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Earth Day – April 22, 2019

It’s hard to believe that we may soon no longer marvel at the incredible long necks of giraffes, the tiny fluttering wings of bees, or the amazing athletic breaching of whales. These and other species are threatened with extinction caused by loss of habitat, deforestation, climate change and pesticides. According to the Earth Day Network:  “ We are facing  the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily.”

And so, Earth Day 2019 is focused on Saving the Species. It’s mind boggling to think that the first Earth Day was in 1970. Although “environmentalism” was not then part of the common vocabulary, Rachel Carson’s book, The Silent Spring, had brought attention to the link between pollution and health, and raised awareness and concern for all living organisms. After the disastrous oil spill off Santa Barbara, CA, Sen. Gaylord Nelson and Rep. Pete McCloskey hoped to channel the activism of the anti-war movement to focus on the environment. The national news media picked up the message. This movement brought about the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

To read more about Earth Day and environmentalism topics, visit our third floor book display, “Save Our Species – Earth Day” and pick up a book or two.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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Our December Book Displays

As the year comes to a close, it’s holiday time. Happy Holidays is the theme of our first book display. Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year. There are books on baking, entertaining, giving and general merry making. Anyone in need of how-to ideas for enjoying the holiday season will find them on this display. Also included in this display are timely Christmas stories.

Man the Builder, The History of Architecture is the theme of the second book display on the main floor. From the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers man has been relentlessly  building. Mankind has built temples, amphitheaters, roads, bridges, churches, cathedrals, mosques, aqueducts, pagodas, totem poles, and modern skyscrapers. The books in this display feature various structures, take a look and enjoy man’s accomplishments.

The two mini displays* feature:

Congratulations: Maryse Conde, awarded the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature.

In Remembrance of George H. W. Bush, 41st  President of the U.S., beloved father, WW II Veteran, Representative, Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Chairman of the RNC, and U.S. Liaison to China.

*mini displays are subject to change throughout the month.

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Have a Healthy Holiday!  Books on healthy eating, stress-less living, longevity, and more. Handouts such as Food Safety Tips for the Holidays, Enjoy an Active Holiday Season and Tips for Poison-Free Holidays, are available also.

1968 is the theme for the second display. 1968 was a watershed year. It was marked by assassination of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, escalating protests against the Vietnam War, and Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run for a second term. Also it was the year that 60 Minutes and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood started as well as the year that  2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes premiered in movie theaters.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

FOUR NEW MUSEUM PASSES AT SYOSSET LIBRARY

Visit art museums, historic sites, parks and other cultural venues with a Syosset Library Museum Pass. Four new passes have been added, bringing the grand total to 31. The new passes are:

Planting Fields Arboretum

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum

Hofstra University Museum of Art

NYS Empire Pass

To make a reservation using your Syosset Public Library Card and/or view the full list of museum passes, please visit the Museum Pass Program page of our website.

What We’re Reading Now

We’re checking in with our staff today to see what they’re reading:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:

“I just finished rereading the 2011 National Book Award Fiction Winner, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward:  An incredible story of one poverty stricken family’s decision to ride out Hurricane Katrina in their coastal Mississippi home. Highly recommended!”

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.*

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – the best book I read this year.”

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say.*

Amy, Children’s Services Librarian:

“Currently reading: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps.”

Presents a memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and GeeksDawson’s Creek and Cougar Town, who has become a breakout star on Instagram.*

 

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian:

Just finished Vox by Christina Dalcher. Dr. Jean McClellan is haunted by her complacency during her college days in this dystopian novel in the not-so-far future.  The United States government has put women in “their rightful place” by systematically limiting the words they can use each day.  Is 100 words a day enough to make a change?  Dr. McClellan truly hopes so.”

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa”

Stripped of her family’s privileges by the Nazi party in 1939 Berlin, Hannah Rosenthal forges a pact that she will remain true to her best friend, Leo, before embarking on a refugee ship bound for Havana, where rumors of a deadly plot force her to make an impossible choice.*

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Genius Foods by Max Lugavere  This is a fascinating book about how what we eat affects our brains, and in turn, the rest of our bodies.”

Draws on the author’s in-depth research into dementia in the wake of his own mother’s mysterious diagnosis to outline practical recommendations for optimizing mental performance and balance through a high-nutrition diet tailored specifically for brain health.*

*Summary from the publisher.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election Day: Don’t Forget to Vote!

Election Day November 6, 2018 is upon us. The Nassau County Board of Elections has list of candidates with party affiliations for your consideration.

You can check on your registration information and get information about your election district and voting location by entering your name and some other identifying information.

The Vote411 site allows you to find your voting place and create a personal ballot to compare candidates for races in your district. Simply type in your address and the races that you can vote in come up. You can compare the candidates (some have submitted personal statements and biographies) so that you are ready to vote when you get to the polling place on Tuesday.

If you want a good look at a candidate’s biography, voting record, speeches, ratings and funding, consult Project Vote Smart. Simply type in a candidate’s name and then choose the topic you want to see. There is also a tab called Vote Easy; by entering your zip code and then answering some questions and giving their importance to you the site will give you the candidate who most closely match your preferences.

After you cast your vote on Tuesday you can follow the results on Politico. From that homepage you can click on the individual states to see how candidates are faring.

In the 2016 Presidential election only about 6 in 10 eligible voters cast their ballots. In the previous midterms (2010 and 2014) only about 4 in 10 voted.  Remember to vote!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

School days! Back to school days!

Heading back to school evokes mixed emotions. There is a certain excitement about a new school year with its new clothes, spotless notebooks and opportunity.

But no one wants the summer to end!

This poem was printed in the Richmond (Indiana)  Palladium and Sun-Telegram on September 9, 1916.

That feeling of the loss of summer’s freedom and the reluctance to go to back to the school routine hasn’t changed over the years.

Another thing that has remained the same is back to school shopping! Each year it seems that the back-to-school lists grows. Now there is Amazon which will deliver right to your door, but you used to go to the store to buy everything. Check out this ad (and the prices!) from the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch in 1919.

posted by Brenda, Reference Services