Category Archives: NY

May Flowers with Rosa

This month we sat down with Rosa, one of the original organizers of the Brentwood Public Library’s Seed Library! Rosa discusses the how the idea of a seed library was birthed and how it has transformed over the years.

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Peter’s Farewell

Longtime ‘Brentwood Stories’ host Peter Carmona says goodbye as he moves on to other projects in the library. Welcome new podcast hosts DJ and Sam!


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Brentwood Stories – Episode XVII

In today’s installment, me and Celia speak with a woman of many talents. Khadija Hines spent over 11 years as a member of the Brentwood public library staff, and has since moved on to become a business owner, performer and mother. Khadijah takes us through the inspiring journey of her life in the next episode of Brentwood stories. 

Brentwood Stories – Episode XVI

In today’s episode of Brentwood bios, we sit down with Rafael Rodriguez. Rafael lived in Brentwood in his youth, and worked as a page for the Brentwood public library. Later on Rafael would move on to the accounting profession, which ultimately led him to return to the library as a volunteer tax preparer. Me and Celia speak with Rafael about this and his other passions on this episode of Brentwood stories.

Brentwood Stories – Episode XIV

Today is the first episode of the new Brentwood bios miniseries where we feature a memorable member of the Brentwood community. Some individuals have grown up here and even more have found themselves an inseparable part of the Brentwood community through their lives and actions 

For today’s interview me and past Brentwood stories guest Celia Vollmer check in with Robert Kannert, a former page and library clerk currently working for the Brentwood school district. Me and Celia, Roberts’ former supervisor, catch up with him as he shares some of his memories of Brentwood. 

Brentwood Stories – Episode XIII

In today’s episode of Brentwood stories, I sit down with Joshua Castellanos and Juan Delgado. If you have ever listened to the Brentwood library’s other podcast, Average Brentwood Teens, then Joshua and Juan may already familiar to you thanks to their regular appearances. The two friends have also been recently featured in Newsday for their STEM research in conjunction with Stony Brook University and The BioBus, a traveling research laboratory that provides science research opportunities to students across New York. Joshua and Juan discuss their work on average Brentwood teens, their friendship and their lives and futures in Brentwood and beyond.

Brentwood Stories – Episode XII

On today’s episode, me and Peter welcome back one of our first guests to the podcast, Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, professor of Africana studies at Stony Brook University.

Me and Peter had the privilege of listening in on a fascinating and comprehensive conversation featuring Zebulon and a panel of his graduate students entitled “The Black Family & The American Dream”.



Africa Unite – Bob Marley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X / With The Assistance of Alex Haley ; foreword by Attallah Shabazz ; introduction by M. S. Handler ; epilogue by Alex Haley ; afterword by Ossie Davis

The Sword and the Shield : The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. / Peniel E. Joseph

Waiting ‘Til The Midnight Hour : A Narrative History of Black Power in America / Peniel E. Joseph

“Malcolm X: The Theoretician We Never Knew”, Prof. Bill Strickland, 2011 Malcolm X Festival

Malcolm X : A Life of Reinvention / Manning Marable

Set The World On Fire : Black Nationalist Women And The Global Struggle For Freedom / Keisha N. Blain

Black Power ; The Politics of Liberation in America / [by] Stokely Carmichael & Charles V. Hamilton

Notes on Negro American Influences on the Emergence of African Nationalism /
George Shepperson


From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VIII

For our final episode of our Quarantine Conversations series, me and Peter are joined by Robert Ottone. Robert is a Long Island writer and teacher with strong ties to Brentwood. While he may be best known for his horror writing, including “Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares”. Peter and I discover that Robert is a man of many talents. Robert, Peter and I discuss horror, journalism, radio, ramen, and Cthulu in no particular order on this episode of Quarantine Conversations.


Show Notes:

Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares – Robert P. Ottone

Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Only Good Indians: A Novel – Stephen Graham Jones

Plunge – Joe Hill

H. P. Lovecraft’s Dagon 

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VII

In an interesting turn of fate, the next guest for our Quarantine conversations series was suggested to us by a guest from the first episode. Edras Hidalgo is a Red Cross volunteer who works alongside Celia Vollmer in providing outreach to the Brentwood Community. He shares his unique perspective on providing outreach during the Covid 19 quarantine, and a little about what inspired him to become a volunteer.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VI

For todays episode of quarantine conversations, me and Peter check in with Dawn, another long time Brentwood resident and library patron. Dawn shares how she has kept busy during the quarantine by attending library programs and staying in touch with her friends and family. Also joining our podcast is special guest from our listening audience.