Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Brooklyn Public Library's flagship podcast, “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! 

Borrowed is hosted by Krissa Corbett Cavouras, director of marketing and engagement at Brooklyn Public Library, and Felice Belle, a literacy advisor at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch. Virginia Marshall writes and produces the show, with help from Fritzi Bodenheimer, Jennifer Proffitt, Meryl Friedman and Robin Lester Kenton. Our music composer is Billy Libby.

In Season One, you'll hear stories from Sunset Park, Brooklyn Heights, New Utrecht, Stone Avenue, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Red Hook, Coney Island and more. Each episode will delve into a different aspect of library services, highlighting the stories of our librarians, and you—the patrons, who make the library come alive.

You can find transcripts of each episode, as well as links to our Book Match lists right here on our web page. Have a story that you think should be on the podcast? Reach us by emailing podcasts@bklynlibrary.org.

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Episode 6

For Kids' Sake

It turns out that libraries weren’t always so friendly toward children. That started to change around the turn of the 20th century, thanks to a librarian who is pretty much unknown today. We're taking a field trip to a library truck in the Flatlands, a story time at Central, and to Brownsville in 1914...

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "For Kids' Sake."


Episode 5

Weathering the Storm

Sometimes, in the wake of natural disasters, the library becomes an information center, a shelter and a community space. We travel to Coney Island, Red Hook, and Puerto Rico to learn about how neighbors come together after a storm, and how libraries can help.

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "Weathering the Storm."


Episode 4

Across the Reference Desk

Online search engines are basically universal, so questions at the library reference desk are changing. We follow the story of one question, “I want to know how I can be happy,” and learn about how libraries are keeping up with the needs of the community.

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "Across the Reference Desk."


Episode 3

Something to Offend Everyone

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” So goes the quote from librarian Jo Godwin. From Dr. Seuss to kosher books to Drag Queen Story Hour, this episode will explore what it means to challenge censorship, and what happens when patrons disagree with content in the library.

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "Something to Offend Everyone."


Episode 2

Oil Spills and Moldy Paper

Preserving history is about more than battling mold and disintegration. We took a trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to learn about how an environmental disaster propelled residents into action, and how the public library is archiving the neighborhood’s past and present.

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "Oil Spills and Moldy Paper."


Episode 1

Books Are Not Dead

Books on conveyor belts, book vacuums and books in the mail. This episode of “Borrowed” will take you behind the scenes to see how books travel around the boroughs, from Long Island City to Bensonhurst to your bedside table.

Click here for a full list of book recommendations, curated for this episode, "Books Are Not Dead."


Introducing 'Borrowed'

Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. Hosted by Krissa Corbett Cavouras and Felice Belle, and written and produced by Virginia Marshall.

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