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2020 Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-up and Thank You!

A big “thank you” to everyone who participated in the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Club. This year’s program ran from July 1 through August 14. Eighty patrons registered, submitting a total of 515 titles. Thirty-nine prizes were awarded to the raffle prize winners. The 2020 Adult Summer Reading Club may have been a little different than years past but we are so glad you joined us and we hope it made your summer a little brighter.

Our gratitude to the following local businesses for their prize donations: Bagel Boss, It’s Greek to Me, and ShopRite, as well as the Penguin Random House Library Marketing Committee and local author Brenda Janowitz.

Just a small sample of this year’s prizes pictured here. Looking forward to next year!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Virtual Title Swap – Best Books of Summer 2020

Excited to hear about our favorite books of Summer 2020? Join the Readers’ Services Department for a fun, lively, presentation of all the books we can’t stop talking about and share the titles that you have enjoyed this summer.

Join us via Zoom from the link on the Virtual Calendar.

Leave with a list of great reads! Find previous title swap book lists here.

No registration required.

-posted by Donna, Readers’ Services

Syosset Library and Libraries Worldwide Join Overdrive for August’s Big Library Read

Syosset Library patrons are joining millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book clubFrom August 3 -17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” The Darwin Affair from their public library. Syosset Library readers can solve the mystery from home – with a valid library card and no waiting – by visiting https://nassau.overdrive.com/ or through the Overdrive or Libby apps. Readers can then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/.

Big Library Read is available in over 22,000 libraries around the world, including more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America, which has resulted in extensive online conversations during past programs. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Historical fiction novel The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Darwin Affair is the 22nd selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. This free program runs for three weeks and only requires a Library name card to get started.

The Darwin Affair was published by Algonquin Books and can be read on all major computers and devices through the Overdrive or Libby apps, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion and learn about past Big Library Read titles, visit biglibraryread.com.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Grab and Go Book Bags

Looking for a selection of titles tailored to your preferences? Try a Grab and Go Book Bag! Each bag includes 4 books grouped by genre, author, topic or series. Keep the books for up to 56 days. Return them as you finish or all at once. Come on in and grab yours!

-posted by Readers’ Services

Best Books of Summer Virtual Title Swap

Excited to hear about our favorite books? Well, we’re excited to hear about yours too! Join the Readers’ Services Department for fun, lively, genre-specific sharing of all the books we all can’t stop talking about. Leave with a list of great reads!*( No registration required.

Join us via Zoom from the link on the Virtual Calendar – www.syossetlibrary.org

*Lists of books mentioned during prior Title Swaps and be found here.

-posted by Readers’ Services

Facebook Fridays: Book Discussions 

Welcome to Syosset Library’s Facebook Fridays: a low-key book discussion you can participate in on your own time. How does it work? Visit the Library’s Facebook page: Syosset Public Library, search for the post, read the provided background information, and participate in questions in the comments below. A great opportunity to read and engage with your community! No registration required. Led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.

A new discussion of The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood will be posted on Friday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Previously posted discussions are ready for your input and can be located using the post search option:

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

All titles are available for instant download using your library card on Hoopla here. Hoopla books can be read on your computer or smart device.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

2020 Adult Summer Reading Club

Welcome to Syosset Library’s 11th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club. This year’s program will be a little different but still 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 14, 2020.

For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win a raffle prize. Prizes will be announced via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3 PM. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, we will be introducing a smaller version of the traditional Adult Summer Reading Club. Prizes will be limited to two per participant. Winners’ names will be pulled at random.

Registration is required to participate and began on Wednesday, July 1. All titles must be submitted by Friday, August 14 at 6 PM. 

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

What I’m Reading…

I just finished the book Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner which is a new release. Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and loves to connect to her fans on all forms of social media. When her publisher decided to move UP the date of publication, it was not expected as many other books were pushed back. It does not disappoint.

Instagram influencer Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh comes back into her life six years after huge fight.  Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is speechless but agrees to do it.

About halfway through the book there is an interesting twist and I don’t want to ruin it but I was shocked because I did not see it coming. Along the way Weiner touches on topics like Instagram filters, weight and the complexities of both female friendships and family.  I highly recommend it for a good summer escape.

Big Summer is available in ebook and audiobook formats in Overdrive.

-posted by Lisa H., Readers’ Services