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August Book Displays: Still Lots of Time for Fun Summer Reading

A lot more books available for fun summer reading on the beach, in the backyard or in air-conditioned places.  Check out the first book display on the main floor to get some “Beach Reads”. There’s nothing like relaxing with a book from your local library. (Please click on the photos for a closer look.)

Take a trip around the world with “Flavors of the World”, the theme of our second book display. You can learn the fine art of cooking with one these exotic cookbooks. Taste various cuisines from many different cultures. Sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Currently, the mini book displays are “Take a Ride on the Wild Side”, a selection of notable western titles and “Library of Congress Literacy Awards” featuring the work of Denis Johnson, the winner for fiction.

On the third floor the health librarian’s book display is continuing with the theme, “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer”.  It provides plenty of worthwhile information. If you have seen it earlier, note that more books and different handouts have been added to the display.

“Internet, World Wide Web, HTML, Networking, Browers and All that Stuff” is the subject of the second third floor display. If you are looking to learn more about online computing this display is for you. Technology is for everybody and is fast becoming an integral part of modern life.

Hope our patrons are enjoying the summer weather and vacation time, and that SPL is part of your routine and life all year round.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

The World Language Collection at Syosset Library

书         It is not all English!   The Syosset Public Library is happy to offer books in many languages for the reading pleasure of our patrons.

도서 The World Language Collection includes books in Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

도서     Since the focus of the collection is on leisure reading, most of the books are novels. Included are books by native authors as well as translations of English writers.

This is an exciting collection that is always growing!

Книга      ਕਿਤਾਬ    Livre    本  Libro

-Brenda, Reference Services

 

 

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A Museum Outing with Your Book Club

Now that summer is upon us, many book groups take a few months off to enjoy the warm weather and the ocean breezes.  Summer is a wonderful time to plan a visit to a museum with your book group.  Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program.  Museum passes are available for Syosset residents and most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

Nassau County Museum of Art

New York, New York – July 22 – November 5, 2017

The exhibition demonstrates how artists through more than a century have been inspired by and portrayed New York City.

 

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Glamour Icons – July 22 – November 5, 2017

Fragrance and Cosmetics Packaging as an Art Form – A retrospective of iconic designs by Marc Rosen

New York Botanical Garden

CHIHULY – Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night. Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons from spring through fall.

New York Historical Society

W​orld War I Beyond the Trenches​ – May 26, 2017 – September 3, 2017

To honor the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition examining this monumental event through the eyes of artists. World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities, and the political spectrum used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict.

Old Westbury Gardens

Seward Johnson Bronze Sculptures – June 16, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Old Westbury Gardens is pleased to invite you to a one of a kind art exhibition featuring the work of internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson. Johnson’s life size bronze sculptures will be on display throughout the historic Westbury House and the magnificent

Gardens and will feature two of the artist’s most popular series: “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame” and will also feature 32 individual pieces of Johnson’s work. These works focus on sculptural commentary about day-to-day life and Johnson’s love of nature and French Impressionism.                      -Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Happy Summer!

This article first appeared in the Syosset Public Library”s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, July 2017 issue.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

 

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer- Our July Book Displays

It’s July and time for some light reading at the beach.  Our summer display keeps getting bigger and better.  So stop by for some entertainment at the beach, pool or just in your back yard. “Beach Reads” includes lots of popular titles that you might have missed. After some fun reading why not join our Adult Summer Reading Club for some more fun and rewards.

Our second book display on the first floor is “Celebrate the Fourth of July”. This display consists mainly of books, books on CD and videos on America’s fight for freedom.  We have also included some books on grilling, fireworks and music related to Fourth of July celebrations.

The main floor mini displays currently feature “Mysteries Set in Italy” and “200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death”.  These displays change very couple weeks. So keep on checking them out for some varied and interesting topics.

Our third floor health display is “Have a Healthy, Happy and Safe Summer”.  A varied collection related to stay happy and healthy during the summer.  Lots of first-aid books.  Handouts include “Stay Safe during Extreme Heat, Sun Safety: Information for Parents about Sunburn & Sunscreen”,  “Barbecue Basics” and “Five Expert Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online”.

 “Climate Change”  is the subject of our third floor book display. Educate yourself on this  important issue.

Click on each picture to see them in a larger size.

*Displays are subject to  change.

-posted by Betty, 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:

2016: Lake Reads

2015: Presidential Pardon

2014: Our Favorite Book Discussions

2013: Lollipop Farm to Roll Again!

2012: Dandelion Wine

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

The 4th of July

The Fourth of July. Normally, the words just slip out of my mouth with little thought. But recently I was at the Fire Island National Seashore. Did you know that the home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence is right here? The house is operated by the National Park Service as part of the Fire Island National Seashore.

The Floyd family was on Long Island in the 1600s. By 1724 Nicoll Floyd had begun construction of the “Old Mastic House”. Nicoll’s son, William, who inherited the house, was active in local politics representing New York in both the First and Second Continental Congress. On August 2, 1776 the 41-year-old William Floyd was the first NY delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence. Of course, this caused his family to go into exile in Connecticut while he served in the Continental Congress. When the war ended and he returned to Long Island, he found his estate ruined and his house unlivable. William Floyd soon handed over the Long Island estate to his son, Nicholl, and moved to Oneida County. The house has been expanded over the years and has welcomed such luminaries as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The family continued to own the property until 1976 when it was given to the NPS.

The house itself is open for guided tours….but the grounds can be explored for free. There are several outbuildings to be seen and the family cemetery which includes the graves of several family slaves.

On this celebration of our 231th birthday there are many locations where you can experience and celebrate the early founders of our country from John Adams’ home in Quincy, Massachusetts to Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello to James Madison’s Montpelier. But you don’t need to travel to far off Massachusetts or Virginia (or other places). Just drive to Mastic Beach!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Our June Book Displays

The two main displays for first floor are “Beach Reads-Enjoy” and “Read Your Way Around the World”:

It’s that time of year to enjoy the beautiful summer weather at the beach or in your own backyard with a light entertaining book. The Beach Reads display, which we do yearly, offers a large and varied selection of titles. So take some time for yourself and relax with a fun read.

For the history and geography buffs “Read Your Way Around the World” is a great display.  Learn about exotic places and people, and read about adventures in travel.  The covered topics go from Ancient Egypt to the Appalachian Trail, from tales of China, “Wild Swans: three Daughter of China” to the American south “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”  A truly fascinating collection of books.

The main floor mini displays are “Mysteries in Italy” which  showcases mysteries that have Italy as their setting and “Book Shots” which are short books with big stories written by James Patterson.

On the third floor the health librarian’s display is “June is Men’s Health Month”. It’s all things relating to men’s health, healthy aging, heart and weight and prostate cancer.  As usually the display contains both books and handouts.

“Make Music Day-June21” is the theme of the other display on the third floor. It has something for every music lover, folk songs, Magical Mystery Tour, Liberace, The Music Man, Music and the Mind.  And who doesn’t love music?

The SPL book displays for June are all about reading for fun and  relaxation.

Book Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services