Updated: 09 Apr 2024 • 92 episodes

Brooklyn Public Library is full of stories. Borrowed brings the very best of them to you.   Borrowed is a narrative series about superhero librarians, neighborhood stories and what it means to be a free, democratic place in today’s changing world. We tell stories about libraries during natural disasters, the challenges of homelessness, and NYC’s fraught relationship with trash.   Borrowed and Banned is our limited series about America's ideological war with its bookshelves. From September to December 2023, we released ten episodes featuring the stories of students on the frontlines, librarians and teachers whose livelihoods are endangered when they speak up, and writers whose books have become political battleground.     For transcripts, pictures, book lists, and resources, please visit our web page: 

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We revisit an episode from January 2021 in honor of National Library Workers Day, and ask: what do librarians do all day? When they"re not planning programs or working the reference desk, these librarians are also obscure trivia players, birders and ... sword fighters!  Read a transcript here.Have a minute? Vote for Bo

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21 Mar 2024 • EN

Bridging the Gap

Teens and older adults are perhaps the two age groups you might think have the least in common. But a new program at BPL seeks to bring the two generations together ... by having them debate. Read a transcript of this episode on our web page. Resources mentioned on this episode:Learn more about services for older adult

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14 Mar 2024 • EN

Browse the Branches

Brooklyn has 62 neighborhood libraries, each with a distinct architecture, culture, and soul. To kick off the new season and to celebrate our audio stories coming home to Brooklyn, we"ll take a tour of the borough with the help of our neighborhood libraries and some of our stalwart patrons who visited all 62 of them ..

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14 Dec 2023 • EN

The Challenge

Student activists in York, Pennsylvania organized a silent protest when hundreds of books were banned from their classrooms, paving the way for lasting change in their community. In this final episode of the series, we tackle the challenge head-on: from encouraging open dialogue about the books on our shelves to the on

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07 Dec 2023 • EN

On the Frontlines

Library workers often risk their livelihoods when they speak out against censorship, spurring community members to pick up the fight for intellectual freedom. We tell the story of how one Louisiana parish came together to defend their library amidst book challenges, tip lines, and even sign burning. Read the transcript

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Maia Kobabe"s debut memoir, Gender Queer, was the most frequently banned book in 2021 and 2022. We talked with em about what it"s like to be on the recieving end of so many challenges, and the importance of public libraries. Read the transcript here. More resources:Check out Gender Queer.Find Maia"s resources for defen

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