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Voice of the Oaks (VOTO) is a Thousand Oaks Library podcast that alternates between three librarians chatting about books, libraries, and everything in between, and interviews with members of the Thousand Oaks community. Episodes are available the second Tuesday of every month. Our theme music, "Voice of the Oaks" was created by Ben Salin. The Voice of the Oaks podcast can be listened to anywhere podcasts are found. 

Episode 3

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)

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Things Discussed this Episode

The Oregon Trail Donald Faison Tommy Lee Ozzy Osbourne Levar Burton Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were
Watching God
Board Games Arena Sushi Go Love Letter Splendor Tokaido Takenoko Game House Super Nintendo
Skyrim I was a Teenage Exocolonist Video Game Collection Sherman Oaks
Antique Mall
Dynasty Furniture Geeky Teas and Games Next Level Chef


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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. 

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