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Time magazine’s 50 Things to Hear, See and Do This Fall.

What do 41 Cooper Square, Nine, The Lost Symbol, Miles Davis and The Good Wife have in common?  They made Time’s 50 Things to Hear, See or Do this Fall.  See what other books, films, music recordings, television programs and exhibits made it too!  Check out my follow up blog post later this week, for more information about my favorite entry!

–  Marianne L.,  Reference Services


Mary Travers Obituary

Peter Paul and Mary picMaryTraversIt is with sadness that we learned of the death of Mary Travers of the Peter, Paul and Mary singing group.  The music of Peter, Paul and Mary was a part of many of our lives.  Read the New York Times obituary.

– posted by Ed G., Reference Services

Want to read like the Mad Men?

The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.

We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find.   However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:

Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:

In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.

Hip: the history by John Leland.

Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.

Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.

I love it when you talk retro: hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes.

Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.

As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.

Vintage reading: from Plato to Bradbury: a personal tour of some of the world’s best books by Robert Kanigel.

Dream lucky: when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat— by Roxane Orgill.

Books on Advertising History

Twenty ads that shook the world: the century’s most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James Twitchell.

New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.

Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.

Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.

Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”!  I did and it looks just swell!madmen_icon

posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian

Free in DC — A book lover’s paradise!

2009PosterHear your favorite authors talk about and read from the books you love!  The 9th Annual National Book Festival will be held on September 26, 2009.  I attended this event in 2004 and 2005 and LOVED it!  Surrounded by the grandeur of the monuments and Smithsonian on the Mall in DC, it was really fun to hear the authors speak about their books in their own voices.  Meg Cabot cast a spell over hundreds of tween princess-wanna-bes, and the buzz from Clive Cussler’s tent was so electric, I felt it two tents away! Dana Stabenow and Azar Nafisi were thrilling story tellers – you could hang on their every word.  When you’re done, bring home an autographed copy of your favorite author’s latest book.

There’s something for everyone there, including Children  and Teens.  Adult genres include Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose.  Sadly, I will miss the Home & Family area, (where I heard Heloise and Arthur Frommer), not on the 2009 list.  (Maybe it will be back next year).  Hint: Go with a friend who reads different styles than you, so you can expose each other to the books and authors you like.

Planning notes:  Both times I was there, it was a beautiful day.  The event is outdoors, but in tents, so I’m not sure how it works out if it’s a very rainy day.  But the nearby Smithsonian museums are free too, so you can run inside for a bit, if it drizzles.  Also, seating is limited.  Many popular authors fill up to standing room only, so plan to get to those early.

If you have the time to get to Washington, I highly recommend this fantastic free event to booklovers of all ages.  A must.  And put it on the calendar for next year too!

~ posted by Marianne, Reference Services

New Look at Syosset Reference Webpage

ReferencePageThe Syosset Public Library’s Reference Services Department webpage has a new look and new features.  In addition to accessing our catalog and databases, there is a new Best of the Web feature which will highlight a Website of the Month.  You can check the local weather, read breaking news from the New York Times, entertainment news and information regarding the local Long Island Economy.  Check out the new and improved webpage.

– posted by Ed,  Reference