Have parenting questions?


Raising children isn’t easy, but a Patchogue-Medford Library podcast hopes to provide information and support, so parents don’t feel alone on the journey.

Library staffers Jessi Bouchelle, who heads the children’s and parents’ services department, and Erin Clark, a reference librarian, host the “Adventures in Parenting” podcast.

Each podcast runs about 30 minutes and includes an in-studio guest or guests focusing on a topic of interest to parents. The podcasts are available on the Pat-Med Library website.

It’s the first time the library has produced a podcast.

The most recent edition, recorded Aug. 1, focused on special-needs children and featured Trish Graham, co-president of the Patchogue-Medford Special Education PTA, and Joyce Thompson-Haas, special-needs and children’s programming coordinator at the library.

Other recent editions have focused on summertime activities for kids and the importance of children continuing to read during the summer.

“I don’t have all the answers, but we’ll figure it out together,” Bouchelle said of her approach to the podcast, which is not so much an interview but what she calls “an organic conversation.”

Both she and Clark have firsthand experience when it comes to raising kids. Bouchelle has two children, ages 8 and 4 and 1/2. Clark has a 10-year-old.

But, the podcast isn’t just for moms, Bouchelle said. It’s for dads and grandparents and other caregivers.

It’s for “humans raising humans,” she said.

Each podcast session, which Bouchelle and Clark record from the library’s on-site studio, lasts about an hour. Clark then winnows it down to about 30 minutes in length.

Clark handles the technical aspects, recording, editing and formatting the podcast, while Bouchelle books the guests and speaks with them on air. They decide together on which topics to feature.

“I do the fun things and Erin does the hard work,” Bouchelle said.

Libraries are coming to see podcasts as another service for the community and a way of reaching people who may not be able to make it to the library for an in-person event.

Several Long Island libraries produce podcasts, including the Half Hollow Hills Community LIbrary in South Huntington, which has a podcast called “In the Stacks,” in which librarians discuss favorite books from the library’s collection. The Brentwood Public Library hosts a podcast for teens and one on local history.


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