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"Bite-Sized Stories of Sandwich"

Experience the Sandwich Public Library in a unique, audio-enhanced fashion with our brand-new Podcast, Sandwiched Between the Books! This podcast will help you get to know your library and community on a whole new level. We will feature library services, interview various community members and business owners, and discuss books, entertainment, and more! So sit back, relax, and let the library bring a celebration of our community directly to you! 

New episodes on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month!


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Show Notes

Season 2

 S2E8: Shedding Shoulds and Building Boundaries with Mary Ann Griffith

Meet Mary Ann Griffith, certified counselor, and learn all about the incredible benefits of therapy in this month's episode! Mary has recently moved to Sandwich and opened her own Counseling business in town called Greentree Counseling. Give her a ring if you're interested, curious, or just want to meet Mary Ann.


 S2E7: Daniel Kling & Lisa Boecker: Finding a Culinary Vocation

On the menu for this episode of Sandwiched Between the Books is a delicious conversation with Daniel Kling and Lisa Boecker, the Culinary Arts instructors at Indian Valley Vocational Center here in Sandwich, IL. You'll learn about each of these chefs' love for and history with food, as well as their approach to teaching students about the ever-expanding word of careers in the culinary industry. Prepare to be inspired... and a little hungry!


 S2E6: Jane Wolf: Local Educator and Library Board President

From a reading library books on a small farm, to breaking new grounds at Waubonsee and IVVC, to charing the Sandwich Public Library District board of trustees. That's the story of Jane Wolf, long-time library board president, who has devoted her life to education and to making her community better. Now she tells us her story in this special episode of Sandwiched Between the Books!

Library Highlight: Museum Adventure Pass & Explore More Illinois


S2E5: Amy Cahn & Terri Landsteiner: Opening Doors & Building Bridges

In this conversation, you'll meet Amy Cahn and Terri Landsteiner, both employees at Open Door Rehabilitation Center here in Sandwich. Over the past year, they have created a new program that seeks to prepare, equip, and place Open Door clients in employment in our community. You'll be moved by their vision, advocacy, and passion. Want to know more about Open Door? Visit their website,! Looking to hire at your business? Give Amy and Terri a call at (815)786-8468.

Library Highlight: ScanEZ Station

Amy & Terri's Book Recommendations:
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


S2 E4: Cerelia Lesko SHS 2023 Valedictorian

Long-time library patron and 2023 Sandwich High School valedictorian, Cerelia Lesko sat down with us to talk about teachers, friends, and family that have inspired her to love learning and practice kindness. Cerelia's warmth and joy will make you want to be a better learner, community member, and person. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear Cerelia's commencement speech to her classmates!

Library Highlight: Free Summer Lunches

Cerelia's Book Recommendations:
Guides on Local Plants and Flowers (various)
Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lereaux


S2 E3: Dr. Blair Wright: Following Your Passion & Finding Your Community

Meet Dr. Blair Wright, a Sandwich native, local pediatric doctor, and truly incredible human. You’ll be inspired by her passion for our community and what she contributes to it, as she shares about growing up in Sandwich, going through medical school, and how important our town is to her. Don’t miss this lovely conversation with this exceptional citizen!

Library Highlight: Updated Website & Summer Reading Blast-Off 2023!

Dr. Blair's Book Recommendations:
The Color Monster: a Story about Emotions by Anna Llenas (kids)
The Measure by Nikki Erlick (teens)



S2 E2: MATT & BARB'S 2022 FAVORITES: Books & Movies

 If you weren't sure that Barb loves books and Matthew loves movies, this episode of the podcast will confirm it! In this conversation, you'll hear our hosts talk about their favorite books and movies they read or watched in 2022. They could have talked about these beautiful stories for days, but instead they limited themselves to an hour and twenty-seven minutes, breaking the record for our longest episode yet!

Library Highlight: Explore More Illinois


S2 E1: BOB DELL: Elderhood, Letters to the Editor, & Living in Europe

We kick off season two by sitting down with Bob Dell, a member of our community who is passionately involved and serving, even well into his nineties! You'll be inspired to give back to our community, to advocate for others, and to grow up to be a positive influence for good.

Library Highlight:
Early Voting from March 20th - March 31st, 2023 from 8:30am - 4:30pm 

The *ALL NEW* Oddities Book Club! A genre exploration of Fantasy, Science fiction and Horror.

Bob's Book Recommendations: 
Elderhood by Louise Aronson
Remember by Lisa Genova
Exercised by Daniel Lieberman
Disrupt aging by Joanne Jenkins


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Phone: 815-786-8308  |  Fax: 815-786-9231

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