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Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

beach title swap

 

Wednesday, July 8 at 7 PM

Join us for a special evening Title Swap. Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great “Beach Reads” reading list.

No registration required. Free.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

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2015 Adult Summer Reading Club Events

Escape the Ordinary

 

Title Swap with Flying BooksLibrarians

Tuesday, June 2, 1:30 PM

To celebrate this exciting summer program, the Readers’ Services Department will hold a special Title Swap with Librarians.  Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great summer reading list!  Refreshments will be served.  No registration required. Free.  Attend this event and receive a complimentary Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Jennifer Cody Epstein, Author Visit

Tuesday, June 2, 7 PM

Jennifer Cody EpsteinThe celebration continues in the evening with author, Jennifer Cody Epstein who will discuss her latest novel The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the writer’s life. Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event. No registration required. Free. Attend this event and receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

Wednesday, July 8, 7 PM

woman in hammockJoin us for a special evening Title Swap. Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great “Beach Reads” reading list. No registration required.  Free. Attend this event and receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party

Rosanna Chiofalo, Author Visit  Wednesday, August 12, 7 PM

Rosanna ChiofaloJoin other booklovers in celebration of a summer of great books.  Author Rosanna Chiofalo will discuss her novels, including Stella Mia.  Refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be drawn. It is sure to be a special evening.  Adult Summer Reading Club members will be asked to RSVP.  No registration required for the public.  Free.

*Please note: In person registration with a Syosset Public Library card is required to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Club raffle drawings.  Registration is not required to attend events.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Author Louise Erdrich awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Louise Erdrich

Visit our Main Floor Display honoring author Louise Erdrich.  The Syosset Public Library owns many of Ms. Erdrich’s titles in a variety of formats: Regular Print, Large Type, Audiobook, as well as downloadable eBook and Audiobook through Overdrive.

Louise Erdrich display

Ms. Erdrich has enjoyed an accomplished career as a writer publishing over 14 novels and multiple other works, including memoirs, essay, poetry, short stories and children’s books.  Ms. Erdrich is also the owner of BIRCHBARK BOOKS AND NATIVE ARTS in Minneapolis.

I was first exposed to Louise Erdrich’s writing in an Ethnic American Literature course in college and again as a graduate student in a Native American Literature course.  I was highly impressed with her writing from the moment I picked up Love Medicine, winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and quickly went on to read more of her work.

Not sure which title to read? Try one of our Staff Member Favorites:

Round HouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction

“When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.”

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine*Winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded the arrival of a major voice in American literature.”

Master Butchers SingingThe Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

*Recognized by Booklist Editor’s Choice – Best Fiction of 2003

“Returning to his quiet German village home after World War I, trained killer Fidelis Waldvogel, accompanied by his wife, leaves to start a new life in America and finds his life irrevocably changed by a new relationship.”

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

Last Report at the Miracles of Little*Recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2001

“As a priest nears the end of his life, he is asked to prove or disprove the sainthood of a woman he knows well and struggles to guard his own secret identity in the process.”

All summaries from the publishers.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ 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

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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.)                          

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Book-to-Film Discussion

theatreJoin us on Friday, February 13, 2015 in the Syosset Public Library Theater for a 2 PM showing of 2014 film This is Where I Leave You based on the book written by Jonathan Tropper. 

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion will follow the film. 

this is where I leave you book to film“Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife’s infidelity and the end of his marriage.” (From the Publisher)

 The book received a *Starred Review* from Library Journal as well as being named one of the Best Books of 2009.

Books are currently available at the Main Floor Circulation Desk.

This discussion will be led by Ralph Guiteau, Head of Media. 

Film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. 

This film is rated R and runs 103 minutes.

For more information about author Jonathan Tropper, visit his website.

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Evening Book Club

Evening Book Club

to discuss

pearl

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

in celebration of 70 years of publication

Please join us on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM to discuss the classic novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck.  The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.

“One of Steinbeck’s most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems.” (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.

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