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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

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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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.)                          

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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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.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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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.

- posted by Jackie, Readrers’ Services

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Year- End Book Club Celebration with Author Paullina Simons

Join the Readers’ Services Staff

for a fun Year-End Book Club Celebration

featuring bestselling Historical Fiction author,

Paullina Simons.

paullina simonsTuesday, December 16 at 2 PM in Meeting Room B/C.

 

Ms. Simons will discuss her novels and why they are perfect Book Club choices. Copies of Ms. Simons’ latest novel Bellagrand will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only) and can be personalized by the author.

  • Refreshments will be served.
  • No registration required.
  • Each attendee will receive a ticket to win one of two raffle prizes.

We have many of Paullina Simons’ novels currently available at the Library.  Start reading one today!

 

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For more information on author Paullina Simons, visit her website: http://paullinasimons.com/

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-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

fireplace and chairsLooking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Winter 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.

We 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.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Banned Books Week: September-21-27, 2014

2014 marks the 32nd Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.” The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week:

lord of the flies bookBANNED BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, September 23.  1:30 PM

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

 

 

 

 

lord of the flies DVDBANNED BOOK TO FILM

Friday, September 26.  2 PM

We will be showing the 1990 version of the film Lord of the Flies

starring Balthazar Getty.

A short discussion will follow the film.

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

Registration is not required for either event. Both events are free.  We encourage you and your group members to attend one or both of these events.  Banned Books Week always provides for a lively conversation.

If your Book Club would like to do your own Banned Book discussion as well, some of the most challenged classics include:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

1984 by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit their website: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

 This article first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, Book Club Insider.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

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