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Suggested Listening March 8, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

This week we’re offering seven streaming playlists that are perfect for your weekend listening pleasure!

(Click on the photo of the playlist you’d like to hear to it!)

A Chill Weekend Playlist:

A Chill Weekend Playlist features 82 songs running 5 hours and 25 minutes, features mostly modern artists and is perfect as background music for a relaxing weekend at home.

Song in the collection include: The Last Garden by Salacoro, Forever Changeless by Nils Frahm, Prototype by Outcast, A Girl In Winter by Robert & Ben Watt, Moonlight by Masatoshi Fujita and Boutique in Heaven by Justin Timberlake.


A Country Kind of Love Playlist:

A Country Kind of Love Playlist features 83 songs, runs 4 hours and 42 minutes and offers a nice mixture of modern and classic country music.

Songs in the set include: Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, Heaven by Kane Brown, Somewhere With You by Kenney Chesney, I Love You by Martina McBride, Flesh and Blood by Johnny Cash and Golden Ring by George Jones & Tammy Wynette.


Fuego: A Latin Playlist:

Fuego: A Latin Music Playlist is a fun and festive playlist that features 81 songs and runs 5 hours and 2 minutes.

Songs in the collection include: Tú Me Sientas Tan Bien by Thalía & DABRUK, Te Guste by Jennifer Lopez & Bad Bunny, Havana 1957 by C. Tangana, Niño de Elche, This Feeling by Natalia Clavier & Politick and Mi Vecina by Ivy Queen.


Jazz Favorites of 2018:

Jazz Favorites of 2018 Playlist features 78 songs, runs 8 hours and 23 minutes and includes a mixture of classic and modern music including the following songs: Dat Dere by Stefan Harris & Blackout, Where or When by Erroll Garner, Alternative Facts by The Stanley Clarke Band, Moonglow by Thomas Quasthoff and Smoke Screen by Eddie Henderson.


Raptures: A Classical Playlist:

Raptures: A Classical Playlist features 81 songs, runs 8 hours and 34 minutes and features a mixture of modern and traditional classical music.

Songs in the set include: Moments by Alexis French, Talking to my Father by Hauschka, Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights by The Piano Guys, Cinema Paradiso by Joshua Bell with Josh Groban, Game of Thrones Medley by 2Cellos and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 by Simone Dinnerstein.


St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

St. Patrick’s Day Playlist features 61 songs and runs 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Time to get your Irish on!

Songs in the collection include: The Luck of the Irish by Irish Me, The Galway Girl by Celtic Thunder, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Finnegan’s Wake by The Irish Masters, Galway Bay by Johnny Cash and My Wild Irish Rose by The Irish Tenor Trio.


Sunday Brunch Playlist:

Sunday Brunch Playlist features 77 songs, runs 5 hours and 30 minutes and features a collection of song from a wide range of musical styles including classic jazz, folk, R&B, country, classic rock and more.

Songs in the eclectic set include: Ain’t Misbehaving’ by Fats Waller, Are You Ready by The War and Treaty, Oh Catherine, My Catherine by Widower, Save it for a Rainy Day by Kenny Chesney, She Has Funny Cars by Jefferson Airplane, A Sunday Kind of Love by Dinah Washington and A Case of You by Prince.


Videos of the Week:

A Girl InWinter by Ben Watt


The Moon and the Sky by Sade


Flesh and Blood by Johnny Cash


Breakfast in the Afternoon by Caitlyn Smith


Se Supone by Arcángel


Havana 1957 by Orishas feat. Chucho Valdés & Beatriz Luengo


Naima by Eddie Henderson


Moonglow by Thomas Quasthoff


Moments by Alexis Ffrench


Hallelujah by 2CELLOS


The Irish Rover by The Irish Boys


The Rocky Road To Dublin by The Dubliners


Better Get Hit in Your Soul by Charles Mingus


It Takes a Lot to Laugh it Takes a Train to Cry by Bob Dylan

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL



The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

About Freegal: 

Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

How eBooks, And Downloadable Audiobooks Are Purchased For The Digital Catalog (i.e. Libby/OverDrive)

Hi everyone! Yesterday, my co-worker Marshall Hyde did a lovely posting on the process for the selection of purchasing physical library materials, which included a great photo of yours truly – thank you Marshall!

The posting appeared on Facebook and the comments from patrons include a cool question (we love questions in Library Land!)

The question was how do we select materials for Libby?

And to answer that question, first a little background so those reading this posting who aren’t familiar with Libby, OverDrive or the Digital Catalog will know what I am talking about!

And here is the background information in three parts:

1. What is the Digital Catalog?

2. What devices can you use to check out digital content (i.e. eBooks and digital audiobooks)

3. What app(s) can you use to check out eBooks and digital audiobooks?

So question 1 is: What is the Digital Catalog?

And the answer it that the Digital Catalog is an online accessed catalog of digital content in the form of eBooks, digital audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

The Digital Catalog is available to all patrons of all public libraries, and a handful of reading center, in the Southern Tier Library System.* All you need is a library card, a corresponding PIN and an Internet connection and you can check out materials from the Digital Catalog.

And the subject of checking out materials brings us to:

Question 2: What devices can you use to check out and read/listen to digital content?

The basic answer is that you can check out eBooks & digital audiobooks, and that handful of streaming videos, and enjoy them on the following types of devices:

Windows PCs


eReaders (eBooks only)




Now just how you check out materials to those different devices varies a little bit depending upon the device you are using. So that will be the subject of a future posting! If you have questions about the process before that post is up, please feel free to call the library, or drop in and talk to one of our tech coaches and we will be happy to answer your questions and help you download digital content to your device.

Question 3: What app(s) can I use to check out eBooks and digital audiobooks?

You’ll notice I’ve added an “s” to the word app so we’re talking about multiple “apps”!

And that is correct. There are indeed two apps you can use as your portal to check out content from the Digital Catalog. One, titled OverDrive, is older and the other Libby is newer. As the OverDrive app is older, library staff have shown patrons how to access digital content through that app for about 10 years.

And recently OverDrive has come up with a new, more streamlined and modern app that is easier to use than the old OverDrive app and it is called Libby.

And longer story short, if you’re use to using the OverDrive app to check out digital library materials you can continue to use it.

However, for any new Digital Catalog users, OverDrive, the platform company, recommends using the Libby app.

Bottom line, if you haven’t used the Digital Catalog yet and would like to check out eBooks and digital audios to your app device – use the Libby app which can be found in the Android, Apple and Windows App Stores.

So with that background information in mind, the answer to how items are selected for the Digital Catalog requires us to look at two main points:

1. That the Digital Catalog is created and maintained by the vendor OverDrive


2. That content for the Digital Catalog is purchased by selectors at several STLS member libraries

So point 1: The Digital Catalog is created and maintained by the vendor OverDrive:

What that means is that STLS digital material selectors can only purchase eBooks, digital audiobooks and streaming videos available through OverDrive, only at the prices OverDrive charges and only for the length of time OverDrive gives us to allow our patrons access to the content in our Digital Catalog.

Now to be fair, OverDrive doesn’t set the prices of the eBooks and audiobooks nor do they decide whether or not public libraries can purchase the eBooks or audiobooks as compared to leasing them for a certain period of time. The titles available for sale, the prices of those eBooks and audiobooks and whether they can be purchased or leased by public libraries are items determined by the publishers.*

A great analogy is to imagine you are going shopping for a new set of drapes for your living room – but you can only go to one store, we’ll call it The Big Store just so the hypothetical store has a name, and you must pay the price the store is charging.

So if you want to buy that new set of drapes for your living room, instead of being able to shop the way most of us do today, by going to several stores in person and/or searching online for the best price and the smartest set of drapes we can find, you have to go to that one store and you can buy drapes at the price that store charges or not at all.

So if you want blue drapes for your living, you go to The Big Store and they have one style of blue drapes that cost $400 per panel.

And you can…insert drum roll here for dramatic effect…

You can either buy the drapes or not. You cannot go elsewhere to get a better price even if the local Target or JCPenney store has the exact same style of drapes for $50 a panel.

Now further imagine that you cannot actually buy those blue drapes. Instead, you can pay money to use them for a certain period of time and then you must return them to The Big Store or pay The Big Store more money to continue to use the drapes for a longer period of time.

If that sound like a fantasy it isn’t as far as public libraries purchasing eBooks and digital audiobooks for their patrons goes. Most public libraries in the United States use the OverDrive platform to provide digital content for their patrons.

So we have to pay the prices that OverDrive charges and we have to agree to lease some titles as compared to being able to purchase them outright, and then – we will have to purchase any leased titles again once those titles have been checked out so many times or after a certain period of time (i.e. 24 check outs or 24 months).

And if you’re thinking I’m about to drop the other proverbial shoe – you are right!
Consider the top five fiction and non-fiction books on the current New York Times Bestseller list, for March 17, 2019, and the prices for those corresponding eBooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive:

1. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
OverDrive eBook Price: $55.00 – lease for 24 months
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $66.50 – can purchase

2. The Chef by James Patterson
OverDrive eBook Price: $84.00 – buy
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $47.99 – can purchase

3. The Border by Don Winslow
eBook Price: $28.99 – lease for 24 months
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $99.95 – can purchase

4. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
OverDrive eBook Price: $55.00 – lease for 52 check outs/24 months whichever comes first
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $66.50 – can purchase

5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
OverDrive eBook Price: $60.00 – lease for 52 checkouts or 24 months whichever comes first
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $49.99 – can purchase

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
OverDrive eBook Price: $55.00 – lease for 24 months
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $95.00 – can purchase

2. Educated by Tara Westover
OverDrive eBook Price: $55.00 – lease for 24 months
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $95.00 – can purchase

3. The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe
OverDrive eBook Price: $60.00 – lease for 52 checkouts or 24 months whichever comes first
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $49.99 – can purchase

4. Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
OverDrive eBook Price: $63.00 – can purchase
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: Not for sale through OverDrive

5. Grateful American by Gary Sinise
OverDrive eBook Price: $26.99 – lease for 26 checkouts
OverDrive Digital Audiobook Price: $57.00 – can purchase

In looking at the prices for those twenty titles, which collectively cost $1,165.38, and the fact that eight of those titles expire after a certain period of time, and then a purchasing public library would have to pay the sale price to buy that item again – and you begin to see the challenge the OverDrive selectors have!

And that nicely moves us on to our second point, that content for the Digital Catalog is purchased by selectors at several STLS member libraries…

There are actually 50 libraries, reading centers and even a correctional facility that are members of the Southern Tier Library System. And as you may know all the libraries share physical content with each other which is why if the Hornell, Big Flats, Fillmore or Wellsville libraries own a terrific science fiction novel or mystery that you want to read and our library, Corning, does not – you can request that book from one of those other libraries and have it sent to Corning so you can pick it up and read it. There are so many print books, audiobooks on CD and music CDs out there that no one library can own them all – however, collectively the libraries and reading centers of the Southern Tier Library System do a top-notch-team-work job in purchasing new materials for patrons and sharing those materials with other library’s patrons throughout the system.

And just as the libraries within the system have traditionally shared physical materials, we now share digital materials in the form of eBooks and audiobooks too so that all the patrons, system-wide, have access to as large a collection with depth and breadth as we can create.

The challenge in purchasing digital content, all those new and popular eBooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive, is that the prices are higher for those items than for their print and audiobook on CD counterparts, that we have to keep re-purchasing titles that have been leased, and that the Digital Catalog is a whole other catalog of items to be purchased – on top of the print books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs and other physical format items libraries have traditionally purchased.

So that in a nutshell, or as short a nutshells as I can manage, is the purchase process for the Digital Catalog (including all content accessed via the Libby and OverDrive apps)

I’ll sign off by noting that we do take patron requests for digital titles! So if you don’t see a new, popular or interesting title in the Digital Catalog that you would like to listen to or read – let us know! You can make recommendation through the Digital Catalog itself or let the staff know at your public library.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSL


*The Southern Tier Library System member libraries include all the public libraries, and a few reading centers, in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties to see a map, and find out more about the member libraries and reading center in the system, visit the STLS Member Director found on the following page:

Southern Tier Library System Member Libraries

*The Big Six Publishers in the U.S.: Random House (& Penguin), HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster sell most of the eBooks in the U.S. and they decide how much the eBooks and downloadable audiobooks they sell to public libraries cost. The publishers also decide whether or not to sell their eBooks and digital audiobooks to public libraries and, if they are going to actually sell their content to public libraries.

Did You Know…March is Women’s History Month?

Did You Know…

March is Women’s History Month?

It is!

And to celebrate each week I’ll publish a reading list in a certain sub-genre including:

1. Books focusing on individual women of the 21st century

2. Books focusing on individual women of the 19th & 20th centuries

3. Books focusing on individual women prior to the 19th century

4. Books that focus on several women or events, i.e. the 2017 Women’s March

And as a bonus, next week I will also publish a list of books on prominent women in politics & government.

Here is the reading list for this week:

Books focusing on modern individual women (21st century):

Becoming by Michelle Obama:

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.


Chanel: A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen: 

A fascinating look at the real Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the designer who forever revolutionized the way women look. She was a free spirit, brilliant business woman, and beauty who never found reciprocated love. Madsen, with authority, delves into this fashion doyenne’s business and private lives to reveal one woman’s extraordinary progress: from orphan to millinery shopkeeper, from lodestar of feminine style to a very rich woman with a closet full of dark secrets.


Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Woman by Larry Loftis: 

With evident sympathy, Loftis (Into the Lion’s Mouth) tells a well-researched, novelistic story of a heroine and patriot whose face recently graced a postage stamp in the U.K. This exciting portrait of Odette Sansom, a French Mata Hari at the forefront of the Resistance, vividly captures her years in occupied France, complete with lively dialogue. Marriage to an Englishman finds Odette raising a family in Somerset when, at age 30, she is recruited by the spy branch of England’s War Office, known as Special Operations Executive, or SOE, to help “set Europe ablaze.” Loftis follows Odette as she undergoes rigorous training, assumes a new identity (“Lise”), and is shipped abroad. Guided by a strong moral imperative in her fight against Nazis, Odette risked her life on multiple occasions yet managed to cheat death each time. Swift and entertaining, Loftis’s work reads less like a biography and more like a thriller.


Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston:

“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.”

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”


The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Wei:

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. It was 1994, and in 100 days more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Clemantine and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, ran and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries searching for safety. They did not know whether their parents were alive. At age twelve, Clemantine and Claire were granted asylum in the United States. Raw, urgent, yet disarmingly beautiful, this book captures the true costs and aftershocks of war: what is forever lost, what can be repaired, the fragility and importance of memory. A riveting story of dislocation, survival


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb:

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay And A Mother’s Will To Survive by Stephanie Land:

“At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn’t feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.”–


My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg:

My Own Words “showcases Ruth Ginsburg’s astonishing intellectual range” (The New Republic). In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, who introduce each chapter and provide biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted.

Witty, engaging, serious, and playful, My Own Words is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women and “a tonic to the current national discourse” (The Washington Post).


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock:

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.


Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America by Dorothy Butler Gilliam: 

Told with a pioneering newspaper writer’s charm and skill, Gilliam’s full, fascinating life weaves her personal and professional experiences and media history into an engrossing tapestry. When we read about the death of her father and other formative events of her life, we glimpse the crippling impact of the segregated South before the civil rights movement when slavery’s legacy still felt astonishingly close. We root for her as a wife, mother, and ambitious professional as she seizes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities never meant for a “dark-skinned woman” and builds a distinguished career.

With the distinct voice of one who has worked for and witnessed immense progress and overcome heart-wrenching setbacks, this book covers a wide swath of media history — from the era of game-changing Negro newspapers like the Chicago Defender to the civil rights movement, feminism, and our current imperfect diversity.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL


National Women’s History Month Resources. American Library Association. Online. Accessed March 4, 2019,

PBS. Women’s History Month Reading List. Online. Accessed March 4, 2019,

ThoughtCo. Women’s History. Online. Accessed March 4, 2019,

National Women’s History Museum,

Suggested Reading March 4, 2019

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


The Darkest Minds, The Darkest Minds Series, Book 1 by Alexandra Bracken (Format: eBook):

Book one in the hit series that’s soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore—now with a stunning new look and an exclusive bonus short story featuring Liam and his brother, Cole. When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. But when the truth about Ruby’s abilities—the truth she’s hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities—comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them—East River—they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they’ve dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


A Rogue of Her Own, Windham Brides Series, Book 4 by Grace Burrowes (Format: eBook):

Continuing the New York Times bestselling series, this marriage-of-convenience romance delivers “flawless prose and delicious wit…Burrowes is pure reading gold” (Library Journal, starred review).

For Miss Charlotte Windham, the best way to maintain her spinsterhood-and her independence-is a teeny, tiny brush with scandal. She chooses wealthy, handsome upstart Lucas Sherbourne as her unwitting accomplice. He’s intelligent, logical, and ambitious. What Charlotte doesn’t count on is that one kiss will lead them straight to the altar.

Sherbourne has no love for polite society, nor is he keen on being anybody’s husband of last resort. He is attracted to Charlotte’s boldness, though-and her family’s influence. Without a title, he knows he’ll never truly be part of their world, even as he and Charlotte inch closer to a marriage that means much more than convenience. But a scheming business partner is about to test that tenuous trust, forcing Sherbourne to make a drastic choice: his wealth or his wife.


Texas: A Novel written by James A. Michener and read by Larry McKeever (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Spanning four and a half centuries, James A. Michener’s monumental saga chronicles the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its current reputation as one of America’s most affluent, diverse, and provocative states. Among his finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken, as the loyalties established over the course of each turbulent age inevitably collapse under the weight of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, Texas is a tale of patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development, violence and betrayal—a stunning achievement by a literary master.


The Stars Are Fire: A Novel written by Anita Shreve and read by Suzanne Elise Freeman (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath—based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history

In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms—joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain—and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens—and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.


Veil of Lies, Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series, Book 1 by Jeri Westerson (Format: eBook):

Crispin Guest has fallen far from his privileged position as a knight in medieval high society. Accused of treason, abandoned by former friends and allies, he has survived on the gritty streets of London by reinventing himself as “The Tracker,” a private investigator for hire who can locate lost objects or uncover the clandestine lives of people.

When the secretive, wealthy merchant Nicholas Walcote hires Guest to investigate his alluring young wife Philippa for adultery, he discovers a seedy underworld of covert dealings and violent men of mystery. Philippa is indeed hiding something and she’s not the only one. Guest soon learns that Walcote is rumored to be in possession of a mystical holy relic so powerful that some would even kill for it.

Guest must contend with his nemesis, Sheriff Simon Wynchcombe in the search for answers to the questions surrounding the mysterious Walcotes. With each new day comes another layer of intrigue and Guest quickly becomes entangled in a strange world of superstition, seduction, and murder.



The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Novel by Devi S. Laskar: 

When a woman―known only as Mother―moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answer―Here―is never enough.

Mother’s simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a violent and unfounded police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent. As she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound, her thoughts race from childhood games with her sister and visits to cousins in India, to her time in the newsroom before having her three daughters, to the early days of her relationship with a husband who now spends more time flying business class than at home.

The Atlas of Reds and Blues grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience, what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace, and a sister, a wife, and a mother to daughters in today’s America. Drawing inspiration from the author’s own terrifying experience of a raid on her home, Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel explores, in exquisite, lyrical prose, an alternate reality that might have been.


Dead Men’s Trousers by Irvine Welsh:

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he’d been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and – much to Mark’s astonishment – doesn’t seem interested in revenge.

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry – so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn’t really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men’s Trousers?

Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.


The Lost Night: A Novel by Andrea Bartz:

So many unreliable narrators headline thrillers these days, you’d think human beings have an innate problem with telling the difference between truth and lies, even to ourselves. (Oh, wait. Maybe we do.) But Lindsay Bach, the main narrator of Andrea Bartz’s hypnotic The Lost Night, is cut from a different cloth. She’s never doubted she was at a concert the night her best friend, Edie, committed suicide ten years ago—at least until another friend states just as unequivocally that Lindsay never arrived. Now Edie’s “suicide” is questionable as well, as Lindsay unearths a rats’ nest of secrets but finds just as many holes in her own memory. As Lindsay assembles old Facebook photos, conversations with former friends, shaky memories, and an equally shaky handheld video recording, the truth of that night draws closer, even as Lindsay wonders if she can handle knowing what really happened. Bartz drops enough hints that some readers will pat themselves on the backs for spotting the big reveal, while others will gasp. As Brooklyn’s drug-fueled hipster scene transmutes between glorious and grimy, nostalgic and toxic, Bartz’s debut thriller achieves a complex, murky depth perfectly designed to hide the facts Lindsay so desperately desires and fears. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: 

From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, an enthralling epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons–and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

“Spellbinding . . . This extraordinary saga includes heroism, romance, friendship, pirates, plague, diplomacy, and, of course, dragons . . . with broad appeal for fans of the epic and readers of Zen Cho, Naomi Novik, and V. E. Schwab. Highly recommended.” –Booklist, starred review

A world divided.

A queendom without an heir.

An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.


The Test by Sylvain Neuvel:

Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The Test

A timely novella with a powerful thematic punch, Neuvel’s latest is set in a dystopian future where immigrants seeking citizenship in England must pass a harrowing test…Obvious political commentary aside, the questions Neuvel asks readers are simple yet profound: What does it mean to be human? Is one person’s life less valuable than another’s because of ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic differences? Is the true nature of humankind fear and hate or love and acceptance? Thought-provoking and disturbing. A cautionary tale illuminated with dark enlightenment.– “Kirkus Reviews (starred review)”

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:


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:


*Magazines are available for free and on demand! You can check out magazines and read them on your computer or download the RBDigital app from your app store and read them on your mobile devices.


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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers March 10, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends March 10, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)


AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen:

Jessica Farris’s life unravels when she signs up for Dr. Shields’s psychology study.


Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James:

A loner named Tracker teams up with a group of unusual characters in search of a mysterious boy.


THE CHEF by James Patterson and Max DiLallo

Caleb Rooney, a police detective and celebrity food truck chef, must clear his name of murder allegations.


CIRCE by Madeline Miller:

Zeus banishes Helios’ daughter to an island, where she must choose between living with gods or mortals.



Eve Dallas scours tattoo parlors and strip joints for clues to the cause of Lyle Pickering’s mysterious death.



Desire burns between the young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, and West Ravenel, her late husband’s tormentor.


DEVOTIONS by Mary Oliver:

A collection of more than 200 poems spanning 50 years of the author’s career.


EARLY RISER BY Jasper Fforde:

Charlie Worthing investigates an outbreak of viral dreams killing a hibernating human population.



A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the I.T. guy from her office.


FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin:

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.



A family crisis tests the bonds and ideals of a renowned poet and her siblings.



Grace Healey investigates the fates of 12 women who were sent to occupied Europe to help the resistance during World War II.



The eighth book in the Gray Man series. Court Gentry must track down assassins.


NEVER TELL by Lisa Gardner:

D.D. Warren and Flora Dane investigate whether a pregnant woman shot and killed her husband.


THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.


THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.



A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.


THE WEDDING GUEST by Jonathan Kellerman:

Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware investigate the death of a stranger at a wedding reception.



In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.




A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.


BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou:

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.


BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.


BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”


EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.


THE FIRST CONSPIRACY by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch Flatiron:

The story of a secret plot to kill George Washington in 1776.



A retired Secret Service agent discusses his experience with presidents from Eisenhower to Ford.


GRATEFUL AMERICAN by David Sinise with Marcus Brotherton:

The Oscar-nominated actor describes how he has entertained troops and helped veterans.



The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.


THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean:

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.


MAID by Stephanie Land:

An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.


POINT OF IT ALL by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer:

A collection of essays, speeches and upublished writings by the late conservative columnist.


SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.



A collection of essays and speeches written over four decades, including a eulogy for James Baldwin and the author’s Novel lecture.


THE THREAT by Andrew G. McCabe:

The former deputy director of the F.B.I. describes major events ofh is career and the ways the agency works to protect Americans.



Reflections on the ageism, misogyny and loss that women might encounter as they grow older.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL


Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening March 1, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week. This week we offer a mix of suggested playlists and albums.

(Click on the photos of the albums you’re interested in to stream them!)

B-Day (2006) by Beyoncé (Genre: R&B, Pop):

B-Day is Beyoncé’s second album, it was originally released in 2006 and it shows the former Destiny’s Child singer just hitting her creative stride. Stand out songs, among an entire album full of stand out songs, include the funky Déjà Vu, the introspective Ring The Alarm, the bouncy and guitar-centric Suga Mama and Upgrade U featuring a determined lady setting out the way it is going to be!


Lovers and Leavers (2016) by Hayes Carll (Genre: Americana, Folk) :

Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll sounds like an American Chris Rea* with a more Americana-folk style of playing.

This 2016 LP shows him in fine fettle with a collection of thoughtful slice-of-life songs that show Carll contemplating life, the way things change over time and just thinking as he’s driving down the highway.

Songs in the set include: Drive, Sake of the Song, The Love That We Need, My Friends, The Magic Kid and Jealous Moon.


Golden Slumbers: A Father’s Lullaby (2002) by Various Artists (Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz):

This collection of soothing light jazz is perfect to play as you get kids ready for bed, and also perfect for those of us without kids who simply want to unwind at the end of the day.

Artists and songs in the collection include: Blackbird by David & Jeff Koz, Brahms Lullaby by Brain Culbertson, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Dave & Jeff Koz, When You Wish Upon A Star by David Benoit and You Can Close Your Eyes by Norman Brown.


Jazz And The Philharmonic (2014) by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz, Classical):

Jazz and the Philharmonic is a cool album featuring classical and jazz artists recorded live in concert at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in January 2013.

Artist and songs in the set include: Autumn Leaves by Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea & Dave Grusin, Simple Gifts by Mark O’Connor and Dave Grusin, The Man I Love by Elizabeth Joy Roe & Shelley Berg, Fugue in C Minor by Eric Owens, Terence Blanchard and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Solfeggietto by Elizabeth Joy Roe, Terence Blanchard and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.


March Madness Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Rock, R&B etc.):

This 81 songs collection runs more than 5 hours and features some great songs to get you into the mood while you’re waiting for the game to start!

Artists/Songs featured in the collection include: Run’s House by RUN-DMC, Jump Around by House of Pain, Crazy in Love by Beyoncé, Jamboree by Jamboree, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Thunderstruck by AC/DC and Slam Dunk by Dan Jordan.

And if you love basketball but aren’t into modern music – you might check out this more traditional collection of marching band music!


March Madness by Various College Basketball Marching Band (Genre: Marching Band):

March Madness offers a collection of classic college basketball fight songs form the marching bands of a variety of universities including: Across The Field by Ohio State University Band, I’m A Jawyhawk by University Of Kansas Marching Band, Down, Down The Field by Syracuse University Marching Band, Notre Dame Victory March by University of Notre Dame Marching Band and The Victors by University of Michigan Marching Band.


El Amor de Su Vida (2019) by Pandora (Latin, Pop, Folk):

Pandora is family trio consisting of sisters Fernanda Meade and Isabel Lascurian and their cousin Mayte Lascurian. The group released their first album, the self-titled LP Pandora, in 1985. Más Pandora Que Nunca is their 2019 release and shows the singers as seasoned pros sweetly singing with the passion and depth that only comes as the years pass.

Songs on the LP include: Corre, Me Vas a Extrañar, Dónde Está el Amor, Darte un Beso & Te Dejo en Libertad.


St. Patrick’s Day Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Celtic, Folk, Classical, Pop, Rock etc.):

The Luck of the Irish by Great Irish Pub Songs, I’m Shipping up to Boston by Boston Pops Orchestra, The Galway Girl by Celtic Thunder, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Finnegan’s Wake by The Irish Masters, Galway Bay by Johnny Cash and The Spanish Lady by The Dubliners.

And for those who favor a more traditional Irish music – here’s a greatest hits collection by the Chieftains!


The Essential Chieftains by The Chieftains (Genre: Folk, Internetional):

The Essential Chieftains is a thirty three song greatest hits collection and includes the following songs: Lots Of Drops Of Brandy, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Boil The Breakfast Early, The Donegal Set, The Bells of Dublin and The Foggy Dew.


Bonus Recommendation: Chris Rea!

If you’re not familiar with Chris Rea, he’s a British singer-songwriter and blues guitarist – and his singing does indeed remind one of Hayes Carll! Or perhaps it is the other way around… as I believe Chris Rea is older than Hayes Carll – either way Chris Rea’s music is top notch, especially if you love the sound of blues guitar.

And here is a link to Chris Rea’s 2019 release –

Blue Guitar: A Collection of Songs (2007) by Chris Rea (Genre: Blues, Rock):

Blue Guitar features the songs: Where The Blues Come From, Only a Fool Plays by the Rules, The Soul of My Father’s Shadow, The American Way and Come Change My World.


Videos of the Week:

Suga Mama by Beyoncé

The Magic Kid by Hayes Carll

Brahms Lullaby by Brian Culbertson

Fugue in C Minor by Fugue in C Minor by Eric Owens, Terence Blanchard & The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) by B.T. Express

Down the Field by Syracuse University Marching Band

Hail Purdue by Purdue Marching Band

El Amor de Su Vida by Pandora

Galway Girl by Celtic Thunder

Trying To Pull Myself Away by Glen Hansard

The Wind That Shakes The Barley/The Reel With The Beryle by The Chieftains

Where The Blues Comes From by Chris Rea

Joys of Christmas by Chris Rea

In Memoriam Andre Previn:

West Side Story (1960) by Andre Previn and his Pals (the entire album)

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL



The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

About Freegal: 

Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading February 25, 2019

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


Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (Format: eBook):

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.


Grace: A Novel written by Natashia Deon & read by Lisa Renee Pitts (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she leaves behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amid a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel’s dice tables all too often.

The product of Naomi and Jeremy’s union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come.

Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel, unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living—Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice and set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel written by Jamie Ford & read by Feodor Chin (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut that explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle era during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love.”—Lisa See

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.


Into the Wilderness, Wilderness Series, Book 1 written by Sara Donati & read by Kate Reading (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place…and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

When Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather’s comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.

It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered–a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.

Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village–white, black, and Native American–Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter–betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation. Elizabeth’s ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel’s own secrets and divided soul.

Interweaving the fate of the remnants of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.


Lady Smoke, Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Format: eBook):

The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess—a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage—Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.
Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

Praise for the Ash Princess Series:

“A darkly enchanting page-turner you won’t be able to put down.”—Bustle

“A dark and spellbinding epic.” —Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

“A rebel queen fans the sparks of revolution…[and] Theo’s first-person narration remains enthralling with emotional immediacy…[while] packed to the brim with intrigue and the promise.”-Kirkus Reviews



American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson:

It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys? club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. –Indiebound Review


Bangkok Wakes To Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad:

A house in the center of Bangkok becomes the point of confluence where lives are shaped by upheaval, memory, and the lure of home. Witness to two centuries’ flux in one of the world’s most restless cities, a house plays host to longings and losses past, present, and future.

A nineteenth-century missionary doctor pines for the comforts of New England even as he finds the vibrant foreign chaos of Siam increasingly difficult to resist. A post-war society woman marries, mothers, and holds court, little suspecting the course of her future. A jazz pianist is summoned in the 1970s to conjure music that will pacify resident spirits, even as he’s haunted by ghosts of his former life. Not long after, a young woman gives swimming lessons in the luxury condos that have eclipsed the old house, trying to outpace the long shadow of her political past. And in the post-submergence Bangkok of the future, a band of savvy teenagers guides tourists and former residents past waterlogged, ruined landmarks, selling them tissues to wipe their tears for places they themselves do not remember. Time collapses as these stories collide and converge, linked by blood, memory, yearning, chance, and the forces voraciously making and remaking the amphibian, ever-morphing city itself.


The Cassandra: A Novel by Sharma Shields:

The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.

Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product that will aid the war effort. Only the top generals and scientists know that this product is processed plutonium, for use in the first atomic bombs.

Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider. But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful. As the men she works for come closer to achieving their goals, her visions intensify to a nightmarish pitch, and she eventually risks everything to question those in power, putting her own physical and mental health in jeopardy. Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra’s story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and history to look deep into man’s capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful.


Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.:

This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history’s most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new “color line” in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.


The Unlounging: From A Belly Full Of Beer And A Craw Full Of Time by Selraybob:

Mid-twenties and already beaten down and hopeless, Selraybob spends his days on his worn out lounger, drinking quarts of Busch and talking to his buddy Herm on the phone. Productivity is a forgotten dream. Until, right in the middle of his wife’s long-overdue goodbye speech, Selraybob has an epiphany. It’s about Time. Time, he determines, is a count. It’s only a count. Einstein was wrong. And life on the lounger will never be the same.

“A piquant and fun romp that recounts the misadventures of a beer drinker who proves to be as insightful as he is amusing….Written in a distinctive, plain style that calls to mind Mark Twain, this book should touch and entertain readers with its self-deprecating humor and deep perceptions that penetrate to the root of the Midwest American male character.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:


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:


*Magazines are available for free and on demand! You can check out magazines and read them on your computer or download the RBDigital app from your app store and read them on your mobile devices.

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.