Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:

She Rides Shotgun: A Novel by Jordan Harper:

A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows—her father.

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison—a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They’ve already murdered his ex-wife, Polly’s mother. And Polly is their next target.

Nate and Polly’s lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: with barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it’s like to love fiercely and unconditionally—a love he’s never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he’s carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

She Rides Shotgun is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

Here’s a link to the checkout/request page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1986057

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg:

The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.
When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

Here’s a link to the request page in StarCat:

https://goo.gl/LgBiL8

You can also request items 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. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Monday, August 21, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles for today.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:

The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose:

Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the façade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all.

Aided by Tomi, a young hacker and artist with whom she has struck a wary alliance, Lee escapes into the unmapped corners of the city—empty aquariums, deserted motels, patrolled museums, and even the homes of vacationing families. But the deeper she goes underground, the more tightly she finds herself bound in the strange web she’s trying to elude. Desperate and out of options, Lee steps from the shadows to face who is after her—and why.

A novel of puzzles, conspiracies, secret societies, urban exploration, art history, and a singular, indomitable heroine, The Readymade Thief heralds the arrival of a spellbinding and original new talent in fiction.

Here’s a link to the checkout/request page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/3064556

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena:

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

Here’s a link to request the book in StarCat:

https://goo.gl/4mmDFf

You can also request items 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. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

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.

Non-Fiction DVD Recommendations 8 18 17

Hi everyone, here are three Non-Fiction DVD recommendations for the week.

Generation Like

Description: Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? In Generation Like, author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (The Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders) explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they’re being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it?

Dewey Decimal System Call Number: DVD 006.7 GEN

Trailer:

Generation Like Request Link:

https://goo.gl/eqbAEv

The Day The Universe Changed

Description: I’ll just add a brief preface and note that although this series was recorded in the 1980s it offers a fascinating look at both how we see the world based upon the knowledge we have at any given time and how western societies have valued technological advancement over the centuries from the printing press, to the telegraph to the automobile to the computer and beyond. If you haven’t seen this series and you’re interested in history and/or technology — check it out!

And here’s an overview of the entire 5 disc series: The Day the Universe Changed: A Personal View by James Burke is a British documentary television series written and presented by science historian James Burke, originally broadcast on BBC1 from 19 March until 21 May 1985 by the BBC. The series’ primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western society in its philosophical aspects.

The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as one perceives it through what one knows; therefore, if one changes one’s perception of the universe with new knowledge, one has essentially changed the universe itself. To illustrate this concept, James Burke tells the various stories of important scientific discoveries and technological advances and how they fundamentally altered how western civilization perceives the world. The series runs in roughly chronological order, from around the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present.

The series won the following Awards:
Booklist Nonprint Editor’s Choice
National Educational Film Festival
Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Chicago International Film Festival

Dewey Decimal System Call Number: DVD 509 DAY

Trailer: (This one is a bit long; it features the first ten minutes of the first episode of this excellent series and it is a bit fuzzy — but if you haven’t seen this series I urge you to at least watch the 10 minute trailer as it give you an idea of what this series is about)

Day the Universe Changed Request Link:

https://goo.gl/A6y3V6

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story 

Description: Booker Wright was an African-American restaurant owner who also served double-duty as a waiter in a “whites-only” restaurant in Mississippi in the 1960s. He became an unlikely activist for the Civil Rights movement when he appeared on a network TV documentary reporting on the changing times in his small town. Exploding the myth of who he was and his experience serving the white community, Booker’s appearance set off a chain of events that eventually led to his untimely murder.

BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY follows director Raymond De Felitta (City Island), whose father directed the original 1966 documentary, as he journeys through past and present-day Mississippi with Booker’s granddaughter, searching for details around Booker’s courageous life and shocking murder, while also exploring the impact the film had – not only on the local community, but also on Raymond’s father.

Dewey Decimal System Call Number: DVD 323.1196 BOO

Trailer:

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story Request Link:

https://goo.gl/5w6t5c

References:

References

A Film Settles Accounts From the ’60s by Felicia R. Lee. The New York Times. April 20, 2012.

 

Legacy of Booker Wright, waiter murdered after speaking out on ‘whites only’ restaurant in Mississippi. The Grio interview with Lester Holt. July 13, 2012.

http://thegrio.com/2012/07/13/booker-wrights-unsung-legacy/#48175572

The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright by Yvette Johnson.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Suggested Listens August 18, 2017

With this posting I’m going to diverge from the previous format of focusing exclusively on music of the sixties, and instead, each week I’ll highlight five albums, from across all music genres and eras, that you can stream through Freegal. I’ll also suggested one CD per week that you can check out of the library’s collection.

And without further ado, on to the listening suggestions of the week!

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Jackie Gleason The Complete Sessions with Bobby Hackett:

I don’t know about you, but with all the doom and gloom on the news, I like to listen to relaxing music to unwind and recharge my personal batteries. This 10 LP collection by Jackie Gleason & his Orchestra fits the bill perfectly. The collection features the Jackie Gleason Orchestra accompanied by the great trumpet player Bobby Hackett. The ten albums were recorded in the fifties and feature sweet background instrumentals – the type of music that use to be described as “cocktail music;” making this music the perfect compliment to romantic dinning, unwinding while reading, sipping wine on the patio or having dinner with friends.

The set contains many popular standards including: Soft Lights and Sweet Music, Easy to Love, That Old Black Magic, Someday You’ll Be Sorry and many more.

Here’s a link to stream the Jackie Gleason The Complete Sessions with Bobby Hackett set:

https://goo.gl/7JYQ19

Anthology of the Twelve String Guitar by Various Artists:

This is another mellow all instrumental album featuring bright and mellow sounding guitars.

The artists and songs on the LP include: Bulldurem by Glen Campbell, Nashville & Honey Miss Me When I’m Gone by Mason Wilson, 12 String Guitar Rag by Bob Gibson, My Little Maggie & Six by Twelve by Joe Maphis & Blues Wail by Billy Strange.

Here’s the link to stream Anthology of the Twelve String Guitar:

https://goo.gl/8FTzBp

Jazz Goes to College by the Dave Brubeck Quartet:

This album was recorded live during the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s spring 1954 tour of North American college campuses. This excellent set features band leader, composer and pianist Dave Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on sax, Bob Bates on bass and Joe Dodge on drums. AllMusic gave this album a five star rating.

The LP contains the following songs: Balcony Rock, Out of Nowhere, Le Souk, Take the “A” Train, The Song Is You, Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me and I Want to Be Happy.

And so far this week I’m on an instrumental roll as the first three commendations are for all instrumental albums!

Here’s a link to stream the Jazz Goes to College LP:

https://goo.gl/ZFiQqd

Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers + bonus tracks:

Breaking with my all-instrumental listening suggestions for this week, this album by sing-songwriter, guitarist and Byrds co-founder Gene Clark was his first post-Byrds release. And if you enjoyed his work with the Byrds you’ll like this collection too as it carries on in the same style.

Songs include: Echoes, Think I’m Gonna Feel Better, Tried So Hard, Is Yours Is Mine, Keep On Pushing’, I Found You & more.

Here’s a link to stream the Gene Clark LP:

https://goo.gl/bp4QQu

Collage EP by The Chainsmokers

And now for something completely different! Collage is an EP by The Chainsmokers, whose music is a blend of dance, indie and pop. They’ve previously had three big hits: Roses, Closer & Don’t Let Me Down. This EP was released last fall and if you’re looking for some upbeat modern music than you should check out this six song set.

This EP contains the songs: Setting Fires, All We Know, Closer, Inside Out & Don’t Let Me Down.

Here’s a link to stream it:

https://goo.gl/9vc4Bi

CD Suggestion

Night Divides the Day: The Music of the Doors by George Winston:

This is a great all instrumental album and although George Winston is usually classified as a New Age artists — he really can play in any style as you’ll hear if you listen to this album – his tribute to the music of the Doors. Songs include Spanish Caravan, Crystal Ship, People Are Strange, Love Street, Love Me Two Times, Lover Her Madly, Wishful, Sinful, Light My Fire and Riders on the Storm.

Here’s a link to stream the George Winston album:

https://goo.gl/tLC553

Music Videos of the Week:

Tenderly by the Jackie Gleason Orchestra featuring Bobby Hackett on trumpet

Classical Gas by Mason Williams

Gentle on my Mind by Glen Campbell

I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman

Train Leaves Here by Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn

We All Know by the Chainsmokers:

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information

http://www.allmusic.com/

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

Have a great day

Linda, SSCL

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 including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Friday, August 18, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our print suggestion for today is:

Leaders Eat Last Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek:

The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of Start With Why and Together is Better. Now with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek’s viral video “Millenials in the workplace” (150+ million views).

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. “Officers eat last,” he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What’s symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care.

Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a “Circle of Safety” that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.
Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.

Here’s a link to the checkout/request page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1337141

And our suggested print book for the day is:

Without Fear or Favor: A Novel by Robert K. Tanenbaum:

In the twenty-ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series featuring “the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature” (Mark Lane, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.

When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there’s something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city’s police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it.

Full of Tanenbaum’s signature page turning intense action and heart pounding suspense from “one hell of a writer” (New York Post), Without Fear or Favor will keep you guessing until the final scene.

You can request the book by clicking on the following link to StarCat:

https://goo.gl/FXzBxt

You can also request items 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. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

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.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon:

Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the U.S. embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s become an expert on the rules, but newly arrived Margaret sees only her chance to explore. So when a fender-bender sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Margaret’s toddler son. But as the hours pass, Cassie’s boredom and frustration turn to fear: Why isn’t Margaret answering her phone, and why is it taking so long to sort out a routine accident? Snooping around Margaret’s apartment, Cassie begins to question not only her friend’s whereabouts but also her own role in Margaret’s disappearance.

Written with emotional insight and stunning prose, The Confusion of Languages is a shattering portrait of a collision between two women and two worlds, as well as a poignant glimpse into the private lives of American military families living overseas.

Here’s a link to the checkout/request page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/3014821

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden:

“Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author.”–Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“Linden’s debut novel is a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship, family ties, and the complexities of love that will engage readers of thoughtful women’s fiction.”–Library Journal, STARRED review, Debut of the Month

When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she’s ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.

Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can’t let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena.

When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family’s summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena’s three young children.

When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world’s most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she’s found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most?

Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places.

Here’s a link to the StarCat request page for the book:

https://goo.gl/BYnGkZ

You can also request items 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. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

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.