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Spring is finally here …

…and so are the New Spring Staff Picks for 2010!

Looking for a great book?  Let our staff suggestions guide you in your search for that perfect Spring read.  Check out the New Spring Staff Picks for 2010 now on display on the 2nd floor.  Reviews for the selected titles can also be found on display.  For a complete listing, please see our website.  Titles such as the following were recommended by various staff members throughout the building.

Need a great mystery?  Try: The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

Want to step into another’s shoes for a bit? Try a biography: The Short Bus by Jonathan Mooney

Want a bit of a Spring romance?  Try: Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Or for you suspense junkies, try:  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

We guarantee you’ll leave with a great Spring read!

~Posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services Librarian

20-Something Book Club Upcoming Event

The Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club has made plans for their next event.  On Monday, March 22 at 7 PM, we will be discussing the graphic novel Sandman: Volume 1—Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman.  This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book will be available starting February 24th at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin.  Look forward to seeing you there! 

“A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.”  (From the Publisher)

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 – posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Recently added Staff Picks

Booked to Die by John Dunning

“Dunning, twice nominated for the Edgar, deserves to win one for this Denver cop-turned-bookman tale- a lively, seductive primer on how to open a bookstore, spot a first edition, warehouse it, price it, and enjoy it for its own sake.”   (Kirkus Reviews)

Recommended By:  Ed Goldberg, Reference Librarian

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave

“A multigenerational novel about love, family, and what it means to build a life with someone, The Divorce Party brings us two immensely appealing women: Gwyn, at the end of her marriage, and her future daughter-in-law, Maggie, at the beginning.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended By:  Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

“A stirring tale of lost civilizations, avarice, madness and everything else that makes exploration so much fun… A colorful tale of true adventure, marked by satisfyingly unexpected twists, turns and plenty of dark portents (Kirkus Reviews).”

Recommended By:  Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian

Revolutionary Characters by Gordon Wood

Offers a series of brilliantly illuminating studies of the men who came to be known as the founding fathers… Gordon Wood’s wondrous accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, revealing to us just who they were and what drove them.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended By:  Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin

“Godwin creates an indelible picture of life in that besieged and battered land. In telling the story of his parents — who after World War II moved from England to Rhodesia — he gives us a searing account of what has happened to Zimbabwe in the last 30-odd years, as bright post-revolution dreams of a multiracial society gave way to bloody racial hatred and strife … ” (New York Times)

Recommended By: Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Book To Film Series

The Soloist

Starring Jamie Foxx & Robert Downey Jr.

Friday, February 12th at 2 PM

Based on the Book The Soloist : a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” by Steve Lopez. “… the true story of journalist Steve Lopez’s discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.  Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers’s music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy’s life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.”  (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion will follow the film.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk on the main floor.  With Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian.  There is no registration for this event.

~ Posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New Year, New You 2010

Browse the many books available at our new January main floor display to make 2010 your best year yet.  Included are books on fitness, health, cooking, beauty, fashion, organization, personal finance and a wide variety of self-help materials.  We’ve brought out our newest additions, as well as our great older favorites.  Want to revamp your look?  Try Carmindy’s great make-up guides “The 5 Minute Face” or “Get Positively Beautiful”.  You’ll recognize her techniques from TLC’s “What Not To Wear”.  Is it finally your year to get fit?  Try Bob Harper’s “Are You Ready?” or Jillian Michaels’ “Master Your Metabolism”.  Both authors appear on the hit reality show “The Biggest Loser.”  And don’t forget health advocate and accomplished author, Dr. Mehmet OzWe have everything you need to make 2010 great!

~Posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

20-Something Book Club Upcoming Event

The Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club has made plans for their next event.  On Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM we will be discussing the novel “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.  This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book will be available starting December 30th at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x219 for details.  The discussion will be led by 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin.  Look forward to seeing you there!

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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