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Our Book Displays- December

Well, it’s the Holiday Season and the Beginning of Winter…and our book displays reflect the season.

On the main floor “Happy Holidays” is the first display, filled with Christmas and holiday themed books and DVD’s.  Also included are non-fiction books with gift and crafts ideas and of course many cook books with recipes to celebrate both for Hanukkah and Christmas.

“Winter Potpourri” is the next book display and will appeal to hardier souls.  An eclectic array of books on winter sport, such as skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding and ice fishing.  Also included are travel guides to Alaska, Canada and the Artic. For the homebodies, the display has winter themed DVDs.

The mini displays are “Down But Not Out” more oldies but goodies and “Mysteries To Die For” – nothing like a good mystery to hold your attention.

 

On the third floor, “Healthy Holidays” is the theme of the first display.  It’s time to learn how to eat healthy during party time, make peace and become happier and avoid winter depression.  This display has many books on just these topics. There are also great handouts for a healthy holiday and safety tips. Definitely worth a trip to the 3rd floor.

The second display, “Be My Guest” has books on entertaining during this season.  Wow your guests with great craft and decorating ideas, fabulous food and creative entertainment ideas. The assortment of books here might show you how to do it all with less effort.

You can certainly get the holiday and winter season off to a great start with any of our book displays.

Wishing you happiness and health for the holidays and all year long!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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5 Years on the Blog

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

2016: Veteran’s Day…Honoring All Those Who Served

2015: Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

2014: What We’re Reading Now

2013: Next Book Club Pick: Why Not a Short Story Collection?

2012: Additional MOMA Pass!

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our Book Displays for November

Our first main floor display is “Down But Not Out”, a collection of former best sellers and classics. It includes books by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Carroll, John Irving, Bernard Cornwell and Jamaica Kincaid.  Check out this display for a great read.

In honor of Veterans Day our second display is “Patriot’s Game.” It’s a tribute to our military heroes and includes stories of various wars and battles that brave men and women, both officers and soldiers, fought. The display aims at giving a sense of history from the late 1700s until the present day of the U.S. military. Many biographies are also included.

Our two mini book displays are the “2017 National Book Awards” which celebrates great literature and the prolific author Patricia Highsmith. Some of her books have been made into movies including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol, and Strangers on the Train . These are also to be found on the main floor.

On the third floor our health reference display is “National Diabetes Awareness.” Learn how to manage this common disease.  Information on weight loss plans, exercise options, insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices can be found here. Both books and handouts are available.

Yes, it’s November and time to vote. “Gaining the Right to Vote. Exercising that Right” is our second third floor display.  Read about the long trail to equal access to the ballot – an interesting topic still hot in the news.

Of course our displays aren’t just books but include audio books and DVDs.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

*Displays are subject to change during the month*

National Native American Heritage Month

President Trump has issued a proclamation setting November as National Native American Heritage Month. In this he follows in the tradition begun in 1976 when Congress authorized President Ford to proclaim a week honoring Native Americans.

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian has some fascinating online exhibits.  Take a look at the exhibit on the treaties between the nations and the U.S. government. The Museum also has an online exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” which spotlights Native Americans’ participation in the military from the Revolutionary War to today (when they are today serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group). Since we celebrate Veterans day as well this month, consider the World War II role of Code Talkers , those who used native languages to communicate securely during World War II. Some of the collections of the American Museum of Natural History are available online: take a look at the amazing work of the Northwest Coast Indians to see beautiful basketry, carving and textiles.

Maybe you want to plan a trip to visit these museums! Or travel to Pueblo Acoma, the oldest continuously occupied community in the United States situated atop a 367-foot bluff between Albuquerque and Gallup, New Mexico. Or check out the archaeological and architectural wonders of Chaco Canyon (founded around 850 AD) or the impressive cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde Closer to home is Fort Stanwix , which was built on traditional Oneida land.

Locally, the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove will be hosting a Native American Feast  on November 18-19 which will feature pottery making and dugout canoe building in addition to cooking displays and samples.

Acoma Pueblo (Bob Ayre)

The Syosset Library has many books about contemporary art (try Native American Painters of the 20th Century or North American Indian Art), philosophy (Wisdom of the Native Americans or Standing in the Light: A Lakota Way of Seeing), history (American Nations, or In the Hands of the Great Spirit). Jack Weatherford’s Indian Givers and Native Roots look at contributions to United States history and culture. There are many more books about art, culture, folklore, history as well as biographies.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial

New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial. It sounds like another dry commemoration. But there was serious suffragette activity right here on Long Island led by local women…as close as Cold Spring Harbor!

We’ve all heard of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but our local ‘heroine’ was Rosalie Gardiner Jones. Called The General, she used her family’s prestige and wealth to push for the right for women to vote.  That was not an easy decision since both her mother and sister were staunch anti-suffragists! Can you just imagine the dinner conversations in that house? Rosalie was feisty and determined.

In December 1912 Rosalie led a group of suffragettes on a walk from New York to Albany to petition Governor Sulzer for women’s suffrage. That’s right they walked the entire way in skirts, on bad roads and in winter! (You can check a video of the Marchers here) But that wasn’t the end of her hiking. She was one of the leaders of the pilgrimage from New York to Washington, DC in February 1913. That walk took 20 days and covered more than 200 miles. The New York marchers joined more than 5000 women and men from around the country on the eve of President Wilson’s inauguration to present their demands.

Rosalie Jones

Since the suffragettes knew they had to keep attention focused on their cause, Rosalie took another high flying publicity stunt. Literally! She boarded a biplane and flew over the crowds of an airshow distributing suffrage literature from the air.

New York did grant women the right to vote in November 1917. (All of the Long Island legislators voted in favor of suffrage!) But it wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nationwide. It certainly took a long time for the country to get behind the legislation that Wyoming had enacted in 1869.

Rosalie Jones might have been a footnote in history but she will be well represented on Election Day.  Her image will be on a sticker given to New York voters that day.

For more information check out books by two local authors. Antonia Petrash’s Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement details the work of Rosalie Jones and other local suffragettes. For example, Edna Kearns drove her wagon called the Spirit of ’76 to spread the message throughout local communities and she used her editorial position at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to publicize the suffrage movement. Natalie Naylor’s Women in Long Island’s Past is another resource to consult.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Celebrate Your Family! October is Family History Month

This would be a good time to gather the family and celebrate your ancestors. You might try something simple like making a favorite family recipe.  This could be the beginning of creating a family recipe book. Or celebrate an ancestor’s birthday by cooking special foods and playing games that he/she played as a child. Maybe you could visit a cemetery and make a rubbing of a tombstone (if the tombstone is in good condition if the cemetery allows rubbings).

Why not encourage the young people in the family to interview relatives? Find out what their lives were like. What kinds of music did they like? What did they do for fun? Did they have pets?And do your part by writing down your own special memories. Then you could make a family scrapbook of the stories you collect.

You can gather all the photos that are shoved in old shoeboxes. You could scan the fragile ones. And then organize all of them into albums, adding as much identification as possible. And what about those old 16-mm and 8-mm home movies and the video cassettes? Maybe this is a good time to convert them to DVDs.

If this gets you excited and you really want to pursue your family’s genealogy, check out the book display on the Syosset Library’s third floor. There are books for the beginner as well as the more advanced researcher. There is material for specific heritage groups and material to help organize and preserve your data. Be sure to consult the recommended websites on the Syosset library’s site and, of course, the Library provides access to the well known Ancestry.com database (in-library use only).

This is just be the beginning of this adventure!  You might find that you are hooked. Happy ancestor hunting!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Our October Book Displays

October, It’s a Spooky Time of Year,

…and this is the theme for one of our first floor book displays. There are plenty of books on how to celebrate Halloween. Get ideas for costumes, parties, recipes, crafts and decorations. The display also includes lots spooky reads, both fiction and nonfiction. Fiction books by Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stokes are some of classics in this display. Also included in the display are nonfiction titles on haunted houses and paranormal happenings.  October and Halloween, it’s a fun time of year and a good time for a silly or not so silly ghost story.

The second display is Way Back Machine-Nonfiction Best Sellers of the Past.  As the title suggests,  reading can be like a time travel adventure.  This display includes titles from history such as Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones  and The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff,  to those about more contemporary times,  such as Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson . It’s not only about history but includes titles on psychology, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray and The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutter, M.D.   Many more topics, such as art and music, are included in this impressive collection of best sellers.

Currently our two mini displays are Vince Flynn, a prolific American author of political thriller novels and Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner for literature.

 

On the third floor the health book display is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Learn the signs and symptoms of this disease, and how to cope with a diagnosis.  As usual, the display contains many informative handouts.

Winners is the theme for the second display on the third floor.  The winners are from all categories such as the Oscars, the Olympics, the Grammys, Medal of Freedom, World Series, Nobel Prize and more. Learn about the various fields of expertise and the individuals who excel and win.

Wishing you an informative and entertaining read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services