Things That Go BUMP! in the Night

The Zombie Survival GuideThere’s a new display on the third floor to help you prepare yourself for the scariest of nights – pick up the Zombie Survival Guide as well as a string of garlic. Check out a travel guide for Haunted New York or Haunted Long Island if you plan on doing some paranormal sightseeing.

draculaPrefer to stay safe inside? This may be a wise decision. Curl up with a timeless classic like Dracula, or watch a fun movie like Teen Wolf. Either way, don’t forget the treats!

-posted by Megan, Reference Services


20-Something Title Swap!

Tuesday October 20th, 7:30 PM

with 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin

teens-and-books Finally, an event for our age group!  Come meet some great new people and share the titles you love with your 20-Something peers.  Together we’ll compile a list and you’ll have great reads through the fall and winter!  No registration required: it’s a free event.  Refreshments will be served.

Check our new Facebook page for upcoming events and great suggestions for your next read:

Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

It’s book award season!

The Mann Booker Prize winner has just been announced (Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel), and now the finalists for the National Book Award have been announced.

The fiction nominees:

american salvageAmerican Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell.  A lush and rowdy collection of stories set in a rural Michigan landscape, where wildlife, jobs, and ways of life are vanishing. …”American Salvage” is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. (from the publisher)

great world

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.  In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in (this) stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. (from the publisher)

in-other-rooms_lIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.  This collection of linked stories illuminates a place and a people through an examination of the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in the countryside outside of Lahore, Pakistan. (from the publisher)

lark and termiteLark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. A coming-of-age tale of grief and survival, the story straddles a parallel six-day period in July, one in 1959—during which 17-year-old Lark; her brother, Termite, who cant talk; and their aunt and caretaker, Nonie, are struggling to balance hope and despair in smalltown West Virginia. (Publisher’s Weekly)

far northFar North by Marcel Theroux.  Global warming has decimated civilization, and narrator Makepeace Hatfield is the sole survivor of her Siberian settlement. After coming across another survivor and seeing a plane in the sky, Makepeace heads out to find other settlements.(Publisher’s Weekly)

You can find the entire list of nominees in all categories at the National Book Foundation website.  The winners are to be announced on November 18, 2009.

Have you read them, or are you tempted because of the nomination?

– posted by Susan, Readers’ Services

Welcome to the Learning Suite

homeworkJust a reminder, now that school is back in full swing check out LIVE HOMEWORK HELP on the right hand side of our homepage.   This service is for students K thru 12, College Students and Career Center.

This is a real time service that offers the user a one on one interaction with certified tutors in Math, Science, Social Studies and English.  Students aren’t given the answers, but are guided and learn how to find the answers for themselves.  Also, school papers and assignments can be proof- read by an English Teacher.

The site is very user friendly:

  • Available every day from 2pm to 10pm
  • Available in both English and Spanish
  • Step by step information on how to log on and create an account
  • Frequently asked question  section
  • Demo video.

In addition to this service is the SkillsCenter Library Resource, available 24/7.  It includes thousands of worksheets, study guides and tutorials.

This service is a true value for our Syosset Residents in any economic times.

– posted by Betty, Reference Services

Serial Killers. Check it out, or else…

The Serial Killer FilesDid you know… the word “thug” originates from a cult of serial killers in India led by a man named Thug Behram? Well, you would if you read The Serial Killer Files. Liu Pengli, Thug Behram, Elizabeth Báthory, Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan, Jack the Ripper… famous serial killers throughout history, both real and fictitious. What makes them tick? What makes them kill? Why can’t I stop reading about them???

Dying to know more?  Come check out the Serial Killers: Practice Makes Perfect display on the third floor.

-posted by Megan, Reference Services

New in DVD

drag me to hellDrag Me to Hell – Christine Brown  is on her way to having it all: a devoted boyfriend , a hard-earned job promotion, and a bright future. But when she’s forced to make a tough decision that evicts an elderly woman from her house, Christine becomes the victim of an evil curse.



land of the loseLand of the Lost Dr. Rick Marshall gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the Land of the Lost. Now, Marshall, his crack-smart research assistant Holly and a redneck survivalist named Will, have no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in a world full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures.


proposalThe Proposal – Margaret is a workaholic, tyrannical book editor who suddenly finds her career in jeopardy as she faces deportation back to Canada. Her solution is to simply fake an engagement to her unsuspecting assistant Andrew, who in turn blackmails her for a promotion. However, when Margaret is forced to head to Alaska with Andrew to visit his family in an effort to make their story believable to the deportation officers, they soon realize that their plan may not be so simple after all.

– posted by Sonia

Patron Picks- We want to hear from you!

flying%20booksOur staff picks are flying off the shelves now we would like to hear from you.

Fill out a Patron Picks form, send us an e-mail at,  leave your picks in a comment below, or stop at the Readers’ Services desk and share your favorites with us.

-posted by Susan, Readers Services

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