Resident's podcast checks out secrets within library stacks
Stephanie Rose Csaszar, is a new part-time adult services librarian, editor in chief of an online entertainment publication and a former mental health therapist. She launched a podcast "To The Stacks and Beyond" on Friday, March 9. Before you check it out at www.tothestacksandbeyond.com, read The Outlook's interview with her from earlier this week.
Outlook: What's the pitch for your new project?
Csaszar: It's a podcast hosted by a nerdy librarian who loves all things pop culture. I watch a lot of shows, and I read a lot of books, but I'm not only sharing entertainment news, I'm also promoting events in the libraries.
Outlook: Are libraries still relevant? I thought that's what the internet was for.
Csaszar: I think all the events and ongoing programs are becoming the centers of libraries. The books are there — and (people) are still coming in — but they're coming in for the conversation. It's the human contact that you're not going to find online.
Outlook: Is there any genre of writing you try to avoid?
Csaszar: I don't read a lot of literary fiction. I read for entertainment, so I read more mysteries, thrillers, funny memoirs and some young adult as well.
Some people come in and (admit) 'I read James Patterson.' That's OK! I don't care what you read.
Outlook: Is the book always better than the movie?
Csaszar: It totally depends on who's directing. "The Perks of Being a Wallflowers" is incredible, because the screenplay is written by the author. "Gone Girl" is another example of that.
Outlook: This isn't really related to the podcast — but is it true you were kidnapped?
Csaszar: I was nine months old. It was only for a day, and I wasn't even gone overnight. My babysitter left a note in the crib that said, 'If you call the cops, I'll kill her.' She locked my baby brother and sister in the basement.
(When my parents came home), they saw I was missing, and of course they did call the cops. They put out the APB, and the police pulled her over outside a mall. They said that she was just very psychologically unstable, and she didn't get any jail time.
Outlook: Is that why you're planning to cover true crime on the show?
Csaszar: I used to watch "Unsolved Mysteries" when I was way too young, and then I started watching "Forensic Files." There's been a huge surge in interest in true crime.
This is also something that I cover in my book. The protagonist has thought about killing people. I don't know if anybody hasn't thought about that.
Outlook: Your book, "Dark Remains," tells us about that.
Csaszar: It's a dual-narrated, psychological suspense story of a forensic photographer who lives in Portland. Families/couples are getting murdered in remote campsites in the area, and I actually used real places.
Outlook: You moved to Gresham in September. Do you approve?
Csaszar: I like it a lot. We've got the park, we're by a Japanese garden. (People think) nothing's going to be like this if you get off the freeway, but you can get a coffee, go out to dinner, go for a walk — all five minutes from my apartment. If I can find full-time work, we're going to buy out here.
What: "To The Stacks and Beyond," a podcast by Stephanie Rose Csaszar, adult services librarian at the Cedar Mill Library.
To listen: visit https://tothestacksandbeyond.com