New Digital Catalog E-Books, Audiobooks, Videos & Music

New Southeast Steuben County Library STLS Digital Catalog E-Books, Audio Books,

Videos & Music!

 All these items should be available in the STLS Digital Catalog later today — here is a direct link to the catalog:

And if you have a smartphone or tablet — there is an app for that as the expression goes! The app is called OverDrive Media Console (or just OverDrive for short) and can be found in both the Android, Apple and Windows app stores.

And here’s the list of new items!


Audiobook          Repair to Her Grave: Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series, Book 4    Sarah Graves, Lindsay Ellison

Audiobook          Wicked Fix: Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series, Book 3      Sarah Graves, Lindsay Ellison

Audiobook          Ice Hunt               James Rollins, Ron Dryer

Audiobook          A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel        Khaled Hosseini, Atossa Leoni

Audiobook          Mist       James Lee Burke, Ron McLarty

Audiobook          The Burning of the Flag James Lee Burke, Ron McLarty

Audiobook          Stonefather       Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki

Audiobook          Infamous             Ace Atkins, Dick Hill

Audiobook          E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band       Clinton Heylin, Dan John Miller

Audiobook          Flat Water Tuesday: A Novel       Ron Irwin, Holter Graham

Audiobook          The Night Detectives: David Mapstone Mystery Series, Book 7   Jon Talton, Jim Meskimen

Audiobook          Pete at the Beach            James Dean, Teddy Walsh, ©2013 by HarperCollins Publishers

Audiobook          Eugenie’s Story: Swallowcliffe Hall            Jennie Walters

Audiobook          We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel            Karen Joy Fowler, Orlagh Cassidy

Ebook   Inferno: Robert Langdon Series, Book 4 Dan Brown

Ebook   Outsider              Diana Palmer

Ebook   The Firebird        Susanna Kearsley

Ebook   The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living          Wendy Jehanara Tremayne, Dale Dougherty, Christopher Bamford

Ebook   A Most Peculiar Circumstance    Jen Turano

Ebook   The Election-Day Disaster: Capital Mystery Series, Book 10           Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

Ebook   All the Dead Yale Men: A Novel Craig Nova

Ebook   Essential Car Care for Women    Jamie Little, Danielle  McCormick

Ebook   Jewelweed: A Novel      David Rhodes

Ebook   Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology Is Reshaping the Economy  Erik Brynjolfsson, Adam Saunders

Ebook   The Accidental Pallbearer             Frank Lentricchia

Ebook   Murder Passes the Buck: Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery Series, Book 1              Deb Baker

Ebook   Murder Grins and Bears It: Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery Series, Book 2          Deb Baker

Ebook   Murder Bites the Bullet: Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery Series, Book 4               Deb Baker

Ebook   Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language          Bill Handley

Ebook   Let the Great World Spin: A Novel            Colum McCann

Ebook   A Caress of Twilight: Meredith Gentry Series, Book 2      Laurell K. Hamilton

Ebook   Kidnapped at the Capital: Capital Mystery Series, Book 2               Ron Roy, Liza Woodruff

Ebook   A Spy in the White House: Capital Mystery Series, Book 4             Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

Ebook   Wicked Fix: Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series, Book 3      Sarah Graves

Ebook   The Skeleton in the Smithsonian: Capital Mystery Series, Book 3               Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

Ebook   B.A.S.E. Camp    Rob Childs

Ebook   Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series               David Pietrusza

Ebook   A Matter of Time, Volume 1        Mary Calmes

Ebook   A Matter of Time, Volume 2        Mary Calmes

Ebook   A Country Doctor             Sarah Orne Jewett

Ebook   A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry Series, Book 1         Laurell K. Hamilton

Ebook   Call of the Wild and White Fang Jack London

Ebook   Seduced By Moonlight: Meredith Gentry Series, Book 3                Laurell K. Hamilton

Ebook   Captains Courageous     Rudyard Kipling

Ebook   Wildwood Dancing, Wildwood Dancing Series, Book 1     Juliet Marillier

Music    Ummagumma (2011–Remaster)              Pink Floyd

Music    Now That’s What I Call Party Hits               Various Artists, (C) 2007 NOW Joint Venture

Music    NOW That’s What I Call the 90s  Various Artists, (C) 2010 NOW Joint Venture

Music    Now That’s What I Call the U.S.A. (The Patriotic Country Collection)         Various Artists, (C) 2010 NOW Joint Venture

Music    Delicate Sound of Thunder          Pink Floyd, Peter R Vince, P Mew

Music    NOW That’s What I Call a Modern Songbook       Various Artists, (C) 2011 NOW Joint Venture

Music    Children’s Favourites, Vol. 2: Original Recordings (1933-1952)      Traditional, Country Washburne, Foster Carling, et. al.

Music    Choral Concert: Oxford Girls’ Choir (A Garden of Music – a Rich Collection of Music from the Medieval World)                Traditional, Mass Text, Oxford Girls’ Choir, et. al.

Music    NOW That’s What I Call British    Various Artists, (C) 2012 NOW Joint Venture

Music    NOW That’s What I Call Disney   Various Artists, (C) 2012 NOW Joint Venture

Music    The Queen of R&B, Volume 1     Ruth Brown, (c) 2012 Chacra Music Licensing

Music    Alfred Presents Premier Piano Course: Performance Book 1A     Dennis Alexander, E.L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur, Martha Mier and Gayle Kowalchyk, (c) 2010 Alfred Music Publishing

Music    Alfred Presents Premier Piano Course: Performance Book 1B     Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E.L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur and Martha Mier, (c) 2010 Alfred Music Publishing

Music    Alfred Presents Premier Piano Course: Performance Book 2A     Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E.L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur and Martha Mier, (c) 2010 Alfred Music Publishing

Music    Alfred Presents Premier Piano Course: Performance Book 2B     Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E.L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur and Martha Mier, (c) 2010 Alfred Music Publishing

Music    Children’s Songs–Delightful Japanese Songs: Kodomo to Kikitai Doyo–Tanoshii Nihon no Uta     Various Artists, (c) 2010 Victor Entertainment, Inc.

Music    Little Taste of Torah        Peter & Ellen Allard, (c) 2010 Transcontinental Music

Video    One Peace at a Time: A Film About a Messed Up World… and How We Could Fix It            Turk Pipkin, Matt Naylor, The Nobelity Project, et. al.

Video    Beyond Pollution             Dean Cain, Barker White, Harper Robinson, et. al.

Video    Portlandia, Season 1 & 2               Jonathan Krisel, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

Video    Wild Animals Speak         Anthony Birkholz, Penelope Smith

Video    5 Day Fit Chi        David Dorian-Ross

Video    5 Day Fit Yoga    Rodney Yee

Video    Richard Simmons: Sweatin’ To The Oldies 1          Richard Simmons

Video    Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood’s Most Filmed Legend               Philip Gardiner

Video    Police Patrol       Rasmus A. Sivertsen

Video    Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Interviews       MVD Visual

Video    Tuck Andress – Fingerstyle Mastery         Hot Licks

Video    William Kanengiser: Effortless Classical Guitar     Hot Licks

Video    Wired – Guitar Care + Repair       Amsco Publications

Video    Joe Pass: Solo Jazz Guitar             Hot Licks

Video    The Unauthorized Biography of Johnny Cash      David McKenzie, Paul Sharatt

Have a great day!

Linda R.

The Libraries of Today and Tomorrow – With A Heavy Emphasis On Tech!

I came across a cool article in one of the mainstream – and thus non-library – magazines yesterday on basically what a public library is like in the early 21st century.

 And I think this article is cool because it offers more evidence of what I’ve seen with my own two eyes in the 29 years since I first started working in library land and that is the fact that in the last ten to twelve years public library usage has grown dramatically and changed just as dramatically.

And I say usages has changed dramatically because It used to be that the main role of a public library was to provide print books and print research resources for patrons. And we still do that! However, our number 1 role today – which is one we assume by popular demand of our patrons – can be summed up in one word – technology.

And what do I mean by “technology” as regards to public library usage?

For a start I mean offering patrons:

Free access to Internet connected computers

Free access to software on those computers (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

Free access to online e-books, audiobooks, videos and music

Free access to free (did I mention it was free?) tech assistance from members of our tech staff (so if you just got a new PC, tablet or other device or want to know how to use the Internet, email, Word or other online services, hardware or software including how to create and use an email address or a digital resume to submit online you can come to the library and have staff asset you!)

And free access to credible online databases in a variety of categories– think of them as humungous encyclopedias for personal and professional research because contrary to popular belief the most credible information found online isn’t always available for free nor available simply by a Google search (and when I say free as regards to the library’s database – I mean the library or the library system has to pay for the database – they are free for patrons to use!)

And I will now get off my soap box!

Suffice it to say public libraries today are indeed long on technology in answer to the popular demand of our patrons!

And here is a link to the Time Magazine article on just that subject titled “The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech”

Have a great evening!

Linda R.


Rock, Margaret. (2013, June 25). The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech: This isn’t your childhood library.


Cool Atlantic Photos That Show What The Other Planets In Our Solar System Would Look Like From The Earth If They Were As Close To The Earth As The Moon Is

And that is a doosey of a long title for a FYI article link! But it is true the Atlantic features a brief but cool article with photos titled:

“What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon”

And the premise is you’re driving down a long deserted  highway quite probably in the American southwest and you see the moon rise up over the highway — but what would you see if instead of the moon Neptune or Saturn were in the moon’s place?

Cool photos — here’s the link:

Have a great morning!

Linda R.

Top Three Tech News Picks For Tuesday

Hi everyone, it has been another super busy day in library land so this will be a really short blog posting – well, for me anyway!

Here’s a link to a CNET article on the new inexpensive Ouya gaming system that is an open system and will allow gamers to play mobile titles on their TVs for only $99 and by “mobile titles” I mean titles for tablets and smartphones that developers can easily tweak to work with this new gaming system.

Here’s the link:$99-already-sold-out-on-amazon-gamestop/

And here’s a link to a second article that discusses how in the near future you may be able to swallow two capsules that will run through your body and relay messages about your heath back to your doctor – which I think is sort of cool!

And this third and final link relays to an article regarding a European Union court decision that actually benefits Google in what I’d call another “right to be forgotten” case – and by that I mean the decision has to do with personal information that Google has obtained online – legally obtained – and I think this is interesting because of the ongoing debate over the right to be forgotten – meaning of course that whatever personal information you put on the web may stay there forever no matter how embarrasing it latter becomes – say college photos on a friend’s Facebook page of you and your friends partying hardy – which aren’t so much fun 10 years later when you get turned down for a job because the company you were applying for a job with didn’t like those photos!

Here’s the link:


Bilton, Nick. (2013, June 23). Disruptions: Medicine That Monitors You. New York Times. Online. Accessed June 25, 2013.

Reisinger, Don. (2013, June 25). Ouya launches for $99; already sold out on Amazon, GameStop. The open-source game console is still available at other online stores, including Best Buy and Target.

Whittaker, Zach. (2013, June 25).EU court lawyer backs Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ case: A legal opinion by a lawyer for the top EU court states that Google does not have to delete damaging results from its search index. CNET. Online. Accessed June 25, 2013.


New Search Box On Library Homepage & Microsoft Games Coming To iOS & Android

New Search Box On Library Homepage: If you’ve ever wanted to search the library’s website – now you can! There is a new search box, powered by Google, on the library’s homepage found at SSCLIBRARY.ORG so if you want to search our website for a subject like “Young Adult” for YA programs “tech” for tech programs “ or “writing” or “writer” to see programs that focusing on writing like our cool Young Adult and Adult Writer’s groups you can! You can also sort the results by relevance or date. This is a cool new feature of our online library which incidentally includes a Calendar of library events (click on the Calendar link) a number of credible databases (click on the Research link to see more) and the e-books and electronic audio books, albums and videos found in the STLS Digital Catalog (which you can access by clicking on the STLS Digital Catalog link).

So check out the library’s homepage for more information – here’s the link:

Microsoft Games Coming To iOS & Android: A number of tech news sources have reported today that Microsoft is working on deals that would bring many of its games to Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices (i.e. tablets & smartphones). The details haven’t of course been revealed but the specific game mentioned as one of the first to be offered is “Age of Empires” which is one of my favorite Microsoft Games! And I hope — should the deals come to fruition — to also be able to engage in the role playing game “Fate” on my iPad in the near future – Of course if they want to release a version of “Fate” that I can play on my iMac – I’d love that too!

So just FYI if you have some favorite Microsoft games you’ve previously played on your desktop, laptop or Xbox you may in the near future be able to play those same games on your smartphone or tablet!

Here is a link to a Slashgear article on the subject titled “Age of Empires coming to iOS and Android: first of many Microsoft titles:”

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Burns, Chris. (2013, June 24). Age of Empires coming to iOS and Android: first of many Microsoft titles

Digital Catalog Weekend Suggested Reading, Viewing & Listening June 21-23, 2013

Here is a list of select Digital Catalog e-books, audios and videos s you might enjoy reading, viewing or listening to over the weekend!


Popular Fiction:

The Snapper, Barrytown Trilogy, Book 2 by Roddy Doyle: Dublin playwright Doyle’s first novel, The Commitments (Vintage, 1989), told the story of Jimmy Rabbitte Jr.’s formation of Ireland’s first soul band and went on to become a popular film. These two volumes continue the saga of the Rabbitte family in the mythic working-class Dublin neighborhood of Barrytown. The Snapper concerns the unplanned pregnancy of the eldest daughter, delineating nine months of sparring between Sharon, who refuses to reveal the baby’s father, and Jimmy Sr., the clan’s vulgar, witty patriarch. Among its many other virtues, it offers a sensitive fictional narrative of pregnancy. The Van picks up a year or so later. Jimmy Sr. is now unemployed, his family is growing up, and gloom has set in. Consolation comes when his best friend Bimbo also becomes “redundant” and the two go in together on a filthy, used fish-and-chips van. Their riotous adventures give a new spin to the notion of male bonding. Brilliantly constructed from the details of everyday life, both novels are made up almost entirely of dialog: sharp, crackling, relentless vernacular speech that never patronizes the characters. This is great comic writing that makes you laugh for pages yet keeps you aware that you could, instead, be crying.

– Brian Kenney, Pace Univ. Lib., Manhattan Campus, New York. Review from Library Journal

Taipei by Tao Lin: From one of this generation’s most talked about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal, powerful, and moving novel about family, relationships, accelerating drug use, and the lingering possibility of death.

Taipei by Tao Lin is an ode–or lament–to the way we live now. Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan’s art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan,  where he confronts his family’s roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way—whether on all night drives up the East Coast, shoplifting excursions in the South, book readings on the West Coast, or ill advised grocery runs in Ohio—movies are made with laptop cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share themselves completely. The result is a suspenseful meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.

The Things We Do for Love: A Novel by Kristin Hannah: In this tear-jerking novel by Hannah (Between Sisters), 38-year-old Angela Malone abandons a successful advertising career in Seattle to find comfort in West End, the small Pacific Northwest coastal town where she grew up. Pregnancy woes (chronic miscarriages, a baby who lived only for five days and a botched adoption) have caused her marriage to journalist Conlan to end in divorce. Her big, warmhearted Italian family welcomes her with open arms, and she throws herself into revamping the family restaurant, DeSaria’s. Then she befriends hard-working teenager Lauren Ribido, who’s in need of a new coat, some mothering and, later on, a place to live. Lauren’s life is far worse than self-pitying Angie’s—she’s pregnant, her alcoholic mother has given up on her, and her rich boyfriend, David, is off to his first-choice college. Lauren can’t go through with the abortion David encourages her to have, and the next step seems obvious: she should give the baby up to Angie, who’s on the way to reconciling with Conlan. Hannah stacks the odds against Lauren almost absurdly, and makes her life with Angie a rose-tinted dream come true, but she paints a wrenching, convincing picture of the dilemma teenage mothers face. Familiar but warmly rendered characters, a few surprising twists and a bittersweet ending make this satisfying summer reading. Review from Publishers Weekly

Critically Acclaimed Fiction:

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates: A major historical novel from “one of the great artistic forces of our time” (The Nation)—an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned

Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man–a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.

When the bride’s brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton’s most formidable people, from Grover Cleveland, fresh out of his second term in the White House and retired to town for a quieter life, to soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson, president of the university and a complex individual obsessed to the point of madness with his need to retain power; from the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain–all plagued by “accursed” visions.

An utterly fresh work from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful writer. Narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling supernatural elements to stunning effect.

Seize the Night by Dean Koontz: There are no rules in the dark, no place to feel safe, no escape from the shadows. But to save the day, you must…Seize the Night.

At no time does Moonlight Bay look more beautiful than at night. Yet it is precisely then that the secluded little town reveals its menace. Now children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. And there’s nothing their families can do about it. Because in Moonlight Bay, the police work their hardest to conceal crimes and silence victims. No matter what happens in the night, their job is to ensure that nothing disturbs the peace and quiet of Moonlight Bay….

Christopher Snow isn’t afraid of the dark. Forced to live in the shadows because of a rare genetic disorder, he knows the night world better than anyone. He believes the lost children are still alive and that their disappearance is connected to the town’s most carefully kept, most ominous secret—a secret only he can uncover, a secret that will force him to confront an adversary at one with the most dangerous darkness of all. The darkness inside the human heart.


25 Movies to Mend a Broken Heart by Roger Ebert: Ahh, love. It can be a many splendored thing, but it can also lead to the pain of a broken heart. For those experiencing such a sad eventuality, turn to this e-book only selection of Ebert’s Essentials, and consider these reviews of movies to help get you through the heartbreak. While not a cure for a broken heart (what could be?), watching these films can bring hope and appreciation for the possibility of love again or just help you laugh at the total absurdity of it all. Enjoy such classic romantic comedies as Moonstruck and Annie Hall to the decidedly offbeat Lars and the Real Girl that will help bring a smile back. Appreciate quiet looks into love with films like The Scent of Green Papaya and Once. As an added bonus to this special collection, clips of movie trailers are included with most reviews.

Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan by James Maguire: For more than twenty years, from 1948 to 1971, fifty-five million viewers watched The Ed Sullivan Show religiously every Sunday night. Everyone who was anyone appeared—the Beatles and Elvis, of course, and Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, and Elizabeth Taylor, plus public figures such as Fidel Castro, David Ben-Gurion, and Martin Luther King, Jr. More than thirty years later, the program remains a pop-culture icon. But despite Ed Sullivan’s prominence, little was known about the private man…until now. Impresario reveals what the Sullivan viewers never saw: nasty, hot-tempered, craven, yet also capable of high ideals and, above all, hugely ambitious. At a time when Americans are looking back, The Ed Sullivan Show stands out as a shining example of television during the golden era. Impresario lets readers look behind the screen to see the man who made it happen.

The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago by Jacky Hyams: Fans of Julian Fellowes’ hit show can step back 100 years to the world of the pampered, privileged upper classes and take a look at exactly what goes on behind the magisterial doors of their favorite stately home

Using the characters and setting of the popular television show as a point of reference for the reader, this is a closer look at the Edwardian period. They were the super rich of their times, pampered beyond belief—the early 20th century Edwardian gentry, who lived like superstars, their every desire or need catered to by an army of butlers, servants, footmen, housekeepers, and grooms. Class, money, inheritance, luxury, and snobbery dominated every aspect of the lives of the upper crust Edwardian family. While below stairs the staff inhabited a completely different world, their very lives dependent on servicing the rich, pandering to their masters’ every whim, and rubbing shoulders with wealth and privilege. While privy to the most intimate and darkest secrets of their masters, they faced ruin and shame if they ventured to make the smallest step outside the boundaries of their class-ridden world. From manners and morals to etiquette and style, this book opens the doors to the reality of the era behind TV’s favorite stately home.

Children’s Books:

Beyond the Firefly Field by R.E. Munzing: Living in the country seemed to present only boredom for Clayton and his friends, until one night a faraway glowing field beckoned them. What they found had been safely hidden away for over a thousand years. The kids soon became obsessed with the wonders they had discovered, as their wishes for excitement and adventure were granted. But visiting the field was beginning to change them, and as school started, their secret became harder to keep. Clayton felt torn—like he was living in two worlds—and he feared he would soon have to do whatever it took to keep the secret…or never go back to the firefly field again.

Point of No Return by Paul McCusker: Fans of the long-running audio series Adventures in Odyssey can hardly remember a time when there wasn’t a Connie or a Eugene—or an Imagination Station. But there was. Now step back in time as these exciting novels whisk you away to the days before the popular radio show.

Standing up for what you believe isn’t easy, as the kids in Odyssey discover in these four engaging stories. In Point of No Return, Jimmy Barclay finds that doing the right thing can cost him everything he thinks is most precious. In Dark Passage, Jack Davis and Matt Booker ignore a keep-out sign on the Imagination Station. Suddenly, they’re in pre–Civil War America, where slave traders capture Matt. The story continues in Freedom Run as Matt escapes from the slave traders and is joined by Jack for a thrilling Underground Railroad adventure. In The Stranger’s Message, Mr. Whittaker and the kids at Whit’s End meet a stranger in need and ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?”

Author Paul McCusker has written over 200 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey and been involved from the early days of the show. Set in a time before the radio show, these stories often reference the beginnings of inventions like the Imagination Station, familiar characters like the Barclays coming to town, and other AIO references that fans will enjoy.


Phantasys by Danny Wright (If you like piano music – check this title out!):

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. Phantasy (Danny Wright)

2. Madonna Lullaby (Danny Wright)

3. Spring (Danny Wright)

4. Love Gift (Danny Wright)

5. Pavane (Danny Wright)

6. Awakening (Danny Wright)

7. In Flight (Danny Wright)

8. October (Danny Wright)

9. Fourth Lake (Danny Wright)

10. Soaring (Danny Wright)

11. Phantasy Reprise (Danny Wright)

Audio Book:

The Hollow by Nora Roberts: For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom—ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone…

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year, they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to The Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.

Since that day at The Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others’ minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability—and this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she’ll have no defenses against the desire that threatens to consume them both…


World Music from India with the Ancient Poets of Râjasthân: A documentary about the musical traditions of the Manganiar, who are among the most sophisticated musicians of Western Rajasthan. It includes a concert performance by these extraordinary musical poets.

The STLS Digital Catalog may be found on the library’s homepage of SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Or via the following link:

And if you have an smartphone or tablet look for the OverDrive Media Console app in your app store – it is the app that will allow you to check out free library e-books and audio books and download them to your tablet or smartphone.

Digital Catalog music and video titles must currently be downloaded to a Windows computer to enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.


Microsoft Changes Its Mind About Xbox One Restrictions & New Echolocation Mapping Technology

Microsoft Changes Its Mind About Xbox One Restrictions: Last month Microsoft announced it would release a new version of its popular Xbox gaming console called the Xbox One. The company announced the new console will go on sale this fall but with new restrictions as to its usage. Microsoft said that Xbox One purchasers would be required to connect their gaming consoles to the Internet once a day and if Xbox One owners didn’t  comply they’d be unable to continue playing games on their consoles offline — the idea being to verify that the game consoling was being used by the registered account user and not someone else.

And at that same press event Microsoft also announced there would be a change in the ability of new Xbox owners to lend and re-sell gaming cartridges. The company intended to let the media companies that manufacture the cartridges to set the rules for their sale and re-sale; and thus the Xbox owners might not be able to re-sell cartridges at all or might only be able to re-sell them with a portion of the re-sell proceeds going back to the cartridge publishing company. Additionally, Xbox users would only be able to lend a cartridge to a friend once.

The changes Microsoft proposed were intended to be anti-piracy measures; however, those measures if they had been implemented would also have greatly curtailed the rights of new Xbox owners to use their consoles off line or to lend their gaming cartridges to friends. And of course the new rules would hinder the ability of Xbox One owners to sell their cartridges back to stores so they could get money to buy new cartridges.

Perhaps needless to say all of these restrictions have not gone over well with Xbox and gaming fans. There has been plenty of negative discussion on Facebook and Twitter about these new locked down rules – and whether it has been the overwhelmingly negative feedback from consumers or the fact that Sony announced on the very same day that Microsoft had its press event – that they would release a new PlayStation gaming console called the Playstation 4 this year and that there would be absolute no restrictions as to how long PlayStation 4 owners could play games on their consoles while off line or how many times they could loan out their gaming cartridges to friends —  oh and by the way PlayStation owners were and will continue to be welcome to sell their used gaming cartridges whenever they want to! Whichever factor was the deciding factor – and maybe both together were — today Microsoft did a complete 180 and rescinded all the restrictions on the upcoming Xbox One console and its attending games which is definitely good news for Xbox fans!

Here’s a link to a CNET article on the subject titled “Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy:”

And a second article on the same subject from The Guardian site titled “Xbox One reversal: did Microsoft make the right decision?”

New Echolocation Mapping Technology: And if it has been a while since you took your last science class– the word “echolocation” refers to the ability of some animals – like bats – to navigate over terrain by using internally generated or bio sonar. And now researchers at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created a computer algorithm that will do the exact same thing – map a room or other surroundings based upon a computer gauging how sound flows over the objects in a given area or room in. In essence the computer is listening to the room and creating a map of it simply by sound.

And as you probably already guessed I read an article on the subject! The article is from NBC News and is titled “Echolocation technology maps rooms in a snap,” here’s the link:

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Coldewey, Delvin. (2013, June 20) Echolocation technology maps rooms in a snap. NBC News. Online. Accessed June 20, 2013.

Greene, Jay. (2013, June 20). Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy. CNET. Online. Accessed June 20, 2013.

Stuart, Keith. (2013, June 20). Xbox One reversal: did Microsoft make the right decision? The Guardian. Online. Accessed June 20, 2013

Google Chromebooks Coming To A Store Near You & DreamWorks Animation Signs A Deal With Netflix

Google Chromebooks Coming To A Store Near You: Google has announced that is now selling its inexpensive cloud-based Chromebook laptops at Walmart and Staples. Walmart is carrying the Acer C7 Chromebook that costs $199 and Staples will sell the Acer Chromebook along with the slightly more expensive Chromebooks from Samsung and HP at its stores.

And just on an FYI note the library owns a Google Samsung Chromebook that patrons are welcome to come in and sit down and try out!

And Chromebooks – if you’re not familiar with them – are light weight, cloud based laptops running the Google Chrome operating system. These laptops are meant to be used with an Internet connection and you are pretty much locked into the Google ecosystem – meaning that you can use the online Google Docs service to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations but you can’t install software on a Chromebook the way you can install Microsoft Office on a Windows PC. However, for the price – and the Chromebook that I’ve seen that has the best reviews is the Samsung Chromebook which costs $249 (and that the model the library owns) – the Chromebook is a reasonable choice for an inexpensive laptop for one to do light word processing, email and/or web related tasks upon. And if you simply need a second laptop for light weight tasks or even perhaps for your cottage at the lake (provided you have Internet service there) a Google Chromebook might just fit the proverbial bill.

Here’s a link to a CNET article that relays more information on the fact that the Chromebooks are coming to a store near you titled “”Google’s low-cost Chromebooks coming to 6,600 more stores:”

And a second link to a CNET review of the Samsung Chromebook:

DreamWorks Animation Signs A Deal With Netflix: DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal with Netflix to offer new programming. DreamWorks is known for its visually stunning videos and is working on expanding its offerings by sidestepping traditional cable companies and instead offering new shows for Netflix subscribers to stream. The new deal was announced on Monday and this new partnership will translate into 300 new hours of episodic television being created. The deal can also be seen as another battle in the Internet TV vs. Traditional Cable Television because the new shows will not able available to TV fans through traditional cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast but will be available for Netflix subscribers stream. The details regarding the new shows have yet to be released but DreamWorks did say that the new shows would be inspired by their back catalog which features a number of notable franchise videos including: Shrek, Mr. Magoo, Lassie and Casper the Friendly Ghost. The first of the new programs is tentatively slated to be aired in 2014.

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the subject titled “DreamWorks and Netflix in Deal for New TV Shows:”

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Barnes, Brooks. (2013, June 17). DreamWorks and Netflix in Deal for New TV Shows. New York Times. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013.

Kerr, Dara. Google’s low-cost Chromebooks coming to 6, 600 more stores. CNET. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013.

Portnoy, Sean. (2013, June 19). Acer’s $199 C710-2865 Chromebook laptop includes SSD, will be sold at Walmart. ZDNET. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013.

Samsung Chromebook review: The one we’ve been waiting for (at least in price). Accessed June 19, 2013.



Technology Is The New Literacy & More Thoughts On Wearable Technology

Technology Is The New Literacy: Today I’m going to do something I haven’t ever done before – I’m going to recommend you read a blog posting on another blog! Renee Tougas lives in rural Quebec with her family and is a resourceful homeschooler and blogger. She has written a blog posting titled “Technology is the New Literacy” in which she makes a number of very valid points regarding technology; however, my two favorite points are that A. technology is a tool and that B. technology, or digital literacy if you like, is indeed the new literacy. If you’re going to school or are in the work force today and even if you’re retired I too truly believe that you need to be technological literate to be truly able to communicate with others and learn new things. And I could get up on my proverbial soap-box on this subject but instead I’ll just suggest that you read Renee’s article in which she offers practical examples of using technology as a learning tool and which you can access via the following link:

More Thoughts On Wearable Technology: The tech site Gigaom offers a neat article today titled “With wearable tech like Google Glass, human behavior is now a design problem” which discusses how the advent of wearable technology like Google Glass internet connecting glasses and the Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband wristbands may change how humans behave and act. If we consider that technology is a tool we can see that it is our personal responsibility to gauge how much technology and what kind to use in our daily lives because any tool can be misused. However, imagine having a wrist band that contains a health computer that is so sophisticated it can tell you what you should be eating for any health condition there is – or simply if you wish to reach a healthier weight or a wristband that can scan the area around you and alert you to any possible dangers like ice on a sidewalk. And moving away from wearables for a moment consider self-driving cars like the Google Car – when that technology is perfected and enters the mainstream – and that time is coming in the very near future – it will allow anyone who is disabled and can’t drive a car but can get around to have a car and not have to drive! So if someone is blind due to macular degeneration or partial paralyzed due to an accident or battle injury that person will be able to get into a self-driving car and simply tell it to take them to the grocery store, the local mall or restaurant of their choice. So technology is indeed a tool that can be misused – for example, if you sit in front of a computer all day long and social network with others and/or play online games – I think you’re rather forgetting to live here in the real world – but even so wearable technology and self-driving cars are worth looking forward too because they will indeed change our lives.

And without further ado here is a link to the Gigaom article:

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Madden, Sean, (2013, June 15). With wearable tech like Google Glass, human behavior is now a design problem. Gigaom. Online. Accessed June 18, 2013.

Tougas, Renee. (2013, June 18).   Technology is the New Literacy. Fimby. Online. Accessed June 18, 2013.