The Deerfield Public Library Podcast

The Deerfield Public Library Podcast features interviews with dynamic Deerfield leaders, including business owners, elected officials, artists, educators, and volunteers. Also, we'll tip listeners off on hot library news, and share a quick review of our favorite books and videos. A great way to discover Deerfield.
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Jul 17, 2017

Charlie Meyerson, proprietor of, a free email news roundup. We talk “fake news” and the state of the media today. Charlie visited us in June as a panelist on our program The Real Story Behind Fake News, you can watch it here.

Library News: a new resource for our patrons in the market for a car: Auto Finance Resource. With this resource you can get the inside information on low rates for car loans that car dealers get.

Staff Picks segment: I take over for this month, recommending the new novel by Percival Everett, So Much Blue.

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Jun 14, 2017

Chef Gale Gand, James Beard Award-winner, co-founder of the restaurant TRU, cookbook author, Food Network star on Sweet Dreams (and a whole lot more) is our guest this month. We talk about her long and fascinating career with a local spin--Gale grew up in Deerfield and has many connections to the area.

Library News: Summer Reading has started! Check at Youth or Adult desk or online for more info.

One of Gale’s favorite books: The Whip by Karen Kondazian. 

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May 11, 2017

Bestseller Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, and Don’t You Cry is our guest this month! We discuss the themes that run through her books, the local Chicago and suburban settings in her novels, and her love of libraries. Mary also shares some info about her new book, Every Last Lie, coming out this June.

Other segments in this episode—

Library News: we learn about the new Baby Garden in Youth Services from head of Youth Services, Meg Anthony.

Local History Corner: we answer the question “What does Charlton Heston have to do with Deerfield?”

Staff Pick: Readers Services Librarian Melissa recommends recent Pulitzer-Prize winner, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.


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Apr 13, 2017

State Senator Julie Morrison of Illinois’s 29th District is our guest this month. Julie discusses her career path, how best to get involved in local government, and how she gets some of her ideas for legislation (hint: visit her office!).

Other segments on our April show include information from youth librarian Julia Frederick about the library’s new Discovery Kits available for checkout. Then, in our brand new segment, our “Local History Corner,” librarian Anne Jamieson shares two hilarious spring-time animal stories from Deerfield’s past. The animal theme continues with our staff picks segment: Acquisitions Assistant Tom Walsh recommends The Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America by William Stolzenburg.

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Mar 5, 2017

Deputy Chief Ray Larson of the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire District is our guest this month. He discusses the path to becoming a firefighter, specific fire and life safety tips, when to call 911, and some of the unusual situations they’ve responded to. Follow the Fire Dept. on Facebook for more safety tips and news updates.

Bookending the conversation, Library Director Amy Falasz-Peterson tells us about the new Giving Tree project the Library Board has been working on. A reception honoring the first group of honorees will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the library’s front lobby and is open to the public. Finally, Multimedia Librarian Ted Gray recommends two TV shows, American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson and recent Oscar winner for Best Documentary, O. J.: Made in America.

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Feb 8, 2017

Executive Director of the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce, Vicki Street, is our feature interviewee this month. We discuss the Chamber’s role in the community, growing up in Deerfield, and the Chamber’s recent trip to Cuba! Bookending the conversation, Outreach Coordinator Judy Hoffman tells us about the food drive for the Deerfield Township Food Pantry (donate in the library lobby March 1st - 22nd) and Teen librarian Nina Michael recommends the memoir Ugly by Robert Hoge. 

Read the transcript of a speech a Deerfield librarian gave to the local Woman's club in 1939 here.

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Jan 11, 2017

Deerfield’s current Mayor, Harriet Rosenthal is our feature interviewee this month. Mayor Rosenthal discusses her path from community volunteer to the Mayor's seat and what makes her job particularly fulfilling. Bookending the conversation, librarian John Phillips fills us in on the details of our new board game collection, available for checkout now, and librarian Anne Jamieson recommends The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.

Mayor Rosenthal also shares some information on an upcoming volunteer project, Give Where You Live--Deerfield. Info on Jan. 16th event:

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