Book Trivia!

Book Trivia

“An 2018 Adult Summer

Reading Club Event”

Tuesday, July 31. 2 PM


Bring your smartphone or tablet and come play Book Trivia with the Readers’ Services Librarians using the Kahoot! Trivia App. Don’t own a smartphone or    tablet? Call ahead and let us know:              516-921-7161 x 239. We will have a limited number of devices to share for the event.

This event is free.

All are welcome!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services



We’re Still Reading…

I recently asked  the  staff at the Syosset Public Library to share titles they are reading or have recently finished. You can read about those previously posted last week,  here and here. But we are still reading…

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

“I just finished The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.  This is a very well written book about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s in Chicago.  The character development was wonderful.  You really feel for the men and their families.”

A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives


Brenda, Reference Libarian:

“I just finished There, There by Tommy Orange. Written by a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and set in his hometown of Oakland, CA the book is an compelling story of urban Indigenous life.”

A novel—which grapples with the complex history of Native Americans; with an inheritance of profound spirituality; and with a plague of addiction, abuse and suicide—follows 12 characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.

Alisa, Head of Programming:

“I read The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton  Interesting perspective on the death penalty in the United States. It also gives an interesting perspective into criminal justice system for those poor and minority individuals that have to depend on the public defenders.”

A revelatory memoir by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a dangerously flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with dozens of fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration and his post-release decision to commit his life to prison reform.

Ed, Head of Reference:

A Hunt in Winter by Conor Brady – a mystery that takes place in Dublin in 1888. It is the third book in the Joe Swallow series, but can be read as a stand alone.”

Joe Swallow’s peaceful life in Dublin is uprooted when a series of violent attacks on women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear, and he must navigate the United Kingdom’s volatile political scene to find the person responsible.


Noureen, Librarian Trainee

“I just finished listening to a very insightful book on CD, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt.”

Demystifies the teen brain by presenting new findings, dispelling widespread myths, and providing practical advice for negotiating this difficult and dynamic life stage for both adults and teens.


Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

“I just finished listening to A Duke in Shining Armor by one of my favorite romance authors, Loretta Chase.  It did not disappoint (and the heroine is a librarian).”

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, the Duke of Ripley, takes off on the trail of Olympia Hightower, the bookish and very reluctant intended bride of his best friend, when she attempts to escape her impending marriage.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services




New in DVD

Ready Player One

Sci Fi PG-13

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenager Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win, and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

What We’re Reading Now

Here is what some of us here at the Syosset Public Library are reading at the moment:

Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian:

“I’m reading Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg, The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar and Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.”

The author describes her abusive marriage to a man who was funny, warm and supportive but also vengeful and violent and how she finally rejected the abuse, accepted responsibility for herself and decided that she deserved better.

After being fired from her job as a servant, Bhima forms a partnership with Parvati to sell produce at the local market and makes her first true friend.


Ten years after his wife Layla’s disappearance, Finn gets a phone call that she’s been seen, receives messages from strangers who seem to know too much, and long-lost items from the past begin showing up around the house.


Amy, Children’s Librarian:

“I’m reading Family and Other Catastophes by Alexandra Borowitz.”

Struggling with hypochondria and OCD stemming from her neurotic and drama-prone family, Emily reconnects with her parents and siblings throughout the week before her wedding, an event shaped by relationship dynamics, shared confidences and long-buried secrets.

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian:

“I am currently reading  Death Masks by Jim Butcher (#5 in the Dresden Files series). I enjoy learning more about this urban fantastical world. I am also reading Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. It’s an interesting psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first page.”

With the mighty Steel Wolf clan behind her, Anastasia Kerensky plans to seize the planet Northwind, but Ezekial Crow and Tara Campbell are prepared to repel her invasion-and decide the fate of a world.

A successful banker and a rising filmmaker embark on a blissful paradise honeymoon in Bora Bora, where the discovery of a mysterious bag of riches triggers a sequence of events that indelibly marks their marriage and lives.


Meghan, Reference Librarian:

“I am currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It is an insightful read that challenges the ‘extrovert ideal’ and asserts that introverts hold equal power in business and life.”

Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services



What We’re Reading Now

Here’s what some of us here at the Syosset Public Library are reading at the moment:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:

“I’m reading The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.”

A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women’s movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend.

Pamela M., Assistant Library Director:

“I’m reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  I started listening to the audio CD in my car, and am driving out of my way so I could listen to it!”

A psychologically charged tale of suspense follows the unexpected twists that shape a divorce and second marriage that are anything but what they seem.


Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

“I’m currently reading an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) titled Good-bye, Paris by Anstey Harris.”

Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage. But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life.

Rosemarie B., Children’s Librarian:

“I just finished The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. A multi-generational family drama.  Big Angel invites his entire family to attend his last birthday party where grievances, jealousy and ultimately, love are revealed.”

Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of family patriarch Miguel “Big Angel” De La Cruz and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore.

Jessikah, Children’s Librarian:

“I am currently reading The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley, which is a modern retelling of Beowulf set in suburbia. I am really enjoying the playfulness of setting with the classic story. The question of what defines a “monster” is well drawn.”

A modern retelling of “Beowulf” recasts classic themes from the perspectives of the attackers and finds a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran navigating dark realities to protect the sons they love.

All summaries from the publishers.

Stay tuned, we’ll be back with more “What We’re Reading” selections soon!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Club

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1:30 PM

with Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian

An African American lawman struggles to come to terms with the moral fallout of crimes committed by his loved ones when he learns that he was wrongly taken from his biological mother and that his white foster father exploited their family’s influence to retain custody. -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.

-poste by Jean S,. Readers’ Services


New in DVD


Drama R

A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

I Feel Pretty

Comedy  PG-13

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?


Action PG-13

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

Truth or Dare

Horror NR

A harmless game of truth or dare among friends turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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