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It’s a Perfect Time to Garden

Gardeners are optimists! Just think, they put a tiny seed in the ground and expect it to grow.

Gardeners are patient! That tiny seed might take a week or more before it sends up a reassuring green sprout and then a couple of months before is produces a crop or flower.

So, in these trying times perhaps thinking about gardening is a good idea. Now’s the time to plan.

When it warms up and the nurseries reopen, it will be time to purchase annuals. I love my perennials, but I always fill in the garden with colorful annuals. Check out the heights and color before you buy.

I love to do container gardening. I move the containers around all summer to cover up bare spots between flowering perennials. That means I always have color! This is a good time to look at the pots you have, discarding the damaged ones, cleaning the others so you are ready to fill them when it gets warmer. If you need some helpful hints, Check out Cornell Cooperative Extension’s factsheet. The Nassau County and Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension sites offer a wealth of information for Long Island gardeners.

Do you want to get the kids involved? While we are stuck inside, help them paint rocks to use to decorate the garden. Start easy-to-grow seeds inside: Lettuce or basil germinate quickly. You can even use recycled containers like egg cartons and yogurt containers (a good introduction to Earth Day which we will celebrate in April).

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If you need something to boost your mood, try visiting some online gardens like the New York Botanical Garden and take a walk on the first day of spring  or take the time lapse walk along the Cherry Esplanade at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The very peaceful “A Day at the Garden” offers a look behind the scenes at the Portland (Oregon) Japanese Garden. You can also see the Strolling Pond Garden  and several other special places.

Researching these garden sites and finding each with the notation that the Gardens are currently closed to the public, is a reminder that we are all in this together. But enjoy the information we have online! And think like a gardener: be patient, be optimistic.

-Posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Spring Releases I Cannot Wait to Read!

reading in the springAs publishers begin announcing their anticipated Spring releases, I am happy (and relieved) to see so many promising new titles.  A handful are novels by authors who have previously published, while quite a few are new names to the literary world.  Below are just a sampling of the titles I can’t wait to get my hands on …. Place your reserve today!

Book of AronThe Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (5/12/15)

“From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist, a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it.”

BooksellerThe Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (3/03/15)

“Loving her unconventional single life in 1962 Denver, a bookshop owner begins experiencing powerful, reality-challenging dreams of an alternate life where she is a wife and mother.”

Inside the O’BriensInside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (4/07/15)

“From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.”

Mountain StoryThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens (5/12/15)

“A harrowing survival story about four strangers who spend five days lost in the mountain wilderness above Palm Springs.”

Dead WakeDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (3/10/15)   

“From the master of *narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.”

Children’s CrusadeThe Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (4/07/15)

“A sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.”     

(This article previously appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, February 2015 issue.)                          

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Sneezing? Itchy, Watery Eyes?

Yes, it’s that time of year- allergy season!

For those of us with seasonal allergies this is the best of times and the worst of times.  We have a love/hate relationship with spring. After a long hard winter it’s wonderful to see buds on the trees, the grass turning green, the magnolia blossoms gently swaying in the breeze.  We want to get outside and garden, take long walks and enjoy the weather, but our bodies betray us.  Instead of enjoying the greening we cough, sneeze, suffer with headaches, feel tired all of the time, and just generally feel awful.

Some resources to help get you outside:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has information on seasonal allergies including general information, Gardening with Allergies, Over the Counter Medicines, Pollen & Mold Counts, Rhinitis & Sinusitus, Sinus Problems, Alternative Treatment and so much more.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has information on pollen counts and current research.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is yet another resource for seasonal allergy sufferers.  A section of its website is dedicated to hay fever which provides links to treatment options.

Visit MedlinePlus for information regarding seasonal allergies symptoms and treatment.  There’s an interesting article Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies.

Need more information?  Visit the Syosset Public Library.  We have books and databases with allergy resources.  Browse the collection in person or online.  For articles about seasonal allergies, see Syosset Public Library’s Online Databases.  Here you can access magazine and journal articles, newspapers, and reference books 24 hours a day using your Syosset Public Library library card.

For the latest news on Health topics visit the NEW Health Reference blog at http://splhealth.wordpress.com/

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services

Old Westbury Gardens to Reopen

Spring is right around the corner and what a better way to experience the first sights and aromas of this season of rebirth than to plan a visit to Old Westbury Gardens.  Old Westbury Gardens will open its doors on Saturday, April 2, 2011.  The Gardens will be open weekends only from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and will be open on weekdays beginning Monday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Old Westbury Gardens is the former home of John S. Phipps.  Completed in 1906, Westbury House sits amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes.  Old Westbury Gardens was recently named by Four Seasons Magazine as one of the top three public gardens in the world.  The article published by the hotel and resort giant described OWG as a “vibrant, living, breathing, changing and growing landscape, so near to New York City yet so far away in spirit”.

The Syosset Public Library has 2 Membership passes to the Gardens.  Each pass admits a family of four (2 adults & 2 children 18 & under) to both Westbury House & Gardens.  Parking is free and there is a discount at the Garden State Plant Shop & Gift Shop.  From time to time the Gardens will host special programs that may have added fees that are not covered by the Syosset Public Library’s Membership and are, therefore, the patrons responsibility.  It is recommended that you check the gardens website before your visit.   The Gardens are closed on Tuesdays.  To reserve a pass to Old Westbury Gardens or to any other museum in our Museum Pass Program please visit our website and click on the Museum Pass Program link listed under the Additional Links heading on the right hand side of the page.  Patrons can also contact the Readers Services desk on the 2nd floor via phone (516) 921-7161 ext. 239 or in person.

Happy Spring…

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

New display: A Celebration of Poetry and Springtime

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
–   Percy Bysshe Shelley

The snow has melted and the pansies turn their faces toward the sun. It’s time to put on the gardening gloves and cope with a blister or two. Visit the new first floor display for tips on how to achieve the garden of your dreams.  If you’re not a gardener, there are novels available that evoke the beauty of gardens without the mess.  While you’re there help celebrate National Poetry Month-chose a novel with poet protagonist, a novel set in prose, or one of the many wonderful poetry books from the collection.

May I suggest one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver?

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Thank you to Beth Kephart, author of Undercover, for introducing Mary Oliver to me.  If you have a young adult looking for a beautiful book I highly recommend Undercover-a beautiful poetic book.

-posted by Susan, Readers’ Services