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October Book Displays

The theme for the first main floor display is It’s A Spooky Time of Year, containing books to get you in the Halloween spirit. Ideas for party planning, crafts, decorating, costumes, and trick-or-treating. The display also includes some good old fashioned ghost stories and tales of haunted houses.

Games People Play is the topic for the second display. Learn about the history, rules and people involved with various sports and games, such as baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, poker, and bowling.  The display includes both DVDs and books- a great collection for the sport enthusiast!

The themes for the two current* mini displays are:

The Great American Read (voted on by the American public) includes both lots of great reads and a bibliography of the great reads.

October 5th is James Bond Day – 007 is a collection of both books and movies about the fictional British spy.

*Mini displays are subject to change during the month.

 

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Currently on the third floor, the first display is Mental Health Awareness Week which is October 7-13.   You will  find books and handouts on all types of mental illness. The website for more information is http://www.MHAWEEK.org. For the rest of the month, this display will focus on October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The next third floor display is October is Family History Month.  If you want to learn more about your genealogy, this display is for you. Besides the books to help locate resources and guides to using the resources, the reference librarians have created a useful handout, Resources for the Amateur Genealogist, a must-see for any budding genealogist!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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October is Family History Month: Do a Little Research

Thinking about your New York ancestors?

Although Ancestry.com is only available in the library or by paid subscription, several New York State  groups have formed a partnership with Ancestry to digitize records and make them available for free.  There is a helpful tutorial on the NYS archives page.

You will be asked to enter your zip code. Then you can start your search. Either type in a person’s name or scroll down to search a specific collection. Once you click on any document in your results, you will be prompted to create a free account by entering your name, email address and a password.

Be sure to choose “edit search” instead of “new search” while doing your research so that you don’t move into the subscription-only material.  Be careful and don’t click on any of the “suggested records” since that will take you to a page requiring you begin a paid subscription.

This is a terrific resource offering census, naturalization, birth, marriage, death, and military records. There are fascinating photos of NY Civil War soldiers through the Carte-de-visite collection.

You might even uncover some family skeletons in the records of inmates at Newgate State Prison!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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

September’s Book Displays

 

We all remember September as the official end of summer and back to school, which is the theme for the third floor book display. Welcome Back to School displays books with advice and guidance for both students and parents on how to get the most from the school experience. Some topics covered are suggestions for term papers and projects, help for the poor reader, and different styles of learning.

The health book display, also on the third floor, is September isProstate Health-Pain Awareness-Cholesterol Education.  There are lots of books for each of the three topics and handouts with plenty of information. So if you or someone you care about needs help for one of these disorders, come check out the display.

 

 

On the main floor the first display is The Great American Read, an inclusive collection of the great American classics. Many of these books you might already have read, but would enjoy rereading. Many of these books were made into films, such as Gone With the Wind, Game of Thrones, The Help, The Da Vinci Code, The Great Gatsby and many more.

 

 

 From Blog to Book-(every blogger’s dream). In this digital age many people are posting their ideas, knowledge, and experience on blogs. A blogger’s success is measured in part by the number of his or her followers. This display is of popular bloggers who have written books on their area of expertise.

 

 

 

The themes for the two mini displays are:

In Remembrance of Burt Reynolds, an American actor, director and producer. (February 11, 1936 to September 6, 2018). There is a display of his movies on DVD.

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett is now on film to be released in theaters on September 14, 2018.

-posted by Betty, 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

August Book Displays

It’s still the season of beach weather so it’s Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach. This display continues through Labor Day so you can choose from some light reads perfect for the beach, pool,or backyard. It’s a great way to enjoy your leisure time in the summer.

Another great way to relax is with your pets, the theme of our second display on the first floor. Love Your Pets displays dozens of books about pets and their care, including dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, horses, fish, and more. Maybe one of these books will give you some insights into your pets’ needs or behaviors.

The current themes for the two mini displays** are:

Happy 200th Birthday to Emily Bronte (July 30, 1818 to December 19, 1848), where you will find books by Emily as well her sisters, Charlotte and Anne.

Start a New Series has books that are the first of a series.  So if you like to read series, you just might find a new favorite here.

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

On the third floor, the first display is Keep Fit This Summer. The Health Librarian has collected books with ideas for staying fit during the summer and also handouts about keeping fit.

In August we celebrate International Left-Hander’s Day (August 13), so the second third floor display is Happiness is Being Left-Handed. This display is a collection of books about famous left-handers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Sir Isaac Newton, Babe Ruth, Clarence Darrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Ronald Reagan, and Paul McCartney.

Remember rain or sunshine, it is always a good time to read!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services