Reading Your Destination

Before we know it, summertime will be here and some of us will be taking off to other places on our vacations.  Maybe to another continent , maybe to somewhere else in the United States or maybe  to a beach closer to home.  Wherever you might be going –  why not get in the mood with a book whose setting is the place to where you are headed?

Here are some suggestions for books that take place in a few destinations far and wide.  If your vacation spot isn’t mentioned here, come into the library and ask a librarian to suggest some books especially for wherever your fancy is taking you.  And if you’re staying home, come in anyway and find a book that can take you anywhere you wish!

If you’re going to …Italy

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Enchanted by Italy’s rich culture, first-time American visitor Laura finds herself falling for the handsome Tomasso, who woos her with magnificent meals and hides the fact that shy, enamored Bruno is actually the chef.

 

If you’re going to… Australia

The Dry by Jane Harper

Receiving a sinister anonymous note after his best friend’s suspicious death, federal agent Aaron Falk is forced to confront the fallout of a twenty-year-old false alibi against a backdrop of the worst drought Melbourne has seen in a century

 

If you’re going to …Alaska

Every Body on Deck by G. A. McKevett

Eagerly accepting a security detail job on a luxurious Alaskan cruise to protect a famed mystery writer, Savannah Reid tackles a particularly dramatic case when her charge inexplicably flees the ship and is killed in a suspicious accident

If you’re going to …Japan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

In early 1900s Korea, prized daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan, in the saga of one family bound together as their faith and identity are called into question.

If you’re going to …Scotland

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Leaving a strained marriage to return to her ancestral home in Scotland, Hetty discovers human remains beneath a basement floorboard and uncovers the century-old story of an unfaithful painter and a wife who went missing under mysterious circumstances.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

Our June Book Displays

The two main displays for first floor are “Beach Reads-Enjoy” and “Read Your Way Around the World”:

It’s that time of year to enjoy the beautiful summer weather at the beach or in your own backyard with a light entertaining book. The Beach Reads display, which we do yearly, offers a large and varied selection of titles. So take some time for yourself and relax with a fun read.

For the history and geography buffs “Read Your Way Around the World” is a great display.  Learn about exotic places and people, and read about adventures in travel.  The covered topics go from Ancient Egypt to the Appalachian Trail, from tales of China, “Wild Swans: three Daughter of China” to the American south “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”  A truly fascinating collection of books.

The main floor mini displays are “Mysteries in Italy” which  showcases mysteries that have Italy as their setting and “Book Shots” which are short books with big stories written by James Patterson.

On the third floor the health librarian’s display is “June is Men’s Health Month”. It’s all things relating to men’s health, healthy aging, heart and weight and prostate cancer.  As usually the display contains both books and handouts.

“Make Music Day-June21” is the theme of the other display on the third floor. It has something for every music lover, folk songs, Magical Mystery Tour, Liberace, The Music Man, Music and the Mind.  And who doesn’t love music?

The SPL book displays for June are all about reading for fun and  relaxation.

Book Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

Fifty Shades Darker

Drama NR

Anastasia has broken off her relationship with the troubled Christian to pursue a new career in a Seattle publishing house. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Includes the R-rated theatrical version and the unrated version.

*Based on the book Fifty Shades Darker by EL James.

The Last Word

Comedy PG-13

On the last day of high school, mild-mannered English teacher Andy Campbell tries to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. Then he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland, who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and it ends up becoming the very thing the school, and Campbell, needs.

A United Kingdom

Drama PG-13

Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

*Based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams

The Sense of an Ending

Drama PG-13

A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

*Based on the book The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Five Years on the Blog: June

Welcome back to what has become a regular monthly activity: A walk through some of  Syosset RandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: New and Exciting Museum Exhibits for Summer

2014: Read to Children Beginning at Birth

2013: The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Ago

2012: Monthly Book Club Recap: Room by Emma Donohue

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in July!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Summer Reading at Syosset Library is Almost Here!

Great news: The Adult Summer Reading Club is back and ready for another great summer!

Registration for the Syosset Public Library’s 8th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  The program is as simple and stress-free as last year, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register for the program and finish reading by Friday, August 11. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party on Wednesday, August 16.

We will kick-off the Summer with two very special events:

Title Swap with Librarians on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM on the 2nd Floor 

Local Author Showcase on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 PM in the Theater

Adult Summer Reading Club members will receive complimentary raffle tickets for attending one or both events.

Club is open to Syosset School District residents 18 years or older with a valid Syosset Public Library Card.  The two events are open to all.

See a Readers’ Services Librarian on the 2nd floor to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club.  Registration begins on Tuesday, June 6.  You must register in person at the Readers’ Services Desk before submitting raffle tickets. The sooner you register, the more books you will have time to read. Please remember: you cannot backtrack your books. Only books you start reading from the day you register through August 11 can be submitted.

Registration is not required to attend events, so bring your friends!

We look forward to another great summer of fantastic books!

Join us again this year!

Please call the Readers’ Services Department with any questions 516-921-7161 x 239 or email us at Readersservices@syossetlibrary.org.

For more information, see our website which will be advertising our Summer Reading Programs soon.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

The Golden Years

Drama NR

After five decades of law-abiding, tax-paying citizenship, retired couple Martha and Arthur are forced into an unexpected life of crime in this star-studded comedy heist caper.

Fist Fight

Comedy PG-13

On the last day of high school, mild-mannered English teacher Andy Campbell tries to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. Then he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland, who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and it ends up becoming the very thing the school, and Campbell, needs.

Rupture

Sci Fi R

A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

The Shack

Drama PG-13

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.

Get Out

Horror R

A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.​

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Startup that BBQ!

For some of us, the Memorial Day weekend means returning to outdoor cooking. If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday BBQ menus we might have a book for you.  Here are a few of the barbecue books from our cookbook collection which can be found on the main floor.

Weber’s Greatest Hits : 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill by Jamie Purviance

Collects over one hundred barbecue recipes from the grilling company, including such offerings as grilled oysters, Korean beef barbecue, jerk-spiced ribs, and Greek seafood salad.

 

Best Grill Recipes Ever : Fast and Easy Barbecue Plus Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades by Daniella Malfitano

Features recipes for barbecuing meats and vegetables, along with recipes for marinades and rubs, including such options as cedar plank salmon with herb dressing, rib eye steak Tuscan style, caramelized bananas, and short-rib burgers.

 

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, text and photos by Meathead Goldwyn; with Greg Blonder, Ph.D

The pitmaster, national barbecue cookoff judge, and curator of the world’s most popular barbecue website debunks the myths that stand in the way of perfect outcomes and reveals all the secrets every successful griller needs to know, from which wood chipsto use to which equipment to choose.

Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-rated Gadgets, Gear, & Ingredients plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science  by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

A guide to grilling and barbecuing features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and pizza, including such regional specialties as Texas smoked sausages, Alabama BBQ chicken, and Kansas City sticky ribs.

Grill Fire by Lex Taylor

The barbecue grill master teaches the art and technique of grilling, offering advice on butcher cuts, fuels, and fire along with techniques for mastering temperature and doneness, and includes a collection of globally influenced recipes.

 

Enjoy the Holiday Weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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