Commemorating the Centennial of the Death of Theodore Roosevelt Today

January 6, 1919. Theodore Roosevelt died around 4 a.m. at his beloved home, Sagamore Hill home. He had been a NYS Assemblyman, NYC Police Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Colonel of the Rough Riders, NY Governor and U.S. Vice President assuming the office of President when William McKinley was assassinated. And he won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating peace after the Russo-Japanese War. These were his official roles. He was also a rancher, a hunter, a conservationist, and an author (more than 30 books and somewhere around 150,000 letters).

Hard to believe that he was only 60 when he died. He left a legacy of civic engagement, conservation and an active lifestyle.

The Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune eulogized him on its front page: “In the passing of Theodore Roosevelt the world loses a man. No matter how widely opinions may differ as to his politics and his methods, there is universal appreciation of those sterling qualities of virile manhood …. The life of Theodore Roosevelt marks an epoch in the development of America. He lived earnestly and sincerely. …His memory will be cherished for his genuine Americanism, his unswerving loyalty and his devotion to the public weal.”

Some Theodore Roosevelt related activities:

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    Visit our first floor book display of his life and work.

  • Join the Syosset library for a book discussion of Mark Lee Gardner’s Rough Riders January 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • On Thursday January 17 at 2 we will have a lecture on “Roosevelt’s Life and Legacy”.
  • Roosevelt’s Oyster Bay home, Sagamore Hill, is a short drive away.
  • A train ride away is the NYC American Museum of Natural History (of which his father was a founder) where he contributed many species of birds, mammals, and amphibians he had collected during a 1914 trip to the Brazilian jungles.
  • Or start planning a summer vacation to see his profile at Mount Rushmore and his Elkhorn cabin at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Be careful of the bison out there!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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5 Years on the Blog – December

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in December in the past five years:

2017:  OUR FAVORITE BOOKS – 2017 (PART I)

2016:  READERS’ SERVICES YEAR-END CELEBRATION AND AUTHOR VISIT

2015:  OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015

2014:  EVENING BOOK CLUB

2013:  A LITTLE CHRISTMAS IN MY MYSTERY, PLEASE! #4

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Join the Adult Winter Reading Club

Visit the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor to register and receive your Adult Winter Reading Club BINGO card. Read any book within the assigned genres to complete a BINGO. For each BINGO you complete, a ticket will be entered to win a raffle prize.

Winners will be announced at the Title Swap with the Readers’ Services Librarians program on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 PM. In-person registration is required and begins on Monday, January 7, 2019. Open to SSD residents 18 years or older with a valid library card.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

New in DVD

Assassination Nation

Action R

After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

Fahrenheit 11/9

Documentary R

A provocative and comedic portrait of Donald Trump as a bully, a liar, a racist, a hedonist, a father with a creepy closeness to his daughter Ivanka and a man who doesn’t even try to hide his baser instincts. The way that Michael Moore sees it, Trump runs his country like one of his corporations, like a dictatorship. Cross him and it’s firing time. He even compares Trump to Hitler, dubbing the President’s own words into the Fuhrer’s mouth.

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Comedy PG

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

 

Little Women

Drama PG-13

A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. The story details the passage from childhood to womanhood of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy. Despite hard times, they cling to optimism. As they mature, they face blossoming ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, while maintaining their unbreakable bond as sisters.

The Predator

Action R

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter, and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

A Simple Favor

Drama R

A mommy vlogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Our December Book Displays

As the year comes to a close, it’s holiday time. Happy Holidays is the theme of our first book display. Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year. There are books on baking, entertaining, giving and general merry making. Anyone in need of how-to ideas for enjoying the holiday season will find them on this display. Also included in this display are timely Christmas stories.

Man the Builder, The History of Architecture is the theme of the second book display on the main floor. From the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers man has been relentlessly  building. Mankind has built temples, amphitheaters, roads, bridges, churches, cathedrals, mosques, aqueducts, pagodas, totem poles, and modern skyscrapers. The books in this display feature various structures, take a look and enjoy man’s accomplishments.

The two mini displays* feature:

Congratulations: Maryse Conde, awarded the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature.

In Remembrance of George H. W. Bush, 41st  President of the U.S., beloved father, WW II Veteran, Representative, Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Chairman of the RNC, and U.S. Liaison to China.

*mini displays are subject to change throughout the month.

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Have a Healthy Holiday!  Books on healthy eating, stress-less living, longevity, and more. Handouts such as Food Safety Tips for the Holidays, Enjoy an Active Holiday Season and Tips for Poison-Free Holidays, are available also.

1968 is the theme for the second display. 1968 was a watershed year. It was marked by assassination of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, escalating protests against the Vietnam War, and Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run for a second term. Also it was the year that 60 Minutes and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood started as well as the year that  2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes premiered in movie theaters.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration with Author Jacqueline Friedland

Wednesday, December 19, 2018. 2 PM.

Join the Readers’ Services staff for a fun Year-End Celebration featuring author Jacqueline Friedland. Ms. Friedland will discuss her debut historical fiction novel Trouble the Water and the writer’s life. A book sale and signing will be held by the Friends of the Library at the event. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Each attendee will receive a ticket to win a raffle prize.

Sure to become a book club favorite, Kirkus Reviews notes, (Trouble the Water) “…will seize readers from the first page and not let go.”

“When a young woman travels from a British factory town to South Carolina in the 1840s, she becomes involved with a vigilante abolitionist and the Underground Railroad while trying to navigate the complexities of Charleston high society and falling in love”-from the publisher

For more information about author Jacqueline Friedland, visit:

Website

Facebook 

Twitter

Instagram

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days

Foreign (Korean) Not Rated

As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on Earth.

Colette

Drama R

The story of French author Colette, who fought to make her talents known after she found success while being pressured to write novels under her husband’s name

Equalizer 2

Action R

Robert McCall has rededicated his life to the pursuit of justice. But when his mission strikes close to home, he will be consumed by vengeance, seeking a revenge that knows no boundaries.

 

 

 

The Happytime Murders

Comedy R

When the puppet cast of a children’s TV show are being killed off one by one, a former cop turned private eye takes on the case.

Lizzie

Drama R

A psychological thriller that reveals many layers of Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie lives a claustrophobic life under her father’s cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the family,

Peppermint

Action R

A revenge story focusing on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they took from her

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Drama PG-13

When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, this begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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