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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

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September Book Displays

It’s September and it’s back to school-

Syosset Public Library has started the new school year with our “Sy-Con” event.  For those of you like me, Sy-Con means Syosset Convention.  In keeping with this theme, our two books displays on the first floor are “Oh, the Places You’ll Go / Science Fiction and Fantasy” and “Fandom.”  Have some fun and let your mind and imagination run wild reading science fiction and fantasy.  Wander in the realm of unreality and the supernatural. “Fandom” focuses on pop culture figures, such as Harry Potter, Superman or Wonder Woman and the ever popular Star Wars and Walking Dead. These displays also include graphic novels.

Our mini displays currently are “Celebrating the Classics” and “Romances for the College Set.”  Both topics are entertaining and never go out of style.

 

On the third floor the first display is “September is Healthy Aging Month.”  It contains books on how to grow old in a healthy manner, caring for aging parents and guidelines for staying fit.  As usual, handouts are included.

 

 

 

The second display “American Wilderness” is dedicated to our beautiful outdoors. A wilderness is an undeveloped land which retains its primeval character and natural conditions.  Sometimes we all need to get away from the noise and stimulation of society and relax in the beauty of nature.  These books will take you there. They may help you decide where you might want to take your next trip.

*Displays themes are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

What We’re Reading Now

Here are some titles that are staff are reading at the moment. In this edition – an astronaut, magicians, an open marriage experiment and more:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services is reading:

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

A memoir by an unlikely astronaut who helped save the Hubble telescope describes his early attempts to gain admission into NASA, his first spacewalks, the loss of his fellow astronauts in the Columbia disaster, and his ongoing support of future space travel ventures.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

Charlatans by Robin Cook

Promoted to his elite Boston teaching hospital’s Chief Resident, Dr. Noah Rothauser investigates a series of anesthesia errors that are killing patients and raising serious concerns about a resident who has created multiple personalities of herself on the internet.

Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying way

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

Traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project’s signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth; meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/record=b1287405

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A progressive New York couple with an autistic son move to a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb and immerse themselves in the local community only to have their bond tested by an invitation to become an open-marriage couple.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Five Years on the Blog: August

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in  August in the past five years:

2016: Celebrating the Centennial of Our National Park Service

2015: New in DVD

2014: What We’re Reading: Labor Day Beach Reads Edition

2013: Read the Book…See the Movie

2012: What We’re Reading Now , Part One

We’ll be taking another nostalgic look at the past five years again in September, so watch out for it!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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

A lot more books are 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 of these exotic cookbooks. Taste various cuisines from many different cultures. You are 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 already, 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.

We 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

 

 

Книга      ਕਿਤਾਬ    Livre    本  Libro

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