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Ep. #292 – Give the gift of reading: Helping listeners shop for their book lovers

On today’s episode, Adam is joined by three of OverDrive’s staff librarians to answer a few of the book request emails we’ve received over the last few weeks. Emma, Kristin, and Maria do not disappoint. Check out all these amazing books!   Books our librarians (and Adam) are reading: My Sister, the Serial Killer by […]
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Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

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