All posts by Sonia

For those who are in a book club . . .

StackofBooks_resized…this is a good suggestion.  If you are reading and discussing a book of short stories, have one member type up a sheet with the title and list of main characters in the short story.  You might even try your hand at a short (one sentence) summary of the plot.  It helps everyone keep track of which story you are talking about in the group!

– posted by Jill, Readers’ Services

Want to read like the Mad Men?

The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.

We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find.   However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:

Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:

In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.

Hip: the history by John Leland.

Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.

Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.

I love it when you talk retro: hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes.

Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.

As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.

Vintage reading: from Plato to Bradbury: a personal tour of some of the world’s best books by Robert Kanigel.

Dream lucky: when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat— by Roxane Orgill.

Books on Advertising History

Twenty ads that shook the world: the century’s most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James Twitchell.

New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.

Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.

Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.

Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”!  I did and it looks just swell!madmen_icon

posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian

Free in DC — A book lover’s paradise!

2009PosterHear your favorite authors talk about and read from the books you love!  The 9th Annual National Book Festival will be held on September 26, 2009.  I attended this event in 2004 and 2005 and LOVED it!  Surrounded by the grandeur of the monuments and Smithsonian on the Mall in DC, it was really fun to hear the authors speak about their books in their own voices.  Meg Cabot cast a spell over hundreds of tween princess-wanna-bes, and the buzz from Clive Cussler’s tent was so electric, I felt it two tents away! Dana Stabenow and Azar Nafisi were thrilling story tellers – you could hang on their every word.  When you’re done, bring home an autographed copy of your favorite author’s latest book.

There’s something for everyone there, including Children  and Teens.  Adult genres include Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose.  Sadly, I will miss the Home & Family area, (where I heard Heloise and Arthur Frommer), not on the 2009 list.  (Maybe it will be back next year).  Hint: Go with a friend who reads different styles than you, so you can expose each other to the books and authors you like.

Planning notes:  Both times I was there, it was a beautiful day.  The event is outdoors, but in tents, so I’m not sure how it works out if it’s a very rainy day.  But the nearby Smithsonian museums are free too, so you can run inside for a bit, if it drizzles.  Also, seating is limited.  Many popular authors fill up to standing room only, so plan to get to those early.

If you have the time to get to Washington, I highly recommend this fantastic free event to booklovers of all ages.  A must.  And put it on the calendar for next year too!

~ posted by Marianne, Reference Services

New in DVD

earth imageEarth – A nature documentary,aimed at children,  compiled from the vast footage of the BBC’s and The Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth series; Earth is the first nature film from the newly formed Disneynature.

sin nombre picSin Nombre – Honduran teenager Sayra (Gaitan) reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

state of play picState of Play – A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.

sugar picSugarSugar follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty.

– posted by Sonia,  Readers’ Services

Fall into a Great Book …

fallpicture…with one of our Fall 2009 Staff Pick Selections!

Looking for a great book to occupy your time as the days get a bit cooler? Our Fall 2009 Staff Picks Selections are now on display on the 2nd floor. These enjoyable titles are read and nominated by Syosset Public Library Staff members. Included in this season’s collection are Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout, Little Bee by Chris Cleave, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and many more. For a complete listing and descriptions of each title, please visit the Reader’s Corner Webpage. Here, you can also find listings of previous Staff Pick Selections. Happy Reading!
Fall into a great book at the Syosset Public Library!

~ Posted by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services

New Look at Syosset Reference Webpage

ReferencePageThe Syosset Public Library’s Reference Services Department webpage has a new look and new features.  In addition to accessing our catalog and databases, there is a new Best of the Web feature which will highlight a Website of the Month.  You can check the local weather, read breaking news from the New York Times, entertainment news and information regarding the local Long Island Economy.  Check out the new and improved webpage.

– posted by Ed,  Reference

My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

road dogs picFinished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.

I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all.   Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh.  If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.

I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all.  Sorry, Chuck!

Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services