Below are links and information about some of the ways in which libraries are promoting, sharing, exploring and programming with podcasts for kids. The list is primarily focused on kids under 14; however, many libraries are engaged in forms of HOMAGO for teens, which often times includes audio/podcast production, but while this list does include links to a few of those programs, the intent is to highlight the ways libraries are connecting younger kids to podcasts. If your library is promoting or programming with kidcasts, let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Kidcast Discovery & Engagement - Websites, embedded content, Programs
Maricopa County Library District's Summer Reading Program - Kidcast Summer Reading Playlists are embedded within the reading challenge program.
Marshall Elementary School Library, Flagstaff - Links to Common Sense Media's kidcasts and NYT kidcasts recommendations
Desert Foothills Public Library, Cave Creek - Engaged with local podcaster (Buttons & Figs) to perform for Read Across America day.
Phoenix Public Library - Engaged with local podcaster to present a program (Buttons & Figs), introduce families to kidcasts and record an episode.
Children's Museum of Phoenix - Engaged with musician/podcasters from California (Ear Snacks) to perform at museum.
Los Angeles Public Library
D.C. Public Library
National Book Festival -
Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park - Kidcast recommendation and a how to listen information
Glen Ellyn Public Library, Glen Ellyn - Kidcast recommendations with a link to Kids Listen
Fountaindale Public Library District, Bolingbrook - Recording studio space available to create podcasts.
Olathe Public Library - List of kidcast recommendations from Lindsay Patterson from Kids Listen for NYT
Acton Memorial Library - Youth Resource page including kidcast links and a downloadable brochure about kidcasts and recommended listening
Amesbury Public Library - Recommended podcasts for kids and families. Information provided about podcasts and where families can find more through Kids Listen and Podcast Land.
Chelmsford Public Library - Great podcasts for kids recommendations and information about podcasts
Springfield Greene County Library District - Kidcast recommendations along with link to a longer list from Zooglooble and a link to how listening supports literacy from Audiobook Association, Sound Learning
Sandown Public Library - Kidcast recommendations with links to podcast feed. They provide a disclaimer about the content on their listing.
West Hempstead Public Library - Resource links to activities for kids during quarantine, including links to podcast lists from School Library Journal
Cambridge Central School District - School website with podcast show recommendations
Wood County District Public Library - Resource listing including section for Book Podcasts - Mainly podcast shows for kids
Melrose Public Library - Virtual Podcast Club for 2nd-3rd grade kids.
Wayland Free Public Library - Blog post about WBUR's Circle Round Podcast
Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Incubator Audio Projects - patrons learn to record and edit their own audio stories, various proposals such as Hear Me Out and Hearing Brooklyn are great examples.
Metro Nashville Public Schools - Podcast resources complied to share with students, including information on 'what is a podcast' and links to a variety of shows.
Seattle Public Library - they host a Library Podcast page with links to an audio archive of library programs. They also have staff picks. (for grownups...nice organization and layout, would be great to see kids programs/audio in this format)
Seattle Public Library - when sharing resources on a topic, SPL is including links to podcasters who provide educational content or activities along with their podcast, on this page it's a link to Tumble's The People of the Snow episode.
U.S. Kidcasters Performing in Public Libraries
Kidcasters are eager and interested in connecting with libraries around the country. Many shows would love to provide programming for public libraries, but they can also find it difficult to figuring out who to communicate with, or how best to connect and share what they do with kids and families. Below is a list of podcasts who have performed in public libraries in some form or fashion, whether as part of a book fest, literary panel, children's festival, summer reading, or open programming. If you are looking to offer podcast programming to your communities, feel free to reach out to one of these shows to learn more about ways to engage or reach out to a kidcaster near you and invite them to be a part of your celebration, event or program...
Book Club for Kids (California)
Timestorm (New Jersey)
Ear Snacks (California)
Buttons & Figs (Arizona)
Children's Hour (New Mexico)
Brains On/Smash Boom Best/Julie's Library/etc (Minnesota/California)
Circle Round (Massachusetts)
The Past & The Curious (Kentucky)
Finn Caspian (Illinois)
April 8 Songs & Stories (Ohio)
Imagine Neighborhood (Various States/Chicago/New York)
Story Seeds (New York)
Public Library Podcasts (for Librarians)
Top 35 Library Podcast feeds - Feedspot
Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover - a podcast for future ready school librarians - this podcast is an excellent resource for librarians and teacher-librarians created and produced by a model for progressive library services - Metro Nashville Public School