Adult Summer Reading 2016: THANKS!

exercise your mindThe Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. 

We truly appreciate your continued support! 

Ace Florist of Syosset

American Cleaners

Angel Tips

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza


Blooming Nails & Spa

Butera’s Restaurant of Woodbury


Celebrity Diner

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopt: Creative Salad Company

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Christina’s Epicure

Denim and Soul

Denny’s Childrenswear

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

George Martin’s Grillfire

Gloss New York Salon

Goldcoast Barbers

Hanstedt Deli

Iavarone Brothers

i.d Salon

Jamba Juice

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

Jewel of the Sea/Victoria’s Market

John Michael Salon

Karin Lynn Haircolor Studio & Gallery

Lonny’s Woodbury

Lovely Nails

Margarita’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine & Cantina

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Mixology Clothing Company


Ms’tique Boutique

One Small Step

Party City

Perfect Male Haircutting


Prime Time Butcher

Raimo’s Pizzeria

Realistic Nails

Salon Entourage


Stop & Shop

Syosset Wine Cellar

Tenjin Japanese Restaurant

Trader Joe’s

Un Deux Trois

Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

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The Balloons at the program were generously donated by

Party City (Woodbury).

The first 75 attendees received a coupon for one free Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Salad or Order of Tacos courtesy of

Chipotle Mexican Grill

We would also like to thank …

  • HarperCollins Library Marketing Team
  • Macmillan Library Marketing Team
  • Martin’s Press
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. Education & Library Division

Door Prizes #1-10 also received a coupon for a free Salad or Salad Sandwich courtesy of CHOPT

Door Prizes #11-20 also received a coupon for a free Small Smoothie or Juice from Jamba Juice

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Maggie’s PlanMaggie’s Plan

Comedy R

Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Drama PG-13

Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy.

The Nice GuysThe Nice Guys

Comedy R

In 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March and hired enforcer Jackson Healy must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.


Documentary R

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s disastrous 2013 mayoral campaign.

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It’s Still Summer-

books on grassAnd it’s still very hot and we are still providing our patrons with plenty of Beach Reads on one of the main floor book displays.  When there is only reruns on TV, keep yourself entertained with one of our light summer reads.  The selection seems endless like these hot days.

Check out the other main floor book display: “Through the Years”.  It covers the decades from early 1900’s till late 1990‘s.  Learn the history, foods and fads from each decade.  You’ll get a feel for trends that lasted and those that faded and the reasons why.   For some of us it won’t be a learning experience as much as a trip down memory lane.  But it will be an enjoyable experience for all.

On that floor’s mini display: the books of Elie Wiesel on one side and on the other we have a great selection of audiobooks.

On the third floor, the health reference librarian is continuing with the theme “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer”.  If you haven’t seen it yet, there is certainly a lot of worthwhile information.  There are handouts for swimming and pool safety, pain management and a nice booklet on Exercise and Physical Activity and more.

Centennial of the National Park Service” is the topic of the other third floor book display.  And what a great display of oversized pictorial books of the US national parks.  Viewing these beautifully photos of the parks is the next best thing to actually visiting one. Maybe one of these books might inspire your next vacation.  These parks are a national treasure and should be cherished and preserved!

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Stay cool in the this hot weather and come visit us – there’s air conditioning!

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Celebrating the Centennial of Our National Park Service

National-Park-Service-logoQuick: what do you think of when I say National Park? Perhaps it is Yosemite with its granite cliffs, waterfalls and giant sequoia trees. Or maybe Yellowstone where the bison, wolves, elk and other wildlife compete for your attention with the geysers, lakes and hot springs. Truly, these are magnificent places but there are so many other places operated by the National Park Service.

August 25 marks the centennial of the founding of the National Park Service. The mission of the NPS is to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.” Wrangell-St. Elias National ParkToday Thaddeus Kosciusko National Memorialthe NPS oversees more than 400 units. These include national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshore and recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails and even the White House! They can be huge like the 13.2 million acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (left) in Alaska   or they can be as small as Thaddeus Kosciusko National Memorial (right) which is only .02 acres.

But you don’t need to travel far to explore the national park system. Right in nearby Oyster Bay is Sagamore Hill, home of President Theodore Roosevelt. And did you know that Fire Island National Seashore offers not only a scenic lighthouse and beautiful sand and surf but also the home of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence? Going into NYC you have the choice of the African Burial Grounds or Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.

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Last year more than 3 million people visited sites operated by the NPS. In this centennial year even more people are discovering everything the parks have to offer.  Writer Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they national parks compositereflect us at our best rather that at our worst.” If you can’t get away right now, you can enjoy some armchair travel using the NPS Multimedia offerings or visit the library to check out the travel books on the first floor and the mini display on the third floor. If you are still looking for a vacation inspiration, use the Find Your Park website to search by name or location.

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The Fantasy Fan’s Fantasy Draft League

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The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, August 15th at 7:30PM.  We will be hosting The Fantasy Fan’s Fantasy Draft League. Join us and build your perfect adventuring team, then battle them against each other. Judge each other’s picks, and vote on the last team standing!

  • This program is open to and 20-something/30-something looking for a fun event.
  • No registration is required and the program is free.
  • Non-Syosset residents are welcome. 
  • Copies of the book are available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor. 
  • Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details. 
  • The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.

teens-and-booksDon’t forget – Friend us on Facebook: Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

Look forward to seeing you there!

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New in DVD


keanuComedy PG-13

Clarence and Rell, cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Mother’s DayMother’s Day

Comedy PG-13

This celebration of mothers everywhere invites all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

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Lake Reads

canandaiqua lakeI just got back from a week at Canandaigua Lake. While reading and enjoying the beautiful scenery, I started thinking of all the wonderful books that take place on a lake.  Here are some of my favorite books that are great lake reads:

Crow Lake Crow Lake * –  Mary Lawson   In the rural farm country of northern Ontario, the lives of two families–the farming Pye family, and zoologist Kate Morrison and her three brothers–are brought together and torn apart by misunderstanding, resentment, family love, and tragedy.

Inn at Lake DevineThe Inn at Lake Devine  –  Elinor Lipman   When her mother receives a notice about a Vermont inn that caters especially to non-Jewish guests, Natalie Marx becomes obsessed with the once-restricted, family-owned resort and wangles an invitation to join a friend on a vacation there.

Lake ComoLake Como –  Anita Hughes   After walking in on her fiancé cheating on her with her boss, Hallie Elliot escapes to Lake Como in Italy where she becomes involved with a mysterious estate caretaker with a dark and secretive past.

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages  – Carol Goodman   Returning to the Heart Lake School for Girls as a Latin teacher to start a new life with her daughter, Jane is haunted by past tragedy and terrifying memories when she begins receiving menacing messages.


*available for Book Club in a Bag                        All summaries from the publishers.

This article appeared previously in The Book Club Insider, July 2016     

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