Register Your Book Club




book clubLet the Readers’ Services Department of the Syosset Public Library help enrich your Book Club experience.  Book Club registration benefits include –

  • Receive Syosset Public Library’s monthly newsletter “The Book Club Insider” via email two weeks before the general public 
  • Newsletter vol 3 iss 11 apr 2015Advance notice of new “Book Club in a Bag” titles
  • Priority book  reservations
  • Discussion questions and other book info via email
  • Assistance with finding new members
  • Prearranged pick-up of your selected titles

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Afternoon Book Club

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30 PM to discuss the novel

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. 

The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.   

“When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter has any idea where he might be until they find a love letter he wrote many years before, to a Burmese woman who is unknown to them.” (From the Publisher).

All are welcome.

No registration required – Free.

Copies of the book are currently available

at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.

 For more information, contact the Readers’ Services Department: 516-921-7161 x 239.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

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Action R

Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered, must use his ‘particular set of skills’ to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now: his daughter. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.


Drama PG-13

unbrokenAfter a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services​

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Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

earth-day-april-22How will you be celebrating Earth Day on April 22? This year is even more memorable since it is the 45th Anniversary of this environmental movement.  Whether you have registered your Earth Day Event with, planned on attending an Earth Day celebration in your area, or discussed the important event over a family dinner, you may want to read about its inception, research relevant information, or enjoy a novel loosely based on the subject.  Here are some suggested titles you may find interesting to commemorate Earth Day 2015:

The Genius of Earth DayThe Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome  “Describes the first-ever Earth Day held in 1970 and discusses the ensuing rise of the environmental movement that has since grown to become a major source of inspiration to Americans and others around the world.”


Hope on EarthHope on Earth: A Conversation by Paul R. Ehrlich & Michael Charles Tobias “This engaging and timely book invites readers into an intimate conversation with some of the most eminent voices in science as they offer a powerful and approachable argument that the ethical and scientific issues involved in solving our environmental crisis are deeply intertwined, while offering us an optimistic way forward.”

silent springSilent Spring by Rachel Carson “A rigorous presentation of the effects of pesticide use as well as a call to greater awareness of the environment.”

American EarthAmerican Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau edited by Bill McKibben; foreword by Al Gore  “An anthology of seminal American environmental writing from the past two centuries considers their influence on the ways in which people view the natural world and includes pieces by such figures as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John James Audubon.”

Earth DietThe Earth Diet: Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth’s Natural Ingredients by Liana Werner-Gray “Outlines the principles of the earth diet, which draws on the power of plant-based and natural foods, and shares nutrient-dense recipes for all dieters, from raw vegans to meat eaters.”

Secret Wisdom of the EarthThe Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton  “Witnessing his younger brother’s accidental death, teenaged Kevin spends the summer traumatized in his grandfather’s Appalachia coal-mining community, which is fighting plans for a massive mountaintop-removal operation.”


SweetlandSweetland by Michael Crummey  “The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.

– posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services

This article appeared in Syosset Public Library newsletter, The Book Club Insider, March 2015 issue.

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April: A Busy Time for History Buffs

This is a very busy time if you are an American History Buff: April 9, April 12, April 15 and April 19.

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April 9 marks the symbolic end of the Civil War when General Robert E.  Lee surrendered to  General Ulyssses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA. Take a look at the National Park Service to see what the area looks like today and read about the historic significance of the end of the war. And you might even plan a trip to visit an area that is so steeped in history! If you are interested in the Civil War, the internet has many excellent sites. One that I especially like is The Valley of the Shadow which includes the digital records for two communities, one Union and one Confederate, from the time of John Brown’s Raid through Reconstruction.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lincoln-portraitApril 12 is the anniversary of the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1945), who was president through the Great Depression and the Second World War. And Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1864, less than a week after the Civil War ended. There are many good websites and books about these two Presidents. For a quick look at their lives and administrations check out the website from the Miller Center at the University of Virginia which offers a  chronology of their lives, a selection of their speeches and links to essays about their lives and administration.

battle-of-lexington-and-concordThen on April 19 we commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775), the beginning of the American Revolution. Three of my favorite books about the time period are Gordon Wood’s Revolutionary Characters, David McCullough’s 1776 and Joseph Ellis’s American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic. For a quick refresher about the incidents take a look at the History Channel’s site and for a sample of period music, a timeline, a list of people involved and major events there is The American Revolution website.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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Evening Book Club

The Monthly Evening Book Discussion will meet on

Tuesday, April 14th at 7:30 pm to discuss

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Shotgun Lovesongs

by Nickolas Butler

with Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers’ Services Librarian


“Impressively original.” —The New York Times

“Sharing a childhood in small-town Wisconsin before going their separate ways with careers and families, Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny are reunited during a visit marked by culture clashes, respective pursuits of meaning and a woman who inspires passion in each of them.” (from the publisher)

This program is free and all are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served. 

The book is currently available at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. 

Hope to see you there!

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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2nd Annual Local Author Showcase

Come and meet with Syosset and Woodbury authors

who will share their books with you at 

Syosset Public Library’s Second Annual 

Local Author Showcase

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7 PM

in the Theater

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Sande Boritz Berger

Niki Bhatia

Michael Phillip Cash

Dr, Stan Friedland

Jennifer Wolf Kam

Sandy Lanton

George Mathew Muthoot, M.D.

Carole P. Roman

Susan M. Rostan

Frederick E. Von Burg

Brief Book Talks will be given by each author.  

Additionally, authors will be available for a “Meet and Greet” following the panel discussion.

 Books will be available for sale and signing.  

Light refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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