New in DVD

Blade Runner 2049

Sci Fi R

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who has been missing for thirty years.

Happy Death Day

Horror R

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Loving Vincent

Drama PG-13

The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

The Snowman

Action R

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

-posted by  Ralph, Media Services

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One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Syosset Public Library has an art gallery featuring a different artist each month. This is one of my favorite parts of the library. The gallery is located on the first floor behind the  snack area and I highly recommend taking some time there when you are in the building.

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January’s artist is Laura Montllor. She started painting watercolors after working as an architect for 30 years, in partnership with her husband. After his death from a battle with brain cancer, she began daily walks in the woods of Long Island Sound. These natural landscapes give a serene, life-affirming panacea that is evident in her art pieces through their fluid vibrancy. Her approach to painting is meditative and her hope is to inspire others to observe their world with mindfulness and renewed joy.

Looking at these beautiful watercolors created by Ms. Montllor is like taking a walk in the woods or enjoying a day at the shore. They are sure to make one feel relaxed and at ease.

For more information, you can visit LauraMontllor’s website or @panacea_painting on Instagram.

Posted by Betty, Reference Services

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

“A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein, follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

1:30 PM

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Circulation Desk one month prior to event.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Happy birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

Born on January 11 on the British West Indies island of Nevis in either 1755 or 1757 Hamilton was left an orphan at a young age. He dreamed of military glory to help raise him from his impoverished state. He achieved his dream of success…even becoming the star of a major Broadway musical 200 years later!

Hamilton’s life was changed when he wrote a letter about a hurricane that stuck St. Croix in 1772. When the letter was published in a local newspaper, businessmen were so impressed they arranged for the young Hamilton to travel to the United States for education. And so his career began: aide to George Washington, Delegate to Continental Congress and to the Constitutional Convention, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the National Bank. He was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.

Check out the books we own including  Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton (which is also available as an audiobook), Richard Morris’s Witnesses at the Creation: Hamilton, Madison, Jay, and the Constitution, and Thomas McCraw’s The Founder’s and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy. And the classic, Miracle at Philadelphia: the Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787. by Catherine Drinker Bowen tells the amazing story of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

If you find your interest aroused the Library of Congress has a digital collection of Hamilton’s papers.  Among the family letters and his speeches and other writings one document stood out for me: his “Outline for a Plan of Government” he proposed at the Constitutional Convention. There is something amazing about seeing his ideas in his own handwriting!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

AUTHOR VISIT & SIGNING WITH ROBERT KARMON

Robert Karmon is an award winning playwright, published poet, short story writer and published screenwriter, who has worked on screenplays for Columbia pictures, CBS and Eddie Murphy Production.

Join us on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2 PM to hear Mr. Karmon discuss his novel Isaac and the writer’s life.  Isaac, based on a true story of the Holocaust, follows the epic journey of a young boy from near-death to ultimate triumph as a man.

Copies of Isaac will be sold by

the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only).

This program is free.

No registration required.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be

used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

The Foreigner

Action R

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat and mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

It

Horror R

A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

Marshall

Drama PG-13

About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career defining cases.

Polina

French/Russian NR

Polina, a gifted Bolshoi ballerina, falls in love with a French dancer who introduces her to contemporary dance and leads her to travel the world.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Adult Winter Reading Club Starts Today!

Welcome to the Syosset Public Library’s

first Adult Winter Reading Club

Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register and finish reading by Friday, March 2, 2018.

For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win one of five raffle prizes. Winners will be announced at the Title Swap with the Readers’ Services Librarians on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 PM.

In person registration is required  to participate and begins on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Readers’ Services Desk.

All titles must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6 PM.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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