Evening Book Club

The Syosset Public Library’s

Evening Book Club

will meet on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 pm

to discuss Fever by Mary Beth Keane.

fever“A bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman know as “Typhoid Mary”, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 20th century. In order to keep New York’s citizens safe from Mary Mallon, the Department of Health sent her to North Brother Island where she was kept in isolation from 1907-1910. She was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Bringing early 20th century New York alive – the neighborhoods, the bars, the emerging skyscrapers, the boat traffic – Fever is as fiercely compelling as Typhoid Mary herself, an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life”. (from the publisher)

Please join Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian in Room B/C.

Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book are currently available at the Circulation Desk.

Hope to see you there!

- posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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Let’s Reminisce, Syosset!


Syosset in the Sixties

Join us for a discussion

about Syosset during this

tumultuous decade of changes

in politics, music and art.

Syosset Public Library

225 South Oyster Bay Road

Thursday, April 10 at 2:00 pm
Refreshments will be served!

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20 & 30 Something Book Club

tell the wolves i'm home“It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus – her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life – someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, and her family, and ever her own heart.” (From the Publisher)

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, April 21st at 7PM. We will be discussing the novel “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt. This program is open to any 20-Something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion. No registration is required and the program is free. Non-Syosset residents are welcome. Copies of the book are still available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor. Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details. The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 –Something Librarians.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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New in DVD

delivery manDelivery Man

Comedy PG-13

The story of friendly underachiever David Wozniak, whose ordinary life gets twisted in a knot when he finds out that he has fathered 533 children via sperm donations he made twenty years earlier.

The Great Beauty

Foreign NR
great beautyFor decades journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Drama R
wolf of wall streetMartin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late ’80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’
Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

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New in DVD

american hustle

American Hustle

Drama R

Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the cons and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.


Comedy PG

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Drama PG-13

Based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, it chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

Saving Mr. Banks

Drama PG-13

saving mr banksWhen P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins, to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.

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New in DVD

catching fireThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Sci-Fi PG-13

Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a ‘Victor’s Tour’ of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell); a competition that could change Panem forever. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

book thiefThe Book Thief

Drama PG-13

The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her in World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family’s home, escape from the events unfolding around them. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Out of the FurnaceOut of the Furnace

Action R

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom or risking it all to seek justice for his brother.

Inside Llewyn DavisInside Llewyn Davis

Drama R

Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. He is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Foreign NR

Broken Circle BreakdownElise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage–but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested.

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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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