New in DVD

The Square

Foreign NR

A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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What We’re Reading Now

Time to take a peek over the shoulders of members of our staff to see what they are reading at the moment:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Presents a rendering of the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.  But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

-Sue Ann,  Head of Children’s Services

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

-Pam M., Assistant Library Director

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Evening Book Discussion, February 13)

Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.

-Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

While investigating a homicide, Dave Robicheaux, who is struggling with PTSD, alcoholism, and the loss of his wife, suspects he may have been the killer and endeavors to clear his name and make sense of the killing.

 

Two Girls Down ​by Louisa Luna

Hired by the devastated mother of two young girls who have gone missing from a small Pennsylvania town strip mall, enigmatic bounty hunter Alice Vega is rebuffed by the overextended local police and partners with disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, on a case involving a dangerous web of lies, false leads and complex relationships.

-Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian

Robots vs Fairies ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

-Megan, Systems Manager

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant’s suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (Afternoon Book Discussion, Jan 30)

A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity

-Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

New in DVD

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Drama R

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Thank You For Your Service

Drama R

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

5 Years on the Blog – January

Take a visit to  some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts appearing in January during  the past five years:

2017: MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM NEWS

2016: LATEST ADDITIONS TO BOOK CLUB IN A BAG

2015: BOOKS-TO-FILMS COMING IN FEBRUARY

2014:  STEAMPUNK: NOT JUST A SUBGENRE ANY LONGER

2013: QUESTIONS ABOUT BOOKS: 2012, PART 7 (THE END)

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in February. Stay warm!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New in DVD

Blade Runner 2049

Sci Fi R

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who has been missing for thirty years.

Happy Death Day

Horror R

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Loving Vincent

Drama PG-13

The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

The Snowman

Action R

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

-posted by  Ralph, Media Services

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Syosset Public Library has an art gallery featuring a different artist each month. This is one of my favorite parts of the library. The gallery is located on the first floor behind the  snack area and I highly recommend taking some time there when you are in the building.

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January’s artist is Laura Montllor. She started painting watercolors after working as an architect for 30 years, in partnership with her husband. After his death from a battle with brain cancer, she began daily walks in the woods of Long Island Sound. These natural landscapes give a serene, life-affirming panacea that is evident in her art pieces through their fluid vibrancy. Her approach to painting is meditative and her hope is to inspire others to observe their world with mindfulness and renewed joy.

Looking at these beautiful watercolors created by Ms. Montllor is like taking a walk in the woods or enjoying a day at the shore. They are sure to make one feel relaxed and at ease.

For more information, you can visit LauraMontllor’s website or @panacea_painting on Instagram.

Posted by Betty, Reference Services

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

“A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein, follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

1:30 PM

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Circulation Desk one month prior to event.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

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