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The Syosset Public Library has acquired Global Road Warrior, a world-class e-content database offering country-by-country information on 175 nations and territories, as a free service to patrons.

The database features information segregated into over 90 categories from business to travel essentials, embassies/consulates and health and medical, and includes over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 maps. Topics include country facts, society and culture, money and banking, business culture, communications and more. Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.

Global Road Warrior is proving valuable to multiple educational disciplines and promotes cross-cultural understanding through comparative studies. Business people engaged in international trade, students researching country reports and patrons planning international travel all will find what they need within this site.

With Global Road Warrior, you can find accurate world data and become a roving globetrotter without leaving your desk. Using this database is like getting a ticket for a trip around the world. Our library is proud to offer this rich, colorful content.  To grab your boarding pass, visit the library website  or contact the Reference Services Department at 516-921-7161 x217.

– posted by Marianne, Reference Services

Technology Shopping Made Easier

Did you know the Syosset Public Library has a subscription to Consumer Reports that you can use any time from home?  It’s Consumer Reports online with free access for Syosset library patrons.  You simply go to the library website at, and you’ll find that Consumer Reports logo, right on our home page.  Click, enter your library bar code number (on the back) when prompted.  In no time, you’ll be searching or browsing for the items on your “naughty or nice” list.

The online version offers many additional features, you cannot find in the magazine articles.

  • Product ratings can be customized by price range, selected brands, preferred features, etc.  View just the products you want, and narrow your selection criteria as needed.  
  • Shopping information, presented without ads, organized by price, and with merchant ratings.  Local merchants can be searched directly from the site.
  • Read Blogs and News sections on topics such as cars, money, babies & kids, safety and more.  You can subscribe to RSS feeds on some topics as well. 
  • Use interactive features, such as a home remodeling planner, for large projects. 
  • Check out User reviews and forums.  Find out what others think, or write your own reviews.

You’ll find information about all kinds of gift ideas:  flat screens, digital cameras, computers, and more.  It’s available 24-7, whenever you need to make a quick online shopping decision too.  And don’t forget, if you prefer the print, you can still stop into to the library, Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.  So, check out Consumer Reports on our website.  That’s one less thing on your list! 

–  posted by Marianne, Reference Department

Learn a New Language

The Syosset Public Library just subscribed to a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages.  Mango is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. The best part it is FREE for Syosset Public Library patrons and you can access it anywhere there is an internet connection.  Mango is available in two versions, to suit users with different needs:

Mango Basic is perfect for a foreign language beginner. It teaches everyday greetings and helpful phrases.  The courses, which require only two to five hours to complete, are currently available in 22 languages (including Hindi, Hebrew, Italian, and Korean) and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses (including Chinese, Korean and Polish).

Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.  ESL courses include Polish and Spanish.

To learn more about Mango contact the Reference Department by email (, phone (516-921-7161 x217) or just drop by.  Or get started by going to and click on the Mango Languages link.  You’ll be asked for your library card barcode.  Then choose your language and start!  You’ll learn a new phrase before you even know it!

– posted by Marianne, Reference Services

Keeping up with changing credit card laws…

On WalletPop, a blog found on AOL’s finance pages, Kimberly Lankford of had a very timely blog post about the new credit card law, and how it affects you. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 was signed in May. Some changes will not take effect until February 22, 2010, but some are effective on August 20, 2009.

Credit card statements must be mailed now 21 days before your due date, and companies must notify you 45 days before they can raise your rate. But these rules are also causing creditors to change their policies. Read those disclosure statements that come in the mail. Interest rates, balance transfer offers, and minimum payment levels are all being changed at a rapid pace. If you hold balances on your credit cards, this is a good time to take a hard look at your accounts.

WalletPop is one of many blogs with financial information that you can read online.  If you need help finding information from trustworthy sources on the Internet, contact the Reference Department.

Posted by Marianne, Reference Department

What do you want to read? Please tell us!

Yes or No JacketSometimes our patrons help US find a good read.  I’m just finishing “Yes” or “No”: The Guide to Better Decisions: A story, by Spencer Johnson, MD.  He’s the Coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese (along with Kenneth Blanchard, PhD).

When a patron came in and asked for “all of their books”, it caught my attention.  I had heard of these two books, classics in business management.  But didn’t think that “Average Jane” would find them useful.

These books are quick and light, with simple concepts that stick with you after the book is done.  I’ve read One Minute Manager (more oriented towards work or organizations) and “Yes” and “No” The Guide to Better Decisions (great for anyone). … Now, onto the “Cheese” course.

So, please share your thoughts and questions about books, music, and movies (and more) with us!  Help us build your library collection!

– posted by Marianne, Reference Services