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The premier Sayville Library podcast! Join Sayville Library staff as we discuss books, movies, TV, games, pop culture and all things library-related!


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"Between the Shelves" is recorded at the Sayville Studio in Sayville Library.

latest episodes

Hobbit Day

September 18, 2023


"What Are You Into?" with Tory

September 4, 2023



August 28, 2023


"So You Want to Be a Librarian?" (Part 2) with Erin & Gianna

August 14, 2023


Erin and Gianna share their perspectives on library school, academic libraries, archives, collection development, book challenges and ... UFOs!

Mentioned in this episode:

Under the Eye of Power by Colin Dickey


UFOs: Investigating the Unknown

Libby (iOS / Android / Web)

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig



"So You Want to Be a Librarian?" with Angela & Jillian

August 7, 2023


Alex speaks with librarians-to-be, Angela and Jillian, about why they decided to become librarians, their library school experiences, and the ever-changing nature of library work.

Mentioned in this episode:

Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer


"What Are You Into?" with Mary & Rachel

July 31, 2023


What's Your Sign?

July 24, 2023


Mary and Rachel, our resident astrologists, explain the fundamentals of astrology and read Alex's birth chart!

Mentioned in this episode:


MinnowPond (Youtube Channel)

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk

Sanctuary app (iOS/Android)


"What Are You Into?" with Kristina, Morgan & Tim

July 17, 2023


It's Video Game Week!

July 10, 2023


"What Are You Into?" with Marianne, Meg, Stephanie & Alex

July 3, 2023


Marianne, Meg, Stephanie and Alex talk about what they're into! Plus, some 5th graders from Cherry Ave, Lincoln Ave and Sunrise Drive Elementary Schools talk about their summer plans!

You Can’t Take It With You


Hestia Strikes a Match by Christine Grillo

Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane

American Airpower Museum

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros



Summer Reading Starts Now!

June 26, 2023

Alex, Marianne, Meaghan, and Stephanie celebrate the launch of Sayville Library's Summer Reading Club by discussing what makes a perfect summer read. Plus, some 5th graders from Cherry Ave, Lincoln Ave, and Sunrise Drive Elementary Schools share their own favorite summer reads!

Mentioned in this episode:

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Lake Wobegon Virus by Garrison Keillor

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

Novels of Katherine Center

Stories and Essays of David Sedaris


Pride Month: Music, Film & TV Recs!

June 19, 2023


Peter, Marianne, Kristina and Alex talk about some of their favorite LGBTQ+ bands, TV shows and films, including:

The Matrix

Los Espookys

Actually - Pet Shop Boys

Heartstoppers (TV series)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire


The Magnetic Fields

Schitt's Creek

Tokyo Story

What We Do In The Shadows

Somebody Somewhere

The Conners

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Steven Universe

Paris is Burning

Ted Lasso



Pride Month: Book Recs!

June 12, 2023


"What Are You Into?" with Peter & Alex

June 5, 2023


Spinning Vinyl in the Studio

May 29,2023


"What Are You Into?" with Kristina, Tory & Alex

May 22, 2023


It's AniMay!

May 15, 2023


More Star Wars!

May 8, 2023


Alex, Chuck, Kristina and Tim return to talk more Star Wars! We cover our personal histories with the franchise, our favorite Star Wars books and video games, and play a new game: "Know Your Podracer!"

Mentioned in this episode:

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole

Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen

Star Wars Racer

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston



Star Wars: The Definitive Ranking

May 1, 2023



Four brave podcasters boldly attempt to rank every film and show in the galaxy's most beloved franchise.


Star Wars Tiers


"What Are You Into?" with Marianne, Peter & Alex

April 24, 2023


Yellowjackets, Ted Lasso & other TV Favs!

April 17, 2023


Marianne and Peter go on a deep-dive of their favorite Spring TV shows (Yellowjackets and Ted Lasso) … and Alex is there too! 

Mentioned in this episode:

Avenue 5





Schitt’s Creek


Sex and the City

Six Feet Under



What We Do In The Shadows




"What Are You Into?" with Jenn, Jonathan & Morgan

April 10, 2023


What Do Librarians Even Do?

April 3, 2023

Library Director Jenn and Department Heads Jonathan and Morgan help kick off National Library Month with a heartfelt, enlightening discussion on how public libraries remain as relevant today as ever.

Mentioned in this episode:

TED Talk: Reimagining the Public Library

Library of Things

Digital Library: Streaming Apps

Digital Library: Online Learning

Community Outreach

Museum Passes



Between the Shelves: The Musical!

March 20, 2023


Broadway aficionadas, Stephanie and Tory, join Alex to celebrate World Theater Day!

Mentioned in this episode:



Fiddler on the Roof


Jesus Christ Superstar


"Which Jellicle Cat Are You?"


Oscar Review Crew Oscar Review

March 15, 2023

The Oscar Review Crew returns for a very special bonus episode! In it, we discuss our favorite moments from the 95th Academy Awards and movies we're looking forward to seeing in next year's Oscars.

Mentioned in this episode:

Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Fabelmans

Turning Red

"Top Fun: Oscars vs. Blockbusters"


Oscar Review Crew

March 7, 2023


The Red Rot Gang

February 27, 2023

Jonathan and Erin join Alex to discuss their varied and interesting past jobs and what led them to becoming a librarian, all the while taking some nice detours on cooking, finding time to read, indie role playing games, and motorcycle gangs!

Mentioned in this episode:

"Dead Eyes" Podcast

Free League Publishing

Good Owners, Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell

Where I Can't Follow by Ashley Blooms


A "Between the Shelves" Mystery!

February 13, 2023


Audiobooks, Modern Romance & "Would You Rather?"

January 30, 2023


Recommendation Fails, Elden Ring & "Two Truths and a Lie"

January 17, 2023

Alex and Morgan are joined by Assistant Director Tim! In this episode, we talk more best books of 2022, recommendations that just didn’t land for us, all things Elden Ring, and we play a fun round of “Two Truths and a Lie!”

Mentioned in this episode:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

Elden Ring

The Fabelmans

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

How to Raise an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Minecraft Dungeons

Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Nintendo Switch Sports

Pokemon Legends: Arceus


You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin


More Fav Books of 2022

January 9, 2023

Librarians Marianne and Melissa join Alex to discuss their favorite books of 2022! We also talk book adaptations, Andor, video games, Lord of the Rings, Nope, and recap the year with some 2022 pop culture trivia!

Mentioned in this episode:

Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Liane Moriarty's novels



The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin


Fav Books of 2022, Kingdom Hearts & Trivia!

December 30, 2022