– posted by Ed G., Reference
Summer 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
An 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 Salon.com and reserve whichever book in the series you want here. Syosset Public Library has all of the books in print and audio versions.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding.
Observe 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
What do 41 Cooper Square, Nine, The Lost Symbol, Miles Davis and The Good Wife have in common? They made Time’s 50 Things to Hear, See or Do this Fall. See what other books, films, music recordings, television programs and exhibits made it too! Check out my follow up blog post later this week, for more information about my favorite entry!
– Marianne L., Reference Services
An Absolute Scandal By Penny Vincenzi
“Penny Vincenzi, master of the contemporary blockbuster,returns with a moving, engaging portrait of people coping with a notorious financialdisaster and its unpredictable emotional repercussions(From the Publisher).”
Recommended By: Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk
American Rust By Philip Meyer
“Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship,loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss (From the Publisher).”
Recommended By: Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian
The Bad Guys Won By Jeff Pearlman
“In The Bad Guys Won, award-winning former Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York (From the Publisher).”
Recommended By: Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian
Midnight’s Children By Salman Rushdie
“Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947,the very moment ofIndia’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds,and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence (From the Publisher).”
Recommended By: Sonia Grgas, Librarian Trainee
Team of Rivals By Doris Kearns Goodwin
“This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history (From the Publisher).”
Recommended By: Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian
~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services
Syosset Public Library supports the adult independent learner. We offer 2 programs to help you access college texts and materials.
1. OCLC allows us to interloan books and articles directly from various college libraries. If you have a title and author of a book that’s not in the Nassau Public Library System, let us know and we will interloan the item for you.
2. LILRC Research Loan Program allows you to go to a local college and use their library. You can browse a specific collection and borrow items. Come in to the reference department and tell us what your subject area. We will issue a card for a specific collection at a specific college. The card is good for 30 days.
Of course these services are for Syosset Library Patrons in good standing.
– posted by Betty P., Reference Services