Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 PM

Second floor fireplace and seating area.
Second floor fireplace and seating area.

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, Jean Simpson, Lisa Jones, Ralph Guiteau and Evelyn Hershkowitz for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

beach title swapLooking for something particular?  Suspense?  Biography? Adventure?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer 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 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.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Local Author Showcase Next Week

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

7 PM

Come meet and greet our local authors.

Join us as they share their books!

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The authors presenting their books are:

JoAnne Williams Carryl

Charles Hecht

Ron Kaplan

Urmila Pai, M.D.

Muriel Pomerance

Maria Schulz

 Sonia Singh

 Genia Taub

-posted by Jean, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

pride and prejudice and zombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies

Action PG-13

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in nineteenth century England is faced with a new challenge: an army of undead zombies.

Gods of Egypt

Action PG-13

Gods of EgyptIn this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus in an unlikely alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Also available in Blu-Ray Disc.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Summer Reading is Coming!

Registration for the Syosset Public Library’s 7th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  The program is as simple and stress-free as last year, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start and finish reading between the day you register for the program through Friday, August 12. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on Wednesday, August 17.

We will kick-off the Summer with two very special events:


Flying BooksTitle Swap with Librarians

Tuesday, June 7. 1:30 PM

 To celebrate this exciting summer program, the Readers’ Services Department will hold a special Title Swap with Librarians.  Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great summer reading list!  Refreshments will be served.  No registration required. Free.  Attend this event and receive a complimentary Summer Reading raffle ticket. Refreshments will be served. Free.

local author 2016Local Author Showcase

Tuesday, June 7. 7 PM

 Come meet Syosset/Woodbury authors who will share their books with you at this 3rd annual LocalAuthor Showcase.  Book Talks will be given by the authors followed by a meet and greet.  Each author’s books will be available for sale (from the Friends of the Library) and signing.  Refreshments will be served.  Free.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


Tools to Find Your Next Read, Part 1

keep calmNeed help finding your next read? The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department is here to help you! We have a variety of tools to help you find a good book to read. We have a variety of options to help you find their next read. In this series of blog posts, I will describe some of the tools you can use at home or in the library. Accompanying each blog post, I will have images to guide you to our resources.

The first tool you can use is our “Just for Me” submission. You can access this from the library’s homepage. We have one for teens and one for adults (18+). For this post, I will be describing how to use the one for adults. This is a tool you can use at home, at the library, from your phone at the gym, or at your friend’s house. Virtually anywhere you can access our website, you can use this tool. This is the current form of “Just For Me,” we do plan on renovating so this summer keep your eyes open for an update.

To find this tool you must go to the library’s homepage, click the “Books & Reading” tab on the top menu. From the pull down menu you will then click “What Should I Read?” A side menu will pop up beside it and then you will see the option “Just For Me,” it is second from the bottom. Click it.

tools 1It will then lead you to chose between “Teen” and “Adult”. As I stated above, we will be focusing on just the adult version of this tool. So please click the “Adults (18+)” button.

tools 2Once you click it, it will lead you to a brief survey you must fill out. You can choose to fill out a little or as much detail as you would prefer. But remember, the more detail you provide, the better tailored the book results will be. You must fill out your name and email so that we may contact you with our suggestions. Then, you will be prompted to answer two questions about the types of books you like reading. We first narrow it down by Fiction or Non-Fiction materials, and then we ask if you like specialized materials like biographies. The next four questions we encourage you to write in a few sentences. If you give us enough detail of the types of books you enjoy reading, we can give you a list of books that you might like.

tools 3The last two images shown here are the survey questions. Depending on the types of books you enjoy reading; you can answer all or some of the questions. For example, if you only read Non-Fiction books, then you can ignore the first survey question which pertains to Fiction books. The second question is about the page limit. We ask this because a majority of the new books are only 14-day loans. Books that are over 600 pages will be 28-day loan.

tools 4The third question is about the last book you truly enjoyed. You can include more than one book for this answer. By offering more, we can narrow down the types of books you enjoy by subject matter and genre (as an example). Which leads to the last question, do you enjoy a certain subject matter of books? We give examples of time periods and subjects that people are interested in to help you respond to this question.

Once we get a submission, the Readers’ Services librarians create a list of books that may interest you. If you give more details, you get more books. Usually a list ranges from 5-10 titles per detail. If you like romance, suspense, and horror, we try to make a list for each. The usual response time for these submissions is 1-4 days. We want to find books that best fit your specific reading preferences.  Reminder – this is the current form of “Just For Me,” we do plan on renovating this summer keep your eyes open for an update.

You can always email readersservices@syossetlibrary.org for more feedback about your submission response. Hate the titles we suggested? Let us know! We will work with you to find more books that you might enjoy. We want you to read more and enjoy reading.

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

finest hoursThe Finest Hours

Drama PG-13

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly sinking vessel.

how to be singleHow to be Single

Comedy R

A young woman searches for love in New York City in this romantic comedy based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo.


Horror R

KrampusA darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus, an ancient entity from European folklore, all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own.

Ride Along 2Ride Along 2

Comedy R

Friction continues between rookie cop Ben Barber and his seasoned partner (and future brother-in-law) James Payton. After discovering a mysterious flash drive during an arrest, the pair travels to Miami to hunt down a local drug lord with the help of a savvy detective.


Drama PG-13

RisenClavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Zoolander No. 2

Zoolander No. 2

Comedy PG-13

Beloved model Derek Zoolander and his rival turned partner Hansel face a threat to their continued success.


-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our May Displays



It’s May-

And we can’t wait to get shed our winter clothes.  It’s time for the great outdoors.  Our monthly book displays are in keeping with this theme.

On the first floor we have “New York Baseball”.  Read up on the game, its players and history, to increase your enjoyment of the sport. The display includes books on the teams of New York, the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Mets and biographies of their players, such as Willie Mays, A-Rod, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson.

We also have a display of “Mysteries in May” on the first floor. Nothing like a good whodunit read. For added fun you can listen to a mystery on CD and hear the characters’ voices come to life. There is a large selection books to choose from.

Our first floor paperback display has one side devoted to “Celebrating Agatha Christie”. The other side of the display is on the topic, ”Celebrating the Pulitzer Centennial”.  On May 24th, our monthly book discussion will be The Known World by Edward P. Jones, which is the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Our third floor health display is “May is National Physical Fitness and Sports”.  It has plenty of books with information to how to get active with exercise or sports.  The display includes lots of free handouts.  One of these books or handouts might help you keep your New Year‘s resolution.

And last but not least on the third floor is “Get Ready For Spring”. Fun ideas for planting flowers, gardening or just enjoying you outdoors spaces.  Learn how to improve your garden, build a deck, improve your patio and attract butterflies and birds to your yard.

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Hoping we get some nice weather to enjoy the great outdoors and that our displays will provide you extra ideas for spring fun.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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