CLARKS SUMMIT — When Renee Roberts and Megha Baikadi recently talked, the topic of what they’re reading almost immediately came up.
Baikadi recently finished “Foundation,” by Isaac Asimov. Roberts had just polished off “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win,” by Jo Piazza. The pair shared some laughs as they exchanged brief plot synopses and what they liked and didn’t about the books. Except for the microphone between them capturing the dialogue, it would be like any other conversation.
Baikadi and Roberts, both staffers at the Abington Community Library, are the hosts of the “Lexivore” podcast, produced and published every other month. It’s a relatively new feature for the library; they released the first installment in January. So far, they have four episodes, all recorded at the library.
The duo got involved in the project after the library director, Sandy Longo, expressed interest in producing a podcast, something other libraries across the country have been doing.
“It’s another option, it’s another way of reaching people and it’s kind of fun on this end too,” Baikadi said.
Besides talking about what they’re reading, Baikadi and Roberts also cover what’s going on at the library and get into other topics, like history. They also usually feature a guest on the program. The upcoming installment, due out on Sept. 2, features Taylor Community Library Director Jeanie Sluck. She and the hosts discuss the “The Great American Read,” a PBS series that asks people to vote on their favorites from a list of 100 works of fiction ranging from “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
So what is a Lexivore anyway?
Baikadi christened the podcast and the name first came to her not from a book, but a Magic: The Gathering card. It means an “eater of words,” Baikadi said. Think a combination of lexicon and herbivore or carnivore.
“It’s very fitting for what we do,” Roberts said.
While the name is amusing, the hosts said the unique name makes it easier to find online and sets it apart from other podcasts.
“It’s not very common, so we’re not going to be stepping on anybody’s toes,” Baikadi said.
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