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Museums in the time of Covid-19, part 2

While you don’t have the pleasure of enjoying the magnificent Warburg House , you can experience the collection of The Jewish Museum. Audio tours highlight some of its treasures. You can also hear conversations with some artists. Just click on the “audio tours” button on the top bar of the homepage. The Cradle of Aviation Museum  offers a photo gallery of its exhibits and panoramic views of each room. Click through each to see the history of aviation from balloon baskets to space exploration.

Do you need a dose of fine art? The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection online can be browsed by collection or searched by artist’s name. And the Museum of Modern Art has audio commentary about works in the collection and special exhibits.

While the Library does not have passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art or to the American Museum of Natural History, their online offerings are impressive and a delightful way to while away some time. The beloved Met’s homepage feature “Experience the Met, Anywhere” offers many ways to enjoy the Met’s treasures remotely. There is the Timeline of Art History for an overview of art and global culture. Or check out a variety of audio guides for current exhibitions . If you want to experience the impressive museum galleries, take a look at some of the offerings of the Met 360° where you can visit the Great Hall, the Temple of Dendur as well as the Cloisters.

From home it is easy to get from the Met to the American Museum of Natural History. There’s no need even to cross Central Park! Just click to take a tour of the wonders of the American Museum of Natural History.  You can also enjoy the Google Arts and Cultural Tour ( I think the Pacific Northwest Coast People is a fascinating look at the collection process; and for some fun watch the video about the real life exhibits used in the “Night at the Museum” movies!)

No need to be bored during these days of semi-confinement. Explore, enjoy and learn!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

It’s a Perfect Time to Garden

Gardeners are optimists! Just think, they put a tiny seed in the ground and expect it to grow.

Gardeners are patient! That tiny seed might take a week or more before it sends up a reassuring green sprout and then a couple of months before is produces a crop or flower.

So, in these trying times perhaps thinking about gardening is a good idea. Now’s the time to plan.

When it warms up and the nurseries reopen, it will be time to purchase annuals. I love my perennials, but I always fill in the garden with colorful annuals. Check out the heights and color before you buy.

I love to do container gardening. I move the containers around all summer to cover up bare spots between flowering perennials. That means I always have color! This is a good time to look at the pots you have, discarding the damaged ones, cleaning the others so you are ready to fill them when it gets warmer. If you need some helpful hints, Check out Cornell Cooperative Extension’s factsheet. The Nassau County and Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension sites offer a wealth of information for Long Island gardeners.

Do you want to get the kids involved? While we are stuck inside, help them paint rocks to use to decorate the garden. Start easy-to-grow seeds inside: Lettuce or basil germinate quickly. You can even use recycled containers like egg cartons and yogurt containers (a good introduction to Earth Day which we will celebrate in April).

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If you need something to boost your mood, try visiting some online gardens like the New York Botanical Garden and take a walk on the first day of spring  or take the time lapse walk along the Cherry Esplanade at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The very peaceful “A Day at the Garden” offers a look behind the scenes at the Portland (Oregon) Japanese Garden. You can also see the Strolling Pond Garden  and several other special places.

Researching these garden sites and finding each with the notation that the Gardens are currently closed to the public, is a reminder that we are all in this together. But enjoy the information we have online! And think like a gardener: be patient, be optimistic.

-Posted by Brenda, Reference Services

What We’re Reading Now

We’re checking in with our staff today to see what they’re reading:

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

“I am reading The Button Man by Andrew Gross, part historical fiction, part crime drama, very enjoyable!”

A disadvantaged but once happy Jewish immigrant family is brought together by the women’s garment trade and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City.


Pam S., Reference/Teen Services Librarian:

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

A 12-year-old lone survivor of a plane crash investigates the stories of his less-fortunate fellow passengers before making a profound discovery about his life purpose in the face of transcendent losses.


Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.


Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

“I am reading Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear for a Cozy Mystery postal book club I belong to. Pretty good so far!”

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.


Betty , SPL Graphic Artist:
“Just finished reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade (okay, in my case, it was an SPL Kindle e-book) is this century’s semi-replication of Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm.    On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joachim blasted into the Bermuda Triangle, opened its all-devouring mouth and swallowed the US-flagged container shop El Faro whole and without mercy.   The circumstances and why it happened make this book difficult to put down.”
Recounts the sinking of El Faro, a container ship that was swallowed by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle, examining America’s merchant marine fleet and revealing the truth about modern shipping.
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:
“I am reading the 2020 Long Island Reads Selection Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler.”
Decades after her grieving father, a laid-off NASA scientist, triggers chaotic changes in his pursuit of life-extending technology, an astronaut confronts dangerous family secrets to stop a world-threatening crisis.
All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services








Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of Syosset Public Library’s  past blog posts in February for the last five years:

2019: NEW IN DVD





Hope you enjoyed our memories!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


February’s Book Displays

In Remembrance Mary Higgins Clarkthe Queen of Suspense (12/24/1927-1/13/2020), sadly, is the theme for our first main floor book display. She was an international and New York Times best-selling author of over 50 suspense novels. The beloved author was known as the Queen of Suspense for over 40 years.

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Our second main floor display is Around the World a great selection of books for the armchair traveler – they might help you decide your next trip. There is nothing like broadening your horizons and learning about far off places.

Our two mini displays* are:

Celebrating Black History

60 Best Romance Novels of All Timefrom the editors of Reader’s Digest.

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

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Take Care of Your Heart for February is Heart Health Awareness Month. The books cover subjects including heart healthy diets, exercise programs, advice on lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Lots of handouts are available, as usual.

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Love, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is the theme of the next third floor display. Some of the topics covered in this display are advice for dating over fifty, love songs, great lovers, laws of attraction, wedding etiquette and tips for a happy marriage.

Just a reminder: The Evening Book Discussion will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  We will be talking about the book, The Lido by Libby Page. All are welcome.

The Syosset Public Library for your reading pleasure and more!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of Syosset Public Library’s  past blog posts in January for the last five years:



2017: NEW IN DVD



Hope you enjoyed our memories!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services