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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

New in DVD

American Made

Action R

A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.

Battle of the Sexes

Comedy PG-13

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

Brad’s Status

Drama R

A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.

Despicable Me 3

Comedy PG

The villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s, proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date

-posted by Ralph, Media Services


Our Book Displays- December

Well, it’s the Holiday Season and the Beginning of Winter…and our book displays reflect the season.

On the main floor “Happy Holidays” is the first display, filled with Christmas and holiday themed books and DVD’s.  Also included are non-fiction books with gift and crafts ideas and of course many cook books with recipes to celebrate both for Hanukkah and Christmas.

“Winter Potpourri” is the next book display and will appeal to hardier souls.  An eclectic array of books on winter sport, such as skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding and ice fishing.  Also included are travel guides to Alaska, Canada and the Artic. For the homebodies, the display has winter themed DVDs.

The mini displays are “Down But Not Out” more oldies but goodies and “Mysteries To Die For” – nothing like a good mystery to hold your attention.


On the third floor, “Healthy Holidays” is the theme of the first display.  It’s time to learn how to eat healthy during party time, make peace and become happier and avoid winter depression.  This display has many books on just these topics. There are also great handouts for a healthy holiday and safety tips. Definitely worth a trip to the 3rd floor.

The second display, “Be My Guest” has books on entertaining during this season.  Wow your guests with great craft and decorating ideas, fabulous food and creative entertainment ideas. The assortment of books here might show you how to do it all with less effort.

You can certainly get the holiday and winter season off to a great start with any of our book displays.

Wishing you happiness and health for the holidays and all year long!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services