Page Turn Episode 041

Hello and welcome to Episode Forty-One of Page Turn: the Largo Public Library Podcast. I’m your host, Hannah!

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The English Language Transcript can be found below

But as always we start with Reader’s Advisory!

The Reader’s Advisory for Episode Forty-One is Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. If you like Get a Life, Chloe Brown you should also check out: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh, and High Heat by Annabeth Albert.

My personal favorite Goodreads list Get a Life, Chloe Brown is on is Psst psst Psst Netflix look here for romcoms to adapt.

Happy Reading Everyone

Today’s Library Tidbit is from the Children’s and the Teen departments and is all about book boxes!
Book boxes are fun, creative ways for libraries to promote reading and foster creativity. For some of our young patrons being able to choose a box and own a new book is not something they get to do. Plus, everyone loves a good mystery box.

Additionally, book boxes are a good was for libraries to give away advanced reader copies of books, as well as, snacks and goodies to our patrons. Publishers love to send libraries advanced reader copies of books. We cannot put these book into circulation or sell them in the Friends bookstore because they are not the final copies of texts. Advanced reader copies, or ARCs, are a way for publishers to promote new titles they’re releasing to people who can in turn promote those titles to readers. Libraries, bookstores, and online reviewers can all sign up for ARCs!

Over a few years the number of ARCs we have in storage can grow to uncomfortable numbers. We’ve been known to give away ARCs in the past through holiday events, but this is the first time we’ve tried out book boxes! The book boxes in children’s are for ages 8-12 and the book boxes in teen are for 12-18. There is a limit of 2 per household in children’s and a limit of 1 per teen in the teen room. A 12 year-old must choose between one of the children’s book boxes and a teen book box. The child or teen must be present to choose the book box. There are limited amounts so once there gone you’ll have to wait until they restock!

Book boxes come stocked with a book, a snack, stickers, do-dads, bookmarks, and stationary. The mix of goodies changes with boxes, but there will always been a bunch of fun goodies! Each box is labeled with a couple of key words about the book so that the child and teen can select a book they are more likely to enjoy! The ARCs in the boxes are not guaranteed to be books that have not yet been published, however, there is the potential for someone to get a book no one else has read yet. Some of the key words we have used before are: realistic, fantasy, sports, LGBTQ+, family, school, grief, and mermaids.

The boxes have been available up in teen for a few months and available in children’s for a month and have been wildly popular.

If you’re over 18 and can’t get one of our book boxes you can get a similar experience by signing up for one of our Bespoke Book Bundles. The two big differences between the two: no snacks in Bespoke Book Bundles and you have to return the books. You can also, as readers sign up on NetGalley or Edelweiss. These websites allow readers to potentially get e-ARCs of upcoming titles, for free. There may be some stipulations, such as reviewing titles, and you are never guaranteed access to any title.

And now it’s time for Book Traveler, with Victor:
Welcome to Book Traveler. I am Victor, a librarian here at Largo Public Library and today I am going to be talking to you about a book called How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates.

Synopsis: Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions—suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.

As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

Opinion: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates is a very informative book. This book not only addresses the climate problem from the point of view of technology-based solutions, but also shows us how we are polluting the Earth’s atmosphere:
1. 31% Manufacture elements such as cement, steel or plastic
2. 27% Consume electrical energy
3. 19% Grow plants and raise animals
4. 16% Move planes, trucks, freighters
5. 7% Air conditioning homes and industry

In the end, Bill Gates explains that the three reasons to avoid a climate disaster are:
1. Achieve zero emissions.
2. We must apply the tools that we already have, such as solar and wind energy, in a faster and smarter way.
3. We must create and commercialize cutting-edge technologies that help us achieve our goal.

Something that I found strange for a non-fiction book on a topic as important as global warming and climate disasters was the lack of scientific references. Despite this it is a very informative and interesting book.

Outro: It’s all for today, until the next edition of Book Traveler. Bye.

Stay safe everyone out there! Check out our programming page here as our planned programming has changed!

For everyone interested our intro music is by Break the Bans and the outro music is by Jahzzar, both artists can be found on Free Music Archive.