Afternoons with the Author: Virtual Author Visit with Emily Henry

Looking for your next great read? Join the Readers’ Services librarians for Afternoons with the Author. Learn more about the author, the writing process, and how their impressive new book came to be! No registration required. Join via Zoom from the link on the Live Streaming Events Calendar:

Emily Henry

Tuesday, January 26, at 3 pm

photo credit: Devyn Glista St. Blanc Studios

Emily Henry joins us to discuss the writing of her instant New York Times bestselling novel Beach Read (2020) and give us a sneak peek at her forthcoming release People We Meet on Vacation (2021).

“A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. But as the summer stretches on, January discovers a gaping plot hole in the story she’s been telling herself about her own life, and begins to wonder what other things she might have gotten wrong, including her ideas about the man next door.” (From the publisher)

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New on Our Shelves – Romance

How to Catch a Queen – Alyssa Cole

After marrying the newly crowned King Sanyu of Njaza, Shanti Mohapi soon discovers that royal life is not what she expected and goes on the run when turmoil erupts in their kingdom and marriage.

When a Rogue Meets His Match – Elizabeth Hoyt

When he offers the Duke of Windemere’s niece, Messalina Greycourt, a devil’s bargain to avoid an arranged marriage, Gideon Hawthorne, who has performed the Duke’s dirty work for years, finally has the chance to win her affections.

The Boy Toy – Nicola Marsh

Returning home to Australia after nearly a decade of estrangement from the Indian mother who arranged her marriage to a faithless man, an L.A. businesswoman coaches an attractive stuntman who remembers her from a steamy one-night stand.

Archangel’s Sun – Nalini Singh

The archangel of Africa, Titus must stop the reborn, rotting creatures that have gained vicious intelligence, from spreading across the world and asks the Hummingbird, an old and powerful woman who is his only hope, to stand by his side.

How to Fail at Flirting – Denise Williams

Challenged by her friends to start enjoying her life when her university department is cut, a Type-A overachiever embarks on a daring to-do list that involves leaving an abusive ex and pursuing a career-risking fling with a charming stranger.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Adult Winter Readng Club

Join the Syosset Library’s Adult Winter Reading Club. Register in-person at the Readers’ Services Desk, by phone 516-921-7161 x 239, or online. Upon registration, you will receive your Adult Winter Reading Club BINGO card. Read any book within the assigned categories to complete a BINGO. For each BINGO you complete, a ticket will be entered to win a raffle prize.

Registration is required and begins on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. 

Open to SSD residents 18-years or older with a valid library card.  

Winners will be contacted on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Our Top Blog Posts of 2020

These were our most popular blog posts for this year:






All of us here at the Syosset Public Library are looking forward to posting more content of interest to you in the coming year.

We wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoons with the Author – Alka Joshi

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

at 3 pm

Looking for your next great read? Join the Readers’ Services librarians for Afternoons with the Author. Learn more about the author, the writing process, and how their impressive new book came to be! No registration required. Join via Zoom from the link on the Live Streaming Events Calendar:

About The Henna Artist: “Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist and confidante to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own.

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow: a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.”– from the publisher

Photo credit: Garry Bailey

Debut novelist Alka Joshi joins us to discuss the writing of her 2020 bestselling novel and Reese Witherspoon book club pick The Henna Artist, following the journey of 17-year-old Lakshmi as she seeks to find independence in 1950’s Jaipur.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New to the Shelves: Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense!

For those of you who enjoy books that have the intrigue, tension and puzzles that the genres in the title posess, we have some new books you might be interested in:

She Lies Close by Sharon Doering

Five-year-old Ava Boone vanished without a trace six months ago. No witnesses, no sightings or arrests. But Grace Wright and her two small children just moved in next door to the only suspect the case had: quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest...”

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

A respected English professor and secret vigilante killer of nefarious men insinuates herself into the investigation of her own murders, while a college freshman becomes obsessed with exacting justice in the wake of her roommate’s sexual assault.

These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever

“A painfully insecure artist falls in love with a charming, intellectual fellow university student in 1970s Pittsburgh before their relationship spirals into an all-consuming obsession that culminates in a shattering truth.”

The Red Horse by James R. Benn

“Convalescing from respective health setbacks at a mysterious British hospital in the days following the Liberation of Paris, Billy and Kaz learn that the former’s girlfriend and the latter’s sister have been captured and transported to the Ravensbruck concentration camp.”

Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson

“After serving her time for killing her husband, an ex-con private investigator in 1978 San Francisco accepts the case of a retired industrialist whose daughter was brutally murdered in Golden Gate Park 11 years earlier.”

All summaries from the publishers.

-Posted by Sonia, Reference Services

December: Time for Fun and Games

December. It’s that time to give gifts. Perhaps there are some children on your list and that makes you think of toys. Ah the memories of toys of your youth! Did you like Barbie dolls or play soldier with GI Joe? We have books about those toys! Read about Barbie and the woman (Ruth Handler) who created her in Barbie and Ruth by Robin Gerber. Author Vincent Santelmo’s The Official 30th Anniversary Salute to GI Joe is a tribute to the plastic figures. Have you ever been fascinated by dollhouses? Take a look at the amazing collection at Colonial Williamsburg in Dollhouses, Miniature Kitchens and shops from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection. Perhaps this book will inspire you to try making your own doll houses; we have a book for that – Making Doll Houses in 1/12 Scale!

If you are curious about the history of toys and games, there are several books to enjoy. You can go back and look at antique toys in Constance King’s Antique Toys and Dolls. Or you can delve into the history of dolls and collecting in John Schweitzer’s The ABC’s of Doll Collecting. A more nostalgic trip might be Christopher Byrne’s Toy Time which follows the development of such classics as the hula hoop and Hungry, Hungry Hippo. A similar look back at the development of iconic toys is Marvin Kaye’s The Story of Monopoly, Silly Putty, Bingo, Twister, Frisbee and Scrabble. And if you are feeling creative you can check Joel Henriques’ Made to Play for directions on making homemade toys.

Kids home from school and getting a bit bored? Family Fun Activity Book by Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo) has ideas for adults and kids. Roxanne Henderson explains many games in her The Picture Rulebook of Kids’ Games and Linda Aber’s 101 Activities for Siblings Who Squabble offers games to diffuse the friction and encourage cooperation!

Take your game playing and knowledge to a whole new level by consulting The Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics and History by Jack Botermans. It will explain it all!

When it’s time for some quiet play check out The Complete Book of Card Games and The Everything Card Games Book. The library also has books on Suduko, mazes, crosswords and solitaire.

And if you can’t get to the library, did you realize that Syosset’s subscription to World Book Online Reference offers puzzles, matching games and crosswords in its children’s games section?

Have fun. Play some games!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Title Swap Tuesdays: Best Books of 2020 Edition

Excited to hear about our favorite books? Join the Readers’ Services Librarians on Zoom for a fun, lively presentation of all the books we can’t stop talking about.

Leave with a list of our favorite books published in 2020!

Read a fantastic book published this year? We’d love to hear about it!

Join us! 

No registration required. Free. Join via Zoom from the link on the Virtual Streaming Calendar  

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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