5 Questions about books

We here at the Syosset Public Library are very involved with books.  We read them for personal enjoyment and for our professional responsibilities.  We talk about them with patrons and with each other.  Most of us just plain love books.  And we want to share the love.  One way to do that is to let you in on a little bit of the “book lives” of the people who work here at the library through short 5 question interviews that will appear in this blog from time to time.  Our first interviewee will be me- Sonia Grgas, librarian trainee.

What’s on your nightstand now? Well, I like to keep several books going at once this way I always have something  I’m in the mood for.  Right now I’m reading:

The-Fiery-Cross-M4R861LThe Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon.

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher.

Corn Flakes with John Lennon: and Other Tales from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Life by Robert Hilburn.

The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter and the People Who Raised Them by Amy Dickinson.

Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What it ‘s Becoming, and Why it Matters by Scott Rosenberg.

Book you would most want to read again for the first time: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I can’t say why for those who have never read it.

spilt milkEarliest book you remember: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.  I was about 4 years old and I was at storytime at the local library in Queens.  The library was in a storefront and the late afternoon sun was pouring in through the window.  The fact that someone else realized that clouds could look like different things blew my mind!

jane eyreBook you feel you should have read but haven’t yet: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.   I love the movie (Joan Fontaine-Orson Welles version) and I’m afraid it might not be the same for me after I have read the book.

Beatles 17-57-43_3You like to read books about: I like to read about a lot of things but I always make a beeline for books about reading books and any book that is connected to the Beatles in any way.

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


October is National Reading Group Month

natl reading grNational Reading Group Month was launched in October of 2007 by the Women’s National Book Association in an effort to formally recognize the benefits of shared reading and to encourage more people to join or start reading groups.  We here at R & R would like to help the cause:

Book Club in a BagHave you always wanted to start a group of your own?  This could be the time to do it and the Syosset Public Library can help. We have books to help you start a group and books that suggest titles that make for good group discussion.  The literature databases to be found on our website, also provide a wealth of information about books your group can choose.  And of course, there’s our “Book Club in a Bag” program.  Each bag contains multiple copies of a selected title, discussion questions, and biographical /critical information- every thing you need to make your discussion a success!

Visit the Readers’ Advisory desk on the second floor to find out more and get tips for getting your club up and running from our experienced staff of librarians.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

transformersTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Autobots have formed an alliance with the U.S. government, creating an elite team led by Major Lennox, in an effort to snuff out any remaining Decepticons that show up. The bad guys keep coming, and it turns out that a much more menacing force than Megatron is out there–and it is looking for something on Earth that is tied to the very origin of the Transformers race. (Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.)

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 Tutor.com 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

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