Posts tagged: nashville reads

Popmatic Podcast for May 4, 2016: Mother’s Day and Prince

By , May 4, 2016

Color of WaterIt’s Mother’s Day! James McBride is coming to the library to talk about his book about his amazing mother. Would I be pushing it to say this episode is matriarchal? Plus—our Prince memories. The Purple One was a bit much for one young kid in Kentucky to take.


“Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight” from Collection by Misfits

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Manchurian Candidate

A Man for All Seasons

The Color of Water by James McBride


Prince was genius.

Listed Sisters


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Cracking Codes: DIY Morse Code Jewelry

By , March 21, 2015

Spy Hunters Find Clews in Secret CodesImages, symbols, codes, and ciphers have been used to communicate information secretly for thousands of years.  The June 1938 issue of Popular Science includes several examples in the article, “Spy Hunters Find Clews in Secret Codes.”  There’s a transposition wheel in which music notes replace letters and even a stitched version of Morse code, for instance.

In our Nashville Reads story, Between Shades of Gray, the main character, Lina, includes information about her location in artwork that she passes along in hopes of reaching her father, as she and her family are being deported to work camps in Siberia. Our Nashville Reads program, Codes, Ciphers, & Secret Messages, will explore how codes, hidden messages, and ciphers have been used in history while kids crack codes and create their own secret messages.

Make Morse code jewelry with the Special Collections Division at Bordeaux on March 26 from 2:00-3:00pm or at Bellevue on April 15 from 4:00-5:00pm. Can’t make it out to a branch? Participate in the city-wide read from the comfort of your own home with this simple tutorial on making a Morse code necklace or bracelet.



  1. Choose 3 different colors of beads.
  2. Use the Morse Code Translator to create the letters in your name using 2 of the colors. Color #1 will represent the dots and Color #2 will represent the dashes.
  3. Insert a bead of Color #3 in between each letter. This color will serve as a space.
  4. String the beads to create a necklace or bracelet and VOILA!

Morse Code Picture Tutorial


Book Review: Half Brother

By , March 19, 2014

If you know a teen or young adult reader who might feel left out of the literary side of the Nashville READS, I suggest a book called Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.  Not only is this an excellent and heartfelt work of young adult fiction, but it involves a family that is, shall we say, VERY SIMILAR to the one found in Beside Ourselves.  While the READS book begins in the middle (as the author herself puts it), Half Brother sheds further light on the beginning of this rare, non-traditional family structure from the child’s point of view.

We all know how hard it can be for an only child to accept new changes—be it a new school, a new house, a new language, or a new sibling—and this book covers all of that, plus more!  But what if that new sibling were a….Oh, just read the book and find out already, both the Nashville READS book and my pick, Half Brother!

The idea of Nashville READS is to get all of Nashville on the same page by reading the same book, and talking about the same characters, issues, and themes. While we acknowledge that this year’s book (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler) was written with adults in mind, that is no reason to leave the young set out of the conversation. Check out the events, many of which are great for kids of all ages.

Book review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

By , March 16, 2014

I only make one mistake where I mix up names. Can you find it? And actually I don’t know if Koko the gorilla will write you back. I guess I was inspired and thought it would be cool if she did.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Nashville READS events

Walden Two by B.F. Skinner

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Grizzly Man

Animal Minds by Donald Griffin

Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity by David Kirby

When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle

If a Tree Falls

The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

Koko: A Talking Gorilla

Nebula Awards

James Tiptree Jr. Award

James Tiptree Jr.

2nd Wednesday Book Club

music by Black Dice CD | Freegal | Hoopla | Free Music Archive


Popmatic Podcast March 2014: Nashville READS (About Animals)

By , March 2, 2014

With Karen Joy Fowler‘s We are All Completely Beside Ourselves being named the next Nashville READS title, we wax poetic about our favorite animal tie-ins. Somehow Babe: Pig in the City didn’t make the list? And what is tickling our fancy this month.

Nashville READS


Animals by Pink Floyd

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin bio pic with Claire Danes

Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev

Rikki Tikki Tavi animated by Chuck Jones

original Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

National Geographic’s Cobra vs. Mongoose

Twin Peaks TV series

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me


What’s Happenin’ Captain by Library Pete


Tennessee First Lady Read20 Book Club

The weather has been great.

Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies by Warren Faidley

Lucky Day Collection

Twin Peaks fan art


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