Recently Added Staff Picks

All is Vanity by Christina Schwartz

“… Probes into the mysteries of the human heart and uncovers the passions that drive ordinary people to break the rules in pursuit of their own desires (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By:  Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read

“Read’s sensational debut features spot-on descriptions of upstate-downstate conflicts, strong characterizations and a fascinating plot (Kirkus Reviews).”

Recommended By:  Sonia Grgas, Librarian Trainee

The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

An engrossing story of a woman forced to choose between following her heart and pursuing her art (Library Journal).”

Recommended By:   Susan Santa, Readers’ Services Librarian

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

“Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life (Kirkus Reviews).”

Recommended By:  Christine Belling, Systems Manager

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


New in DVD

Amelia – Kansas-born girl, Amelia Earhart discovers the thrill of aviation at age 23.  Within 12 years she goes on to win the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean.   At age 39, she sets out on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, an adventure that catapults her into aviation myth.

In the Loop – The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war.  But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing.  The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster.  But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.

Ong Bak 2: Beginning – In 15th century Thailand, Tien aspires to be like his father, a gallant and loyal warrior. After a rival warlord kills his father, Tien is raised by Chernang and his band of guerillas. Tien grows up learning a variety of martial arts styles and vows to avenge his father’s death.

Zombieland – In a world that has become overrun with zombies, two men must figure out how to survive. Wimpy Columbus is afraid of his own shadow, while Tallahassee is the biggest, baddest, gun-toting zombie-slayer who ever lived. When they meet two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, the four strike out for an amusement park that is said to be zombie-free. This mismatched group will have to rely on each other to survive, which could be worse than surrendering to the zombies.  Also available on Blu-ray.

Posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Monthly Book Club

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler with Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services

Tuesday,  February 23, 2010 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM

Meet Macon Leary–a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

This program is free.  Book will be available at the circulation desk.

5 Questions about books

Reference Services librarian, Brenda Cherry, took the time to answer some of our questions about books.

Your top authors would include:

Just for fun:  Andrew Greeley, Ralph McInerny, Nevada Barr, Adriana Trigiani, Michael Connelly, Donna Leon.  Favorite historians include Joseph Ellis  and Gordon Wood.

Your favorite book of all time:

Depends on my current mood.

Book you’re an evangelist for:

Well, evangelist might be too strong, but I would encourage anyone to read Cod by Mark Kurlansky and Carlisle vs. Army by Lars Anderson—very interesting!  I like books with detailed settings: I will find novels that are set in areas that I know or am visiting and they had better be accurate!!

Book assigned in school that turned out to be a great read:

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman—I should read it again!

Earliest book you remember:

I am not sure if this was the first book but I remember my mother reading me Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Soon after that we moved on to the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (a fellow Ohioan!).  And my father loved Edgar Allen Poe.  He would recite The Raven and I would squeal in delight and fear when he intoned, “Nevermore”.

My room always had a variety of books that were just mine! What a thrill for a child.

New in DVD

Bright Star – Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other.  However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end.

Departures –  A devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, finds himself without a job.  He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled ‘Departures’, thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a ‘Nokanshi’ or ‘encoffineer,’ a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell – A guy tries to patch things up with his soon-to-be-married pal after botching things up at his bachelor party.  Based on Tucker Max’s best-seller “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell”.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It –   Drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius, and great artist at work is captured in raw and candid detail as he created and perfected his planned final London shows.  Also available in Blu-Ray.

Surrogates – People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates – sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist.  Then the first murder in years jolts this utopia.

Taking Chance – After hearing of the heroic death of a young Marine in Iraq, veteran officer Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl volunteers to escort the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming. As Strobl crosses America’s heartland, he will find himself on an unexpectedly emotional journey into the soul of a country mourning not only Chance, but all of our country’s fallen heroes.

~ posted by Sonia

Seniors and the Internet

Recent research has shown that using the Internet is good for you! This is especially true for seniors. A study by the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies has shown that seniors who use the internet are less likely to suffer from depression. The internet allows them to continue to connect with others even when they cannot easily meet in person.  And this recent study by scientists at UCLA indicates that surfing the Internet increases brain function.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project regularly examines and reports on Internet usage. Their recent findings indicate that 43% of people over the age of 65 use the Internet.

Here at  the Syosset Public Library we would like to help everyone get familiar with the online world! Come to the third floor and sign up for a class or sign up online. We tailor one-on-one classes to your needs and interests.  Whether you need to learn how to use a mouse or how to use our databases, we can help you.

~ posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Book To Film Series

The Soloist

Starring Jamie Foxx & Robert Downey Jr.

Friday, February 12th at 2 PM

Based on the Book The Soloist : a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” by Steve Lopez. “… the true story of journalist Steve Lopez’s discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.  Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers’s music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy’s life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.”  (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion will follow the film.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk on the main floor.  With Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian.  There is no registration for this event.

~ Posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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