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Our Book Displays- December

Well, it’s the Holiday Season and the Beginning of Winter…and our book displays reflect the season.

On the main floor “Happy Holidays” is the first display, filled with Christmas and holiday themed books and DVD’s.  Also included are non-fiction books with gift and crafts ideas and of course many cook books with recipes to celebrate both for Hanukkah and Christmas.

“Winter Potpourri” is the next book display and will appeal to hardier souls.  An eclectic array of books on winter sport, such as skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding and ice fishing.  Also included are travel guides to Alaska, Canada and the Artic. For the homebodies, the display has winter themed DVDs.

The mini displays are “Down But Not Out” more oldies but goodies and “Mysteries To Die For” – nothing like a good mystery to hold your attention.

 

On the third floor, “Healthy Holidays” is the theme of the first display.  It’s time to learn how to eat healthy during party time, make peace and become happier and avoid winter depression.  This display has many books on just these topics. There are also great handouts for a healthy holiday and safety tips. Definitely worth a trip to the 3rd floor.

The second display, “Be My Guest” has books on entertaining during this season.  Wow your guests with great craft and decorating ideas, fabulous food and creative entertainment ideas. The assortment of books here might show you how to do it all with less effort.

You can certainly get the holiday and winter season off to a great start with any of our book displays.

Wishing you happiness and health for the holidays and all year long!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

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Year-End Readers’ Services Celebration with Author Fiona Davis

photo credit: Kristen Jensen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2 PM

Join the Readers’ Services staff for a fun Year-End Celebration featuring Fiona Davis, author of the bestselling novels The Dollhouse and The Address. Ms. Davis will discuss her novels and the writer’s life. A book sale and signing will be held by the Friends of the Library at the event. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Each attendee will receive a ticket to win a raffle prize.

“Fiona was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah, and Texas. She began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After ten years, Fiona changed careers, working as an editor and writer, and her historical fiction debut, The Dollhouse, was published in 2016. She’s a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is based in New York City

(From the author’s website).”

For more information about author Fiona Davis, visit her on social media: Website,  Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

We Read Some Holiday Books…

The Twelve Clues of Christmas

by Rhys Bowen

“She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck…

‘On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out ofA Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead…. Dickensian, indeed!:” -from the publisher

Brenda, Reference Librarian says,  “What fun! This book has an engaging heroine, a quirky supporting cast and a clever plot. The love interest between Lady Georgiana Rannoch and Darcy O’Mara is sweet. I would be happy to visit the village of Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Devonshire if it existed! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading this cozy mystery.’ “

How the Finch Stole Christmas

by Donna Andrews

“Meg Langslow’s husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager.

The show must go on, even if the famous―though slightly over-the-hill―actor who’s come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful caged finches?” -from the publisher

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian says, “I have always wanted to try a book in this cozy mystery series .  The murder did not happen until fully halfway through the novel. Until then the reader gets to know Meg, her extended family and friends as well as the town Caerphilly at Christmastime with sometimes over the top detail.  I liked the book much better after the body appeared rather than before but I don’t think I’ll be returning to Caerphilly anytime soon.”

Have you read any books set around the winter holidays? Tell us about them in the comments.

Read about other holiday books in past posts, here or here.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

5 Years on the Blog

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

2016: Veteran’s Day…Honoring All Those Who Served

2015: Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

2014: What We’re Reading Now

2013: Next Book Club Pick: Why Not a Short Story Collection?

2012: Additional MOMA Pass!

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our Book Displays for November

Our first main floor display is “Down But Not Out”, a collection of former best sellers and classics. It includes books by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Carroll, John Irving, Bernard Cornwell and Jamaica Kincaid.  Check out this display for a great read.

In honor of Veterans Day our second display is “Patriot’s Game.” It’s a tribute to our military heroes and includes stories of various wars and battles that brave men and women, both officers and soldiers, fought. The display aims at giving a sense of history from the late 1700s until the present day of the U.S. military. Many biographies are also included.

Our two mini book displays are the “2017 National Book Awards” which celebrates great literature and the prolific author Patricia Highsmith. Some of her books have been made into movies including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol, and Strangers on the Train . These are also to be found on the main floor.

On the third floor our health reference display is “National Diabetes Awareness.” Learn how to manage this common disease.  Information on weight loss plans, exercise options, insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices can be found here. Both books and handouts are available.

Yes, it’s November and time to vote. “Gaining the Right to Vote. Exercising that Right” is our second third floor display.  Read about the long trail to equal access to the ballot – an interesting topic still hot in the news.

Of course our displays aren’t just books but include audio books and DVDs.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

*Displays are subject to change during the month*

National Native American Heritage Month

President Trump has issued a proclamation setting November as National Native American Heritage Month. In this he follows in the tradition begun in 1976 when Congress authorized President Ford to proclaim a week honoring Native Americans.

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian has some fascinating online exhibits.  Take a look at the exhibit on the treaties between the nations and the U.S. government. The Museum also has an online exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” which spotlights Native Americans’ participation in the military from the Revolutionary War to today (when they are today serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group). Since we celebrate Veterans day as well this month, consider the World War II role of Code Talkers , those who used native languages to communicate securely during World War II. Some of the collections of the American Museum of Natural History are available online: take a look at the amazing work of the Northwest Coast Indians to see beautiful basketry, carving and textiles.

Maybe you want to plan a trip to visit these museums! Or travel to Pueblo Acoma, the oldest continuously occupied community in the United States situated atop a 367-foot bluff between Albuquerque and Gallup, New Mexico. Or check out the archaeological and architectural wonders of Chaco Canyon (founded around 850 AD) or the impressive cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde Closer to home is Fort Stanwix , which was built on traditional Oneida land.

Locally, the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove will be hosting a Native American Feast  on November 18-19 which will feature pottery making and dugout canoe building in addition to cooking displays and samples.

Acoma Pueblo (Bob Ayre)

The Syosset Library has many books about contemporary art (try Native American Painters of the 20th Century or North American Indian Art), philosophy (Wisdom of the Native Americans or Standing in the Light: A Lakota Way of Seeing), history (American Nations, or In the Hands of the Great Spirit). Jack Weatherford’s Indian Givers and Native Roots look at contributions to United States history and culture. There are many more books about art, culture, folklore, history as well as biographies.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Evening Book Discussion

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7:30 PM

“1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything. August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away.” -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 Lisa J., Readers’ Services