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Five Years on the Blog: October

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in  October in the past five years:

2016: Upcoming Books to Films

2015: Back to the Future Week Continues

2014: Research Your Family Tree

2013: Plan Ahead for a Fun and Festive Book Club Meeting

2012: CONGRESS.GOV

Take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in November, stay tuned!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Afternoon Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, and poverty characteristic of their part of America. -(summary from the publisher)

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk .

 

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

The Big Sick

Comedy R

Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after a standup set. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing.

Certain Women

Drama R

A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. A portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.

Wonder Woman

Action PG-13

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

September Book Displays

It’s September and it’s back to school-

Syosset Public Library has started the new school year with our “Sy-Con” event.  For those of you like me, Sy-Con means Syosset Convention.  In keeping with this theme, our two books displays on the first floor are “Oh, the Places You’ll Go / Science Fiction and Fantasy” and “Fandom.”  Have some fun and let your mind and imagination run wild reading science fiction and fantasy.  Wander in the realm of unreality and the supernatural. “Fandom” focuses on pop culture figures, such as Harry Potter, Superman or Wonder Woman and the ever popular Star Wars and Walking Dead. These displays also include graphic novels.

Our mini displays currently are “Celebrating the Classics” and “Romances for the College Set.”  Both topics are entertaining and never go out of style.

 

On the third floor the first display is “September is Healthy Aging Month.”  It contains books on how to grow old in a healthy manner, caring for aging parents and guidelines for staying fit.  As usual, handouts are included.

 

 

 

The second display “American Wilderness” is dedicated to our beautiful outdoors. A wilderness is an undeveloped land which retains its primeval character and natural conditions.  Sometimes we all need to get away from the noise and stimulation of society and relax in the beauty of nature.  These books will take you there. They may help you decide where you might want to take your next trip.

*Displays themes are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Upcoming Books-to-Films

books to filmIf you like to read the book before you see the movie, here are five books whose film adaptations will be coming out (1 already has) during these next few months. All are available at the Syosset Public Library.

It  by Stephen King

Film premiered September 8 and stars Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher and Finn Wolfhard.

It began–and ended–in 1958 when seven children searched in the drains beneath Derry for an evil creature, but in 1985, Mike, once one of those children, makes six phone calls and disinters an unremembered promise that sets off the ultimate terror.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Film premieres on September 29 and stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

A senior-aged widow and widower forge a loving bond over shared loneliness and respective histories, provoking local gossip and the disapproval of their grown children in ways that are further complicated by an extended visit by a sad young grandchild.

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

Film premieres on October 6 and stars Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Dermot Mulroney.

Stranded in a frigid mountain wilderness after a plane crash, a gifted surgeon and a young magazine writer are forced to rely on each other for survival while confronting painful truths about their personal lives.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Film premieres on October 20 and stars Michael Fassbinder, Rebecca Ferguson and Val Kilmer.

Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a mysteriously built snowman, a case that is complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter.

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

Film premieres October 27 and stars Haley Bennett, Miles Teller and Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Examines  the hardships faced by soldiers who have come home from service by following the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion originally depicted in the author’s  book The Good Soldiers.

All summaries from the book publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

What We’re Reading Now

Here are some titles that are staff are reading at the moment. In this edition – an astronaut, magicians, an open marriage experiment and more:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services is reading:

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

A memoir by an unlikely astronaut who helped save the Hubble telescope describes his early attempts to gain admission into NASA, his first spacewalks, the loss of his fellow astronauts in the Columbia disaster, and his ongoing support of future space travel ventures.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

Charlatans by Robin Cook

Promoted to his elite Boston teaching hospital’s Chief Resident, Dr. Noah Rothauser investigates a series of anesthesia errors that are killing patients and raising serious concerns about a resident who has created multiple personalities of herself on the internet.

Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying way

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

Traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project’s signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth; meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/record=b1287405

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A progressive New York couple with an autistic son move to a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb and immerse themselves in the local community only to have their bond tested by an invitation to become an open-marriage couple.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Thanks to Local Businesses!

The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club!

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American Dry Cleaners

Angel Tips

Bareburger

Beltrami: A Men’s Store

Ben’s NY Kosher

Brothers 3 Pools (Sayville Location)

Butera’s Restaurants

Card$mart

Celebrity Diner

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopt: Creative Salad Company

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Christina’s Epicure

Cindi’s Boutique

Denny’s Childrenswear

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

George Martin’s Grillfire

Gloss New York Salon

Hurricane Grill

Iavarone Brothers

It’s a Girl Thing Gifts & More

Jack Nails

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

The Lite Choice

Luxy Nails & Spa

Maddy Fine Jewelers

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Meyer’s Farmstand

Mixology Clothing Company

Mrtique

Ms’tique Boutique

Nail Gallery & Spa

One Small Step

Party City

Phil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Prime Time Butcher

Ray Leventhal Clothing

Salon Entourage

ShopRite

Steve’s Piccola Bussola

TOPSPIN TENNIS & FITNESS

Trader Joe’s

Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

Woodbury Wine Market

Yiasou Yeeros Authentic Greek Eatery

Authors:

Camille Perri & Brenda Janowitz

Publishing Companies:

  • HarperCollins Library Marketing Team
  • Macmillan Library Marketing Team
  • Martin’s Press
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. Education & Library Division
  • Workman Publishing Library Marketing Team

Pictured above Readers’ Services librarians with author Camille Perri (from left to right) Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Camille Perri, Lisa Jones, Jean Simpson and Head of Readers services, Jackie Ranaldo.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services