Students, staff highlight books via Holman Library Podcast
Students, staff highlight books via Holman Library Podcast
Monday, January 27, 2020
Talking to teens about books drives interest in reading, so Holman Middle School library media special Diana Rasmussen decided to take the book talk concept to the next level by creating the Holman Library Podcast.

“I wanted to do something to help kids find books they would like and book talking is very effective,” she said. “Whenever I book talk to kids, the book is usually fought over. I book talk all day with students so I thought at one point, why not record book talks on some of my favorite books?”

For over a year, Rasmussen recorded and posted the podcasts herself, highlighting middle grade and young adult novels. She writes a script and records it using the Garage Band app and a microphone, then uploads the audio to the library website so students can access the information when they are looking for a book. This winter, she added student voices to the mix, inviting students to select a book, map out a script and record their recommendations.

Sixth graders Kijah Chamberlain and Chelsea Evans recorded the first student podcast, highlighting “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, an historical fiction book they both read and enjoyed. Both listen to podcasts in their spare time, so the book podcast drew their interest.

“I think it’s a good idea to get more people interested in books because sometimes reading the back of the book isn’t always as exciting,” Evans said.

“Sometimes you might not be able to eyeball a book out of the library,” Chamberlain agreed.

New podcast episodes are posted to Holman’s Facebook page or can be found online at


Chelsea Evans, left, and Kijah Chamberlain work on the script for their podcast episode.

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