We at Syosset Public Library work hard to make your visit to our new and modern facility a good experience. Besides stocking up on all the newest and popular books, movies and music, we keep up with the latest technology such as 3 D printing, over 20 plus public computers, and a public fax machine. You can relax in our café area with refreshments, and read the latest paper or magazine.
While visiting the library browse our book displays which change monthly. We have 3 displays on the main floor and two on the third. This month’s main floor exhibits include “Gobble Up A Good Book” with recipes and ideas about celebrating Thanksgiving, “Early American Colonies” stories of first European settlers in America before the American Revolution, and “Leaf Through A Good Book”, fall’s version of beach reads. On the third floor you will find the double sided “November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month/National Diabetes Awareness Month” and “Celebrating the History of Aviation”. You may just find your next great read on one of these displays.
Hope to see you soon at the library!
-posted by Betty, Reference Services
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The Syosset Public Library is proud to present our newest collection:
NEW ADULT FICTION
Located on the 2nd floor next to our Graphic Novel Collection we have such notable authors as Cora Carmack, Melissa de la Cruz, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, and Jessica Sorensen:
A collection designed with 20-Somethings’ interests in mind
Typically involves characters in the 18-30 age range
Many storylines contain a romantic element
Perfect for readers who enjoy a college or university setting
– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services
August 28, 1963 was a warm summer day. Hot, but not too humid. It was the day that the civil rights organizers brought the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to Washington, DC. People came by chartered bus, chartered trains and carpools. City officials expected maybe 100,000 participants but the final total was around a quarter of a million. The plan originally called for a focus on economic demands but the focus shifted. The U.S. Congress was considering a bill for comprehensive civil rights barring segregation that JFK had put before Congress on June 11. The organizers wanted to press for equal rights and the end of discrimination in housing, jobs and schools. The March was nonviolent and peaceful involving about a quarter of a million people (DC officials had expected about 100,000). It showed the interracial character of the movement. It helped transform the struggle from a southern to a national movement.
But what remains in our memory is the stirring speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the man who had promulgated the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier, King urged action in what has become known as the “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech has been called one of the greatest in American history. It was witnessed not only by the crowds in DC but also by television audience nationwide.
In his New York Times column James Reston (August 29, 1963) asserted that while the placards read “now”, these were merely the opening demands of the movement. It was King who moved the crowd with his repeated cry of “I have a dream.” And “each time the dream was a promise of out of our ancient articles of faith: phrases from the Constitution, lines from the great anthem of the nation, guarantees from the Bill of Rights, all ending with a vision that they might one day all come true. ”
If this intrigues you, check out the display on our first floor remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for Civil Rights.
– posted by Brenda, Reference Services
New York certainly has had a few difficult weeks with Super Storm Sandy and her aftermath. Things in many areas still are not back to normal. But we know New York will come back!
The third floor reference area has a book display celebrating New York and its resilience.
The city has a lot to offer. There is so much to see and do from the amusements of Coney Island as discussed in John Kasson’s Amusing the Million : Coney Island at the Turn of the Century to Calvin Tomkins’ Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are gardens for strolling, maybe walk the relatively new High Line (Annik Farge’s On the High Line) or the magnificent Central Park ( Sara Cedar Miller’s Central Park, an American Masterpiece ). Consider the city’s engineering wonders as described in Robert Jackson’s Highway Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel and Judith St. George’s The Brooklyn Bridge : They Said It Couldn’t Be Built. Ken Bloom’s Broadway: An Encyclopedic Guide to the History, People and Places of Times Square pays tribute to the glittering lights and talent of the area.
If shopping and dining appeal to you, New York is the place to be! From the high style along Fifth Avenue by Theodore James to Sharyne Wolfe’s contemporary guide, The Fashionista’s Shopping Guide to the Galaxy of Discount New York Fashion, there are fashion finds for everyone. With so many restaurants you really need a guide such as Mike Colameco’s Food Lover’s Guide to NYC : An Insider’s Guide to New York City’s Gastronomic Delights.
The city has always been a beacon of hope as seen in Barbara Benton’s
Ellis Island : a Pictorial History and Sabina Khan Yasmin’s Enlightening the World : The Creation of the Statue of Liberty.
But we all know it is the people who really make New York what it is. Diaries of Old Manhattan edited by Louis Auchincloss and You Must Remember This by Jeff Kisseloff for a fond, nostalgic appreciation of The City.
.As the song says “I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!”
– posted by Brenda, Reference Services
You’ve probably heard of Abigail Adams, Joan of Arc, and Clara Barton but what about Margaret Bayard Smith, Beatrice of Sicily and Varina Howell Davis?*
There is a book display on the library’s third floor celebrating Women’s History Month. Not all of the books deal with women who are well known. Some were powerful and influential in their communities but others were not. Many of them never made the history books. Marjorie and Ben Lightman’s Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women takes you back to ancient history. Look at the wonderful pictures of pioneer women in Women of the West by Cathy Luchetti. Another collection of stories about the lives and role of American women is Donna Lucey’s I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation 1600-1920 and Gail Collins’ America’s Women looks at the ordinary lives of ordinary women who immigrated here as early settlers, fought for suffrage, participated in the civil rights movement and joined the feminist revolution . If you like American history and politics read Cokie Roberts’ Founding Mothers and Bonnie Angelo’s First Mothers. Joan Druett’s Hen Frigate introduces women who sailed with their sea captain husbands. Elizabeth Leonard’s All the Daring of the Soldier profiles some of the brave women who were spies or who disguised themselves as men so they could fight in the Civil War. Some American women made their mark overseas; for example, the three Jerome sisters married into British aristocracy (Elisabeth Kehoe’s The Titled Americans).
*Do you want some information about the women mentioned in the first paragraph? Margaret Bayard Smith (left) was a well known hostess and writer in the early days of Washington DC; she commented on Presidents from Jefferson to Madison to Jackson (Catherine Allgor’s Parlor Politics). Beatrice of Sicily (center) and her sisters were all Queen Consorts in the 13th century– Marguerite in France, Eleanor of England and Sanchia of the Romans. I read about their lives and accomplishments in Nancy Goldstone’s Four Queens (on my Kindle!). The life of Varina Howell Davis (right), the granddaughter of the revolutionary war governor of New Jersey and the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, is detailed in Carol Berkin’s Civil War Wives.
– posted by Brenda, Reference Services