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Our January Book Displays

Happy New Year to all our patrons!

Our first display is Best Books of 2018 on the main  floor. There are a lot of choices and all great reads. Included in the display are books by acclaimed authors such as Chris Bohjalian, Tana French, Barbara Kingsolver, Jodi Picoult, Ann Tyler, Kristin Hannah and more. One of my New Year‘s resolutions is to go outside my comfort zone and read books by authors with whom I’m not familiar.

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TR’s World: In Commemoration of the Centennial of the Death of Theodore Roosevelt, January 6, 1919 is the topic for second book display on the main floor. A large number of books have been written about this amazing man, a naturalist, hunter, soldier, family man and politician. He made his home in Oyster Bay, New York which is now a museum open to the public.

The main floor two mini displays* are:

Happy 75th Anniversary (1943-2018) To a Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Amos Oz (May 4, 1939-December 28, 2018)

*mini-displays are subject to change during the month*

On the third floor, the book displays are in keeping a New Year theme. The health librarian’s display is A New Year, A New You! Books here include not only diet and exercise guides, but also some on other subjects, such as how to cope with various illnesses and advice on achieving a happier life. The handouts available cover various topics that can enhance your health and your life in general.

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Today is a Great Day to Learn Something New is the theme for the second third floor display. It’s always a good idea to learn a new skill or to take up a new hobby. This display has some interesting topics such as solar panels, casino gambling and poker, swimming, horse riding, canoeing, collecting and lots of DIY (do-it-yourself).

We hope visiting Syosset Library and enjoying our facilities and resources will be a part of your New Year’s resolution!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Join the Adult Winter Reading Club

Visit the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor to register and receive your Adult Winter Reading Club BINGO card. Read any book within the assigned genres to complete a BINGO. For each BINGO you complete, a ticket will be entered to win a raffle prize.

Winners will be announced at the Title Swap with the Readers’ Services Librarians program on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 PM. In-person registration is required and begins on Monday, January 7, 2019. Open to SSD residents 18 years or older with a valid library card.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration with Author Jacqueline Friedland

Wednesday, December 19, 2018. 2 PM.

Join the Readers’ Services staff for a fun Year-End Celebration featuring author Jacqueline Friedland. Ms. Friedland will discuss her debut historical fiction novel Trouble the Water and the writer’s life. A book sale and signing will be held by the Friends of the Library at the event. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Each attendee will receive a ticket to win a raffle prize.

Sure to become a book club favorite, Kirkus Reviews notes, (Trouble the Water) “…will seize readers from the first page and not let go.”

“When a young woman travels from a British factory town to South Carolina in the 1840s, she becomes involved with a vigilante abolitionist and the Underground Railroad while trying to navigate the complexities of Charleston high society and falling in love”-from the publisher

For more information about author Jacqueline Friedland, visit:

Website

Facebook 

Twitter

Instagram

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

50 Years Ago…

The library has a display on the third floor commemorating the 50th anniversary of the watershed year 1968. In a Time magazine article earlier this year historian Jon Meacham compared the year 1968 to 1776, 1861 and 1941 as a time when everything in U.S. history changed http://time.com/5107482/50-years-after-1968-still-living-in-its-shadow/

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It was indeed a turbulent year. It was a sad year marked by the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. There was anger. In January the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive. Protests against the Vietnam War escalated with demonstrations on university campuses and at the Democratic National Convention. Olympic runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a Black Power salute during the Olympic medal ceremony in Mexico City.

Lyndon Johnson surprisingly announced he would not run for reelection. Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th President in November.

 

The Prague Spring began the year with hope when Alexander Dubcek was chosen as the Czech leader promising a government of “socialism with a human face.” But when members of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia with tanks and troops the period of liberalizing reforms quickly ended and totalitarian Soviet rule was reinstated.

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But there were lighter notes that year. Some cultural highlights included the first TV broadcast of “60 Minutes” and “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” In the movies “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Planet of the Apes” were popular. And “Hair” opened in London. The year also saw the introduction of Hot Wheels toy cars and McDonald’s Big Mac. The Beatles started Apple records with “Hey Jude” as its first single.

The year ended on a high note with the successful Apollo 8 mission. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William A. Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the moon.

Visit the library and choose a book (or two!) from the display to increase your understanding of this time period.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Looking ahead to December…Recap Your Book Club’s Year

Many book clubs skip having a December meeting as it is a very busy and hectic time of year. Instead of cancelling your meeting, your group might skip reading a new book in December and recap all the book discussions you have had during the year.  Make a holiday party of it while you discover new perspectives on the books you’ve enjoyed (or not!).  With this in mind, the following is a recap of the book discussions I had the pleasure of facilitating at Syosset Public Library during 2018. You might consider one of the following for one of your own book discussions.

January 2018: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“This literary thriller-mystery is an entertaining and thought provoking read – extremely discussible”

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

April 2018: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

“This title was chosen to tie-in with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Not knowing much about his widow before, I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book. It is an interesting life story told well and other discussion participants thought so too.” 

The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants.

 June 2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

“My most well attended discussion of the year.  A wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read this year.” 

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

September 2018: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

“This year’s Banned Book discussion choice was a surprise for me, not what I expected at all. 200 years old this year, the book is as timely now as it was then.”

Obsessed with creating life in a laboratory, a medical student haunts graveyards and dissecting rooms in search of the materials for his experiments. But when he achieves success, he rejects his ghastly creation. The creature — longing for love but shunned by all — turns evil and exacts revenge.

-all summaries from the publishers

 Let us know if you have any recommendations for book discussion choices in the comments.

*This article previously appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter The Book Club Insider, November 2018 issue*

-Posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

November Book Displays

Don’t know what to read with so many great books in the library?  Try this month’s “Staff Picks” display. The display is a selection of favorites of the SPL staff. Our staff is made of avid readers so their picks will insure an enjoyable read. As usual, there is a lot to choose from.

The second display on the main floor is  “November – Memoir Month.” Truth can be stranger and more entertaining than fiction. Read someone’s life story. You can also listen to their stories on audio books. Some memoirs which have been made into movies are available on DVD for your viewing pleasure.

The two mini displays this month are:

* “The Great American Reads, The Top Fifteen Finalists”

* “Goodreads Awards, The Choice Awards for the Best Books of 2018”

*MIni-displays are subject to change during the month.

The third floor health librarian’s display is “November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month”. The books here help explain the disease and how to cope with it for both the patient and caregivers. Also on the display are Fact Sheet handouts which include information on legal and financial planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

One more theme for November is “Native American Heritage Month”. Learn the history of the first people to inhabit the Americas, it is a story of diverse groups of people. Books include information on their culture, art, music, jewelry, and languages.

Hope our displays help you to make your reading choices easier and more varied. Enjoy!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Evening Book Discussion

2011 National Book Award Winner, Fiction

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

“Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.” -from the publisher.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Circulation Desk. 

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services