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The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is joining the world of podcasts with “Off the Books.”

“KHCPL is always reviewing the various services we provide and ways in which we can reach out to the community,” said Lisa Fipps, KHCPL Director of Marketing. “We know there are a lot of people who love podcasts, and so we can reach out to them through off the Books.”

According to International Podcasting Day, “over half the U.S. population (165 million people) have listened to a podcast. Podcast listeners consume an average of seven different shows per week. There are over 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes available. The most popular age group for podcasts listeners is 25-44, which make up 49% of total listeners.

So what, exactly, is Off the Books about? In a relaxed conversation, KHCPL employees Samantha and Bethann chat about all things Young Adult and beyond. They explore new genres such as New Adult, laugh with special guests, get off topic a time or two (or all the time), and argue over the quality of romance novels as they share their favorite reads with you. If you love anything Young Adult and beyond or if you just want to hang out and have a conversation, join them.

Find Off the Books at We’ll post a link to it on our Facebook pages each Thursday.

Samantha has been working at KHCPL for four years. She started out as a clerk at KHCPL Russiaville and then transferred to KHCPL Main, where she is an Information Services Assistant. Samantha has recently started to shift from Young Adult to New Adult/Adult books. Her favorite genres are romance and mystery/crime, and she is not a fan of reading sci-fi or nonfiction. Her all-time favorite book series is The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. When she isn't at the library, Samantha loves to dance, bake, and attempt to keep her plants and flowers alive.

Bethann is an Information Services Assistant at KHCPL Main and has been working for KHCPL for five years. She is a fan of all things action-packed and has a great disdain for anything romance. Bethann has read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit eight times – and counting. In her non-working form, Bethann loves painting, drinking coffee, and has quite the pen collection.