Afternoon Book Club

destiny of the republic

with Sonia Grgas, Readers’ Services Librarian

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

at 1:30 PM

Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime

and a Booklist Notable Book of 2012

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.

This program is free – all are welcome.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

Hope to see you there!

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New in DVD

12_Years_a_Slave12 Years A Slave

Drama R

The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

GrandmasterThe Grandmaster

Foreign PG-13

Watch an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division, and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.

old boy


Action R

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

dallas buyers clubDallas Buyers Club

Drama  R

Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof’s free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful ‘buyers’ club.

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What We’re Reading Now – Part II

Pam M., Head of Programming is reading:

still life with bread crumbsStill Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.

isolation doorSharon, Teen Librarian, is reading:

The Isolation Door

by Anish Majumdar

A mother’s delusions of Bollywood stardom become a son’s raw materials for finding happiness beyond her shadow. Enlisting the aid of an Aunt with means and questionable motives, Neil finds love and forms crucial friendships. But when the life he’s kept secret begins to crumble, a choice must be made: family or freedom?

little failureLisa C., Assistant Library Director is listening to:

Little Failure

by Gary Shteyngart

After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado.

heistBetty P., Reference Librarian, is listening to:

The Heist

by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars.  And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox, an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian is reading:

me myself and whyMe, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self

by Jennifer Ouellette

The author dives into the minuscule ranges of variation in genetics to understand just what sets us apart. She draws on cutting-edge research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology to explore the mysteries of human identity and behavior. Readers follow her own surprising journey of self-discovery as she has her genome sequenced, her brain mapped, her personality typed, and even samples a popular hallucinogen.

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New in DVD

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest ColorForeign NR

Adele is a high school student who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twenty-something art student. This intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth.


Drama PG-13

gravityDr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Drama R

nebraskaAfter receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father’s hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Drama R

rushSet against the golden age of Formula One racing in the 1970s, Rush is based on the true story of a spectacular sporting rivalry between English playboy James Hunt, and his structured, intelligent opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Thor: The Dark World

Action PG-13

thor the dark worldThor fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

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What We’re Reading Now – Part I

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services, is reading:


by Lisa Scottoline

When a 13-year-old genius and member of the most powerful family in the country believes that the man imprisoned for killing her sister six years earlier is innocent, the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates agree to reopen the case and find out if justice was really served all those years ago.

Karen, Library Director, is reading:

goldfinchThe Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Aloneand abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Jessikah, Children’s Librarian, just finished:

bone seasonThe Bone Season

by Samantha Shannon

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing. But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion.

Pam S., Reference Librarian, is reading:

housemaid's daughterThe Housemaid’s Daughter

by Barbara Mutch

When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is to marry there —her fiance Edward, whom she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a small town in the harsh Karoo desert, her only real companions are her diary and her housemaid, and later the housemaid’s daughter, Ada. When Ada is born, Cathleen recognizes in her someone she can love and respond to in a way that she cannot with her own family.

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading:

Last Enchantments The Last Enchantments

by Charles Finch

After working on a failed presidential campaign, a young Yale graduate leaves New York for Oxford, where he becomes caught up in surprising friendships with a reality TV star wanna-be and an Indian economist who adores gangster rap and an unexpected romantic entanglement.

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Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, March 4th at 1:30 PM

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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, Ralph Guiteau and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Spring 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.

fireplace and chairs

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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Recent Additions to “Book Club in a Bag”

The Readers’ Services of the Syosset Public Library has added the following books to our Book Club in a Bag collection:

light between oceansThe Light Between Oceans

by M. L. Stedman

“Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom–whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I–begins to waver.” (from the publisher)

storytellerThe Storyteller

by Jodi Picoult

“Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who’s particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs–and to wonder if his request would be murder or justice.” (from the publisher)

And the Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

and the mountains echoed“The best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.” (from the publisher)

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 or 241 to reserve a book for your Book Club.

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