Ken Burns’ films have long been recognized as some of the best documentaries of the American experience. But the forthcoming series on America’s National Parks have received more buzz than ever, it seems. I saw the one hour preview on PBS a few weeks ago, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Burns and crew have captured the essence of these national treasures through the history and storytelling, as well as the amazing vistas seen today. They have documented the experiences of historical figures such as presidents, artists and conservationists, as well as the anecdotes of park rangers and travelers like us. This fantastic series should be an inspiration to us all, to stop and appreciate these beautiful landscapes, whether from our couches or our campers. The six part series can be seen on PBS stations, beginning Sunday Sept 27. For more information about the series, visit one of these websites: http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/, http://www.thirteen.org, http://www.wliw.org/, or for information about the National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/index.htm.
If you would like to learn more about travelling to our National Parks, or just enjoy the scenery through our books or video collections, call or stop by the library. The Syosset Library has the companion book to the series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Or you can pick up one of our many other books or videos about America’s National Parks. You’ll find many of these items on our National Parks book display on the third floor. If you prefer a good read, take an adventure in mystery fiction, set in the national parks, with a book by Nevada Barr, along with a bookmark for the PBS series. When you’re done, you can soak it and plant it to grow wildflowers of your own! And if you enjoy the series, and you’d like to check out some of Ken Burns’ past works, you can find some additional items in our collection.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments, or a personal memory, about the National Parks here on our blog. My favorite National Park is Yosemite. What’s yours?
– posted by Marianne L., Reference Services
“They don’t make them like they used to”: hundreds of channels and nothing to watch? Our current third floor display features materials dealing with television shows that premiered in September during the years prior to 1980. As the 2009-2010 television season starts up, come in and reminisce about the shows America used to love to watch. You’ll find many of those shows in DVD format on display, as well as books about them and that era in television. If you don’t see what you’re interested in, please ask at the reference desk and a librarian will make every effort to find what you need!
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services.
The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.
We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find. However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:
Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:
In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.
Hip: the history by John Leland.
Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.
Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.
I love it when you talk retro: hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes.
Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.
As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.
Vintage reading: from Plato to Bradbury: a personal tour of some of the world’s best books by Robert Kanigel.
Dream lucky: when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat— by Roxane Orgill.
Books on Advertising History
Twenty ads that shook the world: the century’s most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James Twitchell.
New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.
Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.
Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.
Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”! I did and it looks just swell!
– posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian
The Emmy award winning series just had its much anticipated premiere this past Sunday. If you’re interested in catching up on this drama about a group of Madison Avenue advertising executives in the early 1960s, the Syosset Public Library has both Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD. Mad Men is just one of many Television Series on DVD available for loan at the library.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services