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  Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 


Bookshelves on Air 

Podcast lineup features a broad array of titles

By Jennifer Fehr, FVRL


re you looking for something good to read? Or watch? Or listen to? Fraser Valley Regional Library’s

(FVRL) has you covered with its new ReadRadio podcast. Tune in to hear library staff highlight some of the library’s books, movies, and TV shows that you might not know about.

ReadRadio, an initiative of our online Reading Room, is a great example of how FVRL delivers new and engaging online services to the community”, says Heather Scoular, Director of Customer Experience. FVRL’s ReadRadio is unique in the world of library podcasts, as we are the first Canadian public library to use the medium as a recommendation platform.”

Currently the podcasts are geared towards adults and teens mostly. We will be reviewing some children's books eventually, however the review will be geared towards the parent. If the uptake is large enough we may definitely explore a kid-geared podcast in the future," Jennifer Fehr told The Voice Thursday.

"The reviews are quite short and therefore rarely have room for any segments of the item being reviewed, however a synopsis of the plot is always offered along with information about the genre, series info, read-alikes, and what type of reader may be interested."

FVRL’s diverse staff have a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and expertise, but the one thing they all share is a passion for great stories and ideas. Upcoming episodes will introduce listeners to some hard-boiled detective series, creepy gothic thrillers, fairy-tale flavoured teen romances, spine-tingling science fiction, and more! “Library staff are having a lot of fun producing these podcasts”, says Scoular. “Even our CEO Scott Hargrove couldn’t resist hosting an episode to share his love of science fiction. His review of book turned Netflix series Altered Carbon drops February 9.”

ReadRadio is available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and several other podcast outlets. New episodes are released every other Friday. We hope you’ll tune in and discover something new and amazing to enjoy at your library. Listen now at soundcloud.com/fvrl. For more information visit www.fvrl.ca/readradio.

See the offered titles here.

See behind the scenes of ReadRadio here.

 Listen to ReadRadio on SoundCloud here.


FVRL is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving almost 700,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the communities it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing Board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts. With its mission "to connect people to the world of information and ideas," FVRL plays a prominent role in the communities throughout the Fraser Valley.

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