Coming Soon: Movies Based on Classic Books

The Jungle Book – April 15

jungle bookjungle book movieStarring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Christopher Walken.

Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling.


Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27

alice thru the looking glass moviealice in wonderlandStarring Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen and Anne Hathaway.

Based on the book by Lewis Carroll.

The Legend of Tarzan – July 1

legend of tarzan movietarzan of the apes

Starring Margot Robbie, Ella Purnell and Alexander Skarsgård

Based on the books by Edgar Rice Burrowes.

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New in DVD


Drama PG-13

The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious ‘Spotlight’ teams of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2Sci Fi PG-13

Katniss realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival; they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends, including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta, Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow, who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Daddy’s HomeDaddy’s Home

Comedy PG-13

A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children. But complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. The two competing dads suddenly find themselves in a heated competition for affection. One brings home a dog; the other brings home a pony. And this war only escalates from there.

Secret in their EyesSecret in Their Eyes

Drama PG-13

A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

My All American

My All American

Drama PG

Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the field, faces the most difficult challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Afternoon Book Discussion

i am malala

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM

with Lisa Jones and Brenda Cherry, Librarians

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

The program is free.

No registration is required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.


HE NAMED ME MALALABook to Film Screening and Discussion

Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Join us for a showing of the 2015 film HE NAMED ME MALALA

A short discussion comparing the book to the movie will follow.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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The Big Short

Big-ShortDrama PG-13

The financial meltdown from the perspective of a number of players: Michael Burry, a bizarre autistic-like stock-picking genius, and the first to realize that the market’s housing boom is based on a ‘house of cards’ sham; Mark Baum, self-loathing fictional character whose firm picks up insider trading information from a wrong number phone call; Jarred Vennet, a smart-aleck broker who confirms the ominous suspicion; and Charles Gellar and James Shipley, small-time players who hit it big.


Drama PG-13

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.


Drama R

CarolTwo women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her twenties, Therese is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.

Steve Jobs

Steve JobsDrama R

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.


Drama R

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton TrumboTrumbo comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. It tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

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20 & 30 Something Book Discussion




by Rainbow Rowell

with Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, Librarians

Monday, March 14, 2016

7 PM

“Gossiping and sharing their personal secrets on e-mail in spite of their company’s online monitoring practices, Beth and Jennifer unwittingly amuse Internet security Lincoln, who unexpectedly falls for Beth while reading their correspondence.” -from the publisher

No registration required.


Books available at the Readers’ Services.

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Celebrating the Emerald Isle

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps your book club would like to do an Irish themed book discussion. Here is a list of novels that encompass all things Irish.

brooklyn bookBrooklyn by Colm Toibin

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey reluctantly parts with her sister and fragile mother and discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.

An Irish Country DoctorAn Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country Book Series) by Patrick Taylor

Barry Laverty, a recent medical school graduate, jumps at the chance to join a rural practice in Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, until he meets his boss Dr. O’Reilly, a difficult older physician with his own way of doing things.

Last StorytellerThe Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney

Ireland, 1956. Although Ben MacCarthy wants no part of an upstart insurrection along the northern border, he unknowingly falls in with an IRA sympathizer and is compromised into running guns. Yet despite his perilous circumstances, all he can think about is finding his former wife and true love, the actress Venetia Kelly.

Let the Great World Spin Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief.  Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s allegory comes alive in the voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century”–a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.

Nora WebsterNora Webster by Colm Toibin

Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow, Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.

The Princes of Ireland (Book One of The Dublin Saga) by Edward Rutherfurd

princes of irelandA fictional account of the legend of Cuchulainn recreates such events as the mission of Saint Patrick, the Viking invasion, the trickery of Henry II that led to England’s establishment in Ireland, the failed rebellion of 1798, and the Great Famine.

Thirteen Ways of LookingThirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

A story collection includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge’s musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.

All summaries from the publisher.

This article appears in this month’s issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider. Receiving the newsletter in your email inbox is one of the benefits of registering your book club with our Readers’ Services Dept.  For for more information please visit our website or call Readers’ Services at 516 921-7161 x239.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

Crimson PeakCrimson Peak

Horror R

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay, a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth.


Drama R

A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, Macbeth is a dramatic re-imagining of the realities of war-torn times and a tale of all-consuming passion and ambition.

The Peanuts Movie

Comedy G

Peanuts MovieCharlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s mostbeloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.

Victor Frankenstein

Horror PG-13

Victor FrankensteinTold from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man, and the legend, we know today.​

In the Heart of the Sea

Action PG-13

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one in the heart of the seacould believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. This story reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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