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Happy New Year! January’s Book Displays

Our book displays keep up with the seasons.  On the first floor we have “Best Books of 2015” which is an eclectic collection of the best sellers and includes romances, mysteries, and nonfiction titles on the subjects of civil rights, gay rights and education.  “Around the World” is the next display and has books, audiobooks and movies set in various locations worldwide.  A great way to enjoy the pleasures of travel without leaving the comforts of home. The paperback display “Warm Up With a Good Book”  is a romance reader’s paradise, lots of choices.

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On the third floor you will find the health display “New Year, New You” which is full of books on self improvement.  My favorites are The Small Change Diet and The Eat This, Not That! Not Diet! Diet.  Of course there are also advice flyers- I’m going to try “Fab-Abs in January”.  Let’s improve our minds  for the New Year also and learn a new skill or hobby. Take a look at “Fight Cabin Fever,  Learn Something New” display, it’s sure to have something for you.

You’ll never be bored at SPL, we always have something of interest!

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Fight Cabin Fever!

winter twilightUh-oh…we knew it was going to happen. The cold of winter has arrived. And that accompanies the afternoons that too quickly darken into night.

So what to do? Why not take advantage of the cold, dark days and learn something new? On the third floor of the library we have a display of books for learning new skills. Maybe you have always wanted to learn to sew or knit. Do you want to improve your skills in investing? What about honing your ability to use all of those new holiday gifts: your iPad or iPhone or Surface? Or you could learn to build a deck or a plan a better garden.

lynda-com-logomango-logoThe library also has two terrific instructional databases. Try Mango.com to learn a language before your next trip. And if you are interested in learning about animation or business skills or photography, there’s a high probability that Lynda.com has an instructional video among its library of nearly 3000 courses. (You will need a valid Syosset Public Library card to access both of these databases from home.)

Don’t just hibernate! Have fun learning something new and soon Spring will come!

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Our Book Displays

syosset library exteriorWe 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.

book displaysWhile 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!

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Author Louise Erdrich awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Louise Erdrich

Visit our Main Floor Display honoring author Louise Erdrich.  The Syosset Public Library owns many of Ms. Erdrich’s titles in a variety of formats: Regular Print, Large Type, Audiobook, as well as downloadable eBook and Audiobook through Overdrive.

Louise Erdrich display

Ms. Erdrich has enjoyed an accomplished career as a writer publishing over 14 novels and multiple other works, including memoirs, essay, poetry, short stories and children’s books.  Ms. Erdrich is also the owner of BIRCHBARK BOOKS AND NATIVE ARTS in Minneapolis.

I was first exposed to Louise Erdrich’s writing in an Ethnic American Literature course in college and again as a graduate student in a Native American Literature course.  I was highly impressed with her writing from the moment I picked up Love Medicine, winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and quickly went on to read more of her work.

Not sure which title to read? Try one of our Staff Member Favorites:

Round HouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction

“When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.”

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine*Winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded the arrival of a major voice in American literature.”

Master Butchers SingingThe Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

*Recognized by Booklist Editor’s Choice – Best Fiction of 2003

“Returning to his quiet German village home after World War I, trained killer Fidelis Waldvogel, accompanied by his wife, leaves to start a new life in America and finds his life irrevocably changed by a new relationship.”

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

Last Report at the Miracles of Little*Recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2001

“As a priest nears the end of his life, he is asked to prove or disprove the sainthood of a woman he knows well and struggles to guard his own secret identity in the process.”

All summaries from the publishers.

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“New Adult” Collection added to the library!

The Syosset Public Library is proud to present our newest collection:

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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

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The March on Washington

march-on-washingtonAugust 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.

MLK speech DCBut 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.

march on washington mallIn 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.

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Celebrating Agatha Christie

agatha christieThroughout the month of March, the Readers’ Services Department will be celebrating the Queen of Crime, classic mystery author, Agatha Christie (1890-1976). The following events will be held in her honor:



david houstonwith David Houston. Friday, March 8, 2013

2 PM

Three actors perform David Houston’s radio play, with music accompaniment and sound effects, from classic short stories by the all-time mistress of suspense and surprise – including a fully staged scene drawn from numerous Agatha Christie sources.


then-there-were-nonTuesday, March 12, 2013 7:30 PM

Discussion of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery And Then There Were None with Sonia Grgas, Readers’ Services Librarian.



Showing of the 1945 version of the film And Then There Were None starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston & Louis Hayward. A short discussion will follow the film.

No registration required. Free.

 Dedicated collections honoring Agatha Christie will be on display throughout the building.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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