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March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. With all that is happening, this celebration was neglected. But I don’t think it should be forgotten. Since the library is closed, there’s no access to the book display celebrating the month. So, look at some of these resources from the comfort of home.

The designation of a month to acknowledge women was a long road: from labor movements, to local celebrations, to presidential proclamations.

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week:

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, ‘Women’s History is Women’s Right.’– It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision. I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.”

Finally, in 1987, March was designated as Women’s History Month.

This year’s theme marked the struggle for the right to vote and the passage of the amendment 100 years ago. Did you know that women first got the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory in 1869?

Gaining the right to vote was a long struggle. The movement was linked to the anti-slavery movement of the early 1800s. Many abolitionists were women who had no voice in government and when they tried to express their opinions, they were ignored. The idea of women’s suffrage was a controversial topic at the Seneca Falls convention (1848). Some participants argued that the condition of society and the state of their immediate communities were of equal concern to women as to as men. And that women should have an equal say in how such matters were governed.

The Library of Congress has some of its exhibits available online. Take a look at “Rosa Parks In Her Own Words” to see her struggle for Civil and Women’s rights.

The New York Historical Society’s “Women and the American Story”  is an ongoing project spotlighting women’s contributions which you can discover by theme or time period. The Smithsonian Institution’s  online contribution to the topic is “Because of Her Story”. You can peruse the collections by themes such as Work, Health & Wellness and Activism. There are videos to complement some of the artifacts. The Smithsonian also offers some musical aspects of the movement for women’s rights.

The Music Division of The Library of Congress has selections of sheet music about the women’s suffrage movement covering the years 1838-1923. If you have the time, try them out on your piano or other musical instruments!

 

Time magazine offers brief biographies of some remarkable women who we should, but might not, know. Time also presents possible covers of overlooked women had might have been selected as “Person of the Year”.

We all have more time inside. Check out some of these sites. And when the library reopens, we will help you find the perfect book to expand your knowledge or satisfy your curiosity.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of Syosset Public Library’s  past blog posts in February for the last five years:

2019: NEW IN DVD

2018: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2017: 20 & 30-SOMETHING RIFFTRAX VIEWING: THE LOST BOYS

2016: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2015: A TALK ABOUT LONG ISLAND’S WILLIAM FLOYD ESTATE

Hope you enjoyed our memories!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

February’s Book Displays

In Remembrance Mary Higgins Clarkthe Queen of Suspense (12/24/1927-1/13/2020), sadly, is the theme for our first main floor book display. She was an international and New York Times best-selling author of over 50 suspense novels. The beloved author was known as the Queen of Suspense for over 40 years.

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Our second main floor display is Around the World a great selection of books for the armchair traveler – they might help you decide your next trip. There is nothing like broadening your horizons and learning about far off places.

Our two mini displays* are:

Celebrating Black History

60 Best Romance Novels of All Timefrom the editors of Reader’s Digest.

*Mini-displays are subject to change during the month.*

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Take Care of Your Heart for February is Heart Health Awareness Month. The books cover subjects including heart healthy diets, exercise programs, advice on lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Lots of handouts are available, as usual.

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Love, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is the theme of the next third floor display. Some of the topics covered in this display are advice for dating over fifty, love songs, great lovers, laws of attraction, wedding etiquette and tips for a happy marriage.

Just a reminder: The Evening Book Discussion will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  We will be talking about the book, The Lido by Libby Page. All are welcome.

The Syosset Public Library for your reading pleasure and more!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of Syosset Public Library’s  past blog posts in January for the last five years:

2019: OUR JANUARY BOOK DISPLAYS

2018: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2017: NEW IN DVD

2016: 2016 OSCARS’ BOOKS TO FILM

2015: MONTHLY BOOK DISCUSSIONS: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Hope you enjoyed our memories!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

January’s Book Displays

 

MAIN FLOOR:

Readers’ Services is ringing in the New Year with a display Best Books of 2019.  As always plenty of excellent choices for your reading pleasure. They have included a flyer listing Year’s Best: Staff Favorites Published in 2019. They are also hosting an evening book discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm, a Title Swap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 1:30 pm and sponsoring the Adult Winter Reading Club (it’s not too late to sign up!).

The theme for the Reference Department’s display is need help with those resolutions? Whatever your goals are for the 2020, we have the book to help you. Books on fitness and dieting, career goals, improving your attitudes, lifting your mood and finding inner happiness, learning new skills like drawing or cooking, or finding new adventures. Also included in this display is a nice handout about common resolutions and how to follow through on them.

Our two mini-displays* are:

Celebrating P.G. Wodehouse

Curl up with a Mystery – Enjoy a good mystery whether it’s a cozy read or something sinister.

 

*mini-displays are always subject to change

THIRD FLOOR:

The Health Reference librarian’s display is New Year New You. The books here are about improving your physical and mental health and well-being. And of course, as always, lots of handouts to help you achieve your goals.

 

 

The next display is about The Roaring ‘20s, not the 2020 but 1920s. A look back on the history, sports, movies and laws of a hundred years ago.

We wish our SPL patrons a happy and healthy new year, filled with good books for companionship.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s  past blog posts in December for the last five years:

2018: 50 YEARS AGO…

2017: OUR FAVORITE BOOKS – 2017 (PART I)

2016: OUR DECEMBER DISPLAYS

2015: OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015

2014: YEAR- END BOOK CLUB CELEBRATION WITH AUTHOR PAULLINA SIMONS

Hope you enjoyed these posts and Happy Holidays!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

December’s Book Displays

In keeping with the season, our first display is Happy Holidays.  What better way to celebrate than with food!  Lots of cookbooks and guides for Christmas celebrations and Jewish holidays. The display also includes a couple of Christmas themed novels. Readers’ Services is offering the Adult Winter Reading Club and will be hosting the Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration with author Kitty Zeldis on December 17, 2019 at 2 pm. No registration is required and refreshments will be served.

Take a Byte Out of a Good Book is the theme for our second display. There is plenty to learn about computers and technology and this display has it – from the Internet, Mac Books, iCloud, Photoshop, Adobe, Access to coding, blogging, Twitter and more. Some of the books are geared towards Seniors and “Dummies.”

 

 

The two mini-displays* are:

  • Get Cozy with the Elm Creek Quilters – a series written by Jennifer Chiaverini.
  • Classics You May Have Missed.

*Mini-displays are subject to and do change during the month*

On the third floor the health librarian’s display is Consider the Caregiver. Being a caregiver is an emotionally challenging role in today’s society. In many instances, a person can be suddenly put into this role without any training. These books can help you understand how to care for a loved one and how to get them the professional help they need. Lots of handouts!

 

On the lighter side, American Art is the topic for the other third floor display. Come and enjoy this collection of oversized books with lots of pictures of American artwork – lots to see and learn.

Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Syosset Public Library patrons!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services