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September Book Displays

It’s September and it’s back to school-

Syosset Public Library is started the new school year with our “Sy-Con” event.  For those of you like me, Sy-Con means Syosset Convention.  In keeping with this theme, our two books displays on the first floor are “Oh, the Places You’ll Go / Science Fiction and Fantasy” and “Fandom”.  Have some fun and let your mind and imagination run wild reading science fiction and fantasy.  Wander in the realm of unreality and the supernatural. “Fandom” focus on pop culture figures, such as Harry Potter, Superman or Wonder Woman and the ever popular Star Wars and Walking Dead. These displays also include graphic novels.

Our mini displays currently are “Celebrating the Classics” and “Romances for the College Set”.  Both topics are entertaining and never go out of style.

 

On the third floor the first display is “September is Healthy Aging Month”.  It contains books on how to grow old in healthy manner, caring for aging parents and guidelines for staying fit.  As usual, handouts are included.

 

 

 

The second display “American Wilderness” is dedicated to our beautiful outdoors. A wilderness is an undeveloped land which retains its primeval character and natural conditions.  Sometimes we all need to get away from noise and stimulation of society and relax in the beauty of nature.  These books will take you there. They may help you decide where you might want to take your next trip.

*Displays themes are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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August Book Displays: Still Lots of Time for Fun Summer Reading

A lot more books available for fun summer reading on the beach, in the backyard or in air-conditioned places.  Check out the first book display on the main floor to get some “Beach Reads”. There’s nothing like relaxing with a book from your local library. (Please click on the photos for a closer look.)

Take a trip around the world with “Flavors of the World”, the theme of our second book display. You can learn the fine art of cooking with one these exotic cookbooks. Taste various cuisines from many different cultures. Sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Currently, the mini book displays are “Take a Ride on the Wild Side”, a selection of notable western titles and “Library of Congress Literacy Awards” featuring the work of Denis Johnson, the winner for fiction.

On the third floor the health librarian’s book display is continuing with the theme, “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer”.  It provides plenty of worthwhile information. If you have seen it earlier, note that more books and different handouts have been added to the display.

“Internet, World Wide Web, HTML, Networking, Browers and All that Stuff” is the subject of the second third floor display. If you are looking to learn more about online computing this display is for you. Technology is for everybody and is fast becoming an integral part of modern life.

Hope our patrons are enjoying the summer weather and vacation time, and that SPL is part of your routine and life all year round.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer- Our July Book Displays

It’s July and time for some light reading at the beach.  Our summer display keeps getting bigger and better.  So stop by for some entertainment at the beach, pool or just in your back yard. “Beach Reads” includes lots of popular titles that you might have missed. After some fun reading why not join our Adult Summer Reading Club for some more fun and rewards.

Our second book display on the first floor is “Celebrate the Fourth of July”. This display consists mainly of books, books on CD and videos on America’s fight for freedom.  We have also included some books on grilling, fireworks and music related to Fourth of July celebrations.

The main floor mini displays currently feature “Mysteries Set in Italy” and “200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death”.  These displays change very couple weeks. So keep on checking them out for some varied and interesting topics.

Our third floor health display is “Have a Healthy, Happy and Safe Summer”.  A varied collection related to stay happy and healthy during the summer.  Lots of first-aid books.  Handouts include “Stay Safe during Extreme Heat, Sun Safety: Information for Parents about Sunburn & Sunscreen”,  “Barbecue Basics” and “Five Expert Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online”.

 “Climate Change”  is the subject of our third floor book display. Educate yourself on this  important issue.

Click on each picture to see them in a larger size.

*Displays are subject to  change.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Latest Additions to Book Club in a Bag

book club in a bag logoLet us provide you with everything you need for your book club: sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions.  Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographical and critical material.

The following are titles that have been added to the Book Club in a Bag collection recently. Information on borrowing any of our Book Clubs in a Bag as well as a complete list of all titles available can be found here on the library’s website. Please call 516-921-7161 ext. 239 or stop by Readers’ Services if you have any questions.

Two-Family House

by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Two women, sisters by marriage who share a two-family brownstone in Brooklyn in the 1950s, form a strong bond when they each give birth minutes apart on the same night, but as the years pass, a deeply buried family secret causes their friendship to unravel.

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

After Jean’s husband dies, the community wants to know the real truth about the crime he was suspected of—but Jean has secrets of her own.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

at 7 PM

Join us for a special evening Title Swap.
Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great“Beach Reads” reading list.

No registration required. 

Free.

All are welcome!

All Adult Summer Reading Club members who attend this event will receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Reading Your Destination

Before we know it, summertime will be here and some of us will be taking off to other places on our vacations.  Maybe to another continent , maybe to somewhere else in the United States or maybe  to a beach closer to home.  Wherever you might be going –  why not get in the mood with a book whose setting is the place to where you are headed?

Here are some suggestions for books that take place in a few destinations far and wide.  If your vacation spot isn’t mentioned here, come into the library and ask a librarian to suggest some books especially for wherever your fancy is taking you.  And if you’re staying home, come in anyway and find a book that can take you anywhere you wish!

If you’re going to …Italy

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Enchanted by Italy’s rich culture, first-time American visitor Laura finds herself falling for the handsome Tomasso, who woos her with magnificent meals and hides the fact that shy, enamored Bruno is actually the chef.

 

If you’re going to… Australia

The Dry by Jane Harper

Receiving a sinister anonymous note after his best friend’s suspicious death, federal agent Aaron Falk is forced to confront the fallout of a twenty-year-old false alibi against a backdrop of the worst drought Melbourne has seen in a century

 

If you’re going to …Alaska

Every Body on Deck by G. A. McKevett

Eagerly accepting a security detail job on a luxurious Alaskan cruise to protect a famed mystery writer, Savannah Reid tackles a particularly dramatic case when her charge inexplicably flees the ship and is killed in a suspicious accident

If you’re going to …Japan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

In early 1900s Korea, prized daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan, in the saga of one family bound together as their faith and identity are called into question.

If you’re going to …Scotland

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Leaving a strained marriage to return to her ancestral home in Scotland, Hetty discovers human remains beneath a basement floorboard and uncovers the century-old story of an unfaithful painter and a wife who went missing under mysterious circumstances.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

Our June Book Displays

The two main displays for first floor are “Beach Reads-Enjoy” and “Read Your Way Around the World”:

It’s that time of year to enjoy the beautiful summer weather at the beach or in your own backyard with a light entertaining book. The Beach Reads display, which we do yearly, offers a large and varied selection of titles. So take some time for yourself and relax with a fun read.

For the history and geography buffs “Read Your Way Around the World” is a great display.  Learn about exotic places and people, and read about adventures in travel.  The covered topics go from Ancient Egypt to the Appalachian Trail, from tales of China, “Wild Swans: three Daughter of China” to the American south “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”  A truly fascinating collection of books.

The main floor mini displays are “Mysteries in Italy” which  showcases mysteries that have Italy as their setting and “Book Shots” which are short books with big stories written by James Patterson.

On the third floor the health librarian’s display is “June is Men’s Health Month”. It’s all things relating to men’s health, healthy aging, heart and weight and prostate cancer.  As usually the display contains both books and handouts.

“Make Music Day-June21” is the theme of the other display on the third floor. It has something for every music lover, folk songs, Magical Mystery Tour, Liberace, The Music Man, Music and the Mind.  And who doesn’t love music?

The SPL book displays for June are all about reading for fun and  relaxation.

Book Displays are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services