Behind the Stacks

Welcome to Behind the Stacks, a Spruce Grove Public Library podcast with hosts Simone Cox and Courtney Entner. We are a podcast geared for adults to share our world with you. We will cover many topics such as interviews with authors, editors, illustrators, librarians, people in our community, showcase our amazing collection at the Spruce Grove Public Library, book reviews, inform everyone about resources and services available to them, and have fun. 


Episode Descriptions:

Episode 17-June Jubilations

We are almost half way through the year and, we are not slowing down. June is packed with Pride, Indigenous History Month, WEAAD, and so much more. Take a listen to find out all the amazing stuff happening in June!

Book List About Residential Schools

Episode 16- Pandemic Positivity

As we are nearing reopening and with less restrictions, we wanted to self reflect and take a moment to talk about a few positive outcomes from COVID 19. Some of us had to dig deep but please share with us some of your positive moments you have had by emailing us at behindthestacks@sgpl.ca

Episode 15- Comic Con 2021

Our Comic Con 2021 event is finally here! We have some exciting activities planned for our community and we will go into a little bit of what we are offering this month. It is also Canadian Children's Book Week from May 2-8, 2021. We are also welcoming our special guest, Sarah who is our Children's Librarian at the Spruce Grove Public Library. Be sure to listen and find out the answer to the question that will enter you into our Comic Con Podcast Contest. Stay tuned and live long and prosper. Click HERE to find the Comic Con 2021 webpage.

Episode 14- To be, or not to be...

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with staff poems, fun poetry games and a returning special guest. Listen as our hosts Simone and Courtney dive into their favorite poets and answer the age old question, what rhymes with orange?

Episode 13- Beyond the Easter Bunny

UPDATE: In person library programs have been postponed on April 7, due to the library closure. Some content in this episode may no longer be applicable since the episode went live before the announcement.

Like the white rabbit we’re late for a very important date but here’s our Easter episode. We will be discussing all thing Easter including encounters with rabbits and our favorite chocolates. Now hop along.

Episode 12- #StayHomeWriMo#

StayHomeWriMo is an online event ,similar to NaNoWriMo, to help engage our creativity and connect with others online while we're staying at home. For this episode we got a chance to interview local author, Rick Lauber to talk about his writing tips and tricks for future writers.

Episode 11- EmpowHer

Our first March episode is finally here! This episode is all about celebrating women, from International Women's Day on March 8th to Women's History Month. We will also be having a special interview with our Check In guru, Sherry.

Episode 10- Life is Like a Romance Book

Here at the library, we certainly enjoy our romance novels. And like a romantic book where they’re almost out of time but they finally make it, our Valentine episode is up! Listen for excellent book recommendations from our staff expert Chelsea and a very special interview with local author, Patty Johns.

Episode 9- February is Black History Month

What is Black History Month? During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. For this special episode, we have our Board Trustee Jan Gillett share her family history with us. Take a listen.

Episode 8- A Touch of Magic...

We are adding a sprinkle of fairy dust to this episode and talking all things Disney. Join our special guest and Disney fan Kelsey as we discuss our favorite movies and to test our knowledge about this magical fandom.

Episode 7- Happy New Year and SGPL's 60th Anniversary

We are back and ready for another fabulous year. Join hosts Simone and Courtney for interviews, book recommendations, local news and more. This year at the Spruce Grove Public Library is extra special, because 2021 will mark the year of our 60th anniversary. Be sure to listen for exciting events and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more details.

Special Episode- Blooper Reel 2020 

As a special holiday bonus we have a fun blooper reel for our fans. Thank you to all our listeners and we will see everyone back in the new year.

Episode 6- Dinosaurs and Moustaches

What is so special about dinosaurs and moustaches? Well, we are glad you asked. Tune in for our final, official episode of 2020. We will be back next year with all your favorite segments, more special guests, and fun conversations. Thank you to everyone for listening to all of our previous episodes and we hope you are all excited for more to come in the new year.

Happy Holidays

~From your intrepid hosts Courtney and Simone


Episode 5- Happy Birthday Neil Gaiman

Welcome back listeners to another exciting episode. This episode will have more excellent interviews and special insider scoops to the brand new and, sparkly Entwistle Library. Also we will be honoring the wonderful Neil Gaiman. Lots of great topics packed into this one episode. Happy listening!

Resource: "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming” article


Episode 4- This is Halloween

Join our hosts and horror expert for a special spooktacular episode. Enjoy our creepy recommendations and cheesy sound effects. From the staff at SGPL, we wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Bone-appetit!

Episode 3- Comics, graphic novels and manga, oh my!

Here at the library, we have a book for every reader. This would include our comics, graphic novels and manga collection. Listen to this episode to hear some of our favorites from our hosts. And a few recommendations from our staff expert, Theresa.

Bonus Episode- The Director's Cut

We are very pleased to announce Leanne Myggland-Carter as our director at the Spruce Grove Public Library. Take a listen to this bonus episode and get to know a little more about about her.

Episode 2- Senior Staff and Censorship (part 2)

Here is part 2 where we will talk about our favorite time of year as public librarians. Take a listen and learn more about Banned Books Week (September 27- October 3) and some of our favorite banned books.

Episode 2- Senior Staff and Censorship (part 1)

We are back for another great episode. We had so much to say this episode, so we have created two parts. The first part will highlight our new segment "Hot Stuff" and some lovely interviews with Anastasia and Danielle V.

Episode 1- Pilot

Hello internet and welcome to Behind the Stacks. Join hosts Simone and Courtney for a fun podcast filled with interviews, book recommendations, a little backstage pass to the library world and so much more.


Contact us

We want to hear from you! You can email us at behindthestacks@sgpl.ca if you have any comments or questions about any of our episodes. Or if you would like to be a special guest on the show, let us know.

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