Evening Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination

Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR
The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
The Washington Post’s Books to Read in 2017
USA Today, “New and Noteworthy”
Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017
A Parade Magazine Pick

The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants. -from the publisher

This program is free. No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs

may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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The 2018 Edgar Award Nominations

The Mystery Writers of America revealed the nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on January 19th.  These awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.  On April 26, 2018, the Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners in New York City.  If you are interested in the full list of nominees, in all categories, you can visit their website.  Here are  the titles for the category of Best Novel:

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Forced by duty to return to his racially divided East Texas hometown, an African-American Texas Ranger risks his job and reputation to investigate a highly charged double-murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman.

 

The Dime by Kathleen Kent

A woman from a family of take-no-prisoners police detectives relocates from Brooklyn to Dallas, where she tackles adversaries ranging from drug cartels and cult leaders to difficult vagrants and society wives before a first major investigation is challenged by unruly subordinates, a stalker, a criminal organization and an unsupportive girlfriend.

 

 

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

Hiding on the French Riviera when his cover is blown, Bernie Gunther finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with an old and dangerous enemy before fleeing to Berlin, where he places his survival in the hands of dubious former allies.

 

 

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

In the days of the British Raj in 1919, Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective newly arrived in Calcutta, is confronted with the murder of a British official who was found with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India.

 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 

A once-professional killer protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past, an effort that is challenged by his daughter’s struggles with the death of her mother and the reckoning of old enemies.

 

All summaries are from the publishers.   

 

*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.*                       

-posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services 

 

March’s Book Displays

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Great Women Fiction Writers is the theme for the first display, which is on the main floor. It’s a great collection of popular and classic novels. It includes such authors as Jane Austen, Adriana Trigiani, George Eliot, Danielle Steel, Zadie Smith, Philippa Gregory, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Jane Smiley.

 

 

The second display is True Crime, fascinating tales of deviant behavior. Many of the stories were major headliners. Some titles are:

The main floor Mini Displays are In Rememberance of Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018) and The Binge Boxes, which aren’t books but themed groups of DVDs for you to borrow.

Our third floor displays are:

March is National Nutrition Month, the theme for our health display. It includes books for complete nutrition, on what to feed your baby, kidney health, vitamins, and general health and well-being. There are lots of handouts on making better choices for your diet, beverage selection, and having an active life style.

The next display is Ideas: March is International Ideas Month. This display is a history of human ideas, thoughts and accomplishments. It’s about art and technology, inventions, entrepreneurs, and genius. Learn how we created our modern world with this innovative display!

March is a month that certainly gives us many themes. We hope that one or more of these displays offer you a stimulating read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

Downsizing

Comedy R

When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safrane and his wife Audrey decide to ditch their stressed-out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Comedy PG-13

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they choose.

Pitch Perfect 3

Comedy PG-13

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Book to Film Discussion

Read the book and then see how it is interpreted and adapted for the screen. A short discussion will follow the film. Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2 PM . With Lisa Hollander, Librarian.

This film is rated PG-13.

Adapted from the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls, The film, The Glass Castle, a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir.

-posted by Lisa, Readers’ Services Librarian

 

 

New in DVD

Call Me By Your Name

Drama R

It’s the summer of 1983 in Italy, and Elio, a precocious 17-year-old, spends his days in his family’s villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day, Oliver, a charming American scholar arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father, an eminent professor. Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

The Disaster Artist

Comedy R

The true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau and a celebration of friendship and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. Based on the best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room.

Ferdinand

Animated PG

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

I, Tonya

Drama R

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a dark comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. I, Tonya is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked–and checkered–glory.

Justice League

Action PG-13

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

Thor: Ragnarok

Action PG-13

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

Wonder Wheel

Drama PG-13

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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