Evening Book Discussion

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with Ralph Guiteau, Head of Media Services

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at

7:30 PM

The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember.

-from the publisher

The program is free.

No registration is required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services


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The Fantasy Fan’s Fantasy Draft League

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The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, February 8th at 7PM.  We will be hosting The Fantasy Fan’s Fantasy Draft League. Join us and build your perfect adventuring team, then battle them against each other. Judge each other’s picks, and vote on the last team standing!

teens-and-booksThis program is open to and 20-something/30-something looking for a fun event. No registration is required and the program is free. Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.

Don’t forget – Friend us on Facebook: Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

Look forward to seeing you there!

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

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our brand is crisisOur Brand is Crisis

Comedy R

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine. In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy, now coaching the opposition.

last witch hunterThe Last Witch Hunter

Action PG-13

Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

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Effie Gray

Drama PG-13

A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Latest Additions to Book Club in a Bag

book club in a bag logoLet us provide you with everything you need for your book club: sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions.  Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographical and critical material.

The following are titles that have been added to the Book Club in a Bag collection recently. Information on borrowing any of our Book Clubs in a Bag as well as a complete list of all titles available can be found here on the library’s website. Please call 516-921-7161 ext. 239 or stop by Readers’ Services if you have any questions.

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Moving to New York to pursue creative ambitions, four former classmates share decades marked by love, loss, addiction and haunting elements from a brutal childhood.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shared decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Librarian

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Comedy R

Chef Adam Jones had it all, and lost it. A rockstar chef of a two-star Michelin restaurant with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star, though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene.


Drama R

Chi-Raq is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence in America and around the world.


Comedy PG

goosebumpsUpset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Drama R

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, ‘the handsomest man in the world,’ Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

internThe Intern

Comedy PG-13

Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Drama PG
WoodlawnIn 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player of the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds. Their dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of its first African American superstar, Tony Nathan.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Happy New Year! January’s Book Displays

Our book displays keep up with the seasons.  On the first floor we have “Best Books of 2015” which is an eclectic collection of the best sellers and includes romances, mysteries, and nonfiction titles on the subjects of civil rights, gay rights and education.  “Around the World” is the next display and has books, audiobooks and movies set in various locations worldwide.  A great way to enjoy the pleasures of travel without leaving the comforts of home. The paperback display “Warm Up With a Good Book”  is a romance reader’s paradise, lots of choices.

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On the third floor you will find the health display “New Year, New You” which is full of books on self improvement.  My favorites are The Small Change Diet and The Eat This, Not That! Not Diet! Diet.  Of course there are also advice flyers- I’m going to try “Fab-Abs in January”.  Let’s improve our minds  for the New Year also and learn a new skill or hobby. Take a look at “Fight Cabin Fever,  Learn Something New” display, it’s sure to have something for you.

You’ll never be bored at SPL, we always have something of interest!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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