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Listeners' Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast

Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library podcast and audio access point that connects users with SDPL services, facilities, and staff. Patrons can learn about upcoming programs and periodically enjoy stand-alone episodes that feature unique content tailored for the audio experience. Enjoy a mixture of narrative-driven segments, in-depth interviews, and roundtable discussions about timely services, community-centric matters, along with professional recommendations.
This podcast is made possible through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library Foundation.
Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library podcast

Episode Thirteen: Clara Breed and Library Master Plan Pt. IIBlack and white photo of Clara Breed

In our season finale, Bob chats with author Joanne Oppenheim, historian Susan Hasegawa, and Library Director Misty Jones about former City Librarian Clara Breed and her legacy of rebellion. Also, Scott provides an update on the 2nd phase of the Library Master Plan and its emerging framework.

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Previous Episodes

Episode One

In this premier episode, host Bob Surratt speaks with Library Assistant III, Destiny Rivera about the Ocean Beach and Scripps Ranch Miramar Seed Libraries; co-host Scott Ehrig-Burgess, SDPL director Misty Jones and San Diego Public Library Foundation CEO, Patrick Stewart discuss the Library Master Plan; and Bob, Scott, and Supervising Librarian, Jennifer Jenkins recommend their favorite podcasts.
Seed Libraries
Library Master Plan
Listener’s Advisory Recommendations

Bonus Episode: Book Coven

In this bonus episode, we meet members of the Book Coven, an off-the-books book club for librarians that love young adult literature. The Book Coven consists of various members of SDPL staff including Sciences Manager, Monnee Tong, Pauline Foster Teen Center Manager, Vanessa Gempis, and Collection Development Librarian, Angie Stava. They discuss their origin story, book recommendations, the value of rating systems, and what they love about being in a book club.
Books Mentioned and Recommended
For more information on upcoming young adult book clubs for teens and adults contact: Vanessa Gempis.

Episode Two

Odi’s Library Day's writer Hunter Hackett and illustrator Anisi BaigudeListen to Episode Two

For our second official episode, the theme is books! Host Bob speaks with Steven Torres-Roman, one of the librarians behind the new digital readers’ advisory service, Matchbook; co-host Scott catches up with writer Hunter Hackett, illustrator Anisi Baigude, and program coordinator, Emily Derry, the team behind SDPL’s first children’s book, Odi’s Library Day; and Bob talks books with College Rolando branch manager and host of the web series Read More! (with Trevor), Trevor Jones.


*Correction, Steve states the National Endowment for the Arts’ study, To Read or Not to Read was published in 2000. It was as actually published in 2007.

Odi’s Library Day/El Día de la Biblioteca de Odi

Read More! (with Trevor)

Bonus Episode: The How-To Festival

How-To Festival 2021 graphicListen to Bonus Episode: The How-To Festival

In this second bonus episode, host Bob sits down with Adrianne Peterson, Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Manager and head organizer behind one of SDPL’s annual signature events, the How-To Festival. They discuss the festival’s origins, how it responded to the pandemic of 2020, and how those lessons are shaping this year’s How-To Festival and beyond.

Contact: Adrianne Peterson

Additional Music: Go to the Picnic by Loyalty Freak

Episode Three

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For our third episode, Scott catches up with Supervising Librarian of Youth and Family Services, Ady Huertas about SDPL’s long-running Summer Reading Program. Scott also does some digging into the origins of SRP with the help of some tenacious Central librarians. Finally, Bob speaks with North Clairemont Librarian, Maureen Meadows about her new web series, Let’s Talk Audiobooks and why audiobooks may be for you.

Summer Reading Program

Let's Talk Audiobooks with Maureen 

*Not all titles mentioned are available in audiobook format from SDPL.

Episode Four: Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection

In this episode, host Bob Surratt speaks with some of the folks involved in bringing the newly acquired Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection to the San Diego Public Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center. Interviews include Steve Murphy, son of Joseph; Tom Larwin, President of the Society for American Baseball Research Ted Williams’ Chapter; and Pete Miesner, Manager of the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center.

View the Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection

Episode Five: The Rainbow Label Dilemma and Comic Con Recommendations

Shelf of Pride Books
In this episode, Scott speaks with LGBTQIA+ Services Committee members Erin Wilson and Francesca de Vera about the dilemma of rainbow labels on library books and how "othering" can be an unintended consequence, despite good intentions. Also, Bob hangs with San Carlos Branch Manager, Dave Ege to talk comics and graphic novel recommendations as well as the GOAT, Alan Moore.

Episode Six: SD Access 4 All

SD Access4All
In this episode, Bob hangs out with Curtis Williams, SDPL’s Technology Resources Manager and Sam Cerrato, the Circulation Supervisor at the Central Library. They discuss the new city-wide initiative, SD Access for All and the City of San Diego’s efforts to address digital equity by getting the community connected via computer labs, devices, and various Wi-Fi hotspots.
Internet Services @SDPL

Episode Seven: The Parker Edison Project and Speed Date with a Record

Black and white photo of Parker EdisonListen to Episode Seven

In this episode, Bob meets up with local creative Parker Edison, host of the KPBS podcast The Parker Edison Project. They talk Hip Hop and emceeing, Parker’s creative inspirations, and his various artistic endeavors. Also, Bob hangs with librarian II, Dustin Vogel to discuss his web series, Speed Date with a Record, as well as their favorite golden era Hip Hop and other music recommendations.

Episode Eight: The San Diego Union Tribune's Festival of Books

In this episode, Scott chats with SDPL librarians Vanessa Gempis, Marika Jeffery, Christina Wainwright, and Trevor Jones about their panel moderation duties at this year's Festival of Books (FOB). They discuss the nuts and bolts of moderating a good panel and the question of when criticism of guest authors is appropriate.

Episode Nine: Conversations with Poets & Robert Frost Society

In this episode, Bob sits down with Michael Klam and Dr. Anthony Blacksher, co-creators of Conversations with Poets, a new 8 part poetry series made in partnership with the City of San Diego’s Commissions for Arts & Culture. They discuss their beginnings in poetry, San Diego’s new poet laureate, and what to expect from Conversations with Poets. Also, Scott catches up with poets Jim Hurley and Robert Hass to discuss the arrival of the new Robert Frost Society collection at SDPL.

Episode Ten: Banned Books Week and Our Favorite Banned Books

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In this episode, Bob speaks with Director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, Deborah Caldwell-Stone and SDPL Supervising Librarian of Technical Services, Robyn Gage-Norquist about intellectual freedom, censorship, and the ethics of librarianship. Also, Bob and Scott hang with Listeners’ Advisory Executive Producer and Supervising Librarian, Jennifer Jenkins. They discuss their favorite banned books and trolling book censors.


Episode Eleven: SDPL's Zine Collection and the SD Zinefest

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In this episode, Bob chats with SDPL's zine collection curator, Ernesto Vasquez about the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, and why) of this eclectic, ephemeral collection. Also, Bob hangs with Gina, the long-time organizer of the San Diego Zinefest. They discuss the fest's origins, how it pivoted during shutdown, and what we can expect from this year's 10 day event.
To donate by mail, please send to:
San Diego Central Library
ATTN: Ernesto Vasquez
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Episode Twelve: The Music of Listeners' Advisory

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In this episode, Bob chats with musicians Pete Miesner and Luke Henshaw about their original music contributions to Listeners’ Advisory. Bob and Pete discuss the creation of the podcast’s theme song, Rollin’ On as well as Pete’s early interests in playing guitar. Bob talks with Luke about his involvement in the breakbeat/turntablist scene along with his unorthodox listening habits and sources of inspiration.