New in DVD

Daddy’s Home 2

Comedy PG-13

In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, Dusty and Brad have joined forces to provide their kids the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional dad arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

Same Kind of Different As Me

Drama PG-13

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to Deborah, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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A Museum Outing With Your Book Club

Now that winter is upon us, a trip to a museum or indoor garden may be just the thing to refresh your book club and beat those winter blues.   Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program. 

Museum of the City of New York

King in New York – through June 1, 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., King in New York traces the civil rights leader’s encounters with New York from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. The exhibition’s historic images chronicle King’s sermons in churches and speeches to the United Nations, his discussions about race relations with New York City’s mayor, and his relationships with New York’s own networks of activists.

Beyond Suffrage:  A Century of New York Women in Politics – through August 5, 2018

This exhibit traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Fool the Eye – through March 4, 2018

Get ready to be amazed by an exhibition filled with optical illusions and artistic sleight of hand! Trompe l’oeil, hypnotic abstractions, perceptual illusions, mind-bending impossibilities and more. Artists include Salvador Dali, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz and many others.

The Jazz Age – March 17, 2018 – July 8, 2018

The Jazz Age is highlighted by masterpieces of the 1920s, neoclassical paintings by Picasso, the avant-garde breakthroughs of James Joyce and Coco Chanel and enduring classics such as Balanchine’s Apollo. The exhibition also features musical and literary programs, lectures and symposia exploring the art, design, music, dance and literature of this unforgettable era.

New York Historical Society

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence – through March 11, 2018

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence showcases hand-drawn and engraved maps from the 18th and early 19th centuries that illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 – through April 22, 2018

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war.

If your group is interested in any of these exhibits, our Readers’ Services Librarians would be happy to pair it with just the right book to couple your visit with a book discussion.

Museum passes can be reserved up to 60 days in advance with an adult Syosset Public Library card in good standing. Most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass or to view our Museum Pass Guidelines in full detail, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

*Exhibit descriptions provided by the museums. 

*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.       

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services                                                                       

5 Years on the Blog – February

Today we’re to going get nostalgic and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for February during the past five years:

2017: Evening Book Discussion

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

2014: Recent Releases Perfect for Book Clubs

2013: Graphic Novels in the Syosset Public Library

See you next month when we take a look at the last 5 years of March.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Drama PG-13

Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.

Wonder

Drama PG

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

1:30 PM               

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.                           

 (from the publisher)

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

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

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

Our February Book Displays

Celebrating Black History Month with These Novels is the theme for our first display on the main floor. Some of the titles are classics such as The Bluest Eye, The Man in 3B, Invisible Man, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and included in the display are books by Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, James McBride, Terry McMillan, Zadie Smith, Richard Wright, and others.

True Love Stories is a timely theme for February. Read the stories of Taya Kyle, Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, Ray and Joan MacDonald, Gabby and Mark Kelly, the Lovings of Virginia, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Anthony and Cleopatra. This main floor display has many more great love stories.

The main floor Mini Displays are Happy 100th Birthday to Muriel Sparks and Binge Boxes Are Here.  Binge Boxes are something new at SPL. They are themed collections of DVDs, packaged for you in a plastic case.  Great for a “staycation” or a long winter’s night.

And on the third floor:

Take Care of Your Heart is our health reference display. Learn about the signs of a heart attack, how to reverse heart disease, stress management, heart healthy diets, and even tips on how to mend a broken heart. Besides the books, there are informative handouts for our patrons, as always.

Love Makes the World Go Round is a collection of all things involving love.  Topics covered include love poems, love songs, the art of love, senior love, love and war, and even how the French invented love.  You are sure to find some ideas to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

*Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

A Bad Moms Christmas

Comedy R

Follows three underappreciated and overburdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. If creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.

LBJ

Drama R

The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House

Suburbicon

Comedy R

A peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns, the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. The tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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