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5 Books We’re Reading Right Now

Once again, R and R, asked the staff about the books they are currently reading:

Pam Martin, Head of Programming, is readingMaine” by J. Courtney Sullivan

“For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. … As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the (family’s beachfornt)  property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears.”  (from the publisher)

Sharon Long, Teen Services Librarian, is readingThe Last Little Blue Envelope” by Maureen Johnson

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. (from the Publisher)

Ralph Guiteau, Media Supervisor, is reading Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground” by Jonathan Kay

“America is awash with conspiracy theories, and the shared view of reality we once took for granted has been permanently shattered. Kay uses the 9/11 Truth movement as a springboard to examine this fragmented national mindset.”  (Books a Million)

Neela Vass, Acquisitions Supervisor, is readingShantaram” by Gregory David Roberts

” …a vivid, entertaining tale of Lin, an ex-junkie and convicted robber who escapes from an Australian prison then hides in the most alien of places: the hot, filthy, decadent, seaside metropolis of Bombay. (from the Publisher)

Sue Ann Reale, Head of Children’s Services, is readingBury Your Dead” by Louise Penny

“Past and present collide in this astonishing novel, when Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.”  (from the Publisher) Winner of the 2010 Agatha award for Best Novel.


Check back next Friday for another “5 Books We’re Reading Right Now”.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Another 5 Questions about Books…and some other things

Christine Belling, the Library’s Systems Manager, answers another 5 questions about books:

Do you have a favorite non-fiction book?

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.  This book is absolutely fascinating.  Perhaps ‘favorite’ is not the best way to describe this book.  It’s just that of all the non-fiction books I’ve read, this one has stayed with me.

What’s on your nightstand at the moment?

Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City’s Lower East Side by Michael Codella.  I’m also reading Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers and What It Means For Our Children by Pamela Paul.

If you listen to audio books, how does the experience compare to reading books in print?

I have not listened to many audio books, but in my limited experience, it’s all about the narrator and how he or she brings the characters and the story to life.  I very much enjoyed the Harry Potter series – narrated by Jim Dale and The Measure of a Man : a Spiritual Autobiography – narrated by Sidney Poitier.

Do you have a “guilty” movie pleasure?

You bet.  I have lots of them.  Here’s my top five: Starship Troopers, Bring It On, The Cutting Edge, Clue, and Flash Gordon.

What’s on your DVR?

I have to admit I’m terribly behind on many shows, but I am happy to report I just recently got all caught up with my favorite new show, The Walking Dead.  Here’s what’s left on my DVR, 4 episodes of Glee, 3 episodes of Community, 2 episodes of The Event, 2 episodes of The Will, Super Troopers, and The Secret of NIMH.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 for Road Trips

Although you cringe when the first question from the backseat comes as you turn out of the driveway: “are we there yet?,” road trips are a great experience.  As summer approaches, it is time to start planning:

For a leisurely read about places Off the Beaten Track read the book with that title presented by Readers Digest. This is a wonderful resource arranged state-by-state with maps, listings of seasonal events and brief descriptions of “undervisited” sites. If you want a local jaunt or a more extensive trip, this is a great place to start.

Road Trip USA by Jaimie Jensen, subtitled “cross-country adventures on America’s two-lane highways” offers color-coded and cross-indexed maps and itineraries.  Illustrated with vintage postcards and filled with useful information resource for anyone serious about exploring off-the-interstate America.

Interested in road trips with wonderful scenery? American Back Roads and Byways by Ron Fisher spotlights six areas of the U.S. with spectacular views. The book is filled with tempting National Geographic pictures depicting the areas around Grand Staircase-Escalante (pictured), Cajun country, the Snowbelt, Heart of the Cumberland, Sand Hills and Prairies, and the Olympic Peninsula.

Eating at local restaurants beats out fast food and chains any day. Use Guy Fieri as your guide with his More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. This updates his earlier book, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Both list interesting local eateries and include signature recipes.

If the price of gas deters you from an actual trip, or if you want to have a visual tease for what you might see, try the video series, America’s Most Scenic Drives.

Okay. So this is number six. But I can never miss an opportunity to plug a history book, especially one that is readable.  Before the interstate highway system  and even before there were decent back roads, a caravan of military motor vehicles traveled across the US —300 men traveled in 81 vehicles journeying over road, mud and rock for more than 3200 miles. This was known as the First Transcontinental Motor Train; it was sponsored by the government to call attention to the need for good roads.  Peter Davies tells this adventure story in American Road.  This group of travelers did not have access to the now maligned service areas on the interstates and  there were no souvenir stands!

AND if you have the urge to pick up some souvenirs, check out Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, and Other Roadside Fun by Brian and Sarah  Butko.

Have fun and please drive safely!!

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

5 for Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming, the creator of Agent 007, James Bond, was born on this date 102 years ago.  Fleming wrote 14 books featuring Bond, all of which have been made into movies.  In honor of the day, “5 for…“ has become “6 for…” to spotlight the actors that have played Fleming’s debonair and deadly secret agent.   Why not come in and take out a Bond movie to enjoy during the upcoming holiday weekend?   22 films have been made featuring the most famous name in espionage and there’s sure to be one for you!  Click on any title below to check the catalog to see if the film is on the shelves.

Sean Connery –  Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.

George LazenbyOn Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Roger MooreLive and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill.

Timothy DaltonThe Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

Pierce BrosnanGoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

Daniel Craig –  Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Five for Vampires

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter –  Did you know our 16th President was a Vampire Hunter?  Well, he wasn’t really, but if he were his life might have gone the way author Seth Grahame-Smith has imagined it in this book.  Lincoln’s mother dies because of a Vampire when he is only nine years old and he pledges to get revenge.  So, as well as keeping the Union together and freeing the slaves, Abraham Lincoln was a successful Vampire Hunter as well.

True Blood: Music from the original HBO series. “True Blood” doesn’t come back to TV screens until June but if you’ve already re-watched all the episodes and still want more, try listening to the full versions of the songs you only get to hear parts of during the show.

Dracula – Have you ever seen the original 1931 version starring Bela Lugosi?  No?  Although there have been many film versions featuring the character of Dracula, this is still one of the creepiest.  See it, if not for Lugosi’s iconic and definitive portrayal of Dracula, for the superb performance of Dwight Frye as Renfield:  no one has ever delivered a more disturbing “Yes Master”!

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published / edited with an introduction by Otto Penzler.  “(This anthology) collects an astoundingly thorough and enjoyable set of 86 vampire tales, poems and true stories.  Classics such as Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Poe’s Ligeia and Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest are nicely interspersed with lesser-known older and newer works. Fredric Brown’s Blood, an old-school sci-fi short-short, is a hoot, and D.H. Lawrence’s The Lovely Lady is a witty satire that in many ways harks back to Polidori’s The Vampyre.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Vampire Secrets – This History Channel documentary “uncovers the ancient folkloric origins of blood-craving creatures from beyond the grave. Learn how the vampire myth is strongly rooted in Eastern European lore, but how it has also played a prominent role in the ancient cultures of Greece and China.” (Product Summary).

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 for Poetry

[In this new (and hopefully) regular feature, we’ll be throwing out 5 things that can be found in the collections of the Syosset Public Library, all having to do with a particular subject.  As April is Poetry Month, our first Subject is Poetry.  Please keep coming back to check for future installments of “Five for…”]

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. With that thought in mind we bring you “Five for Poetry”:

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud by Robert Pinsky. New layers of meaning and enjoyment can be added when poetry is read aloud. Pinsky has assembled this wide ranging array of poems that especially lend themselves to being heard as well as read. There are poems you may be familiar with and some lesser known poems you will be glad to encounter.  In case you don’t feel like reading aloud yourself and can’t find someone else to read to you, the book comes with a CD of Pinsky reading some of the poems himself.

“Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman. Whitman, one of Long Island’s favorite sons, was born right next door in Huntington.  A British friend of Walt Whitman, Mary Smith Whitall Costelloe, wrote of this 1855 volume of poetry: “You cannot really understand America without Walt Whitman, without Leaves of Grass”.  One of the most thrilling reading experiences to be had is reading “Song of Myself” for the first time!

Lyrics, 1962-1985 by Bob Dylan. Yes, he’s a songwriter, but who can deny the power of his lyrics as poetry?  Just open to any page in this book and I’m sure you’ll agree.  If you want to hear the words with the music, try Blonde on Blondeor Blood on the Tracks”.

“Caedmon Poetry Collection: A Century of Poets Reading Their Work” by Various Authors. Have you ever wished that you could hear a poet read their own poems out loud to you.  Look no further, this 3 CD set contains some of the greatest poets of the twentieth century reading their own work.   Listen to T.S. Eliot read “The Wasteland” or William Butler Yeats read “ The Lake Isle of Innisfree” or Dylan Thomas read “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” or…well, you get the idea.

Shakespeare in Love on DVD.  William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest poet of them all, is a young  playwright  with writer’s block in this film that offers a peek into the way that “Romeo and Juliet” might have come to be written.  Enjoy some entertaining romantic comedy as well as some of Shakepeare’s poetry in this winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services