October’s Book Displays

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Our first display on the main floor is “It’s a Spooky Time of Year!” stocked full of books that will help you get into the Halloween mood.  Whether you need a scary tale to read, a costume to make, a decoration to hang or a recipe for a special treat, you’ll find it here.

The second main floor display is “Folklore”. It includes the classical fairy tales, myths and folklore tales and has an eclectic assortment of tales from round the world reflecting various cultures. Although folk tales can vary from different countries and lands, many contain universal themes, such family relations, love, greed, coming of age and justice.  Also included in this display are some more modern tales known as urban legends.

The mini displays are “Library Reads” which is a list of the top ten books published every month that librarians across the country love; and you’ll find books about the “2016 National Humanities Medal Honorees” on the other side.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “October Is Breast Cancer Awareness”. The books included for this display will inform you about the disease, its treatment options and how to cope with breast cancer in your daily life.  Certainly good information for anyone who has been affected by this disease personally or as a close family member or friend.  There are also a variety of educational handouts.

Celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month” is the topic for the other third floor display. Learn about Hispanic history, culture, literature and art; and the contributions to our American heritage.

As always Syosset Public Library provides its patrons with interesting reading options.

-posted by Betty and Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

swiss-army-manSwiss Army Man

Comedy R

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities…which may help him get home.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Action PG-13

x-men-apocalypseApocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse mankind…Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Upcoming Books-to-Films

books to filmIf you like to read the book before you see the movie, here are five books whose film adaptations will be coming out during these next few months. All are available at the Syosset Public Library.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

girl-on-the-trainFilm premieres October 7 and stars Haley Bennett, Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux.

Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.

Inferno by Dan Brown

infernoFilm premieres October 28 and stars Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Ben Foster.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces–Dante’s “Inferno”–as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk  by Ben Fountain

billy-lynns-long-halftime-walkFilm premieres November 11 and stars Kristen Stewart. Vin Diesel and Garrett Hedlund.

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Halftime Show, Specialist William Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this all-American event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself and those around him.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

fantastic-beastsFilm premieres November 18 and stars Jon Voight, Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller.

Offers alphabetically arranged entries detailing the characteristics of such mythical beasts as hippogrifs, blast-ended screwts, dragons, and unicorns. A book of magical creatures straight from the library at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Lion, based  on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly and Larry Buttrose

long-way-homeFilm premieres November 25  and stars Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.

An account of the author’s inspirational effort to find his India birthplace describes how he was accidentally separated from his family in the mid-1980s, his survival on the streets of Calcutta, his adoption by an Australian family, and his headline-making Google Earth search.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

New in DVD

mike-and-dave-need-wedding-datesMike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Comedy R

Hard-partying brothers Mike and Dave place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.

neon-demonThe Neon Demon

Horror R

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.

The Shallows

Drama PG-13

shallowsNancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Living Legends Chosen by the Library of Congress

living-legend-medal

Established during its Bicentennial celebration in 2000, the Library of Congress’ “Living Legend” honor is awarded by the Library’s curators and subject specialists to honor artists, writers, activists, filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants who have “made significant contributions to America’s diverse cultural, scientific and social heritage. The professional accomplishments of the Living Legends have enabled them to provide examples of personal excellence that have benefited others and enriched the nation in a variety of ways.”

The honorees display a broad range of talents: civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, economist and diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith, diplomat George Kennan, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, architect I.M. Pei first American woman in space Sally Ride, musicians Johnny Cash, Qunicy Jones, Stephen Sondheim and Yo-Yo Ma; Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron and Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird, and entertainers Big Bird, Fred Rogers, Martin Scorsese, Julia Child and Merce Cunningham.

If your curiosity is piqued, the entire list is here.  You can click on any name and get a quick bio about the person and related resources at the Library. Some of these related resources include a video transcript of news commentator and author Cokie Roberts at the National Book Festival; a selection of some of the online recordings collected by the folkolorist Alan Lomax and his family; and related to Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books, there is a link to some of the Library’s digitized children’s books.  You can actually look at the books (some of which date back to the early 19th century) by turning the pages.

If you prefer an actual hard copy for your information, there is a display of books by and about some of the honorees on the third floor of Syosset Library. Take a look. Get inspired!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

September’s Book Displays

classic_booksTake Comfort in Classics This book display has a great selection of titles, there is something for everyone.  One of these books might be on your bucket list to read.  Or maybe you just might want to reread of these books.  The Clan of the Cave Bear is that book for me. I loved it and would reread it again. Other titles include Lord Jim, Little Women and Robinson Crusoe. Also many of these beloved classics have been made into films.

school-dysSchool Days –  The titles for this collection covers topics related to school and education.  It includes tips for success for the child in the classroom, how to home-school, certification for teachers, and the problems facing our educational system.  On the light side the display includes DVDs such as Bad Teacher and To Sir with Love.

library-reads-logo-colorThe main floor mini display is filled with Selections from  Library Reads containing books from the monthly lists of books picked by librarians across the country on one side with the other side offering a selection of Audiobooks.

health-professionalsOn the third floor the health display  is The Health ProfessionalsIt covers many aspects of the medical practice, such as doctors’ training, prescribing practices, how to talk to your doctor and of course nurses’ training and role in your care.

living-legend-medalLiving Legends Chosen by the Library of Congress is the topic for our other third floor book display. Some of the legends are Annie Leibovitz, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison and William F. Buckley.  There many more books on the living legends included in this display and one of them might be of interest to you.

– posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

huntsman-winters-warThe Huntsman: Winter’s War

Action PG-13

As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions. Includes extended and theatrical versions.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Action PG-13

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadowsAfter super villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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