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A Museum Outing With Your Book Club

Now that winter is upon us, a trip to a museum or indoor garden may be just the thing to refresh your book club and beat those winter blues.   Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program. 

Museum of the City of New York

King in New York – through June 1, 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., King in New York traces the civil rights leader’s encounters with New York from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. The exhibition’s historic images chronicle King’s sermons in churches and speeches to the United Nations, his discussions about race relations with New York City’s mayor, and his relationships with New York’s own networks of activists.

Beyond Suffrage:  A Century of New York Women in Politics – through August 5, 2018

This exhibit traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Fool the Eye – through March 4, 2018

Get ready to be amazed by an exhibition filled with optical illusions and artistic sleight of hand! Trompe l’oeil, hypnotic abstractions, perceptual illusions, mind-bending impossibilities and more. Artists include Salvador Dali, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz and many others.

The Jazz Age – March 17, 2018 – July 8, 2018

The Jazz Age is highlighted by masterpieces of the 1920s, neoclassical paintings by Picasso, the avant-garde breakthroughs of James Joyce and Coco Chanel and enduring classics such as Balanchine’s Apollo. The exhibition also features musical and literary programs, lectures and symposia exploring the art, design, music, dance and literature of this unforgettable era.

New York Historical Society

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence – through March 11, 2018

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence showcases hand-drawn and engraved maps from the 18th and early 19th centuries that illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 – through April 22, 2018

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war.

If your group is interested in any of these exhibits, our Readers’ Services Librarians would be happy to pair it with just the right book to couple your visit with a book discussion.

Museum passes can be reserved up to 60 days in advance with an adult Syosset Public Library card in good standing. Most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass or to view our Museum Pass Guidelines in full detail, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

*Exhibit descriptions provided by the museums. 

*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.       

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services                                                                       

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5 Years on the Blog – February

Today we’re to going get nostalgic and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for February during the past five years:

2017: Evening Book Discussion

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

2014: Recent Releases Perfect for Book Clubs

2013: Graphic Novels in the Syosset Public Library

See you next month when we take a look at the last 5 years of March.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our February Book Displays

Celebrating Black History Month with These Novels is the theme for our first display on the main floor. Some of the titles are classics such as The Bluest Eye, The Man in 3B, Invisible Man, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and included in the display are books by Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, James McBride, Terry McMillan, Zadie Smith, Richard Wright, and others.

True Love Stories is a timely theme for February. Read the stories of Taya Kyle, Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, Ray and Joan MacDonald, Gabby and Mark Kelly, the Lovings of Virginia, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Anthony and Cleopatra. This main floor display has many more great love stories.

The main floor Mini Displays are Happy 100th Birthday to Muriel Sparks and Binge Boxes Are Here.  Binge Boxes are something new at SPL. They are themed collections of DVDs, packaged for you in a plastic case.  Great for a “staycation” or a long winter’s night.

And on the third floor:

Take Care of Your Heart is our health reference display. Learn about the signs of a heart attack, how to reverse heart disease, stress management, heart healthy diets, and even tips on how to mend a broken heart. Besides the books, there are informative handouts for our patrons, as always.

Love Makes the World Go Round is a collection of all things involving love.  Topics covered include love poems, love songs, the art of love, senior love, love and war, and even how the French invented love.  You are sure to find some ideas to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

*Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

What We’re Reading Now

Time to take a peek over the shoulders of members of our staff to see what they are reading at the moment:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Presents a rendering of the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.  But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

-Sue Ann,  Head of Children’s Services

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

-Pam M., Assistant Library Director

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Evening Book Discussion, February 13)

Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.

-Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

While investigating a homicide, Dave Robicheaux, who is struggling with PTSD, alcoholism, and the loss of his wife, suspects he may have been the killer and endeavors to clear his name and make sense of the killing.

 

Two Girls Down ​by Louisa Luna

Hired by the devastated mother of two young girls who have gone missing from a small Pennsylvania town strip mall, enigmatic bounty hunter Alice Vega is rebuffed by the overextended local police and partners with disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, on a case involving a dangerous web of lies, false leads and complex relationships.

-Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian

Robots vs Fairies ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

-Megan, Systems Manager

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant’s suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (Afternoon Book Discussion, Jan 30)

A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity

-Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

5 Years on the Blog – January

Take a visit to  some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts appearing in January during  the past five years:

2017: MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM NEWS

2016: LATEST ADDITIONS TO BOOK CLUB IN A BAG

2015: BOOKS-TO-FILMS COMING IN FEBRUARY

2014:  STEAMPUNK: NOT JUST A SUBGENRE ANY LONGER

2013: QUESTIONS ABOUT BOOKS: 2012, PART 7 (THE END)

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in February. Stay warm!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Adult Winter Reading Club Starts Today!

Welcome to the Syosset Public Library’s

first Adult Winter Reading Club

Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register and finish reading by Friday, March 2, 2018.

For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win one of five raffle prizes. Winners will be announced at the Title Swap with the Readers’ Services Librarians on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 PM.

In person registration is required  to participate and begins on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Readers’ Services Desk.

All titles must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6 PM.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

American Made

Action R

A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.

Battle of the Sexes

Comedy PG-13

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

Brad’s Status

Drama R

A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.

Despicable Me 3

Comedy PG

The villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s, proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date

-posted by Ralph, Media Services