2015 Adult Summer Reading Club Events

Escape the Ordinary


Title Swap with Flying BooksLibrarians

Tuesday, June 2, 1:30 PM

To celebrate this exciting summer program, the Readers’ Services Department will hold a special Title Swap with Librarians.  Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great summer reading list!  Refreshments will be served.  No registration required. Free.  Attend this event and receive a complimentary Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Jennifer Cody Epstein, Author Visit

Tuesday, June 2, 7 PM

Jennifer Cody EpsteinThe celebration continues in the evening with author, Jennifer Cody Epstein who will discuss her latest novel The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the writer’s life. Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event. No registration required. Free. Attend this event and receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

Wednesday, July 8, 7 PM

woman in hammockJoin us for a special evening Title Swap. Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great “Beach Reads” reading list. No registration required.  Free. Attend this event and receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party

Rosanna Chiofalo, Author Visit  Wednesday, August 12, 7 PM

Rosanna ChiofaloJoin other booklovers in celebration of a summer of great books.  Author Rosanna Chiofalo will discuss her novels, including Stella Mia.  Refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be drawn. It is sure to be a special evening.  Adult Summer Reading Club members will be asked to RSVP.  No registration required for the public.  Free.

*Please note: In person registration with a Syosset Public Library card is required to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Club raffle drawings.  Registration is not required to attend events.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Recent Additions to Book Club in a Bag

The Syosset Public Library Book Club in a Bag (BCIB) has recently added the following books to our collection:

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End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The BCIB includes the following:      

  •   Discussion questions
  •   Biographical information
  •   Critical material
  •   Multiple copies of selected titles

Here’s how it works:

Syosset School District resident cardholders only.

Request for kits must be made through a library staff member by phone or in person.

You may reserve a kit up to six months in advance.

The loan period is four weeks.

Let us provide you everything you need for a successful book discussion.

 Please contact Readers’ Services, 921-7161, ext 241 to reserve a book for your Book Club.

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services




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Government Contracting Workshop





Hosted by the US Small Business Administration

DollarsYou could be leaving Thousands or even Millions of $$$ on the Federal Government Procurement Table.  The Federal Government purchases more than $500

Billion in goods and services on an annual basis.  SBA Certification Programs are all geared toward assisting small businesses, veteran-owned businesses and women-owned businesses .  Attend our FREE Certification Training Session to learn more.

For Small Businesses, Veterans, Women-Owned Businesses,  and Minorities—8(a), HUBZONE, WOSB

 Wednesday, June 3, 2015

7:00PM —8:30PM

Syosset Public Library

225 South Oyster Bay Road

Syosset NY, 11791


– posted by Alisa, Reference Services


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Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_77718817 White cup of coffee and open book on white backgroundShare 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, Jean Simpson and Evelyn Hershkowitz  for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Romance? Suspense?  Your next book club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer 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 fireplace.

fireplace and chairsWe look forward to seeing you there!

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: http://www.syossetlibrary.org/books/events-for-readers/title-swap

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Memorial Day Weekend

memorial day


The Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, the time when our thoughts turn to those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. It is also the unofficial start of summer for a lot of us. With these things in mind, here are some reading, watching and listening suggestions for the holiday that can be found at the library.

Going to a parade?  Get into the mood and listen to these in your car: 

military band salutei love a paradeSalute to the Services by The Military Band

I Love a Parade by the Boston Pops



Having a barbecue?  We’ve got some cookbooks for you: 

guy on fireGuy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri

The Food Network star shares his favorite techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking through the year along with recipes for delectable desserts, flavorful sauces and condiments and delicious drinks.


Planet barbecue!Planet Barbecue! An Electrifying Journey Around the World’s Barbecue Trail by Steve Raichlen 

The TV grillmaster offers his latest globe-trotting barbecue tome, touring 60 countries in six continents to bring more than 300 exotic recipes to your backyard, in a book the offers choices for beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, vegetables, kebabs, wings, ribs and even dessert.

Looking forward to relaxing with a good book? 

9781594204999B.JPGRedeployment by Phil Klay

A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.

things they carried

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Star for Mrs. BlakeMeeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer’s wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star, and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret.


Or a movie?

Longest DayThe Longest Day (Film)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.


Band of BrothersBand of Brothers (TV Mini-series)

The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

Is a long drive part of your plans?  Listen to an audiobook:

A Blaze of GloryA Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara

A fictional account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, told from the perspectives of participants on both sides, recreates the April 1862 surprise attack by Confederate forces on the Union Army at Shiloh.

Under FireUnder Fire by W.E.B. Griffin 

When Captain Ken McCoy is asked to leave the Corps after his report on probable North Korean hostilities displeases his superiors, McCoy is hired by the CIA and must join with other veterans to retaliate against Korea’s invasion of the 38th parallel.

Everyone please have a good and reflective Memorial Day weekend.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services


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Afternoon Book Club

Invention of Wings


The Monthly Afternoon Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 26th at 1:30 PM.  Please join Readers’ Services Librarian Lisa Jones to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd:

“A sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah Grimke’s 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.  We follow their remarkable journey over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destines and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.”

The discussion will take place in Conference Room B/C on the lower level. 

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor. 

This program is free and no registration is required.

We hope to see you there!

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

american-sniperAmerican Sniper

Drama R

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.  Also available in Blu-ray DVD.

hot tub time machine 2Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Comedy R

Set ten years in the future, Lou, who has become the ‘father of the Internet,’ is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob and Nick fire up the time machine again to save their friend.



Foreign R

Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town’s corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.​

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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