Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 1 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, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Jean Simpson and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something in 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.

All are welcome.

Can’t wait until December 1 for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here:

– posted by Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

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American UltraAmerican Ultra

Action R

Mike shares a small-town life with his girlfriend Phoebe. But Mike’s sleepy world goes wild after he discovers that he’s actually a CIA sleeper agent with lethal fighting skills, and the target of government hitmen. Mike, the ultimate slacker, transforms into an ultra-attacker as he and Phoebe fight to survive in this exhilarating adventure.

No Escape

Action R

No EscapeHow far will one man go to protect the ones he cares about most in the world? An intense international thriller, centers on an American businessman as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.

Ricki and the Flash

Comedy PG-13

Ricki and the FlashRicki, a guitar heroine who gives up everything for her dream of rock n’ roll stardom, now returns home to make things right with her family.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Our Book Displays

syosset library exteriorWe at Syosset Public Library work hard to make your visit to our new and modern facility a good experience.  Besides stocking up on all the newest and popular books, movies and music, we keep up with the latest technology such as 3 D printing, over 20 plus public computers, and a public fax machine. You can relax in our café area with refreshments, and read the latest paper or magazine.

book displaysWhile visiting the library browse our book displays which change monthly. We have 3 displays on the main floor and two on the third. This month’s main floor exhibits include “Gobble Up A Good Book” with recipes and ideas about celebrating Thanksgiving, “Early American Colonies” stories of first European settlers in America before the American Revolution, and  “Leaf Through A Good Book”, fall’s version of beach reads.  On the third floor you will find the double sided “November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month/National Diabetes Awareness Month” and “Celebrating the History of Aviation”.  You may just find your next great read on one of these displays.

Hope to see you soon at the library!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Anniversary of The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. He was invited to speak at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg.  Not only is the speech famous, it is also very brief. Generations of schoolchildren have memorized the 272 words.

Gettysburg-AddressThe small town of Gettysburg had witnessed the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The three day battle (July 1-3) with Robert E. Lee commanding the Army of Northern Virginia and George Meade commanding the Army of the Potomac resulted in about 50,000 troops killed or wounded. The battle ended Lee’s attempts to invade the North. The area still had unburied bodies when the day of the ceremony arrived.

The orator of the day was Edward Everett whose speech lasted about two hours. The day after the event Everett wrote to Lincoln commenting, “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.” Lincoln didn’t dwell on the Union victory. He emphasized the principles of the Declaration of Independence as the reason the war was being fought.

Writing the Gettysburg AddressLincoln at Gettysburg.The Syosset Library has two excellent books focusing on Lincoln at the ceremonies at Gettysburg: Martin Johnson’s Writing the Gettysburg Address and Garry Wills’ Lincoln at Gettysburg.


One of my favorite research sources is the Library of Congress which provides a wealth of information. The documents from the Library’s special 1995 exhibit on The Gettysburg Address are digitized. They include the invitation from David Wills to Lincoln to attend the ceremonies (and an invitation to the President to spend the night at the Wills’ family home), drafts of the Address, and the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg, below.

lincoln at gettysburgLincoln is the hatless figure just to the left of center.

The Chronicling America database of digitized newspapers can be searched to see the press coverage in different states.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services


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New in DVD

Jurassic WorldJurassic World

Action PG-13

Twenty-two years following the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now includes a completely functioning dinosaur theme park, as once envisioned by John Hammond. After ten years of operation and decline in visitors, a unique attraction is designed to ignite visitors’ interest, which fails horribly. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

The Man from UNCLE

Action PG-13

Man from UNCLECIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Afternoon Book Club

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

1:30 PM

with Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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Comedy R

Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Mr. Holmes

Drama PG

Mr. HolmesIn 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.


Comedy R

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles.

Terminator GenisysTerminator Genisys

Action PG-13

When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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