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Exciting Harry Potter News

Overdrive, in connection with Pottermore Publishing, announced on April 1 that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling in both ebook and audio formats, will be made available on Overdrive for simultaneous and immediate access for all patrons.

According to the press release, “This update is part of the #HarryPotterAtHome program running April 1-30 to bring magic to our readers of all ages during these uncertain times.”

Here are the reactions of some of our staff members:

“Harry Potter was the only book, and book series, that I didn’t skim through.  For those who have read the whole series, I am hoping that all of my lost socks went to Dobbys colleagues.”
– Stacey F., Reference Librarian
“When the first Harry Potter book came out, my son was in sixth grade and required to do book reports. I’d never been able to get his to read a fiction book; so I offered a compromise, we would do the book together.  Since then I became an avid Harry Potter follower; and he found his genre. He hasn’t stopped reading since then.”
-Rosanne, Head of Circulation
“I started reading Harry Potter around the time that the fourth book came out. I remember sitting on the subway and seeing at least five other people in the same car reading it too! I truly felt like a part of something special.”
-Jessikah, Head of Community Engagement
“Reading the Harry Potter books with my children opened up a whole new world for us to explore together!”
-Rosalia, Acquisitions Clerk
“I read the first three books just before the fourth came out, I was fully caught up and had the fever by then!”
-Sonia, Reference Librarian

Readers can also visit harrypotterathome.com for additional information and activities to do at home – unlock the magic!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Evening Book Discussion

In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s Death

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30 PM

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

A timeless story that stands without peer, this definitive edition brings to life the world of a brilliant young girl who, for a time, survived the worst horrors the modern world has ever seen and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.

This program is free. No registration required.

Teens welcome!

Books  are available at the Circulation Desk.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Introduction to Overdrive

Introduction to Overdrive

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1:30 PM

Have you been missing out on all of the fun?

Want to read FREE eBooks on your eReader or listen to audiobooks on your Smartphone but you’re not sure how?

Join the Readers’ Services Department for a live demonstration that will teach you how to download free eBooks and Audiobooks to your personal devices using your library card. We will guide you through the process of downloading and transferring books to your    smart device, laptop, or Kindle.  Nook Simple Touch and Glowlight by appointment only.

You are welcome to bring your own fully charged devices, as well as any necessary cords and passwords.

No registration required. Free.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

What We’re Reading Now

We’re checking in with our staff today to see what they’re reading:

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

“I am reading The Button Man by Andrew Gross, part historical fiction, part crime drama, very enjoyable!”

A disadvantaged but once happy Jewish immigrant family is brought together by the women’s garment trade and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City.

 

Pam S., Reference/Teen Services Librarian:

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

A 12-year-old lone survivor of a plane crash investigates the stories of his less-fortunate fellow passengers before making a profound discovery about his life purpose in the face of transcendent losses.

 

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

 

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

“I am reading Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear for a Cozy Mystery postal book club I belong to. Pretty good so far!”

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.

 

Betty , SPL Graphic Artist:
“Just finished reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade (okay, in my case, it was an SPL Kindle e-book) is this century’s semi-replication of Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm.    On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joachim blasted into the Bermuda Triangle, opened its all-devouring mouth and swallowed the US-flagged container shop El Faro whole and without mercy.   The circumstances and why it happened make this book difficult to put down.”
Recounts the sinking of El Faro, a container ship that was swallowed by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle, examining America’s merchant marine fleet and revealing the truth about modern shipping.
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:
“I am reading the 2020 Long Island Reads Selection Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler.”
Decades after her grieving father, a laid-off NASA scientist, triggers chaotic changes in his pursuit of life-extending technology, an astronaut confronts dangerous family secrets to stop a world-threatening crisis.
All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Years in the Blog

Time for a walk through some of Syosset Public Library’s  past blog posts in February for the last five years:

2019: NEW IN DVD

2018: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2017: 20 & 30-SOMETHING RIFFTRAX VIEWING: THE LOST BOYS

2016: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2015: A TALK ABOUT LONG ISLAND’S WILLIAM FLOYD ESTATE

Hope you enjoyed our memories!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

February’s Book Displays

In Remembrance Mary Higgins Clarkthe Queen of Suspense (12/24/1927-1/13/2020), sadly, is the theme for our first main floor book display. She was an international and New York Times best-selling author of over 50 suspense novels. The beloved author was known as the Queen of Suspense for over 40 years.

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Our second main floor display is Around the World a great selection of books for the armchair traveler – they might help you decide your next trip. There is nothing like broadening your horizons and learning about far off places.

Our two mini displays* are:

Celebrating Black History

60 Best Romance Novels of All Timefrom the editors of Reader’s Digest.

*Mini-displays are subject to change during the month.*

On the third floor, the health librarian’s display is Take Care of Your Heart for February is Heart Health Awareness Month. The books cover subjects including heart healthy diets, exercise programs, advice on lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Lots of handouts are available, as usual.

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Love, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is the theme of the next third floor display. Some of the topics covered in this display are advice for dating over fifty, love songs, great lovers, laws of attraction, wedding etiquette and tips for a happy marriage.

Just a reminder: The Evening Book Discussion will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  We will be talking about the book, The Lido by Libby Page. All are welcome.

The Syosset Public Library for your reading pleasure and more!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

5 for the Oscars

Here are the five books that inspired the films that are nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award this year.  The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony honoring the best films of 2019 will take place on Sunday, February 9 at 8 pm ET.

I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

A longtime mob associate relates his descent into a life of crime, his position as both a hit man and head of the Teamsters union in Wilmington, Delaware, and his inside knowledge of payoffs, mob hits, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

An avid member of the Hitler Youth in 1940s Vienna, Johannes Betzler discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home. His initial horror turns to interest — then love and obsession. After his parents disappear, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa’s existence in the house and the only one responsible for her survival. By turns disturbing and blackly comic, haunting and cleverly satirical.

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

One bad day. According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that’s all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women.  Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World by Anthony McCarten

Why did Pope Benedict walk away at the height of power, knowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy? How did Pope Francis — who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires — adjust to life as leader to a billion followers? If, as the Church teaches, the pope is infallible, how can two living popes who disagree on almost everything both be right?

-all summaries from the publishers

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services