Kimball's Tiny Table Podcast

Outreach librarian Kate Branstetter interviews library lovers, discusses what’s happening in the Library, and explores village life in Randolph, Vermont.

With support by Vincent Freeman of The Underground Recording Studio.

Episode Eight- Hindsight (2020)

Goodbye 2020!! Patrick Murdough (Kate’s husband and the artist behind many Kimball Library projects) joins The Tiny Table to chat about 2020. We chat about what we read, what we accomplished, and what our listeners recommend to read in 2021! Join us!

***CAUTION we say “hell” in this episode. It is in reference to a book title but might be a bit much for tiny ears. :)

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We mention (links in color):

Magic the Gathering, Summer Reading, The QuaranZine, The Underground, audiobooks, Elizabeth Wilcox's memoir The Long Tail of Trauma, Kimball's New Website

Devolution by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks

Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

The Stand by Steven King

The Invited by Jennifer Mcmahon

Rick Rubin: In the Studio by Jake Brown

The Drum Recording Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Should I Share my Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

One of Us is Next by Karen M. Mcmanus

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Bomber Moon by Archer Mayor

Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Listening Corner: 90's Baby by Dharma


Episode Seven – Dad has a story!

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.

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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, Author

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! 

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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, Bookshop.org, 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

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!!

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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

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!!

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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

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! 

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Episode Two - Dylan Kelley, journalist/photographer

Dylan Kelley joins the Tiny Table to talk about small town journalism, working for The Herald, and photography. We laugh, we chat and of course, enthusiastically reference a whole bunch of books. Join us!

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We mention (links in color) :

The Herald, W Eugene SmithSusan Meiselas, ILL Interlibrary Loan, Arthur Miller, Staff at The Herald, Chelsea, Vermont, Will’s Store, Thorton Wilder, Diane Arbus, Aperture Magazine, Ansel AdamsShirley JacksonCarl SaganADAD

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, Youth Services Librarian

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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)