Tag Archives: displays

Happy New Year: Our January Displays

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016”.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches you eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month”. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007”.  So you have more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy. Tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge”.

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”.  Lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Our December Displays

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Main Floor

In keeping with the season our first display is “Happy Holidays”.  It is filled with books for cooking, celebrating, decorating and gift giving during this holiday season. There’s enough information to ensure that we will enjoy ourselves this December.  The display also includes a couple of Christmas themed mysteries.

Our second display, “Winter is Coming”, also has a timely theme.  If winter or snow is in the title, then it’s here. This display is an eclectic collection of both fiction and nonfiction books.  Try browsing the selections for a little different but interesting read.

The mini displays feature Alyson Richmond’s books on one side and on the other side the Irish writer, Williams Trevor who died on November 20, 2016. The Readers’ Services Staff will have a Year-End Celebration featuring author Alyson Richman, who will discuss her novels and the writer’s life. The program will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Third Floor

The health librarian’s display is “Happiness for the Holidays”. It has books on how to achieve happiness and bring joy into your life.  There are also handouts about health and happiness.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and so begins the United States’ struggle for Civil Rights.  Civil Rights movement is a very important part of our American story.  Our second display covers this period of history and will provide the reader with a greater understanding of this historical struggle for freedom.

We also have the “Best Books of 2016” which is a collection of nonfiction books written in 2016.  It’s located at the beginning of the nonfiction section.

Hope that you find a great read on one our displays.

 Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Syosset Public Library patrons!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New November Birthdays Display

Happy birthday to those born in November! There are books by and about famous people who were born in this month featured on our new third floor display.

  • Are you interested in music? Did you know that W.C. Handy, John Philip Sousa, Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell were all born in the eleventh month.
  • Born more than 400 years apart religious leaders Martin Luther and Billy Graham had November birthdays.
  • World War II military leaders George Patton and Erwin Rommel both were born in this month.
  • Or you can check out books about journalists Walter Cronkite and Ida Tarbell and scientists Carl Sagan and Edmond Halley.
  • There are so many literary figures who were born this month: Neil Gaiman, Louisa May Alcott, James Agee, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Marianne Moore, Albert Camus, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Political figures are represented by Robert Kennedy, Joe McCarthy and William Cullen Bryant. But if you’ve had enough of the political, for a lighter look at life check out a book by birthday boy, cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Come in and have a look and a read!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

November’s Book Displays

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, our first display, on the main floor,  is “In Honor of Our Men and Women in Uniform”.   It contains both historical and fiction books about the Civil War, World War 1 and 11, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.  The books cover both the wars and the people who served in them. The display also includes controversial topics such as African Americans in the military, Blackwater and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Some titles which caught my eye are It Worked for Me: in Life and Leadership by Colin Powell, D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen Ambrose, War by Sebastian Junger and American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle.

November is also New York State History Month and our second main floor display is “New York State of Mind”.  This display is dedicated to the history of New York State. It has a large selection of books on Long Island history and New York City history, including the five boroughs and 9/11, its history and the museum.  There are also books on the history of Albany, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks.

The mini display is “Paul Beatty Awarded the Man Booker Prize”. He is the first American to win this prize. The display also includes of works of previous winners.  The second mini display is “American Singer and Songwriter, Bob Dylan” and it celebrates his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Our third floor the health display is “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month”.  Our health librarian once again has selected a large variety of books on the aspects of this disease for both the patient and the caregiver. And there are some great handouts, Alzheimer’s Disease: the fact sheet, Alzheimer’s Disease Medications: the fact sheet  and Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, all from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In keeping with the November theme, the second display on the third floor is “The Road to the White House”.  It covers the many of our past American presidential campaigns.  There is plenty of material in this display for both history buffs and political junkies.

If you’re at Syosset Public Library take some time to view our book displays, you won’t be disappointed.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

October’s Book Displays

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our first display on the main floor is “It’s a Spooky Time of Year!” stocked full of books that will help you get into the Halloween mood.  Whether you need a scary tale to read, a costume to make, a decoration to hang or a recipe for a special treat, you’ll find it here.

The second main floor display is “Folklore”. It includes the classical fairy tales, myths and folklore tales and has an eclectic assortment of tales from round the world reflecting various cultures. Although folk tales can vary from different countries and lands, many contain universal themes, such family relations, love, greed, coming of age and justice.  Also included in this display are some more modern tales known as urban legends.

The mini displays are “Library Reads” which is a list of the top ten books published every month that librarians across the country love; and you’ll find books about the “2016 National Humanities Medal Honorees” on the other side.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “October Is Breast Cancer Awareness”. The books included for this display will inform you about the disease, its treatment options and how to cope with breast cancer in your daily life.  Certainly good information for anyone who has been affected by this disease personally or as a close family member or friend.  There are also a variety of educational handouts.

Celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month” is the topic for the other third floor display. Learn about Hispanic history, culture, literature and art; and the contributions to our American heritage.

As always Syosset Public Library provides its patrons with interesting reading options.

-posted by Betty and Sonia, Reference Services

Living Legends Chosen by the Library of Congress

living-legend-medal

Established during its Bicentennial celebration in 2000, the Library of Congress’ “Living Legend” honor is awarded by the Library’s curators and subject specialists to honor artists, writers, activists, filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants who have “made significant contributions to America’s diverse cultural, scientific and social heritage. The professional accomplishments of the Living Legends have enabled them to provide examples of personal excellence that have benefited others and enriched the nation in a variety of ways.”

The honorees display a broad range of talents: civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, economist and diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith, diplomat George Kennan, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, architect I.M. Pei first American woman in space Sally Ride, musicians Johnny Cash, Qunicy Jones, Stephen Sondheim and Yo-Yo Ma; Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron and Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird, and entertainers Big Bird, Fred Rogers, Martin Scorsese, Julia Child and Merce Cunningham.

If your curiosity is piqued, the entire list is here.  You can click on any name and get a quick bio about the person and related resources at the Library. Some of these related resources include a video transcript of news commentator and author Cokie Roberts at the National Book Festival; a selection of some of the online recordings collected by the folkolorist Alan Lomax and his family; and related to Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books, there is a link to some of the Library’s digitized children’s books.  You can actually look at the books (some of which date back to the early 19th century) by turning the pages.

If you prefer an actual hard copy for your information, there is a display of books by and about some of the honorees on the third floor of Syosset Library. Take a look. Get inspired!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services