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What We’re Reading Now

Here are some titles that our staff

are enjoying at the moment:

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Pam M, Assistant Director:

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

The Taming of the Queen  by Philippa Gregory (audiobook)

“….heavily in my Henry VIII period…again”

Karen, Library Director:

Untethered by Julie Lawson

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

Lisa H., Reference Librarian:

The Girls by Emma Cline

“This is a brand new book that is based on the Manson murders of 1969. From start to finish I was caught up in Evie’s desire to be accepted by the group of girls. Cline’s prose is so vivid that you almost smell the jasmine in the hot California air. I can’t recommend this book enough!”

Megan, Systems Manager:

Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks.

Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Children by Ann Leary

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:

The Vegetarian by Kang Han

Pam S., Teen Services Librarian:

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

“Keeps you interested the whole time!!!!  Great Summer Beach Read!”

What are you reading right now?

Let us know by  leaving a comment below.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Special Collections of the Syosset Library

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In this large library we have numerous special collections. The first floor caters to the popular items and includes the “Stars” the hottest new dvd’s and books.  It also houses our “World Languages Collection”, “Large Print” and “Oversized Pictorial books”.  Cookbooks and Travels books are located on the main floor.  In the back by the elevators is my favorite, our Art Gallery, which changes monthly.

Our second floor fiction area has some interesting collections.  They include “New Adults” for the 18 to 25 crowd, “Crossovers” fiction enjoyed by teens and adults alike and “Adult Graphic Novels”.  And of course our “Staff Picks”, the favorite books of SPL staff.

On the third floor, home to non-fiction books, has “Health Reference Center”, “Business and Career Area” and books for computers and digital devices.  We also have a display for recent non-fiction, currently including some of the best non-fiction for 2015.  The third floor has the Teen Space and our new “Creation Station”.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on

Tuesday, September 1 at 1:30 PM for a

Title Swap with Librarians

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with our Readers’ Services staff.  Join Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director, Lisa Jones, Stacey Levine and Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarians for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Historical Fiction?  Romance?  Your next book club pick?   Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a list of great reads.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Title Swap with Librarians

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

fireplace and chairsLooking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Winter reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation?  Check out our past titles here.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

20 & 30-Something Book Club

 

 

war brothers

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

will be meeting on Monday, November 17th at 7PM 

to discuss the novel “War Brothers” by Sharon E. McKay. 

“Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boy’s school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid, they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are bought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.” (from the publisher)

This program is open to any 20-something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Today is Batman Day!!!

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DC Entertainment announced that July 23rd, 2014 is Batman day to celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of America’s favorite superheroes!

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DC Entertainment is the publisher of Batman comic books. The library has video games, movies, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction books available on Batman! There will be a mini display of Batman related material in front of the computers by the media desk on the main level.

evolution of batmanYou can also browse collections of books, graphic novels, and video games in the Children’s Room on the main level  and batman display in Teen Space on the 3rd floor. Plus a mini display across from the circulation desk which has a special giveaway on it (as long as supplies last!).

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Steampunk: not just a subgenre any longer

Steampunk. What is it? Is it a community of costumed players, people, dressing up in Victorian garb with mechanical accessories? Is it a subgenre of science fiction? Is it popular in movies and television? Is it a type of setting in a video game, like in the popular BioShock: Infinite? It is all of the above and more.

                SteampunkWhat began as just a subgenre of Science Fiction in 1987, has evolved into its own genre and culture. Steampunk novels pull material from other classical genres like Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction, and of course, Science Fiction. Many people are often confused on what the true definition and explanation is for Steampunk. Truthfully there are numerous definitions and explanations. There is a general consensus that for a book to be considered Steampunk; it must be an alternate history and/or have advanced technologies for its time period. Most books in the genre incorporate steam-powered or clockwork-powered machinery in a 19th century Victorian England or an American West (think of the movie Wild Wild West featuring Will Smith and Kevin Kline) background setting. Although there is discussion on how forthcoming books in the genre will be expanding into different countries and time periods.

                Well known authors from other genres have even noticed the growing trend. Popular romance writer Meljean Brook has her Iron Seas series that involves adventure, the supernatural, romance and steampunk. Historical romance writer Beth Ciotta started a new Steampunk series titled The Glorious Victorious Darcy’s. Kate Locke, notable author for both young adult and adult novels, has her Immortal Empire Series. Authors of the genre allude and refer to classical science fiction authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells. Or they incorporate the work of Nichola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and other inventors of their time.

                From its earlier days Steampunk has grown and evolved. You can see elements of it everywhere. Whether in adult and young adult books at your local library, action movies in theatres, costumed players at infamous conventions (think of Comic Con, Dragon Con, etc.), music videos from famous bands, art and sculpture in museums and houses. It’s all around.

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Come browse the library’s selection of Steampunk with adult and young adult literary choices such as The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, Soulless by Gail Carringer, The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter and Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.

We have numerous movies such as Steamboy, Howl’s Moving Castle, Hellboy and Hellboy 2. And we have combination of materials such as the graphic novel and movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. We even have video games in the genre like BioShock: Infinite for Xbox and Dishonored for Xbox and Play Station 3.

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services