All posts by jackie27

New Winter Staff Picks

The New Winter Staff Picks are currently on display on the 2nd Floor.  Come stop by Readers’ Services to see what books our staff members are recommending for the Winter 2009 Staff Picks Collection.  Whether your interests lie in historical fiction, non-fiction, biographies or suspense fiction we’ve got something for everyone.  You’re guaranteed to find a great read!  Visit the Readers’ Services Webpage for a partial list of the new Staff Picks, as well as past selections.

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


5 Questions about Books

This week “5 Questions” were answered by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services librarian.

On your nightstand now:

I am always reading and listening to more than one book at a time.  That seems to be the trend with many of us at the library.  Maybe it’s a “Librarian” thing …

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (Contemporary Fiction/Ghost Story)

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (Historical Fiction)

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (Mystery/Suspense)

I Love You Like a Tomato by Marie Giordano (Italian-American Fiction)

Favorite Childhood book:

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina – A fantastic little children’s book about a peddler who carried large stacks of men’s caps to sell.  One day a monkey in a tree started stealing all his caps.  I used to love reading this book with my mother.  Most kids would point to the tree and try and tell the peddler about the monkey … not me … like a child watching Blues Clues, I used to think characters in books could hear me … I would never tell the peddler about the clever, little monkey …it was like our own little secret.

Favorite Author of All Time –

Would have to be a toss up between John Steinbeck and John  Cheever.

However, in terms of contemporary fiction, I am a huge Adriana Trigiani fan.

Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet  —

There are two that I know I should read but haven’t quite gotten to yet—

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Favorite line from a book –

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Atticus Finch character from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Interestingly enough, I strongly believe that is what reading is all about.  Books give the reader a unique opportunity to “climb inside someone else’s skin” and see the world from another point of view.  I believe great literature has an amazing opportunity to teach tolerance and compassion, simply by experiencing another’s story through words.


Recently Added Staff Picks

Against Medical Advice by James Patterson

“The heart-rending drama of one family’s courage, heartbreak, sacrifice, and triumph in confronting an agonizing medical condition, written by two master storytellers”. (From the Publisher)

Recommended By: Jill Jacobson, Readers’ Services Librarian

American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

“The raucously funny story of one young American’s quest to become the baddest dude on the planet and possibly find inner peace along the way”. (From the Publisher)

Recommended By: Megan Kass, Reference Librarian Trainee

Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

“An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania (Kirkus Reviews).”

Recommended By: Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

In My Brother’s Image by Eugene Pogany

“The extraordinary story of identical twin brothers born in Hungary of Jewish parents but raised as devout Catholic converts until the Second World War unraveled their family.” (From the Publisher)

Recommended By:  Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman

“In knitting the minutiae of individual lives into the fabric of community, she produces a vibrant story of good people accommodating their spiritual and temporal needs to the realities of contemporary life”.  (Publishers Weekly)

Recommended by: Sonia Grgas, Librarian Trainee

– posted by Jackie,  Readers’ Services

A New Display…

Boy Hugging Golden Retriever…Celebrate Autumn has loads of books on a variety of topics associated with the season.  Included are books on “Fallscaping” your yard, knitting and crocheting of sweaters, scarves and hats, comfort cooking such as soups and stews, last minute pre-winter home renovations and repairs, outdoor activities and sports such football and baseball, seasonal landscape photography and  more. Stop by this main floor display for ideas on how to enjoy the last mild days of Autumn!

– posted by Jackie,  Readers’ Services

20-Something Title Swap!

Tuesday October 20th, 7:30 PM

with 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin

teens-and-books Finally, an event for our age group!  Come meet some great new people and share the titles you love with your 20-Something peers.  Together we’ll compile a list and you’ll have great reads through the fall and winter!  No registration required: it’s a free event.  Refreshments will be served.

Check our new Facebook page for upcoming events and great suggestions for your next read:

Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Book To Film Series…

…this Friday October 9th at 2PM.

marley pic“Marley and Me”


By John Grogan

Starring Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson

“The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.” (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion led by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services librarian will follow the  film. Copies of the book are still available at circulation.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


Recently Added Staff Picks

400000000000000085969_s4An Absolute Scandal By Penny Vincenzi

“Penny Vincenzi, master of the contemporary blockbuster,returns with a moving, engaging portrait of people coping with a notorious financialdisaster and its unpredictable emotional repercussions(From the Publisher).

Recommended By:  Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

philippmeyer-210-AmrustcoverlwrrAmerican Rust By Philip Meyer

“Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship,loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By: Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

The.Bad.Guys.WonThe Bad Guys Won By Jeff Pearlman

“In The Bad Guys Won, award-winning former Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By:  Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian

midnights-childrenMidnight’s Children By Salman Rushdie

“Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947,the very moment ofIndia’s independence.  Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds,and Prime Minister Nehru himself,  Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By:  Sonia Grgas, Librarian Trainee

team of rivalsTeam of Rivals By Doris Kearns Goodwin

“This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By:  Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services