New STLS Digital Catalog Titles (E-Books, Audios, Videos & Music Titles)

Here’s a link to a PDF list of the new items that have just been added to the STLS Digital Catalog!

And by “items” I mean new e-books, downloadable audio books, videos and albums that you can check out through the STLS Digital Catalog.

E-Books and downloadable audios can be checked out to the great majority of e-readers and tablets. Videos and albums must be downloaded to a computer to enjoy — although the option to stream videos to most internet connected devices instead of downloading them is coming in the near future — and I’ll loudly proclaim that fact that that option is available in this blog — just as soon as it becomes available!

Here’s a link to the PDF list of new titles:

New STLS Digital Catalog Titles March 1, 2014

And here’s a direct link to the STLS Digital Catalog so you can browse for e-books, audios and videos*

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

* You can also access the STLS Digital Catalog by going to our website, SSCLIBRARY.ORG, and clicking on the STLS Digital Catalog link located on the right hand side of the page.

New Items In the STLS Digital Catalog Today!

Hi everyone, we’ve just placed our order for new digital items, e-books, digital audios and digital music titles, for the STLS Digital Catalog this morning; and those items will be available in the Digital Catalog later today for your enjoyment!

Here’s the list of new titles:


Chicago Poems  by Carl Sandburg, Alex Wilson

The Course of Human Events by David McCullough, David McCullough

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Simon Prebble

The Killer Angels: The Civil War Trilogy, Book 2 by Michael Shaara, Jeff Shaara, Stephen Hoye

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Norman Dietz

She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey through Poems by Caroline Kennedy, Hope Davis, Jane

Alexander by John Bedford Lloyd, Campbell Scott

Sketches by Boz: Sketches by Boz Series, Part 1 by Charles Dickens, Peter Joyce

Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett, Nigel Anthony, Sean Barrett et al.


101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions   by Ron Fry

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell

Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel

Attitude 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know by John Maxwell

Autosuperación 101: Lo que todo líder necesita saber by John Maxwell

The Bloody Country by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover that Transformed America by Burton Hersh

Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac by David Pitt-Brooke, Robert  F. Kennedy Jr.

Chicago Poems  by Carl Sandburg

Chinese Heritage Cooking by Christopher Tan, Amy Van

Coming Out by Danielle Steel

The Cottage by Danielle Steel

The Dead Shall Not Rest: Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery Series, Book 2 by Tessa Harris

Drummer Boy at Bull Run by Gilbert L. Morris

Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography by Burton Hersh

The Ethics of Diet: An Anthology of Vegetarian Thought    by Howard Williams, Leo Tolstoy

Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Book: A Portrait of An American Icon by Kathleen Tracy

Everything John F. Kennedy Book: Relive the History, Romance, and Tragedy of America’s Camelot by Jessica McElrath

Gambler’s Woman by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge by Geoffrey Bellman

Ghost Moon by Karen Robards

Golden Eyes: Eyes Series, Book 2 by Maya Banks

Gorky Park: A Novel by Martin Cruz Smith

Hot on Her Heels by Susan Mallery

The Jazz Kid by James Lincoln Collier

Joanne Fluke Christmas Bundle: Sugar Cookie Murder, Candy Cane Murder, Plum Pudding Murder, & Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes

Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: “”A Hell of a Lot Better than a War”” by W. R. Smyser

The Kennedy Assassination – 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President bySteven M. Gillon

Las 21 Leyes Irrefutables del liderazgo: Siga estas leyes, y la gente lo seguirá a usted by John C. Maxwell

The Midnight Hour by Karen Robards

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier

My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America’s Original Outsider Music by Alice Randall

Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

Passport to Peril by Robert B. Parker

Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia

Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings by Colin Wilson

The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation by Scott D. Reich

The Right to Privacy by Caroline Kennedy, Ellen Alderman

Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary by Ray E. Boomhower

Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story by Andrea Pinkney

Stormy Challenge by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

The Supernatural: Your Guide through the Unexplained, the Unearthly and the Unknown by Colin Wilson

Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century by Vincent Carretta

Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy by David Halberstam

The Winter Hero by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

The Beach Boys Today! (1965; 2001–Remastered) by The Beach Boys

Bluegrass Beatles: Bluegrass Instrumental Makeovers of Classic Hits by the Beatles by Craig Duncan

Lady Antebellum by Lady Antebellum

So Rare: A Selection by Barry Humphries of His Favourite Gramaphone Records  by Various Artists,

Warren, E.R.: Good Morning, America! / Suite for Orchestra / the Crystal Lake / Along the Western Shore by Elinor Remick Warren, Carl Sandburg, Szymon Kawalla, Polish Radio and Television Orchestra, Efrem Zimbalist, Polish Radio and Television Symphony Chorus

And for your convenience here’s a direct link to the STLS Digital Catalog:

OverDrive To Offer Streaming Videos & Music To Library Patrons

OverDrive is the name of the STLS Digital Catalog platform vendor. To translate that into common every day American English OverDrive is the name of the company that provides the software that allows library patrons to check out e-books, downloadable audio books, downloadable videos and music. And right now you can check out e-books and downloadable audio books to your smartphone, tablet or computer but video and music titles must be downloaded to a Windows computer which is a bit awkward to do. And of course, most people would rather be able to stream music and video titles to their smartphones, tablets and occasionally to their computers so they can watch or listen to library videos or albums whenever they want to without having to wait forthe title they are checking out to download.

And the good news is that streaming is coming to all libraries that use the OverDrive service to offer their patrons digital content – and that will include our library system in the near future – hurray!

The first library to get this new option for their patrons to be able to stream albums, movies and TV shows via OverDrive is the Los Angeles Public Library. OverDrive is expected to roll out streaming options for all libraries that it serves in the U.S. in the very near future.

And in the meantime – here’s a link to a No Shelf Required article by Wright State Universities Libraries Librarian Sue Polanka that offers more info on the OverDrive streaming service currently being offered to patrons of the Los Angeles Public Library:

And a second related article from Library Journal’s Digital Shift blog on the same subject:

And we will alert all our library patrons about the streaming option of titles they can check out from the STLS Digital Catalog – just as soon as that option becomes available.

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

Suggested Weekend Digital Catalog Reading, Viewing & Listening Titles

Here’s a list of suggested reading, viewing & listening titles From The STLS Digital Catalog — which you can think of as your online library of materials — In other words you can access e-books and downloadable audio books, videos and music 24/7/365 through the library’s website!

Fiction E-Books:

Brave Music of a Distant Drum by Manu Herbstein: A blind old slave woman, Ama, summons her son to come and write down her story so that her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s children can one day read it and know their history. Ama’s son, Kwame Zumbi – named Zacharias Williams by the white Christians who raised him – considers her an ugly old pagan and has little interest in doing more than is necessary to fulfill his obligation to her. How he is changed by the acts of hearing and writing down the details of his mother’s story is as powerful and important a story as Ama’s.

In The Tree of Forgetfulness by Pam Durban: In The Tree of Forgetfulness, writer Pam Durban, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, continues her exploration of southern history and memory. This mesmerizing and disquieting novel recovers the largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow-era triple lynching in Aiken County, South Carolina. Through the interweaving of several characters’ voices, Durban produces a complex narrative in which each section reveals a different facet of the event. The Tree of Forgetfulness resurrects a troubled past and explores the individual and collective loyalties that led a community to choose silence over justice.

Rules of Engagement\The Reasons for Marriage\The Wedding Party\Unlaced by Stephanie Laurens: Everyone loves a wedding. The quiet country girl. The sophisticated member of the ton. A graceful duchess. Follow these charming ladies and their handsome suitors on their journeys down the aisles of England’s grand cathedrals and castles as they make–and break–society’s most sacred rules.

Rules of Engagement                                                                                                                            — A lady shall never be caught unchaperoned with a stranger.                

— A gentleman shall never flirt with a lady below his social standing.  

 — A lady shall never waltz with a man to whom she is not promised.                                                                                   

— And above all, an engagement shall not be consummated before the marriage ceremony!


Ready for Kindergarten! From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep by Deborah J. Stewart: Fundamentals every child should know before they start school. Kindergarten is quickly becoming the new first grade, which means children need to be prepared for a much more demanding curriculum before their first day of school. Ready for Kindergarten! will help parents gauge their child’s readiness as well as show them what they can do to make sure she starts school off on the right foot. Covering everything from emotional development to academic knowledge, this book details 100 skills and behaviors that will not only boost their child’s confidence in the classroom, but also set her up for a happy and successful kindergarten experience. Complete with fun activities for each item, parents will gain valuable insight into their child’s capabilities and be able to develop each skill further. With Ready for Kindergarten!, parents will not only learn more about their child’s abilities and how to prepare her for school, but they will also be able to confidently choose an education path that fits her needs.

Turkey More than 100 Recipes, with Tales from the Road by Leanne Kitchen: Turkey’s culinary customs are as rich and varied as its landscape, and award-winning food writer Leanne Kitchen does justice to them both with more than 170 glorious photographs of the country’s foods and people that make readers want to drop everything and board the next plane. More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions—including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van—showcase the best of Turkish cuisine. Comforts of the countryside and delicacies from the Ottoman Court span every course, from simple meze dishes such as spiced lentil köfte to sophisticated rose and pistachio sweetmeats for dessert. This enduring travelogue makes a perfect gift for ambitious cooks and armchair travelers alike.

Zen Under Fire How I Found Peace in the Midst of War by Marianne Elliott: I’m not sure I’m ready for the responsibility, so I double-check with my boss. He reassures me.

“You’ll be fine, Marianne. As long as no one kills Amanullah Khan, you’ll be fine.”

By midday, Amanullah Khan is dead.

Marianne Elliot is a human rights lawyer stationed with the UN in Herat when the unthinkable happens: a tribal leader is assassinated, and she must defuse the situation before it leads to widespread bloodshed. And this is just the beginning of the story in Afghanistan.

Zen Under Fire lays bare the struggles of a war-torn region from a uniquely personal perspective. Honest and vivid, her story reveals the shattering effect that the high-stress environment has on Marianne and her relationships. Redefining the question of what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within, Zen Under Fire is an honest, moving, at times terrifying true story of a women’s experience at peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

“This is an amazing book, kind of like if Eat, Pray, Love had happened in Afghanistan and the stakes were life and death.” —Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of Wisdom of a Broken Heart

Audio Books:

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen: Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida–now, in the Bahamas too–get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Andrew Yancy–late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police–has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events–from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island–with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy’s new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey, who earns his place among Hiaasen’s greatest characters with hilariously wicked aplomb.

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie: Everyone’s favorite folk song, written by Woody Guthrie and sung by son, Arlo, is brought to glorious, toe-tapping life in this production. Includes a biographical segment about Woody Guthrie narrated by daughter Nora Guthrie. This recording was among 29 recorded books recommended by the Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association in January 2000. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND met with exuberant reception in the book world when it was first published, particularly for its illustration. But the book wasn’t complete until now. Guthrie’s familiar, gravelly voice singing the words to his beloved song, verse after verse, only enhances Kathy Jakobsen’s striking folk art in the book. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret by Kent Hartman: Part Hit Men and part Laurel Canyon, this hidden history of rock and roll chronicles the uncredited studio musicians who provided the soundtrack for a generation during the 1960’s and 1970’s.


The African Force by Ginger Baker:

 Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 Brain Damage

2 Sokoto (Jan Kazda)

3 Go do (Francis A. Mensah)

4 Brain Damage: Brain Damage II (Ginger Baker)

5 Ansoumania (Ansou Mana Bangoura)

6 Adoa (Traditional)

7 Abyssinia / 1.2.7. (Ampofo Acquah)

8 Ginger’s Solo (Ginger Baker)

9 Want Come? Go! (Thomas Akuru)

10 African Force (Jan Kazda)


In Organic We Trust: In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening documentary that reveals the true meaning of organic. When corporations went into the business and organic became a brand, the philosophy and the label grew apart. But there’s hope for organic and for us! Director Kip Pastor looks beyond the label and unearths inspiring solutions for our health and environmental problems. Individual citizens and communities are taking matters into their own hands, and change is coming from the soil up.

You can see all the digital items you can check out via STLS Digital Catalog may be found on the library’s homepage of SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.



Blog Posting July 12 – 14, 2013 Weekend Digital Catalog Suggested Reading, Listening & Viewing


All the Dead Yale Men: A Novel by Craig Nova: Originally published in 1982 to wide acclaim, The Good Son remains Craig Nova’s undisputed masterpiece. This classic explored the complicated entanglements of fathers and sons —expressed in the story of nouvue-riche father Pop Mackinnon, who used his wealth to manipulate his son Chip into the ‘right’ kind of marriage upon the young man’s return from World War II.

Chip eventually gave up the love of his life and married to secure his future – and what were the consequences of that decision? All the Dead Yale Men answers that question in telling the story of Frank Mackinnon, son of Chip, a prosecutor in Boston with a happy marriage and a daughter set to follow his footsteps into law school. Chip’s death throws Frank into his family’s legacy, where he must contend with the inheritance of the Mackinnon’s beloved land and a bevy of secrets that dates back three generations. And when Frank’s daughter Pia falls under the sway of local bad boy Aurlon Miller, his grief over his father’s death triggers the family legacy of social standing and manipulation to begin anew, leading Frank to the darkest edges of what a father will do to protect the ones he loves.

All the Dead Yale Men examines the end of an era, how privilege and inheritance often crumble in the face of the modern world, a story enriched by the setting and mythology of Boston and its surroundings. The novel not only moves the Mackinnon’s story forward but will recast historical elements of the classic novel as well, heralding the arrival of a new American classic.

Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London: Buck is a four-year old shepherd dog, living a pampered life of an estate dog. His life changes when he is kidnapped and sold into service during the Klondike gold rush, where he is made to haul heavy sleds through the deep snow fields. In the new environment, he soon discovers his dominant primordial instinct. He learns not only to survive, but also flourishes in it.

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild is a masterpiece in both its style, which set a standard for generations to come, and its genre, raising adventure writing to the level of classic literature. While being exciting and entertaining, Buck’s story is also thought provoking that makes it an enduring story for all ages.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley: Two Women. One Mysterious Relic. Separated By Centuries. Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called “The Firebird,” claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof.

But Nicola’s held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley’s world.

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano: Delightful Blend of Love and Laughter  in Turano’s Sophomore Novel.

Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women’s suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn’t need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.

Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton’s sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit’s end.

When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can’t be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology Is Reshaping the Economy by Erik Brynjolfsson: A wave of business innovation is driving the productivity resurgence in the U.S. economy. In Wired for Innovation, Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders describe how information technology directly or indirectly created this productivity explosion, reversing decades of slow growth. They argue that the companies with the highest level of returns to their technology investment are doing more than just buying technology; they are inventing new forms of organizational capital to become digital organizations. These innovations include a cluster of organizational and business-process changes, including broader sharing of information, decentralized decision-making, linking pay and promotions to performance, pruning of non-core products and processes, and greater investments in training and education.

Innovation continues through booms and busts. This book provides an essential guide for policy makers and economists who need to understand how information technology is transforming the economy and how it will create value in the coming decade.

Audio Books:

Flat Water Tuesday: A Novel by Ron Irwin: Rob Carrey, the son of a working-class cabinet maker, arrives at the Fenton School with a scholarship to row and a chip on his shoulder. Generations of austere Fenton men have led the rowing team, known as the God Four, to countless victories—but none are as important or renowned as the annual Tuesday-afternoon race against their rival, Warwick.But first Rob must complete months of preparation driven by their captain, Connor Payne’s vicious competitive nature. As the race nears, the stakes rise, tempers and lusts are fueled, and no one can prevent the horrible tragedy that befalls one of them.Fifteen years later, Rob returns home from a film shoot in Africa to end a heartbreaking relationship with his girlfriend, Carolyn. But when a phone call from one of the God Four compels him to attend the reunion at Fenton, no part of Rob’s past remains sequestered for long and nothing about his future is certain.As much about the sport of rowing as it is a novel of finding oneself, not once, but again in mid-life; Ron Irwin’s Flat Water Tuesday is a testament to the pride and passion of youth, and an ode to the journey of forgiveness.A stunning novel of boarding school, family secrets, deep and passionate love, and the brutal pain of sports training.

The Night Detectives: David Mapstone Mystery Series, Book 7: The private detective business starts out badly for former Phoenix deputy David Mapstone, who has teamed up with his old friend and boss, Sheriff Mike Peralta. Their first client is gunned down just after hiring them. The case involved the suspicious death of a young Arizona woman who fell from a condo tower in San Diego. The police call Grace Hunter’s death a suicide, but the client doesn’t buy it. He’s her brother—or is he? After his murder, police find multiple driver’s licenses, and his real identity is a mystery. Complicating the case is that the condo’s owner is an Arizona state senator who was instrumental in Peralta’s recent election defeat.

In San Diego, David finds the woman’s boyfriend, who is trying to care for their baby and can’t believe Grace would kill herself. He, too, hires the pair to solve Grace’s death and reveals some darker facts. Grace was putting herself through college as a high-priced call girl, an escort for rich men who valued her looks and discretion. Before the day is out, the boyfriend is murdered, and David barely escapes with his own life. Whoever is killing their clients may be coming for them.

Neither the lovely beaches of San Diego nor the enchanting desert of Arizona can conceal the brutal danger that exists there. Solving the case will take Mapstone and Peralta into the world of human trafficking, corrupt politics, and the white supremacist movement. They no longer have badges, but they are still detectives—the night detectives.


Now That’s What I Call Party Hits by various artists

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. Party Like A Rock Star (Shop Boyz)

2. This Is Why I’m Hot (The Original) (Single Version) (Edited) (MIMS)

3. Run It! (Chris Brown)

4. Gold Digger (Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx)

5. Right Thurr (Edited) (Chingy)

6. I Think They Like Me (Remix) (Edited Album Version) (feat. Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & Bow Wow) (Dem Franchize Boyz feat. Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & Bow Wow)

7. Do It To It (Main Radio Version) (Feat. Sean Paul Of YoungBloodZ) (Cherish Featuring Sean Paul Of YoungBloodZ)

8. Milkshake (Kelis)

9. 1 Thing (Amerie)

10. Don’t Cha (Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes)

11. Promiscuous (Radio Edit) (Feat. Timbaland) (Nelly Furtado Featuring Timbaland)

12. We Be Burnin’ (Recognize It – Amended Album Version) (Sean Paul)

13. SOS (Radio Edit) (Rihanna)

14. Get Ur Freak On (Amended Version) (Missy Elliott)

15. Ain’t No Other Man (Christina Aguilera)

16. Hey Ya! (Outkast)

17. Feel Good Inc (Album Version) (Gorillaz)

18. Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)

19. Girlfriend (Radio Edit) (Avril Lavigne)

20. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Kylie Minogue)

NOW That’s What I Call a Modern Songbook                                                                                                                                Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. I Dreamed A Dream (Susan Boyle)

2. Hidden Away (Josh Groban)

3. Haven’t Met You Yet (Album Version) (Michael Bublé)

4. Hey, Soul Sister (Train)

5. Bubbly (Album Version) (Colbie Caillat)

6. Highway 20 Ride (Zac Brown Band)

7. I Run To You (Lady Antebellum)

8. Misery (Acoustic Version) (Maroon 5)

9. Apologize (OneRepublic)

10. How To Save A Life ((Original Album Version) (Clean Version)) (The Fray)

11. King Of Anything (Sara Bareilles)

12. Soldier Of Love (Sade)

13. No One (Alicia Keys)

14. Who Will Comfort Me (Melody Gardot)

15. The Look Of Love (Diana Krall)

16. Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)

17. Glitter In The Air (P!nk)

18. Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson)


Joe Pass: Solo Jazz Guitar: Joe Pass is one of jazz guitar’s all-time masters. He demonstrates legendary techniques that will be of value to rock guitarists as well as jazz purists. Joe covers chord melody, chord substitutions, leading tones, chromatic chords, voice movements, and many more special exercises, all with the unique Joe Pass twist. A chance to study with a jazz guitar legend!

One Peace at a Time: A Film About a Messed Up World… and How We Could Fix It: A film about a messed up world... and how we could fix it. Sprinkled with music from Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and WillieNelson, One Peace at a Time lyrically weaves a tapestry through 20 countries and is as magical as it is informative. Activist Turk Pipkin (The Sopranos, Nobelity)) continues his global journey of knowledge in action with a goal to create a virtual roadmap to a better future by focusing on specific solutions in these troubled times. Join Pipkin as he chronicles the model Indian orphanages of The Miracle Foundation, family planning initiatives with Thailand’s Mechai Viravaidya, Ethiopian water projects with A Glimmer of Hope, and Architecture for Humanity’s global design challenge for communities in need in the Himalayas, the Amazon and the slums of Nairobi.

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

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R. 

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

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


Popular Fiction:

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

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

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

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

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

Critically Acclaimed Fiction:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Children’s Books:

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

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

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

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


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

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. Phantasy (Danny Wright)

2. Madonna Lullaby (Danny Wright)

3. Spring (Danny Wright)

4. Love Gift (Danny Wright)

5. Pavane (Danny Wright)

6. Awakening (Danny Wright)

7. In Flight (Danny Wright)

8. October (Danny Wright)

9. Fourth Lake (Danny Wright)

10. Soaring (Danny Wright)

11. Phantasy Reprise (Danny Wright)

Audio Book:

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

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

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


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

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

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.


Digital Catalog Weekend Suggested Reading, Viewing & Listening June 14 & 15 2013

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


Popular Fiction:

Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis: Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena–best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen–is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts–from jaded lovers to anti-free-lovers to just plain old haters. Dena’s made plenty of enemies thanks to her popular sex shop–and, yes, she’s no saint–but really, who deserves to be shot?

With an superlogical almost boyfriend condemning her vigilante quest, and a wedding planner going vicariously bridezilla over the dream princess wedding, Sophie’s barely thinking straight. But if she can keep her cool (and avoid all errant taffeta), she just might nab her man and save the (wedding) day.

Big if.

Abandon by Carla Neggers: On what is supposed to be a quiet long weekend in New Hampshire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Stewart is viciously attacked at the lakefront cottage of her friend, federal judge Bernadette Peacham. Mackenzie fends off her attacker, but he manages to escape. Everything suggests he’s a deranged drifter–until FBI special agent Andrew Rook arrives.

With Rook, Mackenzie broke her own rule not to get involved with anyone in law enforcement, but she knows he isn’t up from Washington, D.C., to set things straight between them. He’s on a case.

As the hunt for the mysterious attacker continues, the case takes an unexpected turn when Mackenzie follows Rook back to Washington and finds that Bernadette’s former mentor, a once-powerful, now-disgraced judge who has been providing Rook with information, has gone missing. Mackenzie and Rook realize the stakes are higher than either had imagined, and a master criminal with nothing left to lose is prepared to gamble everything.

Critically Acclaimed Fiction:

The Morels by Christopher Hacker: Hacker earns all the stereotypical accolades of a debut novel—promising, ambitious, sincere—but his execution is far more original, and the result is an odd alloy of kitchen-sink family drama and metafictional inquest. Arthur Morel, who as a child was a talented violinist with a flair for self-sabotage, has just finished his second novel (also called The Morels), a barely fictionalized account of his relationship with his wife Penelope and their son, Will. His book’s last scene, however, depicts Arthur and an eight-year-old Will engaging in a sexual act that shocks the public and quickly scuttles his relationship with his family, who are unmoved by his claims of poetic license. Penelope begins to suspect that the novel is an oblique admission by her husband of more than a merely unsavory imagination, and soon Arthur’s mounting troubles become a legal matter. His only remaining ally is a small-time filmmaker, whose faith in his friend’s innocence leads him to make a documentary that might uncover the facts behind the fictionalized Morels. Savvy readers will know that Hacker is up to something from the beginning, and what develops is an eloquent treatise on the rights of artists to exploit their personal histories—and why they do so, and at what cost. The payoff goes a long way toward justifying an overstuffed middle section that suffers from the frequent absence of the novel’s two anchors, the ever-frustrating Arthur and precocious Will. Hacker does more than establish himself with this fine debut; he delivers a mission statement and the book retains the same ability to shock as its namesake. Publishers Weekly review.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer: Shaffer’s debut novel, written with her niece Barrow, is an original account of one writer’s relationship with a member of a unique book club formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest at the hands of the Nazis during WWII. With a small cast of gifted narrators including Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerdan, John Lee, Rosalyn Landor and the enjoyable Juliet Mills, this production is first-class from top to bottom. The narrators’ British dialects, each quite regional and equally as different as they are ear-pleasing, serve the story well and allow Shaffer’s words to leap from the page into the hearts and minds of her listeners. The final result is an almost theatrical experience with a plethora of enthusiastic performances. Publishers Weekly review.


The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor: Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game. In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.

The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories by Patrick F. McManus: The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories is a hilarious addition to Patrick F. McManus’s existing work in humor. The author weighs in on his childhood, everyday life, and outdoor tales with his typical exaggerated commentary that will elicit a belly laugh from all types of readers. Read about the antics of Patrick’s friends Rancid Crabtree and Retch Sweeney in such stories as “Shaping Up for the Hunt” and “Bear Hunters.” McManus plays off the recent obsession with hoarders in his surprising story “The Lady Who Kept Things.” In the titular story, meet Patrick’s horse, Huckleberry, and enjoy the experience of all the problems that come along with owning your own horse—or keeping him in the garage. Other great stories include: “Catch-And-Eaters,” about the importance of a forked stick when fishing”$7000 TV Historical Extravaganza,” a look at one director’s loose interpretation of historical accuracy and political correctness “A Lake Too Far,” concerning the woes of Patrick and his wife, Bun, on a fateful birding trip in Australia “Chicken Chronicles,” which involves Patrick’s memory of wandering around naked in the chicken yard when guests came to call. So pull up a chair, sit back, and enjoy laughing to the hilarious adventures of Patrick F. McManus in The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories.

Children’s Books:

The Little Duke Richard the Fearless by Charlotte Mary Yonge: Though originally intended for a younger audience, this masterpiece of historical children’s literature is a delight for readers of all ages. The Little Duke tells the story of Richard the Fearless, the young Duke of Normandy who ascended to power at a very young age and was then imprisoned. Escaping with the help of a few key confidants, Richard fought to regain control of his kingdom. The Little Duke is gripping, engaging historical fiction that will keep you interested. (Ages 9 and up).

Little Klein by Anne Ylvisaker: Harold “Little” Klein can’t seem to measure up. Surrounded by the “Bigs,” his boisterous gang of older brothers, and the bustling, bighearted Mother Klein, Harold often feels little and left out — until the day a stray dog named LeRoy becomes his inseparable companion. Join a cast of colorful characters in a rural river town circa 1949, where boys wrestle and fish, swipe pies, ride perilous waters on homemade rafts, and sometimes quietly become heroes. (Ages 8 and up).


Bluesmaster by Buddy Guy:                                                                                                                                                        Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. A Man And The Blues (Buddy Guy)

2. Stormy Monday Blues (Buddy Guy)

3. It Hurts Me Too (When Things Go Wrong) (Buddy Guy)

4. My Time After Awhile (Buddy Guy)

5. I’m Ready (Buddy Guy)

6. Checking On My Baby (Buddy Guy)

7. So Sad This Morning (Buddy Guy)

8. 24 Hours Of The Day (Buddy Guy)

9. Knock On Wood (Buddy Guy)

Audio Book:

The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words by Arthur Plotnik: This is the second, much-updated edition of this funny and useful book. There are many grammar and usage books that give advice on correct English. This isn’t one of them. The Elements of Expression targets expressiveness as a goal apart from getting it technically right. Imagine the yawns a sportscaster would induce by announcing, “His bat struck the ball and the ball went into the stands,” instead of “He took that ball downtown!” And why say, “I’d prefer it if you didn’t volunteer your opinions,” if what you really mean is “When I want your advice, I’ll beat it out of you” (Chuck Norris, Code of Silence)? Written with uncommon wit and humor, The Elements of Expression offers writers, speakers, and self-improvers a fresh look at how they express (or fail to express) their thoughts and feelings. Plotnik supplies many engaging examples of adventurous language to show the tremendous power of words to describe and enliven human experience. Want merely to write correctly? Turn to those shelf-loads of “proper” books. For people who care about language and want to write or speak forcefully, effectively—in a word, expressively—this is the book to crack open.


The Dark Horse (2008): The Dark Horse is a dramatic story of struggle and redemption. Hearing the news that her father is suffering with dementia, Dana, a thirtyish Seattle ballet teacher, reluctantly returns to her childhood home on Orcas Island to discover that it is threatened with foreclosure. To save the farm and the family, she must tame her mother’s dangerous Friesian horse and ride him to victory in the year’s biggest dressage competition. She must also reconcile her warring brothers, and heal a broken heart.

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

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.


Digital Catalog Weekend Suggested Reading, Viewing & Listening June 7 – 9, 2013

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



Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy: It was a summer of warmth…. Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern… lovely twelve-year-old twins… and such wonderful dreams…. It was a summer of innocence… but all that is about to change this fateful summer of 1962 when American millionaire Patrick O’Neill comes to town with his irresistible charm and a pocketful of money… when love and hate vie for a town’s quiet heart and old traditions begin to crumble away…. It was a summer of love that would never come again…. A time that has been captured forever in Maeve Binchy’s compelling family drama… a novel you will never forget.

Grave Keeper Series by Margaret Marr: All 4 Grave Keeper books together in one chilly volume of paranormal tales! In book one a war vet named Brody Rush, an EMT, and a waitress rush against the clock to find a young woman before the Creepers steal her last breath. In book two, it’s up to Rush to find a young man before the Creepers reach the grave where one of his relatives is buried. In book three, Helena Page is kidnapped, Rush is blind, and Brody is her only hope to save her from a haunted house that’s driving her mad. In book 4, Rush Bizner encounters ghosts, a monk-like entity, and a woman who desperately seeks to fill the gaps in her memory after a terrible accident. In book 5, Hay County’s new waitress is being stalked by her ex-fiancé, who is determined to scare her to death…

Killman by Graeme Kent: Sister Conchita, the young nun with a flair for detection, is immersed in another Solomon Islands investigation when an islander who claims to be a reincarnation of Noah is drowned outside his ark. To make matters worse, Conchita suspects that the murderer might be a Japanese soldier, still prowling the jungle fifteen years after the end of World War II. Once again she enlists the aid of her friend Sergeant Ben Kella of the Solomon Islands Police Force. Together they try and track down the malevolent Killman, a professional assassin who is introducing a reign of terror to the beautiful but dangerous island of Malaita that they both love so much. This time their perilous quest takes them as far as the wild Polynesian island of Tikopia, the almost legendary tiny island of the four kingdoms.


Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation by Jonathan Rieder: “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here,” declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To revive it, King made a sacrificial act on Good Friday, April 12, 1963: he was arrested. Alone in his cell, reading a newspaper, he found a statement from eight “moderate” clergymen who branded the protests extremist and “untimely.” King drafted a furious rebuttal that emerged as the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”-a work that would take its place among the masterpieces of American moral argument alongside those of Thoreau and Lincoln. His insistence on the urgency of “Freedom Now” would inspire not just the marchers of Birmingham and Selma, but peaceful insurgents from Tiananmen to Tahrir Squares. Scholar Jonathan Rieder delves deeper than anyone before into the Letter-illuminating both its timeless message and its crucial position in the history of civil rights. Rieder has interviewed King’s surviving colleagues, and located rare audiotapes of King speaking in the mass meetings of 1963. Gospel of Freedom gives us a startling perspective on the Letter and the man who wrote it: an angry prophet who chastised American whites, found solace in the faith and resilience of the slaves, and knew that moral appeal without struggle never brings justice.

Pinterest Marketing: An Hour a Day by Jennifer Evans Cario: Develop and implement a Pinterest marketing strategy with this step-by-step guide

Pinterest is the fastest-growing social media platform, with more than 80 percent of its users women between the ages of 25 and 54. Learn to reach this desirable market by following the advice in this step-by-step, task-based guide! It explains Pinterest’s unique appeal and fundamentals, then shows how to develop a strategic marketing plan, set up an account, curate winning content, find followers, and track and monitor Pinterest traffic. The popular An Hour a Day format uses a detailed how-to approach with case studies, tips, interviews, and more.

Learn how craft, implement, measure, and optimize a successful Pinterest marketing plan

Children’s Books:

Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki – Based on One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp: For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author’s true family story.

The Nascenza Conspiracy, The Cassaforte Chronicles, Book 3 by V. Briceland: 

Petro Divetri—younger brother of famed sorceress Risa Divetri—just wants to be left alone. His status as one of the seven ruling families in Cassaforte has saddled him with unwanted attention, from bullies as well as from those seeking favors.

So when Petro and his best friend Adrio are sent to far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer High Rites, they swap identities. Their prank goes awry when Adrio, mistaken for Petro, is kidnapped by rebels determined to overthrow the king. With the help of Emilia, a palace guard who wants to prove her worth, Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte


In the Company of Strangers by Robin & Linda Williams

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. The Hard Country (Robin & Linda Williams)

2. So It Go (Robin & Linda Williams)

3. Rumble (Robin & Linda Williams)

4. Sometime Tomorrow (Robin & Linda Williams)

5. So Long, See You Tomorrow (Robin & Linda Williams)

6. Bar Band In Hillbilly Heaven (Robin & Linda Williams)

7. Allow It (Robin & Linda Williams)

8. This Is the Real Thing (Robin & Linda Williams)

9. The Perfect Country Song (Robin & Linda Williams)

10. Some Peculiar Beast (Robin & Linda Williams)

11. Cold, Cold Heart (Robin & Linda Williams)

12. In the Company of Strangers (Robin & Linda Williams)

Audio Book:

Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir by Anthony Swofford: The publication of Jarhead launched a new career for Anthony Swofford, earning him accolades for its gritty and unexpected portraits of the soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. It spawned a Hollywood movie. It made Swofford famous and wealthy. It also nearly killed him.

Now with the same unremitting intensity he brought to his first memoir, Swofford describes his search for identity, meaning, and a reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines. Adjusting to life after war, he watched his older brother succumb to cancer and his first marriage disintegrate, leading him to pursue a lifestyle in Manhattan that brought him to the brink of collapse. Consumed by drugs, drinking, expensive cars, and women, Swofford lost almost everything and everyone that mattered to him.

When a son is in trouble he hopes to turn to his greatest source of wisdom and support: his father. But Swofford and his father didn’t exactly have that kind of relationship. The key, he realized, was to confront the man-a philandering, once hard-drinking, now terminally ill Vietnam vet he had struggled hard to understand and even harder to love. The two stubborn, strong-willed war vets embarked on a series of RV trips that quickly became a kind of reckoning in which Swofford took his father to task for a lifetime of infidelities and abuse. For many years Swofford had considered combat the decisive test of a man’s greatness. With the understanding that came from these trips and the fateful encounter that took him to a like-minded woman named Christa, Swofford began to understand that becoming a father himself might be the ultimate measure of his life.

Elegantly weaving his family’s past with his own present-nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash-Swofford casts a courageous, insistent eye on both his father and himself in order to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide, after nearly ending it, what his life can and should become as a man, a veteran, and a father.



With a new introduction by Woody Mann

Jazz and blues guitarist Woody Mann learned from the legendary Rev. Gary Davis and then played and recorded with Son House, Bukka White and John Fahey. He has performed throughout the world, recorded over a dozen CDs, and is an internationally renowned guitar teacher.

Six great lessons from the masters of slide guitar:

Lesson 1: Arlen Roth-on open E tuning, slide fundamentals, right & left hand damping

Lesson 2: Lee Roy Parnell-demonstrates open E box patterns, acoustic slide technique and playing the blues

Lesson 3: Mick Taylor-the ex-Rolling Stone shows you standard tuning slide, string damping, playing slide with a pick, and more

Lesson 4: Jay Geils-teaches standard tuning slide, vibrato, and Muddy Waters style

Lesson 5: Greg Martin-covers fingerpicking, standard tuning slide and Duane Allman style

Lesson 6: Warren Haynes-learn lead slide licks, tone & open G tuning from the Allman Bros. guitarist

You’ll never miss a note!

-You see the music and the tablature on screen as it’s being played!

-All right- and left-hand techniques are shown in close-up and with helpful split-screen effects to make learning easy

-Slow motion segments with standard pitch sound

-Artist biographies

-Suggested listening


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

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.


Digital Catalog Weekend Suggested Reading, Viewing & Listening May 31 – June 2, 2013

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

Have a great weekend! Linda R.



Dark & Dangerous: A Collection of Paranormal Treats by various authors: In the world of the paranormal, the imagination reigns supreme. Populated by mysterious supernatural beings, mythic creatures and mortals possessing extraordinary powers, the ten enthralling fantasies in this spellbinding collection will transport you to the dark and dazzling realm of ghosts and shapeshifters, werewolves and witches, vampires and demons. Prepare to be mesmerized and beguiled by the seductive power of these dark and sensual immortals as they do battle against evil and long for love and redemption.

Bundle includes: Wild Thing by Julie Kenner, Touch Me by Susan Kearney, Surrender by Julie Leto, Kiss of the Wolf by Susan Krinard, Shadow Kissing by Tanith Lee, by Evelyn Vaughn, Soul of the Wolf by Karen Whiddon, Forever Mine by Linda Winstead Jones, Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne and Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris.

Endless Summer by Julie Kenner: Summer has never been sexier! Making Waves by Julie Kenner: Laci Montgomery is determined to be pro surfing’s Golden Girl. Does she need help from her ex–hottie sports promoter Taylor Dutton? No way! Well, not unless she’s on top…

Surf’s Up by Karen Anders: After a crash meeting in the waves, surfer J. C. Wilcox and entrepreneur Zack Fanning practice daring moves that would make fish blush. But is it just sexy fun in the sun–or are they ready to risk their hearts?

Wet and Wild by Jill Monroe: Daredevil Rookie of the Year Andrea “Drea” Powell needs a sponsor. Superstar pro Kirk Murray needs a flashy new surfer to back. The explosive results heat up the competition…and the bedroom!

The Rabbi in the Attic: and Other Stories by Eileen Pollack: In an age of minimalists, Eileen Pollack is a writer of rare generosity. The women and men in The Rabbi in the Attic are complex, vivid people to whom something happens. Their stories take place in small towns in the Catskills, a laboratory of mutant mice in nowhere Tennessee, the backwoods of New Hampshire, the “City of Five Smells” in America’s heartland—worlds rendered with such love and intensity that the simplest objects seem magical. Many of the narrators look back on their pasts. But don’t expect to be lulled by nostalgia. Expect to laugh. To be jolted. And to be moved.

Like most of us, these characters are struggling to understand what they have gained and lost by abandoning the passions and moral certainties of youth. As the narrator of the first story discovers when “barbarian” rock fans invade her town, it can be terrifying to be knocked from the “tiny fixed orbit” of conventional life. But if a person can stretch her imagination far enough, she might also be able to glimpse an “elsewhere” beyond the boundaries of ordinary human limitations.

This battle between the real and ideal is taken to mythic heights in the title novella, in which a novice rabbi must try to evict her Orthodox predecessor from the house provided by her prickly congregation. Only when she tempers her enthusiasm for the new ways with compassion for those who follow the old ways can Rabbi Bloomgarten begin to care for their souls.

Eileen Pollack writes from a Jewish point of view, but her subject is the search for principles that we must all undertake in a world in which religious truths are no longer handed down from parent to child.

Just as one of her characters decides to become a “value assessor,” the author herself helps us to sort through the jumble of objects, ideas, and memories in our own attics. In doing so, she appeals to our minds and our hearts. Her characters teach us that imagination and empathy are our best hope if we are to understand—and perhaps transcend—the pain in our world. Her language is lyrical, rhythmic, and lush. The images in her stories—a chef’s severed hand, a plummeting air conditioner, a village sunk beneath a reservoir—will stay in your mind long after you have finished her book.

A Wanted Man: A Stone Creek Novel by Linda Lael Miller: #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller returns to Stone Creek with a classic tale of two strangers running from dangerous secrets

The past has a way of catching up with folks in Stone Creek, Arizona. But schoolmarm Lark Morgan and Marshal Rowdy Rhodes are determined to hide their secrets–and deny their instant attraction. That should be easy, since each suspects the other of living a lie….

Yet Rowdy and Lark share one truth: both face real dangers. Such as the gang of train robbers heading their way, men Ranger Sam O’Ballivan expects Rowdy to nab. As past and current troubles collide, Rowdy and Lark must surrender their pride to the greatest power of all–undying love.


Landscaping For Privacy by Marty Wingate: The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn’t have to stare at the back of the neighbors’ garage when you want to relax on your patio.

Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.

If you’ve ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.

The Next Century by David Halberstam: A stirring examination of global competition and power in the twentieth century What can we learn from the events of twentieth century? With the effects of the Cold War still evident in the global economy and the lives of everyday Americans, master journalist and historian David Halberstam sets out to answer this question. Halberstam’s perceptive The Next Century looks to the future by examining the past. From the rise of the Japanese economy to the startling changes that reshaped the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Halberstam argues that the American economy’s survival depends on the rededication and continued education of the American worker. As pertinent in today’s economy as it was when first published in 1991, The Next Century is a timeless call to arms, reminding us that we must continually better ourselves in order to compete on the world stage. This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.

Children’s Books:

Alexander, Spy Catcher by Diane Stormer: A seemingly normal October turns into an exciting and terrifying adventure for Alexander and his brother, Ben, when they discover that their uncle Charlie may be in danger because of a secret government project he is working on.

The boys notice strange happenings around their family’s home; for example, why is there a clandestine protected Wi-Fi network on their forest covered property? When Alexander and Ben suspect that their uncle is being spied upon, they agree to warn him about what they’ve discovered. But on the same night that they tell him about their ?ndings, he disappears without a trace.

Now, it’s up to Alexander, Ben, and their family to solve the mystery about what happened to their uncle and bring him home safely. But although they are determined to rescue Charlie, they don’t realize the dangers that lie ahead for them on their journey.

CatBoy by Eric Walters: The wild cat colony Taylor has been caring for is at risk of being destroyed, and in order to save them, Taylor will need the help of all his friends.

Once Upon A Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm:

This beautifully illustrated collection of 30 tales from far and wide includes:

Snow White

Hansel and Grethel


The Frog Prince


The Bremen Town Musicians

The Elves

Little Red Cap

The Fisherman and His Wife

The Sleeping Beauty

Tom Thumb


. . . and many more.


Live at the Circle Room by Nat King Cole Trio

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. F.S.T. (Opening Theme) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

2. Oh, But I Do (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

3. I’m Thru With Love (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

4. C Jam Blues (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

5. My Sugar Is So Refined (1st Version) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

6. I’m in The Mood for Love (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

7. I Found a New Baby (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

8. I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

9. If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes (Please Don’t Cry and Say No) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

10. Sweet Georgia Brown (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

11. Sweet Lorraine (Live) (1999 Digital Remaster) (The King Cole Trio)

12. It’s Only a Paper Moon (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

13. One O’Clock Jump (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

14. Everyone Is Saying Hello Again (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

15. Oh, But I Do (2nd Version) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

16. My Sugar Is So Refined (Live) (2nd Version) (The King Cole Trio)

17. F.S.T. (Closing Theme) (Live) (The King Cole Trio)

Today Is the Highway by Eric Andersen

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. Today Is the Highway (Eric Andersen)

2. Dusty Box Car Wall (Eric Andersen)

3. Time for My Returning (Eric Andersen)

4. Plains of Nebrasky-o (Eric Andersen)

5. Looking Glass (Eric Andersen)

6. Never Coming Home (Eric Andersen)

7. Come To My Bedside (Eric Andersen)

8. Baby Please Don’t Go (Eric Andersen)

9. Everything Ain’t Been Said (Eric Andersen)

10. Bay of Mexico (Eric Andersen)

11. Song to J.C.B. (Eric Andersen)

12. Bumblebee (Eric Andersen)

Audio Books:

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom: Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series, Book 1 by Julie Kenner, Laura Hicks: Lots of women put their careers aside once the kids come along. Kate Connor, for instance, hasn’t hunted a demon in ages. That must be why she missed the one wandering through the San Diablo Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, he managed to catch her attention an hour later — when he crashed into the Connor house, intent on killing her. Now Kate has to dispose of a dead demon and pull together a dinner party — all without arousing her family’s suspicion. Worse yet, it seems the dead demon didn’t come alone. It’s time for Kate Connor to go back to work.

The Stranger by Camilla Läckberg, Simon Vance: A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.


Families of Mexico: In Families of Mexico eight-year-old Brizia lives with her parents on her grandparents’ farm. We visit her school and follow her and her friend as they visit the surrounding farms owned by her aunts and uncles, who are making tamales, harvesting cactus for salad, and sorting sesame seeds. Hermaina lives with her family in the port city of Veracruz. Hermaina’s father and mother own an advertising agency, which her father manages. We see her mother teach a dance class at the city’s cultural center, go food shopping, visit Hermaina’s school, and follow her to her swimming lesson. The Families of the World Series takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each program focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family interaction, foods and even celebrations. Join us in our visit to the countryside, cities, communities, schools and homes of two families—from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. This highly acclaimed series has been broadcast on Public Television.

Welcome Home Elvis: In 1957 Timex sponsored a series of TV variety show specials starring Frank Sinatra broadcast on The ABC Television Network. The last in the series taped on 12th of May 1960 in Miami, was perhaps the best of all, featuring Elvis Presley, upon completion of his National Service. This video, remastered from the archive tape of the broadcast, is the original show in it’s entirety including the sponsors promotional segments. While the quality of reproduction may not meet modern technological standards, it is a rare record of two of the most popular performers of the Twentieth Century performing together.

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

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

Suggested Digital Catalog Weekend Reading, Viewing & Listening Items:



Acceptable Loss, William Monk Mystery Series, Book 17 by Anne Perry: On a London riverbank, when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up with the tide, no one grieves. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the murder weapon: an elegant scarf whose original owner was obviously a man of substance. Dockside informers lead Monk to a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a band of half-starved boys is held captive for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Though Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would gladly reward Parfitt’s killer, duty leads them in another direction–to an unresolved crime, to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire’s most respected men, and ultimately to a courtroom showdown with Monk’s old friend, Oliver Rathbone, in a trial of nearly unbearable tension and suspense.

Hearts of Shadow Deadglass Trilogy Series, Book 2 by Kira Brady: In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame—and unexpected desire. . .

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets—and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls. . .or consume all in a storm of destruction.

The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs: The world has been divided into the western hemisphere and the forbidden lands of the eastern hemisphere. Europe has been isolated from the rest of the world for over two centuries and has spiralled down into primitive barbarism. Read The Lost Continent for a fantastic retake on history, as told by Turck’s adventures in the land that was all but lost to the world.

The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler: The seventh Oregon Files adventure thriller begins on December 7, 1941, when five boys encounter tragedy while looking for buried pirate treasure on a small island off the coast of Washington State. Flash-forward to today: Juan Cabrillo, captain of the Oregon (a high-tech vessel posing as a tramp freighter), is in Argentina, trying to recover a downed NASA satellite. Well, don’t you know, Juan stumbles on something he totally didn’t expect to find, and soon he’s chasing after the secrets of an ancient curse that might still be causing trouble. Fast-paced and a lot of fun, the latest Cabrillo novel delivers the wallop Cussler’s fans have come to expect. Cabrillo himself—he shares his name with a sixteenth-century Portuguese explorer, by the way—makes a fine protagonist, sharp-witted and two-fisted. Considering the Oregon Files novels involve action, exploration, and high-tech gadgetry, it’s surprising no one has turned them into movies yet. The prolific Cussler, who, like James Patterson, now employs coauthors (Du Brul in this case), is often accused of writing by the numbers, but this time those numbers add up to entertaining fare for high-adventure fans. –David Pitt, Booklist

Three Brides, No Groom by Debbie Macomber: Three women meet at their fifteen-year class reunion…and discover that their lives have taken unexpected directions.

Back in their college days, Gretchen Wise had been engaged to a top law student. Carol Furness, head cheerleader, had said yes to the school’s football hero. And Maddie Cobain was the girl who’d fallen for a professor.

Now the three of them gather around a popular fountain on the college grounds. This fountain was where lovers met, where promises were made…and broken. So it’s fitting that Gretchen, Carol and Maddie sit here to share their stories of betrayal and, yes, revenge. Stories of finding new love…


The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis: The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought–for more than a half a century–to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought–for more than a half a century–to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

United Breaks Guitars: The Power of One Voice in the Age of Social Media by Dave Carroll: Songwriter Dave Carroll wasn’t the first person abused by an airline’s customer service, but he was the first to show how one person, armed with creativity, some friends, $150, and the internet, could turn an entire industry upside down. United Airlines had broken Dave’s guitar in checked luggage. After eight months of pestering the company for compensation, he turned to his best tool—songwriting—and vowed to create a YouTube video about the incident that he hoped would garner a million views in one year. Four days after its launching, the first million people had watched “United Breaks Guitars.” United stock went down 10 percent, shedding $180 million in value; Dave appeared on outlets as diverse as CNN and The View. United relented. Throughout the business world, people began to realize that “efficient” but inhuman customer-service policies had an unseen cost—brand destruction by frustrated, creative, and socially connected customers.

“United Breaks Guitars” has become a textbook example of the new relationship between companies and their customers, and has demonstrated the power of one voice in the age of social media. It has become a benchmark in the customer-service and music industries, as well as branding and social-media circles. Today, more than 150 million people are familiar with this story.

In this book, you’ll hear about how Dave developed the “just do it” philosophy that made him the ideal man to take on a big corporation, what it felt like to be in the center of the media frenzy, and how he’s taken his talents to become a sought-after songwriter and public speaker. Businesspeople will learn how companies should change their policies and address social-media uprisings. Since “United Breaks Guitars” emerged, nothing is the same—for consumers, for musicians, or for businesses. Whether you are a guitarist, a baggage handler, or a boardroom executive, this book will entertain you and remind you that we are all connected, that each of us matters, and that we all have a voice worth hearing.


50 Best Patriotic American Classical Music Pieces by Various Artists:

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1. Fanfare for the Common Man (1999 Digital Remaster) (Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México/Enrique Bátiz)

2. Rhapsody in Blue (jazzband version): Opening (Wayne Marshall/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle)

3. The Stars and Stripes Forever (Band of HM Royal Marines/Lt-Col. G. A. C. Hoskins)

4. Candide: Overture (London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn)

5. Adagio for Strings, Op.11 (Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy)

6. Shaker Loops (1983): A Final Shaking (London Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green)

7. Schindler’s List – Theme (Tasmin Little/New World Philharmonic/Iain Sutherland)

8. Nagoya Marimbas (for two marimbas) (Colin Currie/Sam Walton)

9. Any Other Name (American Beauty) (Nikolaj Bloch/Sally Herbert)

10. Three Occasions for Orchestra: A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle)

11. A Set Of Pieces For Theater Or Chamber Orchestra: Nr.3: In The Night (Ensemble Modern)

12. Cello Concerto, Op.22: II. Andante sostenuto (Ralph Kirshbaum/Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste)

13. Façades (London Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green/John Harle/Simon Haram)

14. Rodeo (1999 Digital Remaster): Buckaroo Holiday (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)

15. Rodeo (1999 Digital Remaster): Hoe-Down (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)

16. Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 1 (Michael Tilson-Thomas)

17. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from the movie Titanic) (Orchestra/David Abel)

18. Short Ride in a Fast Machine – Fanfare for orchestra (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle)

19. Ashokan Farewell (Nashville Chamber Orchestra/Paul Gambill)

20. On the Town – Three Dance Episodes: III. Times Square: 1944 (Leonard Slatkin/St Louis Symphony Orchestra)

21. Appalachian Spring (1999 Digital Remaster): Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)

22. Symphonic Dances from West Side Story: II. Somewhere (Paavo Järvi/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

23. The way you look tonight (Swing Time, 1936) (1996 Digital Remaster) (Barry Tuckwell/Sir Richard Rodney Bennett/Ensemble/Neil Richardson)

24. Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Celebration (After Billy’s Capture) (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)

25. Porgy and Bess: Summertime (DuBose Hayward) (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa/New Princess Theater Orchestra/John McGlinn)

26. Someone to watch over me (Oh, Kay!, 1926) (2006 Digital Remaster) (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

27. The School for Scandal Overture Op. 5 (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)

28. An American in Paris (Leonard Slatkin/St Louis Symphony Orchestra)

29. Manhattan Beach (Timothy Foley – The Great American Main Street Band)

30. Three Preludes (2006 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in B flat (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

31. Three Preludes (2006 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in C sharp minor (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

32. Three Preludes (2006 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in E flat minor (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

33. Concerto for Orchestra: Introduction (Misterioso) (London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen)

34. Concerto for Orchestra: I. Allegro non troppo (London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen)

35. Concerto for Orchestra: II. Presto volando (London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen)

36. Concerto for Orchestra: III. Maestoso (London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen)

37. Concerto for Orchestra: IV. Coda (London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen)

38. Concerto for Orchestra: Coda (Allegro molto)…

(P) This compilation (P) 2011 EMI Records Ltd.

American Patriotic Music by Various Artists:

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 The Star Spangled Banner (arr. B. Holcombe): The Star Spangled Banner

10 Lincoln Portrait (Aaron Copland)

2 The Stars and Stripes Forever : The Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)

3 God Bless America (arr. R. Ringwald): God Bless America (Irving Berlin)

4 Semper Fidelis (John Philip Sousa)

5 My country ’tis of thee, “America” (arr. D. Pearson): My country ’tis of thee, “America” (Samuel Francis Smith)

6 The Glory of the Yankee Navy (John Philip Sousa)

7 America the Beautiful (arr. M. Hayes): America, the Beautiful (Katharine Lee Bates)

8 The New York Hippodrome (John Philip Sousa)

9 Battle Hymn of the Republic (arr. J. Rutter): Battle Hymn of the Republic (Julia Ward Howe)


America in World War II: The Home Front: While the Storm Clouds Gather (Volume 1 of 10) (PBS): Journalist Eric Sevareid narrates this engrossing continuation of the series BETWEEN THE WARS. Shocked into action by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans respond with an exhilarating sense of common purpose and help build the world’s most powerful war production machine. Wartime newsreels, documentaries, movies, music, and humor chronicle changes in American ideals, lifestyles, and morals in the 1940s and 1950s.

Note: This is part 1 of a series of 10 parts.

Zora’s Roots (PBS): This program examines the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

This program examines the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film follows Hurston, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, to the subtropical paradise that shaped her childhood and her life’s work – the place to which she returned again and again over the seven decades of her life for research, inspiration and solace. Filmed in high definition, the documentary tells her story through the people who knew her and the places and events that she brought to the world through her research and writing

You may access the STLS Digital Catalog by clicking the link on library’s homepage found at: SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Or via the following link:

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

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

Have a great  holiday weekend!

Linda R.