What is a podcast?
The word "podcast" comes from combining the words "iPod" and "broadcast." Podcasts are audio or video media formats that can be downloaded whenever you want through the use of an RSS feed. You can then listen to them on your computer or your mp3 player.
For more information, see Wikipedia's page about podcasts.
How do I get a podcast?
You can listen to the BCLS podcasts directly at our podcasting blog or you can subscribe to the RSS feed from that blog. To subscribe to our podcasts, you will need a podcatcher or RSS aggregator. There are numerous podcatcher and RSS aggregator programs available, and most are free. Once you have your podcatcher set up, go to our podcast blog and click on the orange square to the right side of the page. You will need to enter the URL of the RSS feed directly into your aggregator or podcatcher.
What are the podcasts going to have in them?
Our podcasts are going to focus on children's books. Our children's librarians will all be involved in recording the stories. The stories will mainly be picture books. Hopefully, we will also be able to include poetry and excerpts from longer works for children. We hope to add a new recording each month but that may not always be feasible.
I'd like to hear a certain children's book. Is that possible?
We can certainly try. Since many of the books we would like to read are under copyright, we have to ask for permission to record them. This process takes time, and we may not be able to record every book we wish we could. If you do have a specific book you'd like us to record, please e-mail the Children's Coordinator with the title and author of the book. She will request copyright permission and let you know if you'll be hearing your favorite children's book in a podcast.
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