06 – Virtual Reality

Often, technology advances faster than we can keep track.  Virtual Reality is one such example, so let’s get to the bottom of what makes this tech craze so appealing.  We’ll also look into some of its more meaningful uses, and try to defuse a virtual time bomb.  “Try” being the key word…

05 – There Is No Average Person

Everyone learns differently.  But did you know that your brain might learn differently simply based on your given situation?  Join host Danny Rice, librarian Rachel Park, and Heartland Community College professor Zach Petrea as we discuss a new way of learning, teaching, and thinking: Universal Design For Learning.





04 – Tiny Houses

This month, Shelf Understanding host Danny Rice discusses Tiny Houses with contractor Mike Robinson, a member of a local makeshift task force that is working with the City of Bloomington to reshape zoning laws in an effort to provide space for tiny houses for those in need of housing. Robinson is part of a team that constructed a 156-square-foot Tiny House which is now touring local sites. Rice also talks with Tiny House dwellers, Clare and Armondo Báez, organic farmers who spent nine months living on a 240-square-foot Skoolie – a 1973 Crown Coach School Bus – with their two sons who are both under the age of 5.


Related websites:

  • roguecarrots.com
    Follow Clare & Armando Báez
  • WWOOF.net
    Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farmers – an international organization that facilitates placement of volunteers on organic farms
  • Skoolie.net
    Learn about using a school bus as a tiny house.

03 – Puppetry

On this month’s edition of Shelf Understanding, our librarians are talking about puppetry with Samantha Anne Maggio who co-owns Suspended Belief Theater in Bloomington, IL, and with Michael Vetere, Associate Professor in the School of Theater and Dance at Illinois State University where he teaches creative drama and puppetry classes.

We love them! We’re scared of them! And you may not believe it, but there’s a Puppet Slam movement underway.



Episode 1: Evergreen Cemetery Walk

On the inaugural episode of Bloomington Public Library’s podcast – Shelf Understanding – our librarian/host Danny Rice talks to Candace Summers of the McLean County Museum of History and Rhys Lovell of Illinois Voices Theatre about the 22nd Annual Cemetery Walk at Bloomington’s Evergreen Cemetery. The 2016 walk offers public performances at 11am & 2pm on October 1, 2, 8 & 9.