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Five Years on the Blog: April

Time again to revisit some of our blog post from the last five years, all appearing in the month of April.

2017: What We’re Reading Now: Audiobook Edition

2016: Broadway Musicals and Plays – Based on, Inspired By or Adapted from Books

2015: Register Your Book Club

2014:  New in DVD

2013: New Music at the Libary

Thanks for reading and watch out for our next look down blog memory lane sometime in May.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Our April Book Displays

Get Cooking is the theme for our first book display.  What a great collection of cookbooks– cookbooks for healthy eating, diabetics, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and weight-watchers. There are some great ethnic cookbooks for Italian cookery and the Kosher baker. There are cookbooks for the busy family, cooking for two, the picky eater, and comfort food. The collection even has The Can’t Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified by Jessica Seinfeld.

 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our second book display is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.  The books cover the man, his dream, and his life. Included topics are the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the March on Washington, and the Freedom Walkers. Also in this display are biographies of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, James Meredith and Stokely Carmichael.

 

Our 2 mini displays are Holocaust Remembrance Day – April 12, 2018 and In Remembrance – Anita Shreve , bestselling author.

 

Our displays on the third floor:

April is Autism Awareness Month and is the theme for the health display.  It includes books that offer practical guides to autism, understanding autism, and how to care for a child with autism. Also included are how to help autistic persons achieve their dreams and goals. Besides the books, there are lots of handouts.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 is next display (something that is near and dear to me).  Some of the topics covered are the history of libraries from ancient times to the modern public library, how to do research at the library, the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal System.

Last but not least, in honor of April is National Poetry Month, is the blue bucket of Poems for your Pocket. Come and take a poem. The blue bucket is sitting at the reference desk on the third floor.

And remember April showers bring May flowers and Syosset Library brings great reads!

**Displays are subject to change during the month**

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

 

 

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“Documents the true story of a man who endured a hardscrabble, isolated existence in a tent in the Maine woods, never speaking with others and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins, for 27 years, in a portrait that illuminates the survival means he developed and the reasons behind his solitary life.” (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

Evening Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination

Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR
The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
The Washington Post’s Books to Read in 2017
USA Today, “New and Noteworthy”
Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017
A Parade Magazine Pick

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. -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 Sonia, Reference Services

 

The 2018 Edgar Award Nominations

The Mystery Writers of America revealed the nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on January 19th.  These awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.  On April 26, 2018, the Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners in New York City.  If you are interested in the full list of nominees, in all categories, you can visit their website.  Here are  the titles for the category of Best Novel:

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Forced by duty to return to his racially divided East Texas hometown, an African-American Texas Ranger risks his job and reputation to investigate a highly charged double-murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman.

 

The Dime by Kathleen Kent

A woman from a family of take-no-prisoners police detectives relocates from Brooklyn to Dallas, where she tackles adversaries ranging from drug cartels and cult leaders to difficult vagrants and society wives before a first major investigation is challenged by unruly subordinates, a stalker, a criminal organization and an unsupportive girlfriend.

 

 

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

Hiding on the French Riviera when his cover is blown, Bernie Gunther finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with an old and dangerous enemy before fleeing to Berlin, where he places his survival in the hands of dubious former allies.

 

 

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

In the days of the British Raj in 1919, Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective newly arrived in Calcutta, is confronted with the murder of a British official who was found with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India.

 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 

A once-professional killer protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past, an effort that is challenged by his daughter’s struggles with the death of her mother and the reckoning of old enemies.

 

All summaries are from the publishers.   

 

*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.*                       

-posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services 

 

March’s Book Displays

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Great Women Fiction Writers is the theme for the first display, which is on the main floor. It’s a great collection of popular and classic novels. It includes such authors as Jane Austen, Adriana Trigiani, George Eliot, Danielle Steel, Zadie Smith, Philippa Gregory, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Jane Smiley.

 

 

The second display is True Crime, fascinating tales of deviant behavior. Many of the stories were major headliners. Some titles are:

The main floor Mini Displays are In Rememberance of Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018) and The Binge Boxes, which aren’t books but themed groups of DVDs for you to borrow.

Our third floor displays are:

March is National Nutrition Month, the theme for our health display. It includes books for complete nutrition, on what to feed your baby, kidney health, vitamins, and general health and well-being. There are lots of handouts on making better choices for your diet, beverage selection, and having an active life style.

The next display is Ideas: March is International Ideas Month. This display is a history of human ideas, thoughts and accomplishments. It’s about art and technology, inventions, entrepreneurs, and genius. Learn how we created our modern world with this innovative display!

March is a month that certainly gives us many themes. We hope that one or more of these displays offer you a stimulating read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Book to Film Discussion

Read the book and then see how it is interpreted and adapted for the screen. A short discussion will follow the film. Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2 PM . With Lisa Hollander, Librarian.

This film is rated PG-13.

Adapted from the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls, The film, The Glass Castle, a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir.

-posted by Lisa, Readers’ Services Librarian