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January’s Book Displays



Readers’ Services is ringing in the New Year with a display Best Books of 2019.  As always plenty of excellent choices for your reading pleasure. They have included a flyer listing Year’s Best: Staff Favorites Published in 2019. They are also hosting an evening book discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm, a Title Swap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 1:30 pm and sponsoring the Adult Winter Reading Club (it’s not too late to sign up!).

The theme for the Reference Department’s display is need help with those resolutions? Whatever your goals are for the 2020, we have the book to help you. Books on fitness and dieting, career goals, improving your attitudes, lifting your mood and finding inner happiness, learning new skills like drawing or cooking, or finding new adventures. Also included in this display is a nice handout about common resolutions and how to follow through on them.

Our two mini-displays* are:

Celebrating P.G. Wodehouse

Curl up with a Mystery – Enjoy a good mystery whether it’s a cozy read or something sinister.


*mini-displays are always subject to change


The Health Reference librarian’s display is New Year New You. The books here are about improving your physical and mental health and well-being. And of course, as always, lots of handouts to help you achieve your goals.



The next display is about The Roaring ‘20s, not the 2020 but 1920s. A look back on the history, sports, movies and laws of a hundred years ago.

We wish our SPL patrons a happy and healthy new year, filled with good books for companionship.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Happy New Year! January’s Book Displays

Our book displays keep up with the seasons.  On the first floor we have “Best Books of 2015” which is an eclectic collection of the best sellers and includes romances, mysteries, and nonfiction titles on the subjects of civil rights, gay rights and education.  “Around the World” is the next display and has books, audiobooks and movies set in various locations worldwide.  A great way to enjoy the pleasures of travel without leaving the comforts of home. The paperback display “Warm Up With a Good Book”  is a romance reader’s paradise, lots of choices.

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On the third floor you will find the health display “New Year, New You” which is full of books on self improvement.  My favorites are The Small Change Diet and The Eat This, Not That! Not Diet! Diet.  Of course there are also advice flyers- I’m going to try “Fab-Abs in January”.  Let’s improve our minds  for the New Year also and learn a new skill or hobby. Take a look at “Fight Cabin Fever,  Learn Something New” display, it’s sure to have something for you.

You’ll never be bored at SPL, we always have something of interest!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

5th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party

literary elementsOur Adult Summer Reading Club celebrated this year’s reading with a Wrap-up Party last night.  Author Sara Beth Durst was there and gave an entertaining and enlightening talk about her writing life and process.  Club members attending enjoyed refreshments as well.  Many members went home with prizes given away in the raffle.  Raffle tickets were earned for each book read and for attendance at  Summer Reading program events. A splendid time was had by all!

Here are some pictorial highlights:

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Here are some fun facts about the Adult Summer Reading Club :

  • Number of Residents to join program in 2014: 120
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2013: 140
  • Number of Residents to join program in 2012: 106


  • Number of Books Read in 2014: 1,001
  • Number of Books Read in 2013: 816
  • Number of Books Read in 2012: 830

The most popular books this summer were (in no particular order):

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Terminal City by Linda Fairstein

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Joshua: a Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane

Hope those of you who were members enjoyed the experience as we did and we hope to see you all back again for next year’s Adult Summer Reading Club.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services


October is National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month was launched in October of 2007 by the Women’s National Book Association in an effort to formally recognize the benefits of shared reading and to encourage more people to join of start reading groups.  It’s the perfect time to tell you about Syosset Public Library’s programs for reading groups.

The Book Club in the Bag program has over 50 titles which are available for your book discussions.  Each Book Club in a Bag contains 10 copies of the title as well as a binder containing background and critical analysis of the book.  Just visit or call the Readers’ Services Desk (516 921-7161 x241) to reserve a Book Club in a Bag.  Brochures containing all the titles that are available can be picked up there also.

While you are at the library to reserve your Book Club in a Bag, why not register your book club in Syosset Public Library’s Book Club Registry.  Benefits for book clubs who register are

  • Advance notice of new Book Club in a Bag titles
  • Priority Book Reservations
  • Discussion questions and other book info via email
  • Assistance with finding new members
  • Monthly book club newsletter
  • Prearranged pick up of your selected titles

Visit the Readers Services desk on the second floor for more information on the above as well as any assistance you might need for finding the right books for your discussions. Happy Reading!

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services




Monthly Book Club Recap – “Room” by Emma Donoghue

Last month, I served as moderator for our May book discussion of Room by Emma Donoghue.  “Room” is home to 5 year old Jack but to his “Ma” “Room” represents an 11 by 11 foot prison where she has been held captive for the past 7 years at the hands of her abductor.  Narrated by Jack, Room explores the intense bond between mother and child and the confines of their physical world.  Room was short listed for the 2010 Man Book Prize and was one of the New York Times top 10 books of 2010.

To capture the horrific conditions that Jack and Ma endured, I outlined an 11 by 11 foot square  on the floor in the center of the discussion group with masking tape.  As our group of 31 discussed the book, our eyes kept looking at that 11 by 11 foot space and trying to imagine existing in that small space for the last seven years with no connection to the outside world.  It was an effective tool that enhanced the discussion.  Most participants liked the book, even with its difficult subject matter.  A few people found the author’s use of 5 year old Jack as narrator to be a poor choice but most found Jack’s narration added to the books dynamic. The group also touched upon such topics as child abduction, motherhood, the human condition, resilience, isolation, faith, hope and bravery just to name a few.  Everyone agreed that the author paid close attention to detail in capturing the element of setting.  We also discussed such infamous child abduction cases as Ethan Patz and Jaycee Lee Dugard.  A few members of the group, myself included, had read Jaycee Lee Dugard’s memoir “A Stolen Life” and we briefly discussed a few topics in this book as well.  I finished up the discussion by asking the group what they would miss most about the outside world if they were to find themselves in a situation similar to Jack and Ma’s.  The majority of the group said they would miss having contact with family and friends, while others said they would miss the chance to breathe fresh air and see the seasons change.

Room is an emotionally charged book.  The grim subject matter stays with you long after you have finished reading it.  As was evidenced from our discussion group, there were many topics to discuss.  If you are thinking about Room as a book choice for you book group or just want to have some additional information about the book, I would suggest visiting www.roomthebook.com.  This is an interactive website for the book which has the floor plan of  “Room” as the author envisioned it.

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

“A Game of Thrones”Book Discussion

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7 PM

First there were the books and now there is a TV show.  Why does everyone love the five-book fantasy series written by George R. R. Martin?  Let’s find out together by reading and discussing the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

“Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.”  (From the Publisher)

Winter is coming…

This program is free. 

Books are available at the circulation desk.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

20-Something Book Club

The Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, March 5th  at 7PM to discuss the novel

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

“From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.  Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.” (From the Publisher)

This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are now available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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 – posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Not What I Expected: Books That Fell Short

One of the great pleasures in life is settling down in a comfortable seat with a book that you have been looking forward to reading.  More often than not, you have chosen well and an enjoyable reading experience results.  But every once in a while a book does not live up to the expectations engendered by glowing reviews or tremendous word of mouth.   This can leave you feeling disappointed and irritated, sometimes even a little bit angry.  Our staff shares some of the books that fell short:

Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

After he crashes his plane into Lake Champlain, killing most of the passengers, Chip Linton moves into a new home with his wife and twin daughters and soon finds himself being haunted by the dead passengers, all while his wife wonders why the strange herbalist denizens of the town have taken such an interest in her daughters.

“I was very disappointed.  For me his books are always gripping…real page turners.  I always find something worth speaking about, but this just left me saying ‘what the heck?’  Hope he gets back to what he does best.” – Rosemarie, senior library clerk.

Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

The books follow the protagonists Richard Cypher, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander on their quest to defeat oppressors who seek to control the world and those who wish to unleash evil upon the world of the living.

“I’d heard a lot of good things about this series, but finally started reading it after it’s tv incarnation, Legend of the Seeker, began airing.  The tv series had great characters and a moving plot, but the books were incredibly disappointing.  If I’m going to invest in reading a series that’s 10+ books, 700+ pages per book, it has to be really well written.  If this is your style, I recommend The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan instead.” -Megan, Reference Librarian

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.  It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.  Behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose.  Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love…

“The hype for this book was enormous and I expected a wonderful read.  I found the story very disappointing.” – Evelyn, Librarian Trainee.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Rendered a latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which she emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.

“I found this 700+ page book to be boring, mainly due to the fact that I never came to care about even one of the large cast of characters.  What kept me reading was that buzz about the book: it had to get better…but it never did!” – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services