Happy New Year: Our January Displays

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Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016”.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches you eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month”. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007”.  So you have more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy. Tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge”.

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”.  Lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

accounantThe Accountant

Action R

Christian Wolff is a math savant who works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client, a robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepency involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, the body count starts to rise.

birth-of-a-nationBirth of a Nation

Drama R

Nat Turner is a literate American slave and preacher. His financially strained owner accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. But as Nat witnesses countless atrocities, he orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Comedy R

bridget-jones-babyBridget is forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy. She decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and some new ones. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant but she can only be fifty percent sure of the father’s identity.

Deepwater Horizon

Drama PG-13

For the one hundred and twenty-six people deepwater-horizonaboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 7, the last)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here’s the seventh and last installment:

Meghan, Reference Librarian:

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

life-in-motioProfiles the life and career of the professional ballerina, covering from when she began dance classes at age thirteen in an after-school community center through becoming the only African American soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theatre.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerContinues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber, sweeping us from the battlefields of eighteenth-century Scotland to the exotic West Indies.

The House at Riverton By Kate Morton

house-at-rivertonLiving out her final days in a nursing home, ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a glittering society party hosted by Grace’s English aristocrat employers, a family that is shattered by war.

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

man-called-oveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

Audrey, Media Services Clerk:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

news-of-the-worldIn the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

sweetbitterA year in the life of a beguiling young woman in the wild world of a famous downtown New York restaurant follows her burning effort to become someone of importance through a backwaiter job that enables her indulgences in culinary and intellectual interests.

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

dragonfly-in-amberIn the sequel to Outlander,  Claire Randall and her daughter, Brianna, return to the majestic hills of Scotland, where Claire recalls the love of her life–gallant warrior James Fraser.

“I re-read this while watching the Outlander television series’ second season and it was better than the first time.”

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

career-of-evilWhen a woman’s severed leg is delivered to Robin Ellacott, her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, has to look into his past to determine who is responsible.

“This is the third installment of J. K. Rowling’s detective mystery series that she’s writing under a pseudonym, and I am finding them very enjoyable.”

Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner

am-i-alone-hereA collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer’s beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity.

” I’m a big fan of books about books and reading and read several this year.  I enjoyed this one the most. The problem with this type of book is that you always end up with a list of other books you’ll want to read.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Please tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

blair-witchBlair Witch

Horror R

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of their friend’s sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of local offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real.

denialDenial

Drama PG-13

When Deborah Lipstadt speaks out against Holocaust denier David Irving over his falsification of history, she discovers that the stakes are higher than ever in the battle for historical truth. Now faced with a libel lawsuit in British court, Lipstadt and her attorney have the heavy burden of proving that the Holocaust actually happened, in a riveting legal fight with stunning consequences.

harudHarud

Foreign NR

Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared, since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan,to become a militant, Rafiq returns home to an aimless existence. Until one day when he accidentally finds his brother’s old camera.

jason-bourneJason Bourne

Action PG-13

Jason Bourne, the CIA’s most dangerous former operative, now remembers who he truly is and comes out of hiding to uncover more hidden truths about his past.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Comedy PG

middle-school-the-worst-years-of-my-life

 

Rafe, an imaginative teenager, is tired of his school’s obsession with rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, he and his best friends have come up with a plan to break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 6)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here’s the sixth installment:

Lisa H., Reference Services Librarian:

nightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways

“I felt every emotion while reading this book. A good historical fiction pick.”

famous-nathanFamous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog by Lloyd Handwerker

Traces the rise of Nathan’s Famous from a small Coney Island concession on an undeveloped boardwalk to an international brand, tracing founder Nathan Handwerker’s flight from World War I-stricken Europe and his menial jobs in 1912 New York before building an empire that has become the object of a heated legal dispute.

“Nathan really did live the American dream after arriving in New York City.”

girlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle, only to find herself drawn into a cult and seduced by its charismatic leader.

“Could not put this one down. Based on the Manson murders, Evie is looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Bonnie, Circulation Clerk:

velvet-hoursThe Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

In the face of the German Occupation, Solange leaves her late grandmother’s treasure-filled Paris apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return, but as she sets out on a new path, her grandmother’s legacy of cultivating a life of art and beauty guides her.

“I really enjoyed The Velvet Hours. It was very different for the usual Historical Fiction.”

twelve-days-of-christmasTwelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Follows the experiences of an aspiring journalist who starts a blog to seek revenge against a handsome but arrogant neighbor who she treats with exceeding kindness in the hopes of breaking through his cold exterior.

“Debbie Macomber’s holiday book was a very entertaining and enjoyable read.”

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

behold-the-dreamersBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.

“This was my favorite book this year and would make for an excellent book discussion.”

nixThe Nix by Nathan Hill

Astonished to see the mother who abandoned him in childhood throwing rocks at a presidential candidate, a bored college professor struggles to reconcile the media depictions of his mother with his memories and decides to draw her out by penning a tell-all biography.

 “An exceptional debut novel”

when-breath-becomes-airWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.

“This was my favorite non-fiction title of the year.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were and check in with Syosset R and R for more of “Our Favorite Reads of 2016” next week when we wind up the series!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

dressmakerThe Dressmaker

Drama R

The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage. After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to a town in the Australian outback to reconcile with her eccentric mother Molly. She also falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, and armed with her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly transforms the women of the town, exacting sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

 

No Manches Frida

Foreign PG-13

no-manches-fridaAfter serving a jail term for robbery, Zequi is freed, only to discover his buried loot lies directly under a newly built high school gym! To gain access to the cash, Zequi cons his way into a job as Frida Kahlo High’s cool new substitute teacher. But before Zequi collects the money, the ex-thief will have to face a class of rowdy kids and a beautiful teacher who just might steal his heart in this over-the-top and outrageously funny comedy.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 5)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here’s the fifth installment:

Pam. S., Reference Librarian:

Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson

saving-sophieOn the run after becoming the main suspect in an embezzlement case, Jack Sommers races to save his daughter Sophie from her grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine, teaming up with Liam, Catherine, and a new CIA operative who hopes to thwart a terrorist attack in Hebron.

“A great legal thriller with lots of twists and turns.”

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

what-she-left-behindTen years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

“A story about how someone could be identified as mentally ill when they were perfectly fine – very frustrating but a beautiful book using two characters at two different times to bring out the story.”

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

echoLost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caughtup in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

 “This YA novel is a story of a harmonica and how three different lives intersected by way of this harmonica!  – beautiful stories.”

Ed, Head of Reference Services:

passengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Changing her name and appearance to flee town after leaving her husband dead, a fugitive woman forges an uneasy alliance off the grid at the side of a female bartender with whom she races from city to city to escape her past.

“Tanya Pitts Dubois comes home one day to find her husband, Frank, lying at the base of the stairs, quite dead, with a big gash on his head. She decides that if she notifies the police and remains at the house until they arrive, she will be the most likely suspect. For various reasons, she concludes, this would not be a brilliant idea. So, she packs her bags and leaves.”

freedoms-childFreedom’s Child by Jax Miller

Living in witness protection to hide from her late husband’s violent family, Freedom Oliver risks her life in order to save the kidnapped daughter she gave up for adoption.

“The prologue, which you should go back and read again after you finish the book, begins ‘My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter. It’s surreal, honestly, and I’m not sure what feels more like a dream, her death or her existence. I’m guilty of both.’ “

 when-the-musics-overWhen the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson

The case of a poet claiming she was assaulted decades earlier by a revered public figure and the murder of a girl found on a remote roadside leads to an exploration of a more innocent time and an unexpected suspect.

“Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series never fails to please and When the Music’s Over is no exception. Like most (all?) books in the series, it tackles both a current case and a cold or older case. In this particular instance, Robinson also tackles the ethnic hatred that currently seems to be running rampant throughout our ‘civilized’ world.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were and keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of “Our Favorite Reads of 2016”!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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