Afternoon Book Club

art forger

“Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.” (from the publisher)

Join Readers’ Services librarian Lisa Jones when the Afternoon Book Club discusses  The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro on Tuesday, August 26,2014 at 1:30 PM in Meeting Room B/C on the Lower Level of the Library.

No registration required.

Copies of the book are currently available at the Main Floor Circulation Desk.

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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amazing spiderman 2The Amazing Spider Man 2

Action PG-13

Spider-Man’s conflict has been within himself: the struggle between Peter Parker and the responsibilities of Spider-Man. But Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It’s great to be Spider-Man, but it comes at a price: only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo 

Drama   R

Murray talks his friend Fioravante into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist. With Murray acting as Fioravante’s ‘manager,’ the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.



Only Lovers Left AliveOnly Lovers Left Alive 

Horror   R

The tale of two fragile vampires, Adam and Eve. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill to live, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava, who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts.



Action   R

Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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5th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party

literary elementsOur Adult Summer Reading Club celebrated this year’s reading with a Wrap-up Party last night.  Author Sara Beth Durst was there and gave an entertaining and enlightening talk about her writing life and process.  Club members attending enjoyed refreshments as well.  Many members went home with prizes given away in the raffle.  Raffle tickets were earned for each book read and for attendance at  Summer Reading program events. A splendid time was had by all!

Here are some pictorial highlights:

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Here are some fun facts about the Adult Summer Reading Club :

  • Number of Residents to join program in 2014: 120
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2013: 140
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2012: 106


  • Number of Books Read in 2014: 1,001
  • Number of Books Read in 2013: 816
  • Number of Books Read in 2012: 830

The most popular books this summer were (in no particular order):

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Terminal City by Linda Fairstein

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Joshua: a Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane

Hope those of you who were members enjoyed the experience as we did and we hope to see you all back again for next year’s Adult Summer Reading Club.

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services


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Drama R

A feat of bold, dynamic storytelling from Oscar-nominated writer-director Steven Knight. A successful businessman receives a series of phone calls which sets into motion a chain of events that unravels his perfect life, all of which takes the course of one absolutely riveting and intense car ride.


The Railway Man

Drama R

railway manEric Lomax is a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Years later, and still suffering from the psychological trauma, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor from the prison camp in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate. Based on a true story.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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The Star Spangled Banner and the War of 1812

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This has been an incredible year for anniversary celebrations: 100 years since the start of World War I, D-Day’s 70th anniversary,  50 years since the Freedom Summer and  the signing of the Civil Rights Act (as well as the arrival of the Beatles in the United States) and 25 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Somehow the War of 1812 and its significant events 200 years ago get lost in the shuffle. PBS has an informative video about the War of 1812.

WhiteHouseBurning 1812In April 1813 the Americans captured and burned the Canadian city of York. In August 1814 the British retaliated by burning Washington, DC. We all have heard of the tale of First Lady Dolley Madison saving the portrait of George Washington. A month later was the Battle of Baltimore. Perhaps the memory of that is Francis Scott Key and his composition of the Star Spangled Banner. (A quick history refresher: Key was an attorney sent to negotiate the release of a prisoner of war aboard a British ship in Baltimore Harbor. He was detained aboard ship when the bombardment started. He wrote the poem the following morning when he saw that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. The poem was popular immediately but not recognized by Congress as the national anthem until 1931.)

fort mchenry under siegeThe flag has survived! It is housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Before the museum acquired the flag it was kept by a private family. The family snipped pieces of the flag to give to dignitaries and relatives. If you visited the museum years ago, you might remember that each hour the flag was raised and lowered as patriot music played. Well, years of hanging and rubbing against an opaque screen made more holes in the flag. In recent years the flag has undergone intensive conservation and now is displayed in a specially designed dimly lit room. It is pretty impressive. Check the Smithsonian’s interactive flag display.

star spangled banner handwrittenYou could make a nice road trip to celebrate these historic events. Key’s original manuscript  is entrusted to the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore (it is sometimes on loan during this bicentennial).







fort mchenryThen visit Fort McHenry  to see where the flag inspired Key hung. And finally go to D.C. to view the recently preserved flag itself.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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New in DVD


Sci-Fi PG-13

In a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Horror R

oculusSeeing is deceiving in this ‘deeply terrifying’ film that reflects heart-stopping terror as you’ve never imagined! It’s been ten years since the lives of siblings Tim and Kaylie Russell were shattered and Tim was convicted of murdering their parents. Now released from a mental institution, Tim wants to move on, but his sister has other plans. Kaylie blames their childhood nightmare on the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror with a grisly history, which she intends to destroy by any means possible.

need for speedNeed for Speed

Action PG-13

Tobey Marshall, a mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver, strives to take the top prize in America’s most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


God is not Dead

Drama PG

god is not deadIt’s the debate of the ages; this time, held in a seemingly insignificant venue, but the outcome, as always, will be life-changing. A Christian college freshman, Josh Wheaton, and his atheist philosophy professor hold court on the existence of God. To pass the course, Josh must prove to the class that God is alive and well. This dare could cost him his relationships, his career, even his future, but Josh stands up for his faith and takes on the challenge.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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New Museum Pass – American Airpower Museum

american airpower museumThe Syosset Public Library is pleased to announce it now has membership to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport.  SPL has one pass to this museum which admits 4 people (any combination of adults and children). The museum is located in Hangar 3 at Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY  11735. The museum houses exciting exhibits that pay tribute to the many American men and women, overseas and at home, who were essential to the Allied Victory.  Younger visitors will be able to “fly in the skies over Europe” in a multimedia recreation of a WWII bomber.  Visitors can view dioramas and exhibits depicting the POW experience, women in the armed forces, D-Day and Vietnam among others.   Aircraft and armor from WWII through the Cold War are part of the museum’s inventory. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 to 5:00 pm.

visit us republic airportThis pass has been added to Tixkeeper and is now available for our patrons to reserve.  For additional information regarding the American Airpower Museum, please visit their website or contact them via phone at (631) 293-6398

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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