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Our Book Displays for May

Our main floor displays, this month, are “Mysteries in May” and “Awesome Autobiographies”.

“Mysteries in May” is a great collection of mystery and suspense novels by popular authors, such as Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Laurie R. King, Stuart Woods, Linda Fairstein, Lee Child and more. Find your next thriller read in this display.

“Awesome Autobiographies” includes the stories of famous celebrities, sports persons, politicians and heroes.  You can read about Phil Collins, Goldie, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey. Learn how people, such as Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, overcame the odds.

The two main floor mini displays* are “Star Wars, May the Fourth Be with You” and “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”.

 

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “May is Mental Health Month”.  The display contains books on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.  The handouts include a fact sheet from NAMI on Mental Illness.  The other handouts cover the topics of risky behavior, Internet addiction, compulsive buying and prescription drug misuse.

The second display on the third floor is “Faraway Places Are Calling Me”.  Dreaming of an exotic vacation?  Check out some of these books for ideas.  They are not about  your typical tourist spots, but rather are for the daring who are looking for some real excitement and thrills.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with some entertaining books.

*Mini displays may be subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Librarian

Five Years on the Blog: April

Today we’re to going reminisce a bit and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for April during the past five years:

2016: Audiobooks We LIke

2015: Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

2014: Put a Poem in Your Pocket Today

2013: Why Not a Mystery?

2012: 5 for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

April is National Poetry Month…

Do you like poetry? Come up to the Library’s third floor to sample a new poem. We have a bucket filled with copies of poetry for you to enjoy.

Can’t visit the library in person? May I suggest visiting the Library of Congress online? The venerable LC has so many hidden treasures. This month I suggest looking at Poetry 180.

This project by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins offers a selection of poems for each day in the school year. Its target audience is high school students but it is open to everyone. It is a great way to discover new poets and their works:  “The Bagel” made me smile; every parent can identify with “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

Poems are wonderful to read but they are even better when you hear them. So check out the LC’s Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This amazing source has audio recordings of many famous poets as well as lectures about poetry. There is an interview with Robert Frost (1959) which includes him reading some of his work. And Archibald MacLeish reads and comments on his poetry in 1963. You also can hear Margaret Atwood, Alan Dugan (I just discovered his “On the Long Island Railroad System”), Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The Poetry Foundation  is another great resource. You can listen to the works by such people as Dylan Thomas, Paul Laurence Dunbar, John Dunne,Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost   You can search the Foundation’s collection of poems. They have a section of poems under 25 lines  and another section of poems by literary forms and terms.

Glance at any of these sites and you just might be inspired to write a line or two of poetry yourself. Or you might discover a discover something special! I liked this one by the 17thcentury poet Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish, “An Apology for Her Poetry.” It ends with the lines:

“Consider, pray, gold hath no life therein.”

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

April’s Book Displays

Spring is in the air and time to get creative. One of our first floor displays, “From Blog to Book”, could help you. It has lots of cookbooks, biographies, home decorating and eclectic collections of essays.  The cookbooks cover the topics of healthy cooking, baking of pastries and pies and catering for parties.

“The Bestseller’s Club” is the topic for the other main floor display. If you have a favorite author or couple of favorites who are bestselling authors, this service is for you. You can automatically reserve the latest book by your favorite author(s). Select from over 200 popular writers.  Ask at the Readers’ Service desk on the second floor for more information.

The mini displays are “Books to Screen”  which includes such titles as Big Little Liars by Liane Moriarty, The Dinner by Herman Koch and Drums of Autumn by Diane Gabaldon; and  “National Poetry Month”, books of poems for a change of pace.

On the third floor “April is Defeat Diabetes Month” is the topic for our health collection display featuring books on the disease and how to control it. You can read an entire book, get a cookbook on diabetes diet or use one the handy-tip sheets on this timely subject.

Our last display is a little different, topic: “Mathematics Awareness Month”.  Math is pure science and analytics.  Stretch your mind with a book from this display.

Hope our displays spur your interest and give you something different to read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

5 Years on the Blog: March

Today we’re to going reminisce a bit and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for March during the past five years:

2016: Celebrating the Emerald Isle

2015: Preservation Workshop

2014: 10 Classics Its Time to Reread This Spring!

2013: Agatha’s Own Favorites

2012: Scanning & Faxing @ Syosset Library

Hope you enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane.  We’ll do it again next month, keep an eye out!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

February’s Book Displays

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Our first display on the main floor is a gift for book lovers, “Best Sellers You Might Have Missed”. It includes a large selection by the most popular authors, including John Grisham, Clive Cussler, Bernard Cornwell, Anne Rice, John Le Carre, Debbie Macomber, Fern Michaels, Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel, Joyce Carol Oates and more.

“Books about American Activism” is the theme for our second display. It covers American history as the great experiment to begin the world anew.  Learn about the Civil Rights Movement for racial equality, the Women’s Rights from suffragettes to Roe V. Wade, the Gay Revolution and the history of U.S. Labor Movement. 

The 2 mini book displays are “British Library Crime Classics” and “2017 Edgar Award Nominees.  Check out these displays for some fun mystery reads.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “Affairs of the Heart-February is American Heart Month”.  Read about your heart, how it works, how to keep it healthy, how to talk to your cardiologist, what to eat and more. If a book is too time consuming, take home some of the informative handouts on the warning signs of a heart attack and how to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Hope that this display will provide you with useful guides to staying heart-healthy.

“After the Inauguration-Presidents in Offices” is our second display on the third floor.  The books covers the White House and its residents thru the ages. Find out about past president’s governing styles, their religious beliefs, the staffing of the White House, and the role of the First Ladies. See how history has judged our past leaders.

Once again the staff of SPL offers some suggestions for your reading pleasure.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Happy New Year: Our January Displays

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Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016”.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches you eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month”. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007”.  So you have more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy. Tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge”.

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”.  Lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services