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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.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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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.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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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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New Display: New York City

new-york-skyline-pictureNew 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 amusing the millionof 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 Highway Under the HudsonMiller’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  h044438_cover.inddigh 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.

Enlightening the WorldThe 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

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Women’s History Month

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 CollinsAmerica’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

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