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April’s Book Displays

Spring is in the air and time to get creative. One of our first floor displays, “From Blog to Book”, could help you. It has lots of cookbooks, biographies, home decorating and eclectic collections of essays.  The cookbooks cover the topics of healthy cooking, baking of pastries and pies and catering for parties.

“The Bestseller’s Club” is the topic for the other main floor display. If you have a favorite author or couple of favorites who are bestselling authors, this service is for you. You can automatically reserve the latest book by your favorite author(s). Select from over 200 popular writers.  Ask at the Readers’ Service desk on the second floor for more information.

The mini displays are “Books to Screen”  which includes such titles as Big Little Liars by Liane Moriarty, The Dinner by Herman Koch and Drums of Autumn by Diane Gabaldon; and  “National Poetry Month”, books of poems for a change of pace.

On the third floor “April is Defeat Diabetes Month” is the topic for our health collection display featuring books on the disease and how to control it. You can read an entire book, get a cookbook on diabetes diet or use one the handy-tip sheets on this timely subject.

Our last display is a little different, topic: “Mathematics Awareness Month”.  Math is pure science and analytics.  Stretch your mind with a book from this display.

Hope our displays spur your interest and give you something different to read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Happy New Year: Our January Displays

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Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016”.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches you eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month”. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007”.  So you have more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy. Tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge”.

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”.  Lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Our December Displays

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Main Floor

In keeping with the season our first display is “Happy Holidays”.  It is filled with books for cooking, celebrating, decorating and gift giving during this holiday season. There’s enough information to ensure that we will enjoy ourselves this December.  The display also includes a couple of Christmas themed mysteries.

Our second display, “Winter is Coming”, also has a timely theme.  If winter or snow is in the title, then it’s here. This display is an eclectic collection of both fiction and nonfiction books.  Try browsing the selections for a little different but interesting read.

The mini displays feature Alyson Richmond’s books on one side and on the other side the Irish writer, Williams Trevor who died on November 20, 2016. The Readers’ Services Staff will have a Year-End Celebration featuring author Alyson Richman, who will discuss her novels and the writer’s life. The program will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Third Floor

The health librarian’s display is “Happiness for the Holidays”. It has books on how to achieve happiness and bring joy into your life.  There are also handouts about health and happiness.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and so begins the United States’ struggle for Civil Rights.  Civil Rights movement is a very important part of our American story.  Our second display covers this period of history and will provide the reader with a greater understanding of this historical struggle for freedom.

We also have the “Best Books of 2016” which is a collection of nonfiction books written in 2016.  It’s located at the beginning of the nonfiction section.

Hope that you find a great read on one our displays.

 Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Syosset Public Library patrons!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

November’s Book Displays

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In recognition of Veteran’s Day, our first display, on the main floor,  is “In Honor of Our Men and Women in Uniform”.   It contains both historical and fiction books about the Civil War, World War 1 and 11, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.  The books cover both the wars and the people who served in them. The display also includes controversial topics such as African Americans in the military, Blackwater and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Some titles which caught my eye are It Worked for Me: in Life and Leadership by Colin Powell, D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen Ambrose, War by Sebastian Junger and American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle.

November is also New York State History Month and our second main floor display is “New York State of Mind”.  This display is dedicated to the history of New York State. It has a large selection of books on Long Island history and New York City history, including the five boroughs and 9/11, its history and the museum.  There are also books on the history of Albany, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks.

The mini display is “Paul Beatty Awarded the Man Booker Prize”. He is the first American to win this prize. The display also includes of works of previous winners.  The second mini display is “American Singer and Songwriter, Bob Dylan” and it celebrates his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Our third floor the health display is “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month”.  Our health librarian once again has selected a large variety of books on the aspects of this disease for both the patient and the caregiver. And there are some great handouts, Alzheimer’s Disease: the fact sheet, Alzheimer’s Disease Medications: the fact sheet  and Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, all from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In keeping with the November theme, the second display on the third floor is “The Road to the White House”.  It covers the many of our past American presidential campaigns.  There is plenty of material in this display for both history buffs and political junkies.

If you’re at Syosset Public Library take some time to view our book displays, you won’t be disappointed.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

September’s Book Displays

classic_booksTake Comfort in Classics This book display has a great selection of titles, there is something for everyone.  One of these books might be on your bucket list to read.  Or maybe you just might want to reread of these books.  The Clan of the Cave Bear is that book for me. I loved it and would reread it again. Other titles include Lord Jim, Little Women and Robinson Crusoe. Also many of these beloved classics have been made into films.

school-dysSchool Days –  The titles for this collection covers topics related to school and education.  It includes tips for success for the child in the classroom, how to home-school, certification for teachers, and the problems facing our educational system.  On the light side the display includes DVDs such as Bad Teacher and To Sir with Love.

library-reads-logo-colorThe main floor mini display is filled with Selections from  Library Reads containing books from the monthly lists of books picked by librarians across the country on one side with the other side offering a selection of Audiobooks.

health-professionalsOn the third floor the health display  is The Health ProfessionalsIt covers many aspects of the medical practice, such as doctors’ training, prescribing practices, how to talk to your doctor and of course nurses’ training and role in your care.

living-legend-medalLiving Legends Chosen by the Library of Congress is the topic for our other third floor book display. Some of the legends are Annie Leibovitz, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison and William F. Buckley.  There many more books on the living legends included in this display and one of them might be of interest to you.

– posted by Betty, Reference Services

It’s Still Summer-

books on grassAnd it’s still very hot and we are still providing our patrons with plenty of Beach Reads on one of the main floor book displays.  When there is only reruns on TV, keep yourself entertained with one of our light summer reads.  The selection seems endless like these hot days.

Check out the other main floor book display: “Through the Years”.  It covers the decades from early 1900’s till late 1990‘s.  Learn the history, foods and fads from each decade.  You’ll get a feel for trends that lasted and those that faded and the reasons why.   For some of us it won’t be a learning experience as much as a trip down memory lane.  But it will be an enjoyable experience for all.

On that floor’s mini display: the books of Elie Wiesel on one side and on the other we have a great selection of audiobooks.

On the third floor, the health reference librarian is continuing with the theme “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer”.  If you haven’t seen it yet, there is certainly a lot of worthwhile information.  There are handouts for swimming and pool safety, pain management and a nice booklet on Exercise and Physical Activity and more.

Centennial of the National Park Service” is the topic of the other third floor book display.  And what a great display of oversized pictorial books of the US national parks.  Viewing these beautifully photos of the parks is the next best thing to actually visiting one. Maybe one of these books might inspire your next vacation.  These parks are a national treasure and should be cherished and preserved!

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Stay cool in the this hot weather and come visit us – there’s air conditioning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Lazy, Hazy Days

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More light and fun reading for the beach.  This 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.

Our second book display on the first floor is “Incredible True Stories”. What a fascinating collection. It has biographies of inventors and inventions, such Steve Jobs, the Wright Brothers and the story of photography; tales of war heroes from George Washington, The Fly Boys, Heroes of 9/11 to Heroes Among Us; survival stories including The Envoy and The Perfect Storm; athletic feats in books such as The Perfect Mile, Triumph (Jesse Owens) and Friday Night Lights.  The collection also includes books on the topics of religion, psychology and history.

The mini display is on “Elie Wiesel”, another incredible story of survival and human triumph.  On the other side we have a nice selection of “Audiobooks” which make great travel companions for car trips.

Our third floor health display is “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer” which features a varied collection related to staying happy and healthy during the summer. Handouts are there for you on sun safety for infants, teaching children summer safety, weather safety, tips for safe gas grilling and more.

“To the Moon and Beyond” is the second display on the third floor. It covers the history of space exploration from unmanned flights, manned flights, landing on the moon, research on Mars, space shuttles and the Hubbell Space telescope. What a great ride!

Make Syosset Public Library part of your summer.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services