Tag Archives: nonfiction

The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Ago

battle-of-gettysburgIt began as a skirmish between two scouting parties on July 1,1863. Gen. Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, ordered his 75,000 troops to attack the Army of  the Potomac under the  command of the newly-appointed Gen. George Meade before his full Union force could assemble. When the three day battle ended, Lee and his army were in retreat; the casualties for both armies totaled more than 51,000 troops, greater than the combined casualty count of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Mexican War combined.

Over those three days the names of Cemetery Ridge, Little Round Top, Pickett’s Charge entered the American vocabulary and imagination. The Battle became recognized as the turning point of the Civil War.

If you are fascinated by the era or want to learn more about it, the library has many choices. There is the classic Bruce Catton’s Gettysburg: The Final Fury. Duane Schultz’s The Most Glorious Fourth analyzes the battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Margaret Clayton looks at the “immigrants, women and African Americans in the civil war’s defining battle” in The Colors of Courage.

Novelists Newt Gingrich (Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War),  John Hough (Seen the Glory),  and Jane Langton (The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg) feature the battle.

Need help with understanding the battles? Try this interactive site to see the progress of battle.

Still eager for more? Join us on July 3 at 1:30 for the Afternoon Book Club’s  discussion of Michael Shaara’s classic The Killer Angels.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services



The Evening Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM to discuss

behind the beautiful foreversBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

with Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.

*2012 National Book Award Winner *

*2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist*

“A Mumbai slum offers rare insight into the lives and socioeconomic and political realities for some of the disadvantaged riding the coattails (or not) of India’s economic miracle in this deeply researched and brilliantly written account by New York writer and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Katherine Boo.  Divided into four parts, the narrative brings vividly to the page life as it is led today in Annawadi, a squalid and overcrowded migrant settlement of some 3.00 people squatting since 1991 on a half-acre of land owned by the Sahar International Airport.” (from the publisher)

The program is free and refreshments will be served.

The book is currently available at the Circulation Desk.

Hope to see you there!

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Borrow a Nook



Readers’ Services now has Nook Simple Touch E-readers available for our patrons to check-out.  The Nook can be borrowed for up to 14 days.  The Nook is pre-loaded with books and no content can be added to the device.  The following books are on the Nook at this time:

If you are interested in borrowing a Nook or just curious to see how they work, please ask a Readers’ Services Librarian on the 2nd floor.  We can also be reached at 516 921-7161- ext. 239.

Please check back periodically because we will be adding new titles.

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Evening Book Club

The Evening Book Club will meet on November 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM to discuss Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Ms. Strayed writes about her personal crisis after the death of her mother and a painful divorce. These events prompted her to undertake a dangerous 1,100 mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.

Please join Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers’ Services Librarian on the second floor of the library.  We will sit around the fireplace for a cozy discussion.

There are books still available at the circulation desk.

Hope to see you there.

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Our Favorite Books of 2011, Part One

R & R has asked the Syosset Public Library staff to share which books read in 2011 were their favorites.  Here are some picks in non-fiction:

Unbroken: A World WarII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. – 2011 favorite of Audrey, Media Services Clerk

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact had by the translation of the last remaining manuscript of “On the Nature of Things” by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers, and scientists. – 2011 favorite of Ralph, Head of Media Services

Bossypants by Tina Fey

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. –2011 favorite of Amy, Children’s Services Librarian

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution by Keith J. Devlin

Traces the early 13th-century introduction of Arabic numbers to Western Europe by Leonardo of Pisa, documenting the influential publication of his Liber Abbaci and how it enabled everyday people to understand numbers and engage in commerce, a capacity that set the stage for larger scientific, technological and trade advances. –2011 favorite of Brenda, Reference Services Librarian

Keep checking back again with the R & R blog during the month of December to read about some more of of our staff’s 2011 book favorites!

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services