Category Archives: General

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

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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

5 Years on the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in during August in the past five years:

2017: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2016:  NEW IN DVD

2015: BOOK TO FILM DISCUSSION

2014: SUMMER HISTORY LESSON

2013:  READ THE BOOK…SEE THE MOVIE

Watch out for another nostalgic look at the past five years next month.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Discover Something New 102!

The National Park Service marks its 102 birthday on August 25. To celebrate it launched a campaign to “discover something new!”

Did you know that here on Long Island we have two NPS units? Fire Island National Seashore (pictured above) with its spectacular beaches and iconic light house as well as the historic Old Mastic House, home of the William Floyd, signer of the Declaration of Independence, is located on the South Shore. On the North Shore in Oyster Bay you can visit the home of the Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President, Sagamore Hill.

If you have more time, consider a trip into NYC. You might think of visiting the famous Statue of Liberty, beacon of freedom, or Ellis Island where so many of our ancestors passed through. If you are downtown, take some time to see Federal Hall where George Washington took the oath of office as the first President or the African Burial Ground (pictured above), the nation’s earliest and largest African Burial Ground rediscovered in the United States, containing upwards of 15,000 intact skeletal remains of enslaved and free Africans who lived and worked in colonial New York.

Do you have time for a longer daytrip? Visit the Weir Farm  (pictured above) in Wilton, CT which preserves the life and home of Julian Alden Weir, one of America’s most influential Impressionists. An even longer trip could include the Washington-Rochambeau Trail that goes from Massachusetts to Virginia following the path taken by the Revolutionary War participants as the French joined forces with Washington’s army.

Can’t decide? The National Park Service website has a feature where you can search for a park by State.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

Go out and enjoy them!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Five Years on the Blog: July

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2017: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2016: TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

2015: PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

2014: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2013:  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TOP 100

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in August!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

Disobedience

Drama R

A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

I Feel Pretty

Comedy  PG-13

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Rampage

Action PG-13

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

Truth or Dare

Horror NR

A harmless game of truth or dare among friends turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our July Displays

It’s still summer and time for relaxing at the beach, the pool or the
backyard. The display on the main floor is called Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach. There are lots of good reads on this display, and there is still plenty of time to sign up for the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Club. Don’t miss Quench Your Literary Thirst which is a free give away sampler of summer reads and is also on this display.

The other main floor display is Fun Things to do in the Summer. It’s time to go outside and enjoy the warm weather – the display includes books and DVDs with ideas for travel and car trips, places to go on Long Island and the Jersey Shore. Books on sports such as diving, sailing, biking, backpacking, camping and kayaking can also be found here.

 

 

 The two main floor mini displays* are:
LAMDBA Literary – award winners for LGBTQ literature for Gay
Pride Month; and
Become a Grill Master– lots of cookbook and tips for
outside cooking.

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

The third floor displays are:

Keep Fit This Summer.   This July health display contains various how to books for all types of exercise. There are handoutflyers with advice for getting fit.

The next display is Happy Birthday America, celebrating America’s
founding history and the Fourth of July. Learn about the times, the politics, the battles, and the people that created a new nation.

Let Syosset Public Library help you get the most out of the summer!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services