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April is National Poetry Month…

Do you like poetry? Come up to the Library’s third floor to sample a new poem. We have a bucket filled with copies of poetry for you to enjoy.

Can’t visit the library in person? May I suggest visiting the Library of Congress online? The venerable LC has so many hidden treasures. This month I suggest looking at Poetry 180.

This project by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins offers a selection of poems for each day in the school year. Its target audience is high school students but it is open to everyone. It is a great way to discover new poets and their works:  “The Bagel” made me smile; every parent can identify with “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

Poems are wonderful to read but they are even better when you hear them. So check out the LC’s Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This amazing source has audio recordings of many famous poets as well as lectures about poetry. There is an interview with Robert Frost (1959) which includes him reading some of his work. And Archibald MacLeish reads and comments on his poetry in 1963. You also can hear Margaret Atwood, Alan Dugan (I just discovered his “On the Long Island Railroad System”), Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The Poetry Foundation  is another great resource. You can listen to the works by such people as Dylan Thomas, Paul Laurence Dunbar, John Dunne,Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost   You can search the Foundation’s collection of poems. They have a section of poems under 25 lines  and another section of poems by literary forms and terms.

Glance at any of these sites and you just might be inspired to write a line or two of poetry yourself. Or you might discover a discover something special! I liked this one by the 17thcentury poet Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish, “An Apology for Her Poetry.” It ends with the lines:

“Consider, pray, gold hath no life therein.”

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

February’s Book Displays

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Our first display on the main floor is a gift for book lovers, “Best Sellers You Might Have Missed”. It includes a large selection by the most popular authors, including John Grisham, Clive Cussler, Bernard Cornwell, Anne Rice, John Le Carre, Debbie Macomber, Fern Michaels, Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel, Joyce Carol Oates and more.

“Books about American Activism” is the theme for our second display. It covers American history as the great experiment to begin the world anew.  Learn about the Civil Rights Movement for racial equality, the Women’s Rights from suffragettes to Roe V. Wade, the Gay Revolution and the history of U.S. Labor Movement. 

The 2 mini book displays are “British Library Crime Classics” and “2017 Edgar Award Nominees.  Check out these displays for some fun mystery reads.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “Affairs of the Heart-February is American Heart Month”.  Read about your heart, how it works, how to keep it healthy, how to talk to your cardiologist, what to eat and more. If a book is too time consuming, take home some of the informative handouts on the warning signs of a heart attack and how to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Hope that this display will provide you with useful guides to staying heart-healthy.

“After the Inauguration-Presidents in Offices” is our second display on the third floor.  The books covers the White House and its residents thru the ages. Find out about past president’s governing styles, their religious beliefs, the staffing of the White House, and the role of the First Ladies. See how history has judged our past leaders.

Once again the staff of SPL offers some suggestions for your reading pleasure.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Veterans Day…Honoring All Those Who Served

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Veterans Day (November 11th) honors individuals who served in the United States Armed Forces. It marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.  The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Here is a list of fiction books that explore different aspects of war that your book club may wish to discuss:

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Presents the story of a single North Florida family shaped and overshadowed by the Vietnam War and the estrangements between the fathers, sons, and brothers who supported or protested against it.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A tragic wartime romance set against the brutal and chaotic backdrop of World War I is the classic story of a volunteer ambulance driver wounded on the Italian front and the English nurse he loves and leaves behind

Hurricane Street by Ron Kovic

In the spring of 1974, as the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Ron Kovic and a crew of other severely injured veterans in a California VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement. … Kovic corralled his fellow AVM members into staging a sit-in, and then a hunger strike, in the Los Angeles office of senator Alan Cranston, demanding better treatment of injured and disabled veterans.

We Come to Our Senses: Stories by Odie Lindsey

Exploring the lives of veterans returning to their homes in the South, an intense debut centers around men and women affected by combat directly and tangentially, including a vet turned office clerk whose petty neuroses derail even her suicide and a woman who redeploys to her Mississippi hometown and confronts the superior who abused her at war.

Casualties by Elizabeth Marro

Shattered by her Iraq war vet son’s suicide, Ruth, an executive for a successful military defense contractor, flees her regrets during an east-bound road trip that forces her to confront her past, her choices, the war and her relationship with her son.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Helen Adams, an American combat photographer during the Vietnam War, captures the wrenching chaos of battle on film and finds herself torn between the love of two men, one an American war correspondent and the other his Vietnamese underling.

 (All summaries from the publishers.)

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This article also appears in Syosset Public Library’s Book Club Insider newsletter for November 2016.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

 

October’s Book Displays

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Our first display on the main floor is “It’s a Spooky Time of Year!” stocked full of books that will help you get into the Halloween mood.  Whether you need a scary tale to read, a costume to make, a decoration to hang or a recipe for a special treat, you’ll find it here.

The second main floor display is “Folklore”. It includes the classical fairy tales, myths and folklore tales and has an eclectic assortment of tales from round the world reflecting various cultures. Although folk tales can vary from different countries and lands, many contain universal themes, such family relations, love, greed, coming of age and justice.  Also included in this display are some more modern tales known as urban legends.

The mini displays are “Library Reads” which is a list of the top ten books published every month that librarians across the country love; and you’ll find books about the “2016 National Humanities Medal Honorees” on the other side.

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “October Is Breast Cancer Awareness”. The books included for this display will inform you about the disease, its treatment options and how to cope with breast cancer in your daily life.  Certainly good information for anyone who has been affected by this disease personally or as a close family member or friend.  There are also a variety of educational handouts.

Celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month” is the topic for the other third floor display. Learn about Hispanic history, culture, literature and art; and the contributions to our American heritage.

As always Syosset Public Library provides its patrons with interesting reading options.

-posted by Betty and Sonia, Reference Services

September’s Book Displays

classic_booksTake Comfort in Classics This book display has a great selection of titles, there is something for everyone.  One of these books might be on your bucket list to read.  Or maybe you just might want to reread of these books.  The Clan of the Cave Bear is that book for me. I loved it and would reread it again. Other titles include Lord Jim, Little Women and Robinson Crusoe. Also many of these beloved classics have been made into films.

school-dysSchool Days –  The titles for this collection covers topics related to school and education.  It includes tips for success for the child in the classroom, how to home-school, certification for teachers, and the problems facing our educational system.  On the light side the display includes DVDs such as Bad Teacher and To Sir with Love.

library-reads-logo-colorThe main floor mini display is filled with Selections from  Library Reads containing books from the monthly lists of books picked by librarians across the country on one side with the other side offering a selection of Audiobooks.

health-professionalsOn the third floor the health display  is The Health ProfessionalsIt covers many aspects of the medical practice, such as doctors’ training, prescribing practices, how to talk to your doctor and of course nurses’ training and role in your care.

living-legend-medalLiving Legends Chosen by the Library of Congress is the topic for our other third floor book display. Some of the legends are Annie Leibovitz, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison and William F. Buckley.  There many more books on the living legends included in this display and one of them might be of interest to you.

– posted by Betty, Reference Services

20 & 30-Something Title Swap

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Monday, July  18th  at 7:30PM

Meeting Room A on the Lower Level

With 20 & 30-Something Librarians,

Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine

Please join us as we discuss our favorite books! You tell us your favorites, we’ll tell you ours. Together we’ll compile a list and you’ll have great titles to read throughout the Summer!

This program is open to any 20-something/30-something looking for a great book discussion group.

No registration is required and the program is free.

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.

Hope to see you there!

teens readingCheck out our Meetup page and Facebook page for upcoming events and great suggestions for your next read.

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 PM

Second floor fireplace and seating area.
Second floor fireplace and seating area.

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Jean Simpson, Lisa Jones, Ralph Guiteau and Evelyn Hershkowitz for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

beach title swapLooking for something particular?  Suspense?  Biography? Adventure?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services