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Imitation GameThe Imitation Game

Drama PG-13

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst, and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency,’ an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.

interstellarInterstellar

Sci-Fi PG-13

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Wild

Drama PG-13

wildA chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Preservation Workshop

preservation workshop pic“Your personal collection may include scrapbooks, photographs, letters, Bibles, christening gowns, home movies, and so much more.  What I’d like to provide for your community is an opportunity to learn how damage occurs and how to protect those items from any future damage, so that their family’s history can endure for as long as possible.”

Nicole Menchise, archivist and collections manager

Oyster Bay Historical Society

Thursday, April 9 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Refreshments will be served.

Nicole Menchise will speak about preserving the items we hold most dear – our unique family treasures – including a discussion of best practices for handling, displaying and long-term storage for papers, books, textiles, photographs and film.

Included in the workshop are examples taken from the collection of the Society.  Attendees are encouraged to bring items that they feel need to be discussed specifically.  No appraisals will be given as this is strictly regarding preservation practices.

– posted by Barney, Local History services

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Author Louise Erdrich awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Louise Erdrich

Visit our Main Floor Display honoring author Louise Erdrich.  The Syosset Public Library owns many of Ms. Erdrich’s titles in a variety of formats: Regular Print, Large Type, Audiobook, as well as downloadable eBook and Audiobook through Overdrive.

Louise Erdrich display

Ms. Erdrich has enjoyed an accomplished career as a writer publishing over 14 novels and multiple other works, including memoirs, essay, poetry, short stories and children’s books.  Ms. Erdrich is also the owner of BIRCHBARK BOOKS AND NATIVE ARTS in Minneapolis.

I was first exposed to Louise Erdrich’s writing in an Ethnic American Literature course in college and again as a graduate student in a Native American Literature course.  I was highly impressed with her writing from the moment I picked up Love Medicine, winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and quickly went on to read more of her work.

Not sure which title to read? Try one of our Staff Member Favorites:

Round HouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction

“When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.”

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine*Winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded the arrival of a major voice in American literature.”

Master Butchers SingingThe Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

*Recognized by Booklist Editor’s Choice – Best Fiction of 2003

“Returning to his quiet German village home after World War I, trained killer Fidelis Waldvogel, accompanied by his wife, leaves to start a new life in America and finds his life irrevocably changed by a new relationship.”

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

Last Report at the Miracles of Little*Recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2001

“As a priest nears the end of his life, he is asked to prove or disprove the sainthood of a woman he knows well and struggles to guard his own secret identity in the process.”

All summaries from the publishers.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Action PG-13

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Recent Additions to Book Club in a Bag

book club in a bag logoLet 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 to reserve a book for your Book Club.  A brochure containing a list of all Book Club in a Bag titles is available at the Readers’ Services desk.

These are some of our recent additions:

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

Storied Life of A. J. Fikry “A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession–a rare edition of Poe poems–has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Paris ArchitectIn 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist.

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

tell the wolves i'm homeIn this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s 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, her family, and even her own heart.

(All summaries from the publishers.)

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

 

 

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dumb and bumber toDumb and Dumber To

Comedy PG-13

Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had, and the responsibility that either should ever, ever be given. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

 

exodus gods and kingsExodus: Gods and Kings

Drama PG-13

Moses sets out to rise up against the Egyptian Pharoah. He frees 600,000 slaves and all journey across Egypt fighting deadly plagues. The epic tale of one man’s daring courage to take on an empire. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

 

theory of everythingThe Theory of Everything

Drama PG-13

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science.​ Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

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Afternoon Book Club

PridePrejudice

 

Join us on March 24, 2015  at 1:30 PM for a discussion

of the Jane Austen classic

Pride and Prejudice

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

“When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers thatDarcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.” – from the publisher.

This program is free and all are welcome.
Books are currently available at the circulation desk.
Hope to see you there!

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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