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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 very 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”.  A varied collection related to stay happy and healthy during the summer.  Lots of first-aid books.  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.

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*Displays are subject to  change.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Our June Book Displays

The two main displays for 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”. It’s all things relating to men’s health, healthy aging, heart and weight and prostate cancer.  As usually 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

Our Book Displays for May

Our main floor displays, this month, are “Mysteries in May” and “Awesome Autobiographies”.

“Mysteries in May” is a great collection of mystery and suspense novels by popular authors, such as Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Laurie R. King, Stuart Woods, Linda Fairstein, Lee Child and more. Find your next thriller read in this display.

“Awesome Autobiographies” includes the stories of famous celebrities, sports persons, politicians and heroes.  You can read about Phil Collins, Goldie, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey. Learn how people, such as Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, overcame the odds.

The two main floor mini displays* are “Star Wars, May the Fourth Be with You” and “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”.

 

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “May is Mental Health Month”.  The display contains books on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.  The handouts include a fact sheet from NAMI on Mental Illness.  The other handouts cover the topics of risky behavior, Internet addiction, compulsive buying and prescription drug misuse.

The second display on the third floor is “Faraway Places Are Calling Me”.  Dreaming of an exotic vacation?  Check out some of these books for ideas.  They are not about  your typical tourist spots, but rather are for the daring who are looking for some real excitement and thrills.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with some entertaining books.

*Mini displays may be subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Librarian

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