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April’s Art Display

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

This month’s featured artist is John P. Cardone, a Long Island native, nature photographer, author, and medical educator. His work will be on display from April 7 to April 27.

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His goal, in his own words: “In my waterscape and wildlife images, I try to capture the beauty and spiritual magnificence of nature. My photographs represent a moment in time through unique settings and the amazing personalities of wildlife. I am particularly interested in how nature can calm people’s minds while they take a “time-out” from their hectic, busy lives.”

Come in, view his display, and see if you think he has accomplished his goal. I’m sure you will enjoy his work. For more information about John P. Cardone visit his web site at  www.waterviewsbook.com.  His book, The Healing Power of Nature: A Practical Exploration of How Nature Can Influence Our Health and Well-being  is available for checkout.

**The Art Gallery is located on the main floor near the elevators.**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Our April Book Displays

Get Cooking is the theme for our first book display.  What a great collection of cookbooks– cookbooks for healthy eating, diabetics, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and weight-watchers. There are some great ethnic cookbooks for Italian cookery and the Kosher baker. There are cookbooks for the busy family, cooking for two, the picky eater, and comfort food. The collection even has The Can’t Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified by Jessica Seinfeld.

 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our second book display is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.  The books cover the man, his dream, and his life. Included topics are the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the March on Washington, and the Freedom Walkers. Also in this display are biographies of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, James Meredith and Stokely Carmichael.

 

Our 2 mini displays are Holocaust Remembrance Day – April 12, 2018 and In Remembrance – Anita Shreve , bestselling author.

 

Our displays on the third floor:

April is Autism Awareness Month and is the theme for the health display.  It includes books that offer practical guides to autism, understanding autism, and how to care for a child with autism. Also included are how to help autistic persons achieve their dreams and goals. Besides the books, there are lots of handouts.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 is next display (something that is near and dear to me).  Some of the topics covered are the history of libraries from ancient times to the modern public library, how to do research at the library, the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal System.

Last but not least, in honor of April is National Poetry Month, is the blue bucket of Poems for your Pocket. Come and take a poem. The blue bucket is sitting at the reference desk on the third floor.

And remember April showers bring May flowers and Syosset Library brings great reads!

**Displays are subject to change during the month**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

 

 

 

March’s Book Displays

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Great Women Fiction Writers is the theme for the first display, which is on the main floor. It’s a great collection of popular and classic novels. It includes such authors as Jane Austen, Adriana Trigiani, George Eliot, Danielle Steel, Zadie Smith, Philippa Gregory, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Jane Smiley.

 

 

The second display is True Crime, fascinating tales of deviant behavior. Many of the stories were major headliners. Some titles are:

The main floor Mini Displays are In Rememberance of Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018) and The Binge Boxes, which aren’t books but themed groups of DVDs for you to borrow.

Our third floor displays are:

March is National Nutrition Month, the theme for our health display. It includes books for complete nutrition, on what to feed your baby, kidney health, vitamins, and general health and well-being. There are lots of handouts on making better choices for your diet, beverage selection, and having an active life style.

The next display is Ideas: March is International Ideas Month. This display is a history of human ideas, thoughts and accomplishments. It’s about art and technology, inventions, entrepreneurs, and genius. Learn how we created our modern world with this innovative display!

March is a month that certainly gives us many themes. We hope that one or more of these displays offer you a stimulating read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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

 

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