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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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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.

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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.

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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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10 Classics Its Time to Reread This Spring!

books and flowersAs an admitted “Book Fanatic”, I read constantly, averaging about 100 books per year.  Lately though, I have found myself so overwhelmed by all the new books being released that I haven’t made time to read the classics.

Every once in awhile it’s refreshing to look back at the titles that have lasted through generations of readers and figure out what makes them so great.  I’ve decided classics are always better the second time around.  I find myself able to appreciate the writing, the tone, the foreshadowing and other literary elements because I’m not worrying about what happens next… I already know the ending.  Below are the titles I believe are worth a second reading (or first, if you’ve never read them).  Yes, there are MANY more that I could add.  These are just my favorites …

My first choice is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and a remake of the original film is rumored to be in the works.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

“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.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.”

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

“A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream in a tale of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss.”

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“Huxley’s classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“A young man newly rich tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact she has married.”

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

“A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.”

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

“The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.”

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

“When Buck is stolen from his kind family, he must quickly learn a new set of survival rules as he is taken away to the gold-crazed North by unsavory men.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester.”

*All descriptions from the Publishers.

- Posted by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

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