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New Fall Museum Exhibits

Fall is a great time to visit some of the museum’s that are part of the Syosset Public Library’s Museum Pass Program.  The following museum’s have new exhibits for fall.  So go ahead and make your reservations now:

Nassau County Museum of Art – September 25, 2010-January 9, 2011

“For Us the Living:  The Civil War in Paintings by Mort Kunstler”:  Kunstler is considered a leading contemporary painter of Civil War scenes.  Many of these paintings have never been exhibited.  ( (516) 484-9338).

The Heckscher Museum of Art: October  2, 2010 – January 9, 2011

“Rock On!  Masterworks in Rock Photography”:  Photographs of leading rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards and Elvis Presley. ( (631) 351-3250)

Museum of Modern Art: October 3, 2010 – April 25, 2011

“Abstract Expressionist New York”:  This exhibit celebrates Abstract Expressionism and its origins.  Works include those of Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. ( (212) 708-9400)

The Guggenheim Museum:  October 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011

“Chaos and Classicism:  Art in France, Italy and Germany”:  The end of WW I saw a movement among painters that favored figurative work over the abstract.  Among the artists represented are Balthus, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Hannah Hoch, Hentri Matisse and Picasso.  ( (212) 423-3500)

For additional information regarding the above exhibits, please visit the above listed museum websites or call the museum directly. To make a reservation for any of the above museums or other museums in our Museum pass program, please visit the library’s website and click on the “Museum Pass Program” link on the right hand side of the homepage or call the Readers’ Services Desk at 921-7161 ext. 239.
– posted by Lisa. J., Readers’ Services

It’s a Spooky Time of Year!

Check out our new Main Floor Display…It’s a Spooky Time of Year!

Here comes the fall and with it comes cool, crisp days and falling leaves; the perfect setting for Halloween, and of course, a little spookiness!  Trying to get into the Halloween Spirit?  Scare up some fun with a classic horror flick, bake some ghostly cookies or learn how sew your own Halloween costume!  Hosting a Halloween party?  We have everything you need to plan your perfectly spooky party!  You’ll find all this and more on the new main floor display, including these great library materials:

Best of Halloween Tricks and Treats by the staff of Better Homes & Gardens

“Cool ideas for a personalizing any Halloween party.  From spooky to whimsical and everything in between, Halloween Tricks and Treats is a treasure-trove of neat ideas and helpful how-tos for adding a personal touch to your Halloween parties and celebrations. You’ll get instructions for throwing Halloween parties that are festive for the whole family and learn how to make Halloween decorations that will transform your home into the spookiest place on the block. Plus, you’ll get tasty recipes for Halloween treats, easy-to-follow craft projects, and step-by-step instructions for making handmade Halloween costumes that are clever, creative, and fun.”   (From the Publisher)

The House on Haunted Hill DVD

Part Ghost Story, Part “Who Done It” originally released in 1958. ” Vincent Price is the owner of a haunted house who offers five strangers $10,000 to spend the night in his house. When they accept his offer, they soon regret it. A great old fashioned ghost story with a wild finish and a new twist.” (from library catalog)  Grab the popcorn and get ready for the chills!

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

“Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.”   (From the Publisher)

Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone

“Pumpkins are supposed to be scary!  Based on his popular and addictive website ‘ExtremePumpkins’, Tom Nardone has created a full-color guide to pumpkin carving that’s truly frightening. Featuring the website’s signature Puking Pumpkin, and spanning everything from Drowning Pumpkin, Crime Scene Pumpkin, and Cannibal Pumpkin to Electrocuted Pumpkin and other never-before-seen designs, this gleefully gory guide is nothing short of a manifesto to take back Halloween from the cheerful, the cutesy, and the parent-sanctioned.”   (From the Publisher)

And don’t forget the music, check out the Media section for the perfect party music for your Halloween Get Together … or to scare away the Trick or Treat-ers!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

This is Nat’l Library Card Sign-up Month!

Are you one of the elite 68?  A Harris poll found that 68% of Americans have a library card.

Since September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, why not get yours today? Think of all the advantages a library card offers:

  • books, DVDs and music you can take home to enjoy
  • computer classes to enhance your skills
  • online homework help
  • concerts, lectures, classes and movies for your enjoyment
  • crafts, music, books, classes for all ages
  • college prep classes and volunteer opportunities for teens

… the list goes on.  It’s easy to get a library card.  Just come to the circulation desk on the main floor with proof that you are a resident of the Syosset School District and you can start enjoying everything the library has to offer right away!

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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The Latest Inspector Lynley Mystery

Jemima Hastings is brutally murdered in an isolated London cemetery.  An unknown man is seen running from the scene.  Why she was in the cemetery to begin with has everyone puzzled.

Ten years earlier, three boys, aged between ten and eleven, quietly abducted twenty nine month old John Dresser from the local shopping mall.  His mutilated body was ultimately found in an abandoned construction site.

What these two incidents have in common will become evident when you read Elizabeth George’s latest installment in her Inspector Lynley series, This Body of Death.  Fans of the books and BBC-TV shows will not be disappointed. 

Inspector Thomas Lynley, having taken a leave after the senseless death of his wife, is recruited by Detective Superintendent Isabelle Ardery, on temporary (hoping to make it permanent) assignment to New Scotland Yard.  While Lynley is monopolized by Ardery, Barbara Havers, in typical fashion, is off following her own leads, not necessarily obeying Ardery’s orders. 

This Body of Death is fun and suspenseful and perfect for mystery fans.

-posted by Ed G., Reference Services

Five for Vampires

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter –  Did you know our 16th President was a Vampire Hunter?  Well, he wasn’t really, but if he were his life might have gone the way author Seth Grahame-Smith has imagined it in this book.  Lincoln’s mother dies because of a Vampire when he is only nine years old and he pledges to get revenge.  So, as well as keeping the Union together and freeing the slaves, Abraham Lincoln was a successful Vampire Hunter as well.

True Blood: Music from the original HBO series. “True Blood” doesn’t come back to TV screens until June but if you’ve already re-watched all the episodes and still want more, try listening to the full versions of the songs you only get to hear parts of during the show.

Dracula – Have you ever seen the original 1931 version starring Bela Lugosi?  No?  Although there have been many film versions featuring the character of Dracula, this is still one of the creepiest.  See it, if not for Lugosi’s iconic and definitive portrayal of Dracula, for the superb performance of Dwight Frye as Renfield:  no one has ever delivered a more disturbing “Yes Master”!

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published / edited with an introduction by Otto Penzler.  “(This anthology) collects an astoundingly thorough and enjoyable set of 86 vampire tales, poems and true stories.  Classics such as Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Poe’s Ligeia and Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest are nicely interspersed with lesser-known older and newer works. Fredric Brown’s Blood, an old-school sci-fi short-short, is a hoot, and D.H. Lawrence’s The Lovely Lady is a witty satire that in many ways harks back to Polidori’s The Vampyre.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Vampire Secrets – This History Channel documentary “uncovers the ancient folkloric origins of blood-craving creatures from beyond the grave. Learn how the vampire myth is strongly rooted in Eastern European lore, but how it has also played a prominent role in the ancient cultures of Greece and China.” (Product Summary).

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

April is  National Poetry Month and May has a host of garden events, such as National Wildflower Week (May 2-9) or Garden Meditation Day on May 3.  So, what could be better than combining the two.

The New York Botanical Garden is doing just that.  From April 30 through June 13, the exhibit is Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.  According to an article in the New York Times, “Emily Dickinson once called herself a ‘Lunatic on Bulbs’, referring to her passion for daffodils, hyacinth and other spring perennials”.  Although no trace of her original plantings survive, the Garden staff used its imagination to recreate Dickinson’s garden using plants that would have been popular in Massachusetts at the time.

The article from the Times describes the exhibit better than I can.   You can also find out more information on the New York Botanical Garden website.  (Of course, the Syosset Public Library does have museum passes to the Garden.  So take advantage of it.)

If you are interested in reading her poetry or finding out more about Emily Dickinson, you can browse our collection or use our databases.  Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

I’m planning on seeing the exhibit.  I hope you will as well.

-posted by Ed G., Reference Librarian

New on the Bookshelves…

Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945 by Max Hastings “In 1938 Churchill seemed a man bypassed by history. By 1945 he had become the greatest war leader Britain ever knew and has since achieved mythic status, standing higher than any other single human being at the head of the forces of light. …Churchill’s strength of will, rhetoric, and personality enabled the British to understand the reasons for their sacrifices and made Britain’s end as a great power a heroic one.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Paula Deen’s Savannah Style by Paula Deen and Brandon Branch “In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it’s time to put out your best china and make a real fuss, or you’re just gathering for some sweet tea on the porch at dusk, Savannah style is about making folks feel welcome in your home. With the help of decorator and stylist Brandon Branch, you’ll learn how to bring a bit of Southern charm into homes from Minnesota to Mississippi. (Product Description)

Savor the Moment (The Bride Quartet, Book 3) by Nora Roberts “Happily-ever-afters continue to bloom in book three of Roberts’s sugary Bride Quartet (after Bed of Roses) as the spotlight shines on pastry chef extraordinaire Laurel McBane. Vows, the Greenwich, Conn., wedding business run by the four BFFs, is also a hotbed for romance, as two of the friends have already found true love and dream of their upcoming nuptials. Laurel, meanwhile, sets her sights on Del, the older brother of Vows partner Parker, a handsome lawyer she’s secretly loved since they were teens. Passion erupts, but will they be able to make it last?” (Publisher’s Weekly)

What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion by Karen Tack “The endlessly imaginative duo who turned cupcaking into a national pastime is back, with utterly new, eye-popping creations anyone can make. Create a race-car cupcake, a robot cupcake, or ravishing jewelry cupcakes for a birthday party.  Captivate Mom with a bouquet of long-stemmed rose cupcakes and build sand castle cupcakes with the kids. All you need are candies from the corner store and cake mix and canned frosting.”  (Product Description)

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King “…this latest Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mystery, is a thriller of ingenious surprises and unrelenting suspense—as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice.  It began as a problem in one of Holmes’ beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended—or so they’d hoped—with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they’ve thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections.” (Product Description)

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services