Kimball’s Tiny Table

Kimball Public Library has a podcast!!
Outreach librarian Kate Branstetter interviews library lovers, discusses what’s happening in the library, and explores the quaintness of village life in Randolph, Vermont.

With support by Vincent Freeman of The Underground Recording Studio.

Episode Seven – Dad has a story! (click here)

What do you do when something unbelievable happens to you?
You probably tell your friends and family.
What do you do when the strange conclusion of your unbelievable story happens 40 years later?
Tim Branstetter (Kate and Courtney’s father) joins The Tiny Table to share a crazy story and what happens over hundreds of retellings.

We mention (links in color):
Halloween, folklore, urban legends, Safe and Seen Halloween, Chandler Music Hall, Colorado, Wolf Creek Pass, Bengal Tiger, Durango Public Library, Disneyland, Elizabeth Wilcox, growing up and getting older

Books Mentioned (click on links):

Tiger Rising by Kate Dicamillo
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell
A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
Goosebumps by R.L. Stein
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Listening Corner: Western Terrestrials “Ethan Alien” 

Episode Six – Elizabeth Wilcox (click here)

Vermont author Elizabeth Wilcox joins The Tiny Table to talk about her new book The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir and what it was like to publish something so personal and yet extremely relevant to current events. We often hear that “history repeats itself” and Elizabeth Wilcox’s journey into her family’s history (through WWI and WWII to present day) is incredibly moving and thought provoking. Join us! 

We mention (links in color):

how history impacts women, World War I, World War II, refugee crisis at the southern border, creative nonfiction/historical fiction, Hamburg,, Green Writers Press, immigration, writing

Books mentioned (click on links)

A Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir by Elizabeth Wilcox 

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
The Vegan Starter Kit: Everything You Need  to Know about Plant Based Eating by Neal Barnard
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Listening Corner: Ali T  “Down” (Wonderland)


 Episode Five- Jonathan Clark (Click Here)

Jonathan Clark, Youth Services Consultant for Vermont’s Department of Libraries joins us at Kimball’s Tiny Table. Jonathan chats about starting a new job during a pandemic, what he is reading (and watching! SO fun!), and provides lots of information for parents and kids. Join us!!

We mention:

VT Department of Libraries , New York Public Library, stay at home order, Vermont Historical Society, Beanstack: Reading Challenge, Libraries in Vermont, Jason Broughton (State Librarian of Vermont), Census, Audiobooks, Graphic Novels, Episode 4, Green Mountain Book Awards, VT Middle Grade Book Awards, Parent Book Club, Schitts Creek , Supermarket Sweep, Floor is Lava,

Books mentioned: Interested? Click on Links!
Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you – Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist – Judith Heumann
March – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell 

The Listening Corner: Bo Thayer “Earthling”


Episode Four- Vincent Freeman (Click Here)

Get to know Vincent Freeman: the magical sound engineer! Kate enthusiastically interviews Vincent about his work at The Underground Recording Studio, what he’s currently reading, and how he came to call Randolph his home. This episode contains bloopers that Vincent would usually edit out! Take a look behind the scenes at all the work he does for Kimball’s Tiny Table and  the community. Join us!!

We mention:

The Underground, exchange programs, Chefs Market, Ska/Punk music, Elizabeth Wilcox, The Gear House, Goldfinger, Talco, ILL

Books mentioned: Interested? Click on the links!
Winnie The Pooh – A.A. Milne (audio book)
In The Studio – Rick Reuben
The Recording Engineers Handbook
The Mixing Engineers Handbook
How to Build a Recording Studio by Bobby Owsinski

Anything the library does not have we may be able to get via Inter Library Loan

The Listening Corner: Natalie Strand “Wild and Free”


Episode Three-Summer Reading (Click Here)

After a teeny tiny hiatus (okay, two months! EEK!) Youth Services Librarian, Courtney Bowen joins Kate and Vincent at Kimball’s Tiny Table. We chat about summer reading with LOTS of recommendations. Whether you are eager to escape into a juicy novel or dive into a phenomenal book that examines racism in America, we got you! Also, Vincent brings us round two of the listening corner series! Join us! 

We mention: 
Summer Reading Bundles, The Herald, The Quaranzine, Richard Russo, Jason Reynolds, American Library Association,, Sue Grafton, DCF, Green Mountain Book Awards, Rick Reuben, Libby, 

Books Mentioned: Interested? Click on the links!
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix
My Best Friend’s Exorcism -Grady Hendrix
Raising White Kids -Jennifer Harvey
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X Kendi
Y is for Yesterday – Sue Grafton
All the Greys on Greene Street – Laura Tucker
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? – Caitlin Doughty
Bloom – Kevin Panetta
James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
The Invited – Jennifer McMahon
Nevernight series – Jay Kristoff
Becoming – Michelle Obama


Episode Two- Dylan Kelley (Click Here)

Dylan Kelley joins the Tiny Table to discuss growing up in Vermont, acquiring his “dream job” at The Herald, and what it is like writing about/for our community. We also talk books, photography and how awesome libraries are! 

PLUS!! After the interview, Vincent introduces our new segment The Listening Corner which shares local music! This episode features a new song from local band ADAD! Stay Tuned.

We mention (links in color) :

The Herald, W Eugene Smith, Susan Meiselas, ILL Interlibrary Loan, Arthur Miller, Staff at The Herald, Chelsea, Vermont, Will’s Store, Thorton Wilder, Diane Arbus, Aperture Magazine, Ansel Adams, Shirley Jackson, Carl Sagan, ADAD

Books Mentioned:
Man in the High Castle – Phillip K. Dick
Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs – Chuck Klosterman
IQ84 – Haruki Murikami
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert 

Dylan’s Quarantine List *with links to the books!
Ma Jode – The Grapes of Wrath by Jon Steinbeck
Celie – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Glenn Rhee – The Walking Dead
Samwise Gamgee – Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Jo March – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Episode One-Courtney Bowen (Click Here)

Youth Services Librarian, Courtney Bowen stops by to talk books, library programs, and all the terrific resources available to you.

We mention:
COVID-19, Youth Services Librarian, Storytime, Dorothy Canfield Fisher list, Middle Grade Book Club, Fairy Tale Festival, Virtual Children’s Book Festival (May 1st and 2nd), Mo Willems lunchtime doodles, Overdrive / Libby, Epic!

Books mentioned:
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie books
Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea 
Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys audio books (Poll: which is better?)
Agatha Christie
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Deep Water by Watt Key
The Golden Compass series by Philip Pullman (book, movie and “HBO: His dark materials” TV show)