The Roosevelts

rooseveltsIf you enjoyed watching Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary about the Roosevelts that aired last month, come visit the third floor to check our display of books about them, containing books about our ‘hometown’ boy Theodore, his cousin Franklin, and Eleanor (niece of TR and wife of FDR).

It has been claimed that the Roosevelts were the most influential of all American political families: this one family occupied the presidency for nineteen years. They lived remarkable lives. The documentary delves into the drama of their personal lives: their illnesses, quirks, weaknesses as well as their courage and vision. It looks at the contributions and changes they made to the political, social and international scene. The Roosevelts came from patrician backgrounds but were imbued with a spirit, a responsibility, of doing good.

Several of the displayed books are tempting me:


I was fortunate to have seen a preview of the documentary when Ken Burns was at Sagamore Hill in June. The photographs and the voices of Paul Giamatti (reading the TR material), Edward Hermann as FDR and Meryl Streep as Eleanor are powerful. We think we are familiar with their stories but there is always something new and amazing in this presentation.

- posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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New in DVD

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Sci-Fi PG-13

transformers age of extinctionThe world was saved after an epic battle that left a great city torn. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history, while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Space Station 76

Sci-Fi R

space station 76A character-driven, domestic drama-comedy about a group of people living on a space station in a cheesy 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.​

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20 & 30-Something Book Club

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore cover photo“After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a façade for a strange secret (From the Publisher).”

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, September 29th at 7PM.  We will be discussing the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  This program is open to any 20-something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.  Look forward to seeing you there.


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- posted by Stacey Levine, Readers’ Services

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fault  in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars

Drama PG-13

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

godzilla 2014


Action PG-13

From visionary new director Gareth Edwards comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Think Like a Man TooThink Like a Man Too

Comedy PG-13

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

VerrazanoNarrowsBridgeThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is celebrating its 50th birthday this November. The author Gay Talese chronicled, over a 5-year period, both the building of the bridge and the lives of bridge workers for the New York Times. From that arose his book describing the building of the bridge, entitled oddly enough, The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,  originally published in 1964, soon after the bridge opened.TheBridge

The book is being reissued in October with an updated introduction by the author.

In writing the book, Mr. Talese stood atop one of the 70-story towers, walked across the 2-mile catwalk holding on by a steel rope “banister” and hung around the ironworkers in Brooklyn bars, getting to know them.  According to a New York Times article, “He wanted to tell stories of anonym0us people who do “useful, lasting work” and was drawn to the bridge workers.”

So, if you’re in a hurry to read The Bridge, you can check out our 1964 edition of the book. If not, wait until the updated edition is published and check that out. Either way, it should be fascinating reading.

A piece of trivia: The two 695-foot towers are 1 5/8″ farther apart at their summit than at their bases because of the curvature of the earth.

- posted by Ed, Reference Services

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Brick Mansions

brick mansionsAction PG-13

Damien is an undercover cop determined to bring down Tremaine, the crime lord who murdered his father. Tremaine rules the violent criminal compound known as ‘Brick Mansions’, but he’s thwarted at every turn by a heroic ex-convict named Lino. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien and Lino become unlikely allies, and must work together to stop Tremaine’s sinister plot to devastate the entire city.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain america winter soldierAction PG-13

Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn.

words and picturesWords and Pictures

Drama PG-13

Prep school teacher Jack Marcus meets his match in Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter and new teacher on campus. He challenges her to a war between words and pictures, and in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

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Banned Books Week: September-21-27, 2014

2014 marks the 32nd Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.” The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week:

lord of the flies bookBANNED BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, September 23.  1:30 PM

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services






lord of the flies DVDBANNED BOOK TO FILM

Friday, September 26.  2 PM

We will be showing the 1990 version of the film Lord of the Flies

starring Balthazar Getty.

A short discussion will follow the film.

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services


Registration is not required for either event. Both events are free.  We encourage you and your group members to attend one or both of these events.  Banned Books Week always provides for a lively conversation.

If your Book Club would like to do your own Banned Book discussion as well, some of the most challenged classics include:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

1984 by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit their website:

 This article first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, Book Club Insider.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services



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