Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:


The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly:

A New York Times Bestseller

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.

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


And our physical format suggestion for today is a classic TV DVD set:


The Defenders, Season 1:

On the path to justice, there shall stand The Defenders.

One of television’s most respected dramas finally arrives on DVD with The Defenders: Season One. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed star as Lawrence and Kenneth Preston, a father-and-son team of defense attorneys specializing in complex and challenging cases, many of which explored real-world concerns which still resonate with audiences today.

Created by Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men), The Defenders was an Emmy award-winning series many times over, with a well-earned reputation as one of the most socially conscious series ever to air on television.

In addition to its critical accolades, Season One’s thirty-two episodes feature guest appearances from a litany of tremendous stars, including Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Ossie Davis, Richard Thomas, Frank Gorshin, Eva Gabor, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, Julie Newmar, and more.

An unquestionable champion of quality television, The Defenders: Season One is at long last in session.

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


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

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

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

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

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

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

About Library Mobile Apps:

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

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book: 


All Joe Knight: A Novel by Kevin Morris:

A prominent figure in the entertainment world who has turned to fiction in the last decade, Kevin Morris received wide literary acclaim with his story collection White Man’s Problems, praised by David Carr as “remarkable” and Tom Perrotta as “revelatory.” Now Morris cements his place as a bold new voice in American literature with his muscular debut novel, All Joe Knight.

  1. Outside Philadelphia, a soon-to-be father runs into a telephone pole while driving drunk; nine months later, his widow dies in a smashed up T-Bird. From the start, the orphaned Joe Knight is a blank slate. Taken in by a kindly aunt in a tough-skinned suburb, Joe finds his family in high school with the Fallcrest basketball team—the kind of team that comes around once in a lifetime. White guys, black guys, speed, height, raw athleticism, every element is perfectly in synch. All these kids want, all they dream of, is to make it to the Palestra, UPenn’s cathedral of college basketball.

Fast-forward thirty years. Joe is newly divorced with one kid and certain he is unfit for love. Ever since selling the ad firm he built from the ground up for millions, he’s had time on his hands, and now he wiles it away in strip clubs, the only place where he can quiet his mind. But then he hears from Chris Scully, a former Fallcrest teammate who is now District Attorney. It seems the Justice Department is sniffing around the deal that got Joe rich years ago—a deal he cut every member of the basketball team into, except for Scully. As the details about Joe’s possible transgression are unreeled, he is forced to face the emptiness inside himself and a secret that has haunted him for decades.

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


And our physical item suggestion for today is the print book:


Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology:

A Memoir by Thomas Dolby:

The remarkable story of rising to the top of the music charts, a second act as a tech pioneer, and the sustaining power of creativity and art.

Thomas Dolby’s hit songs “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Hyperactive!” catapulted him to international fame in the early 80’s. A pioneer of New Wave and Electronica, Thomas combined a love for invention with a passion for music, and the result was a new sound that defined an era of revolutionary music. But as record company politics overshadow the joy of performing, Thomas finds a surprising second act.

Starting out in a rat-infested London bedsit, a teenage Thomas Dolby stacks boxes by day at the grocery and tinkers with a homemade synthesizer at night while catching the Police at a local dive bar, swinging by the pub to see the unknown Elvis Costello and starting the weekend with a Clash show at a small night club. London on the eve of the 1980s is a hotbed for music and culture, and a new sound is beginning to take shape, merging technology with the musical energy of punk rock. Thomas plays keyboards in other bands’ shows, and with a bit of luck finds his own style, quickly establishing himself on the scene and recording break out hits that take radio, MTV and dance clubs by storm. The world is now his oyster, and sold out arenas, world tours, even a friendship with Michael Jackson become the fabric of his life.

But as the record industry flounders and disillusionment sets in, Thomas turns his attention to Hollywood. Scoring films and computer games eventually leads him to Silicon Valley and a software startup that turns up the volume on the digital music revolution. His company barely survives the dotcom bubble but finally even the mavericks at Apple, Microsoft, Netscape and Nokia see the light. By 2005, two-thirds of the world’s mobile phones embed his Beatnik software. Life at the zenith of a tech empire proves to be just as full of big personalities, battling egos and roller-coaster success as his days spent at the top of the charts.

THE SPEED OF SOUND is the story of an extraordinary man living an extraordinary life, a single-handed quest to make peace between art and the digital world.

Here’s a link to the request page in StarCat:


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

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Personal Technology Programs @ The Library: April 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016, Time: 10:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m. 

3 D Printer Demo: Curious about what a 3 D Printer is and what it does? Drop by the Reference & Technology Desk one Saturday each month to see! We’ll have one of our 3 D Printers on display busily creating 3 D printed objects, we’ll offer information on our new Makerspace – Creation Station and we’ll even have a handful of 3 D Printed items to pass out that you can take and share with your friends (first come, first served!).

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 p. m.

Dream & Create With Pinterest: Celebrate EARTH DAY with us! Make a fabulous recipe and choose to create a Bottle Bird Feeder or Recycle Newspaper Baskets to take with you! To register: Call: 607-936-3713 x 502 or send an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Time: 11:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.

Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center: We’ve just launched a bi-monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed!  This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center. To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.

Saturday, April 23, 2016, Time: 10:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m.

3 D Printer Demo: Curious about what a 3 D Printer is and what it does? Drop by the Reference & Technology Desk one Saturday each month to see! We’ll have one of our 3 D Printers on display busily creating 3 D printed objects, we’ll offer information on our new Makerspace – Creation Station and we’ll even have a handful of 3 D Printed items to pass out that you can take and share with your friends (first come, first served!).

Thursday, April 28, 2016, Time: 11:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.

Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center: We’ve just launched a bi-monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed!  This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center. To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.


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

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

The Libraries of Today and Tomorrow – With A Heavy Emphasis On Tech!

I came across a cool article in one of the mainstream – and thus non-library – magazines yesterday on basically what a public library is like in the early 21st century.

 And I think this article is cool because it offers more evidence of what I’ve seen with my own two eyes in the 29 years since I first started working in library land and that is the fact that in the last ten to twelve years public library usage has grown dramatically and changed just as dramatically.

And I say usages has changed dramatically because It used to be that the main role of a public library was to provide print books and print research resources for patrons. And we still do that! However, our number 1 role today – which is one we assume by popular demand of our patrons – can be summed up in one word – technology.

And what do I mean by “technology” as regards to public library usage?

For a start I mean offering patrons:

Free access to Internet connected computers

Free access to software on those computers (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

Free access to online e-books, audiobooks, videos and music

Free access to free (did I mention it was free?) tech assistance from members of our tech staff (so if you just got a new PC, tablet or other device or want to know how to use the Internet, email, Word or other online services, hardware or software including how to create and use an email address or a digital resume to submit online you can come to the library and have staff asset you!)

And free access to credible online databases in a variety of categories– think of them as humungous encyclopedias for personal and professional research because contrary to popular belief the most credible information found online isn’t always available for free nor available simply by a Google search (and when I say free as regards to the library’s database – I mean the library or the library system has to pay for the database – they are free for patrons to use!)

And I will now get off my soap box!

Suffice it to say public libraries today are indeed long on technology in answer to the popular demand of our patrons!

And here is a link to the Time Magazine article on just that subject titled “The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech”

Have a great evening!

Linda R.


Rock, Margaret. (2013, June 25). The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech: This isn’t your childhood library. http://techland.time.com/2013/06/25/the-future-of-libraries-short-on-books-long-on-tech/


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. 

Cool Historic Tech Sounds Slideshow & Warner Brothers Archival Streaming Video Service Debuts

Cool Historic Tech Sounds Slideshow: I came across a neat slideshow on the tech site IT World yesterday that offers the actual sounds some obsolete (or on their way out) technologies made while operating – like the sound the dial up connection for dial up Internet makes, the sound of AOL’s old email greeting (“You’ve got mail.”), the greeting sound of various versions of Windows (this is the sound you hear when you first turn on a Windows PC and it is starting up), the sound of a telephone busy signal (in the days before voice mail!), the sound of a dot matrix printer jamming  and the sound an old carousel slide projector made as you clicked from one slide to the next!

The slideshow features 22 slides with sound effects – and it is fun!

Here’s the link:


Warner Brothers Archival Streaming Video Service Debuts: Warner Brothers has just debuted a streaming video service offering select archive television shows and movies for  unlimited streaming to subscribers for $9.99 per month. And while I think it is past time for some of the major networks and media companies to get onboard the Digital Revolution bandwagon and start making more of their back catalog titles available for consumers to access as streaming videos; I think a $9.99 per month fee they are charging consumers to access the few hundred titles they have in their streaming catalog is a rather high price to expect people to pay. After all you can subscribe to a streaming subscription for Netflix and gain unlimited access to the thousands of titles in their streaming library for $7.99 per month and you can gain access to the thousands of titles in the Amazon Prime streaming library for a yearly price of $79. So why would people want to pay more to Warner Brothers to access a few hundred old movies and televisions shows? Nevertheless the fact that Warner Brothers is offering a streaming subscription service is notable and they should be applauded for doing so! And perhaps they’ll increase the number of titles in their catalog in the near future.

Here’s a link to a short Endgadget article on the new Warner Archive Instant video service:


And a link to the Warner Archive Instant site itself where you can sign up for a two-week trial if  you’d like to check out the service (you can also just browse through the titles currently in the Warner Archive catalog):


Have a great day!

Linda R.


Lawler, Richard. (2013, April 2). Warner Archive Instant launches, offers subscription to stream classic movies and TV shows. Engadget. Online.

Raphael, J. R. (2103, March 13). 20 historic tech sounds you may have forgotten. Boy, does technology evolve fast. How many of these iconic sounds do you remember? IT World. Online.

WB Instant Archive. Warner Archive. Online. Accessed April 3, 2013.


Tech ABC Flash Cards & Using A Password That Isn’t One

Tech ABC Flash Cards: Emma Cook who hails from South Africa has created some neat ABC tech orientated flash cards. The flash cards would be useful for any adult working on learning English as a second language but have a fun added spin to them in that the card subjects all have to do with technology!  For example, instead of the traditional “A, is for apple” the A flash card from the set features “A is for Apple” and shows a photo of an iMac!

So if you like technology and/or are an adult English language learner you’ll have fun checking out the flash card examples which can be found at the following link:


Using A Password That Isn’t One: If you’re at all like me sometimes you get annoyed at how many alpha numeric passwords you have to keep track, and frequently update, in order to safeguard access to your online accounts; it always seems to me that as soon as I remember all my passwords it is time to change some of them again!  

And good grief, if I’m trying to log into an account early in the morning (and for me early is before 10 AM), and have recently changed my password to that account but haven’t yet had a full cup of coffee…well, that is not good!

Thankfully, changes in how people can securely log into their online accounts are afoot. Intel is one of the companies working on ways to allow people to access their online accounts without having to remember all those passwords. In Intel’s case they are working on palm scanning technology that will allow users to verify their identities and log into their online accounts by simply waving their palms in front of a sensor built into a tablet or computer. So in the near future we may simply wave at our computers, smart phones and tablets to log into our online accounts – and that is something I am looking forward to because trying to remember all those passwords can be trying!

The Intel article is titled With the wave of a hand, Intel wants to do away with passwords and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:


Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Linda R.

Google Introduces A Tablet & A Media Streaming Device

Today Google jumped into the tablet and media streaming market by introducing a 7” tablet called the Nexus 7 and a media streaming player called the Nexus Q.

The Nexus 7 will be a Wi-Fi tablet, have a 1280 x 800 HD display, have Bluetooth capability, will be running the latest Google OS Jelly Bean and have a front facing camera for video chatting. It will go on sale in July and cost $199.

Here’s a link to an interactive CNET review of the Nexus 7 if  you’d like to see what it looks like!


The Google Nexus Q streaming media player will join media players like the Apple TV and Roku boxes. It will stream music and videos from the Android/Google cloud to your television or speakers and can be controlled by Android tablets and smartphones. It will list for $299 and will also go on sale in July.

Here’s a link to the first CNET review of the Google Q:


Linda R.