary K. Clarke of Cowabunga Safaris joins us for a preview of his upcoming library program. Hear some of the stories he will be sharing on the evening of his program.

  • On Safari with Gary K. Clarke
  • Thursday, July 7, 2011
  • 7-8:30 pm, Marvin Auditorium 101C

Program description: See a real elephant tooth and the world’s largest egg. Hear animal sounds of African and try to identify them. Gary K. Clarke, who has had a lifelong affinity for Africa, especially its wildlife, emphasizes that this program is not just another travelogue; rather, it is a personal expression of his feelings and involvement with Africa and its various dimensions over nearly four decades.

Gary K Clarke

lissa and the elephant and the tooth (with some digital editing perhaps?)

Enjoy this visual out-take from our audio podcast and a fun story from our guest.

A New Gnu Tail from Gary K. Clarke / COWABUNGA SAFARIS

The sturdy African antelope known as the wildebeest is also called the gnu—pronounced “noo” but not “ganoo.”  In Africa a lion would call a wildebeest gnutrition, which makes most of the gnurotic—even the great mathematician Sir Isaac Gnuton (who studied the gnutron and gnu math).

It seems that a pair of wildebeest fell in love and got married under a gnu moon on Gnu Year’s Eve.   A year later with their gnu-born baby (who was a real gnuisance) they sailed to the Gnu World, and were known as gnucomers.  They settled in Gnu Jersey, where he became a gnurosurgeon, assisted by several gnurses.

Being avid readers, they went to the gnustand (which was under gnu management) to get copies of Gnusweek, the GnuScientist, and books on the Gnu York Times bestseller list.  On television they watched the gnuscaster report the world gnus—both good gnus and bad gnus.

If you think this is a lot of magnure, just be glad you are not my computer.  As I worked on this magnuscript, the spell check nearly went bonkers with the gnumerous instances of an apparent misspelling.  Exasperated, it flashed the following message to me: No gnus is good gnus.

To learn more about the Gnus, Weather and Sports—read Gary K. Clarke’s book: HEY MISTER—YOUR ALLIGATOR’S LOOSE! And visit Gary at Cowabunga Safaris Main Camp in the Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center (unless he is sgnuzing).

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.