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New mystery titles

Here are some mysteries that have recently hit our shelves, just in time for Halloween!

And Now She’s Gone
by Rachel Howzell Hall

What it’s about: After years doing research at a firm, 39-year-old African American Grayson Sykes has her first solo job as a PI for the group.

The case: A doctor’s girlfriend has been missing for weeks and the cops think she left of her own accord. Now, Gray, who has secrets and troubles of her own, must find the truth. But it’s all more complicated than it first appears…and that’s before Gray’s past catches up with her.

Read it for: the captivating characters; the wry humor; the atmospheric setting; the suspenseful, twisty plot.
The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman

What it’s about: When a contractor at an English luxury retirement village is murdered, four members of its crime club try to crack the case.

Reviewers say: “British TV celebrity [Richard] Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut” (Publishers Weekly); “A top-class cozy infused with dry wit and charming characters” (Kirkus Reviews). 

Read this next: If you like witty, unorthodox British police detectives, try Christopher Fowler’s delightful Bryant & May books; for short stories involving a mystery-solving group, grab Agatha Christie’s Tuesday Night Club.
A Deception at Thornecrest
by Ashley Weaver

1934 England: Heavily pregnant Amory Ames is at her Kent Country house when a nice young lady arrives…claiming to be married to Amory’s handsome husband, Milo.

What happens: As Amory is dealing with one newcomer, another visitor appears in the village who upends the town and its Springtide Festival in a case involving secret identities, seduction, and murder.

Series alert: Like the earlier entries, this 7th in the Amory Ames series has a pleasing mystery, witty banter, and a dashing couple. 
Grave Peril
by Jim Butcher

Starring: cynical Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden, who finds lost items and conducts paranormal investigations.

What happens: With the help of his friend Michael, who’s a sword-carrying knight, Harry tries to figure out why a powerful ghost is wreaking havoc and targeting Harry’s friends, not to mention dealing with the vampires and demons who are afoot as well. 

Series alert: This 3rd in the bestselling Dresden Files cleverly combines fantasy and mystery elements and features likeable characters, action-packed plots, and zippy dialogue. The 17th book in the series, Battle Ground, came out in September.
Ghost in Trouble
by Carolyn Hart

Starring: Bailey Ruth Raeburn, a fashion-conscious emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions….and its biggest rule-breaker. 

What happens: Kay Clark’s former boyfriend comes home to Adelaide, Oklahoma and dies in what appears to be an accident. Kay thinks it was murder, and now Bailey Ruth’s assigned to keep her safe and sort it all out.

For fans of: Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series, who may like this 3rd entry in a funny, heartwarming supernatural series set in a small town.
All summaries courtesy of LIbrary Aware

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…





Hope you enjoyed these posts and Happy Holidays!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


Five Years in the Blog


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






Hope you enjoyed these posts and Happy Halloween!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


October’s Book Displays

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The theme for the first display on the main floor is Spooky Time of Year. The display includes ideas for costumes, trick or treating, crafts, parties and lots of scary novels. Loads of fun reads for the Halloween season.

October is Anti-Bullying Month is the topic for the second main floor display. Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior and occurs in many forms: school yard bully, sexual harassment, cyberbullying and others. The books on this display describe the various types of bullying and strategies to deal with it.

The themes for the 2 mini displays* are In Memoriam:  Anne River Siddons, (1936-2019) an American novelist who wrote stories set in the southern U.S. and In Memoriam:  David Hagberg, (1942-2019) a bestselling American novelist, known for his techno-thrillers. (*Mini displays are subject to change during the month.)

The health reference display on the third floor is October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A fatal disease which unfortunately is not rare, but can be easily caught in its early stages, thus making it treatable. Although considered a women’s disease, a very small minority of men get breast cancer as well. It’s a smart idea to educate yourself about this disease. As always, there are lots of hand-outs.

Disasters is the title of the next display. It includes books on both natural and man-made disasters, covering floods, fires, hurricanes and volcanoes. Disasters are a part of man’s and earth’s history.

Hope you come in and take a look at the displays

for fun and for education.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

October Book Displays

The theme for the first main floor display is It’s A Spooky Time of Year, containing books to get you in the Halloween spirit. Ideas for party planning, crafts, decorating, costumes, and trick-or-treating. The display also includes some good old fashioned ghost stories and tales of haunted houses.

Games People Play is the topic for the second display. Learn about the history, rules and people involved with various sports and games, such as baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, poker, and bowling.  The display includes both DVDs and books- a great collection for the sport enthusiast!

The themes for the two current* mini displays are:

The Great American Read (voted on by the American public) includes both lots of great reads and a bibliography of the great reads.

October 5th is James Bond Day – 007 is a collection of both books and movies about the fictional British spy.

*Mini displays are subject to change during the month.


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Currently on the third floor, the first display is Mental Health Awareness Week which is October 7-13.   You will  find books and handouts on all types of mental illness. The website for more information is http://www.MHAWEEK.org. For the rest of the month, this display will focus on October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The next third floor display is October is Family History Month.  If you want to learn more about your genealogy, this display is for you. Besides the books to help locate resources and guides to using the resources, the reference librarians have created a useful handout, Resources for the Amateur Genealogist, a must-see for any budding genealogist!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

October’s Book Displays

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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 “2016 National Humanities Medal Honorees” on the other side.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” 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

It’s a Spooky Time of Year!

Check out our new Main Floor Display…It’s a Spooky Time of Year!

Here comes the fall and with it comes cool, crisp days and falling leaves; the perfect setting for Halloween, and of course, a little spookiness!  Trying to get into the Halloween Spirit?  Scare up some fun with a classic horror flick, bake some ghostly cookies or learn how sew your own Halloween costume!  Hosting a Halloween party?  We have everything you need to plan your perfectly spooky party!  You’ll find all this and more on the new main floor display, including these great library materials:

Best of Halloween Tricks and Treats by the staff of Better Homes & Gardens

“Cool ideas for a personalizing any Halloween party.  From spooky to whimsical and everything in between, Halloween Tricks and Treats is a treasure-trove of neat ideas and helpful how-tos for adding a personal touch to your Halloween parties and celebrations. You’ll get instructions for throwing Halloween parties that are festive for the whole family and learn how to make Halloween decorations that will transform your home into the spookiest place on the block. Plus, you’ll get tasty recipes for Halloween treats, easy-to-follow craft projects, and step-by-step instructions for making handmade Halloween costumes that are clever, creative, and fun.”   (From the Publisher)

The House on Haunted Hill DVD

Part Ghost Story, Part “Who Done It” originally released in 1958. ” Vincent Price is the owner of a haunted house who offers five strangers $10,000 to spend the night in his house. When they accept his offer, they soon regret it. A great old fashioned ghost story with a wild finish and a new twist.” (from library catalog)  Grab the popcorn and get ready for the chills!

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

“Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.”   (From the Publisher)

Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone

“Pumpkins are supposed to be scary!  Based on his popular and addictive website ‘ExtremePumpkins’, Tom Nardone has created a full-color guide to pumpkin carving that’s truly frightening. Featuring the website’s signature Puking Pumpkin, and spanning everything from Drowning Pumpkin, Crime Scene Pumpkin, and Cannibal Pumpkin to Electrocuted Pumpkin and other never-before-seen designs, this gleefully gory guide is nothing short of a manifesto to take back Halloween from the cheerful, the cutesy, and the parent-sanctioned.”   (From the Publisher)

And don’t forget the music, check out the Media section for the perfect party music for your Halloween Get Together … or to scare away the Trick or Treat-ers!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Read a scary short story

halloween-pumpkinsHalloween is coming up this Saturday and if you need help to put yourself in the mood- why not try a short story to chill your spine.  The library has many books filled with them, here are just a few:

vampire archThe Vampire Archives : The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published edited by Otto Penzler.

The Dunwich horror and others : the best supernatural stories of H.P. Lovecraft.

The Lottery ; and other stories by  Shirley Jackson

13 bestThe 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time edited by Leslie Pockell.

Everything’s eventual : 14 dark tales by Stephen King.

And when you come into the library to pick up your eerie tales why not stop at the “Things that go Bump! in the Night” display up on the third floor for more spooky materials.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services