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THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride July 25, 2014

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The Good Lord BirdWith his novel The Good Lord Bird James McBride can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Mark Twain and John Steinbeck. The book is thought provoking, passionate and beautifully written. It is also a great read of the kind that will have you glued to the page and regret leaving McBride’s world when it winds to its end. You come away wishing that McBride had gifted us with, at least, two or three hundred more pages.

The Good Lord Bird takes place in the “Bloody Kansas” of the 1850s where the question of its being a free or slave state was being argued with swords and blood. It is the picaresque story of Henry, a young slave who is – more or less – forced into freedom. To keep his rocky freedom, life and – truth be told – have an easier time of it, he dons a dress and becomes the comely “Onion”. The moniker is bestowed by no less a personage than John Brown. “Onion” finds “herself” pulled into Brown’s orbit and witnessing the God obsessed madman’s career from the Scourge of Kansas to his martyrdom at Harper’s Ferry. Along the way Onion meets the likes of Frederic Douglass and Harriet Tubman as well as having his disguise threatened by young love and lust.

McBride surveys the institution of slavery with a cold, clear eye. One sees the horrors, degradation and twisted values that slavery inculcated. At the same time there are surprising depths of compassion for the slave, the slave owner and those around who find themselves caught up in the historical tide. Violence flares up at the drop of an insult or a madman’s whim. Historical personages we now regard as secular saints are seen to have flaws aplenty that – strangely – add to their stature rather than diminish. The only character to retain her mythic proportions is Harriet Tubman, who comes across as fierce and canny a revolutionary as any born in the 20th century. All of this is brought to us in a rollicking, very funny and truly affecting tall tale. I cannot recommend The Good Lord Bird high enough.

Jack Olcott, Page
Horseheads Branch CCLD

More New AV at Steele – July 2014 July 21, 2014

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DVDs:

• A Birder’s Guide To EverythingLego Movie
• Cheap Thrills
• The pretty One
• Sesame Street – Monster Manners
• Run & Jump
• Berenstain Bears – Carnival Coasters
• Blood Widow
• Longmire – season 1
• Klondike
• The Motel Life
• The Legend of The Psychotic Forest Ranger
• Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II
• Non-Stop [blu-ray & dvd]
• Black Out
• Power Rangers — Turbo
• The Short Game
• My Little Pony — Friendship is Magic
Jack Ryan:  Shadow RecruitJack Ryan : Shadow Recruit
• Goodbye World
• Ray Donovan Season 1
• In The Blood
• The Escape Artist
• Winters Tale
• Enemy
• Ernest & Celestine
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• The Lego Movie [blu-ray & dvd]

Music DVDs:

• Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live
• The Who Quadrophenia Live In London
• George Thorogood Live At Montrenx

Audiobook CDs:

The SonLarry McMurtry – The Last Kind Words Saloon
• Andrew Gross – Everything To Lose
• Craig Johnson – Any Other Name
• Corban Addison – The Garden of Burning Sand
• Susan Mallery – When We Met
• Tom Rob Smith – The Farm
• Karin Slaughter – Cop Town
• Kate White – Eyes On You
• Rainbow Rowell – Landline
• Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
• Linda Castillo – The Dead Will Tell
• Catherine Coulter – Power Play
• Jo Nesbo – The Son
• Tom Clancy – Out Of The Ashes

Music CDs:

• Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Animal AmbitionAce Of Base – Best of…
• Kip Moore – Up All Night
• First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
• Parquet Courts –  Sunbathing Animal
• Darius Rucker – True Believers
• Coldplay – Ghost Stories
• Greg Allman – All My Friends
• 50 Cent – Animal Ambition

New Non-Fiction at Central (Steele) – July 2014 July 16, 2014

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Elmira Reformatory“Elmira Reformatory” by William G. Hinkle

“The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days” by Pooja Motti

“My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

“The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting” by Alfie Kohn

“Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” by Kenneth Turan

“Shape Up Sisters!: What it Took for My Town in One of America’s Fattest and Poorest States to Lose 15,000 Pounds” by Linda Fondren

Sit With Less Pain: Gentle Yoga for Meditators and Everyone Else” by Jean Erlbaum

“You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It’s Never Too Late” by Joyce Meyer

New Juvenile Books at Central (Steele) – July 2014 July 15, 2014

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gravityPicture Books:
“Gravity” by Jason Chin
“The Pigeon Needs a Bath” by Mo Willems
“Pete the Cat, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by James Dean

Chapter Books:
“Snow White Lucks Out” Grimmtastic Girls Series by Joan Holub
What's new?  The zoo!“Big Fat Liar” by James Patterson
“The Incomplete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species” by Cressida Cowell
“Baseball World Series” by Matt Christopher

Non-fiction Books:
“What’s New? The Zoo!…A Zippy History of Zoos” by Kathleen Krull
“Sea Turtle Scientist” by Stephen R. Swinburne
“A Child’s Introduction to Art…The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures” by Heather Alexander

There’s a book for that! July 7, 2014

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PhyllisBy the time you read this, I will be retired. Connie Ogilvie has taken over the writing of this column but I asked her if I could use it to say goodbye. I have loved working in a public library, meeting our patrons and volunteers and talking books with them. Another great benefit of working in a public library is working with other reference librarians who keep up with the latest technology and are so happy to keep other staff and patrons updated too. Please look for the list of technology classes on our calendar of events.

We started Librarian’s Picks on our website twenty years ago, to try and let people know about all the treasures and information in the nonfiction section of the library. Although I always considered myself a reader and a public library user, I never realized how much easier my life would have been if I knew what was available in the library, before I became a librarian. For example:  shortly after I got the job, my son who had just graduated from college and had moved to California called me on Thanksgiving Day to say he was in a hospital in Los Angeles because he had been in an accident, breaking several bones in his face; the surgeon who would be operating in the morning didn’t speak much English but did tell him that he might lose his eye or hearing and have scars. I told him to not sign anything until I called him back, knowing that we had a book in the reference department titled Best Doctors and other books listing medical specialties and the people accredited in them. I raced to the library and found he didn’t need a plastic surgeon but a cranial facial surgeon; the best one, the one who other doctors would take their family to, was in Santa Monica so I got his phone number and called my son back and had him call the doctor. He answered his phone and told Dan that he would gather his team and operate the next day, which he did. Dan had no hearing loss, no eyesight lost, no scars. The doctor’s staff asked how Dan knew to come to this surgeon and he answered: “My Mom is a librarian”. Later I came across books that I would have loved to know existed when I was a homemaker, such as What to expect the first year by Heidi Murkoff, and wanted other people to know they existed, but never found the perfect way. When we were young, my husband and I bought a very old house and remodeled it ourselves, learning as we went with all the mishaps and mistakes. I later discovered that the library had books that told you exactly how to do each of the things we struggled with.

My mantra as a librarian is “From birth to death, no matter what you do, there is a book or video to help you do it easier or better at the library. ” So the next time you have a question or are struggling with a problem , consider coming to the library for a book, a video, a class or a chat with a reference librarian.

Phyllis Rogan, Librarian

New AV at Central (Steele) – July 2014 July 1, 2014

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Young AdultDVDs:

  • The Patrol
  • That Awkward Moment
  • Godzilla On Monster Island
  • Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster
  • Rose red
  • Martial Arts Movie Marathon
  • Bloodmarsh Krackoon
  • I, Frankenstein
  • Young Adult
  • Art of Steal
  • Lone Survivor
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Robocop
  • Badges of Fury

MUSIC CDs:

  • Rodney Atkins – Take A Back Road
  • Los Lonely Boys – Live At The Fillmore
  • Pat Travers – Best Of
  • Florida Georgia Line – Here’s To The Good Times
  • Keith UrbanKeith Urban – Fuse
  • Albert King – Very Best of
  • Doors – Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mines
  • Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines
  • Jimi Hendrix – Live at Monterey
  • Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  • Steel Panther – All You Can Eat
  • Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus
  • Uriah Heep – Outsider
  • Chicago – Live In Japan
  • Hank Willaims, Jr – High Notes
  • Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm
  • Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

MUSIC DVDs:

  • Rob ZombieRob Zombie Horror Picture Show
  • Black Sabbath – Gathered In Their Masses
  • Foghat  – Live In St. Pete
  • Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones – Live At The Checkerboard Lounge

AUDIOBOOKS ON CDs:

  • David Ignatius – The Director
  • Diana Gabaldon – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood
  • Lee Child – Three Jack Reacher Novellas

Quiet Battling in a Library June 26, 2014

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Last month, on the Elmira Central Library’s last Saturday, the Chemung Valley Chess Club hosted their annual chess challenge, graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and the Chemung Canal Trust Company.  Forty-four players of every age and ability battled with their wits to attain the throne room atop the CCLD “Castle.” Contestants banqueted royally in the Great Hall.

Continuing his long reign, Dr. Walter Beuhl, one of the oldest participants, defeated all pretenders to the throne. Mark Mathews came closest to dethroning our King Lear (or Papa Doc). Michael Kane was forced to fight his way out of a four-way tie to claim the third place trophy, only after dispatching with difficulty the winner of the under-12 prize, Andrew He.

All contenders intend to return next spring, but earlier rematches may emerge at the Steuben County Library in Corning this October. It’s your move! Come try the ancient game that trains young minds to think maturely, analytically, and keeps mature minds young and quick. The Chemung Valley Chess Club meets every Wednesday in Elmira’s Central Library and elsewhere. Call 607-857-8479.

More New AV at Central (Steele) – June 2014 June 24, 2014

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pompeiiDVDs:

  • Pompeii/blu-ray & dvd
  • 3 Days to Kill/blu-ray & dvd
  • The Garbage Pail Kids
  • Radio
  • Vampire Academy
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • McCanick
  • Garage Sale Mystery
  • Shark Attack Pack
  • The Revengers

Music CDs:

  • Billy Squire – Essential
  • That’s What I call Country Ballads 2
  • Kiss – 40
  • Loverboy – Classics
  • AC/DC – High Voltage
  • remNazareth – Hair of the Dog
  • The Runaways – Best of
  • REM – Unplugged 1991-2001
  • Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
  • Future – Honest
  • The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
  • Garth Brooks – Classic Rock
  • Garth Brooks – Blue-eyed Soul
  • Garth Brooks – Country Classics
  • Garth Brooks – Melting Pot
  • Blackfoot – Rattlesnake Rock n Roll
  • April Wine – The Nature of the Beast

DVD Music:

  • Dio: Live In London

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Opposing Viewpoints in Context June 17, 2014

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online database covering today’s political and social issues in depth and from different perspectives. It is a great resource for students conducting research on a topic or for someone who wants an overview of a current issue in the news. This database is easy to navigate and rich in information.  Opposing Viewpoints in Context is provided by the New York State Library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • On the top center of the page there are five highlighted issues, each depicted by a photograph and a caption noting the subject. If you click on view more it will lead you to that topic’s information page.
  • Underneath these pictures are issues listed in categories, view more expands these listings. If you click on the Browse Issues tab at the top of the page, there is a complete alphabetical index of topics included in the database.
  • To the left of the homepage is Featured Video and Featured News clips. Many articles may be viewed by clicking on the featured newspaper title.
  • There is a Basic search and Advanced search for searching a topic of interest or even a specific name, title of an article, or publication date.
  • If you click on the tab marked Maps, using the picture index at the top of the page, you can select an issue by clicking on one of the thumbnail images . This section gives you statistical information, pinpointing various areas by scrolling over the map.
  • Once you click on a subject, it will lead you to an informational page which provides you with a summary of that issue and a variety of resources pertaining to that topic including pro and con viewpoints, articles from varied sources, statistical data, audio and video clips and suggested websites.

Connie Ogilvie
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

 

New AV at Central (Steele) – June 2014 June 12, 2014

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XscapeNEW MUSIC CDs

  • Styx – Crystal Ball
  • Molly Hatchet – Deed is Done
  • Enrique Iglesias – Sex and Love
  • The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  • Tribute to Jackson Brown – Looking Into You
  • Ronnie Milsap – Summer Number Seventeen
  • Brantley Gilbert – Just As I Am
  • Sweet – Greatest Hits
  • Mahogany Rush – Dragonfly: Best of
  • Sarah McLachlan – Shine On
  • Michael Jackson – Xscape
  • Nazareth – Rock n Roll Telephone
  • Naughty Boy – Hotel Cabana
  • Jo Dee Messina – Me
  • Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
  • Popa Chubby – Back To New York City
  • Phillip Phillips – Behind the Light
  • Lee Brice – Hard 2 Love
  • Jason Aldean – Night Train
  • Maria Carey – Me. I Am Mariah

herNEW ADULT DVDs

  • Her (blu-ray & dvd)
  • The Rocket
  • Veronica Mars
  • Poseidon Rex
  • A Tigers Tale
  • Art Machine
  • Ultimate Avengers
  • Wolverine Weapon X
  • Compound Fracture (horror)
  • Zombinator
  • Doctor Who (1963-1966)
  • Devils Due (horror)
  • Camp Harlow

NEW ADULT EDUCATIONAL DVDs

  • Megastorm Aftermath – Investigating Hurricane Sandy
  • Mark Twain
  • Last Days of Man – Top 10 Doomsday Scenarios
  • Raw to Ready – Transforming Raw Materials Into Magnificent Machines

Broken Circle BreakdownNEW FOREIGN FILMS ON DVDs

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • The Hunt
  • Rocket
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Wall

NEW JUVENILE DVDs

  • Paw Patrol
  • Chuggington – Explorer Koko
  • Scooby-Doo 13 Spooky Tale

NEW VIDEO GAMES

  • Wheel of Fortune (PS3 & XBOX 360)
  • The Amazing Spiderman (PS3 & XBOX 360)
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