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The Beach Bum

Comedy R

The adventures of rebellious stoner Moondog, a beach bum and lovable rogue who lives life on his own terms.

Hotel Mumbai

Drama R

A true story of humanity and heroism, this film vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff are the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi and a waiter who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.

Run the Race

Drama PG

The story of two desperate brothers willing to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. But when a devastating injury puts Zach and his dreams on the sidelines, his brother David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

Us

Horror R

Haunted by trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. The endearing American family faces doppelgangers of themselves.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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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

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.