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5 Years on the Blog – December

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in December in the past five years, which are all about our staff’s reading during those years:

2016: Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Part 6)

2015: Our Favorite Books of 2015

2014: Our Favorite Books of 2014

2013: About Our Reading -2013 #1

2012: Questions about Books: 2012, Part 1

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.  Happy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Our Favorite Books – 2017 (Part I)

In today’s post we are looking back at our reading during 2017 and sharing the books that were some of our favorites for the year.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Astonished to see the mother who abandoned him in childhood throwing rocks at a presidential candidate, a bored college professor struggles to reconcile the media depictions of his mother with his memories and decides to draw her out by penning a tell-all biography.

 

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals, and deception.

 

Jessikah, Children’s Services Librarian:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Having heard tales of the beautiful but dangerous Goblin King all her life, Liesl infuses her musical compositions with her romantic dreams before the abduction of her sister forces her to journey to the Underground, where she faces an impossible choice.

 

Amy, Children’s Services Librarian:

Fever by Mary Beth Keane 

A story inspired by the life of the woman known as “Typhoid Mary” traces the efforts of a headstrong Irish immigrant whose tenacity and talent for cooking gains her entry into upper-class kitchens until the discovery of her status as a disease carrier forces her into an isolation that she eventually defies with horrific results.

 

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

The best-selling author of Following Atticus traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

 

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman 

In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized.

(All summaries from the publishers.)

We will be sharing another batch of favorites in a day or two, so stay tuned.  If you would like to see some of our favorites of 2016, you can look here and here.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

What We’re Reading Now

Here are some titles that are staff are reading at the moment. In this edition – an astronaut, magicians, an open marriage experiment and more:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services is reading:

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

A memoir by an unlikely astronaut who helped save the Hubble telescope describes his early attempts to gain admission into NASA, his first spacewalks, the loss of his fellow astronauts in the Columbia disaster, and his ongoing support of future space travel ventures.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

Charlatans by Robin Cook

Promoted to his elite Boston teaching hospital’s Chief Resident, Dr. Noah Rothauser investigates a series of anesthesia errors that are killing patients and raising serious concerns about a resident who has created multiple personalities of herself on the internet.

Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying way

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

Traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project’s signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth; meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/record=b1287405

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A progressive New York couple with an autistic son move to a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb and immerse themselves in the local community only to have their bond tested by an invitation to become an open-marriage couple.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Thanks to Local Businesses!

The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club!

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American Dry Cleaners

Angel Tips

Bareburger

Beltrami: A Men’s Store

Ben’s NY Kosher

Brothers 3 Pools (Sayville Location)

Butera’s Restaurants

Card$mart

Celebrity Diner

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopt: Creative Salad Company

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Christina’s Epicure

Cindi’s Boutique

Denny’s Childrenswear

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

George Martin’s Grillfire

Gloss New York Salon

Hurricane Grill

Iavarone Brothers

It’s a Girl Thing Gifts & More

Jack Nails

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

The Lite Choice

Luxy Nails & Spa

Maddy Fine Jewelers

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Meyer’s Farmstand

Mixology Clothing Company

Mrtique

Ms’tique Boutique

Nail Gallery & Spa

One Small Step

Party City

Phil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Prime Time Butcher

Ray Leventhal Clothing

Salon Entourage

ShopRite

Steve’s Piccola Bussola

TOPSPIN TENNIS & FITNESS

Trader Joe’s

Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

Woodbury Wine Market

Yiasou Yeeros Authentic Greek Eatery

Authors:

Camille Perri & Brenda Janowitz

Publishing Companies:

  • HarperCollins Library Marketing Team
  • Macmillan Library Marketing Team
  • Martin’s Press
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. Education & Library Division
  • Workman Publishing Library Marketing Team

Pictured above Readers’ Services librarians with author Camille Perri (from left to right) Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Camille Perri, Lisa Jones, Jean Simpson and Head of Readers services, Jackie Ranaldo.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

at 7 PM

Join us for a special evening Title Swap.
Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great“Beach Reads” reading list.

No registration required. 

Free.

All are welcome!

All Adult Summer Reading Club members who attend this event will receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

What We’re Reading Now- Audiobook Edition

Most of us working here at the library love to read.  And some of us like to listen to our books from time to time.  Here are some audiobooks we have been enjoying lately:

Pam M., Assistant Library Director – 

“I am listening to 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. It is the story of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born in Newark in 1947,  and tells about four different alternative futures for him.  It is narrated by the author which makes the listening experience great because his voice is so believable as the voice of an older Archie.  It is 29 CDs, but I don’t want it to end – – you really look forward to hearing about Archie’s parallel lives and what comes next.”

Megan, Systems Manager

World War Z by Max Brooks. With a cast of over 20 famous actors doing the voices, including Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, and Jeri Ryan, it was an amazing listening experience.”

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

“I have found an audiobook narrator that I love listening to.  Bahni Turpin has narrated some wonderful YA books such as The Sun Is Also a Star and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.  She is also the narrator of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which has won numerous awards including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.  My next audiobook will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which is another YA book narrated by Ms. Turpin.”

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian

“I just finished listening to The Two Family House by Lynda Loigman.  The story is about two Jewish families living in Brooklyn during the 1950’s.  The narrator uses a “Jewish-Brooklyn” accent which adds to the sense of place and time.  Listening to an audiobook adds an emotional dimension to a story.”

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

“I just finished Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson for the Afternoon Book Discussion. The narrator truly brought the characters to life.”

 

Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian

“I recently finished listening to The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, a funny, poignant autobiography about Fisher’s early days making the first Star Wars Movie. A flawed but creative and talented person that left us too soon.”

Betty P., Reference Librarian

I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb.  The book is about 7 hours long. It was short and entertaining.  The typical Wally lamb book concerning women’s issues.”

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian

“Every once in a while I like to listen to one of James Patterson’s books because they have brief chapters which makes it easier to listen to them in short spurts.  The one I am listening to now is The Black Book which had great reviews for its audio version.  I’m enjoying it because I am suspecting almost everyone, except the hero, of being the bad guy (or girl).”

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Books of 2016

books3In what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here goes:

Karen, Library Director:

orphan 8Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade 

When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.

Pam. M., Assistant Library Director:

behold-the-dreamersBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

my-name-is-lucy-bartonLucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s lif

state_of_wonderState of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

Sharon, Head of Teen Services:

burn-baby-burnBurn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family’s financial woes, her father’s absence, and her brother’s growing violence.

“This YA book is set in NYC during the summer of 1977, and reading about the terror of Son of Sam, the blackout and all the crime was really eye-opening for me.  I tend to forget how dangerous it was in the city back then because for as long as I can remember, it’s been cleaned up and Disney-fied, but 1977 was a crazy time to be a teenager!”

and-i-darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435–at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

“This was the Dracula story reimagined as a dark and brooding teenage girl. The settings and the story were magical.  Loved it!”

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red-queenWhen her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

“This is a dystopian trilogy where the color of your blood (red or silver) determines your fate. Some similarities to the Hunger Games, but very well-written and has a fabulous female protagonist.”

(All summaries from the publishers.)

Keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of our favorite reads of 2016!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services