Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes dish on all things libraries, movies, books, programs, services, life, and more…in the most random way possible.

Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes for a fresh episode, and our longest yet, where we really let you in on who we are from understanding the the injustices of bathroom layouts to answering Vogue's 73 questions challenge.  Unfortunately, there will not be a technology issue of the week that we'll cover (as we ran out of time to fully research a topic) and it was a slow news cycle for libraries, so here's what we've got for you this week:

  • Library Events: There's plenty of great activities for adults this week including a workshop on Harvesting Your Family Recipes, a Medicare 101 workshop, great movie showings, and fun craft sessions like a DIY Sugar Cookie Sugar Scrubs session and learning to make Dream Catchers.
  • New DVD Releases: This week we'll be telling you about the DVD releases to look out for at your local public library including "It Chapter 2," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "Hustlers," and "Freaks."
  • Vogue's 73 Question Challenge: We looked at the questions we've seen online that were asked of celebrities and we decided to answer them ourselves...which is why our show ran longer this week than usual.

Hello everyone, it's Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes coming at you, post-Thanksgiving, for some library talk to dish on some holiday selections you might want to ease into as well as all of our fun library topics...with our own spin of course.  In today's show, we're covering:

  • Library Events: It's City Sidewalks time in Abilene, which is a big Christmas holiday celebration and we'll have tons of great holiday activities for you to participate in this week so listen up and be sure to attend some of them.
  • Technology Issue of the Week: We'll be talking about GPS and Location Services on smartphones and tablets.  Is it a good thing?  Is it evil?  We'll tell you about it, cover the pros and cons, and let you decide for yourself.
  • New Movie Releases: We'll give you the inside scoop on two movies being released to DVD this week including our top pick "Ready or Not," (which everyone should watch, enjoy, and love as much as we did) and "The Goldfinch," based on the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel that didn't translate to film at all.
  • News Stories Featuring Libraries: We'll have a few to dish on this week including a development project for the Milwaukee Library System that would feature a library built below three floors of apartments (lovin' that), a newly opened Queens library branch that's been called a marvel but is now in a lawsuit for not being ADA compliant; and more complaints coming from staff about their safety from the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, AZ.

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events: None to cover this week because it's the week of Thanksgiving. May you all spend it with family and friends and have a great one!
  • News From Our Library: We have a lot to tell you about that's changed at the Abilene Public Library including the retirement of the library director, progress on the Abilene Heritage Square project, and a new website for the library and city coming in December!
  • Technology Issue of the Week: We bumped this segment this week because we knew we were going to run long. It'll return next week.
  • New Movie Releases: We'll be talking about three new movie releases for the day that you should look for checking out at your local public library including "Angel Has Fallen," "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," and "Don't Let Go."
  • News Stories Featuring Libraries: We have so much news to cover this week that should certainly get under your skin. We'll tell you about how thousands of students in Houston ISD never check out a book from their school libraries; a library had to cancel their Drag Queen Storytime after receiving violent threats; an ex-librarian embezzles over $260,000 from her library; director of the Lincoln Library fired by governor for loaning an original Gettysburg Address to a pop-up museum of Glenn Beck; three guns found in a bathroom in Phoenix library, fully loaded; library debates the removal of "Prince and Knight" children's books, which got the attention of the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom; director of the library in Leander, TX fired for hosting Family Pride Storytimes, Mayor blames her and library staff.

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events to Attend: Hear about some great events for adults to attend this week including a Crafty DIY Session learning to make Wine Cork Pumpkin decorations; a Family Board Game Night event starting at the South Branch Library; a great workshop on Harvesting Family History led by representatives from Abilene Christian University's Special Collections Department; finally the next Genealogy Lock-In session for local enthusiasts.
  • Technology Issue of the Week: This time around, we're discussing texting as being one of the top forms of communication over voice calls and voice mail.  Is it true?  We'll share some facts and discuss pros and cons.
  • New Movie Releases: We'll be talking about the following movies being released today that you should look for checking out at your library including "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," "Good Boys," and "The Angry Birds Movie 2."
  • News Stories Featuring Libraries: Hear our coverage on a Florida County that tried to cancel a subscription to the New York Times for their library; a mother that could face 93 days in jail for two overdue books; the positive change for the Fort Worth Public Library system now that it's expanded hours and eliminated fines.

Join Tremain Jackson and Jessica Reyes for a fresh new episode where we have a ton of information to dish on today including the following: 

  • Library Events to Attend: Hear about events going on this week including a Twine Pumpkin Craft session, Healthy You workshops covering the topic of Men's Health, popular movie showings this Saturday including "Toy Story 4," "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," and "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," and finally a Doctor Who Trivia Contest.
  • Technology Issue of the Week: For this week's topic, we'll be telling you about what the cloud is.  Many are still confused by it and we'll be offering our take on what it is, along with its advantages and disadvantages.
  • New Movie Releases and Reviews: We're covering reviews of some of the movies you should be on the lookout for checking out at your library including "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and "The Kitchen."
  • News Stories Featuring Libraries: We'll be telling you more about major library systems deciding to go fine free; a mother's fight to get LGBTQ materials into her school district based on the experiences of her son growing up; prisoners getting the opportunity to connect to their kids with storytelling program; career and college fairs being put on by Terrebonne Libraries.

Get ready for a fresh new episode under our new format to provide you with an extended show full of fun information.  Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes as we dish on technology issues, new releases in movies to be on the lookout for, library programming, and libraries in the news.  In this episode you'll hear about:

  • Great Library Programming to Attend This Week: Including the annual Mall-O-Ween festivities, a new Photo Digitization Workshop for adults, and a free showing of "Grumpy Old Men" to catch on a Friday afternoon.
  • Technology Issue of the Week: Smartphones...Are they really listening to what we say when they're not even on?
  • New Movie Releases and Reviews: This week we'll cover the wonderful drama/thriller "Luce" and the release of the first season of "A Discovery of Witches," based on the book of the same name by Deborah Harkness.
  • Great News Stories Featuring Libraries: Coverage on Seattle PL's response to Macmillan's eBook Embargo; Drag Shows Hosted at the Ames Public Library for All Ages Now Driving Criticism; Bossier City Library Branches in Louisiana Expanding Curbside Pickup; Scotch Plains Public Library Offering New Program Series titled Walking with a Librarian.

Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are back for a fresh new episode where we'll dish on the popular DVD releases of the week, popular news stories that involve libraries, events & programming to be on the lookout for and more.  This time around, we've added a new segment that will discuss technology today.  We help a lot of people understand how to use their smart devices, social media, and general forms of technology so we want to cover a different subject each week that we hear from the people we help.  Today's topics include:

  • Technology Review: Discussing the nature of likes in society and how that can positively, as well as negatively, impact your lives, using the a "Black Mirror" episode to reflect that in real life.
  • DVD Release of "The Lion King" and "Angel of Mine"
  • News Stories Including: Free weddings offered at Boston Public Library, the King County Library System boycotts MacMillan Publishing over e-Books, Chicago Public Library system becomes the first major system to go fine free, libraries in Chicago to help collect food for Teacher's Strike, Melvil Dewey loses leadership medal award from the American Library Association, Library helps to collect for Backpack Food Program for students to have access to food during the weekend.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend as Tremain & Jessica attended the 19th Annual West Texas Book Festival, filming every activity hosted over the 3-day celebration put together by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.  We're here to dish on our experiences there, especially a session led by author W.F. Strong that had us all noticing things about our Texan lives that even we've become blind to.  But at the end of the day, it all made us proud to be a Texan.

We'll also be discussing TeenTober, a new initiative by YALSA to replace Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week, and letting you in on this week's popular DVD releases to look out for at your library including "Annabelle Comes Home," "Light of My Life," "Toy Story 4," and "Midsommar."

Welcome to another episode of Squirrels & Shiny Things where each week is a new adventure for even though we come prepared with an outline, we never know where our conversations are going to take us and that's half the fun.  In today's episode we'll be discussing the following:

  • Wonderful Air Compressors & A New Asian Dish
  • Events at Your Library to Attend Including a Healthy You workshop, final Queen Victoria's England session, Get STEAM'ed adult session on The Art of the Tattoo.
  • Tattoos and Possible Librarian Sleeves
  • 19th Annual West Texas Book Festival Happening This Weekend
  • New Release of "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
  • Assassin Crickets Sent Forth to Terminate Tremain...Oh Yeah...It Happened

Join Tremain & Jessica for a fresh episode of Squirrels & Shiny Things, the show that dishes on library news, new releases, programs, and random topics that pop into our heads.  For today's show we'll be dishing on:

  • Slobbering Habits of the Tired...We're Only Human
  • Great Programs to Look Out for This Week
  • Banned Books Week and the 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018
  • DVD Releases of "Child's Play," "Shaft," "Yesterday," and "Anna"

Follow us every Tuesday for a fresh new show and stay in touch with what two long-time library employees find interesting, with a combined 36 years of library experience and counting.