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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

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International Left Handers Day

What do these people have in common: Buzz Aldrin, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Babe Ruth, Queen Victoria, Jimi Hendrix and Barack Obama? They are all southpaws!

“Southpaw” refers to people who are left handed. There is controversy about the origin of the nickname. Some attribute it to the way baseball stadiums were oriented making the pitcher’s left hand on the south side of his body. But others insist that the name originated with boxing.

Did you know: about 15% of the U.S. population is left handed. Lefties make especially good baseball players, tennis players and fencers. And 5 out of the last 7 US presidents were lefties (Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Obama)!

Come celebrate International Left Handers’ Day on August 13 by choosing a book by or about a lefty from our display on the third floor.

-posted by Brenda, 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:

2017: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2016: TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

2015: PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

2014: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2013:  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TOP 100

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

June’s Book Displays

“Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach” is the theme for our first book display, a collection of books for your reading pleasure.  All are light reads to take to the beach, on vacation, or even enjoy in your yard. Besides the books, the display includes a couple of bibliography handouts.

Our second display is “Cities of the World”, which consists mostly of
oversize, photographic books about the cities.  Take a tour of these
beautiful cities without leaving your home while learning  the stories of these historic places. You might even get motivated to plan a vacation.

Our 2 mini displays* are:

“In Remembrance of Anthony Bourdain”, an influential American
chef, author and TV personality (June 25, 1956 to June 8, 2018) and
“Local Author Showcase”, a display of books by local authors.

*mini-displays are subject to change at any time*

And on the third floor:

“Men’s Health Month” is the topic for the June health display. Become aware and educated about your health to prevent disease and to live a long healthy life. The display also includes handouts, including Prevention Guidelines for Men 40-49, 50-64 and 65+.

“Gay Pride Month” which features books about and by gay people.
Learn the history of the struggle for their equal rights and their internal struggles.  A very appropriate topic for our times.

It’s also time to sign up for the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Club. On June 27 at 7 pm the library will host Beach Reads Evening Title Swap which is just one of the club’s events and open to all.

Syosset Public Library is your place for enjoyment and learning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

5 Years on the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in May in the past five years:

2017:  STARTUP THAT BBQ!

2016: TOOLS TO FIND YOUR NEXT READ, PART 1

2015: GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

2014: HOW I SPENT THE MONTH OF APRIL…

2013: NEW TO BOOK CLUB IN A BAG

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in June.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

May’s Book Displays

The Great American Read is a list of the nation’s most beloved 100 novels (based on a national survey sponsored by PBS). These titles make up our first display on the main floor. You have probably read and enjoyed many of these books. There are also some you might want to read. Definitely worth a look, I’m sure you’ll find a good read. For me, it’s a reread of A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

The second main floor display is Spotlight on Non-Fiction in Large Print and Audio . There are tales of scandals, spy mysteries, and war stories that really happened. Included are biographies from Bruce Springsteen, Prince Charles, Pope Francis, and Abraham Lincoln to Dr. Ruth. This display also has self-help books. Truth is stranger than fiction and just as entertaining. If you haven’t tried audiobooks or need to read in a larger type size, this display is for you.

Our two main floor mini-displays are Mysteries to Die For featuring crime novels and May the 4th Be with You which features Star Wars books and a binge box of Star Wars films.  Please note: the mini-displays are subject to change during the month.

Third floor displays:

Mental Health Awareness Month is the health theme for May. Books  that cover depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and more,  are among the topics on this display. Learn how to deal with mental health problems at various stages of life from childhood, teens, new mothers, and in later life. There are books about how to choose a therapist and holistic care. As always there are lots of handouts.

Time to shake off cabin fever – Bye, Bye Winter! Let’s Get Outside and Explore . This display’s books are on outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, hiking (even one on hiking with your dog), camping, and kayaking. Also there are books for the home body on gardening and bird watching.

-Betty, Reference Services

Five Years on the Blog: April

Time again to revisit some of our blog post from the last five years, all appearing in the month of April.

2017: What We’re Reading Now: Audiobook Edition

2016: Broadway Musicals and Plays – Based on, Inspired By or Adapted from Books

2015: Register Your Book Club

2014:  New in DVD

2013: New Music at the Libary

Thanks for reading and watch out for our next look down blog memory lane sometime in May.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services