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A Museum Outing with Your Book Club

Now that summer is upon us, many book groups take a few months off to enjoy the warm weather and the ocean breezes.  Summer is a wonderful time to plan a visit to a museum with your book group.  Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program.  Museum passes are available for Syosset residents and most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

Nassau County Museum of Art

New York, New York – July 22 – November 5, 2017

The exhibition demonstrates how artists through more than a century have been inspired by and portrayed New York City.

 

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Glamour Icons – July 22 – November 5, 2017

Fragrance and Cosmetics Packaging as an Art Form – A retrospective of iconic designs by Marc Rosen

New York Botanical Garden

CHIHULY – Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night. Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons from spring through fall.

New York Historical Society

W​orld War I Beyond the Trenches​ – May 26, 2017 – September 3, 2017

To honor the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition examining this monumental event through the eyes of artists. World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities, and the political spectrum used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict.

Old Westbury Gardens

Seward Johnson Bronze Sculptures – June 16, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Old Westbury Gardens is pleased to invite you to a one of a kind art exhibition featuring the work of internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson. Johnson’s life size bronze sculptures will be on display throughout the historic Westbury House and the magnificent

Gardens and will feature two of the artist’s most popular series: “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame” and will also feature 32 individual pieces of Johnson’s work. These works focus on sculptural commentary about day-to-day life and Johnson’s love of nature and French Impressionism.                      -Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Happy Summer!

This article first appeared in the Syosset Public Library”s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, July 2017 issue.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

 

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The 4th of July

The Fourth of July. Normally, the words just slip out of my mouth with little thought. But recently I was at the Fire Island National Seashore. Did you know that the home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence is right here? The house is operated by the National Park Service as part of the Fire Island National Seashore.

The Floyd family was on Long Island in the 1600s. By 1724 Nicoll Floyd had begun construction of the “Old Mastic House”. Nicoll’s son, William, who inherited the house, was active in local politics representing New York in both the First and Second Continental Congress. On August 2, 1776 the 41-year-old William Floyd was the first NY delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence. Of course, this caused his family to go into exile in Connecticut while he served in the Continental Congress. When the war ended and he returned to Long Island, he found his estate ruined and his house unlivable. William Floyd soon handed over the Long Island estate to his son, Nicholl, and moved to Oneida County. The house has been expanded over the years and has welcomed such luminaries as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The family continued to own the property until 1976 when it was given to the NPS.

The house itself is open for guided tours….but the grounds can be explored for free. There are several outbuildings to be seen and the family cemetery which includes the graves of several family slaves.

On this celebration of our 231th birthday there are many locations where you can experience and celebrate the early founders of our country from John Adams’ home in Quincy, Massachusetts to Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello to James Madison’s Montpelier. But you don’t need to travel to far off Massachusetts or Virginia (or other places). Just drive to Mastic Beach!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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