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A Walk in the Woods

Drama R

walk in the woodsBill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail: 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular, and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, when the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek is his long-lost former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer.​

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New Museum Pass Added

Jewish_museumSyosset Public Library has added The Jewish Museum to the Museum Pass Program.  Located at 5th Avenue at 92nd Street, The Jewish Museum maintains a unique collection of over 30,000 works of fine art, antiquities, folk art and broadcast media which reflect the global Jewish experience for over more than 4,000 years.  The Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds.

 We have 2 separate passes to the Jewish Museum.  Each pass contains 2 membership passes which allow admittance for 2 adults.  Children ages 18 and under are free and do not require a pass.  The museum is closed on Wednesdays.  This pass is now available to reserve on the Museum Pass page of our website.

 For additional information regarding visiting hours and exhibits please visit The Jewish Museum website.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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Our Book Displays for December

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On the first floor, our book displays for December include “Happy Holidays”, “Winter” and “Warm Up with a Good Book”.  If you’re needing ideas for holiday celebrating, then take a look at “Happy Holidays”.   It’s a collection of cookbooks for both Hanukkah and Christmas, crafts for sweaters, toys and more.  Of course “Winter” is all things winter from winter sports, fireplace, winter stories to winter gardening.  And for those that are looking for a good read on a long winter night the selection is plentiful on the display, “Warm up With a Good Book”.

Our third floor displays for nonfiction books are “Safe and Healthy for the Holidays” and “National Book Awards for Non Fictional Winners”.  Once again our health reference librarian has gathered a timely collection of books to help us maintain good health during the holiday season.  The collection also includes handouts with advice on safety and health.   The second display, “National Book Awards for Non- Fiction”, is an eclectic assortment of winners in various categories of Biography, Autobiography History, Poetry and general nonfiction; and includes both current and older winners.

Hope you find some fun reading or useful information presented on our books displays.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Mission Impossible Rogue NationMission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Action PG-13

With their elite organization shut down by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt and his team must race against time to stop the Syndicate, a deadly network of rogue operatives turned traitors. To stop this global threat, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent whose loyalty is suspect as he faces his most impossible mission ever. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Fantastic Four 2015Fantastic Four

Action PG-13

A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Maze Runner The Scorch TrialsMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Action PG-13

Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

He Named Me MalalaHe Named Me Malala

Documentary PG-13

An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.​

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New Releases: Christmas Fiction

christmas_bellsIt’s December and some of you might be looking for a novel with a holiday theme to read during the month.  Here are some new fiction releases that might take your fancy:

A Christmas Escape – Anne Perry

A Christmas EscapeLonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hoping that the island’s blue skies and gentle breezes will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, there’s no holiday cheer to be found among his fellow guests, who include a pompous novelist, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple, and an ailing old man. The one charming exception is orphaned teenager Candace Finbar, who takes Charles under her wing and introduces him to the island’s beauty. But the tranquility of the holiday is swiftly disrupted by a violent quarrel, an unpleasant gentleman’s shocking claims of being stalked, and the ominous stirrings of the local volcano. Then events take an even darker turn: A body is found, and Charles quickly realizes that the killer must be among the group of guests.

A Knights Bridge Christmas – Carla Neggers

A Knights Bridge ChristmasClare Morgan is ready for a fresh start when she moves to the small Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge with her young son, Owen. Widowed for six years, Clare settles into her job as the town’s new librarian. She appreciates the warm welcome she and Owen receive and truly enjoys getting the library ready for its role in the annual holiday open house.

Clare expects to take it slow with her new life. Then she meets Logan Farrell, a Boston ER doctor in town to help his elderly grandmother settle into assisted living.Slow isn’t a word Logan seems to understand. Accustomed to his fast-paced city life, he doesn’t plan to stay in Knights Bridge for long. But Daisy Farrell has other ideas and enlists her grandson to decorate her house on the village green one last time. Logan looks to Clare for help. She can go through Daisy’s book collection and help him decorate while she’s at it.

As Clare and Logan get his grandmother’s house ready for the holidays, what neither of them expects to find is an attraction to each other. Better than most, they know all the crazy things that can happen in life, but everything about Knights Bridge and this magical season invites them to open themselves to new possibilitiesand new love.

Away in a Manger – Rhys Bowen

Away in a MangerIt’s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing “Away in a Manger.” Bridie is touched by the girl’s ragged clothes and wants to help her out ifthey can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl’s older brother. They’ve come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they’re living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what’s happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers tothese questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

An Island Christmas  – Nancy Thayer

an-island-christmasAs Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Jilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker.

As the big day approaches and Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nancy Thayer’s heartwarming tale reminds everyone about the true meaning of the season.

Ornaments of Death – Jane K. Cleland

Ornaments of DeathChristmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Prescott’s Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott’s annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year-Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. Both Ian and Josie are, it seems, descended from Arabella Churchill, a 17th century royal mistress. The party is a success and Ian is a hit. It gives Josie an unexpected thrill to have family-and unexpected dread when he vanishes. Ian doesn’t keep his dinner date with Josie’s good friend, Lavinia, or his lunch date with her. Surely, he would have done so-if he could. Ian has given his daughter two priceless 17th century watercolor miniature portraits, one of Arabella and one of her lover, King James II, and they’ve gone missing, too. Knowing that after her nasty divorce, Lavinia is facing financial ruin, Josie can’t help wondering if her friend is behind the theft-and Ian’s disappearance. Determined to find Ian, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to track the miniatures. In doing so, she learns the true meaning of Christmas-and the true meaning of family.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Year- End Book Club Celebration with author A.J. Sidransky


Join the Readers’ Services Staff for a

fun Year-End Book Club Celebration

featuring author, A.J. Sidransky, 

Wednesday, December 16 at 2 PM

in Meeting Room B/C

Mr. Sidransky will discuss his novels and why they are perfect Book Club choices.

Copies of Mr. Sidransky’s novel Forgiving Maximo Rothman, a 2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Outstanding Debut Fiction, will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only) and can be personalized by the author.

Refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Each attendee will receive a ticket to win one of two raffle prizes.

Mr. Sidransky’s novels are currently available at the Library.  Start reading one today!


For more information on author A.J. Sidransky, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Comedy R

Since she was little, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo; enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment, but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners; Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups might be on to something.

Ant ManAnt Man

Action PG-13

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

The Transporter Refueled

Action PG-13

Transporter RefueledFrank Martin is the best driver money can buy, willing to deliver anything for a price. But when his father is kidnapped by a gorgeous gang of thieves, Frank must shift his skills into overdrive to rescue him. Loaded with nonstop action and excitement, it is a turbo-charge thrill ride full of hairpin twists and dangerous curves.

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