Monthly Book Club Meeting Today

america-america picAmerica, America by Ethan Canin

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.

Ethan Canin’s stunning novel is about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.

If you are interested in attending, you can go to the discussion at 1 PM or 7:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


New in DVD

away_we_go 2Away We Go – A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time.


monsters-vs-aliens picMonsters vs. Aliens – When a meteorite from outer space hits a young woman and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.



shrink picShrink – Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA’s top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. A film by Ken Burns.

ken_burns_Ken Burns’ films have long been recognized as some of the best documentaries of the American experience. But the forthcoming series on America’s National Parks have received more buzz than ever, it seems. I saw the one hour preview on PBS a few weeks ago, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Burns and crew have captured the essence of these national treasures through the history and storytelling, as well as the amazing vistas seen today. They have documented the experiences of historical figures such as presidents, artists and conservationists, as well as the anecdotes of park rangers and travelers like us. This fantastic series should be an inspiration to us all, to stop and appreciate these beautiful landscapes, whether from our couches or our campers. The six part series can be seen on PBS stations, beginning Sunday Sept 27. For more information about the series, visit one of these websites:,,, or for information about the National Park Service,

If you would like to learn more about travelling to our National Parks, or just enjoy the scenery through our books or video collections, call or stop by the library. The Syosset Library has the companion book to the series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Or you can pick up one of our many other books or videos about America’s National Parks. You’ll find many of these items on our National Parks book display on the third floor. If you prefer a good read, take an adventure in mystery fiction, set in the national parks, with a book by Nevada Barr, along with a bookmark for the PBS series. When you’re done, you can soak it and plant it to grow wildflowers of your own! And if you enjoy the series, and you’d like to check out some of Ken Burns’ past works, you can find some additional items in our collection.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments, or a personal memory, about the National Parks here on our blog. My favorite National Park is Yosemite. What’s yours?

– posted by Marianne L., Reference Services

My Summer Reading Project- Over!

summerreading-2 picSummer has ended and so has the reading project.  It was an interesting exercise and I have to admit in hindsight, much too ambitious.  To recap, I set myself the task of reading a book by each of the authors appearing in the top 20 of the NY Times bestseller list for June 21, 2009 (the first day of summer).  If I had previously read any of their books, I did not have to read another by them, which left me with  at least 11 books to read.

Piece of cake, no?  No.  I ended up finishing only 5 of the 7 books I attempted and the one I enjoyed most was by an author whose work I had already enjoyed many times.  That’s not to say I wasn’t reading much this summer, I just did not want to read those books and I kept putting them off.  The other books I read this summer were those that my own taste and curiosity gravitated towards.  I read them willingly and finished them quicker that those from the project that were not that great.  I believe that if I hadn’t been dragged down by these books, I would have read a bit more.

So, what did I learn? I learned that you should not try to force your recreational reading choices. We all have enough reading that we are required to do in order to keep up in our personal and professional lives.  When we have spare time to read for recreation, darn it, we want to read whatever we want.  And come next summer that’s exactly what I will be doing!

I haven’t shared my thoughts on The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.  The book is a thriller about a viral attack on NYC.  It’s a virus that spreads very quickly and turns its victims into vampires – vampires such as we’ve never seen before.  Although I found it to be a little too long and repetitive, I might read the next installment of the planned trilogy just to see what happens next.  Rating: 3 out of 4.

(Read my previous summer reading project posts here.)

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Attention “Outlander” Fans

echo in the bone picAn Echo in the Bone, the seventh book in author Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series is out today!  Good news if you love these books as I do.  They have everything: history, romance, mystery, suspense, humor and the main characters, Jamie and Claire, are simply two of the most engaging characters in fiction.  Read a great article about the series in and reserve whichever book in the series you want hereSyosset Public Library has all of the books in print and audio versions.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

ghosts of girlf picGhosts of Girlfriends Past – A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding.

observe and report picObserve and Report – Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper’s paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can’t bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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