… 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.
If 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
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
Ever want to try being a vegetarian? Maybe today’s the day! Whether you want to try it for a meal, a day or even longer, you’ll need some recipe or menu suggestions and Syosset Public Library has many books on the subject. Here are just a few:
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. “If I could have only one book on the subject of vegetables, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone would be it. Deborah Madison has produced an impressive collection of information, instruction, and recipes.”
–Marion Cunningham, author of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian : Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman “How do you make an avid meat eater (like me) fall in love with vegetarian cooking? Make Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian part of your culinary library.”
—Bobby Flay, chef/owner of Mesa Grill and Bar Americain
Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Food for Every Kind of Vegetarian by Toni Fiore “There are recipes for vegans in the book, but there are also a lot of options for folks who are trying to wean themselves from meat, or who just like having a few meatless meals every week.” Portland Press Herald
Besides vegetarian cookbooks which can be found on the main floor, the library carries the magazine “Vegetarian Times”, also on the main floor.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Are you running out of suggestions for your next discussion? The Syosset Public Library owns sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions. Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographical and critical material. We currently have over 60 titles to choose from, including “hot” titles such as The Time Traveler’s Wife. Call the Readers’ Services department at 921-7161 ext. 239 for further information.
– posted by Susan, Reader Services
America, America by Ethan Canin
With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.
Ethan Canin’s stunning novel is about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.
If you are interested in attending, you can go to the discussion at 1 PM or 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Away We Go – A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time.
Monsters vs. Aliens – When a meteorite from outer space hits a young woman and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.
Shrink – Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA’s top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Ken Burns’ films have long been recognized as some of the best documentaries of the American experience. But the forthcoming series on America’s National Parks have received more buzz than ever, it seems. I saw the one hour preview on PBS a few weeks ago, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Burns and crew have captured the essence of these national treasures through the history and storytelling, as well as the amazing vistas seen today. They have documented the experiences of historical figures such as presidents, artists and conservationists, as well as the anecdotes of park rangers and travelers like us. This fantastic series should be an inspiration to us all, to stop and appreciate these beautiful landscapes, whether from our couches or our campers. The six part series can be seen on PBS stations, beginning Sunday Sept 27. For more information about the series, visit one of these websites: http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/, http://www.thirteen.org, http://www.wliw.org/, or for information about the National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/index.htm.
If you would like to learn more about travelling to our National Parks, or just enjoy the scenery through our books or video collections, call or stop by the library. The Syosset Library has the companion book to the series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Or you can pick up one of our many other books or videos about America’s National Parks. You’ll find many of these items on our National Parks book display on the third floor. If you prefer a good read, take an adventure in mystery fiction, set in the national parks, with a book by Nevada Barr, along with a bookmark for the PBS series. When you’re done, you can soak it and plant it to grow wildflowers of your own! And if you enjoy the series, and you’d like to check out some of Ken Burns’ past works, you can find some additional items in our collection.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments, or a personal memory, about the National Parks here on our blog. My favorite National Park is Yosemite. What’s yours?
– posted by Marianne L., Reference Services