Newly Added E-Books, Digital Audiobooks & Streaming Videos

Hi everyone, just in time for your weekend reading, listening and viewing pleasure — there are new e-books, downloadable audiobooks and streaming videos available in the STLS Digital Catalog!

Here’s a link to a PDF listing!

Newly Added Digital Catalog Titles 4 29 16

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

New Streaming Videos Added To The STLS Digital Catalog!

Hi everyone, today there are new streaming video titles available in the STLS Digital Catalog. You can check them out and stream them to your smartphone or tablet by simply installing the OverDrive Media Console app. And of course, you can check out free e-books and audio books too! I’ll be posting a separate list of new e-books and audio books that have been added to the STLS Digital Catalog today too shortly.

Have a great day!

And please pass the word on about the availability of the free streaming videos anyone can watch for free courtesy of our library and other libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Linda R.

Streaming Videos:

Title:                                                                        Creator/Director/Star:

95 Miles to Go(Documentary)                                T. Caltabiano  & Ray Romano

Accidental Hero: Room 408                                     Steve Rosen,

Adopted                                                                       Pauly Shore

Anansi and the Talking Melon                                  Eric A. Kimmell, Janet Stevens,

Changing Seasons: The Earth                                  Encyclopaedia Britannica

The Company Men                                                     Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones

The Education of Charlie Banks                                Jesse Eisenberg & Jason Ritter

Flight For Survival                                                      Martin Cray

Found Memories (Film Movement)                          Julia Murat, Lisa Fávero

If Only I Were…                                                            Carl Sommer, Kennon James

The Iron Lady                                                                Meryl Streep

Jack Goes Boating                                                          Philip Seymour Hoffman

Killing Them Softly                                                         Brad Pitt

The King’s Speech                                                           Colin Firth, H. B. Carter, G.Rush

Library                                                                              Sarah Stewart, David Small,

Little Fish                                                                         Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving

Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (Film Movement)  Sandra Oh, Ric Young,

Looking for Fidel                                                                 Oliver Stone, Fidel Castro

The Republic of Love (Film Movement)                          Bruce Greenwood, Emilia Fox, Deepa Mehta

A River of Waste (Documentary)                                      Don McCorkell

Sarah’s Key                                                                           Kristin Scott Thomas

Twilight Children (Documentary)                                     Marie Vidal-Michel

The Violin (Film Movement)                                             Don Ángel Tavira, Dagoberto

Yosemite: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Devils Postpile

Sorry about the spacing above — here’s a link to a PDF version of the same list which has the proper, non-Word Press changed, spacing:

Newly Added Streaming Videos March 25, 2014

And the link below brings up our streaming video poster should anyone wish to print it off and/or share it!

OverDrive Streaming Video Poster

Have a great day!

Linda R.

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*

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/F8AF8CB7-2731-41B6-9139-B10D795549C0/10/50/en/Default.htm

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 Free Library E-Books, E-Audios & E-Videos Available Today!

Hi everyone, just FYI our latest order of e-books, downloadable audios, videos and music titles has been placed.

So all these new titles are now available in the STLS Digital Catalog!

Here’s the list! Check it out!

Have a great day!
Linda R.

E-Audio Books:
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Rats by Paul Zindel
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

E-Books:
10 Ways to Prepare Your Daughter for Life by Annie Chapman
101 Success Secrets for Women: Overcoming Your Obstacles and Achieving Your Dreams by Sue Augustine
20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers by Eloise Renouf
A Man’s Guide to Muscle and Strength by Stephen Cabral
A Woman’s Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick
Best-Kept Lies by Lisa Jackson
Blind Destiny: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 7 by Shiloh Walker
Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4–August 21, 1944 by Mark Zuehlke
Candy Houses: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 1 by Shiloh Walker
Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts
Crawlin’ Chaos Blues by Edward M. Erdelac
Crazed Hearts: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 3 by Shiloh Walker
Dr. Varsag’s Experiment by Craig Ellis
End Back & Neck Pain by Vincent Fortanasce
Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
First of July by Elizabeth Speller
Fleeced by Julia Wills
Fly Me to the Morgue: Rat Pack Mystery Series, Book 6 by Robert J. Randisi
Getting Familiar with Your Demon: That Old Black Magic Series, Book 4 by Jodi Redford
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Heartbreaker by Karen Robards
Hot Blooded: New Orleans Series, Book 1 by Lisa Jackson
House Atreides: Dune: Prelude to Dune Trilogy, Book 1 by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
House Harkonnen: Dune: Prelude to Dune Trilogy, Book 2 by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
How Can I Keep from Singing?: The Ballad of Pete Seeger & David King Dunaway & Pete Seeger
Hunter’s Moon by Karen Robards
I Thought It Was You: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 2.5 by Shiloh Walker
I’m a Fool to Kill You: Rat Pack Mystery Series, Book 5 by Robert J. Randisi
Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
Judas Unchained: The Commonwealth Saga, Book 2 by Peter F. Hamilton
Locked in Silence: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 5 by Shiloh Walker
Lucky Us by Joan Silber
Lydia Dare Wolf Bundle: A Certain Wolfish Charm; Tall, Dark and Wolfish; The Wolf Next Door by Lydia Dare
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Maximum Witch: That Old Black Magic Series, Book 3 by Jodi Redford
No Prince Charming: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 2 by Shiloh Walker
Oracles of Delphi Keep: Oracles of Delphi Keep Series, Book 1 by Victoria Laurie
Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz
Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Running Scared by Lisa Jackson
Sail Away by Lisa Jackson
Tarnished Knight: Grimm’s Circle Series, Book 4 by Shiloh Walker
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
That Voodoo You Do: That Old Black Magic Series, Book 1 by Jodi Redford
The Accidental Bride by Christina Skye
The Armies of Heaven by Jane Kindred
The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job by Gary Namie Ph.D. & Ruth Namie Ph.D.
The Curse of Deadman’s Forest: Oracles of Delphi Keep Series, Book 2 by Victoria Laurie
The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1 by Peter F. Hamilton
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
The Lost Get-Back Boogie: A Novel by James Lee Burke
The McCaffertys: Randi by Lisa Jackson
The Millionaire and the Cowgirl by Lisa Jackson
The Seven Year Witch: That Old Black Magic Series, Book 2 by Jodi Redford
The Temple of the Dead: Sepulchral Earth Series, Book 2 by Tim Marquitz
The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson
Unafraid: Archangel Academy Series, Book 3 by Michael Griffo
Unwelcome: Archangel Academy Series, Book 2 by Michael Griffo
What the Heck Were You Expecting?: A Complete Guide for the Perplexed Father by Thomas Hill

E-Albums:
Early Dawg by David Grisman
Five: Mingus by Five by Charles Mingus
Learn to Live by Darius Rucker
Live At Newport by Pete Seeger
Sunday Morning Jazz (1950-1959) by various artists

E-Videos:
A Small Act
Anywhere USA
Justin Bieber: The Next Chapter
The Legend Of Big Foot
The Snowstorm, The Busy World of Richard Scary
The Spelling Bee, The Busy World of Richard Scary
The Supermarket Mystery, The Busy World of Richard Scary
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – The Body And Beyond

And if you wish to browse the items in the Digital Catalog – here’s a web link to it!

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/D46EFE0A-1221-46FA-83CA-0060969334CD/10/50/en/Default.htm

And if you have an Android, Windows or iOS smartphone or tablet – there is an app you can use to check out free library digital materials! It is called “OverDrive Media Console” and you can find it in your respective app store!

Newly Added Digital Catalog Items Are Available Today (Including new e-books!)

Hi everyone, a new batch of e-books, audio books and a few A/V titles has just been added to the STLS Digital Catalog!

You can download the e-books to any tablet, smartphone or computer the Audio Books to app devices and computers and the A/V titles to PCs.

And if you have any questions about the download process give us a call or stop by the library and a member of our tech team will be happy to assist you.

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Audio Books:
Beowulf by Benedict Flynn, Crawford Logan, ©2006 Naxos Rights International
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale, Stephen Hoye
Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr, Kaleo Griffith, Mia Barron, et. al.
In the Bleak Midwinter: Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery Series, Book 1 by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Suzanne Toren
Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: Oscar Wilde Mystery Series, Book 1 by Gyles Brandreth, Bill Wallis

E-Books:
A Game of Chance by Linda Howard
A Gift to Last: Can This Be Christmas?\Shirley, Goodness and Mercy by Debbie Macomber
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella by Diana Gabaldon
A Little Journey by Ray Bradbury
A Plague of Zombies: An Outlander Novella by Diana Gabaldon
Alexandra’s Legacy: Legacy Series, Book 1by N.J. Walters
An Acceptable Sacrifice byJeffery Deaver
Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation by David Nibert, Dr. Michael W. Fox
Carmody’s Run by Bill Pronzini
Collected Stories by William Faulkner
Come Lie With Me by Linda Howard
Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney
Dark Horse: Elena Estes Series, Book 1 by Tami Hoag
Dark Paradise: A Novel by Tami Hoag
Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 by Georgette Heyer
Death of a Blue Movie Star: Rune Series, Book 2 by Jeffery Deaver
Dying to Please by Linda Howard
Storm by Evan Angler
Every Breath You Take: A Novel by Judith McNaught
Graveyard Plots by Bill Pronzini
Hard News: Rune Series, Book 3 by Jeffery Deaver
Home for the Holidays: The Forgetful Bride\When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber
HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets by Wayne Reeves, Christina Palassio
Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People by Michael Bastine, Mason Winfield
Isaiah’s Haven: Legacy Series, Book 2 by N.J. Walters
Just Married by Debbie Macomber
Lonesome Cowboy by Debbie Macomber
Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms: Sunken Continents, Vanished Cities, and the Kingdoms that History Misplaced by Bob Curran, Ian Daniels
Loving Evangeline by Linda Howard
Mackenzie’s Magic by Linda Howard
Manhattan Is My Beat: Rune Series, Book 1 by Jeffery Deaver
More Oddments by Bill Pronzini
Outlaw in Paradise by Patricia Gaffney
Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
Raintree: Inferno by Lina Howard
Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard
Selected Short Stories by William Faulkner
Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Earl American Feminists Sally Roesch Wagner
Sleuths by Bill Pronzini
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Stonemouth: A Novel by Iain Banks
Tagged by Eric Walters
The Alibi Man: Elena Estes Series, Book 2 by Tami Hoag
The Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut
The Christmas Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Christmas Stories by Reginald Robert, Mary Wickizer Burgess, John Gregory Betancourt et al.
The Glorious Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution by Jeff Shaara
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The Hope Chest Karen Schwabach

Albums (Currently OverDrive albums can only be downloaded to a PC):
5 Album Set: Aqualung/A Passion Play/Minstrel in the Gallery/Too Old to Rock N Roll/Songs from the Wood by Jethro Tull
American Pie by Don McLean,
Bing Crosby: Christmas Classics by Bing Crosby
Cloud Nine by George Harrison

Videos: (Currently OverDrive videos can only be downloaded to a PC):
Benji
Sounds of Music (Paddington)
The Amazing Paddington

You can browse the Digital Catalog just to see what e-books, audios and videos we have in our online collection by clicking on the following link:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/C56E1787-748C-4439-9874-CBEE53681D53/10/50/en/Default.htm

 

Suggested Digital Catalog Reading, Listening & Viewing Titles For The Weekend of August 9-11, 2013

Here’s a list of suggested reading, viewing & listening titles From The STLS Digital Catalog just in time for weekend reading, listening and viewing!

Fiction E-Books:

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling: The only one of Kipling’s novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature’s most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire’s son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner–only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester schooner. Thus begins the boy’s second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors. Like all Kipling’s masterworks, Captains Courageous is an interweaving of art and moral purpose. Angus Wilson has said that it shows “delicacy of craft and violence of feeling, exactitude and wile impressionism, subtlety and true innocence.” A popular favorite since its first publication in 1897, the novel remains a classic story of youthful initiation–and a lively tribute to the author’s famous code of bravery, loyalty, and honor among men.

A Long Summer by Susan Mallery: Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he’ll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool’s Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he’s frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous…assets.

Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling reinforced long ago by a man who left soul-deep scars. Now she has good friends, a solid job and the itch to start a family–yet she can’t move toward the future while she’s haunted by painful memories.

Clay finds an unexpected ally, and unexpected temptation, in tomboyish Charlie, the only person who sees beyond his dazzling good looks to the real man beneath. But when Charlie comes to him with an indecent proposal, will they be able to overcome their pasts and find a love that lasts beyond one incredible summer?

A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee: For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness?

Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home–a change that weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly.

Thrust back into the working world, Helen finds a job in public relations and relocates with Sara from their home in upstate New York to an apartment in Manhattan. There, Helen discovers she has a rare gift, indispensable in the world of image control: She can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Yet redemption is more easily granted in her professional life than in her personal one.

As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.

Non-Fiction:

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie: Andrew Carnegie, the great steel-baron-turned-philanthropist, was an industrialist unlike any other. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired a generation of twenty-first-century philanthropists to follow in his footsteps and put their money towards philanthropic causes. He had an unwavering belief in distributing wealth for good, and systematically and deliberately gave away the bulk of his riches throughout his lifetime.

Born in 1835, he emigrated with his family to the United States from Scotland at a young age. His first job was in a cotton factory, and he later worked as an errand boy. The industrial age brought great opportunities for Mr. Carnegie. With drive and hard work, he amassed a fortune as a steel tycoon, and by adulthood the errand boy was one of the richest and most generous men in the United States. A strong dedication to giving back guided him throughout his life and career. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing international peace, strengthening democracy, and creating social progress that benefits men, women and children both in the United States and around the globe.

Here, in the reissue of the classic autobiography that has inspired generations, is the rags-to-riches tale of the life and philosophies of one of the most celebrated industrialists and philanthropists in history. From his humble beginnings as a poor Scottish immigrant to his immense success in business, Andrew Carnegie outlines the principles that he lived by and that today serve as the pillars of modern philanthropy.

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet: In this newly revised edition of her no-cook classic, raw-food chef and instructor Jennifer Cornbleet continues her mission to offer tasty meals, snacks, and desserts made with basic kitchen equipment and everyday ingredients. Along with favorites from the first edition, Jennifer has added 50 new recipes, including more fruit dishes, salads, and salad dressings, and an innovative collection of green smoothies based on nutritionally power-packed greens and fruit.

Spirits Out of Time: True Family Ghost Stories and Weird Paranormal Experiences by Annie Wilder: I have always been fascinated by secrets…So begins Annie Wilder’s collection of true family ghost stories, gathered from old letters and family genealogy books or told around the dinner table. From her Irish great-grandpa outsmarting the death coach to her German great-great-grandma seeing a falling star each time one of her children died, these personal vignettes illuminate the mysteries of the spirit world.

Spooky at times but also poignant and humorous, these stories are brought to life with vintage photographs. They include true tales of a haunted hotel, a magical bookstore, and a faceless ghost girl who haunted Annie’s mother for decades. You’ll explore a wide variety of odd or mystical topics, from spirit guides to astral travel, totem animals, and premonitions. Along with fascinating insights from prominent psychics, this book includes simple protection rituals and a ceremony to honor your own family in spirit.

Audio Books:

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.

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild: World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

Music: Celtic Woman by Bridget McMahon: A Celtic woman of the 21st century Bridget McMahon releases her debut album Celtic Woman. Songs rooted in the Irish tradition are given fresh new sound that gives the perfect setting for Bridget’s beautiful and passionate voice. Produced by Chris Conway, this is an outstanding album.

1. Walk with Me

2. The Curragh of Kildare

3. The Moon and the Tide

4. Peggy Gordon

5. Cúnla

6. Spancil Hill

7. I Could Hear Your Voice

8. Black Is the Colour

9. The Water Is Wide – Dans Fanch Mitt

10. Hold Me Now

11. Down by the Salley Gardens

12. Walk with Me (Reprise)

Video:

Beyond Pollution narrated by Dean Cain: Beyond Pollution is a firsthand investigation of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated thousands of miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. This film examines the economic impact and health effects of this tragedy on the local communities both in the immediate and long terms,uncovering what really happened, why, and who actually benefited from the largest man-made disaster in America’s history.

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:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

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.

And remember if you need assistance in learning how to use your new tablet or laptop, smartphone; or if you’d like to learn more about how to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook, email or simply just learn a little more about what you can do online — we can help you with that! You can call or drop in and make an appointment with a member of the library’s tech team and we’ll show you the personal technology ropes! It is free! Call us at: 607-936-3713!

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

 

 

Weekend Digital Catalog Suggested Reading, Viewing & Listening Titles For August 2 – 4, 2013

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:

Cold Springs by Rick Riordan: Chadwick’s life was balanced on a knife’s edge—his career, his marriage, his relationship with his dangerously troubled daughter. And then one autumn night, the worst possible thing happened….

Now, a decade later, Chadwick’s heart is on the mend. Working for an old military buddy, he saves kids for a living, escorting troubled teens to a Texas wilderness school that specializes in the toughest brand of love.

Until he gets a phone call that threatens to shatter his new life.

Mallory Zedman is taking the same terrible path Chadwick’s own daughter once took. Defiant and out of control, Mallory is determined to destroy herself and anyone who tries to stop her. No sooner does Chadwick snatch her off the streets than he discovers she is wanted for questioning in a brutal murder—a slaying that seems directly linked to Chadwick’s past.To save Mallory, tough love will not be enough. Chadwick must find the truth behind the murder—and in doing so revisit the infidelities, shattered promises, and violent passions that cracked his world apart. And he must jeopardize the one thing he still has left to lose—a slim hope of redemption.

Dead Is the New Black: Dead Is Series, Book 1 by Marlene Perez: Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.

Hearts of Smoke and Steam: The Society of Steam Series, Book 2 by Andrew P. Mayer: Sir Dennis Darby has been murdered, the Automaton has been destroyed, and Sarah Stanton has turned her back on a life of privilege and comfort to try and find her way in the unforgiving streets of New York. But Lord Eschaton, the villain behind all these events, isn’t finished with her yet. His plans to bring his apocalyptic vision of the future to the world are moving forward, but to complete his scheme he needs the clockwork heart that Sarah still holds.

But she has her own plans for the Automaton’s clockwork heart—Sarah is trying rebuild her mechanical friend, and when she is attacked by The Children of Eschaton, the man comes to her rescue may be the one to make her dreams come true. Emelio Armando is a genius inventor who had hoped to leave his troubles behind when he and his sister left Italy for a life of anonymity in the New World. Now he finds himself falling in love with the fallen society girl, but he is rapidly discovering just how powerful the forces of villainy aligned against her are, and that fulfilling her desires means opening the door to a world of danger that could destroy everything he has built.

THE SOCIETY OF STEAM takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities, and grant powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for, and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.

Non-Fiction:

$5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson: Need a break from the monotony of your meal plan? Can’t afford to waste money on lukewarm takeout? Well, now you can ditch the dining hall’s soggy excuse for the Monday-night special thanks to this appetite-saving book packed with cheap, easy, and delicious recipes.

Offering up more than 300 hassle-free dishes, this cookbook will not only satisfy your hunger but your meager bank account, too! Whether you need a morning-after greasy breakfast, a cram-session snack, or date-night entree, here you’ll find ideas for everything you crave, including:

Western Omelet

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Simple Pepper Steak

Decadent Apple Crisp

Saving you from overcooked, overpriced, and dull dishes, if you have to buy a book for college, this is required reading.

Courage After Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment by Keith Armstrong: Parents of returning service members may sometimes feel that their voices are not heard. The media is saturated with stories about troops returning from deployment with mental health problems like post-traumatic stress, depression, and substance abuse. Some also return home with physical problems including traumatic brain injury, physical pain or more severe injuries like amputations. Almost all returning service members experience reintegration challenges such as readjusting to family and community, finding employment or attending school.

But rarely do we hear how parents are taking on the role of supporting their sons and daughters who have served our country. In countless ways these parents provide help—and when their military child suffers significant physical or psychological injuries, they may once again become their primary caretaker. For mothers and fathers and others in a parenting role, it can be overwhelming at times, and resources are limited.

Courage after Fire for Parents of Service Members provides a compassionate and accessible guide for the parents or guardians of returning troops. This groundbreaking book acknowledges the significant contribution and sacrifice parents have made for their military children, provides strategies and resources that will assist them in understanding and supporting their son or daughter, and will validate their own personal experiences.

Recommendations for helping them care for their returning service member are woven throughout the book, as well as education about the importance of taking care of themselves to help prevent caregiver burnout. Vignettes and reflections from parents who have had a child deploy offer a sense of hope and community.

Even in the best of circumstances, parents play an instrumental role in helping their sons and daughters successfully reintegrate after deployment. This book is a valuable resource for any parent who is seeking to better understand and support a returning military child while caring for themselves.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart: Peppered with fascinating facts and well-chosen anecdotes, Amy Stewart’s brisk tour of the origin of spirits acquaints the curious cocktail fan with every conceivable ingredient. Starting with the classics (from agave to wheat), she touches on obscure sources–including a tree that dates to the dinosaur age–before delving into the herbs, spices, flowers, trees, fruits, and nuts that give the world’s greatest drinks distinctive flavors. Along the way, you’ll enjoy sidebars on bugs in booze and inspired drink recipes with backstories that make lively cocktail party conversation. Like Wicked Plants, this delightfully informative, handsome volume isn’t intended as a complete reference or DIY guide, but it will demystify and heighten your appreciation of every intoxicating plant you imbibe. –Mari Malcolm, Amazon review.

Audio Books:

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town’s self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a “mountain girl’s body and a flat behind.” She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she’s not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave’s fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime—a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart. . . .

Wizard of Earthsea: Earthsea Series, Book 1 by Ursula K. Le Guin: Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

Music:

European Swing Giants, Vol.1 (Recordings 1936-1942):                                                             Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 Goody Goody

2 Introducing Mr. Basie (Coco Colignon)

3 Wir tanzen weiter (Stan Brenders)

4 The Sheik of Araby (Ted Snyder)

5 Nur ein Viertelstundchen (Jack Bulterman)

6 Ciribiribin (Alberto Pestalozza)

7 Temptation Rag (Henry Lodge)

8 Das Fraulein Gerda (Helmuth Wernicke)

9 The Big Apple (Bob Emmerich)

10 Anita und der Teufel: Anita und der Teufel: Ich mache alles mit Musik (Theo Mackeben)

11 Tiger Rag (Larry Sbarbaro)

12 Star Dust (Hoagy Carmichael)

13 Fascination (Fermo D. Marchetti)

14 Limehouse Blues (Phillip Braham)

15 What Will I Tell My Heart? (What Will I Tell to My Heart): What Will I Tell to My Heart (Peter Tinturin)

16 Always (Irving Berlin)

17 St. Louis Blues (William Christopher Handy)

18 Tin Pan Alley: You Say the Sweetest Things, Baby (Harry Warren)

19 Klarinettenzauber (Franz Kleindin)

20 Cherokesen-Fox (Joe Edwards)

21 Swing Cocktail (Jaroslav Jezek)

22 Meditation (Jack Bulterman)

23 Wabash Blues (Fred Meinken)

24 Arrangement in C (Charly Parker)

25 Improvisation (Kurt Hohenberger)

Video:

The Flat by Arnon Goldfinger: In the gripping autobiographical documentary THE FLAT, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger travels to Tel Aviv to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased German-born Jewish grandmother. While going through her belongings, Goldfinger finds evidence suggesting that she and her husband were good friends with Leopold von Mildenstein, a leading official in the Nazi propaganda ministry and remained friends with him following World War II. Disturbed that his grandparents could have continued a close relationship with an influential Nazi after the Holocaust, Goldfinger begins an unsettling journey into his family s history, visiting a peaceful town in Germany to interview von Mildenstein s elderly daughter about what really went on with their ancestors 75 years earlier and discovers that knowing the truth can be a terrible burden. Both arresting and heartbreaking, THE FLAT is a real-life suspense story about how the past can return to haunt the present.

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:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

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.

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!

Non-Fiction:

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.

Music:

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)

Video:

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:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

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.

 

 

Weekend Digital Catalog Suggested Reading, Listening & Viewing July 20 & 21, 2013

Fiction:

The Bat by Jo Nesbo: The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole.

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

Bride on the Loose by Debbie Macomber: Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason’s feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose.

The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1), The Accursed Kings Series, Book 1 by Maurice Druon: Library Journal Review: This first book in a seven-part historical series that chronicles the beginnings of the Hundred Years’ War and the fall of the Capetian kings sets the foreboding mood and relentless slow-march tempo that drives the characters forward to their dooms or noble destinies. At its heart is the French monarch, Philip the Fair (1268–1314), grandson of Saint Louis, who rules with an iron fist; it’s his persecution of the Knights Templar, including burning its Grand Master at the stake, that sets the stage for his downfall. Adding to the intrigue is Druon’s marvelous depiction of the swirl of those lives that move around him. The Iron King can be only as strong as those who serve him, after all. VERDICT Seasoned with sex, betrayal, brutal warfare, cold pragmatic calculating, and curses from the lips of martyrs dying at the stake, this tale cuts a memorable swath through the reader’s imagination. The flavor of the times, the smells, sounds, values, and superstitions give this work a fine readability as well as a sensation of reality. With an introduction by George R.R. Martin, who cites this French epic series as an influence on his Game of Thrones, Druon’s acclaimed work (first published in 1955) will find an audience with fans of historical fiction and Martin.—Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZThe Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

Non-Fiction

Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business by Jeff Korhan: How to redesign your business for social relevance and profitable success.

Marketing today is driven by the customer. The old mindset was finding customers for your products and services. The new one is collaborating with the customers whose trust you have earned to develop better products and services for them. Businesses that succeed today acknowledge that they are in shared relationships with customers, employees, and other influencers in the community–even competitors. Built-In Social provides a step-by-step approach to building a business channel that aligns your business with its ideal customers and ensures your organization’s continued relevance and success.

Intended for mainstream businesses that want to get results from social media networking and marketing but have been frustrated by the obstacles, namely, the lack of a basic method or structure (and a practical step-by-step approach) for converting relevant social qualities into profitable outcomes

Author Jeff Korhan is a speaker, trainer, and coach helping mainstream small businesses increase their influence, enhance customer relationships, and accelerate growth

Built-In Social will show you how to turn visibility, authenticity, accessibility, community, and relevance into measurable and profitable gains.

Ghosthunting Ohio on the Road Again by John B. Kachuba: On this leg of the journey you’ll explore the scariest spots in the Buckeye State. Author John Kachuba visits more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public—so you can test your own ghosthunting skills, if you dare.

Join John as he visits each site, snooping around eerie rooms and dark corners, talking to people who swear to their paranormal experiences, and giving you a first-hand account.

Enjoy Ghosthunting Ohio On the Road Again from the safety of your armchair or hit the road, using the maps, “Haunted Places” travel guide with 50 more spooky sites and “Ghostly Resources.” Buckle up and get ready for the spookiest trip of your life.

Lean In Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Note: If you’d rather listen than read this title is available as an e-audio book too!

The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach: A captivating biography of America’s first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time.

No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times.

Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.

Never losing faith in America’s potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars. Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself.

She relished a challenge. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts. When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit.

Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach’s engrossing exploration of a fascinating life revives a rarely-mentioned queen of American finance.

Audio Books:

Hornblower and the Crisis, Horatio Hornblower Series, Book 11 by C. S. Forester: Although unfinished at the time of C. S. Forester’s death, Hornblower During the Crisis delivers a full measure of action at sea-the hallmark of this incomparably exciting series of historical adventures. On the threshold of securing his first post as captain, Hornblower finds himself forced by the exigencies of war to fight alongside a man whom he has unintentionally helped to court-martial. And for the first time Hornblower assents to engaging in espionage in his efforts to bring victory and glory to England in the Napoleonic Wars. This extant fragment of Forester’s final Hornblower novel is followed by the author’s notes regarding the novel’s conclusion. Also included in this volume are two stories-“Hornblower’s Temptation” and “The Last Encounter”-that depict the great sea dog Hornblower in his youth and old age, respectively.

People Who Walk in Darkness, Inspector Rostnikov Series, Book 15 by Stuart M. Kaminsky: Inspector Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Russia. Known as “The Washtub,” Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing (that is, disintegrating) Russia. Surviving pogroms and politburos, he has solved crimes, mostly in spite of the powers that rule his world. In People Who Walk in Darkness, Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret…and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers, and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level.

Music:

Children’s Favourites, Vol. 2 Original Recordings (1933-1952) by Various Artists

Digital Audio Download Includes:

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

When We Were Very Young: Buckingham Palace

The King Who Couldn’t Dance (The Worry Song)

Bozo’s Laughing Song

Suzy Snowflake

All I Want for Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth: (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth

The Popcorn Song

Tubby The Tuba

Puffin’ Billy

Animal Fair

Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody

The Little Fiddle

I’m Popeye The Sailor Man

On The Good Ship Lollipop

Grandfather’s Clock

Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day

When We Were Very Young: Christopher Robin (Vespers)

Choral Concert by Oxford Girls’ Choir ( A Garden of Music – a Rich Collection of Music from the Medieval World)

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 Summer is icumen in

2 Mirie it is

3 Bryd one brere

4 Salterello

5 Hyer Matin

6 Quant voi la fleur

7 J’atendray tant

8 Foy porter

9 Lamento

10 Tout leis enmi

11 Alleluya psallat

12 Nobilis, humilis

13 Sancta Maria

14 Gloria laus

15 Lullaby, lullaby

16 Dou way Robin

17 Foweles in the frith

18 Petrone

19 Angelus ad Virginem : Angelus ad Virginem

20 Alle, psallite

21 Veni Sancte Spiritus : Veni Sancte Spiritus

22 Summi Triumphans Regis

23 Veni Creator Spiritus

24 Collegerunt: Collegerunt pontifices

Videos:

Police Patron (for kids!): A fallen electrical cable zaps Radar the Police Car and grants him special powers, but his newfound energy brings new found responsibilities. Radar now has what it takes to stand up to the Badger Brothers; a shady duo plotting to steal and bottle the town’s water supply. With the help of his friend, Dottie the Otter, Radar must defeat the criminals to save the town – and the environment!

Tuck Andress – Fingerstyle Mastery: Tuck Andress is a master of fingerstyle guitar who now shares his subtle skills and techniques with you.

Tuck gives in-depth demonstrations and explanations about every aspect of fingerstyle, including walking bass patterns combined with chords, comping rhythms, voicings, vibrato, sliding, leading with the melody, various right- and left-hand techniques…and much more.

A superb course in fingerstyle mastery!

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:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

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!

E-Books:

Fiction:

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.

Non-Fiction:

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

Album:

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.

Video:

LEARN SLIDE GUITAR WITH 6 GREAT MASTERS!

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:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

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.