Our Favorite Books of 2014

2014Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published during this year.

We start off with Pam M., our Head of Programming, these are her favorite books of 2014, in no particular order:

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Eggers, Dave –  The Circle

Henriquez, Cristina – The Book of Unknown Americans

Kallos, Stephanie – Broken for You

Kenney, John –  Truth in Advertising

Kidd, Sue Monk – The Invention of Wings

Massey, Sujita – The Sleeping Dictionary

Moyes, Jo Jo –  Me Before You

Quindlen, Anna –  Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Rakoff, David –  Half Empty

Silverman, Sarah –  Bedwetter

Semple, Maria –  Where’d You Go Bernadette

Thomas, Matthew – We are Not Ourselves

Zevin, Gabrielle – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

We will be posting more of our favorites during the rest of December – stay tuned!

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services



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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

teenage mutant ninja turtlesAction PG-13

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.


Magic in the Moonlight

magic in the moonlightComedy PG-13

Set in the 1920s, Stanley, an Englishman posing as an Asian magician, attempts to debunk fake spiritualists. He then travels to the south of France to unmask a supposed medium named Sophie as a good-looking fake, but he ends up falling for her real-world charms instead.​


The Skeleton Twins

Drama R

skeleton twinsMaggie and Milo are estranged twins who are reunited after ten years of being apart. Follow their unforgettable journey to reconnect, as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.​

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Guardians of the Galaxy

guardians of the galaxySci Fi PG-13

Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.​ Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

When the Game Stands Tall

Drama PG

when the game stands tallThe remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

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Year- End Book Club Celebration with Author Paullina Simons

Join the Readers’ Services Staff

for a fun Year-End Book Club Celebration

featuring bestselling Historical Fiction author,

Paullina Simons.

paullina simonsTuesday, December 16 at 2 PM in Meeting Room B/C.


Ms. Simons will discuss her novels and why they are perfect Book Club choices. Copies of Ms. Simons’ latest novel Bellagrand will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only) and can be personalized by the author.

  • Refreshments will be served.
  • No registration required.
  • Each attendee will receive a ticket to win one of two raffle prizes.

We have many of Paullina Simons’ novels currently available at the Library.  Start reading one today!


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Dawn of the Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sci Fi PG-13

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


hundred foot journeyThe Hundred Foot Journey

Drama  PG

Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan’s cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory’s assistant, Marguerite cannot be ignored.

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Evening Book Club

sweet toothEvening Book Club

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

at 7:30 PM

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

 “Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”  Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.” (from the publisher)

This program is free – all are welcome.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

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Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM

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

fireplace and chairsLooking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Winter reading list.  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.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation?  Check out our past titles here.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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