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Scanning & Faxing @ Syosset Library

Scanning is now available in the 3rd Floor Computer Center!  Syosset Library is the first public library in the country to own the state of the art Scannx Book ScanStation.  The scanner is available to all and is free to use.

What’s so special about this scanner?

- Very user-friendly touch screen monitor.
– Scan books and documents into

  • PDF
  • Searchable PDF
  • Microsoft Word
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • PNG

by simply touching the screen for the preferred file format.
– Advanced ABBYY FineReader technology allows you to scan a book to Microsoft Word with incredible accuracy!
– It will scan and save your documents/pictures to a large variety of places, including:

  • USB Drive
  • Email
  • Google Docs
  • Smart Phones
  • Fax

Stop by the Computer Center and check it out!  Reference Librarians will be available if you need assistance.

- posted by Megan, Reference Services

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Code Breaking, Espionage & More on the Third Floor

Have you ever tried solving a cryptogram? Every letter is replaced by a different letter consistently throughout a phrase, meaning all m’s appear as k’s, and all k’s as y’s, for example.  I see them in Newsday every morning, but I never seem to have much luck.  I know one letter words are usually “I” or “A” and three letter words are usually “the” or “and,” but I guess some things are best left to professionals.

Cracking military codes is always a major priority during times of war (and probably even peace).  There’s no better way to uncover enemy movements and plans then when they don’t know you’re listening.

There’s a code breaking and espionage display on the third floor that has lots of books like Codes, Ciphers & Other Cryptic & Clandestine Communication, Battle of Wits : the Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II and The Emperor’s Codes : the Breaking of Japan’s Secret Ciphers. It always amazes me when someone can take random bits of information and put together a complete picture.  In The Bible Code , controversial author Michael Drosnin finds hidden codes in the Bible he believes can predict the future.  Books like The Art of Deception and Crypto : How the Code Rebels Beat the Government–Saving Privacy in the Digital Age demonstrate how computer hackers can sort through the seemingly harmless information to break into complex security systems.

How are your code breaking skills? Try one for yourself!

QSEYI MWHF USIH’Z ZKY WHNP IXP UKW NWCYB EY.

Highlight to reveal the answer–>  “James Bond wasn’t the only spy who loved me.”

- posted by Megan, Reference Services

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5 Questions about books

Megan Kass, reference services, answers five questions about books and reading ~

Book you most want to read again for the first time: The first time I read BattleAxe by Sara Douglass was in England when I was travelling as part of a tour group.  I read it in a hurry and wasn’t really focusing on the content, so I feel I missed something.  When I came back to the US, I discovered that the book was not yet available here, as often Australian novels are published in Europe before America (who knew?).  When BattleAxe finally was printed in the US, it was published under the series name The Wayfarer Redemption, rather than the singular title BattleAxe.  This marketing ploy left me wary of what else the publishers may have changed, so I have yet to reread it.

A favorite childhood book: My favorite childhood book was Colors in the Dreamweaver’s Loom by Beth Hilgartner.  This is a book that has been overlooked for far too long.  I found it in this library when I was browsing the shelves, and I admit, I was attracted by the colorful cover.  Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  Beth Hilgartner created a unique alternate universe that bumped into ours in the sequel, The Feast of the Trickster.

Book assigned in school that turned out to be really good: I was forced to read Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko as part of a general humanities class.  Most of the books the teacher assigned were the gut wrenching, wrist slitting, depressing kind, so when I picked up Ceremony I was incredibly nervous.  It started off slow and like a typical school read, but as the main character, a Native American Vietnam War veteran, developed it became increasingly obvious that his world view was totally alien to my own.  What was so great about a different perspective?  I couldn’t predict the characters actions or how the plot would unfold.  In a world where everything is a remake of something else, it’s always a pleasant surprise when you find a book that can really shock you and change the way you think.  It can definitely make you a better person.

Guilty pleasure: I feel guilty admitting I’ve become an addict of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  I watched the TV series and enjoyed it, so I figured I’d give the books a shot.  Lo and behold, these books were nothing like what I’ve ever read before.  I am a fan of the long winded epic fantasy novels – the more pages and the longer it takes me to read it, the better.  Each Dresden File took about a day to read and it was non-stop action from start to finish.  My initial review of the series was “fast food”: a book you read quickly, tastes good and you walk away from feeling satisfied.  Several of the books were even New York Times Bestsellers – something I normally consider way too mainstream

Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I liked the many movie versions, whether they were accurate reenactments, like the Colin Firth version, or remixes, like Bridget Jones’s Diary, so I really feel I should read the book.  I should especially read it if I ever want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.

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How was that last book you read?

Did it have your fingers earning tiny little paper cuts as you anxiously turned to the next page, desperate to know what was going to happen next?  Did it give you a headache from banging your head against a desk in frustration (Why am I reading this book, why)?

Spread the word!

Submit a review for a book you’ve read and let the whole library know how fantastic or awful it was.  How do I do this, you ask?  It’s easy.

  1. Find the book in the library catalog.
  2. Under the title/author/publication information is a line for User Reviews.
  3. Click where it says, “add a review.”
  4. Click “Review this yourself.”
  5. Create a review account by entering a user name, password, and if you’d like, an email address.  Prefer to post an anonymous review?  No problem – just create a wacky user name; no real identity required.
  6. Click “Submit.”
  7. Type your review!

You can review any of the library materials that appear in the catalog, not just  books – the more reviews, the merrier – so add yours now!

- posted by Megan, Reference Services

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Things That Go BUMP! in the Night

The Zombie Survival GuideThere’s a new display on the third floor to help you prepare yourself for the scariest of nights – pick up the Zombie Survival Guide as well as a string of garlic. Check out a travel guide for Haunted New York or Haunted Long Island if you plan on doing some paranormal sightseeing.

draculaPrefer to stay safe inside? This may be a wise decision. Curl up with a timeless classic like Dracula, or watch a fun movie like Teen Wolf. Either way, don’t forget the treats!

-posted by Megan, Reference Services

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Serial Killers. Check it out, or else…

The Serial Killer FilesDid you know… the word “thug” originates from a cult of serial killers in India led by a man named Thug Behram? Well, you would if you read The Serial Killer Files. Liu Pengli, Thug Behram, Elizabeth Báthory, Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan, Jack the Ripper… famous serial killers throughout history, both real and fictitious. What makes them tick? What makes them kill? Why can’t I stop reading about them???

Dying to know more?  Come check out the Serial Killers: Practice Makes Perfect display on the third floor.

-posted by Megan, Reference Services

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