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June’s Book Displays

It’s that time of year, Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach, one of the main floor’s book displays for June – lots of fun reads for your extra leisure time. Pick up the flyer Fun in the Sun, a bibliography of new beach reads, here. Now is the time to register for the 2019 Adult Summer Reading Club and club events.

Our second main floor display is LGBT Pride Month- 50th Anniversary of Stonewall,  dedicated to books on gay, lesbian and transgender related topics. Some of the subjects covered in this display are the history for equal rights, guides for parents and family members, and issues for today’s LGBT youth.

 

Our 2 mini displays are:

· June is Audiobook Month – a selection of audiobooks.

· Become a Grill Master – have some barbeque parties and fun with these how-to books.

On the third floor, our displays are

Health Beach Reads, the theme for the June health display. I love to read for entertainment but it is also great to read for education. Learn more about health issues that affect you and your loved ones. What could be more useful? Lots of handouts included with this display.

The next book display is 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 – all about the day allied forces invaded France to liberate Europe from the Nazi’s control, and one of the most important days of American and World history that we all should know about. It’s a tale of tens of thousands of heroes, and heroic deeds.

Syosset Public Library is your place for enjoyment and learning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Author Visit – Nicola Harrison

Author Visit with Nicola Harrison

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2 PM

Novelist Nicola Harrison joins us to discuss the writing of her novel Montauk (2019), a fictionalized account about the transformation of a small fishing village to the resort town destination it has become. Copies of Montauk will be sold by the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY for signing. Photo Credit: Erwin List

This program is free. 

No registration required.

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

All are welcome!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

Five Years on the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in May in the past five years:

2018: LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE

2017: STARTUP THAT BBQ!

2016: TOOLS TO FIND YOUR NEXT READ, PART 1

2015: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

2014: HOW I SPENT THE MONTH OF APRIL…

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in June.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

New in DVD

The Unity of Heroes

Foreign(Chinese) NR

A shipment of a narcotic more dangerous than opium is about to be distributed across the country by a corrupt pharmaceutical company. In the face of foreign and domestic enemies, can Wong Fei Hung stop the spread of this dangerous narcotic and save lives in time?

Greta

Drama R

A sweet, naive young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. The two become fast friends, but the older woman’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing is what it seems in this suspense thriller.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Adult Summer Reading Club Starts

The Syosset Public Library’s 10th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday June 4, 2019. The program is simple and stress-free, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register and finish reading by August 9, 2019. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party being held on August 14 at 7 PM. In-person registration is required to participate and begins on Tuesday, June 4 at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.

Come and join in the fun!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Celebrating Walt Whitman on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth

Walt Whitman, perhaps best known as the poet of the Leaves of Grass, was born in Huntington on May 31, 1819. He was the second of nine children born to Walter and Louisa Whitman. The family soon moved to Brooklyn where Whitman attended the local schools. He was a voracious reader and was largely self-educated.

Of course, most of us know him as a poet. America’s poet. The poet of democracy. But did you know that he was also a printer, carpenter, civil servant, the founder and editor of the Huntington-based Long Islander newspaper and a teacher in several one-room schools? During the Civil War he traveled to Washington, DC to care for his wounded brother and then stayed to nurse and comfort other wounded soldiers, even writing letters home for them. Out of these varied experiences came many poems and prose works.

There is a rich online archive of his original works as well as commentary, criticism of his writings and biographical information at the Walt Whitman Archive. The Library of Congress  has a treasure trove of Whitman material. Would you like to be part of the effort by the Library of Congress to make accessible more of Whitman’s work? You can! There is a crowdsourcing campaign where you can transcribe drafts of his poetry, prose and correspondence.

After suffering a stroke in 1873, Whitman moved to Camden, NJ where his brother lived.

Maybe his poem, “Song of the Open Road,” will inspire you to take a drive to NJ to visit the home he bought in Camden (1884) and where he eventually died (1892).

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me, leading me wherever I choose…

Allons! whoever you are! come forth!

You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you….

Allons! be not detain’d!…

Allons! the road is before us!”

Closer to home is the Walt Whitman Birthplace, the house his father built and where he was born. Call the library to reserve the museum pass. And come to the third floor to see the display of books celebrating Whitman’s life and influence.

On May 31 the library is showing a documentary about his life, followed by a discussion led by librarian Sonia Grgas.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

 1:30 PM

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

“Learning that her grandmother was a victim of the corrupt Tennessee Children’s Home Society, attorney and aspiring politician Avery Stafford delves into her family’s past and begins to wonder if some things are best kept secret.”                -summary from the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

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