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Check Out Our Book Bundle Podcast! April 1, 2016

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With all the books we have in the Adult Fiction stacks, how do you find one that you will like?

We have all faced this dilemma, and sometimes we’re stumped! What to read next?

CCLD has come to the rescue!! (Ta daaa!!!) We now have a podcast to combat this dilemma! What is a podcast, you ask?

The Merriam Webster Tenth International Collegiate Dictionary defines “podcast” as: a program made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet. (thanks, Wikipedia!)

For us, podcast means: check the front page on our website (http://ccld.lib.ny.us/), scan the links on the right side of the page, and look for the word “podcast”. Click to go directly to the site, and start listening at your convenience!

In about 20 minutes you will have the title and author of about a dozen books well–reviewed from either Amazon, Goodreads, or from myself, covering any and all genres, all strong contenders worthy of your reading time. That saves YOU a lot of fishing time (looking for the next interesting read). Checking reviews is done for you, and you can be sure the choices are going to be enjoyable.

I will give you a heads’ up on issues in the storyline and other points noted in the reviews, but will never give the story away. All books will be chosen from our shelves. I won’t be filling the podcast time with popular authors, because I know you are looking for something that may not have had the publicity of the bestsellers.

So click, listen, and decide which read is for you. All titles will be repeated at the end of the show for your convenience.

You’re welcome!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

What is New Adult Fiction? March 9, 2016

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It seems like we are bombarded with more labels just when the world seems to be shedding old, worn ones. Labels are meant to be useful tools, and despite our preference to rid ourselves of them, they do serve a purpose.

For example: New Adult fiction is geared for readers 18 to about 25, sometimes as old as 30, who have outgrown Young Adult fiction, which is based on high school aged protagonists.

The description as per EBSCO’s NoveList is rather long, so I have included the site address for more information, a partial description is as follows; *”This fledgling category is a result of the perceived dearth of novels featuring characters in a post-adolescent but not quite adult phase of life, as well as the growing trend of young adult “crossovers,” or YA novels that also appeal to an adult audience. These novels aim to bring the emotionally-intense story lines and fast-paced plotting of young adult fiction to stories that focus on a new range of experiences in life beyond the teenage years.”

Some of the New Adult fiction we have here at the library:

iamradarI Am Radar, by Reif Larsen

Twisted Innocence, by Terrie Blackstock

Falling for Autumn, by Heather Topham Wood

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

The Child’s Child, by Barbara Vine

The Irresistible Henry House, by Lisa Grunwald

Indignation, by Philip Roth

*https://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/novelist-special/what-is-new-adult-fiction-anyway

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Best Kids Books of 2015 December 16, 2015

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Season’s Readings! Here are some of the best kids books of 2015:

Picture Books:

beekle.jpgThe Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Dewalt

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Caldecott Award Winner)

I will Take a Nap! By Mo Willems

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen

Lenny & Lucy by Philip Stead

Chapter Books:

crossover.jpgThe Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

George by Alex Gino

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Lockwood and Company by Jonathan Stroud

Circus Mirandas by Cassie Beasley

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Newbury Award Winner)

The Best Reads for 2015 – Adult Fiction December 8, 2015

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There have been lots of choices this year for intriguing reading; from the predominant authors to independent releases, there is no end of new stories to enjoy.

fatesandfuriesThe best of the year (all are in no particular order):

Lauren Groff – Fates and Furies

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

Susan Barker – The Incarnations

Kathleen Alcott – Infinite Home

Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life

M.O. Walsh – My Sunshine Away

Ludmila Ulitskaya – The Big Green Tent


thestranger
The best from the popular authors:

Harlan Coben – The Stranger

Jonathan Franzen – Purity

Sue Grafton – X

David Mitchell – Slade House

Toni Morrison – God Help the Child

Louise Penny – The Nature of the Beast

Salman Rushdie – Two Years Eight Months Twenty-Eight Nights


singlemellow
The best from debut authors:

Katherine Heiny – Single, Carefree, Mellow

James E. McTeer II – Minnow

Bill Clegg – Did You Ever Have a Family

Angela Flournoy – The Turner House

New non-fiction books to look for! July 7, 2015

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headstrongHeadstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science -And the World by Rachel Swaby. This book brings to life the inspiring biographies of 52 female visionaries in science, technology, engineering and math.

When Parents Part: How Mothers and Fathers Can Help Their Children Deal with Separation and Divorce by Penelope Leach. Library Journal Starred Review, this book is a well-researched and comprehensive guide for parents to help guide their children through separation and divorce, staying focused on putting the child’s needs first.

10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Allana Collen. This book delves into the importance of microbes in the human system to the health and well-being of our bodies.

The Real- Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career by Jack and Suzy Welch. The authors tackle the real problems of business today with practical advice and strategies for leading and managing others, and developing your career.

Stop by to browse new non-fiction at Steele April 24, 2015

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sparepartsNew non-fiction books are always fun to browse, and this month is no exception.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is an incredibly detailed narrative of a well known event of World War I, the German attack on and the sinking of the Lusitania.

100 Years of Brodies With Hal Roach: the Jaunty Journeys of a Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Pioneer by Craig Calman is a book featuring the illustrious film career of the legendary film producer Hal Roach, famous for Laurel and Hardy , Our Gang Comedies, Topper, Of Mice and Men, and television series such as My Little Margie and the Gale Storm Show: Oh Susanna!.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner brings to life the story of the Underground Railroad .

The Handy Investing Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci is a question and answer guide to investing. This book explains the differences in various investment instruments, clarifies concepts and definitions, and introduces investment strategies.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis is a story about four Mexican American students who come together and build a robot out of scavenged parts, and win the “Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004). But the story also involves tails of immigration laws and the triumphs and tribulations for these four boys before and after the competition.

It is not just about New Year’s resolutions March 9, 2015

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2020It is not just about New Year’s resolutions, the focus for Americans today seems to be about Healthy Lifestyles. There is information on healthy eating, special diets, healthy aging, and lifestyle changes in general. This trend of course is a tremendous boon for publishers, and there is definitely something for everyone. Below please find some of our New Non-fiction books to pique your interest.

20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality by Phil McGraw. This book explains seven reasons why dieters hit dieting roadblocks . The book also educates the reader in why they should eat the “right” foods to fuel their body properly. There is a diet or food plan included that can be continued for the rest of one’s life.

The Gluten-Free Revolution: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Losing the Wheat, Reclaiming Your Health, and Living Happily Ever After by Jax Peters Lowell. This book is packed with the newest information and resources on living without gluten. It guides readers through the basics of reading labels, preparing foods at home, and dining out.

The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life by Dr. Gabrielle Francis. In this book, Dr. Gabrielle Francis, a holistic practitioner to the music industry’s elite, shares her inner secrets on keeping these performers at the top of their game, in spite of the fact they also party like rock stars.

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price. An entertaining and enlightening investigation into the unregulated world of nutritional supplements. The author leans toward getting one’s nutrition from real food.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Self-improvement in 2015 February 23, 2015

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Anxiety BustersWhenever a New Year approaches we all tend to look towards declaring resolutions, making changes in our lives, and embarking on new paths. Even though 2015 has already rolled in, I see the Winter Blues as a perfect motivation for seeking these new paths to self-improvement.
On that note there are several New non-fiction books that I would like to share with you.

“10 Best Anxiety Busters: Simple Strategies to Take Control of Your Worry,” by Wehrenberg, Margaret. In ten simple techniques this guide describes effective remedies for worry and anxiety.

“The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality,” by McGraw, Phil. Dr. Phil discusses the reasons diets fail and identifies 20 key foods that will help you get beyond the failures and help you lose weight.

“Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips For De-Cluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life,” by Smallin, Donna. This book presents a manageable and simple approach to organizing and de-cluttering your home.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

From pop culture to historical oddities, our new non-fiction books have some interesting subjects to appeal to all! December 12, 2014

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glamourgidgets“Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television’s Iconic Women from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s” by Herbie J. Pilato. This book is a celebration of the wonderful women of television that many of us grew up with. A fact filled book that tells these women’s stories, and praises their talents; as well as a resource book for those interested in Television Industry history.

“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé” by Bob Stanley. This book is an entertaining summary of pop music traced through familiar songs and musicians. It is an informative and humorous telling of the history of this music genre.

“Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show” by Dave Berg. This book was written by Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” co-producer of 18 years. It is an entertaining and insightful account of Jay Leno and the making of the “Tonight Show.” It tells the story of the antics, humor and strategies behind the scenes of America’s leading late night TV show.

“Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America” by Glenn Beck. This book tells the untold story of familiar characters from history, including entrepreneurs, frauds, and charlatans. Once again Glenn Beck peaks our interest in this new series on history.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

New Biographies at Steele Memorial Library November 5, 2014

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Maeve BinchyA biography is a detailed account of a person’s life experiences, while an autobiography is written by the person themselves. If you are not familiar with our collection, the Chemung County Library District has a significant collection of biographies and autobiographies. While our library collection is a great resource for school assignments, it also can be an enriching experience to savor the detailed story of an interesting actor, politician, scientist or anyone you might admire. For the month of November, I am featuring several new biographies that have recently been added to our collection.

“Maeve Binchy: The Biography” by Piers Dudgeon. A comprehensive and uplifting biography of the much-loved Irish write that shows her life story was reflected in her books.

“Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter” by Randall Balmer. – “Balmer explores the paradoxes of a man balancing faith and ideals against the pragmatics of politics and the evangelical tide that favored him and later turned so vehemently against him.” Booklist Starred Review

“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd. a well-written portrait of the beloved film star, portraying the story of a gifted and complicated personality.

“Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” by David Ritz. A powerful portrait of one of the greatest musical talents, portrays the hardships and triumphs of her life story.

“John Wayne: The Life and Legend” by Scott Eyman. An entertaining portrait of an American movie icon, skillfully traced from his early childhood through his amazing Hollywood career.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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