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Happy New Year: Our January Displays

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Our book displays this month celebrate the New Year.  The first display on the first floor is “Best Books of 2016”.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction. The titles were selected from newspaper’s best seller lists, various publisher’s starred lists and librarians’ favorites.  Browse the selection to see what catches you eye and have a good read on a long winter’s night.

The second display is “January is International Creativity Month”. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby, than the start of a new year? If you’re in the mood to improve your creative skills try one of our suggestions.

The two mini displays are “Best Sellers of 2016” and “Best Books of 2007”.  So you have more suggested books to read with “best of” in their description.

Our third floor displays are “New Year New You” and “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”:

Once again our health librarian has selected books to help us learn the best ways to stay healthy. Tips for healthy eating and dieting, instructions for physical fitness and exercise, and mindfulness training for relaxing and getting rid of stress.  As always handouts are part of this display.   I’m going to try the “31-Day Push-Up Challenge”.

Last but not least is “Use Laughter to Warm Up This Winter”.  Lots of books on classic comedy of the Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Flip, Monty Python, Amos and Andy, SNL, Stephen Colbert and the Keystone Cops and more.

So, Happy New Year, and celebrate with a best book, a new creative skill, healthy life style or just a good laugh.

-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 you’ll find books about the “2016 National Humanities Medal Honorees” on the other side.

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

books on grassAnd it’s still very hot and we are still providing our patrons with plenty of Beach Reads on one of the main floor book displays.  When there is only reruns on TV, keep yourself entertained with one of our light summer reads.  The selection seems endless like these hot days.

Check out the other main floor book display: “Through the Years”.  It covers the decades from early 1900’s till late 1990‘s.  Learn the history, foods and fads from each decade.  You’ll get a feel for trends that lasted and those that faded and the reasons why.   For some of us it won’t be a learning experience as much as a trip down memory lane.  But it will be an enjoyable experience for all.

On that floor’s mini display: the books of Elie Wiesel on one side and on the other we have a great selection of audiobooks.

On the third floor, the health reference librarian is continuing with the theme “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer”.  If you haven’t seen it yet, there is certainly a lot of worthwhile information.  There are handouts for swimming and pool safety, pain management and a nice booklet on Exercise and Physical Activity and more.

Centennial of the National Park Service” is the topic of the other third floor book display.  And what a great display of oversized pictorial books of the US national parks.  Viewing these beautifully photos of the parks is the next best thing to actually visiting one. Maybe one of these books might inspire your next vacation.  These parks are a national treasure and should be cherished and preserved!

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Stay cool in the this hot weather and come visit us – there’s air conditioning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

The March on Washington

march-on-washingtonAugust 28, 1963 was a warm summer day. Hot, but not too humid.  It was the day that the civil rights organizers brought the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to Washington, DC. People came by chartered bus, chartered trains and carpools. City officials expected maybe 100,000 participants but the final total was around a quarter of a million. The plan originally called for a focus on economic demands but the focus shifted.  The U.S. Congress was considering a bill for comprehensive civil rights barring segregation that JFK had put before Congress on June 11. The organizers wanted to press for equal rights and the end of discrimination in housing, jobs and schools.  The March was nonviolent and peaceful involving about a quarter of a million people (DC officials had expected about 100,000). It showed the interracial character of the movement. It helped transform the struggle from a southern to a national movement.

MLK speech DCBut what remains in our memory is the stirring speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, honoring  the man who had promulgated the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier, King urged action in what has become known as  the “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech has been called one of the greatest in American history. It was witnessed not only by the crowds in DC but also by television audience nationwide.

march on washington mallIn his New York Times column James Reston (August 29, 1963) asserted that while the placards read “now”, these were merely the opening demands of the movement. It was King who moved the crowd with his repeated  cry of “I have a dream.” And “each time the dream was a promise of out of our ancient articles of faith: phrases from the Constitution, lines from the great anthem of the nation, guarantees from the Bill of Rights, all ending with a vision that they might one day all come true. ”

If this intrigues you, check out the display on our first floor remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for Civil Rights.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

(some of the) Best Books of 2011

It’s that time of year…no, I don’t mean the holiday season.  It’s the time of year for the “Best Books of the Year” lists.  There’s  Amazon, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, among others, already weighing in with what their editors believe are the most important and enjoyable books published during 2011.

Here is a sampling of some of books that are already being considered as the most noteworthy of 2011:

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (fiction)

Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather’s search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (fiction)

A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate and the president’s daughter.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (fiction)

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.  A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (non-fiction)

Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues–the author offers a fascinating look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.

Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (non-fiction)

The chef of New York’s East Village Prune restaurant presents an account of her search for meaning and purpose in the central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour, and the opening of a first restaurant.

Don’t forget to look for the “Best Books of 2011” display located on the main floor when visiting the library during December.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Check out our new January Main Floor Display

It’s a New Year, Time For A New You

Browse the many materials the library has available to make 2011 your best year yet.  Included are books on fitness, health, cooking, beauty, fashion, organization, personal finance and a wide variety of self-help materials.  Don’t forget our great selection of fitness DVD’s such as Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser, Denise Austin and the latest fun fitness craze, Zumba!  We’ve brought out our newest additions, as well as our great older favorites.

Hair needing a little help? Try Nick Arrojo’s Great Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day.  You’ll recognize this guy’s style from TLC’s hit show What Not to Wear.

Having trouble getting organized? Try Regina Leeds’ One Year to an Organized Life : From Your Closets to Your Finances, the week-by-week guide to getting completely organized for good.  You’ll be organized in no time!

Fans of Oprah’s #1 trainer will be happy to know Bob Greene has released his newest weight loss book: The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight and Be Happy.  Many of his older releases are available as well.

Looking to save some hard earned cash? Try The Complete Idiots Guide to Eating Well on a Budget. Great recipes, big savings!

Make sure to stop by this Main Floor display and take a look at all the great materials we have to help you make 2011 your best year yet!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Extraordinary Measures – On the fast track and ready to taste the success of corporate America, John Crowley walks away from it all in hopes of finding a cure for two of his fatally ill children. With his wife Aileen by his side, he teams up with brilliant, but unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill, and together they form a company to develop a life-saving drug. But just when it appears that a solution may be found, the relationship between the men is tested and the fate of John’s children is at stake.

Invictus – Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.  Also available on Blu- Ray DVD.

The Messenger – Partnered with hard-line officer Tony Stone, Sgt. Will Montgomery is a battle-scarred war hero home from Iraq and newly assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. He faces this formidable mission while seeking comfort and healing back on the home front when he falls for the wife of a fallen soldier.

The Spy Next Door – Bob Ho is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him; he has to win over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval.

Valentine’s Day – Follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine’s Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.

– posted by S0nia, Readers’ Services