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Book to Film Discussion

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary

of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2 pm

with Barney Levantino, Reference Librarian

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (2005), by James R. Hansen, about legendary U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s journey to become the first person to walk on the moon. Read the book, then see how it is interpreted and adapted for the screen. Rated PG-13.

A short discussion will follow the viewing of the film.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs

may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

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Our July Displays

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. It’s time for a good beach read.

Our first display on the main floor is still Beach Reads. Lots of books have been added to the display, and also includes bibliographies. There is still time to join the Adult Summer Reading Club.

Our second display is Non-Fiction Beach Reads. As the old saying goes, “truth is stranger than fiction.” The display is stocked with interesting tales, including histories, biographies and crime stories. There is sure to be a story to catch your eye.

 

The two main floor mini displays are:

· Travel the World through Books, a great way to see exotic places, learn about foreign cultures and enjoy our magnificent planet.

· Large Print Beach Reads, more fun reading and easy on your eyes.

On the third floor the health librarian continues with the theme Health Beach Reads. Learning about our bodies and how to stay healthy is always of interest. As usual, there are plenty of handouts are available.

Enjoy Parks and Recreation Month is the topic for the second display. It’s full of ideas for fun outdoor activities, hiking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, camping and activities to do with the family or with your dog.

Make Syosset Public Library part of your summer entertainment.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

June’s Book Displays

It’s that time of year, Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach, one of the main floor’s book displays for June – lots of fun reads for your extra leisure time. Pick up the flyer Fun in the Sun, a bibliography of new beach reads, here. Now is the time to register for the 2019 Adult Summer Reading Club and club events.

Our second main floor display is LGBT Pride Month- 50th Anniversary of Stonewall,  dedicated to books on gay, lesbian and transgender related topics. Some of the subjects covered in this display are the history for equal rights, guides for parents and family members, and issues for today’s LGBT youth.

 

Our 2 mini displays are:

· June is Audiobook Month – a selection of audiobooks.

· Become a Grill Master – have some barbeque parties and fun with these how-to books.

On the third floor, our displays are

Health Beach Reads, the theme for the June health display. I love to read for entertainment but it is also great to read for education. Learn more about health issues that affect you and your loved ones. What could be more useful? Lots of handouts included with this display.

The next book display is 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 – all about the day allied forces invaded France to liberate Europe from the Nazi’s control, and one of the most important days of American and World history that we all should know about. It’s a tale of tens of thousands of heroes, and heroic deeds.

Syosset Public Library is your place for enjoyment and learning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

D-Day: 75 Years Ago Today

D-Day: On June 6, 1944 the Allies launched Operation Overlord. This was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It began with the landing overnight of 18,000 British and American parachutists in occupied France. There were 4,000 ships, 11,000 warplanes, and 156,000 Allied troops involved. They landed on the Normandy beaches: the British and Canadians at Gold, Juno and Sword and the Americans at Utah and Omaha. The accepted number of Allied deaths on that day is 4,414.

Allies faced the German Atlantic Wall, a system of fortifications, obstacles and mines in the water and along the shore. But the Germans could not guard every place along the coast. They had troops in the East fighting the Russians and in Italy fighting the Allied troops. They had to guess where the Allies would land. They guessed wrong. For months there had been an elaborate campaign of disinformation and deception including dropping dummies, fake radio broadcasts, even an actor portraying Montgomery was “seen” in Algiers!

The library has a book display on the third floor commemorating D-Day. There are DVDs in our collection to borrow, such as The Longest Day or Overlord. From the comfort of home you can follow four veterans in a Library of Congress Story Map : Preston Earl Bagent, Army combat engineer; Robert “Bob: Harlan Horr, a glider pilot; Edward Duncan Cameron, a rifleman; and John William “Bill” Boehne, III, a sailor. Their stories make the momentous days very personal.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Five Years on the Blog

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

2018: LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE

2017: STARTUP THAT BBQ!

2016: TOOLS TO FIND YOUR NEXT READ, PART 1

2015: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

2014: HOW I SPENT THE MONTH OF APRIL…

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

On the Main Floor

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Bestsellers You Might Have Missed is a collection of great reads, selected by the Readers’ Services Department. You’re sure to find something of interest. Also on this display are handouts with information about the various book discussions at Syosset Library.

From Blog to Book (Every Blogger’s Dream) highlights books written by bloggers covering many topics, such as cooking, baking, decorating, arts and crafts, and clothes styles. If you have a favorite blogger, take a look to see if he or she has published a book.

Mini-displays*

In Theaters May 10 ‘JRR Tolkien’ is a display of his books both in print and audio formats, as well as DVDs of films based on his books to coincide with the premiere of the documentary about him.

Become A Grill Master – Ultimate tips, techniques, and recipes for the perfect barbecue.

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

On the Third Floor

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The theme for the health librarian’s display is May is Better Sleep Month. There are guides to getting a better night’s sleep, help for insomniacs, and treating sleep apnea. Learn how sleep affects your overall health at every stage of life. As always, free handouts are included in this display.

Poetry – Celebrating Long Island’s Own Walt Whitman on the 200th Anniversary of His Birth are a collection of poetry books written by Whitman, and books written about him and his art. On May 31 at 2 PM, Syosset Library will present the film Walt Whitman at 200, which will be followed by a short discussion.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Celebrating Walt Whitman on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth

Walt Whitman, perhaps best known as the poet of the Leaves of Grass, was born in Huntington on May 31, 1819. He was the second of nine children born to Walter and Louisa Whitman. The family soon moved to Brooklyn where Whitman attended the local schools. He was a voracious reader and was largely self-educated.

Of course, most of us know him as a poet. America’s poet. The poet of democracy. But did you know that he was also a printer, carpenter, civil servant, the founder and editor of the Huntington-based Long Islander newspaper and a teacher in several one-room schools? During the Civil War he traveled to Washington, DC to care for his wounded brother and then stayed to nurse and comfort other wounded soldiers, even writing letters home for them. Out of these varied experiences came many poems and prose works.

There is a rich online archive of his original works as well as commentary, criticism of his writings and biographical information at the Walt Whitman Archive. The Library of Congress  has a treasure trove of Whitman material. Would you like to be part of the effort by the Library of Congress to make accessible more of Whitman’s work? You can! There is a crowdsourcing campaign where you can transcribe drafts of his poetry, prose and correspondence.

After suffering a stroke in 1873, Whitman moved to Camden, NJ where his brother lived.

Maybe his poem, “Song of the Open Road,” will inspire you to take a drive to NJ to visit the home he bought in Camden (1884) and where he eventually died (1892).

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me, leading me wherever I choose…

Allons! whoever you are! come forth!

You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you….

Allons! be not detain’d!…

Allons! the road is before us!”

Closer to home is the Walt Whitman Birthplace, the house his father built and where he was born. Call the library to reserve the museum pass. And come to the third floor to see the display of books celebrating Whitman’s life and influence.

On May 31 the library is showing a documentary about his life, followed by a discussion led by librarian Sonia Grgas.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services