New in DVD

Brian Banks

Drama PG-13

The inspirational true story of an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite a lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

Good Boys

Comedy PG-13

After being invited to his first kissing party, twelve-year-old Max is panicking because he doesn’t know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor and Lucas decide to use Max’s dad’s drone to spy on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max’s dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Drama PG-13

An adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of the Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control, Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally.

Tel Aviv on Fire

Foreign NR

Salam is an amateurish young Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a fortuitous meeting with an Israeli soldier. His artistic career is on the rise until the soldier and the show’s financial sponsors disagree about how the show should end, and Salam gets caught in the middle.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

New in DVD

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Drama R

Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Corporate Animals

Comedy R

CEO Lucy takes her staff on corporate team building in some underground desert caves in New Mexico. They get stuck there.

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Action PG-13

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.


Foreign NR

Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, returns to Afghanistan, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Horror PG-13

On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

The Wedding Guest

Drama R

When a bride-to-be is kidnapped by a wedding guest, she willingly goes with her kidnapper in order to escape an arranged marriage and reunite with her boyfriend.

Upcoming Books-to-Films

books to filmIf you like to read the book before you see the movie, here are five books whose film adaptations will be coming out during these next few months. All titles are available at the Syosset Public Library.

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Film premieres November 1 and stars Edward Norton, Gugu Mbata-Raw and Alec Baldwin.

Lionel Essrog has always respected Frank Minna, who helped him out when he was young, and when Frank is found dead, Lionel and his friends, the Minna Men, scour the streets of Brooklyn in search of the killer.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Film premieres on November 8 and stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan MacGregor and Carel Struycken.

The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Film premieres on November 15  and stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

When he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online, veteran con artist Roy, believing her to be an easy mark, sets in motion a scheme he believes will be a success, but there is reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy’s crooked plot plays out, in this epic narrative of sin, salvation and survival.

Cats  by T. S. Eliot (based on Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats)

Film premieres on December 20 and stars Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson and Ian McKellen.

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Film premieres December 25 and stars Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep.

Hot-headed, literary tomboy Jo, sweet Beth, responsible Meg and spoiled but worldly Amy are the March sisters. While they may squabble amongst themselves as they grow up in the rigid confines of nineteenth-century Massachusetts society, they will also face hardship and terrible loss, united in their parents’ love and their high expectations as wives, women and citizens.

All summaries from the book publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


November is NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is an international program for aspiring writers that began in 1999. The Syosset Public Library is an official NaNoWriMo  “write in” location. Participants are invited to drop by to write anytime. For information about NaNoWriMo, visit



Monday, November 4, 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Play games, chat about writing prompts, and gear up to write. Complimentary coffee and discounts on food and specialty beverages.


November 6, 13, 20, & 27, 6:30 P.M. to 8:45 P.M.

Come write in a space set aside for NaNoWriMo writers to gather and get their word count up without outside distractions. Light snacks provided.

WRAP-UP AT MONGO’S COFFEE* – The Business of Being an Author

Monday, December 2, 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Interested in getting published? Learn how to query a literary agent and how to promote yourself and your work even before you are published from award-winning debut author Natalie S. Harnett. Complimentary coffee and discounts on food and specialty beverages.

*Mongo’s Coffee is located at 170 Michael Drive in Syosset.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Five Years in the Blog


Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s  past blog posts in October for the last five years:






Hope you enjoyed these posts and Happy Halloween!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


New in DVD

The Lion King

Action PG

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Chambermaid

Foreign NR

Celebrating the invisible women caretakers of society, director Lila Aviles turns the monotonous work day of Eve, a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail bringing forth Eve’s hopes, dreams, and desires.

The Other Story

Foreign NR

A suspenseful, poignant, and humorous story through the eyes of two rebellious young women from two troubled families that tangle in the most unexpected ways in Jerusalem.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Afternoon Book Discussion


2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Winner

with Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers’ Services Librarian

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  at 1 PM – NEW TIME

“A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.” -from the publisher

The program is free.

No registration required.

Books are at the Circulation Desk.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

A blog written by the librarians at Syosset Public Library, Syosset, New York.

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