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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)

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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

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Banned Books Week

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September 25 – October 1 2016

2016 marks the 34th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.”  The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week. 

Banned Book Discussion

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Tuesday, September 27 at 1:30 PM

We will discuss the frequently “Banned” classic 1984 written by George Orwell.

The discussion will be led by Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian.

“Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia,” that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.”  (From the Publisher)

No registration required. Free event.


Banned Book-to-Film

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Friday, September 30 at 2 PM in the Theater

Showing of the 1984 version of the film 1984 starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. This film is rated R. A short discussion will follow the film.

The discussion will be led by Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian.

No registration required. Free event.


In addition to the Banned Book Discussion & Book-to-Film, frequently banned and challenged books will be on display throughout the week of September 25.  Take one home and see what all the buzz is about.


For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the Banned Books Week Website.

Happy 34th Anniversary Banned Books Week …

Let’s Celebrate our Freedom to Read!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Banned Books Week: September-21-27, 2014

2014 marks the 32nd Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.” The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week:

lord of the flies bookBANNED BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, September 23.  1:30 PM

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

 

 

 

 

lord of the flies DVDBANNED BOOK TO FILM

Friday, September 26.  2 PM

We will be showing the 1990 version of the film Lord of the Flies

starring Balthazar Getty.

A short discussion will follow the film.

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

Registration is not required for either event. Both events are free.  We encourage you and your group members to attend one or both of these events.  Banned Books Week always provides for a lively conversation.

If your Book Club would like to do your own Banned Book discussion as well, some of the most challenged classics include:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

1984 by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit their website: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

 This article first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, Book Club Insider.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

Book To Film Series

The Soloist

Starring Jamie Foxx & Robert Downey Jr.

Friday, February 12th at 2 PM

Based on the Book The Soloist : a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” by Steve Lopez. “… the true story of journalist Steve Lopez’s discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.  Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers’s music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy’s life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.”  (From the Publisher)

Read the book and then see how it’s interpreted and adapted for the screen.  A short discussion will follow the film.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk on the main floor.  With Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian.  There is no registration for this event.

~ 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