On the Main Floor
Bestsellers You Might Have Missed is a collection of great reads, selected by the Readers’ Services Department. You’re sure to find something of interest. Also on this display are handouts with information about the various book discussions at Syosset Library.
From Blog to Book (Every Blogger’s Dream) highlights books written by bloggers covering many topics, such as cooking, baking, decorating, arts and crafts, and clothes styles. If you have a favorite blogger, take a look to see if he or she has published a book.
*Mini-displays are subject to change during the month.
On the Third Floor
The theme for the health librarian’s display is May is Better Sleep Month. There are guides to getting a better night’s sleep, help for insomniacs, and treating sleep apnea. Learn how sleep affects your overall health at every stage of life. As always, free handouts are included in this display.
Poetry – Celebrating Long Island’s Own Walt Whitman on the 200th Anniversary of His Birth are a collection of poetry books written by Whitman, and books written about him and his art. On May 31 at 2 PM, Syosset Library will present the film Walt Whitman at 200, which will be followed by a short discussion.
-posted by Betty, Reference Services
Walt Whitman, perhaps best known as the poet of the Leaves of Grass, was born in Huntington on May 31, 1819. He was the second of nine children born to Walter and Louisa Whitman. The family soon moved to Brooklyn where Whitman attended the local schools. He was a voracious reader and was largely self-educated.
Of course, most of us know him as a poet. America’s poet. The poet of democracy. But did you know that he was also a printer, carpenter, civil servant, the founder and editor of the Huntington-based Long Islander newspaper and a teacher in several one-room schools? During the Civil War he traveled to Washington, DC to care for his wounded brother and then stayed to nurse and comfort other wounded soldiers, even writing letters home for them. Out of these varied experiences came many poems and prose works.
There is a rich online archive of his original works as well as commentary, criticism of his writings and biographical information at the Walt Whitman Archive. The Library of Congress has a treasure trove of Whitman material. Would you like to be part of the effort by the Library of Congress to make accessible more of Whitman’s work? You can! There is a crowdsourcing campaign where you can transcribe drafts of his poetry, prose and correspondence.
After suffering a stroke in 1873, Whitman moved to Camden, NJ where his brother lived.
Maybe his poem, “Song of the Open Road,” will inspire you to take a drive to NJ to visit the home he bought in Camden (1884) and where he eventually died (1892).
“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading me wherever I choose…
Allons! whoever you are! come forth!
You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you….
Allons! be not detain’d!…
Allons! the road is before us!”
Closer to home is the Walt Whitman Birthplace, the house his father built and where he was born. Call the library to reserve the museum pass. And come to the third floor to see the display of books celebrating Whitman’s life and influence.
-posted by Brenda, Reference Services
Come to the library on Thursday, August 22 at 2 PM for Richard Knox’s Broadway Ballads & Showstoppers lecture. This month’s lecture will include amazing performances of West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, Pal Joey and more.
When a snowplow driver learns that his son was killed by a drug cartel, he seeks revenge for his son’s murder.
A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.
After a vicious outlaw takes over a peaceful frontier town, an undertaker must choose between profits and survival in this gritty western.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services
“Learning that her grandmother was a victim of the corrupt Tennessee Children’s Home Society, attorney and aspiring politician Avery Stafford delves into her family’s past and begins to wonder if some things are best kept secret.” -summary 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 Jackie, Readers’ Services
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
at 7:30 PM
with Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian
“Traces the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American in San Francisco, and his dream of resurrecting the ancient art of cultivating, roasting, and importing Yemeni coffee, an endeavor that is challenged by the brutal realities of Yemen’s 2015 civil war.”
-Summary from the publisher
-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services