Voice Assistant…

voice assistant is a fun, super-helpful, or somewhat annoying feature which many, if not most, smartphone, tablet, or computer users can explore. How it goes: you do something to indicate you’re going to speak, then you speak, then the device gives you information or vocalizes a response based on what you said.

This topic came up in a recent one-on-one technology session. The patron had Bixby, but he also has access to the Google Assistant. We didn’t get into the comparison much, so here are four different vocal assistants including the two available on Samsung phones.

 

If you have a different system, or want to see what the companies are advertising their products can do, then check out these quick links:

Apple’s Siri: https://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

Samsung’s Bixbyhttps://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-s8/intelligence/

Google’s Assistant: https://assistant.google.com/#?modal_active=none

Amazon’s Alexa: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202083830

Microsoft’s Cortana: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cortana

Apple’s Dictationhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203085

 

 

Suggested Reading Week Of May 21, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out to access it)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

The Accidental Buddhist, Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still by Dinty W. Moore:

A journey through the diverse landscape of American Buddhism, written with “a blessedly down-to-earth sense of humor” (Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus).

In an era when many of us yearn for an escape from a culture of noise and narcissism, this book takes us into the physical and spiritual geography of Buddhism, American-style: from a weekend at a mountain retreat for corporate executives learning effective ways to cope with stress, to a visit with a Zen teacher holding classes in an old Quaker farmhouse, to a meeting with a Catholic priest who’s also a Zen master.

Both a lively introduction to this Eastern spiritual tradition and a colorful portrait of American society, The Accidental Buddhist “makes the oftentimes impenetrable concepts of Buddhism accessible to the reader and contains striking, and important, parallels and contrasts between [the author’s] own Catholic upbringing and ancient Buddhist traditions” (Library Journal).

“A travelogue detailing the tremendous diversity within American Buddhism. His anecdotes make it clear that the umbrella term ‘Buddhist’ encompasses strict Zen monks, laid-back Tibetan politicos, and beatnik holdover Allen Ginsberg. In his travels, Moore attends weekend retreats, chronicles the Dalai Lama’s 1996 visit to Indiana, and grooves to Change Your Mind Day, a meditative Buddha-fest in New York City’s Central Park. . . . He finds that his family is his sangha (monastery), and while he still feels he is ‘probably a fairly lousy Buddhist,’ he will eclectically combine his various forms of new knowledge to find a path that makes sense to him. Now that may be an authentic American Buddhism.” —Kirkus Reviews

Iron Princess, Savage Trilogy, Book 2 by Meghan March, read by Grace Grant & Joe Arden (unabridged downloadable audiobook):

His very identity is a secret buried beneath layers of deception.

He’s also an addiction I can’t shake. An attraction I can’t fight.

And then I found out exactly who he is-a man more dangerous than the devil himself.

Now I need him in order to save everything that matters to me.

I have to pull back. Protect myself from the danger that haunts his every step.

Which would be easy … if I could stop myself from falling in love with him.

Savage Trilogy Booklist:
1. Savage Prince
2. Iron Princess
3. Rogue Royalty (Publication Date: 5/22/2018)

The Reluctant Cowboy: Morgan Ranch Series, Book 1 by Kate Pearce: 

After a turbulent childhood, the Morgan brothers went their separate ways, leaving the family cattle ranch and their cowboy days far behind. But now, one by one, they’re being called back home to California. Have they been summoned to save the land—or to start a new legacy?

Chase Morgan high-tailed it away from ranching life as soon as possible. But running a successful technology company can’t erase the memories, or secrets, of his youth. Coming home to help his Grandma Ruth may finally put some ghosts to rest—if he can just get a certain smart, beautiful houseguest out of his business.

But getting her out of his head is proving even more difficult…

Determined to save the Morgan ranch, historian January Mitchell has pinned her hopes on the surprisingly rugged, surprisingly likable, and exasperatingly stubborn Chase. Surely his love of this breathtaking, mysterious land runs deep enough that he’ll once again embrace his inner cowboy. Or maybe, despite both of their skittish hearts, she’ll have to find a way to get him back in the saddle…any which way she can.

“If you love cowboys—and who doesn’t—you’ll love the Morgans!” –Cora Seton, New York Times bestselling author

Morgan Ranch Series Book List:
1. The Reluctant Cowboy
2. The Maverick Cowboy
3. The Last Good Cowboy
4. The Bad Boy Cowboy
5. The Billionaire Bull Rider (Publication Date: July 31, 2018)
6. The Rancher (Publication Date: November 27, 2018)

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (Downloadable Audiobook) by John McCain with Mark Salter, read by Beau Bridges:

In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life—and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.

The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.

Legendary–A Caraval Novel, Caraval Series, Book 2 by Stephanie Garber (Publication Date: May 29, 2018 – request it now!):

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life.

But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

Caraval Book List:
1. Caraval
2. Legendary: A Caraval Novel

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

Charmed Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines:

USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines will once again delight readers with Charmed Bones, the next sparkling Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches―and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school―sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy―a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth―who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

If you enjoy cozies – there are seventeen more of them in this light-hearted series!

Here is book list of Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries:

1. Them Bones
2. Buried Bones
3. Splintered Bones
4. Crossed Bones
5. Hallowed Bones
6. Bones To Pick
7. Ham Bones
8. Wishbones
9. Greedy bones
10. Bone Appetit
11. Bones Of A Feather
12. Bonefire of the vanities
13. Smarty Bones
14. Booty Bones
15. Bone To Be Wild
16. Rock-A-Bye Bones
17. Sticks And Bones
18. Charmed Bones

The Ensemble: A Novel by Aja Gabel:

The addictive novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of classical music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.
Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have been friends if they hadn’t needed each other. They would never have found each other except for the art which drew them together. They would never have become family without their love for the music, for each other.

Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; on the viola is Henry, a prodigy who’s always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest and an angry skeptic who sleeps around; and on first violin is Jana, their flinty, resilient leader. Together, they are the Van Ness Quartet. After the group’s youthful, rocky start, they experience devastating failure and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty. They are always tied to each other – by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry, by choosing each other over and over again.

Following these four unforgettable characters, Aja Gabel’s debut novel gives a riveting look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians, and of lives made in concert. The story of Brit and Henry and Daniel and Jana, The Ensemble is a heart-skipping portrait of ambition, friendship, and the tenderness of youth.

How To Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center:

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best―a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy:

In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, an Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel, author Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952, exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place, hoping to see her future in the water. Instead, she finds a body, and Annie’s future becomes inextricably tied with her family’s dark past.

In 1936, the year Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, came of age, there were seven Baine boys. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s black eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. With the pall of a young child’s death and the dark appetites of men working the sleepy town into a frenzy, Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?

As the investigation continues and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort: A Novel by Jess Kidd:

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he just might be able to stay. Still, shadows are growing in the cluttered corners of the mansion, hinting at buried family secrets, and reminding Maud that she doesn’t really know this man at all. When the forgotten case of a missing schoolgirl comes to light, she starts poking around, and a full-steam search for answers begin

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Kids Recording Jokes!

A Couple of Nick’s Jokes:

A Couple of Travy’s Jokes:

 

I got to record jokes with these awesome kids, Travy (2nd grade) and Nick (3rd grade) during a visit to the Hornby Town Hall! I was there to lend library books and/or boost computer skills, but you never know what you’ll find at the library (even when it’s mobile). I started out doing all the clicking, but by the end they knew exactly what to do to take turns recording and playing back jokes, and we had a good time.

Have you ever recorded jokes with kids? It’s a great little activity, available on pretty much any mobile device, that can engage a couple kids for a good 15-30 minutes. I found jokes through grandparents.com, but a quick search online or at your local library will probably turn up a trove of pun-ny and corny treasure.

Suggested Listening May 18, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you want to check out)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

High Cumberland Jubilee (1972) by Jimmy Buffett (Genre: Country, Rock, Folk):

High Cumberland Jubliee is festive Key West singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s second album, and his second for the Barnaby Label. Interestingly, Barnaby “lost” the album and only found it and released it after Buffett’s music became popular.

The LP features some great songs including: Rockefeller Square, Bend A Little, High Cumberland Jubliee/Comin’ Down Slow, Dilemma, Livingston’ Gone To Texas, God Down’t Own A Card and The Hangout Gang.

The Essential Babyface by Babyface (Genre: R&B, Pop):

Singer-songwriter & producer Kenneth Edmonds was born in 1959, in Indianapolis and began playing music in his teens. Edmonds gained his stage name, Babyface, while playing with Bootsy Collin’s band. He went on to play with the groups Manchild and Deele and along the way began writing and producing hit songs with his Deele writing partner – L.A. Reed. Some of the many artists that recorded songs co-written and produced by Babyface include: Johnny Gill, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue and Bobby Brown.

And in the midst of a very successful career as a song-writer and producer, Babyface even had time to record a few albums of his own! This collection features a number of his best known solo hits including: Every Time I Close My Eyes, When Can I See You, For The Cool in You, My Kinda Girl, Well Alright and The Day.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives by Various Artists:

Clive Davis graduated from law school in 1960 and was first employed by Columbia Records as a contract lawyer – so he didn’t start out with a music career in mind. Davis worked his way up through the music business ranks, eventually working as a producer and, subsequently, taking over as president of CBS Records in 1967. Davis realized how successful CBS Records could become by signing rock groups since this was the era where rock albums were beginning to sell in increasingly large numbers. To that end, Davis signed Santana, The Electric Flag, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Chicago, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and many others before he was dramatically fired for fraud.

Despite being fired by CBS, Davis’s talent for finding and launching new musical talent was too good to be ignored. So Davis went on to work for the music division of Columbia Pictures and was responsible for re-naming it Arista Records. At Arista he continued to sign artists that went on to become internationally famous including Patti Smith, Kenny G, Sarah McLachlan and Whitney Houston.

So perhaps needless to say, Davis is now considered one of the most notable record producers of the recording era.

This collection features a slice of popular songs produced by Davis from the sixties through the nineties. Songs/artists featured in the set include: Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother & The Holding Company, 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago, Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon & Garfunkel, Blinded By The Light by Bruce Springsteen, Don’t Cry Out Loud by Melissa Manchester, September by Earth, Wind & Fire, Because The Night by Patti Smith, Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin, Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead and more.

Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra: The 1939 Recordings (Genre: Jazz, Classic Jazz):

This collection features a variety of pre-World War II recordings by the great Jazz trombonist and singer Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Some of the other players featured in this collection include vocalist Jeanie Arnold and musicians Charlie Spivak, Cubby Teagarden, Ernie Caceres and Sid Feller.

This is a solid collection of swinging Jazz music featuring the songs The Sheik of Araby, Red Wing, United We Swing and If It’s Good (I Want It).

Recommended CD of the Week:

Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats (2015) by Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats (Genre: R&B, Folk, Rock, Classic Rock):

Nathaniel Rateliff & his band the Night Sweats hail from Denver, Colorado and play a great blend of roots rock, traditional R&B and folk music. This is the groups second album from 2015 and it is a super fun one for fans of early classic rock and sixties R&B – check it out!

Songs on the LP include: I Need Never Get Old, Howling At Nothing, Trying So Hard Not To Know, S.O.B., Wasting Time & Thank You.

Videos of the Week:

Rockefeller Square by Jimmy Buffett:

When Can I See You by Babyface:

Piece of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company:

Blinded by the Light by Bruce Springsteen:

Because The Night by Patti Smith: 

Touch of Grey by The Grateful Dead:

Yankee Doodle by Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra featuring Jean Arnold:

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Once Upon a Library Visit…

What memoir books of ballet dancers do you have?

Well, the patron already read or is in the process of reading all but one book from the  selection we have at our fingertips… or by delivery from our library system.

Maybe I could find you an article; how about you have a seat for a moment?

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Stock photo from pgbsimon at Pixabay

Then I learn she’s interested in famous 1920s ballet dancers specifically, one of which is her favorite; she even got to take a class from her once.

I find a Wikipedia page listing female dancers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_dancers) which helps me to spell the names of ballerinas which are rolling off of her tongue beautifully.

A Google search brings up numerous newspaper and magazine articles, I print out three: Wendy Whelan, Alexandria Denisova–no, Danilova, but an Alexandria Denisova is on the list too.

The woman is in awe and delight at the search results.

“No books?” she asks.

“How does this…” she marvels at the computer.

I begin to explain about the system of cables that transmit information all across the world and that I could show her how to look up articles for herself if she’d like that. And she did take our card with great interest.

I like to say that technology fits into each person’s life differently. It would seem that it hadn’t found much of a place in her life yet, or maybe it had, just then.

 

Suggested Reading Week of May 14, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

Almost Paradise: A Novel by Debbie Macomber:

Debbie Macomber dazzles in a contemporary update of Snow White.

Despite the picturesque view, it’s a kiss that turns an unlikely pair into a fairy-tale romance.

A mountain cabin. A moonlit night. And not a stepmother around to spoil the moment. For a burnt-out grad student looking for a little fun, this camp is paradise . . . well, almost. With seven mischievous girls in her cabin, Sherry White barely has time to whistle while she works. Then there’s the camp director, who may be the most gorgeous man Sherry’s ever met—and the most serious too. Even after they share a perfect kiss under the stars, Sherry wonders whether they’ll ever see eye to eye.

When Jeff Roarke founded his camp for gifted children, he had a vision of rigorous education and self-improvement. Now Sherry is about to ruin everything with her insistence that kids need to let loose and play. Sherry’s minions are driving him crazy, but the worst part is, Jeff’s beginning to think that resistance is futile. Because Sherry is messing with his agenda, his head . . . and his heart.

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (unabridged downloadable audiobook) written and read by Lawrence Wright:

With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny.

God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright’s profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.

One Last Breath by Lisa Jackson:

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS SECRETS
Rory Abernathy’s wedding to Liam Bastian turned into a bloodbath. She fled after stabbing a masked intruder, just before a gunman opened fire on the wedding party. Five years on, Rory still has no idea who was behind the attacks. Fearful she and her daughter remain targets, she’s made a new life far from Liam and the wealthy, powerful Bastians.

BUT SOME
But even in remote Point Roberts, Washington, she can’t hide from the past. Liam tracks Rory down, stunned to learn they have a child. Did someone in Rory’s family try to kill him for his portion of the Bastian estate? As they gradually overcome distrust in search of the truth, Rory knows one thing for certain: someone is watching her…

ARE WORTH KILLING FOR
Time has passed, but the killer’s need for vengeance hasn’t. And as a nightmare stirs to life again, Rory will find that this time, there’s nowhere left to run…

Queen Victoria’s Children by John Van der Kiste:

Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort, had nine children who, despite their very different characters remained a close-knit family. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families their loyalties were divided and their lives dominated by political controversy. This is not only the story of their lives in terms of world impact, but also of personal achievements in their own right, individual contributions to public life in Britain and overseas, and as the children of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. John van der Kiste weaves together the lives of each of these children and shows how their mother was the thread that kept the family together. It is a refreshing insight into one of history’s most popular royal families.

To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear:

Maisie Dobbs—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)—faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.

During the months following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.

Maisie’s investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld’s most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future—and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

The Abbot’s Tale: A Novel by Conn Iggulden:

In the year 937, the new king of England, a grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to go to war in the north. His dream of a united kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field on the passage of a single day. At his side is the priest Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit. His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan’s vision, by his guiding hand, England will either come together as one great country or fall back into anarchy and misrule.

All The Castles Burned: A Novel by Michael Nye:

When Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy, the mysterious and enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy and powerful family, befriends him. Their friendship, deepened through a love of basketball, becomes an obsession for Owen who is desperate to avoid the growing trouble at home between his parents. When Owen’s father is arrested for a shocking and unexpected crime, his family is torn apart, and Owen’s anger and fear are carefully manipulated by Carson’s mercurial and increasingly dangerous personality. Owen, who has fallen in love with Carson’s beautiful but troubled sister, quickly finds himself caught up in a complex web of lies that threatens his once promising future.

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz:

Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime, in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern Southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart:

This bad-ass band of sisters plays for keeps.

She’s ready to start a war

Justice Parish takes down bad guys. Rescued from the streets by the world renowned Parish family, she joined their covert sisterhood of vigilante assassins. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East. She just needs to get close enough to take them down…

He just wants peace

Sandesh Ross left Special Forces to found a humanitarian group to aid war-torn countries. But saving the world isn’t cheap. Enter Parish Industries and limitless funding, with one catch―their hot, prickly ‘PR specialist’, Justice Parish.

Their chemistry is instant and off-the-charts. But when Justice is injured and her cover blown, Sandesh has to figure out if he can reconcile their missions. With danger dogging their every move, their white-hot passion can change the world―if it doesn’t destroy them first.

Band of Sisters Series:
I Am Justice (Book 1)
I Am Grace (Book 2)
I Am Honor (Book 3)

On Fahrenheit 451:

In anticipation of the forthcoming HBO movie Fahrenheit 451, based upon the 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury, The New York Times features an essay written by the director of the new film – Ramin Bahrani. Bahrani offers fascinating insight on what intrigues him about the Bradbury story and how, despite the fact that it was published more than sixty years ago, both the film and the book are very relevant today.

To access Bahrani’s essay in the times click the following photo:

And here are links to the different versions of Fahrenheit 451 available for checkout:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Print Book)

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Fahrenheit 451 audiobook on CD, written by Ray Bradbury and read by Christopher Hurt:

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) DVD

Starring Oskar Werner & Julie Christie, Directed by François Truffaut

In the future, an oppressive government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers known as “firemen” to perform the necessary book burnings. This is the premise of Ray Bradbury’s acclaimed science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, which became the source material for French director François Truffaut’s English-language debut. While some liberties are taken with the description of the world, the narrative remains the same, as fireman Montag (Oskar Werner) begins to question the morality of his vocation. Curious about the world of books, he soon falls in love with a beautiful young member of a pro-literature underground — and with literature itself. Critics were divided on the effectiveness of the result; some praised the unique design and eerie color cinematography by Nicolas Roeg, while others found the film’s stylized approach overly distancing and attacked the central performances as unnatural. In any case, however, the film inarguably succeeds in making Truffaut’s reverence for the written word abundantly clear, especially during the film’s justifiably famous finale. —Judd Blaise, AllMovies.com

And available in the Digital Catalog:

Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and read by Stephen Hoye (downloadable audiobook):

And the eBook version of Fahrenheit 451 will be available in the Digital Catalog later this week!

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 11, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you want to listen to!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Ramblin’ (1963) by New Christy Minstrels (Genre: Folk, Sixties Folk, Pop):

This popular folk group, founded in the early sixties and still touring, has included many members over the years; the line-up for this album includes Dolan Ellis, Jackie Miller, Gayle Caldwell and Barry McGuire later of “Eve of Destruction” fame.

This album is widely considered to be their best and includes their biggest hit the McGuire penned “Green, Green.”

Songs on the light hearted, up-tempo album include: Mighty Mississippi, Hi Jolly, A Travelin’ Man, Down the Ohio, The Drinkin’ Gourd, Green, Green, Ride, Ride, Ride and My Dear Mary Anne.

Eclipse (2018) by Joey Alexander (Genre: Jazz):

Joey Alexander is a 15-year-old jazz pianist from Indonesia and to say he is a natural is an understatement! I saw him performed a concert as part of this past season’s Civic Music series – and boy, can he play! Eclipse is his new album and features the songs: Bali, Faithful, Draw me Nearer, Moment’s Notice, Eclipse, Blackbird and The Very Thought of You.

Short Days, Long Nights (2016) by Various Artists (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Pop):

This thirty song compilation was released in 2016 and I can’t find much information online about it – but it is a great collection of songs! The set includes great classic pop/rock songs and some newer ones. Artists featured range from the Jefferson Airplane to Bob Weir, Fiona Apple and the Kings of Leon!

Songs in the set include: Everybody Here Wants You by Jeff Buckley, Free Fallin’ by John Mayer, Waves by Miguel with Kacey Musgraves, Collide by Howie Day, Manhattan by Sara Bareilles, Satellite by Dave Matthews Band, Sweet Jane by Cowboy Junkies, Fair Play by Van Morrison, Man of the Hour by Pearl Jam and Independence Day by Bruce Springsteen.

Last Man Standing (2018) by Willie Nelson (Genre: Country):

Last Man Standing is the brand new album by country legend Willie Nelson. This collection features eleven songs written by Willie and his long-time songwriting partner Buddy Cannon.

Songs on the LP include: Last Man Standing, Don’t Tell Noah, Bad Breath, Me And You, Something To Get Through and Ready to Roar.

Bonus Streaming Album:

Recorded Live At Tweed Recording (2012) by Luke Winslow King (Genre: Blues, Traditional Blues):

Luke Winslow-King is originally from Cadillac, Michigan and now hails from New Orleans. He is a versatile singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays vintage blues and this LP sounds like it was recorded decades ago – so if you enjoy vintage blues – check it out!

Songs on this 5 song LP include: Mississippi Slow Drag, Miss The Mississippi And You, Ragtime Millionaire, I Know She’ll Do Right and April To May.

Recommended CD of the Week:

The Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook by Various Artists:

This three disc set features 48 songs written by the legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer and recorded by great jazz artists.

Songs/Artists in the set include: Blues In the Night by Louis Armstrong, Hit The Road To Dreamland by Mel Torme, Skylark by Ella Fitzgerald, Early Autumn by Woody Herman, That Old Black Magic by Shirley Horn, Jeepers Creepers by Bing Crosby with Buddy Bregman’s Orchestra, Dream by Dinah Washington, On The Atchison, Topeka, And the Santa Fe by jack Teagarden, Moon River by Sarah Vaughan and many more.

Videos of the Week:

Green Green by New Christy Minstrels

The Drinkin’ Gourd (The Muddy Road To Freedom) by the New Christy Minstrels featuring Gene Clark:

Note: this sound on this video clip shows its age – but it is a cool video of the group recorded in the sixties at Fordham University and well worth watching!

Eclipse album trailer by Joey Alexander:

Epistrophy by Joey Alexander – Live at Jazz Standard with Charnett Moffett & Ulysses Owens Jr.:

Everybody Here Wants You by Jeff Buckley: 

Sweet Jane by Cowboy Junkies:

Independence Day by Bruce Springsteen:

Last Man Standing by Willie Nelson:

Ragtime Millionaires by Luke Winslow-King:

Early Autumn by Woody Herman & His Orchestra:

Jeepers Creepers by Bing Crosby:

Moon River by Sarah Vaughn:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!