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
- Searchable PDF
- Microsoft Word
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
- Google Docs
- Smart Phones
Stop by the Computer Center and check it out! Reference Librarians will be available if you need assistance.
- posted by Megan, Reference Services
You’ve probably heard of Abigail Adams, Joan of Arc, and Clara Barton but what about Margaret Bayard Smith, Beatrice of Sicily and Varina Howell Davis?*
There is a book display on the library’s third floor celebrating Women’s History Month. Not all of the books deal with women who are well known. Some were powerful and influential in their communities but others were not. Many of them never made the history books. Marjorie and Ben Lightman’s Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women takes you back to ancient history. Look at the wonderful pictures of pioneer women in Women of the West by Cathy Luchetti. Another collection of stories about the lives and role of American women is Donna Lucey’s I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation 1600-1920 and Gail Collins’ America’s Women looks at the ordinary lives of ordinary women who immigrated here as early settlers, fought for suffrage, participated in the civil rights movement and joined the feminist revolution . If you like American history and politics read Cokie Roberts’ Founding Mothers and Bonnie Angelo’s First Mothers. Joan Druett’s Hen Frigate introduces women who sailed with their sea captain husbands. Elizabeth Leonard’s All the Daring of the Soldier profiles some of the brave women who were spies or who disguised themselves as men so they could fight in the Civil War. Some American women made their mark overseas; for example, the three Jerome sisters married into British aristocracy (Elisabeth Kehoe’s The Titled Americans).
*Do you want some information about the women mentioned in the first paragraph? Margaret Bayard Smith (left) was a well known hostess and writer in the early days of Washington DC; she commented on Presidents from Jefferson to Madison to Jackson (Catherine Allgor’s Parlor Politics). Beatrice of Sicily (center) and her sisters were all Queen Consorts in the 13th century– Marguerite in France, Eleanor of England and Sanchia of the Romans. I read about their lives and accomplishments in Nancy Goldstone’s Four Queens (on my Kindle!). The life of Varina Howell Davis (right), the granddaughter of the revolutionary war governor of New Jersey and the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, is detailed in Carol Berkin’s Civil War Wives.
- posted by Brenda, Reference Services
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