All posts by Ed G

A Reference Librarian who loves mysteries and Young Adult books, I'm also trying to become a more 'literary-fiction' reader. You can typically find me at the Reference Desk, but occasionally I man the Readers' Services and Media desk. Let's swap reading suggestions.

Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search

On Saturday, May 7 at 10 AM, Karen McKenna of Career Visionary LLC will discuss using LinkedIn for your job search. LinkedIn is the leading social media platform for professional networking and is a critical component of any job search.

Join us for an enlightening program for job seekers of any age.

This program is free – All are welcome!

-posted by Ed, Reference Services

All About Franchising

On Saturday, April 16 at 10 AM.

Stuart Levenberg of the Kensington Company

will explain the ins and outs of franchising to help you

determine whether franchising is right for you.

Join us for this informative program.

This program is free – all are welcome.


  • posted by Ed, Reference Services

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

VerrazanoNarrowsBridgeThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is celebrating its 50th birthday this November. The author Gay Talese chronicled, over a 5-year period, both the building of the bridge and the lives of bridge workers for the New York Times. From that arose his book describing the building of the bridge, entitled oddly enough, The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,  originally published in 1964, soon after the bridge opened.TheBridge

The book is being reissued in October with an updated introduction by the author.

In writing the book, Mr. Talese stood atop one of the 70-story towers, walked across the 2-mile catwalk holding on by a steel rope “banister” and hung around the ironworkers in Brooklyn bars, getting to know them.  According to a New York Times article, “He wanted to tell stories of anonym0us people who do “useful, lasting work” and was drawn to the bridge workers.”

So, if you’re in a hurry to read The Bridge, you can check out our 1964 edition of the book. If not, wait until the updated edition is published and check that out. Either way, it should be fascinating reading.

A piece of trivia: The two 695-foot towers are 1 5/8″ farther apart at their summit than at their bases because of the curvature of the earth.

– posted by Ed, Reference Services

Read to Children Beginning at Birth

ReadingToChildrenThe American Academy of Pediatrics will announce a new policy directing doctors to tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth.

Per the New York Times, “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

Reading, talking and singing are all considered important in increasing the number of words children hear and know at the earliest ages, creating distinct advantages when they begin school.

This should be reason enough to visit your local library.

Click here for the entire New York Times article.

– posted by Ed, Reference Services



National Hurricane Preparedness Week


May 25 through May 31 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. With less than a month until the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, now is the time to prepare. To kick-start the preparedness effort, the National Hurricane Center, FEMA and other organizations have come together to promote the National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Each day of National Hurricane Preparedness Week there is a different educational theme: Hurricane Basics, Storm Surge, Wind, Inland Flooding, Forecast Process, Get a Plan and After the Storm. The schedule is on the website noted above.

So, let’s be safe and informed this summer about the dangers of hurricanes and what we can do to minimize their impact.

– posted by Ed, Reference Services


2014 Edgar Award Winners

OrdinaryGraceIf you’re like me, you look forward to the annual Edgar Awards, issued by the Mystery Writers of America. Even though I’m a mystery buff, it seems I read so few of the nominees and even fewer winners during the year. So, the awards always put more books on my night table “to-read” pile.

This year’s best novel is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and the Grand Masters are Robert Crais and Carolyn Hart.

See if any of your favorite mysteries were nominated. Find a complete list of winners (noted in red) and nominees here.


-posted by Ed, Reference Services




PC World Magazine Online

DigitalMagazinesWe’ve just been notified that PC World magazine is discontinuing its print edition. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Instead, go to our homepage,, scroll down to EMAGAZINES and click on Enter Zinio. You can sign up to get your copy of PC World and approximately 50 other magazines online. So, don’t delay. Insure continuous service.  This service is free to Syosset Library cardholders.

– posted by Ed, Reference Services

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance

hurricane sandySurvivors of Hurricane Sandy have two weeks to register for possible disaster assistance and to return applications for low-interest disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The deadline for both is *March 29*.

FEMA urges everyone who sustained losses from Hurricane Sandy to register, including those who have insurance. Insurance may not cover all losses.
The 13 designated counties are: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.  Click here for additional information.
FEMA-posted by Ed G., Reference Services