Shelf Check is a podcast that combines fun discussions and storytelling to spotlight interesting authors, literary topics, and community questions. Each episode, less than an hour, of Shelf Check, will focus on different themes including holidays and pop culture with recommendations for both fiction and non-fiction.

Where to listen


May be found on other podcast apps. 


The hosts for the podcast are members of Arlington Public Library's Lifelong Learning team. They handle all the adult programming for the library. Sometimes they may have special guest hosts from other divisions join them. 




Behind the Scenes


Listen to Season One Episodes

Episode One: Sports in These Uncertain Times
Air Date: September 12, 2020
Description:  We talk about all things sports and what sports mean to fans and to identity. We also have great fiction and non-fiction book recommendations. 

Episode Two: A Good Mystery and a Good Meal
Air Date: September 19, 2020
Description: Librarians Miranda and Sharon talk about their favorite sub-genre of mysteries Cozy Cooking Mysteries. They highlight some of the cookbooks that will also whet your appetite and discuss some of the fun and funny questions they have gotten asked as library staff. 

Episode Three: The Finale Female Frontier
Air Date: September 26, 2020
Description: Are you just tired of Earth? This episode takes you to the Final Frontier with women who have explored space and the universe both in fun and interesting science fiction and in women who have been apart of the Space Program.

Episode Four: Required Reading
Air Date: October 3, 2020
Description: Librarians Mark and Miranda go back in time to revisit the required reading ghosts of their high school pasts. Miranda teaches us how to (maybe) love Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. And Mark performs "an inception" by recommending books about books (about books, about books...). They also discuss what books should be added and removed from High School's Reading List. 

Episode Five: When You Want a Good Scare
Air Date: October 10, 2020
Description: Do you like a little fright in your night? Well, this week's episode of Shelf Check features books that will give you a good scare. Librarian Sharon and Program Specialist Lesley talk about ghostly books and interview Weldon Trantham of the Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomenon

Episode Six: Shakespeare Goes to High School
Air Date: October 17, 2020
Description: Is the book always better than the movie?  This episode of 'Shelf Check' talks about 'Clueless', '10 Things I Hate About You', and other movie adaptations, book rewrites, and classic lit that might be better than the original. Book and Theater Nerds Miranda and Tamera also recommend sequels and retellings of classic novels and plays and discuss what makes high school quite so Shakespeare

Episode Seven: Time Travel
Air Date: October 24, 2020
Description: Have you ever wanted to go "Back to the Future" or "Turn Back Time"? Is hindsight really 20/20? Ever question the butterfly effect? Well, settle in for this episode where Library Service Manager, Melissa, and Librarian Mark discuss time travel in fiction, non-fiction, and what are some of the problematic questions that time travel invokes.

Episode Eight: Too Real for Fiction: True Crime Stories
Air Date:  October 31, 2020
Description: Librarian Sharon Granado and Program Specialist Lesley Hinojosa dive into the world of true crime. In this episode, they discuss classic true crimes that have impacted the world, The Black Dahlia Murder, Truman Capote’s Classic true crime book, and the crime that inspired  Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel, Lolita. They recommend the best True crime books which include Truman Capote’s critically acclaimed In Cold Blood which details the murders of a Kansas family, and a recounting and investigation of The Black Dahlia’s murder. Is a murder born or made?

Episode Nine: What is Indie Author Day?
Air Date: November 7, 2020
Description: Each year, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more! Join Arlington Public Library as we celebrate Indie Author Day

Episode Ten: Books We Loved (or Hated) as Children
Air Date: November 14, 2020
Description: We open this episode with a cold open with Melissa and Loretta giving a touching tribute and remembrance to famed writer and Arlington Public Library supporter, Rachel Caine who passed away on October 31, 2020. Then the episode continues with Tamera and Lesley will be discussing books they loved or hated as children. Tune in for an emotional episode that will definitely tug at your heartstrings. 

Episode Eleven: No Batteries Required - Books as Gifts
Air Date: November 21, 2020
Description: Librarians Miranda and Lisa share tips on how to successfully give books as gifts and how to avoid accidentally giving homework to your friends and family. Lisa and Miranda also geek out over the Icelandic holiday tradition of Jólabókaflóð (the Yule Book Flood) and discuss whether you should write inscriptions in books (not library books). Check out APL’s new service What Should I Read Next? to request reading suggestions from real, live library staff!

Episode Twelve: On the Move - Journeys & Travels
Air Date: November 28, 2020
Description: Librarians Mark and Sharon invite you along as they set out for far-off lands (and day trips in North Texas) discussing favorite novels, memoirs, and guidebooks focused on quests, journeys, and travel! So pack your bags and let’s get moving!


Season Two Episodes

Season Two Starts January 2, 2021