New in DVD

captiveThe Captive

Action R

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing indications seem to indicate that she’s still alive. Her parents, detectives, and Cassandra herself will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

 

Dracula Untold

Horror PG-13

dracula untoldAlmost an entire century after the world’s cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters. The original story of the man who became Dracula.

 

foxcatcherFoxcatcher

Drama R

The dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multimillionaire and two champion wrestlers.

 

ouijaOuija

Horror PG-13

A surprise box office hit centering on a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board after investigating the mysterious death of a girl.​

- posted by Ralph, Media Services

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20 & 30-Something Book Club

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, March 16th at 7PM.  We will be discussing the novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.   The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.

“When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.” (From the Publisher)

This program is open to any 20-something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  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.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

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Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

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Knowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are three interesting courses to choose from:

iTunes 10 Essential Training Course

iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Productivity Tips for Web Designers Course

Productivity Tips for Web Designers is the weekly series for web designers who want to enhance their design, software, and freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Whether you’re new to web design or working professionally as a seasoned designer, you’ll discover techniques that can help you become more proficient at your craft. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip on topics including typography; SEO; design software like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver; and web coding in HTML and CSS.

Up and Running with Constant Contact

Discover how to use Constant Contact’s email-marketing solution to design smart-looking emails and send them to just the right audience. John Arnold shows you how to set up a Constant Contact account and start adding and updating lists and contacts. Then he guides you through creating your first email with the built-in templates and adding your own design elements. Finally, you’ll learn how to schedule your first email mailing—and cancel scheduled emails before they’re sent.

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

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Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_77718817 White cup of coffee and open book on white backgroundShare tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Ralph Guiteau, Lisa Jones and Jean Simpson for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Romance? Suspense?  Your next book club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Spring reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

fireplace and chairsWe look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here: http://www.syossetlibrary.org/books/events-for-readers/title-swap

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

best of meThe Best of Me

Drama PG-13

The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after twenty years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today.

big hero 6Big Hero 6

Animation PG

Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

beyond the lightsBeyond the Lights

Drama PG-13

The story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance.

horrible-bosses-2Horrible Bosses 2

Comedy R

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Whiplash

Drama R

whiplashAndrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band.

Laggies

laggies  Comedy R

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, sixteen-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

 

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Spring Releases I Cannot Wait to Read!

reading in the springAs publishers begin announcing their anticipated Spring releases, I am happy (and relieved) to see so many promising new titles.  A handful are novels by authors who have previously published, while quite a few are new names to the literary world.  Below are just a sampling of the titles I can’t wait to get my hands on …. Place your reserve today!

Book of AronThe Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (5/12/15)

“From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist, a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it.”

BooksellerThe Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (3/03/15)

“Loving her unconventional single life in 1962 Denver, a bookshop owner begins experiencing powerful, reality-challenging dreams of an alternate life where she is a wife and mother.”

Inside the O’BriensInside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (4/07/15)

“From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.”

Mountain StoryThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens (5/12/15)

“A harrowing survival story about four strangers who spend five days lost in the mountain wilderness above Palm Springs.”

Dead WakeDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (3/10/15)   

“From the master of *narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.”

Children’s CrusadeThe Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (4/07/15)

“A sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.”     

(This article previously appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, February 2015 issue.)                          

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

lynda-com-logoKnowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are previews of three new courses to choose from:

Computer Literacy for Mac Course

Learn the ins and outs of your Mac.  Understand the terms and techniques in clear and easy language.  How to choose between a laptop and desktop computer, how to use your computer to open, create, edit and save files.  Learn how to connect printers, scanners, external storage devices and Bluetooth enabled speakers.  Connect to a network for Internet access, sending and receiving emails, and searching for content on the Internet.  Learn the basics.

Foundations of Acrylic Painting Course

You’ll follow a progressive step-by-step approach covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. This course will cover materials and set up, color mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and palette knife techniques, and gels and mediums, giving an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

Writing a Marketing Plan Course

This course will help business professionals write and leverage great marketing plans. Learn how to assemble a team to create the plan, analyze an existing market, and break down the plan’s components into focused sections (strategical, tactical, and budget sections of the plan).

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

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