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Museum Activities for Children

A lot of us have had to stay home and keep our children gainfully occupied lately.  Did you know that our museum pass member organizations have quite a lot of activity offerings for our younger patrons?  They won’t have any free time if soon – have a look!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan has “CMOM at Home”.  Every weekday has a daily theme. Here’s a sampling:

Magical Mondays: Groovy Kitchen Lava Lamp

Move and Groove Tuesdays: Bubble Wrap Dance Pop

Our World Wednesdays: Surprise Irish Soda Bread

 Artsy Thursdays: Weaving Wonders

Feel Good Fridays: Tape it Down

The New York Hall of Science has “At Home STEM Activities” for Kindergarten through High School. They also have “STEM Resources for Teachers” to help parents as well.

Children’s Museum of the East End has “Recipes for Play“, also on weekdays.  The calendar of those events can be found here.

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium has two offerings: A virtual planetarium program on the YouTube channel “Reichert Planetarium’s Virtual Outreach” and “Exploring Ocean Life“.

Stayed tuned to this blog for another post on our museum pass members’ entertainment and educational content for adults.

And follow us on Twitter and Instagram, both @syossetlibrary, for even more for you and your family to do!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services



Museums in the time of Covid-19, part 2

While you don’t have the pleasure of enjoying the magnificent Warburg House , you can experience the collection of The Jewish Museum. Audio tours highlight some of its treasures. You can also hear conversations with some artists. Just click on the “audio tours” button on the top bar of the homepage. The Cradle of Aviation Museum  offers a photo gallery of its exhibits and panoramic views of each room. Click through each to see the history of aviation from balloon baskets to space exploration.

Do you need a dose of fine art? The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection online can be browsed by collection or searched by artist’s name. And the Museum of Modern Art has audio commentary about works in the collection and special exhibits.

While the Library does not have passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art or to the American Museum of Natural History, their online offerings are impressive and a delightful way to while away some time. The beloved Met’s homepage feature “Experience the Met, Anywhere” offers many ways to enjoy the Met’s treasures remotely. There is the Timeline of Art History for an overview of art and global culture. Or check out a variety of audio guides for current exhibitions . If you want to experience the impressive museum galleries, take a look at some of the offerings of the Met 360° where you can visit the Great Hall, the Temple of Dendur as well as the Cloisters.

From home it is easy to get from the Met to the American Museum of Natural History. There’s no need even to cross Central Park! Just click to take a tour of the wonders of the American Museum of Natural History.  You can also enjoy the Google Arts and Cultural Tour ( I think the Pacific Northwest Coast People is a fascinating look at the collection process; and for some fun watch the video about the real life exhibits used in the “Night at the Museum” movies!)

No need to be bored during these days of semi-confinement. Explore, enjoy and learn!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Museum visits from home!

Okay, so the museums are closed but if you love them, take a look at some of their online exhibitions.

The Museum of the City of New York is one of the least appreciated in the city, but its collections are impressive. Do you remember the 1939 World’s fair? If you were there or just heard about it, you can explore some the museum’s artifacts.

Do you enjoy a bit of Broadway? While the Great White Way remains dark, there are many digitized images available.

And the museum is offering videos at #MuseumFromHome highlighting some exhibitions, programs and original series.

You can visit the Frick! Take the virtual tour on the museum’s website.   And spend an enjoyable hour or more listening  to talks about the collection and special exhibitions.

Are you feeling cooped up and is Spring calling you? The New York Botanical Garden has recorded gardening lectures.  And you can sample the Garden’s wonderful plant collection by clicking through the photos online. 

Spring will come. This halt to our lives will end and the Syosset Library will look forward to loaning you our passes to the wonderful world of museums!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

November is Aviation History Month…

According to the Government Printing Office “Aviation History” refers to the history of the “development of mechanical flight —from the earliest attempts in kites and gliders to the powered heavier-than-air, supersonic and space flights.”

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Many of us immediately think of Orville and Wilbur Wright as the originators of flight. These two Ohio bike shop owners did fly for 12 seconds at Kitty Hawk in 1903, marking the first time man had flown. But many had dreamed of flight and had experimented before them. Leonardo da Vinci suggested a vehicle with flapping wings imitating a bird’s flight. The French brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, flew in a hot-air balloon in 1783. Berlin aviator Otto Lilienthal flew more than 2000 flights in gliders he designed beginning in 1891. His work actually inspired the Wright Brothers. But that successful, if short, flight on the sand dunes of North Carolina started a whole new industry. It made the world seem smaller as people and goods could travel more quickly and easily. It changed the way war was fought. And it was a pathway to the exploration of space.

Come to the library’s third floor to choose a book! There are biographies of famous aviators, illustrated books about balloons, airships, planes and spaceships, and books chronicling the development of civil and military aviation.

Can’t come to the library? Use your library card at home to access the Syosset Library’s selection of databases. Try “Biography in Context” for information about the historic figures. “Facts on File Science Online” has articles as well as videos. And Britannica and World Book in our Encyclopedia databases detail the chronology and the impact of the aeronautical industry.

If you are traveling to D.C. be sure to include a visit to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum  on the Mall and the Udvar-Hazy Center  in nearby Chantilly. Headed out to the Seattle area? There is the impressive Museum of Flight .  If your life and work don’t allow for any travel beyond Long Island, be sure to visit Long Island’s own Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Did you know that the library has passes for our cardholders for the museum? Great value, convenient location. You can reserve the pass online.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Things You Can Do With a Syosset Public Library Card

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a national celebration of public libraries and a time to make sure you and each member of your family has a library card.

Here are just some of the things you can do for free with your Syosset Public Library card:

Need get a Syosset Public Library card, the information is here.

See you at the library!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


5 Years on the Blog – December

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






Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

5 Years on the Blog

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






Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in June.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

A Museum Outing With Your Book Club

Now that winter is upon us, a trip to a museum or indoor garden may be just the thing to refresh your book club and beat those winter blues.   Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program. 

Museum of the City of New York

King in New York – through June 1, 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., King in New York traces the civil rights leader’s encounters with New York from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. The exhibition’s historic images chronicle King’s sermons in churches and speeches to the United Nations, his discussions about race relations with New York City’s mayor, and his relationships with New York’s own networks of activists.

Beyond Suffrage:  A Century of New York Women in Politics – through August 5, 2018

This exhibit traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Fool the Eye – through March 4, 2018

Get ready to be amazed by an exhibition filled with optical illusions and artistic sleight of hand! Trompe l’oeil, hypnotic abstractions, perceptual illusions, mind-bending impossibilities and more. Artists include Salvador Dali, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz and many others.

The Jazz Age – March 17, 2018 – July 8, 2018

The Jazz Age is highlighted by masterpieces of the 1920s, neoclassical paintings by Picasso, the avant-garde breakthroughs of James Joyce and Coco Chanel and enduring classics such as Balanchine’s Apollo. The exhibition also features musical and literary programs, lectures and symposia exploring the art, design, music, dance and literature of this unforgettable era.

New York Historical Society

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence – through March 11, 2018

Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence showcases hand-drawn and engraved maps from the 18th and early 19th centuries that illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 – through April 22, 2018

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war.

If your group is interested in any of these exhibits, our Readers’ Services Librarians would be happy to pair it with just the right book to couple your visit with a book discussion.

Museum passes can be reserved up to 60 days in advance with an adult Syosset Public Library card in good standing. Most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children.  To reserve a museum pass or to view our Museum Pass Guidelines in full detail, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.

*Exhibit descriptions provided by the museums. 

*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.       

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services