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Voice of the Oaks (VOTO) was a Thousand Oaks Library podcast that featured three librarians and focused on interviews with members of the Thousand Oaks community. The theme music, "Voice of the Oaks," was created by Ben Salin. The VOTO podcast can be listened to anywhere podcasts are found. 

Episode 1: Meet the Team

March 31, 2023 

Meet Ben Salin, Jenna Newcomb, and Michael Whitehead! The librarians hosting the Voice of the Oaks podcast introduce themselves. 

Episode 2: Interview with Mary Olson

April 11, 2023

The VOTO team interviewed KCLU General Manager Mary Olson. Mary, who has been with KCLU since 1994,  has hosted and moderated Thousand Oaks Library's One City One Book events since 2021. In this episode, Mary talks to the team about her love for libraries, public radio, and the joys and challenges of working in broadcasting. 

Episode 3: Interview with Jennifer Patterson

May 9, 2023

Join the VOTO Team as they interview Thousand Oaks Library Services Director Jennifer Patterson. Jennifer has worked in library systems for over ten years before officially joining the Thousand Oaks Library on February 1st, 2022. In this episode, Jennifer and the team discuss her history and passion for libraries, celebrity encounters, everyone's pet cats, and the joys of finding hidden treasures while antiquing. (Duration: 57 min 42 sec)

Episode 4: Pride Month

June 19, 2023

The team talks about the history of Pride and what it looks like today, Juneteenth, and offers some recommendations for reading the rainbow. (Duration: 36min 29 sec)

Episode 5: Interview with Amy Chase

July 12, 2023

Join the VOTO team as they interview local comic writer Amy Chase. In this episode, Amy discusses how she became involved in writing, her experience writing for Archie Comics and independent publishers, attraction to the horror genre, and roller derbies. (Duration: 53 min 10 sec)

Episode 6. Alan Salazar Interview

November 25, 2023

In this episode, the VOTO Team interviews Alan Salazar, a traditional storyteller, Indigenous educator, and a tribal Elder in both the Fernandeño Tataviam and Ventureño Chumash tribes. Join us as we discuss Alan's book, Tata, the Tataviam Towhee: A Tribal Story, where you can learn more about local tribes, and the importance of storytelling. (Duration: 50 min 5 sec)

Episode7. Interview Jeanette Berard

March 13, 2024

In this episode, the VOTO Team interviews Jeanette Berard, Special Collections Librarian with the Thousand Oaks Library. Jeanette has been working in libraries and archives for twenty-nine years, and for twenty-two of those years has been with the Thousand Oaks Library overseeing the Special Collections. She also has an incredibly wide breadth of knowledge about local history and digital collections. (Duration: 34min 38 sec)

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