New E-Books, Digital Audiobooks & Streaming Videos

Just in time for the weekend there are new e-books, digital audiobooks and streaming videos available in the STLS Digital Catalog.

And here’s the list!

Digital Audiobooks:

Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 by Winston Graham, Clare Corbett

The Last Wish: Witcher Series, Book 1 by Andrzej Sapkowski, Peter Kenny

The Poetry of the Four Seasons   by John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe, Copyright Group

Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston Graham, Oliver Hembrough

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


By Cook or by Crook: Five-Ingredient Mystery Series, Book 1 by Maya Corrigan

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

The Forever War: Forever War Series, Book 1 by Joe Haldeman, John Scalzi

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety  by Jimmy Carter

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It: Haunted Vintage Mystery Series, Book 1 by Rose Pressey

John Jay: Founding Father by Walter Stahr

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw

Nothing But Shadows: Shadowhunters: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Series, Book 4 by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan

On the Move by Oliver Sacks

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: Hannah Swensen Mystery Series, Book 16 by Joanne Fluke

The Road to Character by David Brooks

The Shadow of Elysium by Django Wexler

Sleeping with Strangers: Gideon Series, Book 1 by Eric Jerome Dickey

The Unleashing: Call of Crows Series, Book 1 by Shelly Laurenston

Waking with Enemies: Gideon Series, Book 2 by Eric Jerome Dickey

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy: Shadowhunters: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Series, Book 1 by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan

The Whitechapel Fiend: Shadowhunters: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Series, Book 3 by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson

Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It by Peter Cappelli

Winter, A Season In Verse by John Keats, Alexander Pope, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Copyright Group

Streaming Videos:

Black Gunn Starring Jim Brown

Greatest Journeys: France, narrated by Jean LeClerc

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, starring Bruce Lyons

Ping Pong Summer, starring Michael Tully, Marcello Conte, Rober Hambury, Susan Sarandon

White Fang to the Rescue, starring Maurizio Merli

About STLS Digital Catalog Titles: These titles can be checked out and accessed a computer or app device – via the OverDrive app.

Visit the STLS Digital Catalog for details.

The STLS Digital Catalog is found at:

And you can also click on this link to take you there:

The OverDrive app can be found in the Apple, Android and Windows app stores.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Feedback Requested For Times & Subjects Of Personal Technology Programs @ The Library For The Fall/Winter 2015 Season

Even though it is only June 15 we are working on planning our personal technology programs for the fall/winter season.

And we’d like your help!

If you’re game please click on the following link and take short 3-page survey and let us know what time of the day is best for you to attend personal technology programs at the library and what personal technology subject you’d like us to cover!

You’ll also have the opportunity to join our weekly Adult Services & Personal Technology (AKA Digital Literacy) program of the week email list and then a listing of the program for the upcoming week will appear in your Inbox each Monday.

Here’s the link to the survey:

Thanks for your help!
Linda, SSCL

Streaming Videos Come To The STLS Digital Catalog!!

Hi everyone, if you’ve already checked out the Southeast Steuben County Library’s Facebook page — then excuse the duplication!

We’ve got very exciting news on the streaming video front today! Because as of today you can stream videos from the STLS Digital Catalog or through the OverDrive app for your smartphone or tablet — you don’t have to download them to a PC!

You can simply open the OverDrive app, which is available in your app store and the full name of which is OverDrive Media Console and then tap on any of the categories under the Streaming Video title or tap on “View More” which will allow you to browse all the streaming videos available — so all you need is an Internet connection –and you can watch movies, TV shows and documentaries on your tablet or smartphone very cool!

More videos will be added to the Digital Catalog streaming video library in the near future — in the meantime — enjoy!

Have a great day!
Linda R.

Pandora’s Updated Android App, All Things D’s Walt Mossberg Recommends The iPad Air, Pandora For Chromecast & The F.A.A. To Allow Passengers To Use Wi-Fi Devices All Flight Long

Pandora’s Updated Android App: The popular music streaming service Pandora has released a new and improved app for Android tablets. The new app has upgraded options which include options to easily find out more information about an artist or song title that listeners like and the ability to tweak the song list played on a listener’s customized station. So if you have an Android tablet you might want to check out the new app or update your old Pandora app.

Here’s a link to a CNET article titled “New Pandora app woos Android tablets as Apple radio grows” that offers more information on the updated Pandora app for Android devices:

All Things D’s Walt Mossberg Recommends The iPad Air: The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D senior personal tech guru Walt Mossberg has tried out the new iPad Air, which goes on sale on Friday, November 1st. And Mr. Mossberg, who has certainly seen a great many tablets in his career, said in his review that he not only likes the new iPad Air very much but to quote him that the iPad Air “is the best tablet I have ever reviewed!”

And of course, anyone who has read this blog for any length of time or who has encountered me in the library will know that I am a huge Apple fan.

Having said that for my two cents worth the best overall tablet experience includes the following general points:

  • How well a tablet operates
  • How many advanced features a tablet has
  • How often the tablet operating system is updated
  • The quality of the apps available for that tablet

And in my opinion, the best overall tablet experience today can be found by using an Apple iPad. I’ve owned an iPad since the day the first generation model was released in 2010. And I’ve now upgraded three times and have been equally pleased, with each upgraded model, with the performance of the iPad, the user friendly software that runs the iPad, the great variety and quality of apps available for the iPad and the ability to stream video content from the iPad to the HDTV in my living room.

And the new iPad Air is undoubtedly going to be even better than previous generations of the iPad not because Apple has added tons of new features but because they’ve simply made what was great about the iPad even better. The iPad Air has an upgraded the chip which makes it faster and more powerful, improved battery life; and it is much lighter than previous iPad models. In fact, the iPad Air is called the “iPad Air” because it is so light! The iPad Air weighs only a pound.  Previous generations of the iPad were all heavier and the 4th generation iPad weighed 1.44 lbs. so this new iPad is quite a bit lighter, has battery life that according to Walt Mossberg lasts 12 hours, runs faster and is more powerful than the last generation iPad because of the new chip it uses.  So if you’re interested in buying a tablet in the near future check out Walt Mossberg’s review and stop by the library and try out one of our iPads!

And without further ado here’s the link to Walt Mossberg’s video review of the new iPad Air:

Pandora For Chromecast: The Chromecast, which if you’re not familiar with it is a  cheap ($35), small flash drive sized device you plug into an HDMI input on your HDTV; and which once plugged in to your TV sends the video you bring  up on your tablet, laptop or smartphone to your TV with Wi-Fi, has just added the Pandora music channel to its list of supported video services you can stream video content from; the other video services are Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music.

And just to clarify, you can access any of the video apps previously mentioned through the Chromecast but you can also stream any video content you bring up using the Google Chrome web browser on your Internet connecting devices to your TV via Chromecast.

And here’s a link to a Tech Land article titled “Pandora Gives Chromecast Some Much Needed Tunes” that offers more information on the new Pandora music app for Chromecast:

The F.A.A. To Allow Passengers To Use Wi-Fi Devices All Flight Long: The F.A.A. has just announced that air plane passengers will shortly be allowed to use their Wi-Fi connecting devices in “all phases of flight.” However, cell phone use to talk or text will still be prohibited. The new F.A.A. policy is expected to be implemented for all U.S. airlines by the end of the year.

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the subject titled “F.A.A. Allows Use of Electronic Devices Throughout Flights” that offers more information on the subject:

Have a great day!

Linda R.


McCracken, Harry. (2013, October 29). iPad Air Review: Apple’s Full-Sized Tablet, No Longer So Full-Sized: A whole new class of iPad — but instantly familiar and useful, too. Online. Accessed October 31, 2013,

Mossberg, Walt, (2013, October 29). Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air. All Things D. Online. Accessed October 30, 2013,

Solsman, Joan. (2013, October 30). New Pandora app woos Android tablets as Apple radio grows: The top online radio company rolls out a new version of its Android app designed specifically for tablets, tweaking it for bigger screens with more functions. CNET. Online. Accessed, October 30, 2013,

Wald, Matthew. (2013, October 31). F.A.A. Allows Use of Electronic Devices Throughout Flights. New York Times. Online. Accessed October 31, 2013,

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.


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)


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:

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.



Adobe’s Creative Suite To Be Discontinued As Boxed Software & Two Cool New Tech Books 1. The New Digital age & 2. Who Owns The Future?

Adobe’s Creative Suite To Be Discontinued As Boxed Software: Adobe announced yesterday that it will discontinue its Creative Suite as a boxed-on-the-self-of-your-local-software-or-office-store product. Henceforth (I love that word!); henceforth you’ll have to pay for a cloud based (online) subscription to either the Adobe Creative Suite which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign and Premier (and other software too) for $50 a month or you’ll be able to pay $19.95 a month to access a single Adobe Suite software – for example you can pay the $20 if you just want to use Photoshop.

The light version of Photoshop – Adobe Elements will still, at least for a while, be available on disc and in box at your local software store.

Here’s a link to an Ars Technica article on the subject titled “Adobe’s Creative Suite is dead, long live the Creative Cloud” that will give you more in-depth information on the subject:

Two Cool New Tech Books: There are currently two cool tech books that are worth reading if you’re interested in technology and how the quickening evolution of technology does and will continue to shape our world. The first book is called “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business and it is co-authored by Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen the director of Google Ideas. The book offers a positive view of how technology will transform the way we live and work in the near future even more than it has in the last twenty years. And the second book is titled “Who Owns The Future?” and it is written by one of the leading American futurists Jaron Lanier. Lanier agrees with Schmidt & Cohen in part – he too thinks technology will continue to transform our lives in the future and at an increasing pace but he throws out some red flags for our consideration and paints a somewhat darker picture that the rosy colored optimism expressed by Schmidt & Cohen. Lanier notes how much personal information Internet giants like Google and Facebook are gathering about their customers without their consent, that online businesses tend to creatively take advantage of lower income persons (what he deems a peasant class) and that it really isn’t right that online companies can use personal information they’ve gathered about individuals without their consent to make money.

I haven’t finished reading either book yet but both are fascinating. I agree with the overall view of all three authors – we’re in the midst of a high tech revolution that has, and will continue to transform our lives in the near future in ways we cannot even imagine. However we must, as always as citizens of a democracy, pay attention to what is going on around us – in this case in the online universe and call out on the carpet those Internet based companies or persons that try to infringe on our rights – the biggest rights at stake that we can easily see right now* are the right to privacy and not authorizing without consent online business to compile tremendous amounts of information about you and the danger of the Digital Divide which is still with us and may very well grow larger in the near future.

And when I say “Digital Divide” I mean two things –firstly, that some people cannot afford to pay for the technology and technological access that is now needed to survive in the working and academic worlds and secondly, that inexpensive high speed Internet access, which is also increasingly necessary for everyone in the working and academic worlds to have, isn’t available for everyone.

The first point is an economic one –not everyone can currently afford to purchase a PC or tablet and then pay for home based Internet access so they can access high speed Internet and not only is that an issue now but it could conceivable be an even larger issue in the future – for example, say Google Glass style Internet connecting glasses become mainstream and are needed by working people and students to use for group projects and they cost $1,500 – assuming the price stays that high that would leave some people out in the cold because they simply couldn’t afford to buy the new technology or the Internet access.

And the second point isn’t an economic one per se – there are many places in this country where you simply cannot buy access to high speed broadband Internet service. In fact, I work with two gals that live locally and just far enough out of town that Time Warner Cable doesn’t have Internet cable installed that far out – and those two gals cannot obtain high speed Internet access at home because it isn’t offered where they live! And this is a huge problem because increasingly people need that access to high speed Internet to communicate and take care of educational and work related items and the economic part of the equation isn’t one for customers – it is one for the Internet and cable companies that provide Internet service that don’t want to spend the money to extend their Internet service. And that last point is why the U.S. ranks 12th in the world as far as its citizens being able to obtain high speed Internet access goes.

And on that note I’ll get off my soap box!

Suffice it to say if you’re interested in technology and how it will continue to change our lives you should check out those books!

And if you want to know more about how the U.S. is really behind in offering high speed Internet access to all its citizens and residents check out the following Forbes article titled The Fastest Internet Speeds In The World:

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the Schmidt and Cohen “New Digital Age” book:

And a link to a New York Times interview with “Who Owns The Future” author Jaron Lanier:

Have a great day!

Linda R.

 P.S. As always just FYI — if you need help learning how to use that new tablet, e-reader, PC or other tech device you just bought, or got for your birthday, call us! We offer free One-On-One tech sessions at the library by appointment. Call 607-936-3713 ext. 502 and ask for Linda or Jenn.

* I could get into the whole lack of ownership of e-books, e-videos, e-audios subject too as I think that is a major league threat to intellectual freedom but I’ll save that soap-box for another day as I know this is already a rather length posting!



Cunningham, Andrew. Adobe’s Creative Suite is dead, long live the Creative Cloud: It’s the end of the line for boxes versions of Photoshop, InDesign and the rest. Ars Technica.

Maslin, Janet. (2013, April 25). Formatting a World With No Secrets “The New Digital Age” by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. Online. Accessed May 7, 2013.

McNicholas, Kym. (2011, January 24). The Fastest Internet Speeds In The World. Accessed May 7, 2013. 

What Kind Of Tech Programs Would You Like To See @ The Library?

As you may know, and if you don’t just FYI! The library offers a number of free tech programs and even free One-On-One sessions by appointment.

One-On-One Tech Sessions: Now of course the One-On-One sessions are made by appointment with a member of our tech staff, namely Jenn Gaylor or I, and these sessions offer people* an opportunity to come in with the new iPad, tablet, e-reader or PC they’ve just acquired and sit down with a person who is knowledgeable in the language of personal technology and just go over any questions they might have or listen to an overview of how their new device works. You can make a One-On-One tech appointment during any weekday/weekday evening hours the library is open so the appointment fits in with your schedule.

Tech Programs: Right now we are hosting a variety of tech programs on Wednesday afternoons and select evenings. Our current tech program offerings include programs on how to use the iPad, how to use Windows 8, how to do photo editing, how to use Excel, E-Fitness Resources (including a brief Wii workout) and how to use a Mac.

So my goal in creating this posting is to ask all library patrons reading this posting two simple questions regarding tech programs at the library:

  1. What tech topics would you like to see us create programs for in the future?


  1. What time would you find convenient to attend tech program at the library? In the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening?

And please feel free to make any additional comments regarding tech programs and services the library offers and/or ones you’d like to see the library offer.

Have a great day!
Linda R.

*One-On-One sessions may be made by individuals or small groups so if you’d like to come in yourself and learn how to use your new iPad or PC etc. you can do so and if instead you’d like to come in with your spouse, or a sibling or friend or two to learn how to use your new iPad, PC, e-reader or other gadget  — you can do that too! Just stop in the library or give us a call! You can make a tech appointment by calling 607-684-0361 or 607-936-3713 ext. 212.

New Roku, Tablet Use Growing & Old Fashioned Electric Moonlights

New Roku: A new Roku streaming video player, called the Roku 3, has just hit the market. All the reviews of this player I’ve seen have been positive. The player has a faster processor which is supposed to deliver video at five times the Roku 2’s speed, offers a brand new tile like interface, the ability to search for television shows or movies across all 700 Roku channels (i.e. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video etc.) and a cool new remote headphone feature that allows users to plug earbuds or headphones into the remote control and thus mute the sound on the television. Thus if one person in the room is reading and the other wants to watch a loud action film – that latter person can plug headphones or earbuds into the remote control and the sound on the TV will be muted but will come in loud and clear via the headphones or earbuds.

As a cord cutter of four years and the owner of several previous models of both the Apple TV (that’s Apple’s media streaming player) and the Roku player – I will be upgrading to the new Roku 3 shortly! I love my Roku player and actually have music playing in my home via Pandora or TuneIn Radio channels most of the time – but I also watch television shows and news via the Roku too usually via Amazon’s Instant Video store or Netflix.

Roku actually sells four models of media streaming players and they range in price from $49 for the basic entry level Roku LT to $99 for the new Roku 3 that has more of the proverbial bells and whistles.

The only caveat regarding the Roku 3 is that, unlike all other Roku models, you must use it in conjunction with an HDTV.

Here’s a link to a review of the Roku 3 by Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal:!E1EC5008-E26D-43BB-A15B-F54F4E4904EB

A second link to a review of the Roku 3 by CNET:

And a link to the Roku site itself just in case anyone would like to compare Roku models:

Tablet Use Growing: Adobe Digital Marketing has just released a new report that shows that consumer use of mobile devices to access the Internet is growing and that more people are now using tablets to access the web than Smartphones. Tablet Internet access was up to 8% of total Internet access for 2012 and Smarphone Internet access came in at 7% of all Internet traffic. And while desktops and laptops still hold the largest sway over Internet access at 85% of the total Internet usage pie the fact that tablet Internet access now comprises 8% of all Internet access is notable because that figure is double the percentage it was for 2011.

Here’s a link to an Adobe blog articl  on the subject, titled Tablets trump smartphones in global website traffic, that gives more in-depth information regarding the on the subject of the growing popularity and usage of tablets:

And a link to a Mashable article on tablet usage in classrooms that talks about the new Amplify Tablet that will compete with the iPad for classroom usage – it looks like a cool tablet with special apps and separate sections for work under umbrella categories like English and Social Studies.

Here’s the link:

Old Fashioned Electric Moonlights: I never heard of “Moonlights” before and was fascinated by an article I stumbled across online on that subject. The article notes that in the early days of the electric era people wanted as much bright light at night in towns and cities as they could get and municipal leaders were having a tough time installing enough electric street lights and keeping them running – it seems the cords that plugged those lights into their power sources keep coming unplugged and could lead not just to an unlighted street at night but also to electrocution if one wasn’t careful. And so many municipalities came up with a solution of installing a number of bright lights on top of high towers. These lights were called Moonlights – the idea of course being that the light towers cast as much light as a bright moon on a dark night so you could see as you were walking down the street on a moonless night. The Moonlights did indeed bright up the night by shining light down upon cities streets but since the light came down at angles blue-tinged light was seen by passersby and of course people, buildings, trees or animals that were between the Moonlights and anything else blocked out the light; so eventually the Moonlights were replace by electric lights set up on posts at intervals – like the modern electric lights we have today.

The Atlantic features an article on the old Moonlights, titled Tower of Light: When Electricity Was New, People Used It to Mimic the Moon; and the article is cool; it features a number of photos of these early electric lighting towers and a more in-depth description of where they were installed and when they were in use.

Here’s the link

Have a great day! 

Linda R.


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Try The Gadgets Before You Buy Them @ The Library & Personal Wristband Health Monitor

Try The Gadgets Before You Buy Them @ The Library: Tomorrow evening (11-15) the library is hosting a pre-holiday Try It Before You Buy It program.

And you might well be thinking “That’s great! But what does it mean?”

And the answer is that we will have a selection of e-readers (Kindles, Nooks etc.), tablets (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc…) and even a Windows 8 touch screen laptop for patrons to come and try out as a precursor to patrons actually braving the holiday shopping storm and going out to buy a new e-reader, tablet or Windows 8 computer.

So if you’re thinking of purchasing a new e-reader, tablet or Windows 8 computer for yourself or someone else in the near future – here’s your chance to try out some of these neat gadgets (and see which ones you like best) before you buy them!

Library staff members will be on hand to assist patrons in trying out the devices!

The program starts at 6 PM and runs until 7ish (the “ish” simply means that members of the library’s tech staff will be on hand to answer all questions and if we run past 7 or 7:30 while we’re answering questions– that is fine! We’ll stay until the tech team has answered all questions)

Personal Wristband Health Monitor: The Jawbone company has updated its personal health monitor wristband – which is called the “Up.”  The Up monitor consists of a wristband monitor, in colorful, fashionable colors, that users wears and which monitors how many steps a user takes each day, how long, and how well, the user sleeps and even offers an alarm feature that goes off if the user has been sedentary for a long period of time. The Up features Bluetooth technology and must be used in conjunction with an app that talks to the monitor and sends reports to a person’s smartphone or tablet. Right now the device, which retails for $129.99, only works with Apple’s iOS but Android support is coming shortly*. So if you’re in the market for a personal health monitor either to use as a gift or for yourself (perhaps in conjunction with a resolution made at the new year!) than you might want to check out the Techland article on the Up.

The article is titled Jawbones Up Wristband Its Back (the title refers to the fact that the original monitor –which was briefly on the market more than a year ago had battery issues which the Jawbone company has now fixed); here’s the link:

Have a great day!

Linda R.

*The fancy terminology means that you must currently own an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to download and use the Up monitor app and that in the near future Android devices like the Google Nexus series of tablets, the Galaxy Tab series of tablets and the Droid Razor smart phone will also get the app so you’ll be able to use the Up monitor with those devices too.



Tech Events @ The Library This Week: Holiday Planning & Try It Before You Buy It

Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

Wednesday One Hour Tech Workshop: Holiday Planning.
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Learn how to plan your holiday party- electronically with assistance from apps and websites. Registration is required. Register in person or by phone (607)936-3713 ext. 502.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Evening Tech Workshop: Try before you buy
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stop in the try e-readers, iPads and tablets before you decide what to buy as a holiday gift even if you’re looking to buy a new e-reader or tablet for yourself!

Staff will be on hand to answer questions you may have about these devices.

Additionally of note, the library offers free one-on-one tech usage instruction sessions so if you buy a new tablet or e-reader and have questions about how to use it – you can call and make an appointment to sit down and go over your questions with a member or our tech staff.

Have a great afternoon everyone!

Linda R.