Edgar Allan Poe Getting Proper Funeral

Poe FuneralThe year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth and many cities are celebrating the event.  Baltimore is rectifying one shortcoming, however.  Poe, who died in 1849, did not have a proper funeral.  So, on Sunday, October 11, Poe’s funeral will get an elaborate do-over.

According to the Associated Press, Neilson Poe, Edgar’s cousin, never announced Edgar’s death publicly.  Fewer than 10 people attended the funeral.  “And the injustices piled on.  Poe’s tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter’s yard.  Rufus Griswold, a Poe enemy, published a libelous obituary that damaged Poe’s reputation for decades.”

Additionally, the Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit “Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon” with illustrations to The Raven by Edouard Manet.

So, for all you Poe fans, don’t forget to look in our collection for your favorite story.

– posted by Ed G., Reference


Just a few of the new mysteries on order…

… and available for reserve.  Generally, books that the library has on order are available to be placed on hold.  You can do this on our online catalog or in person at any public desk.

monster box picThe Monster in the Box: an Inspector Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell  ” … takes Inspector Wexford back to his days as a young policeman, and to the man he has long suspected of murder — serial murder.” – from the publisher

necessary blood picNecessary As Blood by Deborah Crombie “In this … addition to Deborah Crombie’s acclaimed mystery series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London’s legendary East End—a neighborhood where the rich and the poor, the ambitious and the dangerous, collide—to solve one of the most challenging and disturbing cases they’ve ever faced.” -from the publisher

blood game picBlood Game by Iris Johansen “Eve Duncan returns in a thriller that pits her against the most evil mind she has ever encountered: a ruthless killer who taunts her with his every move…and who has a special affinity for blood.”- from the publisher

scarpetta picThe Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell “It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta—despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN—to offer her services pro bono to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.” -from the publisher

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Book To Film Series…

…this Friday October 9th at 2PM.

marley pic“Marley and Me”


By John Grogan

Starring Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson

“The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.” (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion led by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services librarian will follow the  film. Copies of the book are still available at circulation.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


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 readersservices@syosssetlibrary.org,  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

New Museum Pass Available

MOMA picThe Syosset Public Library is pleased to announce that we have added the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to our Museum Pass Program.  We have one pass which admits 5 guests.  The pass also allows for a 10% discount in the MoMA Store.  Effective Tuesday, October 6th, reservations can be made for MoMA.  Please stop by the Readers Services Desk on the 2nd Floor or call 921-7161 ext. 239 to make your reservation.  Please visit http://www.moma.org for additional information regarding the museum.

– posted by Lisa J. – Readers Services

My roses are still blooming…

rose-bushes pic… but I think these flowers might be the last for the summer.  I had to wear a jacket this morning and I brought my hibiscus indoors today.  I think the lazy, hazy days of summer are being replaced by crisp fall days and nights.  This change came fast-last week I was walking along the beach!

I guess it is time to change what I cook for dinner.  My thoughts go to warm, comfy foods. Nothing makes it easier to cook these than a crockpot. Grab some tasty ingredients, put them in the pot, turn it on and, when I come home from work, dinner is ready.

Cookbooks picIf this has made you hungry, try some of our cookbooks for slow cooking. Better Homes and Gardens has Crockery Cooking, Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufman update recipes for the crockpot in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, and Fix it and Forget It Big Cookbook by Phyllis Good are just some sample titles from our collection. These and other titles can be found in our cookbook section on the main floor.

I think I will make a chili tomorrow…..

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

“Greetings from Old Syosset”


Please stop down in the lower level of the library and take a look at our new Local History exhibit “Greetings from Old Syosset”.  This exhibit features digital reproductions of rare original postcards contained in the Syosset Public Library Local History Collection. These cards, many of which date from the early 1900s, give a unique glimpse of rural Syosset. As you read the variety of messages on the cards, you get a real sense of the slower pace of life back in that simpler time.

– posted by Barney, Reference Services

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