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Librarian Adventures on the Internet- Vol 5

We roam the internet so you don’t have to –  sharing some stuff to make your weekend a lot more interesting:

Attention, Bob Ross fans! Some of his paintings are headed to the Smithsonian.  Read more about that and the Virginia warehouse that houses almost all of them!

Still a bit leery about traveling these days?  Here are some awesome field trips to take with your family without leaving the house.

School Library Journal

We hear that a lot of people are cleaning out their homes these days.  Before anyone has a garage sale, keep these “amazing yard sale finds” in mind.  Be careful not so sell any of your treasures!

For library lovers: an article about how libraries in the UK have weathered tough times, including the pandemic of today.

Tom Betts/Wikimedia Commons

From the “I can’t believe people actually do this” file,  some very beautiful but very tiny knitted sweaters.  Anyone have a tiny pet they need to dress up?

Well, that’s it for today…if you liked these,

there’s more on our Twitter feed, @syossetlibrary.

You never know what you’ll find out there in cyberspace!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Librarian Adventures on the Internet

We roam the internet so you don’t have to, today I’m sharing some stuff to make your holiday weekend more interesting: 

We’re betting you wouldn’t mind your commute on trains like this.

Christo, the legendary artist who,along with his wife, created massive art installations all over the world, died recently. Here’s a recap of his life and works.

Intrigued by treasure hunts? Read about “5 Fascinating Lost Treasures” here.It has probably been awhile since you’ve been out dancing.  Practice your moves while watching these blasts from the past.

Just what you needed: Why not buy this old West town in New Zealand?Well, that’s it for today…if you liked these,

there’s more on our Twitter feed, @syossetlibrary.

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Do you Miss Performing Arts?

Do you miss performing arts? There are a a number of possibilities to see wonderful performers from home:

“The Shows Must Go On” on the YouTube platform  offers a new Broadway show every Friday. The show is only available for 48 hours. So have your snacks ready! So far the offerings have included “Cats” and “Hairspray.”

Love Shakespeare? The Globe Theatre has been releasing a new show every two weeks. The current production is The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Vienna State Opera has been streaming operas and ballets from its archive. The performances are available for 24 hours.

Like all other performing arts programs, American Ballet Theater is moving to a virtual season May 11-July 4. Daily programming include converatsions, ballet classes, concerts, artist profiles and spotlights, hair and makeup tutorials, and historical review.

And the esteemed Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from its Live in HD series. Each performance begins at 7:30 and is available for 23 hours. At their homepage you can  link to additional information about the operas.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is presenting its 2008 production of Macbeth on Facebook.

And Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three has original short plays on its YouTube channel.

Theaters may be dark but there is a way for us to enjoy cultural events.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Things You Can Do with an SPL Library Card…That Do Not Involve Reading!

If you are self quarantining or even if you are not, you might have some time on your hands these days. Feel like trying something new?  Here are just some of the choices you have and all you need is a Syosset Public Library card:

Learn a language with Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages.  Learn online and get the app for your mobile device.  There are lessons for early learners, young learners and adult learners as well as different levels of courses.

Learn a new office skill or get a refresher on an old one with Lynda.com

Lynda.com has an expansive library of over 200,000 instructional videos covering over 5,900 courses.  There are a variety of levels covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.  There are curated playlists in all subjects to help you decide what videos to watch first.

Create some art or learn a new craft on Creativebug

More than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Learn how to paint, draw, knit, crochet, sew, make jewelry and more.

Do some research on your family tree with Ancestry Library Edition

A comprehensive genealogy resource center including census, vital, church, court and immigration records.  Now available from home during the quarantine.

Get help with home schooling with Tutor.com

Free online homework help with real tutors for students in grades K–12, college introductory courses, adult learners and job seekers.  The SkillsCenter Resource Library provides lessons, study guides and other Homework Resources, Test Prep Resources for SAT, ACT, GED and other standardized tests.

Learn about topics you never had time for with The Great Courses

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.

Need to replace a household item? Do some research on Consumer Reports

The exclusive online source for Consumer Reports magazine. View and print articles, complete with photos, charts and ratings.


All you need to access the services above is a Syosset Public Library card.  Our library cards are available to Syosset Central School District residents. Don’t have one?  Get a digital library card here.

Not a Syosset/Woodbury resident?  Check your library’s website for their database menu.

posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Museum visits from home!

Okay, so the museums are closed but if you love them, take a look at some of their online exhibitions.

The Museum of the City of New York is one of the least appreciated in the city, but its collections are impressive. Do you remember the 1939 World’s fair? If you were there or just heard about it, you can explore some the museum’s artifacts.

Do you enjoy a bit of Broadway? While the Great White Way remains dark, there are many digitized images available.

And the museum is offering videos at #MuseumFromHome highlighting some exhibitions, programs and original series.

You can visit the Frick! Take the virtual tour on the museum’s website.   And spend an enjoyable hour or more listening  to talks about the collection and special exhibitions.

Are you feeling cooped up and is Spring calling you? The New York Botanical Garden has recorded gardening lectures.  And you can sample the Garden’s wonderful plant collection by clicking through the photos online. 

Spring will come. This halt to our lives will end and the Syosset Library will look forward to loaning you our passes to the wonderful world of museums!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

December’s Book Displays

In keeping with the season, our first display is Happy Holidays.  What better way to celebrate than with food!  Lots of cookbooks and guides for Christmas celebrations and Jewish holidays. The display also includes a couple of Christmas themed novels. Readers’ Services is offering the Adult Winter Reading Club and will be hosting the Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration with author Kitty Zeldis on December 17, 2019 at 2 pm. No registration is required and refreshments will be served.

Take a Byte Out of a Good Book is the theme for our second display. There is plenty to learn about computers and technology and this display has it – from the Internet, Mac Books, iCloud, Photoshop, Adobe, Access to coding, blogging, Twitter and more. Some of the books are geared towards Seniors and “Dummies.”



The two mini-displays* are:

  • Get Cozy with the Elm Creek Quilters – a series written by Jennifer Chiaverini.
  • Classics You May Have Missed.

*Mini-displays are subject to and do change during the month*

On the third floor the health librarian’s display is Consider the Caregiver. Being a caregiver is an emotionally challenging role in today’s society. In many instances, a person can be suddenly put into this role without any training. These books can help you understand how to care for a loved one and how to get them the professional help they need. Lots of handouts!


On the lighter side, American Art is the topic for the other third floor display. Come and enjoy this collection of oversized books with lots of pictures of American artwork – lots to see and learn.

Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Syosset Public Library patrons!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

April’s Art Display

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

This month’s featured artist is John P. Cardone, a Long Island native, nature photographer, author, and medical educator. His work will be on display from April 7 to April 27.

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His goal, in his own words: “In my waterscape and wildlife images, I try to capture the beauty and spiritual magnificence of nature. My photographs represent a moment in time through unique settings and the amazing personalities of wildlife. I am particularly interested in how nature can calm people’s minds while they take a “time-out” from their hectic, busy lives.”

Come in, view his display, and see if you think he has accomplished his goal. I’m sure you will enjoy his work. For more information about John P. Cardone visit his web site at  www.waterviewsbook.com.  His book, The Healing Power of Nature: A Practical Exploration of How Nature Can Influence Our Health and Well-being  is available for checkout.

**The Art Gallery is located on the main floor near the elevators.**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

A Museum Outing with Your Book Club

Now that summer is upon us, many book groups take a few months off to enjoy the warm weather and the ocean breezes.  Summer is a wonderful time to plan a visit to a museum with your book group.  Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program.  Museum passes are available for Syosset residents and most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

Nassau County Museum of Art

New York, New York – July 22 – November 5, 2017

The exhibition demonstrates how artists through more than a century have been inspired by and portrayed New York City.



Glamour Icons – July 22 – November 5, 2017

Fragrance and Cosmetics Packaging as an Art Form – A retrospective of iconic designs by Marc Rosen

New York Botanical Garden

CHIHULY – Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night. Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons from spring through fall.

New York Historical Society

W​orld War I Beyond the Trenches​ – May 26, 2017 – September 3, 2017

To honor the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition examining this monumental event through the eyes of artists. World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities, and the political spectrum used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict.

Old Westbury Gardens

Seward Johnson Bronze Sculptures – June 16, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Old Westbury Gardens is pleased to invite you to a one of a kind art exhibition featuring the work of internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson. Johnson’s life size bronze sculptures will be on display throughout the historic Westbury House and the magnificent

Gardens and will feature two of the artist’s most popular series: “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame” and will also feature 32 individual pieces of Johnson’s work. These works focus on sculptural commentary about day-to-day life and Johnson’s love of nature and French Impressionism.                      -Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Happy Summer!

This article first appeared in the Syosset Public Library”s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, July 2017 issue.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services