Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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

Our digital suggestion for today is the audio book:

Dying of the Light written by George R. R. Martin and narrated by Iain Glen:

 

In this unforgettable space opera, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin presents a chilling vision of eternal night—a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable.

A whisperjewel has summoned Dirk t’Larien to Worlorn, and a love he thinks he lost. But Worlorn isn’t the world Dirk imagined, and Gwen Delvano is no longer the woman he once knew. She is bound to another man, and to a dying planet that is trapped in twilight. Gwen needs Dirk’s protection, and he will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means challenging the barbaric man who has claimed her. But an impenetrable veil of secrecy surrounds them all, and it’s becoming impossible for Dirk to distinguish between his allies and his enemies. In this dangerous triangle, one is hurtling toward escape, another toward revenge, and the last toward a brutal, untimely demise.

And our print suggestion for today is:

Seven Days of Us: A Novel by Francesca Hornak:  

 

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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Our digital recommendation for today, a streaming video, is part 1 of the series Eyes on the Prize:

Eyes on the Prize, Season 1, Episode 1 Awakenings 1954-1956:

The documentary Eyes On The Prize was originally broadcast in on PBS and is narrated by Civil Rights leader Julian Bond.

The Emmy Award-winning landmark civil rights series, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, produced by Blackside, tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (Season 1) covers all major events in the civil rights movement from 1954-1965.

Episodes include:

Awakenings (1954-1956)

Fighting Back (1957-1962)

Ain’t Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)

No Easy Walk (1961-1963)

Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)

Bridge to Freedom (1965)

Also, includes an interview with Henry Hampton.

Winner of six Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

NOTE: the rest of the series is also available in the Digital Catalog.

And our print suggestion for today is:

Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine by Eric M. Patashnik by Alan S. Gerber and Conor M. Dowling:

How partisanship, polarization, and medical authority stand in the way of evidence-based medicine

The U.S. medical system is touted as the most advanced in the world, yet many common treatments are not based on sound science. Treatments can go into widespread use before they are rigorously evaluated, and every year patients are harmed because they receive too many procedures―and too few treatments that really work. Unhealthy Politics sheds new light on why the government’s response to this troubling situation has been so inadequate, and why efforts to improve the evidence base of U.S. medicine continue to cause so much political controversy and public trepidation.

This critically important book draws on public opinion surveys, physician surveys, case studies, and political science models to explain how political incentives, polarization, and the misuse of professional authority have undermined efforts to tackle the medical evidence problem and curb wasteful spending. It paints a portrait of a medical industry with vast influence over which procedures and treatments get adopted, and a public burdened by the rising costs of health care yet fearful of going against “doctor’s orders.” The book shows how the government’s efforts to promote evidence-based medicine have become mired in partisan debates. It also proposes sensible solutions that can lead to better, more efficient health care for all of us.

Unhealthy Politics offers vital insights not only into health policy but also into the limits of science, expertise, and professionalism as political foundations for pragmatic problem solving in American democracy.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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

Our digital suggestion for today is the ebook:

Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Savor the magic of the season in a Christmas novel filled with warmth, humor, the promise of love, and a dash of unexpected adventure.

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there’s only one rental car available. Ashley and Dash reluctantly decide to share the car, but neither anticipates the wild ride ahead.

At first they drive in silence, but forced into close quarters Ashley and Dash can’t help but open up. Not only do they find they have a lot in common, but there’s even a spark of romance in the air. Their feelings catch them off guard—never before has either been so excited about a first meeting. But the two are in for more twists and turns along the way as they rescue a lost puppy, run into petty thieves, and even get caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Though Ashley and Dash may never reach Seattle in time for Christmas, the season is still full of surprises—and their greatest wishes may yet come true.

And our print suggestion for today is:

Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini:

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the fascinating life of the world’s first computer programmer Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have gone unsung for too long.

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada’s father, who was infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.

When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage—brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly—will shape her destiny. Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine, Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world. All the while, she passionately studies mathematics—ignoring skeptics who consider it an unusual, even unhealthy pursuit for a woman—falls in love, discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement, and comes to terms with the unquenchable fire of her imagination.

In Enchantress of Numbers, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Monday, December 11, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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Our digital title for today is the ebook:

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard:

“For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.” —Toni Morrison

“The Talented Ribkins is a charming and delightful debut novel with a profound heart, and Ladee Hubbard’s voice is a welcome original.” —Mary Gaitskill

An INDIE NEXT 2017 pick

Winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award

Winner of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Prize

At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn’t have such problems: He’s got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it’s curtains.

What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with super powers that are a bit, well, odd. Okay, very odd. For example, Johnny’s father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he’s been there or not.

In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last.

Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny’s on a race against the clock to dig up loot he’s stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother’s daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own.

Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous essay “The Talented Tenth” and fuelled by Ladee Hubbard’s marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together.

And our print suggestion for today is:

Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other’ by Francis Wade:

 

Description: For decades Myanmar has been portrayed as a case of good citizen versus bad regime – men in jackboots maintaining a suffocating rule over a majority Buddhist population beholden to the ideals of non-violence and tolerance. But in recent years this narrative has been upended.

In June 2012, violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in western Myanmar, pointing to a growing divide between religious communities that before had received little attention from the outside world. Attacks on Muslims soon spread across the country, leaving hundreds dead, entire neighbourhoods turned to rubble, and tens of thousands of Muslims confined to internment camps. This violence, breaking out amid the passage to democracy, was spurred on by monks, pro-democracy activists, and even politicians.

In this gripping and deeply reported account, Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling elite has laid the foundations for mass violence, and how, in Myanmar’s case, some of the most respected and articulate voices for democracy have turned on the Muslim population at a time when the majority of citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

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.

Non-Fiction DVD Recommendations 12 9 2017

Here are our three recommended non-fiction DVDs for this week!

(Click on the photos to request the DVDs)

The Joy of Mathematics (The Great Courses):

Description: Ready to exercise those brain cells? These 24 lectures celebrate the sheer joy of mathematics, taught by a mathematician who is literally a magician with numbers. Throughout these lectures, award-winning professor Arthur T. Benjamin shows how the beautiful and often imposing edifice that has given us algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and so much else is based on nothing more than fooling around with numbers.

Combining entertaining number tricks with the deeper properties of mathematics, Professor Benjamin introduces you to prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, and infinite series. You’ll investigate the powerful techniques for manipulating numbers using algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and probability in lectures that may hark back to subjects you studied in high school and college. And you’ll find these lectures both a useful refresher and a bird’s-eye view of the most important areas of mathematics. These lectures are especially well suited for: anyone attracted by the promise of a joyful attitude to an often-imposing subject; anyone for whom high school and college math courses are a distant memory; anyone now taking math who would like a big-picture perspective on the major areas of the field; and budding math mavens who love numbers and the magic that can be done with them.

Be prepared to encounter strange equations, novel ways of thinking, and symbols and computational methods that may be new to you. But also prepare to sharpen your wits in ways you never thought possible.

Dewey No: DVD 510 JOY

Trailer:

The Darwinian Revolution (The Great Courses):

Description: Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species – the text that introduced the world to natural selection – is among a handful of books that have changed the world. But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Darwin’s profoundly revolutionary message has often been misunderstood, as have his own views on evolution, the intellectual background that led to them, and the turbulent history of their reception.

Now, in 24 absorbing lectures by an award-winning teacher, you learn the remarkable story of Darwin’s ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea change in human thought that resulted. You’ll learn how Darwin arrived at his theory of natural selection-the idea that those members of a species best equipped to survive will tend to outlast others, thus changing the species over time-very slowly and cautiously. For he was all too aware of the intellectual dynamite inherent in its implication of no divine intervention being necessary for a rich diversity of life forms on earth. And you’ll see how Darwin worked out the details of his theory not only by building on both his own observations and the insights of others, but also through amazing leaps in the face of apparently contrary evidence. You’ll also see how the firestorm of religious criticism Darwin’s theory faced has scarcely subsided to this day, with Professor Gregory bringing this controversy up to date by carefully examining the claims of intelligent design, the latest and most sophisticated attempt to challenge Darwin on religious grounds.

Dewey No: DVD 576.8 DAR

Trailer: N/A

Days of Waiting

Description: DAYS OF WAITING is a poignant documentary about an extraordinary woman, artist Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians to be interned with 110,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. When internment came, she refused to be separated from her Japanese American husband and lived with him for four years behind barbed wire in the desolate Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. During her internment, the artist recorded the rigors and deprivations of camp life with unusual insight, her sketches and watercolors forming a moving portrait of the lives of the internees, the struggle to keep their health, dignity and hope alive. –Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

Dewey No: DVD 759.13 DAY

Trailer:

Have a great weekend and don’t forget this Saturday, December 9, 2017 – the library is closed for cleaning.

We’ll be open our regular hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. next Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Linda, SSCL

Suggested Listens December 8, 2017

Hi everyone, for your listening pleasure, here are our six suggested albums for the week; five streaming albums and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo of the album you’d like to hear to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Recommended listening for this week includes new albums by, respectively, folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, jazz bassist Christian McBride and rapper Tyler, The Creator; Classic albums by new age pianist Jim Brickman and composer and conductor John Williams of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. fame and a couple of extra fun holiday albums as a bonus.

And on to the suggested listening titles of the week!

This Sweet Old World (2017) by Lucinda Williams (Genre: Folk, Pop, Roots Rock, Country):

Singer songwriter Lucinda Williams’s 2017 release finds her re-recording the songs from her classic 1992 LP Sweet Old World. The versions of the songs on this LP are more polished and modern sounding than the ones on the original album, feature a singer 25 years older than on the original release – a singer with the maturity and grit that comes along with having lived through those 25 years.

Songs on the album include: Something About What Happens When We Talk, Sidewalks Of The City, Sweet Old World, Hot Blood and Drivin’ Down a Dead End Street.

Bringin’ It by the Christian McBride Big Band (2017) (Jazz, Swing, Vocal):

 

This is the second album by bassist and bandleader Christian McBride’s Big Band and to describe it succinctly – it swings!

The LP includes the songs: Gettin’ to It, Thermo, Youthful Bliss, Sahara, Mr. Bojangles and Used ‘Ta Cloud.

No Words (1994) by Jim Brickman (Genre: New Age, Piano, Pop):

This is pianist Jim Brickman’s debut album from 1994.

The AllMusic review of the LP notes that it contains “expressive, moody piano pieces” that tend “toward a pop sound without words.” I’d say that well sum up Brickman’s style; and it is one of the reasons I like his music – it is accessible and relaxing.

Songs on the LP include: Rocket to the Moon, Shaker Lakes, I Said…You Said, American Dream and Old Times.

Greatest Hits 1969-1999 by John Williams and the Boston Pops (Genre: Easy Listening, Classical, Pop, Stage & Screen, Soundtracks):

Composer and conductor John Williams is best known for his work with the Boston Pops Orchestra and for the music he has written for films which includes the theme from Star Wars, music for the Indiana Jones films, E.T., Jaws and more. This album contains some of his most popular and best known music including music from all the previously mentioned films.

Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (2017) (Genre: Rap):

Tyler, The Creator was born Tyler Okonma in California in 1991 and started a music career in Los Angeles in his mid-teens. He is a popular rapper, record producer and video music director. This is his fourth album.

Songs on the LP include: Where This Flower Blooms, See You Again, Who Dat Boy, Pothole and Boredom.

Bonus Suggested Listens:

Two seasonal albums I came across while doing research for this posting – they have a relaxing, mellow, nostalgic feel about them!

The first is another album by John Williams and the Boston Pops:

Joy to the Word by John Williams and the Boston Pops (1992):

Songs on the LP include: A Christmas Festival, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, Somewhere In My Memory (from Home Alone), A Christmas Bouquet and We Wish you A Merry Christmas.

And the second one is titled The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas by Frank DeVol & The Rainbow Strings (1960):

A generation older than Williams, Frank DeVol too wrote music for movies and TV shows including: Pillow Talk, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Cat Ballou, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, I Dream of Jeannie, Gidget, Bonanza, Petticoat Junction and My Three Sons.

This string-centric Christmas album includes the songs: Ring Christmas Bells, The Christmas Song, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland.

CD of the Week

Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush:

This 2016 release by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Rush won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues album of the year earlier this year.

Songs on the LP include: Porcupine Meat, Snake in the Grass, Catfish Stew, It’s Your Move and Nighttime Gardener.

Bonus CD of the Week:

A Jazz and Blues Christmas by Various Artists (2008) (Putumayo)

Songs on the LP include: Christmas Celebration by B. B. King, Santa’s Blues by Charles Brown, Santa Baby by Claire Barlow, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Ray Charles and Here Comes Santa Claus by the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

Videos of the Week:

Pineola by Lucinda Williams

Bringin’ It by Christian McBride

Christian McBride Big Band Live at Dizzy’s April 2017 – 1st Set

Jim Brickman on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his No Words LP:

I See The Moon Cover by Jim McBride

John Williams conducts surprise concert at Star Wars Celebration 2017

Who Dat Boy? by Tyler, The Creator

Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush

Bonus Videos:

Sleigh Ride by John Williams & The Boston Pops:

Ring Christmas Bells/The First Noel/Jolly Old St. Nicholas by Frank De Vol & The Rainbow Strings

Christmas Celebration by B. B. King

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Ray Charles

Have a great week,

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Friday, December 8, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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

Our digital suggestion for today is the downloadable audiobook:

The Dark Flood Rises, A Novel written by Dame Margaret Drabble & narrated by Anna Bentinck:

Francesca Stubbs has a very full life. A highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age, she drives restlessly round England. Amid the professional conferences she attends, she fits in visits to old friends, brings home-cooked dinners to her ex-husband, texts her son, who is grieving over the sudden death of his girlfriend, and drops in on her daughter, a quirky young woman who lives in a floodplain in the West Country. This dark and glittering novel moves back and forth between an interconnected group of family and friends in England and a seemingly idyllic expat community in the Canary Islands, where we also observe the flow of immigrants from an increasingly war-torn Middle East.

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay:

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, standalone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

If you made a mistake that took someone’s life, you’d remember it . . . wouldn’t you?

After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused’s family. He’s heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can’t explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal’s experience, it’s only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action. . . .

A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming.

You can request physical items, i.e. print books, DVDs & CDs, online via StarCat:

or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

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.