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Ep. 004: Weird is Where it’s At

Teacher Librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka present “Loud in the Library Ep. 004: “Weird Is Where it’s At”, in which they speak with YA author A.S. King about her published and upcoming books, surrealism, and her admiration for teenagers. Chris and Tracy also discuss the books that they’re reading, Banned Books Week, and the magic of readalouds.

Loud in the Library’s next episode will be released on October 15th and will feature an interview with YA nonfiction author Steve Sheinkin.

Ep. 003: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Teacher Librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka present “Loud in the Library Ep. 003: Two Sides of the Same Coin”, in which they speak with Michigan author Tobin Buhk about true crime, research, the writing process, and his website “Dark Corners of History.” During their interview with Mr. Buhk, Chris refers to the still unsolved West Michigan “Deanie Peters” case from 35 years ago. Chris and Tracy also discuss books,  Nerd Camp, and the Eisner Awards.

Loud in the Library’s next episode will be released on September 15th and will feature an interview with YA author A.S. King.

Ep. 002: Gushing with Fanboy Juice

Teacher Librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka present “Loud in the Library Ep. 002: Gushing with Fanboy Juice”, in which they speak with YA author Andrew Smith about the upcoming film adaptation of his novel Grasshopper Jungle, censorship, and the writing process. They also discuss summer reading and provide sources to find your perfect summer read. And, as an added bonus, they toss in a couple of vintage dad jokes.

Summer Reading List 2016 – presented by FHPS Media

FHPS Media’s 2016 Summer Reading List is now available. It’s not too soon to start building your summer TBR pile. Take a look! There are some good ones here! 🙂

Some other summer reading lists that might interest you.

Scholastic’s Summer Reading Book List – The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Studies show that when kids don’t read over the summer, they lose core reading skills and fall behind when they go back to school. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge focuses on the helping kids achieve the “Summer Leap” — the learning or reading skills gained during the summer months that help students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year.

ALSC 2016 Summer Reading Lists – The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

This Summer’s 14 must reads by Wired magazine – THE CONCEPT OF the “beach read” is problematic—mainly because most states don’t have beaches, but also because it gives you an excuse to read garbage. Resist the temptation! The only thing breezy about your summer reading should be the cool wind on your sun-baked faces.

Brainy Beach Reads –  Just because you’re checked out of the office doesn’t mean you’re checked out of great reading.

42 Amazing Beach Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down (from O Magazine) – It’s that time of year again! Don’t miss our annual guide to the season’s most gloriously engrossing reads.

Publisher’s Weekly’s Summer Reads 2016 – This summer’s crop of new books offers something for everyone. PW staff picks include Noah Hawley’s blockbuster thriller (Before the Fall), Russell Banks’s dispatches from all over the globe (Voyager), a 900-page manga-style biography (The Osamu Tezuka Story), and much more. After surveying our staff picks, be sure to take a look at our category picks for even more books to stash in your suitcase or beach bag.

Voya’s Perfect 10s of 2015


Ep. 001: Norman Rockwell, Leonard da Vinci, and the Breck Girl

Teacher Librarians Tracy Chrenka and Chris Patrick welcome author/illustrator Floyd Cooper to their podcast “Loud in the Library.” Mr. Cooper talks about his craft and his upcoming visit to Grand Rapids. Tracy and Chris also discuss books they’ve read, books they’re currently reading, and books they intend to read. And finally, they celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a couple of their favorite poems.