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Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, borrowing books! Brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library.
 
Ness Relevant is living on borrowed time. Molecular implosion, cellular degeneration, and dangerous men are but a few of the perils faced by the friendly and unassuming forensic photographer. His quiet bachelorhood is interrupted when he receives an innocent looking device in the mail from a friend and former college professor. Ness unexpectedly finds himself embroiled in events driven by his friend’s success. This device is the focal point of a struggle that could overturn the whole world s ...
 
Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and Thursday as we unplug from distractions and immerse ourselves in Soul Process Work—exploring our identity formation, expanding our self-awareness, and engaging relational responsibility. I encourage you to bring your whole self to The Bor ...
 
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Book bans and challenges have been on the rise in the past few years. When BPL launched a free eCard to give out-of-state teens access to our eBook collection, including many banned titles, we saw an incredible response. We look at the impact of that initiative, and our own history of censorship over the past 125 years. Check out our book list and …
 
From defunct recording technology to vinyl’s comeback, we've been through a lot of media changes over the last 125 years. And we're still not done changing! We talk about audio's next great frontier with the world's first two podcast librarians. Read the transcript and check out our listening list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/library…
 
In 1996, we were one of the first libraries in the nation to connect our patrons to the internet. Today, we're extending our WiFi reach down the block, loaning hotspots, and archiving hyperlocal websites for the future. Read the transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/world-wide-web…
 
A lot had changed since Melvil Dewey came up with a classification system to organize all known and not-yet-known knowledge into a string of numbers and search terms. And yet, hundreds of thousands of libraries use the same system to this day, often preserving out-dated and offensive terms. In this episode, we take a look at what has changed—and wh…
 
Libraries weren't always located in their own stately buildings. Many of our branches used to operate out of pharmacies, laundry rooms, storefronts, and more! In celebration of our first new branch in nearly forty years—Adams Street Library, located in a former factory in DUMBO—we're bringing you stories of new libraries in old places. Read our tra…
 
On October 5th, 2021, all three public library systems in New York City eliminated late fines. The change was 125 years in the making, and it made us think: why did public libraries start charging late fines in the first place? And how will the library have to adapt now that we're truly free and truly for all? Read our transcript and check out our …
 
The story of Canarsie in reverse, from the racial unrest in the 1990s, to the anti-integration school boycotts in the 1960s, the community of Canarsie's Black residents in the 19th century, all the way back to Brooklyn's first residents, the Native Lenape people, who gave the neighborhood its name. Read our transcript and check out our book list he…
 
In the early 1900s, if you walked around Sunset Park, you might have heard Finnish being spoken on the streets. That's because the neighborhood was home to the largest concentration of Finns in New York City, and though most have since gone from Brooklyn, they left behind their co-operative spirit. The Finns built the first non-profit co-operative …
 
Brooklyn is constantly changing. This episode takes a look at the changes on just one street in one neighborhood: Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, which many call Brooklyn's Chinatown. In the early 1990s, BPL and the Museum of Chinese in America collected oral histories about Sunset Park. We dive back into that archive, with help from Professor Tarry …
 
At the start of World War II, 200 women were employed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. That number ballooned to 7,000 at the height of the war, but afterward—women workers were gone as rapidly as they appeared. We tell the story of this unique moment in history, using oral histories from women who worked at the yard during the war, and an interview with …
 
In the middle of the 20th century, a ten square block area in North Gowanus was home to the largest Mohawk settlement outside of Canada. We hear about the Mohawk women who built that community while their husbands and fathers were building skyscrapers. And, we go back hundreds of years in Gowanus and tell the story of the original inhabitants of Br…
 
We're launching a mini-series about four neighborhoods that made Brooklyn the vibrant, diverse borough it is today! “Building Brooklyn” will take you to Gowanus, the Navy Yard, Sunset Park, and Canarsie to discover some of Brooklyn’s most unique and over-looked stories. Episode transcript: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/building-brooklyn-com…
 
Season 2 Episode 6: At The Center- Visualize See yourself beyond your struggles. Return to your imagination and create a new story wherein you are victorius! -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and li…
 
Season 2 Episode 5: Move- Physical movement can lighten the mental load. What's your favorite song? I bet you can't guess mine! -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Jo…
 
Season 2 Episode 4: Breathe- During your quiet time, focus on breathing deeply. Release what you need to release and make room to receive what you need. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberat…
 
Season 2 Episode 3: An Intentional Mind- Learn three skills to lessen anxiety and worry. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and …
 
It’s the start of summer, which means block parties, beach trips, and also, big primary elections here in New York City. This will be the city's first election cycle where voters will get to cast their votes for up to five candidates for each position. It’s called ranked choice voting. Read our transcript and check out our book list here: https://w…
 
Season 2 Episode 2: Pray Without Boundaries- Releasing "how” is the most difficult dynamic when stabilizing one's mood during transition. Remember, everything and everyone (including you) are subject to change! -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunit…
 
Season 2 Episode 1: Silence & Prayer- What if words are not the center focus of prayer? What if you start with silence? -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me fo…
 
Season 2: At The Center Moment- The essential "Mood Stabilizer" is summarized in one word. Can you guess the word that is most needed to ensure your continued evolution? -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, whole…
 
Season 2 Introduction: Mood Stabilizers- Following Season 1: The RootWork Series, listeners are invited to cultivate practices that will assist in furthering their growth and development especially during chaotic moments of change. Each episode highlights centering and self-care practices such as prayer, silence, meditation, intentional visualizati…
 
Season 2 begins May 11th --Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and Thursday as we unplug from distractions and immerse ourselves in …
 
"To me, what all these books say is independence and personal choice," says Nefertiti Matos of the stacks of Braille books at NYPL's Andrew Heiskell Library. In this episode, we talk about what inclusion means, whether it's creating tactile graphics so that all may encounter the visual world, or making our virtual classes accessible to kids with di…
 
Happy Easter! This week I am joined by the completely wonderful Inua Ellams, a fantastic poet and playwright who I last shared a stage with in a crowded basement in early March 2020 in one of the last gigs pre-pandemic. Since then he had had his debut full collection of poetry The Actual published and it is completely gorgeous, we also talk about h…
 
Welcome back! This week I am joined by fellow Roundhouse Poetry Collective alumni and brilliant musician Isabel. As well as a shared love for attempting covers of pop songs with cheap keyboards and mutual appreciation of Zia Ahmed, we discuss the sea and water in general, as well as the power of poetry to shift our view on the world. Izzy's Somethi…
 
It’s been a rough year. So, we gathered all the good news we could find to brighten your podcast feed. Hear kids read to a therapy dog, a library love story, babies learning ASL, and adults age 90 and older learning to use Zoom. Read our transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/good-news…
 
Hey friends, we have a birthday special this week! Not only is it my birthday and sort of the birthday of the show (after first trying out the format on a little thing called Instagram live as a mini-party online because we were just entering a pandemic..) it is also the birthday of my mum, Grace, AND my fabulous guest, the wonderful Jake Wild Hall…
 
It's Episode 2! This week it was such a treat to get to speak to and hear from the Wonderful Zena Kazeme - We both shared some old old poems and some new old poems, as well as borrowing some stunners from our all-time faves, before finishing on a slightly blue mood (with a caveat of hope!). We also touch on how poems can be both light and heavy, ti…
 
Ingrid Douglas never finished high school as a teenager. When she started looking for a better job at age sixty, she found not having a degree was a huge barrier. So, Ingrid came to the library to get her diploma. In this episode, we talk to students and instructors at BPL about how the library can be a refuge for those who have experienced trauma …
 
Season 2 begins May 11th --Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and Thursday as we unplug from distractions and immerse ourselves in …
 
We're back baby! Season 2 of Something borrowed kicking off with a bang in the form of the lizardy wizard Gecko. Since season 1 Gecko has released a new album from which he treats us to a new song, as well as a gorgeous cover, another creative response to something blue and a song I love so much he played it at my wedding, but which has found new l…
 
Episode 6: Small and consistent daily actions support your commitment to creating room within yourself for new experiences. What are the small things that you can commit to as a way of supporting yourself? -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities f…
 
Episode 5: Perfection is not required. You are good enough. And honoring your fullness starts with accepting this truth-nothing can separate you from God's love. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, an…
 
Burnout from work is something a lot of us are thinking about right now. It's been on the minds of librarians, too. We talk to a group of library workers who got together to combat the stress of the profession, and support each other. Read our transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/rekindling-burnout…
 
Episode 4: Our worst thoughts and decisions impact us and others. Consequences are real. But should we torment ourselves forever through shame and guilt? I don’t think so. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, who…
 
Episode 3: "Should’ve, Could’ve, & Would’ve" often lead to long term stagnation. You cannot change the past which is why acceptance will free you. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is…
 
Episode 2: Stress and fear both loosen their grips when we explore the “why” at the roots of our concerns. -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds …
 
Episode 1: It takes courage to decide to change. And it takes a village to support you as you make new choices and set new boundaries. Do you have a soul partner? --- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, …
 
Season 1: The Underground-RootWork Series introduces you to The Borrowed Sugar Podcast mission which is to create opportunities for leadership growth, healing, and wholeness. We want you to bring your whole self into community-yes even that! -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spiri…
 
Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and Thursday as we unplug from distractions and immerse ourselves in Soul Process Work—exploring…
 
Hear me out: A Vietnamese refugee opens a restaurant to keep her kids out of gangs, Brooklynites on their changing borough, a daughter seeks justice after her father's death from COVID-19, giving birth during a pandemic, the meaning of shelter for families experiencing homelessness, and the last lesbian bar in Brooklyn. These are all Brooklyn stori…
 
Hear me out: a Bed-Stuy kid grapples with her Brooklyn identity, a Chassidic woman follows her faith to from South Africa to Crown Heights, musicians find belonging in the South Indian music diaspora, a Brooklynite memorializes early activism in the borough, and a Black Puerto Rican land worker paves her own career path. These are all Brooklyn stor…
 
Our work in the correctional facilities in New York City didn't stop during the pandemic. We talked with the Justice Initiatives team at BPL to hear how they are connecting with patrons who are incarcerated and supporting families with loved ones in jails and prisons. Read the transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.or…
 
What do librarians do all day? When they're not planning programs or working the reference desk, these librarians are also obscure trivia players, birders and ... sword fighters! Read the transcript and check out our book list here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/secret-lives-librariansעל ידי Brooklyn Public Library
 
"We want all the kids to see themselves in all the stories," says Raakhee Mirchandani, author of Super Satya Saves the Day. This episode, we hear Drag Queen Cholula Lemon read Mirchandani's book, and we visit BPL's wildly popular Tibetan language storytime, which provides language refuge for thousands of Tibetan-speaking New Yorkers, and reaches th…
 
Belle da Costa Greene and Nella Larsen are two librarians of color, one who is white passing, and the other of mixed heritage who wrote famously about the phenomenon of passing in her novels. We're telling the stories of these women and asking what they can tell us about race in librarianship and in literature. Read the transcript and check out our…
 
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