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Afternoon Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, and poverty characteristic of their part of America. -(summary from the publisher)

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk .

 

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Evening Book Discussion and Book-to-Film

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

Tuesday,

October 10, 2017

7:30 PM

“Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.”    –From the Publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Book-to-Film Discussion

 Friday, October 13, 2017, 2 PM

Showing of the film

 The Zookeeper’s Wife

Rated PG – 13

Read the book and then

see how it’s interpreted

and adapted for the screen.

A short discussion will follow the film.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

Thanks to Local Businesses!

The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club!

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American Dry Cleaners

Angel Tips

Bareburger

Beltrami: A Men’s Store

Ben’s NY Kosher

Brothers 3 Pools (Sayville Location)

Butera’s Restaurants

Card$mart

Celebrity Diner

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopt: Creative Salad Company

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Christina’s Epicure

Cindi’s Boutique

Denny’s Childrenswear

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

George Martin’s Grillfire

Gloss New York Salon

Hurricane Grill

Iavarone Brothers

It’s a Girl Thing Gifts & More

Jack Nails

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

The Lite Choice

Luxy Nails & Spa

Maddy Fine Jewelers

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Meyer’s Farmstand

Mixology Clothing Company

Mrtique

Ms’tique Boutique

Nail Gallery & Spa

One Small Step

Party City

Phil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Prime Time Butcher

Ray Leventhal Clothing

Salon Entourage

ShopRite

Steve’s Piccola Bussola

TOPSPIN TENNIS & FITNESS

Trader Joe’s

Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

Woodbury Wine Market

Yiasou Yeeros Authentic Greek Eatery

Authors:

Camille Perri & Brenda Janowitz

Publishing Companies:

  • HarperCollins Library Marketing Team
  • Macmillan Library Marketing Team
  • Martin’s Press
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. Education & Library Division
  • Workman Publishing Library Marketing Team

Pictured above Readers’ Services librarians with author Camille Perri (from left to right) Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Camille Perri, Lisa Jones, Jean Simpson and Head of Readers services, Jackie Ranaldo.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Successful Book Club Authors with New Releases

It is not easy to find a book that everyone will enjoy reading and look forward to discussing.  Therefore, I am happy to report that some authors we have turned to for successful book discussions are releasing new books.  Here are five new titles, you may want to consider:

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

Brette Caslake visits the haunted Queen Mary and makes a discovery that will help solve a 70-year old tragedy involving two European war brides who sailed on the same vessel to New York Harbor in 1946.

 

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict             Release Date: 1/16/18

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

 

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

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.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

When her grandfather is ill, her life takes an unexpected turn, forcing Sarah, and her horse Boo, to rely on Natasha, a lawyer whose job is to represent the best interests of children.

 

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Release Date: 9/12/17

Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant’s past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.

All summaries are from the publishers.    

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

-Jean S., Readers’ Services

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM

“Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades, as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.” -from the publisher

Book to Film Discussion

Join us on August 4, 2017 at 2 PM for a showing of the film, Hidden Figuresthe Academy Award nominated adaptation of the book. A short discussion will follow the movie.

 

Both programs are free.

No registration required.

Books will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to the discussion.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Latest Additions to Book Club in a Bag

book club in a bag logoLet us provide you with everything you need for your book club: sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions.  Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographical and critical material.

The following are titles that have been added to the Book Club in a Bag collection recently. Information on borrowing any of our Book Clubs in a Bag as well as a complete list of all titles available can be found here on the library’s website. Please call 516-921-7161 ext. 239 or stop by Readers’ Services if you have any questions.

Two-Family House

by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Two women, sisters by marriage who share a two-family brownstone in Brooklyn in the 1950s, form a strong bond when they each give birth minutes apart on the same night, but as the years pass, a deeply buried family secret causes their friendship to unravel.

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

After Jean’s husband dies, the community wants to know the real truth about the crime he was suspected of—but Jean has secrets of her own.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Summer Reading at Syosset Library is Almost Here!

Great news: The Adult Summer Reading Club is back and ready for another great summer!

Registration for the Syosset Public Library’s 8th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  The program is as simple and stress-free as last year, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register for the program and finish reading by Friday, August 11. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party on Wednesday, August 16.

We will kick-off the Summer with two very special events:

Title Swap with Librarians on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM on the 2nd Floor 

Local Author Showcase on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 PM in the Theater

Adult Summer Reading Club members will receive complimentary raffle tickets for attending one or both events.

Club is open to Syosset School District residents 18 years or older with a valid Syosset Public Library Card.  The two events are open to all.

See a Readers’ Services Librarian on the 2nd floor to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club.  Registration begins on Tuesday, June 6.  You must register in person at the Readers’ Services Desk before submitting raffle tickets. The sooner you register, the more books you will have time to read. Please remember: you cannot backtrack your books. Only books you start reading from the day you register through August 11 can be submitted.

Registration is not required to attend events, so bring your friends!

We look forward to another great summer of fantastic books!

Join us again this year!

Please call the Readers’ Services Department with any questions 516-921-7161 x 239 or email us at Readersservices@syossetlibrary.org.

For more information, see our website which will be advertising our Summer Reading Programs soon.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services