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Title Swap With Librarians

fireplace and chairs

Please join us on Tuesday, September 2 at 1:30 PM for a

Title Swap with Librarians

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with our Readers’ Services staff.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Ralph Guiteau, Lisa Jones, Evelyn Hershkowitz & Stacey Levine for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Historical Fiction?  Romance?  Your next book club pick?   Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a list of great reads.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required.

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Title Swap With Librarians

Please join us on Monday, June 4th at 1:30 PM for a

Title Swap with Librarians

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Lisa Caputo, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Lisa Jones and Jackie Ranaldo for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Historical Fiction? Romance?  Your next book club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great summer reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Title Swap with the Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, March 8th at 1:30 PM

for a “Title Swap with the Librarians“.

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with our Readers’ Services staff.  Join librarians Lisa Caputo, Lisa Jones, Evelyn Hershkowitz and Jackie Ranaldo for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for your next book club pick?  Trying to find a new mystery writer?  Or maybe you want something fun and light to read? Ask the group …   We promise you’ll leave with a list of great reads.  Not able to make the program? No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Reader’s Corner section of our webpage along with past lists of title swap suggestions.  This program is free and no registration is required.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Syosset Patron Picks

See what your neighbors are reading, and then share your favorite book with us.

Here’s another review from one of your neighbors:

James A. recommends Conquering Gotham by Jill Jonnes.

Review: The dream of Alexander J. Cassatt, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (1899-1906) was to bring the railroad across the Hudson into New York (or “Gotham”-Washington  Irving first called New York this in his Salmagundi 1807) to link the main line with New England and provide a more convenient transportation to NYC-bound passengers (who up until Penn Station was built, had to take a time consuming ferry ride.)  Author Jill Jonnes escorts the reader through the complex events, the colourful and able personages, there several construction related accidents and the incredible engineering, technical, political and financial difficulties that had  to be me in order that the Doric Temple-styled artist’s delight could stand on august 1, 1910 where a blighted and seedy “Tenderloin” District had stood before– and area covering seven and a half acres.  This new edifice was not only the world’s largest train station but was the world’s fourth largest building, bested only by St. Peter’s in Vatican city, the Tuileries in Paris, and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.  It was not only functional,but a class act.

It was the advent of the automobile and Feral and State government’s support of private transportation (tax-payer funded tunnels, bridges and interstate highways) that precipitated the downfall of the rail industry and brought about the 1961 demolition of Penn Station and the ascendance of an artless Madison Square Garden and an office tower.  The LIRR now carries the greatest numbers (as compared to Grand Central Station) but instead of entering the city “like a god.” Wrote architect Vincent Scully, “one scuttles in now like a rat.” (p.315)

We want to hear what you think:  Fill out a Patron Picks form, send us an e-mail at readersservices@syosssetlibrary.org,  leave your picks in a comment below, or stop at the Readers’ Services desk and share your favorites with us, and then we’ll in turn share them with you.

– posted by Susan, Readers’ Services

Syosset Patron Picks

At Readers’ Services, we love to recommend books but we also enjoy finding out about gems that we may have overlooked.  So, a call for Patron Picks went out months ago .  Since then we’ve received over 100 reviews from patrons, but you’re not off of the hook yet-we would love for your recommendations to keep coming.  Fill out a Patron Picks form, send us an e-mail at readersservices@syosssetlibrary.org,  leave your picks in a comment below, or stop at the Readers’ Services desk and share your favorites with us, and then we’ll in turn share them with you.

The first pick we’ll share also happens to be the first patron pick we received:

Saving CeeCee HoneyCutt by Beth Hoffman

Just finished Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.  If you are in the mood for a book that redeems your faith in a community’s ability to mend the sorrows of a young girl’s heart after years of neglect and loss, then this is the book for you.  With a sprinkling of southern charm throughout, Hoffman creates real characters whose generosity mimics that of the very ordinary good neighbors or friends you might know.  It is a refreshing read that builds hope with every turn.  You will find yourself caring for CeeCee knowing life is truly full of daily miracles if we have the eyes to see.

Reviewed by Marianne L.

If you like: The Secret Life of Bees, Garden Spells, or novels by Fannie Flagg Saving CeeCee Honeycutt may be your next favorite book.

-posted by Susan, Readers Services

New Adult Summer Reading Club Begins Today!

Welcome to the Syosset Library’s first annual Adult Summer Reading Club.  The program is simple and stress-free, just the way summer should be!  Sign up and submit titles of any book you read between June 16 and August 14.  For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawing and at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on August 18.  Registration for the club begins on June 16 at the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor.

There are only a few simple guidelines:

  • Patrons read books of their choosing
  • Audio Books qualify
  • Patrons who join the program and submit at least one title will be sent an invitation to the Wrap-Up Party on August 18 at 7 PM
  • Must present ID to claim prizes
  • Open to Syosset School District Residents 18 years or older

Join us today as we kick off the club with events and refreshments  throughout the day.  Receive a complimentary raffle ticket for attending either of the day’s Kick-Off events:

Title Swap with Librarians. Wednesday, Jun 16.  1:30 PM.

To celebrate this exciting new summer program, the Readers’ Services Department will hold a special Title Swap with Librarians.  Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great summer reading list!  No registration required for the Title Swap.   Attend this free event and receive a Summer Reading raffle ticket.  Refreshments will be served.

Brenda Janowitz, Author Visit.  Wednesday, June 16.  7 PM.

     The celebration continues in the evening with Syosset resident and author, Brenda Janowitz joining us for a reading from her novels.  Free and no registration required.  Attend this event and receive a Summer Reading raffle ticket.  

Hope to see you there!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

5 for Title Swap

Four times a year, Readers’ Services Librarians at Syosset Public Library hold a Title Swap.  All of our patrons are invited to come in and talk about some of the noteworthy books that they have read recently.  Our last Title Swap was held on May 11, 2010 and these are just 5 of the titles mentioned that day.

The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini A tale of adventure, love, perseverance and quilting, involving a runaway slave.

Lost by Alice Lichtenstein Three people are brought together during a search and rescue mission that takes place over a blustery Wisconsin weekend.

Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway Inspector Devlin waits on the borderlands separating north and south Ireland in order to capture James Kerr, a notorious ex-con returning home on early release.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton This debut novel is narrated by Grace Bradley, now 98 years old and telling her story through flashbacks, remembers the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege before the first World War and the vibrant 1920s.

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin Winner of Sweden’s best crime novel award.  On an idyllic island off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockholm tries to start life afresh.

You can see all the other titles mentioned at that Title Swap on our website.  Our next title swap is on Wednesday June 16 at 1:30 PM, which also happens to be the day we kick-off the Adult Summer Reading Club.  So come on in, share some titles and sign up for the Club – ALL ARE WELCOME!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services