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April’s Art Display

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

This month’s featured artist is John P. Cardone, a Long Island native, nature photographer, author, and medical educator. His work will be on display from April 7 to April 27.

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His goal, in his own words: “In my waterscape and wildlife images, I try to capture the beauty and spiritual magnificence of nature. My photographs represent a moment in time through unique settings and the amazing personalities of wildlife. I am particularly interested in how nature can calm people’s minds while they take a “time-out” from their hectic, busy lives.”

Come in, view his display, and see if you think he has accomplished his goal. I’m sure you will enjoy his work. For more information about John P. Cardone visit his web site at  His book, The Healing Power of Nature: A Practical Exploration of How Nature Can Influence Our Health and Well-being  is available for checkout.

**The Art Gallery is located on the main floor near the elevators.**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services


Five Years on the Blog: April

Time again to revisit some of our blog post from the last five years, all appearing in the month of April.

2017: What We’re Reading Now: Audiobook Edition

2016: Broadway Musicals and Plays – Based on, Inspired By or Adapted from Books

2015: Register Your Book Club

2014:  New in DVD

2013: New Music at the Libary

Thanks for reading and watch out for our next look down blog memory lane sometime in May.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


Our April Book Displays

Get Cooking is the theme for our first book display.  What a great collection of cookbooks– cookbooks for healthy eating, diabetics, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and weight-watchers. There are some great ethnic cookbooks for Italian cookery and the Kosher baker. There are cookbooks for the busy family, cooking for two, the picky eater, and comfort food. The collection even has The Can’t Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified by Jessica Seinfeld.


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our second book display is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.  The books cover the man, his dream, and his life. Included topics are the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the March on Washington, and the Freedom Walkers. Also in this display are biographies of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, James Meredith and Stokely Carmichael.


Our 2 mini displays are Holocaust Remembrance Day – April 12, 2018 and In Remembrance – Anita Shreve , bestselling author.


Our displays on the third floor:

April is Autism Awareness Month and is the theme for the health display.  It includes books that offer practical guides to autism, understanding autism, and how to care for a child with autism. Also included are how to help autistic persons achieve their dreams and goals. Besides the books, there are lots of handouts.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 is next display (something that is near and dear to me).  Some of the topics covered are the history of libraries from ancient times to the modern public library, how to do research at the library, the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal System.

Last but not least, in honor of April is National Poetry Month, is the blue bucket of Poems for your Pocket. Come and take a poem. The blue bucket is sitting at the reference desk on the third floor.

And remember April showers bring May flowers and Syosset Library brings great reads!

**Displays are subject to change during the month**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services




Our February Book Displays

Celebrating Black History Month with These Novels is the theme for our first display on the main floor. Some of the titles are classics such as The Bluest Eye, The Man in 3B, Invisible Man, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and included in the display are books by Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, James McBride, Terry McMillan, Zadie Smith, Richard Wright, and others.

True Love Stories is a timely theme for February. Read the stories of Taya Kyle, Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, Ray and Joan MacDonald, Gabby and Mark Kelly, the Lovings of Virginia, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Anthony and Cleopatra. This main floor display has many more great love stories.

The main floor Mini Displays are Happy 100th Birthday to Muriel Sparks and Binge Boxes Are Here.  Binge Boxes are something new at SPL. They are themed collections of DVDs, packaged for you in a plastic case.  Great for a “staycation” or a long winter’s night.

And on the third floor:

Take Care of Your Heart is our health reference display. Learn about the signs of a heart attack, how to reverse heart disease, stress management, heart healthy diets, and even tips on how to mend a broken heart. Besides the books, there are informative handouts for our patrons, as always.

Love Makes the World Go Round is a collection of all things involving love.  Topics covered include love poems, love songs, the art of love, senior love, love and war, and even how the French invented love.  You are sure to find some ideas to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

*Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

5 Years on the Blog – January

Take a visit to  some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts appearing in January during  the past five years:






We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in February. Stay warm!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Syosset Public Library has an art gallery featuring a different artist each month. This is one of my favorite parts of the library. The gallery is located on the first floor behind the  snack area and I highly recommend taking some time there when you are in the building.

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January’s artist is Laura Montllor. She started painting watercolors after working as an architect for 30 years, in partnership with her husband. After his death from a battle with brain cancer, she began daily walks in the woods of Long Island Sound. These natural landscapes give a serene, life-affirming panacea that is evident in her art pieces through their fluid vibrancy. Her approach to painting is meditative and her hope is to inspire others to observe their world with mindfulness and renewed joy.

Looking at these beautiful watercolors created by Ms. Montllor is like taking a walk in the woods or enjoying a day at the shore. They are sure to make one feel relaxed and at ease.

For more information, you can visit LauraMontllor’s website or @panacea_painting on Instagram.

Posted by Betty, Reference Services


Adult Winter Reading Club Starts Today!

Welcome to the Syosset Public Library’s

first Adult Winter Reading Club

Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register and finish reading by Friday, March 2, 2018.

For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win one of five raffle prizes. Winners will be announced at the Title Swap with the Readers’ Services Librarians on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 PM.

In person registration is required  to participate and begins on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Readers’ Services Desk.

All titles must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6 PM.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services