Digital Literacy Programs & Creation Station Hours Week of March 28, 2016

Creation Station (Makerspace) Hours
Monday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 30: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 31: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Note: Creation Station hours will be changing as of April 1! The new hours will be posted to our blogs later this week.

Digital Photo Slideshow: Back in the 20th century families used to gather to watch images of birthdays and family vacations projected onto living room walls. Nowadays almost all of us use digital cameras, but family slideshows don’t have to be a thing of the past. Using Microsoft PowerPoint we can create exciting slideshows with added music, and even video, and they can be viewed on our TVs and shared in a variety of ways, including online. Please bring a flash drive or CD with your photographs. We encourage you to bring your own laptop if you have Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer, otherwise we are happy to provide laptops for everyone. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Thursday, March 31, 2016, Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Programs On Deck for Next Week:

The Online Library: 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, magazines, interactive learning materials and special research resources 24/7 via computers, tablets and smartphones. This program will offer an overview of the digital library materials SSCL patrons can checkout and access from wherever they are at any time of the day or night. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p. m.

Also Available:

Free Digital Literacy Appointments: If you need help in learning how to use a computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone, or, if you want to learn how to use the equipment in our makerspace, Creation Station, you can make an appointment with a member of our Digital Literacy Services staff at a time that is convenient for you and we’ll show you the basic operating ropes!

To make a free technology appointment, call the library at 607-936-3713 x 502 or send an email to us at the following address: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

All library programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Newly Added E-Books, Digital Audiobooks & Streaming Videos: July 31, 2015

Hi everyone, new e-books, digital audiobooks and a handful of new streaming videos have been added to the STLS Digital Catalog — all the titles listed below should show up in the Digital Catalog, and through the OverDrive app later today or early this evening — just in time for the weekend! Linda, SSCL



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Sir Ralph Richardson

Cat and Jemima J by Jane Green, Jane Green

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety  by Jimmy Carter

Halloween Poems, Volume 1 by Lord Keats, John Byron, William Shakespeare, Edgar Poe, Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Copyright Group

Halloween Poems, Volume 2 by Lord Byron, John Keats, William Shakespeare, Edgar Poe, Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Copyright Group

Harry Bosch Box Set by Michael Connelly

Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator! By Mo Willems, Mo Willems, Trixie Willems, Cher Willems

John Keats: Selected Poems by John Keats, Frederick Davidson

Judge & Jury by James Patterson, Andrew Gross, Joe Mantegna

Lights Out, Everybody! By Arch Oboler

Nick Carter, Master Detective: Echoes of Death by Nick Carter, Lon Clark

The Shadow: Silent Avenger by Lamont Cranston, Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Agnes Moorhead

Wish You Well by David Baldacci, David Baldacci, Norma Lana


1968 by Joe Haldeman

Beowulf: The Graphic Novel by Stephen L. Stern, Chris Steininger

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman

The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Chocolate Covered Murder: Lucy Stone Series, Book 18 by Leslie Meier

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks

Dark Places: The Haunted House in Film   by Barry Curtis

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

The English Spy: Gabriel Allon Series, Book 15 by Daniel Silva

Hell or High Water: Deep Six Series, Book 1 by Julie Ann Walker

Historic Journeys Into Space by Lynn Homan

Liberty’s Son: A Spy Story of the American Revolution by Paul B. Thompson

Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll

Lyric Poems by John Keats

Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

The Naked Eye: A Nove by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Naked Greed: Stone Barrington Series, Book 34 by Stuart Woods

Nemesis: FBI Thriller Series, Book 19 by Catherine Coulter

The New York State Capitol and the Great Fire of 1911 by Paul Mercer

Nora Roberts Land: Dare Valley Series, Book 1 by Ava Miles

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer, Yvonne Gilbert

The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

The Tartan MP3 Player: Highland Secrets Trilogy, Book 1   by C. A. Szarek

A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America by Ted Cruz

Under a Summer Sky by Nan Rossiter

When the Heart Heals: Sisters at Heart Series, Book 2 by Ann Shorey

Where Wildflowers Bloom: Sisters at Heart Series, Book 1 by Ann Shorey

World’s Fair: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow

Streaming Videos:

Cop Dog starring/featuring Billy Unger, Stephanie Michels, John Murlowski, John Murlowski

Dragons Love Tacos starring/featuring Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri, Chris Patton

A Monster in Paris starring/featuring Bibo Bergeron, Stephane Kazandjian, Mathieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis

Postman Pat: The Movie starring/featuring Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Mike Disa, Robert Anich

Sophie’s Choice  starring/featuring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Alan J. Pakula, Keith Barish


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.

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.



Spotlight On Online Library Resources: Kids Info Bits Library (AKA Database)

There are several new online resources available to patrons through the Southeast Steuben County Library website and one of them is a neat database for kids called “Kids Info Bits.” And Kids Info Bits can actually be thought of as a cool online library for kids and anyone else who is looking for basic information on a variety of topics.

The Kids Info Bits library has twelve general categories:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • People
  • Geography
  • Science & Math
  • Stories & Literature
  • History & Social Studies
  • Transportation
  • Inventions & Technology
  • Health
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Sports

And you’ll find even more resources under the umbrella of those menu categories!

For example, if you select the Science & Math category you’ll find articles and information within the following Science & Math sub-categories:

  • Space & Astronomy
  • Earth Science
  • Weather
  • Chemistry & Physical Sciences
  • Biology & Nature
  • Human Body
  • Math & Measurement
  • Science & Inventors

And if you select the History & Social Studies category you’ll find articles and information within the following History & Social Studies sub-categories:

  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Government & Politics
  • Social Studies
  • Religions
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Money, Business & Economy
  • Historical People
  • U.S. Presidents
  • Other Government & Political Leaders

And then under the sub-category sections there are even more subjects you can choose!

For example, if you select the Math & Science sub-category of “Space & Astronomy” a menu will display offering you articles and information on the following subjects:

  • Asteroids
  • Astronauts
  • Astronomy
  • Black holes
  • Comets
  • Constellations
  • Earth
  • Eclipses
  • Galaxies
  • Jupiter
  • Life on other planets
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • Meteors and meteorites
  • Milky Way Galaxy
  • Moon (Earth’s)
  • Moon flights and landings
  • Moons of other planets
  • NASA
  • Nebulas
  • Neptune
  • Northern and southern lights (Auroras)
  • Observatories
  • Planets
  • Pluto
  • Rockets and spacecraft
  • Satellites
  • Saturn
  • Solar system
  • Space flight
  • Space probes
  • Space shuttles
  • Space stations
  • Stars
  • Sun
  • Telescopes
  • UFOs
  • Universe
  • Uranus
  • Venus

And likewise if you select the History & Social Studies sub-category of “U.S. History” a menu will display offering you articles and information on the following subjects:

  • American Indian history
  • American Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Civil rights movement
  • Colonial America (Thirteen Colonies), 1600-1775
  • Declaration of Independence, 1776
  • Discovery and exploration of America
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Great Depression, 1929-1934
  • Immigration and immigrants
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806
  • Louisiana Purchase, 1803
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Pilgrims (Plymouth Colony)
  • Slavery
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • United States history in general
  • United States history, 1783-1900
  • United States history, 1901-2000
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • War of 1812
  • World War I, 1914-1918
  • World War II, 1939-1945

Also of note, under each sub-category there are tabs that offer you even more ways to acess information – they include: “Reference,” “Magazine,” “Newspapers,” “Maps, Flags & Seals,” “Charts & Graphs,” and “Imagines.”

So there is a great deal of cool information to be found in the Kids Info Bits library which is a free resource for patrons to use via the link on the library’s homepage and which contains information you will not necessarily find for free by doing a Google search.

To access the Kids Info Bits library:

1) Go to the library’s homepage found at:

2) Click on the Research link located near the top of the page (it is found on the fifth book spine from the left which is green) – the Research page will display.

3) On the Research page click on the Subscription Services link and the list of Subscription Services page will display.

4) And then click on the Kids Info Bits link – which is the first link on the list and presto you’ll enter the Kids Info Bits library – sort of a mini-library within the larger online resources of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Kids Info Bits is a cool resource and I urge everyone to check it out!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Online Library Fitness Videos & Logitech’s New Harmony Universal Remote Is Truly Universal

Online Library Fitness Videos: If you’re ready to workout you should check out the fitness videos in the STLS Digital Catalog! You can download them to your PC and spice up your workout with some new routines!

The library owns the following E-Fitness videos:

A.M. Yoga for Your Week by Rodney Yee

Budokon For Beginners by Cameron Shayne

Dance: Core Cross Train by Patricia Moreno

Easy Home Message: A Step by Step Video Guide

Easy Yoga

Foot Reflexology

Guided Relaxation For Sleep hosted by Dr. James Rouse

Guided Relaxation For Stress hosted by Dr. James Rouse

Healing Yoga by Rodney Yee

All these videos may be checked out via the STLS Digital Catalog for details click on the catalog link:

Logitech’s New Harmony Universal Remote Is Truly Universal: Logitech has come out with a new smart remote, well actually two new smart remotes one The Harmony Universal features a 2.4” touchscreen and the other the Harmony Smart Control. Both remotes allow you to control up to 15 devices including the Xbox, PS3 & Wii game condoles and lamps with a certain type of Phillips light bulbs and offer cell phone integration (translation you can do more with the remotes if you have a smart phone that takes apps). These remotes bring new meaning to the word “universal” allowing you to do much more with them than your typical universal remote  — and they are cool but they are also rather pricey! The Harmony Ultimate (the one with the touch screen) costs $349 and the Harmony Smart Control (the one without the touch screen) costs $129. Hopefully we’ll see a cheaper truly universal remote sometime soon! In the meantime here’s a link to a PC article, titled Logitech’s New Harmony Universal Remotes Link Up to Your Smartphone, on the new and cool high tech Logitech Universal Remotes:,2817,2417819,00.asp

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Milot, Stephanie. (2013, April 16). Logitech’s New Harmony Universal Remotes Link Up to Your Smartphone. PC Mag. Online.