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5 Years on the Blog – February

Today we’re to going get nostalgic and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for February during the past five years:

2017: Evening Book Discussion

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

2014: Recent Releases Perfect for Book Clubs

2013: Graphic Novels in the Syosset Public Library

See you next month when we take a look at the last 5 years of March.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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What We’re Reading Now

Time to take a peek over the shoulders of members of our staff to see what they are reading at the moment:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Presents a rendering of the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.  But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

-Sue Ann,  Head of Children’s Services

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

-Pam M., Assistant Library Director

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Evening Book Discussion, February 13)

Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.

-Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

While investigating a homicide, Dave Robicheaux, who is struggling with PTSD, alcoholism, and the loss of his wife, suspects he may have been the killer and endeavors to clear his name and make sense of the killing.

 

Two Girls Down ​by Louisa Luna

Hired by the devastated mother of two young girls who have gone missing from a small Pennsylvania town strip mall, enigmatic bounty hunter Alice Vega is rebuffed by the overextended local police and partners with disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, on a case involving a dangerous web of lies, false leads and complex relationships.

-Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian

Robots vs Fairies ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

-Megan, Systems Manager

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant’s suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (Afternoon Book Discussion, Jan 30)

A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity

-Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

5 Years on the Blog – January

Take a visit to  some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts appearing in January during  the past five years:

2017: MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM NEWS

2016: LATEST ADDITIONS TO BOOK CLUB IN A BAG

2015: BOOKS-TO-FILMS COMING IN FEBRUARY

2014:  STEAMPUNK: NOT JUST A SUBGENRE ANY LONGER

2013: QUESTIONS ABOUT BOOKS: 2012, PART 7 (THE END)

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in February. Stay warm!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

“A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein, follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

1:30 PM

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Circulation Desk one month prior to event.

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

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Happy birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

Born on January 11 on the British West Indies island of Nevis in either 1755 or 1757 Hamilton was left an orphan at a young age. He dreamed of military glory to help raise him from his impoverished state. He achieved his dream of success…even becoming the star of a major Broadway musical 200 years later!

Hamilton’s life was changed when he wrote a letter about a hurricane that stuck St. Croix in 1772. When the letter was published in a local newspaper, businessmen were so impressed they arranged for the young Hamilton to travel to the United States for education. And so his career began: aide to George Washington, Delegate to Continental Congress and to the Constitutional Convention, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the National Bank. He was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.

Check out the books we own including  Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton (which is also available as an audiobook), Richard Morris’s Witnesses at the Creation: Hamilton, Madison, Jay, and the Constitution, and Thomas McCraw’s The Founder’s and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy. And the classic, Miracle at Philadelphia: the Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787. by Catherine Drinker Bowen tells the amazing story of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

If you find your interest aroused the Library of Congress has a digital collection of Hamilton’s papers.  Among the family letters and his speeches and other writings one document stood out for me: his “Outline for a Plan of Government” he proposed at the Constitutional Convention. There is something amazing about seeing his ideas in his own handwriting!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

AUTHOR VISIT & SIGNING WITH ROBERT KARMON

Robert Karmon is an award winning playwright, published poet, short story writer and published screenwriter, who has worked on screenplays for Columbia pictures, CBS and Eddie Murphy Production.

Join us on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2 PM to hear Mr. Karmon discuss his novel Isaac and the writer’s life.  Isaac, based on a true story of the Holocaust, follows the epic journey of a young boy from near-death to ultimate triumph as a man.

Copies of Isaac will be sold by

the Friends of the Library at the event (Cash Only).

This program is free.

No registration required.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be

used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

5 Years on the Blog – December

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in December in the past five years, which are all about our staff’s reading during those years:

2016: Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Part 6)

2015: Our Favorite Books of 2015

2014: Our Favorite Books of 2014

2013: About Our Reading -2013 #1

2012: Questions about Books: 2012, Part 1

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.  Happy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services