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Your Next Book Club Pick…The Dog Days of Summer

Have you ever wondered what is meant by the expression: “The Dog Days of Summer”? Well, I have, so I did a little research. The Dog Days of Summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, during which the morning rise of the Dog Star, Sirius, occurs. Sirius is the brightest star that we see (not counting the sun) and is part of the constellation Canis Major or Greater Dog, hence the expression. Here are some very discussible title suggestions for your summertime book club meetings, all having the words summer or dog in their titles:

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This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of the Book Club Insider.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Five Years on the Blog: July

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2017: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2016: TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

2015: PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

2014: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2013:  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TOP 100

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in August!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Book Trivia!

Book Trivia

“An 2018 Adult Summer

Reading Club Event”

Tuesday, July 31. 2 PM

 

Bring your smartphone or tablet and come play Book Trivia with the Readers’ Services Librarians using the Kahoot! Trivia App. Don’t own a smartphone or    tablet? Call ahead and let us know:              516-921-7161 x 239. We will have a limited number of devices to share for the event.

This event is free.

All are welcome!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

What We’re Reading Now

Here is what some of us here at the Syosset Public Library are reading at the moment:

Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian:

“I’m reading Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg, The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar and Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.”

The author describes her abusive marriage to a man who was funny, warm and supportive but also vengeful and violent and how she finally rejected the abuse, accepted responsibility for herself and decided that she deserved better.


After being fired from her job as a servant, Bhima forms a partnership with Parvati to sell produce at the local market and makes her first true friend.

 


Ten years after his wife Layla’s disappearance, Finn gets a phone call that she’s been seen, receives messages from strangers who seem to know too much, and long-lost items from the past begin showing up around the house.

 

Amy, Children’s Librarian:

“I’m reading Family and Other Catastophes by Alexandra Borowitz.”

Struggling with hypochondria and OCD stemming from her neurotic and drama-prone family, Emily reconnects with her parents and siblings throughout the week before her wedding, an event shaped by relationship dynamics, shared confidences and long-buried secrets.

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian:

“I am currently reading  Death Masks by Jim Butcher (#5 in the Dresden Files series). I enjoy learning more about this urban fantastical world. I am also reading Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. It’s an interesting psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first page.”

With the mighty Steel Wolf clan behind her, Anastasia Kerensky plans to seize the planet Northwind, but Ezekial Crow and Tara Campbell are prepared to repel her invasion-and decide the fate of a world.


A successful banker and a rising filmmaker embark on a blissful paradise honeymoon in Bora Bora, where the discovery of a mysterious bag of riches triggers a sequence of events that indelibly marks their marriage and lives.

 

Meghan, Reference Librarian:

“I am currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It is an insightful read that challenges the ‘extrovert ideal’ and asserts that introverts hold equal power in business and life.”

Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

What We’re Reading Now

Here’s what some of us here at the Syosset Public Library are reading at the moment:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:

“I’m reading The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.”

A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women’s movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend.

Pamela M., Assistant Library Director:

“I’m reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  I started listening to the audio CD in my car, and am driving out of my way so I could listen to it!”

A psychologically charged tale of suspense follows the unexpected twists that shape a divorce and second marriage that are anything but what they seem.

 

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

“I’m currently reading an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) titled Good-bye, Paris by Anstey Harris.”

Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage. But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life.

Rosemarie B., Children’s Librarian:

“I just finished The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. A multi-generational family drama.  Big Angel invites his entire family to attend his last birthday party where grievances, jealousy and ultimately, love are revealed.”

Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of family patriarch Miguel “Big Angel” De La Cruz and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore.

Jessikah, Children’s Librarian:

“I am currently reading The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley, which is a modern retelling of Beowulf set in suburbia. I am really enjoying the playfulness of setting with the classic story. The question of what defines a “monster” is well drawn.”

A modern retelling of “Beowulf” recasts classic themes from the perspectives of the attackers and finds a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran navigating dark realities to protect the sons they love.

All summaries from the publishers.

Stay tuned, we’ll be back with more “What We’re Reading” selections soon!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

BOOK-TO-FILM DISCUSSION

        Friday, July 6, 2018

     2 PM  

With Lisa Hollander, Readers’ Services Librarian

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us, stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

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 H., Readers’ Services

 

June’s Book Displays

“Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach” is the theme for our first book display, a collection of books for your reading pleasure.  All are light reads to take to the beach, on vacation, or even enjoy in your yard. Besides the books, the display includes a couple of bibliography handouts.

Our second display is “Cities of the World”, which consists mostly of
oversize, photographic books about the cities.  Take a tour of these
beautiful cities without leaving your home while learning  the stories of these historic places. You might even get motivated to plan a vacation.

Our 2 mini displays* are:

“In Remembrance of Anthony Bourdain”, an influential American
chef, author and TV personality (June 25, 1956 to June 8, 2018) and
“Local Author Showcase”, a display of books by local authors.

*mini-displays are subject to change at any time*

And on the third floor:

“Men’s Health Month” is the topic for the June health display. Become aware and educated about your health to prevent disease and to live a long healthy life. The display also includes handouts, including Prevention Guidelines for Men 40-49, 50-64 and 65+.

“Gay Pride Month” which features books about and by gay people.
Learn the history of the struggle for their equal rights and their internal struggles.  A very appropriate topic for our times.

It’s also time to sign up for the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Club. On June 27 at 7 pm the library will host Beach Reads Evening Title Swap which is just one of the club’s events and open to all.

Syosset Public Library is your place for enjoyment and learning!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services