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5 Years on the Blog: March

Today we’re to going reminisce a bit and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for March during the past five years:

2016: Celebrating the Emerald Isle

2015: Preservation Workshop

2014: 10 Classics Its Time to Reread This Spring!

2013: Agatha’s Own Favorites

2012: Scanning & Faxing @ Syosset Library

Hope you enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane.  We’ll do it again next month, keep an eye out!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New November Birthdays Display

Happy birthday to those born in November! There are books by and about famous people who were born in this month featured on our new third floor display.

  • Are you interested in music? Did you know that W.C. Handy, John Philip Sousa, Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell were all born in the eleventh month.
  • Born more than 400 years apart religious leaders Martin Luther and Billy Graham had November birthdays.
  • World War II military leaders George Patton and Erwin Rommel both were born in this month.
  • Or you can check out books about journalists Walter Cronkite and Ida Tarbell and scientists Carl Sagan and Edmond Halley.
  • There are so many literary figures who were born this month: Neil Gaiman, Louisa May Alcott, James Agee, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Marianne Moore, Albert Camus, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Political figures are represented by Robert Kennedy, Joe McCarthy and William Cullen Bryant. But if you’ve had enough of the political, for a lighter look at life check out a book by birthday boy, cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Come in and have a look and a read!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

November’s Book Displays

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In recognition of Veteran’s Day, our first display, on the main floor,  is “In Honor of Our Men and Women in Uniform”.   It contains both historical and fiction books about the Civil War, World War 1 and 11, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.  The books cover both the wars and the people who served in them. The display also includes controversial topics such as African Americans in the military, Blackwater and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Some titles which caught my eye are It Worked for Me: in Life and Leadership by Colin Powell, D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen Ambrose, War by Sebastian Junger and American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle.

November is also New York State History Month and our second main floor display is “New York State of Mind”.  This display is dedicated to the history of New York State. It has a large selection of books on Long Island history and New York City history, including the five boroughs and 9/11, its history and the museum.  There are also books on the history of Albany, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks.

The mini display is “Paul Beatty Awarded the Man Booker Prize”. He is the first American to win this prize. The display also includes of works of previous winners.  The second mini display is “American Singer and Songwriter, Bob Dylan” and it celebrates his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Our third floor the health display is “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month”.  Our health librarian once again has selected a large variety of books on the aspects of this disease for both the patient and the caregiver. And there are some great handouts, Alzheimer’s Disease: the fact sheet, Alzheimer’s Disease Medications: the fact sheet  and Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, all from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In keeping with the November theme, the second display on the third floor is “The Road to the White House”.  It covers the many of our past American presidential campaigns.  There is plenty of material in this display for both history buffs and political junkies.

If you’re at Syosset Public Library take some time to view our book displays, you won’t be disappointed.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

To the Moon and Beyond

MoonAs the New York Times headlined on July 22, 1969  “Even in Hostile Nations, the Feat Inspires Awe: All the World’s in the Moon’s Grip, Even Countries Usually Hostile to the U.S.  World Leaders Express Hope for Future of Man.”

Or as astronaut Neil Armstrong said: “One tiny step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The US had been racing against the Soviets ever since the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957. When Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the earth in 1961, President Kennedy made the bold promise to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade.

neil armstrong moonAnd so….July 21, 1969: Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. A short time later he was joined on the moon surface by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. While they explored the moon’s surface and collected lunar samples, Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

Space exploration has long captivated the imagination. We followed the unmanned space vehicles, the amazing first voyages of manned flights, the landings on the moon, the research on Mars, reusable space shuttles and the Hubbell space telescope.

On the third floor there is a book display covering some of these topics and events. Also check out the DVDs in the media section about space travel.

International Space StationFar from the competition of the 1960s more than fifteen nations are cooperating now on the International Space Station, an inhabited earth satellite. Today we also have greater capability to watch what is happening in outer space. If you are intrigued by the ISS, check out the live video from NASA . Or check out the views from the Hubbell Space Telescope.

Juno orbits jupiterNews Flash: from 540 million miles away a message was received on July 4 confirming that the Juno spacecraft has started orbiting the planet Jupiter! NASA launched Juno nearly five years ago. Its mission is to study the composition of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. To learn more about the mission and to follow Juno check out NASA’s site. These space feats never fail to amaze!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Librarian

Broadway Musicals and Plays—Based on, Inspired by, or Adapted from Books


Now that spring is here, perhaps your book group would enjoy an outing to the theater.  Did you know many plays and musicals currently on Broadway are based on or adapted from books?  Your book club could read the book and then go see your favorite characters come to life on the Great White Way.  Here are some show stopping recommendations:

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American Psycho (Musical opening April 21) adapted from the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

The Book of Mormon (Musical) based on the book The Book of Mormon:  An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon the Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi  Translated by Joseph Smith. *Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical.

The Color Purple (Musical) based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Play) adapted from the book  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Play.

Fun Home (Musical) adapted from the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Musical.

Hamilton (Musical) inspired by the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Matilda (Musical) based on the children’s book Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Tuck Everlasting (Musical opening April 26th) based on the children’s book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

(This article previously appeared in the April 2016 issue of the Book Club Insider.)

– Lisa J., Readers’ Services 




If It’s February…

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…then it’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  Come in and see our main floor display which covers the African- American experience on the road to freedom and their contributions to American art and culture.

We also have a display for AWARD WINNERS which includes Adult Fiction books awarded the Pulitzer, National Book Award or Man Booker Prize.  Authors awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature are included as well. Of course our paperback collection has many romance novels to read on VALENTINE’S DAY and for the rest of the month.

If it’s February…then it’s AMERICAN HEART MONTH. Our health reference librarian has gathered lots of books and handouts with the latest information on maintaining a healthy heart.   Also at this time of year we are getting ready for the OSCARS.  Want to know the history of the Oscar and its winners? We’ve got a book display for that. Both of these displays can be found on the third floor.

Remember: Syosset Public Library honors our patrons’ purchase requests for items.  If we don’t purchase an  item for you, we will make every effort to interloan it from another library.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services