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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



Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses


Knowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are three interesting courses to choose from:

iTunes 10 Essential Training Course

iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Productivity Tips for Web Designers Course

Productivity Tips for Web Designers is the weekly series for web designers who want to enhance their design, software, and freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Whether you’re new to web design or working professionally as a seasoned designer, you’ll discover techniques that can help you become more proficient at your craft. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip on topics including typography; SEO; design software like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver; and web coding in HTML and CSS.

Up and Running with Constant Contact

Discover how to use Constant Contact’s email-marketing solution to design smart-looking emails and send them to just the right audience. John Arnold shows you how to set up a Constant Contact account and start adding and updating lists and contacts. Then he guides you through creating your first email with the built-in templates and adding your own design elements. Finally, you’ll learn how to schedule your first email mailing—and cancel scheduled emails before they’re sent.

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

lynda-com-logoKnowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are previews of three new courses to choose from:

Computer Literacy for Mac Course

Learn the ins and outs of your Mac.  Understand the terms and techniques in clear and easy language.  How to choose between a laptop and desktop computer, how to use your computer to open, create, edit and save files.  Learn how to connect printers, scanners, external storage devices and Bluetooth enabled speakers.  Connect to a network for Internet access, sending and receiving emails, and searching for content on the Internet.  Learn the basics.

Foundations of Acrylic Painting Course

You’ll follow a progressive step-by-step approach covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. This course will cover materials and set up, color mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and palette knife techniques, and gels and mediums, giving an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

Writing a Marketing Plan Course

This course will help business professionals write and leverage great marketing plans. Learn how to assemble a team to create the plan, analyze an existing market, and break down the plan’s components into focused sections (strategical, tactical, and budget sections of the plan).

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

Additional MOMA pass!

The Syosset Public Library is pleased to announce that we have obtained an additional family pass to the Museum of Modern Art.  Each of our 2 family passes admits five guests to the museum. There is a 10% discount at the MOMA store as well.

Beginning October 24, 2012 through April 29, 2013, Edvard Munch iconic painting, The Scream will be on exhibit at MOMA.  The Scream is one of the most recognized images in art history.  Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this pastel-on-board from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands.  The three other versions are in the collections of museums in Norway.  The Scream is being lent by a private collector.  A haunting rendition of a hairless figure on a bridge under a yellow orange sky, The Scream, was originally conceived by Munch as part of his epic Frieze of Life Series, which explored the progression of modern life by focusing on the themes of love, angst and death. Especially concerned with the expressive representation of emotions and personal relationships, Munch was associated with the international development of Symbolism during the 1890’s and recognized as a precursor of 20th century Expressionism.

The Scream will be installed in the Museum’s Painting and Sculpture Galleries, along with a selection of prints by Munch drawn from the MOMA’s extensive collection of his work. Syosset Public Library has the following books available for patrons who may want additional information regarding Edvard Munch;  “Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream” by Sue Prideaux and “Words and Images of Edvard Munch” by Bente Torjusen.

To reserve a pass to MOMA or any other museum in SPL’s Museum Pass Program please visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on Museum Pass Program from the main menu.  Patrons may also contact the Readers’ Services Desk at 921-7161 ext. 239 or stop by the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor and our staff will assist you with your reservation.

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Current and Upcoming Museum Exhibits

The Syosset Public Library’s Museum Pass Program offers the chance for Syosset residents to visit and explore many wonderful museums and gardens located in both Long Island and New York City.  Most of our passes offer free admission for 2 adults and 2 children ages 18 and under.  Here is sampling of some of our participating museums & gardens current or upcoming exhibits:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Space Shuttle Enterprise has arrived at the Intrepid Museum!  After a long and arduous journey, The Space Shuttle Enterprise reached its final destination on June 7, 2012 .  The Intrepid will house the Enterprise in the newly built Space Shuttle Pavilion.  The pavilion will officially open on July 19, 2012.  Syosset Public Library has one museum pass to the Intrepid which admits 2 adults and up to 4 children ages 18 and under.  For pictures of the Enterprises journey to the Intrepid museum, visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.

The Guggenheim Museum

Art of Another Kind:  International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960”.  100 works representing artists from post WWII exploring a period of rapidly changing creativity.  Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock & Pierre Soulages are some of the featured artists. This exhibit runs from June 8th to Sept. 12th.  The Syosset Public Library has 2 passes to the Guggenheim.  Each pass admits up to 4 guests

The Museum of the City of New York

Capital of Capital:  New York’s Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy”.  This exhibit explores New York City’s rise as a banking giant from the founding of The Bank of New York by Alexander Hamilton in 1784 to its importance in today’s nation and the world economy.  This exhibit runs from May 22nd to October 21st.  The Syosset Public Library has 2 passes to this museum.  Each pass admits up to 5 guests.

The Museum of Modern Art

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan”.  This is one of the largest exhibits of his work outside of Italy.  Boetti is known as a leader of the Arte Povera Movement and for his drawings and sculptures.  This exhibit will run from July 1st to Oct. 1st.  The Syosset Public Library has one pass to MOMA which admits up to 5 guests.

The Heckscher Museum of Art

Absorbed by Color: Art of the 20th Century”.  This exhibit explores color theory as it relates to the 20th century.  Josef Albers, James Brooks & James Daugherty are some of the artists represented.  This exhibit runs from Aug. 18th to Dec. 2nd.  SPL has 1 pass to the Heckscher which admits 2 adults and 2 children ages 18 and under.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Marc Chagall”.  The artists knack for storytelling is shown in his painting as is the influence of his Russian-Jewish upbringing.  This exhibit runs from July 21st to Nov. 4th.  SPL has 2 passes to this museum.  Each pass admits 2 adults and up to 4 children ages 16 and younger.  There is a $2 parking fee on weekends.

For additional information on SPL’s Museum pass program or to make a museum pass reservation, please visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the Museum Pass Program link.  You may also stop by the Readers’ Services desk on the 2nd floor or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services