New in DVD

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?​

- posted by Ralph, Media Services

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What We’re Reading: Labor Day Beach Reads Edition

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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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Title Swap With Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, September 2 at 1:30 PM for a

Title Swap with Librarians

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with our Readers’ Services staff.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Ralph Guiteau, Lisa Jones, Evelyn Hershkowitz & Stacey Levine for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Historical Fiction?  Romance?  Your next book club pick?   Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a list of great reads.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required.

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Afternoon Book Club

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“Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.” (from the publisher)

Join Readers’ Services librarian Lisa Jones when the Afternoon Book Club discusses  The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro on Tuesday, August 26,2014 at 1:30 PM in Meeting Room B/C on the Lower Level of the Library.

No registration required.

Copies of the book are currently available at the Main Floor Circulation Desk.

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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New in DVD

amazing spiderman 2The Amazing Spider Man 2

Action PG-13

Spider-Man’s conflict has been within himself: the struggle between Peter Parker and the responsibilities of Spider-Man. But Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It’s great to be Spider-Man, but it comes at a price: only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo 

Drama   R

Murray talks his friend Fioravante into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist. With Murray acting as Fioravante’s ‘manager,’ the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

 

 

Only Lovers Left AliveOnly Lovers Left Alive 

Horror   R

The tale of two fragile vampires, Adam and Eve. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill to live, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava, who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts.

 

SabotageSabotage

Action   R

Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

- posted by Ralph, Media Services

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5th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party

literary elementsOur Adult Summer Reading Club celebrated this year’s reading with a Wrap-up Party last night.  Author Sara Beth Durst was there and gave an entertaining and enlightening talk about her writing life and process.  Club members attending enjoyed refreshments as well.  Many members went home with prizes given away in the raffle.  Raffle tickets were earned for each book read and for attendance at  Summer Reading program events. A splendid time was had by all!

Here are some pictorial highlights:

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Here are some fun facts about the Adult Summer Reading Club :

  • Number of Residents to join program in 2014: 120
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2013: 140
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2012: 106

 

  • Number of Books Read in 2014: 1,001
  • Number of Books Read in 2013: 816
  • Number of Books Read in 2012: 830

The most popular books this summer were (in no particular order):

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Terminal City by Linda Fairstein

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Joshua: a Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane

Hope those of you who were members enjoyed the experience as we did and we hope to see you all back again for next year’s Adult Summer Reading Club.

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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