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April is National Poetry Month…

Do you like poetry? Come up to the Library’s third floor to sample a new poem. We have a bucket filled with copies of poetry for you to enjoy.

Can’t visit the library in person? May I suggest visiting the Library of Congress online? The venerable LC has so many hidden treasures. This month I suggest looking at Poetry 180.

This project by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins offers a selection of poems for each day in the school year. Its target audience is high school students but it is open to everyone. It is a great way to discover new poets and their works:  “The Bagel” made me smile; every parent can identify with “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

Poems are wonderful to read but they are even better when you hear them. So check out the LC’s Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This amazing source has audio recordings of many famous poets as well as lectures about poetry. There is an interview with Robert Frost (1959) which includes him reading some of his work. And Archibald MacLeish reads and comments on his poetry in 1963. You also can hear Margaret Atwood, Alan Dugan (I just discovered his “On the Long Island Railroad System”), Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The Poetry Foundation  is another great resource. You can listen to the works by such people as Dylan Thomas, Paul Laurence Dunbar, John Dunne,Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost   You can search the Foundation’s collection of poems. They have a section of poems under 25 lines  and another section of poems by literary forms and terms.

Glance at any of these sites and you just might be inspired to write a line or two of poetry yourself. Or you might discover a discover something special! I liked this one by the 17thcentury poet Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish, “An Apology for Her Poetry.” It ends with the lines:

“Consider, pray, gold hath no life therein.”

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

20 & 30-Something Rifftrax Viewing: The Lost Boys

lost-boysThe Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Programs will be meeting Monday, February 27th at 7PM. We will be hosting Rifftrax Viewing: The Lost Boys. Brief summary of the film: When Same, Michael, and their mother move to Santa Carla, California, strange things begin to happen. A new twist on the familiar vampire story.

Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1987 vampire film. Rifftrax are comedy audio commentaries featuring Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) comedians that are played over movies, television programs, and short films. This viewing will include commentary from MST3K comedies Cole Stratton and Janet Varney.

This program is open to 20-Somethings/30-Somethings looking for a fun event.

No registration is required and the program is free. Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.

This event will be hosted by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30-Something Librarians.

 

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Look forward to seeing you there!

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Evening Book Discussion

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2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

7:30 PM

with Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian

“The son of a singer mother whose career forcibly separated her from her family and an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.”

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian

New November Birthdays Display

Happy birthday to those born in November! There are books by and about famous people who were born in this month featured on our new third floor display.

  • Are you interested in music? Did you know that W.C. Handy, John Philip Sousa, Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell were all born in the eleventh month.
  • Born more than 400 years apart religious leaders Martin Luther and Billy Graham had November birthdays.
  • World War II military leaders George Patton and Erwin Rommel both were born in this month.
  • Or you can check out books about journalists Walter Cronkite and Ida Tarbell and scientists Carl Sagan and Edmond Halley.
  • There are so many literary figures who were born this month: Neil Gaiman, Louisa May Alcott, James Agee, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Marianne Moore, Albert Camus, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Political figures are represented by Robert Kennedy, Joe McCarthy and William Cullen Bryant. But if you’ve had enough of the political, for a lighter look at life check out a book by birthday boy, cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Come in and have a look and a read!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

20 & 30 Something Book Club

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Schwartz

with Jessikah Chautin & Stacey Levine, Librarians

Monday, October 24, 2016

7:30 PM

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwart’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone, skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer, and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories, and even scary songs, all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark         (From the Publisher).

No registration required. Free.

Books available at the Readers’ Services desk.

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-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services