Year- End Book Club Celebration with Author Paullina Simons

Join the Readers’ Services Staff

for a fun Year-End Book Club Celebration

featuring bestselling Historical Fiction author,

Paullina Simons.

paullina simonsTuesday, December 16 at 2 PM in Meeting Room B/C.


Ms. Simons will discuss her novels and why they are perfect Book Club choices. Copies of Ms. Simons’ latest novel Bellagrand 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.

We have many of Paullina Simons’ novels currently available at the Library.  Start reading one today!


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New in DVD

Dawn of the Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sci Fi PG-13

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


hundred foot journeyThe Hundred Foot Journey

Drama  PG

Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan’s cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory’s assistant, Marguerite cannot be ignored.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Evening Book Club

sweet toothEvening Book Club

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

at 7:30 PM

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

 “Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”  Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.” (from the publisher)

This program is free – all are welcome.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

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Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

fireplace and chairsLooking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Winter reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation?  Check out our past titles here.

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What We’re Reading Now

Welcome back to another edition of “What We’re Reading Now” where we tell you what some of the staff members of our library are reading RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT!

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves“Raised by her Irish immigrant parents in a 1940s Queens apartment where alcohol and company combine in mercurial ways, Eileen marries an unambitious scientist with whom she endures an increasingly psychologically dark family life.”

-Karen, Library Director

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Invention of Wings“Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.”

Pam S., Reference Librarian

Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emanuel Carrere

limonov“This pseudo-biography isn’t a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov’s grim childhood; to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia’s literary intellectual elite; to his emigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counter-narrative of the second half of the twentieth century.”

– Sonia, Reference Librarian

Truth in AdvertisingTruth in Advertising by John Kenney

“Struggling with encroaching middle age, advertising agent Finbar Dolan is forced to cancel his Christmas plans to tackle a last-minute assignment, only to learn that his estranged father has taken ill and that his siblings are unwilling to help.”

– Pam M., Head of Programming

Yes, PleaseYes, Please by Amy Poehler

The actress best known for her work on “Parks and Recreation” and “Saturday Night Live” reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

– Amy, Children’s Librarian

Paying GuestThe Paying Guest by Sarah Waters

Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple.

– Jean, Library Clerk

How We Got to NowHow We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

A history of innovation shares stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields, and reveals how important inventions have had unintended consequences.

– Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Walking Dead, Book 10The Walking Dead, Book 10 by Robert Kirkman

In the world of the zombie apocalypse, war is on the horizon as Rick’s treaty with Negan and the Saviors is pushed to the limit.

– Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

All summaries from the publishers.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services




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New Additions to our Book Club in a Bag Collection

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book

americanahIfemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

The Art Forger – B.A. Shapiro

art forgerAlmost 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.

Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

All summaries from the publishers.

Let us provide everything you need for a successful book discussion with Book Club in a Bag.  We can supply you with 10 copies of the book and a discussion binder.   The binder contains discussion questions, biographical information and critical material.  Please contact Readers’ Services, 921-7161, ext 239 to reserve a book for your Book Club.

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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Afternoon Book Club

 The Afternoon Book Club will meet on

Tuesday, November 25th at 1:30 pm

to discuss

calling me home

with Evelyn Hershkowitz Readers’ Services Librarian

A National Best Seller!
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.” (from the publisher)

This program is free and all are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served. 

The book is currently available at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. 

Hope to see you there!

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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