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One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Syosset Public Library has an art gallery featuring a different artist each month. This is one of my favorite parts of the library. The gallery is located on the first floor behind the  snack area and I highly recommend taking some time there when you are in the building.

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January’s artist is Laura Montllor. She started painting watercolors after working as an architect for 30 years, in partnership with her husband. After his death from a battle with brain cancer, she began daily walks in the woods of Long Island Sound. These natural landscapes give a serene, life-affirming panacea that is evident in her art pieces through their fluid vibrancy. Her approach to painting is meditative and her hope is to inspire others to observe their world with mindfulness and renewed joy.

Looking at these beautiful watercolors created by Ms. Montllor is like taking a walk in the woods or enjoying a day at the shore. They are sure to make one feel relaxed and at ease.

For more information, you can visit LauraMontllor’s website or @panacea_painting on Instagram.

Posted by Betty, Reference Services

 

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Our Book Displays- December

Well, it’s the Holiday Season and the Beginning of Winter…and our book displays reflect the season.

On the main floor “Happy Holidays” is the first display, filled with Christmas and holiday themed books and DVD’s.  Also included are non-fiction books with gift and crafts ideas and of course many cook books with recipes to celebrate both for Hanukkah and Christmas.

“Winter Potpourri” is the next book display and will appeal to hardier souls.  An eclectic array of books on winter sport, such as skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding and ice fishing.  Also included are travel guides to Alaska, Canada and the Artic. For the homebodies, the display has winter themed DVDs.

The mini displays are “Down But Not Out” more oldies but goodies and “Mysteries To Die For” – nothing like a good mystery to hold your attention.

 

On the third floor, “Healthy Holidays” is the theme of the first display.  It’s time to learn how to eat healthy during party time, make peace and become happier and avoid winter depression.  This display has many books on just these topics. There are also great handouts for a healthy holiday and safety tips. Definitely worth a trip to the 3rd floor.

The second display, “Be My Guest” has books on entertaining during this season.  Wow your guests with great craft and decorating ideas, fabulous food and creative entertainment ideas. The assortment of books here might show you how to do it all with less effort.

You can certainly get the holiday and winter season off to a great start with any of our book displays.

Wishing you happiness and health for the holidays and all year long!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Our Book Displays for November

Our first main floor display is “Down But Not Out”, a collection of former best sellers and classics. It includes books by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Carroll, John Irving, Bernard Cornwell and Jamaica Kincaid.  Check out this display for a great read.

In honor of Veterans Day our second display is “Patriot’s Game.” It’s a tribute to our military heroes and includes stories of various wars and battles that brave men and women, both officers and soldiers, fought. The display aims at giving a sense of history from the late 1700s until the present day of the U.S. military. Many biographies are also included.

Our two mini book displays are the “2017 National Book Awards” which celebrates great literature and the prolific author Patricia Highsmith. Some of her books have been made into movies including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol, and Strangers on the Train . These are also to be found on the main floor.

On the third floor our health reference display is “National Diabetes Awareness.” Learn how to manage this common disease.  Information on weight loss plans, exercise options, insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices can be found here. Both books and handouts are available.

Yes, it’s November and time to vote. “Gaining the Right to Vote. Exercising that Right” is our second third floor display.  Read about the long trail to equal access to the ballot – an interesting topic still hot in the news.

Of course our displays aren’t just books but include audio books and DVDs.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

*Displays are subject to change during the month*

Our October Book Displays

October, It’s a Spooky Time of Year,

…and this is the theme for one of our first floor book displays. There are plenty of books on how to celebrate Halloween. Get ideas for costumes, parties, recipes, crafts and decorations. The display also includes lots spooky reads, both fiction and nonfiction. Fiction books by Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stokes are some of classics in this display. Also included in the display are nonfiction titles on haunted houses and paranormal happenings.  October and Halloween, it’s a fun time of year and a good time for a silly or not so silly ghost story.

The second display is Way Back Machine-Nonfiction Best Sellers of the Past.  As the title suggests,  reading can be like a time travel adventure.  This display includes titles from history such as Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones  and The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff,  to those about more contemporary times,  such as Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson . It’s not only about history but includes titles on psychology, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray and The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutter, M.D.   Many more topics, such as art and music, are included in this impressive collection of best sellers.

Currently our two mini displays are Vince Flynn, a prolific American author of political thriller novels and Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner for literature.

 

On the third floor the health book display is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Learn the signs and symptoms of this disease, and how to cope with a diagnosis.  As usual, the display contains many informative handouts.

Winners is the theme for the second display on the third floor.  The winners are from all categories such as the Oscars, the Olympics, the Grammys, Medal of Freedom, World Series, Nobel Prize and more. Learn about the various fields of expertise and the individuals who excel and win.

Wishing you an informative and entertaining read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

August Book Displays: Still Lots of Time for Fun Summer Reading

A lot more books are available for fun summer reading on the beach, in the backyard or in air-conditioned places.  Check out the first book display on the main floor to get some “Beach Reads.” There’s nothing like relaxing with a book from your local library. (Please click on the photos for a closer look.)

Take a trip around the world with “Flavors of the World”, the theme of our second book display. You can learn the fine art of cooking with one of these exotic cookbooks. Taste various cuisines from many different cultures. You are sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Currently, the mini book displays are “Take a Ride on the Wild Side”, a selection of notable western titles and “Library of Congress Literacy Awards” featuring the work of Denis Johnson, the winner for fiction.

On the third floor the health librarian’s book display is continuing with the theme “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer.”  It provides plenty of worthwhile information. If you have seen it already, note that more books and different handouts have been added to the display.

“Internet, World Wide Web, HTML, Networking, Browers and All that Stuff” is the subject of the second third floor display. If you are looking to learn more about online computing this display is for you. Technology is for everybody and is fast becoming an integral part of modern life.

We hope our patrons are enjoying the summer weather and vacation time, and that SPL is part of your routine and life all year round.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer- Our July Book Displays

It’s July and time for some light reading at the beach.  Our summer display keeps getting bigger and better, so stop by for some entertainment at the beach, pool or just in your back yard. “Beach Reads” includes lots of popular titles that you might have missed. After some fun reading why not join our Adult Summer Reading Club for some more fun and rewards.

Our second book display on the first floor is “Celebrate the Fourth of July.”  This display consists mainly of books, books on CD and videos on America’s fight for freedom.  We have also included some books on grilling, fireworks and music related to Fourth of July celebrations.

The main floor mini displays currently feature “Mysteries Set in Italy” and “200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death.”  These displays change every of couple weeks, so keep on checking them out for some varied and interesting topics.

Our third floor health display is “Have a Healthy, Happy and Safe Summer.”  This varied collection is related to staying happy and healthy during the summer.  There are lots of first-aid books and handouts include “Stay Safe during Extreme Heat, Sun Safety: Information for Parents about Sunburn & Sunscreen”,  “Barbecue Basics” and “Five Expert Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online.”

 “Climate Change”  is the subject of our third floor book display. Educate yourself on this  important issue.

Click on each picture to see them in a larger size.

*Displays are subject to  change.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Our June Book Displays

The two main displays for the first floor are “Beach Reads-Enjoy” and “Read Your Way Around the World.”

It’s that time of year to enjoy the beautiful summer weather at the beach or in your own backyard with a light entertaining book. The Beach Reads display, which we do yearly, offers a large and varied selection of titles. So take some time for yourself and relax with a fun read.

For the history and geography buffs “Read Your Way Around the World” is a great display.  Learn about exotic places and people and read about adventures in travel.  The covered topics go from Ancient Egypt to the Appalachian Trail, from tales of China, “Wild Swans: three Daughter of China” to the American south “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” a truly fascinating collection of books.

The main floor mini displays are “Mysteries in Italy” which  showcases mysteries that have Italy as their setting and “Book Shots” which are short books with big stories written by James Patterson.

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is “June is Men’s Health Month”  which is about all things relating to men’s health, healthy aging, heart and weight, and prostate cancer.  As usual, the display contains both books and handouts.

“Make Music Day-June21” is the theme of the other display on the third floor. It has something for every music lover: folk songs, Magical Mystery Tour, Liberace, The Music Man, Music and the Mind…and who doesn’t love music?

The SPL book displays for June are all about reading for fun and  relaxation.

Book Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services