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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

Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration

with Author Kitty Zeldis

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 2 PM

Join the Readers’ Services Staff for an exciting Year-End Celebration featuring Kitty Zeldis, author of the 2018 novel Not Our Kind. Ms. Zeldis will discuss her historical fiction novel set in postwar New York City and the writer’s life. Refreshments will be served. All attendees will receive a ticket to win a raffle prize.

Copies of Not Our Kind will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only). 

This program is free.

No registration required.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Evening Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7:30 PM

with Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian

“Bourdain spares no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.” – from the publisher

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 Jackie, Readers’ Services

Adult Winter Reading Club Starts

Welcome to the Syosset Library’s Adult Winter Reading Club.

Visit the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor to register and receive your Adult Winter Reading Club BINGO card. Read any book within the assigned author categories to complete a BINGO. For each BINGO you complete, a ticket will be entered to win a raffle prize.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. In-person registration is required and begins on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  Open to SSD residents 18 years or older with a valid library card.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


Title Swap Tuesdays

Title Swap* Tuesdays

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

at 1:30 pm

Share tea, cookies and your favorite titles with Readers’ Services staff.  We promise you’ll leave with a list of good reads.

See you there!

*What is a Title Swap?
Title Swap is a time for patrons and Readers’ Services librarians to gather in front of the fireplace to share titles they’ve enjoyed. The discussion is always lively and refreshments are served. After the title swap, a list of the titles mentioned is compiled and made available at the library.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 1 PM

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.

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 Jackie, Readers’ Services


Upcoming Books-to-Films

books to filmIf you like to read the book before you see the movie, here are five books whose film adaptations will be coming out during these next few months. All titles are available at the Syosset Public Library.

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Film premieres November 1 and stars Edward Norton, Gugu Mbata-Raw and Alec Baldwin.

Lionel Essrog has always respected Frank Minna, who helped him out when he was young, and when Frank is found dead, Lionel and his friends, the Minna Men, scour the streets of Brooklyn in search of the killer.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Film premieres on November 8 and stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan MacGregor and Carel Struycken.

The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Film premieres on November 15  and stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

When he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online, veteran con artist Roy, believing her to be an easy mark, sets in motion a scheme he believes will be a success, but there is reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy’s crooked plot plays out, in this epic narrative of sin, salvation and survival.

Cats  by T. S. Eliot (based on Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats)

Film premieres on December 20 and stars Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson and Ian McKellen.

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Film premieres December 25 and stars Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep.

Hot-headed, literary tomboy Jo, sweet Beth, responsible Meg and spoiled but worldly Amy are the March sisters. While they may squabble amongst themselves as they grow up in the rigid confines of nineteenth-century Massachusetts society, they will also face hardship and terrible loss, united in their parents’ love and their high expectations as wives, women and citizens.

All summaries from the book publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services