Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for today.

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

Our digital suggestion for today is the ebook:

Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper:

Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she’s the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc’s life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive.

Dawn of the Highland Dragon Series:
Highland Dragon Warrior (Book 1)
Highland Dragon Rebel (Book 2)
Highland Dragon Unleashed (Book3)

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry:

’Tis the season of giving—and with this wonderful book, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with bygone relationships and hidden secrets.

As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man’s grandson, a sleuth in his own right who’s discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey’s picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.

Decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, A Christmas Return is a holiday treat wrapped in the glorious storytelling talents of the reigning master of Victorian mystery.

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

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

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

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

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Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26, 2016

Hi everyone, just a reminder, during the holidays, the library is closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2017.

The library will be open our regular hours all other dates and as a refresher, here is a list of our regular hours:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.

Saturday: 10:00 a. m. – 4:00 p. m.

Sunday: Closed

And now back to those cool materials you can check out!

Since the library is closed today through Monday I’m offering a dozen digital suggestions for the next few days and they are all streaming videos!

Check them out!

milton-berle

1) The Milton Berle Show, Volume 1

First, Uncle Miltie is joined by Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress/singer Denise Darcel, and Ray Anthony and His Orchestra in a 1956 installment recorded at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Then, in a 1953 episode, Ronald Reagan asks Berle to bankroll a movie for him.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351258

dark-shadows

2) Dark Shadows, Volume 1, Episode 218

This video features the introduction of Jonathan Frid’s vampire Barnabas! — here’s a brief description of the episode:

Barnabas asks permission from Roger and Elizabeth to take up residence in the Old House.

Note: If you’re not familiar with it — Dark Shadows was set in the late 1960s and was a gothic, supernatural TV series set in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine.

The most prominent family in Collinsport, was you guessed it! The Collins Family! The Collins family consisted of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Joan Bennett), her brother Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds), Elizabeth’s daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) and Roger’s young son David Collins (David Henesy).

The Collins Family lived in the grandest and largest house around – Collinwood.

And life was relatively quiet and uneventful in the small town of Collinsport until one day when Barnabas knocked on the door of Collinwood!

For Barnabas, was, unbeknownst to the Collins Family, a member of their family and a vampire who had been chained in a coffin for about 200 years.

Barnabas was broken out of his coffin by a thief named Willie Loomis, who was played by a very young John Carlin, and right after that supernatural things began to unfold!

And if you like the intro episode of Dark Shadows — there are more episodes of the series in the Digital Catalog that continue the story of Barnabas and the Collins Family.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1976979

jack-hunter

3) Jack Hunter and the Quest for Akhenattens Tomb:
Jack Hunter is abducted blindfolded to a Turkish US base to be recruited by the NSA, told his mentor was killed because Albert Littmann’s Russian mob employer Doridanov want the ancient Osiris-weapon. He accepts to go look for the other part in Gizeh, where archaeologist Lena Halstrom has dug up a lead on a site which was attacked by mysterious, mythologically cloaked men, hence the Egyptian in charge, Said, shut it down till further notice. In fact it’s the doing of a Midianite (Sinai desert) sect of Akhenaton-worshipers, who try to steal the obelisk from the museum after Jack deciphers its Ugarritian cuneiform text, which contains clues for a treasure-hunt to the pharaoh’s tomb-treasure. Said assumes their flight criminal and mobilizes an army colonel, whose unbridled ambition proves even more dangerous for Jack’s party, which includes his Syrian friends from the first.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1813631

the-organization

4) The Organization: 

Police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) returns to finds himself in hot water with the police over his acceptance of help from a neighborhood anti-drug group. The group has done some things which are far from textbook legal, such as stealing and destroying a large shipment of drugs. Though they pulled off their robbery without loss of life, a corpse is found at the scene of the heist. Tibbs, now suspended from the force, uses their help to string together clues which enable him to break up a large drug ring. This is the third movie made starring Poitier and based on John Bail’s novels In The Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mister Tibbs.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351311

apollo-8

5) Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon:

This one hour documentary profiles the first manned Mission to the Moon, and includes interviews with the astronauts and many of the NASA officials who were a part of this historic event.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1320067

im-still-here

6) I’m Still Here:

Oscar®-nominated actor Casey Affleck, in his directorial debut, together with fellow Oscar® nominee Joaquin Phoenix blows the roof off of conventional filmmaking in this unique and groundbreaking experimental project. Joaquin gives a powerful performance as “JP,” an out-of-control Hollywood celebrity who commits career suicide in announcing that he is “retiring” from acting, while at the top of his game, to become a hip-hop star. JP shuts himself off from the protection and better judgment of his agent, manager and publicist, and sets out on a jaw-dropping journey into a decadent frenzy of sex, drugs and outrageousness, as he tries desperately to break away from his old celebrity persona to develop his rap career. Mired in self-doubt and harsh criticism from the media, he struggles to find his identity.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1931322

red-balloon

7) The Red Balloon:

Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar 1956

Winner of the Palme d’Or 1956 Cannes Film Festival (short film)

A Boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and there is almost no dialog spoken in the film.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351407

acorns

8) A.C.O.R.N.S. Operation Crackdown:

Frankie, a smooth-talking squirrel finds out that the acorns are being stolen by the evil A.C.O.R.N.S. Corporation. Now he must assemble a rag-tag team of forest animals with only three days to pull-off their biggest heist.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2968659

abbot-costello

9) Abbott and Costello: The Christmas Show:

Delightful Christmas special starring comedy team of Abbott and Costello on The Colgate Comedy Hour.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2046510

navigator

10) The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey:

This fantasy stars Hamish McFarlane as a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side–into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the “aliens,” to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey creates its own logic, framing the story in the linear form of an ancient legend.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1999743

planet-of-the-apes

11) Planet of the Apes:

Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Taylor (Charlton Heston) and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.

Note: the three sequel films that followed this one are also available in the Digital Catalog.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1999658

weather-girl

12) Weather Girl:

Succumbing to the stresses of work and romance, a Seattle morning weather anchor (Tricia O’ Kelley) melts down live on-air. Closing in on forty, she is now unemployed, lacks career prospects, and must cope with her cheating boyfriend (Mark Harmon)—a devilishly handsome newscaster. Weather Girl is a slice of life comedy about reckoning the difference between growing old and growing up.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/899837

Have a great holiday season!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

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

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

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

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

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

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

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

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Read & Listen: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hello everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended reads in both print and digital formats.

Todays’ daily Digital Catalog is a novella that is actually set at Christmas time in Wyoming – so you can read it and think cool thoughts!

The book is the 10th one in the Longmire series; however, it can be read and enjoyed even if you’ve never read a previous book in the Longmire series. And if you like World War II era aircraft and salt-of-the-Earth retired sheriffs than this book is for you!

Steamboat

Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson:

A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE now on Netflix and the New York Times–bestselling series

Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. With his daughter Cady and undersherrif Moretti otherwise engaged, Walt’s on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.

At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle’s and swears he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers “Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988—a story that will thrill and delight the bestselling series’ devoted fans.

Here’s a link to the description page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1261964

And in following the idea that we all think cool thoughts during this long hot summer in the Southern Tier our suggested print read for today is set in Alaska! Deadly Fate, too, is a book in a series — the 19th book in Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series.

Heather Graham

Deadly Fate by Heather Graham:

When Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI’s elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters.

Thor’s been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska…

Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love—and their contact with the ghosts of the victims—brings them together to solve the case…and prevent a deadly fate of their own!

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

http://goo.gl/Fb4dV2

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

As a postscript if you’re ever looking for a listing of books in a series, and which books come first! Check out the Kent District Library’s website “What Comes Next” and you’ll easily be able to find out!

Here’s a link to the site:

http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.  http://starcat.stls.org/

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

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

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

Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events December 7 – 12, 2015

Makerspace Hours
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dec 7, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dec 9, 2015
Creation Station is our makerspace in the library. Come in and make something incredible. Makerspace projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:
• 3 D Printer created projects*
• Computer created projects
• Sewing projects*
• Scanning projects (slides, photos & documents)
• Art projects*
• Scrapbooking projects*
• Drawing
 
All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability. *Some projects will require a small fee for materials. Programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.
 
Coffee, Tea & English
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Dec 9, 2015
This is an informal, relaxed time to practice every day English conversation, share cultures and make new friendships.
 
Special programs or guests will also be scheduled from time to time.
 
Senior Tech: The Online Library: Freegal, OverDrive & Zinio
10:00 – 11:30 AM Dec 10, 2015
In the 21st Century a public library offers more than onsite access to books, DVDs and the Internet. Today public libraries offer patrons access to digital books, audiobooks, videos and magazines 24/7 via computers, tablets and smartphones. This program will offer an overview of the digital library materials SSCL patrons can checkout from wherever they are 24/7/365! Refreshments will be served.
 
Please call or email us to register: Tel: 607-936-3713 x502 or DIGLIT@STLS.ORG
 
Corning Area Writer’s Group
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2015
Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.
 
Quarterly Crafting: Crafts for Christmas
4:00 – 6:00 PM Dec 12, 2015
Featured crafts will be paper beads for gift giving Mini Christmas Trees for decorating. Feel free to bring something you are working on or choose from materials set out. There will be salad, pizza and desserts. Pleasant music and relaxed conversation are a highlight. Call: (607) 936-3713 x502 to register.
 
Have a great week!
Linda, SSCL