Premiering in September…

family_watching_tv pic“They don’t make them like they used to”:  hundreds of channels and nothing to watch?   Our current third floor display features materials dealing with television shows that premiered in September during the years prior to 1980.  As the 2009-2010 television season starts up, come in and reminisce about the shows America used to love to watch.   You’ll find many of those shows in DVD format on display, as well as books about them and that era in television.  If you don’t see what you’re interested in, please ask at the reference desk and a librarian will make every effort to find what you need!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services.


A word about audiobooks…

audio books picFirst of all, do you “read” audiobooks?  Or do you “listen” to them?  Does one get the same experience from the printed version of a book as from the audio version?   This can lead to some heated discussions:  some people absolutely will not hear of someone saying ,  “ I just finished reading  Kite Runner on CD”, believing that if you have not read a book in its printed form you have not really read it.   The audiobook experience could not possibly be as intellectually rewarding.  The thing to say to these individuals is “I just finished listening to Kite Runner on CD”.  People who do “read” audiobooks, insist that they are “just as good”.

Before I started using audiobooks,  I, too,felt that listening to the audio version of a book couldn’t possibly be the same as reading it in print.  And do you know what ?  I still do.  But that does not mean that one experience is worthier than the other, but the two are definitely different.    I’ll save my thoughts about  the differences  for a later post.  Until then, what do you think?  Let us know by making a comment.

(If you’re interested, the Syosset Public Library has The Kite Runner in both print and audio.)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

“In Honor of the 70th Anniversary of World War II”

World War II pic…is the theme of our newest main floor display.

This display includes a variety of both non-fiction and fiction titles, including new releases and great older favorites such as Retribution: the Battle for Japan, 1944-1945 by Max Hastings, Tears in the Darkness: the Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath by Michael Norman, Death and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin and Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow.   Also included are fantastic documentaries chronicling the events leading up to and during World War II, as well as an array of feature films depicting the courageous lives of the men and women who went to battle.

Please visit our new display and take home a piece of history!

~ Submitted by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

For those who are in a book club . . .

StackofBooks_resized…this is a good suggestion.  If you are reading and discussing a book of short stories, have one member type up a sheet with the title and list of main characters in the short story.  You might even try your hand at a short (one sentence) summary of the plot.  It helps everyone keep track of which story you are talking about in the group!

– posted by Jill, Readers’ Services

Want to read like the Mad Men?

The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.

We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find.   However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:

Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:

In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.

Hip: the history by John Leland.

Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.

Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.

I love it when you talk retro: hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes.

Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.

As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.

Vintage reading: from Plato to Bradbury: a personal tour of some of the world’s best books by Robert Kanigel.

Dream lucky: when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat— by Roxane Orgill.

Books on Advertising History

Twenty ads that shook the world: the century’s most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James Twitchell.

New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.

Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.

Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.

Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”!  I did and it looks just swell!madmen_icon

posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian

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