Free in DC — A book lover’s paradise!

2009PosterHear your favorite authors talk about and read from the books you love!  The 9th Annual National Book Festival will be held on September 26, 2009.  I attended this event in 2004 and 2005 and LOVED it!  Surrounded by the grandeur of the monuments and Smithsonian on the Mall in DC, it was really fun to hear the authors speak about their books in their own voices.  Meg Cabot cast a spell over hundreds of tween princess-wanna-bes, and the buzz from Clive Cussler’s tent was so electric, I felt it two tents away! Dana Stabenow and Azar Nafisi were thrilling story tellers – you could hang on their every word.  When you’re done, bring home an autographed copy of your favorite author’s latest book.

There’s something for everyone there, including Children  and Teens.  Adult genres include Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose.  Sadly, I will miss the Home & Family area, (where I heard Heloise and Arthur Frommer), not on the 2009 list.  (Maybe it will be back next year).  Hint: Go with a friend who reads different styles than you, so you can expose each other to the books and authors you like.

Planning notes:  Both times I was there, it was a beautiful day.  The event is outdoors, but in tents, so I’m not sure how it works out if it’s a very rainy day.  But the nearby Smithsonian museums are free too, so you can run inside for a bit, if it drizzles.  Also, seating is limited.  Many popular authors fill up to standing room only, so plan to get to those early.

If you have the time to get to Washington, I highly recommend this fantastic free event to booklovers of all ages.  A must.  And put it on the calendar for next year too!

~ posted by Marianne, Reference Services


New in DVD

earth imageEarth – A nature documentary,aimed at children,  compiled from the vast footage of the BBC’s and The Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth series; Earth is the first nature film from the newly formed Disneynature.

sin nombre picSin Nombre – Honduran teenager Sayra (Gaitan) reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

state of play picState of Play – A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.

sugar picSugarSugar follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty.

– posted by Sonia,  Readers’ Services

Fall into a Great Book …

fallpicture…with one of our Fall 2009 Staff Pick Selections!

Looking for a great book to occupy your time as the days get a bit cooler? Our Fall 2009 Staff Picks Selections are now on display on the 2nd floor. These enjoyable titles are read and nominated by Syosset Public Library Staff members. Included in this season’s collection are Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout, Little Bee by Chris Cleave, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and many more. For a complete listing and descriptions of each title, please visit the Reader’s Corner Webpage. Here, you can also find listings of previous Staff Pick Selections. Happy Reading!
Fall into a great book at the Syosset Public Library!

~ Posted by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services

New Look at Syosset Reference Webpage

ReferencePageThe Syosset Public Library’s Reference Services Department webpage has a new look and new features.  In addition to accessing our catalog and databases, there is a new Best of the Web feature which will highlight a Website of the Month.  You can check the local weather, read breaking news from the New York Times, entertainment news and information regarding the local Long Island Economy.  Check out the new and improved webpage.

– posted by Ed,  Reference

My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

road dogs picFinished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.

I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all.   Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh.  If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.

I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all.  Sorry, Chuck!

Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Book Trailers

inherent-vice-picIt had to happen sooner or later.  Book publishers have hit on the idea of creating “book trailers” to publicize their upcoming releases.  If you haven’t seen one yet, here’s the one for Thomas Pynchon‘s latest: Inherent Vice.  What is extra newsworthy about this book trailer is that the ultra reclusive author has provided the trailer’s voiceover himself.  Take a look and a listen.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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