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Looking ahead to December…Recap Your Book Club’s Year

Many book clubs skip having a December meeting as it is a very busy and hectic time of year. Instead of cancelling your meeting, your group might skip reading a new book in December and recap all the book discussions you have had during the year.  Make a holiday party of it while you discover new perspectives on the books you’ve enjoyed (or not!).  With this in mind, the following is a recap of the book discussions I had the pleasure of facilitating at Syosset Public Library during 2018. You might consider one of the following for one of your own book discussions.

January 2018: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“This literary thriller-mystery is an entertaining and thought provoking read – extremely discussible”

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

April 2018: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

“This title was chosen to tie-in with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Not knowing much about his widow before, I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book. It is an interesting life story told well and other discussion participants thought so too.” 

The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants.

 June 2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

“My most well attended discussion of the year.  A wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read this year.” 

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

September 2018: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

“This year’s Banned Book discussion choice was a surprise for me, not what I expected at all. 200 years old this year, the book is as timely now as it was then.”

Obsessed with creating life in a laboratory, a medical student haunts graveyards and dissecting rooms in search of the materials for his experiments. But when he achieves success, he rejects his ghastly creation. The creature — longing for love but shunned by all — turns evil and exacts revenge.

-all summaries from the publishers

 Let us know if you have any recommendations for book discussion choices in the comments.

*This article previously appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter The Book Club Insider, November 2018 issue*

-Posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

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Evening Book Discussion

2011 National Book Award Winner, Fiction

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

“Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.” -from the publisher.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Circulation Desk. 

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

5 Years on the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in October during the past five years:

2017:  MYSTERY WRITER SUE GRAFTON IS RUNNING OUT OF LETTERS

2016: OCTOBER’S BOOK DISPLAYS

2015: BACK TO THE FUTURE WEEK CONTINUES!

2014: RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE

2013: PLAN AHEAD FOR A FUN AND FESTIVE YEAR END BOOK CLUB MEETING

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in December.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

 

“The bond between a responsible, self-contained older sister and her mentally ill, impulsive younger sister is shaped and tested over years marked by the loss of their mother, an impetuous first marriage, a fling that results in the birth of a baby and painful sacrifices.” -from the publisher

Tuesday

October 23, 2018

1:30 PM

with Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian

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.

-posted by Jean S.. Readers’ Services

Banned Book Discussion/Book-to-Film Discussion

Join us for this year’s

BANNED BOOK DISCUSSION,

celebrating the 200th Anniversary of

publication in 2018

With Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tues., Sept. 25. 1:30 PM

A PBS The Great American Read selection

  • The program s are free.
  • No registration required.
  • Books are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

The Great American Read at Syosset Public Library

Syosset Public Library is proud to partner with PBS in its endeavor to discover THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, as voted on by the American public. The program, launched in May 2018, will culminate with the official announcement of the winning title at the end of October. Program description and title list available at the Readers’ Services Desk. Voting now open at http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read.

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Join the Readers’ Services Department in celebrating THE GREAT AMERICAN READ by joining us at the following events:

Evening Book Discussion: Tuesday, September 11. 7:30 PM

Great American Read Title Selection: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Banned Book Discussion: Tuesday, September 25. 1:30 PM

Great American Read Title Selection & 200th Anniversary: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Banned Book-to-Film: Friday, September 28. 2 PM

Viewing of the 1931 version of the film Frankenstein based on the Great American Read Title Selection written by Mary Shelley. A short discussion will follow the film. Monster Punch will be served by a special guest in the Theater Lobby.

Great American Read Title Swap with Librarians:    Thursday, October 4. 11:30 AM

Share the titles of your favorite books from The Great American Read selections. Together, we will discuss the titles and vote for our favorite.

 

Evening Book Discussion: Tuesday, October 9. 7:30 PM

Great American Read Title Selection: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton  Come a little early  at 7 PM to experience Jurassic Park in Virtual Reality!

 

 

Great American Read Book Trivia: Tuesday, November 20. 2 PM

Bring your smartphone or tablet and come play The Great American Read Book Trivia with the Readers’ Services Librarians using the Kahoot! Trivia App. Please contact the Readers’ Services Department prior to the event to borrow a device for the program 516-921-7161 x 239.

Books will be available at the Circulation Desk one month before each program. Free. No registration required.

PBS’ THE GREAT AMERICAN READ Episode Air Dates:

  • “Launch Special” (Premiered Tuesday, May 22, 2018)
  • Missed the premiere? Currently available for streaming on PBS.org.
  • “Fall Kick-off” (Premieres Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8/7c)
  • “Who Am I?” (Premieres Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8/7c) “Heroes” (Premieres Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8/7c)
  • “Villains and Monsters” (Premieres Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8/7c)
  • “What We Do For Love” (Premieres Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8/7c)
  • “Other Worlds” (Premieres Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8/7c)
  • “Grand Finale” (Premieres Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8/7c)

Like us on Facebook: Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services & Reference for more information, staff picks, photos and more!

Visit THE GREAT AMERICAN READ webpage for a full description of the program, link to watch the May 22 Premiere episode, video extras and celebrity interviews.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Thank You, Local Businesses!

The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Club:

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Ace Florist

American Dry Cleaners

AMF Lanes

Bagel Boss

Beltrami Men’s Clothing & Accessories

Berger Bros Syosset

Blooming Nails & Spa

Butera’s Restaurants

Cardinali Bakery

Carvel Syosset Ice Cream Shoppe

Celebrity Diner

Center Coffee Shop

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Code Ninjas

Denny’s Childrenswear

Diva Vegan Nails & Boutique

Dunkin Donuts (Jackson Ave. Location)

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

Fingers, Faces & Toes

Florique

Gabby’s Gourmet

George Martin

The Girls Room

Healthquest Vitamins

Hurricane Grill

Iavarone Brothers

id Salon

It’s a Girl Thing Gifts & More

Izik’s Barber Shop

Jennifer Ann Cosmetics

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

John Michaels Salon

Karin Lynn Studio

Lonny’s

Mara’s Homemade

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Meyer’s Farm Stand

Mint

Mixology Clothing Company

M.J. Beanz

Ms’tique Boutique

Noodles & Company

On Parade

One Small Step

Panera Bread

Penelope

Prime Time Butcher

Pronto Pizza Market

Raimo’s Pizza

Ray Leventhal Clothing

Realistic Nails

The Red Door (Woodbury Location)

Salon Entourage

SeniorNet

ShopRite

Showcase Floral & Wedding Center

Smallcakes Syosset

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Steve’s Piccola Bussola

Syosset Wine Cellar

Tenjin Japanese Restaurant

Trader Joe’s

Veroli Cleaners

Vincent’s Barber Shop

Way of Life Healthy Café

Wine & Design Syosset

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

Woodbury Sports

Publishers:

HarperCollins Library Marketing Team

Macmillan Library Marketing Team

Sourcebooks

Workman Publishing Library Marketing Team

Authors:

Susan Henderson

Brenda Janowitz

Thank you!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services