Swing Into Spring

baseball book hitTo celebrate the start of Major League Baseball season, here are a few novels that have a baseball theme:

Calico Joe by John Grisham Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach  At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys–best friends–are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend’s mother. Owen Meany believes he didn’t hit the ball by accident. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying.

The Natural by Bernard Malamud This sports novel follows the career of baseball player Roy Hobbs, a natural with a bat whose dreams of playing in the big leagues are deferred by a youthful indiscretion, but who finally becomes a hero.

The Chosen by Chaim Potok  A baseball injury precipitates a friendship between two boys from Hasidic and Zionist families.

The Great American Novel by Philip Roth  A third major baseball league tries to survive, but World War II decimates it by 1943.

The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster  Hoping to achieve a lifelong goal when he is called up to the major leagues after ten years in the minors, Edward Everett Yates makes a risky play that results in a devastating injury and is unable to pursue a life without baseball as the years progress.

- posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

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Go Wild!

national parks service logoThe National Park Service is the guardian of the nation’s historic sites and wilderness areas. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, wild and scenic rivers and trails. The Service is celebrating National Parks Week April 19- 27. This year’s theme is “Go Wild”

In 1872 President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law creating Yellowstone as the world’s first national park. This act set aside from development or settlement more than two million acres in the Montana and Wyoming territories  to be “dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Then in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act which  began as an effort  to protect the prehistoric cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins and early missions in the Southwest.  The National Park Service was formed by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Even though our closest NPS site, Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, is closed for major rehabilitation, the grounds and the Roosevelt Museum are open for visitors. Fire Island National Seashore provides wonderful outdoor opportunities. Or you can head into NYC and visit the African Burial Grounds, the Statue of Liberty or the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.

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As you plan your summer travel, be sure to check out the suggested itineraries on the Service’s website. These road trips take you along routes to explore history, archaeology and culture.

If you are more of an armchair traveler, check out the series of DVDs the Syosset Public Library owns on the parks. And, of course, there are many books available.

If you are serious about traveling you might want to buy the annual pass for $80. The senior pass is a real bargain: for those over age 62 the cost is a one time fee of $10! Look at the other passes on the website before you travel.

The National Park Service now oversees more than 400 sites. You can check them here.  You can search by type of site or by location.    There is really something for everyone! So “Go Wild”!

- posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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Afternoon Book Club

house girlThe Afternoon Book Club will meet on

Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

to discuss The House Girl by Tara Conklin

“A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.” (From the Publisher)

Please join Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers’ Services Librarian in Room B/C.

Refreshments will be served.

The books are currently available at the circulation desk.

Hope to see you there!

- posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

philomenaPhilomena

Drama PG-13

In 1952, a young Philomena was sent the convent of Roscrea in Ireland, after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. Also available in BLU-RAY DVD.

secret life of walter mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Comedy PG

A daydreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Also available in BLU-RAY DVD.

- posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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New Titles for Book Club in a Bag

Readers’ Services has added the following books to our Book Club in a Bag collection:

beautiful ruinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

me before youMe Before You by JoJo Moyes
Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

silent wifeThe Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Told in alternating voices, this novel follows the events leading up to the violent dissolution of Jodi and Todd’s marriage, a union steeped in lies, infidelity, jealousy, and denial.

Let us provide everything you need for a successful book discussion. We can supply you with 10 copies of the book and a discussion binder. The binder contains discussion questions, biographical information and critical material. Please contact Readers’ Services, 921-7161, ext 239 to reserve a book for your Book Club.

— posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

August Osage County

august osage countyDrama R

The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Grudge Match

grudge matchComedy PG-13

Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp and Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen are old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. On their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

hobbit desolation of smaugAction PG-13

Bilbo Baggins continues on in his journey with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim their lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Homefront

Action PG

homefrontWidowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker retires to a quiet Southern town with his 10-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence. When a riveting chain of events forces him to face off with psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine, Broker must retaliate using the fearsome skills he hoped to keep in his past. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Horror R

paranormal activity the marked onesThe same malevolent demon who claimed Kristi and Katie is back. Jesse starts experiencing several disconcerting and indescribable things after his neighbor’s death. As he looks into these occurrences, he discovers that he has been chosen for possession by this malicious demon. It’s inevitable that he will be under its control; it’s only a matter of time.

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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Meet the Authors!

Syosset Public Library’s First Annual 

Local Author Showcase

Wednesday, April 23 at 7 PM

In the Theater

Come and meet with Syosset and Woodbury authors who will share their books with you at this first annual Local Author Showcase:

Vincent Casale - The Coparazzi

Marilyn Goldsmith – There is a Special Place

Marjorie Gottlieb-Wolfe – Yiddish for Dog and Cat Lovers

Bonnie Grubman – How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile

Sue Korman – Tales from the Old Oak Table

Wendy Levitt – At the Corner of Wall and Sesame

Randi Portnoy – Harlee Hugs

Toby Speed – Death Over Easy

Leah Umansky – Domestic Uncertainties

Brief Book Talks will be given by each author.  Additionally, authors will be available for a “Meet and Greet” following the panel discussion.

 Books will be available for sale and signing.  

Light refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

- posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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