Afternoon Book Club

Museum of Extraordinary Things

The Monthly Afternoon Book Discussion will meet on

Tuesday, October 28th at 1:30 pm to discuss

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Alice Hoffman

with Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.

“New York, 1911. Coralie Sardie works for her father, the “professor” and impresario of the Museum of Extraordinary Things, a freak show in Coney Island. She performs as a mermaid in a tank but really lives for her long swims in the cold Hudson River. While Coralie’s element is water, Eddie Cohen is tormented by fire. He fled a fiery pogrom in his native Russia and now wants to break away from his miserable life on the Lower East Side and become a photographer. Eddie’s hatred of rich factory owners increases when he takes photos of the ghastly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village. Meanwhile, Professor Sardie grows even more sinister as the crowds desert his “museum” for the new and lavish amusement palaces of Luna Park and Dreamland. Then Coralie and Eddie get caught up in the chaos as Dreamland burns to the ground. With a sprinkling of magical realism, Hoffman blends social realism, historical fiction, romance, and mystery in a fast-paced and dramatic novel filled with colorful characters and vivid scenes of life in New York more than a century ago. (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 Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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New in DVD


neighborsComedy R

New parents Mac and Kelly are living the American Dream, complete with a baby girl and a new home in the suburbs. Still, they want to believe that they are still cool, so when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are dozens of fraternity brothers-led by charismatic Teddy-they try to play along. But when the parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides begin to fend for their turf. The sabotage escalates into extreme one-upmanship, beginning an epic Greek war for the ages. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Sex Tape

sex tapeComedy R

Jay and Annie are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide to make a video of themselves trying out every position in ‘The Joy of Sex’ in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public.


Sci Fi R

snowpiercerThe film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an ice age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.​

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Research your family tree


October is Family History Month. That is appropriate since October also celebrates the heritage of German-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-American, and Polish-American groups. logoThe library subscribes to two databases for your research needs. (which can only be accessed at the library) and Heritage Quest (which you can access from home using your library barcode). The librarians have also compiled a list of useful websites for heritage quest logoaiding your search.  Feeling overwhelmed by all the information? Individual classes on using these resources can be scheduled by calling the reference desk.

Of course, the Syosset Library also has books for the beginner to the seasoned family historian. Some of my favorites include The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell, The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook by Emily Anne Croom and How to Do Everything Genealogy by George G. Morgan.

Where to start? Begin with yourself! Write down what you know about yourself, your parents and grandparents. Check any available family documents like bibles, scrapbooks, photos, and diaries and official records like birth, marriage and death certificates.

Cheerful Mufti Generation Family enjoying at home.The holidays are coming soon. Take advantage of family gatherings to ask family members about their lives and recollections. Take good notes or record the conversation. And here is where you need to exert real discipline! Each of the stories will pull you in a different direction. Try to focus on one side of the family at a time. Keep good notes of where you have looked and document each source.

But most of all have fun! Great stories are waiting to be captured and retold.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Librarian

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New in DVD

x men days of future pastX-Men: Days of Future Past

Action PG-13

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A Bookish Question…

The latest bookish question I posed to my co-workers was,

shutterstock_52292377 Magic book of fantasy stories

“What’s your favorite bookish memory?”

Here are some answers:

“I have two. My first favorite bookish memory is when I was having a reading competition with one of my friends to finish the last Harry Potter first. I don’t remember who ended up winning the contest but I remember us calling each other at night and checking in to see where the other one was in the book and what we thought of all that was happening. My second favorite bookish memory is when I was younger I used to hate being outside by the pool. Whenever we’d visit my paternal grandma I’d want to stay in her apartment and play on the computer. To get me to get fresh air my mom gave me one of her many Nora Roberts books, Key of Light. It’s the first in her Key trilogy. I ended up getting so absorbed and loved her writing that I finished her trilogy (and stayed outdoors much to my mom’s delight) within the next two days and became one of Nora’s biggest fans.”

– Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

“Reading the first Harry Potter book out loud to my daughter and trying to figure out how to pronounce all the Harry Potter lexicon.  I sounded pretty silly!”

– Lisa C., Assistant Library Director

“I remember commuting into the Manhattan on the LIRR in the 80’s when women wore socks and sneakers with their skirts (ugh!).  I was reading The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.  I was so wrapped up in the story I started crying for one of the characters.  The man sitting in the next seat had no sympathy for me.  Not even a tissue.”

– Rosemarie B., Librarian Trainee

“Reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, as a teenager and I couldn’t put it down.  But my mother needed me to set her hair with rollers, so mom read it aloud while I curled her hair.”

– Betty P., Reference Librarian

“During grade school I was captivated by two books.  The first was The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink, in which two children get involved with solving a mystery having to do with the assorted colorful characters staying in the bungalows of their parents Florida motel. The other was Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell which was the story of a fairy prince who falls in love with a mortal princess and the trials and tribulations that ensue.  I read and reread these two books until they fell apart and I still have them both.  My love of the mystery and romantic paramormal genres can be directly traced to the wonderful times I had reading these two books.”

– Sonia, Reference Librarian

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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New Museum Pass

old bethpage village


The Syosset Public Library now has membership to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Museum.  SPL has one pass to this museum which admits 4 people (any combination of adults and children). The museum is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY. Situated on 209 acres, visitors can be transported back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village.   One of the historic buildings is the Schenck schenck houseHouse which was built around 1730 and is one of the oldest Dutch Farmhouses remaining in the U.S.  The museum is opened April through December. The museum is closed Mon. & Tues. and opened Wed.-Sat. from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

This pass has been added to Tixkeeper and is now available for our patrons to reserve.  For additional information regarding Old Bethpage Village Restoration, please visit their website or contact the museum via telephone at (516) 572-8401.

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

million dollar armMillion Dollar Arm

Drama PG

JB Bernstein is a once-successful sports agent who may have to close his business. To save it, he comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Setting off for Mumbai, JB stages a televised nationwide competition called ‘Million Dollar Arm’ where two young finalists emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the US with a goal: get them signed as pitchers to a major league team. While the boys learn the game, they teach JB the meaning of teamwork and commitment, and JB finds a family.

edge of tomorrowEdge of Tomorrow

Sci Fi PG-13

In a near future, an alien race has hit the Earth in an unbeatable assault. Major William Cage has never seen a day of combat, but is dropped into a suicide mission and killed within minutes. Cage now finds himself thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same day over and over, fighting and dying each time. With each ‘life’, Cage learns more fighting skills, so that when he and warrior Rita Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, they are one step closer to defeating the enemy.

– posted by Ralph, Media Services

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