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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.

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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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draft dayDraft Day

Drama PG-13

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL

moms night outMom’s Night Out

Comedy PG

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation, a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours – what could go wrong?​

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What We’re Reading: Labor Day Beach Reads Edition



The Labor Day weekend is traditionally thought of as the last beach weekend of the summer (although summer is not actually over until September 22 this year).  We thought we would tell you all about some titles that would be great to take to the beach (or anywhere) this weekend:

Karen, Library Director recommends The Vacationers by Emma Straub

vacationers“Don’t we all dream of a two week beach vacation in a villa in Mallorca?  Minus the marital problems of course!”

Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.

Barry, Reference Librarian recommends Moneyball by Michael Lewis:

“The best baseball book I ever read and better than the movie which was very good. Fast reading.”

moneyballBilly Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.


Brenda, Reference Librarian recommends Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury:

“The first time I read it was during the summer. And I recently reread it—it is the same sweet story of a 12-year-old boy who is awe struck with wonder at the world that he has before taken for granted. The reader rediscovers the world and gains a greater appreciation for what he had simply accepted.”

dandelion-wineTwelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole world that lies beyond. It is a pair of new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather’s renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley bell on a hazy afternoon. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals that hold time at bay.


Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian recommends Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews:

“I’m going to be reading Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews. It’s a chick lit book that seems to be easy and light – perfect for the beach or pool!”

save the dateA Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

Ed, Head of Reference, recommends The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver:

“It takes place in Cape Cod, the ultimate summer vacation spot (in my humble opinion).”

end of the pointAshaunt Point, Massachusetts, has anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls—teenagers Helen and Dossie—run wild while their only brother, Charlie, goes off to train for war. The children’s Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short.


Jessikah, Children’s Librarian recommends Landline by Rainbow Rowell:

landline“I just finished Rainbow Rowell’s Landline.  Even though the book involves a woman who is experiencing a blip in her marriage, Rowell’s writing style is light, and she includes some breezy humor.”

Recognizing that her marriage is in deep trouble in spite of her abiding and mutual love for her husband, television writer Georgie excludes herself from a Christmas family visit before discovering a way to reconnect with the man her husband used to be.

All summaries are from the publishers.

If you would like more suggestions, why not come in and look through the selections on our Beach Reads display on the main floor or talk to one of the Readers’ Services librarians on the second floor.  Or visit the “What Should I Read” page of our website.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend everybody!

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services


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Summer History Lesson

hildeneWhile on vacation in Vermont, I visited Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln (pictured below, ca. 1880), the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. Located in Manchester, this Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1905 by Mr. Lincoln, who was a successful attorney and who became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century.

While touring the home, we came upon a safe, in Robert Todd Lincoln’s bedroom closest.   I was surprised to learn that this was where the medical testimony was found that validated Mr. Lincoln’s decision to commit his mother, Mary Todd Lincoln to an insane asylum. The two were reconciled before her death. The large packet of notes and letters marked “MTL Insanity Papers” were subsequently discovered by his grandson Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith in 1980.

It was eerie and intimate seeing the safe in the bedroom closet just where it was when Robert Todd Lincoln slept there. This experience sparked my interest in learning more about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of my favorite president.

Here are some books I’ve added to my fall reading list:

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean H. Baker

mary todd lincoln“This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.” ( from the publisher)

lincolns a portrait of a marriageThe Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage by Daniel Mark Epstein

“Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns …makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all their proud accomplishments and earthy humanity. [The author] gives a fresh close-up view of the couple’s life in Springfield, Illinois (of their twenty-two years of marriage, all but six were spent there), and dramatizes with stunning immediacy how the Lincolns’ ascent to the White House brought both dazzling power and the slow, secret unraveling of the couple’s unique bond.” (from the publisher)

- posted By Lisa C., Assistant Director

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