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Oct 21, 2016

In this episode Jen Seper talks about forgiving fines for Welcome Back Week, Emily and Justin read some spooky tales and Lara Wright shares some music. It's also Justin and Emily's final Librarians on the Radio, but I promise no one cried.


Sep 22, 2016

Our back to school 2016 episode is all about learning outside the classroom. Vancouver Island Regional Library members now have access to the electronic learning resource and Emily Orr is on the program talking about what it means for you. We also chat with Darby Love and the Island Stitchery Guild about some upcoming events in Nanaimo. We close it out with Patrick Siebold and J Jack Unrau debating (in lively fashion) the results of reading authors we assume we don't like.

Aug 18, 2016

In this episode Emily Orr shares a host of information about wearable technology at the Olympics and what it can imply for regular people who'll be adopting it in the years to come. We also have Jonathon Bigelow talking about the inaugural GeekCon being held at the Nanaimo Harbourfront library and Patrick and Justin bookfight a pair of novels challenging a rational way of looking at the world.

Jul 22, 2016

J Jack Unrau hosts a rebroadcast of last year's Librarians on Democracy interviews to check in with how the new current Canadian government is doing compared to the old on information issues.

Jun 23, 2016

Summer Reading is upon us once again! J Jack Unrau talks with librarians from around the Vancouver Island Regional Library system about the different ways the library is challenging our users this summer, from cryptography to intertextual footnotes to googly eyes. Also, Emily Orr brings you highlights of our library's indigenous writers' work available in electronic forms for National Aboriginal Day.

This is a very booktalk-heavy episode so a great place to start if you're looking for some reading advice.

Music in this episode includes Pick a Fight by Broncho, Chicken and Cheese by Foot Village and Levels by Gumbel.

Jun 1, 2016

J Jack Unrau and Emily Orr bring you science nonfictional (mostly) tales of the sea, reading material by Annalee Newitz, Michael Bright, Joe Schwarcz and Darwyn Cooke. There's some Moby Dick in there too.

May 20, 2016

In this very scientific episode, we're dealing with presenting complicated information in ways everyone can use. J Jack Unrau interviews a scientist (Dr. Bethany Coulthard), Emily Orr talks about disseminating scientific knowledge (through Open Access and less-than-legal means) and Patrick Siebold helps recommend science fiction books about complex gender roles (in a bookfight).

May 20, 2016

In this episode our librarians talk about connections between readers and producers of culture, from the massive global phenomenon of Star Wars to central Vancouver Island's own BookFest. We also find out a bit about the In Our Own Voice writing contests for teen and aboriginal writers, and Emily Orr teaches us a bit about internet-assisted poetry.

Mar 16, 2016

Emily Orr brings us a round-up of ebook and encryption issues making the news, the bookfight pits short story collections against each other, J Jack Unrau reads a James Joyce short story for our Irish quotient and we celebrate a birthday.

Feb 18, 2016

This February episode of Librarians on the Radio is all about getting you fired up for Freedom to Read Week 2016. J Jack Unrau shares a talk about censorship and children's literature, we hear from a bunch of librarians reading from challenged works, and in our bookfight Patrick Siebold talks about fracking and climate change and how stories will persevere long after we're all dead. It's cheery!

Music in this episode included Dance of the Ominous Shadows by mathgrant and Railroad's Whiskey Co by Jahzzar both used under Creative Commons licenses.

Feb 3, 2016

In this storytime show for Groundhog Day, J Jack Unrau reads stories about repetition and change and getting stuck in loops and escaping them and Matt Mukai has an essay about beginnings and endings. There are politics and aliens and not-quite-prescient 1950s science fiction.

Jan 25, 2016

Check out our feature interview with Steven Loring, director of the documentary The Age of Love (which will be screened at Darby Love's library as part of a very special event in February). It's full of insight about a culture it can be easy to forget about.

Emily Orr talks about early literacy apps for Family Literacy Day, Justin talks about how the public domain in Canada will be hurt by the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, and (after so many shows with technical difficulties) Patrick is back for a bookfight!

Jan 16, 2016

To close out 2015 J Jack Unrau and Emily Orr read some public domain stories including the classic The Gift of the Magi and some Chesterton, Dostoyevsky & Dickens. The Dickens story seems kind of holiday-tangential but it gets there in the end.

Dec 21, 2015

J Jack Unrau talks with Monica Finn about how Vancouver Islanders are welcoming Syrian refugees, how libraries can help, and who people can contact to do more. Plus there's a rather one-sided bookfight some discussion of the surveillance-society issues raised by The Elf on the Shelf and a rebroadcast of last year's librarianly holiday reading of The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. (The reading of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" is abridged in this podcast because a different version will be part of the December 29th storytime episode.)

Dec 21, 2015

J Jack Unrau talks about the joys of creating your own stories using the medium of roleplaying (and other) games, and Emily Orr joins in with how the Nanaimo Harbourfront library's new Creativity Commons can help support people's learning and story creation, especially when National Novel Writing Month winds up. It's an introduction to the form with a lot of reference to Greg Stolze's article How to Play Roleplaying Games plus a couple of actual play podcast excerpts from Role Playing Public Radio (the games used were Delta Green and Dungeon World) and a chunk of the game Once Upon a Time from the Geek and Sundry show TableTop.

Oct 22, 2015

In this post-Canadian-election episode J Jack Unrau talks about the re-opening of the Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch and shares stories of revolutions, robots and revitalization with Patrick Siebold and Emily Orr.

There's also a bit of talk about the CHLY Fundrive which you can contribute to at

Sep 23, 2015

J Jack Unrau and Emily Orr interview experts on information-related issues in the 2015 Canadian federal election. We talk Bill C-51, Access to Information, surveillance, privacy, democracy and civil liberties. Guests include Micheal Vonn from the BC Civil Liberties Association, Vincent Gogolek from the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and David Christopher from OpenMedia.

Sep 8, 2015

J Jack Unrau and Emily Orr read fairy tales from the brothers Grimm, Mark Twain, Stanislaw Lem and more.

The music in this episode is Irish Fairy (Remember the Oscar Wilde) by the Underscore Orkestra and Fairy Tale by Plushgoolash

Sep 1, 2015

J Jack Unrau & Emily Orr read from stories including "On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl on a Beautiful April Morning" Roald Dahl's "Cinderella" and Catherynne Valente's Deathless.