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Our Book Displays for November

Our first main floor display is “Down But Not Out”, a collection of former best sellers and classics. It includes books by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Carroll, John Irving, Bernard Cornwell and Jamaica Kincaid.  Check out this display for a great read.

In honor of Veterans Day our second display is “Patriot’s Game.” It’s a tribute to our military heroes and includes stories of various wars and battles that brave men and women, both officers and soldiers, fought. The display aims at giving a sense of history from the late 1700s until the present day of the U.S. military. Many biographies are also included.

Our two mini book displays are the “2017 National Book Awards” which celebrates great literature and the prolific author Patricia Highsmith. Some of her books have been made into movies including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol, and Strangers on the Train . These are also to be found on the main floor.

On the third floor our health reference display is “National Diabetes Awareness.” Learn how to manage this common disease.  Information on weight loss plans, exercise options, insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices can be found here. Both books and handouts are available.

Yes, it’s November and time to vote. “Gaining the Right to Vote. Exercising that Right” is our second third floor display.  Read about the long trail to equal access to the ballot – an interesting topic still hot in the news.

Of course our displays aren’t just books but include audio books and DVDs.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

*Displays are subject to change during the month*

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National Native American Heritage Month

President Trump has issued a proclamation setting November as National Native American Heritage Month. In this he follows in the tradition begun in 1976 when Congress authorized President Ford to proclaim a week honoring Native Americans.

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian has some fascinating online exhibits.  Take a look at the exhibit on the treaties between the nations and the U.S. government. The Museum also has an online exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” which spotlights Native Americans’ participation in the military from the Revolutionary War to today (when they are today serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group). Since we celebrate Veterans day as well this month, consider the World War II role of Code Talkers , those who used native languages to communicate securely during World War II. Some of the collections of the American Museum of Natural History are available online: take a look at the amazing work of the Northwest Coast Indians to see beautiful basketry, carving and textiles.

Maybe you want to plan a trip to visit these museums! Or travel to Pueblo Acoma, the oldest continuously occupied community in the United States situated atop a 367-foot bluff between Albuquerque and Gallup, New Mexico. Or check out the archaeological and architectural wonders of Chaco Canyon (founded around 850 AD) or the impressive cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde Closer to home is Fort Stanwix , which was built on traditional Oneida land.

Locally, the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove will be hosting a Native American Feast  on November 18-19 which will feature pottery making and dugout canoe building in addition to cooking displays and samples.

Acoma Pueblo (Bob Ayre)

The Syosset Library has many books about contemporary art (try Native American Painters of the 20th Century or North American Indian Art), philosophy (Wisdom of the Native Americans or Standing in the Light: A Lakota Way of Seeing), history (American Nations, or In the Hands of the Great Spirit). Jack Weatherford’s Indian Givers and Native Roots look at contributions to United States history and culture. There are many more books about art, culture, folklore, history as well as biographies.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Our October Book Displays

October, It’s a Spooky Time of Year,

…and this is the theme for one of our first floor book displays. There are plenty of books on how to celebrate Halloween. Get ideas for costumes, parties, recipes, crafts and decorations. The display also includes lots spooky reads, both fiction and nonfiction. Fiction books by Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stokes are some of classics in this display. Also included in the display are nonfiction titles on haunted houses and paranormal happenings.  October and Halloween, it’s a fun time of year and a good time for a silly or not so silly ghost story.

The second display is Way Back Machine-Nonfiction Best Sellers of the Past.  As the title suggests,  reading can be like a time travel adventure.  This display includes titles from history such as Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones  and The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff,  to those about more contemporary times,  such as Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson . It’s not only about history but includes titles on psychology, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray and The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutter, M.D.   Many more topics, such as art and music, are included in this impressive collection of best sellers.

Currently our two mini displays are Vince Flynn, a prolific American author of political thriller novels and Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner for literature.

 

On the third floor the health book display is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Learn the signs and symptoms of this disease, and how to cope with a diagnosis.  As usual, the display contains many informative handouts.

Winners is the theme for the second display on the third floor.  The winners are from all categories such as the Oscars, the Olympics, the Grammys, Medal of Freedom, World Series, Nobel Prize and more. Learn about the various fields of expertise and the individuals who excel and win.

Wishing you an informative and entertaining read.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, and poverty characteristic of their part of America. -(summary from the publisher)

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk .

 

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Evening Book Discussion and Book-to-Film

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

Tuesday,

October 10, 2017

7:30 PM

“Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.”    –From the Publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

Book-to-Film Discussion

 Friday, October 13, 2017, 2 PM

Showing of the film

 The Zookeeper’s Wife

Rated PG – 13

Read the book and then

see how it’s interpreted

and adapted for the screen.

A short discussion will follow the film.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

September Book Displays

It’s September and it’s back to school-

Syosset Public Library has started the new school year with our “Sy-Con” event.  For those of you like me, Sy-Con means Syosset Convention.  In keeping with this theme, our two books displays on the first floor are “Oh, the Places You’ll Go / Science Fiction and Fantasy” and “Fandom.”  Have some fun and let your mind and imagination run wild reading science fiction and fantasy.  Wander in the realm of unreality and the supernatural. “Fandom” focuses on pop culture figures, such as Harry Potter, Superman or Wonder Woman and the ever popular Star Wars and Walking Dead. These displays also include graphic novels.

Our mini displays currently are “Celebrating the Classics” and “Romances for the College Set.”  Both topics are entertaining and never go out of style.

 

On the third floor the first display is “September is Healthy Aging Month.”  It contains books on how to grow old in a healthy manner, caring for aging parents and guidelines for staying fit.  As usual, handouts are included.

 

 

 

The second display “American Wilderness” is dedicated to our beautiful outdoors. A wilderness is an undeveloped land which retains its primeval character and natural conditions.  Sometimes we all need to get away from the noise and stimulation of society and relax in the beauty of nature.  These books will take you there. They may help you decide where you might want to take your next trip.

*Displays themes are subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

August Book Displays: Still Lots of Time for Fun Summer Reading

A lot more books are available for fun summer reading on the beach, in the backyard or in air-conditioned places.  Check out the first book display on the main floor to get some “Beach Reads.” There’s nothing like relaxing with a book from your local library. (Please click on the photos for a closer look.)

Take a trip around the world with “Flavors of the World”, the theme of our second book display. You can learn the fine art of cooking with one of these exotic cookbooks. Taste various cuisines from many different cultures. You are sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Currently, the mini book displays are “Take a Ride on the Wild Side”, a selection of notable western titles and “Library of Congress Literacy Awards” featuring the work of Denis Johnson, the winner for fiction.

On the third floor the health librarian’s book display is continuing with the theme “Have a Healthy and Safe Summer.”  It provides plenty of worthwhile information. If you have seen it already, note that more books and different handouts have been added to the display.

“Internet, World Wide Web, HTML, Networking, Browers and All that Stuff” is the subject of the second third floor display. If you are looking to learn more about online computing this display is for you. Technology is for everybody and is fast becoming an integral part of modern life.

We hope our patrons are enjoying the summer weather and vacation time, and that SPL is part of your routine and life all year round.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services