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Question of the Week #1

question-marksToday we introduce another feature that will be recurring on this blog, “Question of the Week” (a great idea that’s borrowed from another blog (Daily Lit– thanks!).  Hopefully we’ll spark some enlightening ” back and forth”  in the comments.  Since October is National Reading Group Month, thoughts turn to reading groups and the discussions they generate.

sun alsoAlthough I have been involved in book discussions with various reading groups over the years, one of the best discussions that I have ever participated in was  for “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway at one of the library’s monthly book club meetings this past summer.  This was because it was the first time I had been involved with a reading group discussion involving a book considered a classic.  It might be a cliché, but that’s why they are called classics.  They are books that usually seem, on the surface, to be either very simple or very complicated and sometimes quite boring to read. Yet, if you stop and think about the motivations for what the characters say or do, and the word choices the author is making, a “classic” book will yield insights that do not stop coming!  Although I had read “The Sun Also Rises” before, hearing it discussed by the group led me to  a variety of new and different thoughts about it.   Discussion of any book will do this but a “classic” will always allow for greater depth.

Since National Reading Group Month is almost over, a reading group question seems to be in order:

Which book, read for a reading group, has led to the most interesting and liveliest discussion?

Let us know by making a comment below.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


October is National Reading Group Month

natl reading grNational Reading Group Month was launched in October of 2007 by the Women’s National Book Association in an effort to formally recognize the benefits of shared reading and to encourage more people to join or start reading groups.  We here at R & R would like to help the cause:

Book Club in a BagHave you always wanted to start a group of your own?  This could be the time to do it and the Syosset Public Library can help. We have books to help you start a group and books that suggest titles that make for good group discussion.  The literature databases to be found on our website, also provide a wealth of information about books your group can choose.  And of course, there’s our “Book Club in a Bag” program.  Each bag contains multiple copies of a selected title, discussion questions, and biographical /critical information- every thing you need to make your discussion a success!

Visit the Readers’ Advisory desk on the second floor to find out more and get tips for getting your club up and running from our experienced staff of librarians.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

20-Something Title Swap!

Tuesday October 20th, 7:30 PM

with 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin

teens-and-books Finally, an event for our age group!  Come meet some great new people and share the titles you love with your 20-Something peers.  Together we’ll compile a list and you’ll have great reads through the fall and winter!  No registration required: it’s a free event.  Refreshments will be served.

Check our new Facebook page for upcoming events and great suggestions for your next read:

Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Book To Film Series…

…this Friday October 9th at 2PM.

marley pic“Marley and Me”


By John Grogan

Starring Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson

“The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.” (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion led by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services librarian will follow the  film. Copies of the book are still available at circulation.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


Attention Book Clubs


 book-club-bag Are you running out of suggestions for your next discussion?  The Syosset Public Library owns sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions.  Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographictime traveler's wifeal and critical material.  We currently have over 60 titles to choose from, including “hot” titles such as The Time Traveler’s Wife. Call the Readers’ Services department at 921-7161 ext. 239 for further information.

– posted by Susan, Reader Services

For those who are in a book club . . .

StackofBooks_resized…this is a good suggestion.  If you are reading and discussing a book of short stories, have one member type up a sheet with the title and list of main characters in the short story.  You might even try your hand at a short (one sentence) summary of the plot.  It helps everyone keep track of which story you are talking about in the group!

– posted by Jill, Readers’ Services