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Our Next Health Reference Program

Colon Cancer Awareness

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11AM

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer afflicting all Americans regarding of age, gender or race. In fact, the incidence and prevalence of colon cancer is increasing in younger and younger populations.

Join us for an informative talk from Northwell Health Colorectal Surgeon, Dr. Shirley Shih, on how to prevent,diagnose and treat this disease in anticipation of colon cancer awareness month in March. Dr. Shih grew up locally in Jericho where her parents still reside. She graduated from Jericho HS and went to Stanford University where she completed a Bachelors of Arts in Human Biology, followed by medical school at Albany Medical College and a  surgical residency at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Shih completed a year of colorectal research in Weston, FL at the Cleveland Clinic and then proceeded to finish a year of clinical colorectal fellowship at Indiana University. She practiced in the suburbs of Philadelphia for 7 years before returning home to Long Island to join Northwell Health as a board certified colorectal surgeon.

This program is free. 

Photographs and videos taken during

library programs may be used for library publicity.

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Health Professionals’ schedules can change,

please call to confirm program.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

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5 Years on the Blog – December

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in December in the past five years:

2017:  OUR FAVORITE BOOKS – 2017 (PART I)

2016:  READERS’ SERVICES YEAR-END CELEBRATION AND AUTHOR VISIT

2015:  OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015

2014:  EVENING BOOK CLUB

2013:  A LITTLE CHRISTMAS IN MY MYSTERY, PLEASE! #4

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our December Book Displays

As the year comes to a close, it’s holiday time. Happy Holidays is the theme of our first book display. Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year. There are books on baking, entertaining, giving and general merry making. Anyone in need of how-to ideas for enjoying the holiday season will find them on this display. Also included in this display are timely Christmas stories.

Man the Builder, The History of Architecture is the theme of the second book display on the main floor. From the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers man has been relentlessly  building. Mankind has built temples, amphitheaters, roads, bridges, churches, cathedrals, mosques, aqueducts, pagodas, totem poles, and modern skyscrapers. The books in this display feature various structures, take a look and enjoy man’s accomplishments.

The two mini displays* feature:

Congratulations: Maryse Conde, awarded the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature.

In Remembrance of George H. W. Bush, 41st  President of the U.S., beloved father, WW II Veteran, Representative, Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Chairman of the RNC, and U.S. Liaison to China.

*mini displays are subject to change throughout the month.

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Have a Healthy Holiday!  Books on healthy eating, stress-less living, longevity, and more. Handouts such as Food Safety Tips for the Holidays, Enjoy an Active Holiday Season and Tips for Poison-Free Holidays, are available also.

1968 is the theme for the second display. 1968 was a watershed year. It was marked by assassination of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, escalating protests against the Vietnam War, and Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run for a second term. Also it was the year that 60 Minutes and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood started as well as the year that  2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes premiered in movie theaters.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days

Foreign (Korean) Not Rated

As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on Earth.

Colette

Drama R

The story of French author Colette, who fought to make her talents known after she found success while being pressured to write novels under her husband’s name

Equalizer 2

Action R

Robert McCall has rededicated his life to the pursuit of justice. But when his mission strikes close to home, he will be consumed by vengeance, seeking a revenge that knows no boundaries.

 

 

 

The Happytime Murders

Comedy R

When the puppet cast of a children’s TV show are being killed off one by one, a former cop turned private eye takes on the case.

Lizzie

Drama R

A psychological thriller that reveals many layers of Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie lives a claustrophobic life under her father’s cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the family,

Peppermint

Action R

A revenge story focusing on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they took from her

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Drama PG-13

When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, this begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Looking ahead to December…Recap Your Book Club’s Year

Many book clubs skip having a December meeting as it is a very busy and hectic time of year. Instead of cancelling your meeting, your group might skip reading a new book in December and recap all the book discussions you have had during the year.  Make a holiday party of it while you discover new perspectives on the books you’ve enjoyed (or not!).  With this in mind, the following is a recap of the book discussions I had the pleasure of facilitating at Syosset Public Library during 2018. You might consider one of the following for one of your own book discussions.

January 2018: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“This literary thriller-mystery is an entertaining and thought provoking read – extremely discussible”

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

April 2018: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

“This title was chosen to tie-in with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Not knowing much about his widow before, I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book. It is an interesting life story told well and other discussion participants thought so too.” 

The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants.

 June 2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

“My most well attended discussion of the year.  A wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read this year.” 

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

September 2018: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

“This year’s Banned Book discussion choice was a surprise for me, not what I expected at all. 200 years old this year, the book is as timely now as it was then.”

Obsessed with creating life in a laboratory, a medical student haunts graveyards and dissecting rooms in search of the materials for his experiments. But when he achieves success, he rejects his ghastly creation. The creature — longing for love but shunned by all — turns evil and exacts revenge.

-all summaries from the publishers

 Let us know if you have any recommendations for book discussion choices in the comments.

*This article previously appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter The Book Club Insider, November 2018 issue*

-Posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

New in DVD

Searching

Drama PG-13

After David Kim’s sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

-posted by Sonia

FOUR NEW MUSEUM PASSES AT SYOSSET LIBRARY

Visit art museums, historic sites, parks and other cultural venues with a Syosset Library Museum Pass. Four new passes have been added, bringing the grand total to 31. The new passes are:

Planting Fields Arboretum

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum

Hofstra University Museum of Art

NYS Empire Pass

To make a reservation using your Syosset Public Library Card and/or view the full list of museum passes, please visit the Museum Pass Program page of our website.