New in DVD

handmaidenThe Handmaiden

Foreign NR

A Korean woman who is hired as handmaiden to a young Japanese lady is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of her large inheritance.

light-between-oceansThe Light Between Oceans

Drama PG-13

A lighthouse keeper, living off the coast of Australia with his wife, all of a sudden finds a baby from an adrift rowboat. They rescue and raise the child as their own.

snowdenSnowden

Drama PG-13

The incredible untold story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.

train-to-busanTrain to Busan

Foreign NR

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

uss-indianapolis-men-of-courageUSS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Action R

The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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Museum Pass Program News

ny-transit-museumSPL has a new museum addition to our Museum Pass Program: the New York Transit Museum.  Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station, the NYTM is the largest museum of public transportation in the country.  Located in Brooklyn, the museum exhibits blend science, art and design with NYC history to tell the story of mass transportation.
 
We have 2 membership cards to the NYTM, each card will admit 2 adults and 2 children.  The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.  This pass is now available for patrons to reserve in Tixkeeper.
licm-logoAlso, Syosset Public Library now has 3 museum passes to the Long Island Children’s Museum.  These passes have been generously funded by the Friends of the Syosset Public Library.  Patrons are only allowed to reserve one pass to the Long Island Children’s Museum at the time of their visit and may not combine passes.
-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

thousand-splendid-suns

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1:30 PM

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, incurring losses over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

***This event is part of Looking Back to 2007, part of Syosset Public Library’s 10 Years With You @ the Library commemoration of our re-opening after renovating.***

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Happy New Year: Our January Displays

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Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016.”  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches your eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month.”  What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007″ which gives you more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy including tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge!”

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”  with lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

accounantThe Accountant

Action R

Christian Wolff is a math savant who works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client, a robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepency involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, the body count starts to rise.

birth-of-a-nationBirth of a Nation

Drama R

Nat Turner is a literate American slave and preacher. His financially strained owner accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. But as Nat witnesses countless atrocities, he orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Comedy R

bridget-jones-babyBridget is forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy. She decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and some new ones. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant but she can only be fifty percent sure of the father’s identity.

Deepwater Horizon

Drama PG-13

For the one hundred and twenty-six people deepwater-horizonaboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 7, the last)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here’s the seventh and last installment:

Meghan, Reference Librarian:

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

life-in-motioProfiles the life and career of the professional ballerina, covering from when she began dance classes at age thirteen in an after-school community center through becoming the only African American soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theatre.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerContinues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber, sweeping us from the battlefields of eighteenth-century Scotland to the exotic West Indies.

The House at Riverton By Kate Morton

house-at-rivertonLiving out her final days in a nursing home, ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a glittering society party hosted by Grace’s English aristocrat employers, a family that is shattered by war.

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

man-called-oveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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.

Audrey, Media Services Clerk:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

news-of-the-worldIn the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

sweetbitterA year in the life of a beguiling young woman in the wild world of a famous downtown New York restaurant follows her burning effort to become someone of importance through a backwaiter job that enables her indulgences in culinary and intellectual interests.

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

dragonfly-in-amberIn the sequel to Outlander,  Claire Randall and her daughter, Brianna, return to the majestic hills of Scotland, where Claire recalls the love of her life–gallant warrior James Fraser.

“I re-read this while watching the Outlander television series’ second season and it was better than the first time.”

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

career-of-evilWhen a woman’s severed leg is delivered to Robin Ellacott, her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, has to look into his past to determine who is responsible.

“This is the third installment of J. K. Rowling’s detective mystery series that she’s writing under a pseudonym, and I am finding them very enjoyable.”

Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner

am-i-alone-hereA collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer’s beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity.

” I’m a big fan of books about books and reading and read several this year.  I enjoyed this one the most. The problem with this type of book is that you always end up with a list of other books you’ll want to read.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Please tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

blair-witchBlair Witch

Horror R

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of their friend’s sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of local offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real.

denialDenial

Drama PG-13

When Deborah Lipstadt speaks out against Holocaust denier David Irving over his falsification of history, she discovers that the stakes are higher than ever in the battle for historical truth. Now faced with a libel lawsuit in British court, Lipstadt and her attorney have the heavy burden of proving that the Holocaust actually happened, in a riveting legal fight with stunning consequences.

harudHarud

Foreign NR

Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared, since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan,to become a militant, Rafiq returns home to an aimless existence. Until one day when he accidentally finds his brother’s old camera.

jason-bourneJason Bourne

Action PG-13

Jason Bourne, the CIA’s most dangerous former operative, now remembers who he truly is and comes out of hiding to uncover more hidden truths about his past.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Comedy PG

middle-school-the-worst-years-of-my-life

 

Rafe, an imaginative teenager, is tired of his school’s obsession with rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, he and his best friends have come up with a plan to break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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