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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: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

 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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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.

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The Grapes of Wrath Celebrates 75 Years of Publication

Join the Readers’ Services Department for two special events in

celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of

John Steinbeck’s classic novel,

The Grapes of Wrath 

 

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“April 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Viking hardcover publication of Steinbeck’s crowning literary achievement. First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity…”-from the publisher

Book Discussion:

The Afternoon Book Club will discuss The Grapes of Wrath on Tuesday, June 24 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.

grapes of wrath 1939 filmBook to Film:

We will also be meeting on Friday, June 27 at 2 PM in the Theater to view and discuss the 1940 film version of the novel starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine. All are welcome. No registration required.

 Both events will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.

 

 

 

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Author Visit: Mary Beth Keane

Mary_Beth_KeaneNY author Mary Beth Keane will be visiting the Library

for a Book Talk and Signing of her newest novel

Fever (our April 2014 Evening Book Discussion Selection)

on Tuesday, June 3 at 7 pm on the second floor.

Mary Beth Keane is the author of The Walking People (2009) and Fever (2013) She attended Barnard College and received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Virginia. In 2011, Ms. Keane was named as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35.  The “5 Under 35” program honors 5 authors under the age of 35 as chosen by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists whom they believe demonstrate promising talent in the world of literature.  For more information on the 5 Under 35 Program visit the National Book Foundation’s official website.

Fever received ***Starred Reviews*** from both Booklist and Kirkus.

feverFrom Booklist: “…Most movingly of all, she tells a great love story in depicting Mary and Alfred’s flawed but passionate relationship.  A fascinating, often heartbreaking novel.”

From Library Journal: “…Even for those who know the outcome, fiction fans will eagerly anticipate each new page where disease lurks behind every compassionate corner. Keane has replaced the “Typhoid Mary” cliché with a memorable and emotional human story.”

From Kirkus: “…A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor.”

Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

For more information about Mary Beth Keane, visit the author’s official website or connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Adult Summer Reading Club begins soon!

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Syosset Public Library’s fifth annual Adult Summer Reading Club will be beginning soon. The program is simple and stress-free, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading after June 3 and finish by August 9. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawing and at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on August 13.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

  • Patrons read books of their own choice: Adult & Young Adult books qualify; Children’s books do not.
  • Audiobooks qualify.
  • Books must be started and finished between the dates 6/03/14 & 8/09/14
  • Patrons who join the program and submit at least one title will be eligible to participate in raffle drawings at the Wrap-Up Party on August 13 at 7 PM.
  • Open to Syosset School District Residents 18 years or older.

Registration for the club begins on June 3

at the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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How I spent the month of April…

(The following article appeared in  May 2014 issue of The Book Club Insider.  The Book Club Insider is a Syosset Public Library newsletter sent out monthly to local book clubs that have become part of the library’s Register Your Book Club program.  For more information about Register Your Book Club, please call the Readers’ Services desk: 516 921-7161 Ext. 241.)

I’ve hit a rut.  We’ve all been there … you pick up book after book and nothing holds your interest for very long.  Ultimately, you pick up the TV remote and just stop reading for awhile.  My problem is not that the books are “bad” or boring.  I am reading too many of the same types of books.  And you may be too.

     Instead of sticking with my usual genres, I decided to mix it up and finally discovered how to extricate myself from that disheartening black hole of the reading rut.   I spent the month of April “Genre-Hopping” which can be described as purposely reading books from different genres, rather than my typical favorites, or jumping from genre to genre.

     Below are the books I read in April while Genre-Hopping.  All would make fabulous book discussion choices.  I encourage you and your reading group to try your own “Genre-Hopping” experiment.

Orange is the New BlackBiography/Memoir: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

“Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.”

While Beauty SleptHistorical Fantasy Fiction/ Fairy Tale Adaptation: While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

“Reflecting on her long-ago service with a princess who fell under a sleeping curse, Elise remembers witnessing how events actually transpired and were connected to a secretive labyrinth of evil…A Gothic retelling of the story behind the legend of Sleeping Beauty.”

Block 11English Translation: Block 11 by Piero Degli Antoni (Translated from Italian)

“Two elderly survivors of Auschwitz recall the harrowing night when they and eight other prisoners were ordered to pick which of their number would be executed at dawn, a choice marked by shocking revelations and wrenching debates about which of them deserved to live or die.”

Five Days at MemorialNonfiction-Social Issues: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

“Reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources.”

Storied Life of A.J. FikryIndie Pick: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

“When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.”

 All summaries from the publishers.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Title Swap with Librarians

fireplace and chairs

Please join us on Tuesday, June 3 at 1:30 PM for

 Title Swap with Librarians

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with our Readers’ Services staff.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Lisa Jones, Evelyn Hershkowitz and Stacey Levine for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.  Looking for your next book club pick?  books-and-tea drawingTrying to find a new mystery writer?  Or maybe you want something fun and light to read?  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.  This program is free and no registration is required.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor of the Library.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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