Podcasts & Videos

Find podcasts and video produced by the California State Library.

Featured Videos

Ultimate Unboxing - Shakespeare First Folio

Prepare for the ultimate unboxing experience! Mattie Taormina and Diana Kohnke of our Sutro Library show the custom box that holds our copies First, Second, and Third Folios. The First Folio (printed in 1623) is a collection of William Shakespeare's works that is frequently described as "one of the most influential books ever published in the English language" and "one of the most valuable printed books in the world." Enjoy!

A Night at the State Library:
"The 442" – Authors Talk with Rob Sato and Phinneas Kiyomura. November 15, 2017

Rob Sato and Phinneas Kiyomura discuss "442," their graphic novel about the WWII Japanese-American regiment that rescued a Texas battalion from behind enemy lines.

Featured Podcasts

This first podcast by the American Haiku Archives (AHA), presents an overview of the archive—the largest public collection of haiku-related materials outside Japan. Poets Garry Gay and Patricia Machmiller discuss the AHA’s founding in 1996, and describe some of the treasures in the AHA’s collection. They also read selections of their own haiku and announce the names of their fellow AHA board members. In appreciation of his work on behalf of the AHA, Michael Dylan Welch’s poems are read. The podcast closes with readings of two linked poems co-written by Michael and Garry. This podcast was hosted by Gene Larson and recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.

California State Library employees

In this podcast, members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose, California—Patricia Machmiller, Patrick Gallagher, Alison Woolpert and Carole Steele—discuss their work with the American Haiku Archives, housed at the California State Library. They read from the letters and haiku of Kiyoshi and Kiyoto Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and they read a selection of haiku from Cherry Blossom Light, an anthology of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, published in 2016. This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.

(L to R) Carole Steele, Patricia Machmiller, Alison Woolpert, and Patrick Gallagher of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society.
Greg Lucas, State Librarian

The History of California's Libraries from the 1770s Onward.

State Librarian Greg Lucas reads an address given by the late Dr. Kevin Starr, author, historian and former State Librarian. Dr. Starr gave the address at the California Millennium Conference on November 11, 2000.

Part 1: The first libraries: California from the 1770s to the Gold Rush.

Part 2: The formation of the California State Library in 1850 through the development of the county library system in the early 1900s.

World Folktales and Fables Week, March 19–25, 2017

It's Story Time at the California State Library. In celebration of World Folktales and Fables Week, State Library staff have selected their favorite tales to read. So, sit back and listen. We have familiar stories and some you may not have heard before. Each day this week, we'll add a new story!

Ben Tang, Research Program Specialist.

"The Bremen Town Musicians"

By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Read by Ben Tang, Research Program Specialist.

Wendy Hopkins

"Tessie, The Monster of Lake Tahoe"

Read by Wendy Hopkins, former Chief of Library Development Services Bureau.

Devin Lavelle, Senior Researcher

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

Aesop fable.
Read by Devin Lavelle, Senior Researcher.

Pamela Rasada, Policy Analyst, holding a book

"What Do You Do With An Idea?"

By Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom.
Read by Pamela Rasada, Policy Analyst.

Carley Herron, Staff Services Analyst

"Mercury and the Woodman"

Aesop fable.
Read by Carley Herron, Staff Services Analyst.

Chris Berger, Senior Research Librarian, holding a book

"The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon"

A Caribbean folktale from the book Magical Tales from Many Lands, retold by Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Jane Ray.
Read by Chris Berger, Senior Research Librarian.