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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

Do you Miss Performing Arts?

Do you miss performing arts? There are a a number of possibilities to see wonderful performers from home:

“The Shows Must Go On” on the YouTube platform  offers a new Broadway show every Friday. The show is only available for 48 hours. So have your snacks ready! So far the offerings have included “Cats” and “Hairspray.”

Love Shakespeare? The Globe Theatre has been releasing a new show every two weeks. The current production is The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Vienna State Opera has been streaming operas and ballets from its archive. The performances are available for 24 hours.

Like all other performing arts programs, American Ballet Theater is moving to a virtual season May 11-July 4. Daily programming include converatsions, ballet classes, concerts, artist profiles and spotlights, hair and makeup tutorials, and historical review.

And the esteemed Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from its Live in HD series. Each performance begins at 7:30 and is available for 23 hours. At their homepage you can  link to additional information about the operas.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is presenting its 2008 production of Macbeth on Facebook.

And Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three has original short plays on its YouTube channel.

Theaters may be dark but there is a way for us to enjoy cultural events.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Anyone for a Crossword Puzzle?

My family and I have always been crossword puzzle fans. When time allowed , we would try to work on them as often as we could. Not only they help to sharpen the brain but also increase your knowledge of the meaning of many words and also learn new words.

Newsday has two puzzles in the paper each day (except on Sunday – only one) so my daughter and I each have one to work on now that we have a little extra spare time. We try to do as much as we can on our own puzzle . We then switch and work on each other’s puzzle trying to fill in the missing words. After all , two brains are better then one. If puzzles are not completely solved, when my son in law comes home, he is the closer and finishes them if he can. After all, three brains are better than two !!!

There is a good feeling when puzzle is solved and we’ve all had a hand in this project and have accomplished something and enjoyed ourselves.  Try it!

-posted by Dona, Acquisitions Services


Anyone For Some Binge-Watching?

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Lately, I’ve been bingeing a variety of movies, documentaries and TV shows of various genres.

For action comedy, I watched the Bad Boys trilogy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, who play two Miami detectives who encounter various crime situations.

For comedy series, I stream The Office starring Steve Carell, which is a humorous documentary-style look into the everyday lives of office workers. For a romantic comedy, I watched Always Be My Maybe and Disney’s Enchanted, a fantasy romantic comedy about true love.

For sports drama, I watched the movie Ford vs. Ferrari staring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, which is based on a true story about two men working on a race car for the Ford Motor Co. I’m also continuing to watch the sports documentary, Last Dance, about the career of Michael Jordan.

For historical drama, I continued my love for the series, Downton Abbey, by watching the film.

And yes, I did watch Tiger King, which falls into many genres!

-posted by Rosalia, Acquisitions Services

Let us help you find your own binge watches by browsing through Hoopla, Kanopy, AcornTV or Qello available through our website – all you need is a library card!


Cooking While in Quarantine

I find cooking shows interesting and distracting from what’s going on in the news, And since we are all staying in and cooking more these shows have been useful adding interest to my menus.
  •  Lidia Bastianich –  her many shows are excellent for Italian cooking skills and recipes.
  • America’s Test Kitchen with hosts Julia Collins Davidson and Bridget Lancaster  Is basically a how to cooking skills and testing of recipe, foods and kitchen equipment.
  • Good Eats with Alton Brown – tell the science of foods and their history, fun and interesting show
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman on the travel channel. Travels the world and tries exotic foods and gives the back story of their origin.

While the library is closed you can still find cookbooks and cooking videos on our our website using the Overdrive, Hoopla, Creativebug or RBDigital platforms.  All you need is a library card!

Bon Appetit!

-posted by Marie V.,  Circulation Services and Sonia, Reference Services

A Mini History Course on our “Hometown” President: Theodore Roosevelt

Long Island University’s Theodore Roosevelt Institute is sponsoring a series of four lectures on the 26th President. Tweed Roosevelt will present tales of his great grandfather.

The first lecture will look at the future President’s time in the Badlands of North Dakota. He initially went to hunt buffalo but fell in love with the area, buying a herd of cattle and hiring local men to run the enterprise when he returned to NY. This was not just an economic decision. It also would give him a chance to live the western lifestyle which he had long romanticized. Did you know he hunted down a pair of thieves  who had stolen his boat and marched them back to the Dickinson, ND?

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Register for the virtual lecture series here https://liu.edu/roosevelt. The dates are May 19, June 16, September 15 and October 20 at noon.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Film Review: Patrick

Starring : Beattie Edmondson

Setting: London’s Richmond and Chiswick areas

Rating: NR

Available on Hoopla

Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes



Are you looking for a very light, cute comedy that your entire family can watch together? Patrick might be your answer. Although it is rated NR in the United States, this British comedy is rated PG in the UK. Is there foul language? No. Is there violence? Not unless you consider a spoiled pug to be a violent creature. The reason behind the PG rating is due to the sensitive issue that a character faces because of her parents’ divorce.

Otherwise, this is a very benign British comedy that centers around a newly hired female teacher who inherits Patrick, her grandmother’s pug. This is a dog who was raised as a human in a pristine home, ate only gourmet food and had a full doggie wardrobe. After the demise of his beloved owner, he finds himself in the hands of a young woman, Sarah Francis, who not only thinks he is hideous, but is also a true hater of all dogs. If you are guessing that this movie has a formulated, predicable plot, you are right. However, it’s really quite enjoyable and you will probably find yourself watching the entire movie.

Patrick has a difficult time adjusting to his new surroundings and eating real dog food. It isn’t easy for Sarah either. When she comes home from her first day of teaching, she finds her flat in shambles. After a few days, her landlord hands her an eviction notice. Fortunately, a colleague has a brother who needs someone to stay in his houseboat for a few years, while he’s away on business.

Her life changes for the better, and so does her relationship with Patrick. As stated, the movie does follow a formula. It includes romance and a bit of suspense. As in almost all other movies about dogs, you can expect Patrick to get lost, feel Sarah’s devastation, and watch Patrick miraculously find his way back.

The high school students and teachers that Sarah works with are quite typical, enjoyable characters.

In summary, this is the perfect movie to watch, when you want a light comedy.

Patrick is available to view on Hoopla, access available using your Syosset Public Library card.

-posted by Isabel, Readers’ Services

Presidential Homes…Visit from the Comfort of your Own Home!

Sagamore Hill, The home of President Theodore Roosevelt, has announced that the National Historic site will be totally closed. The House and Museum at Old Orchard haves been closed for several weeks but now the grounds and trails are also closed to the public. May I suggest taking a virtual tour of the collection through Google Arts and Culture at? It is really quite amazing to ‘walk’ through the House and get close to the art and treasures of the House (much closer than on an in person tour).

George Washington was born in the Northern Neck of Virginia. The site is preserved by the National Park Service. Enjoy a virtual tour and see the rural area that was the birthplace of our first President. Then head north to take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home which was built around 1734 by his father, Augustine. The site offers livestream tours of the estate, educational resources and in depth looks at the man. You can take a similar Google tour of the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA. Take a look inside the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams as well as the Stone Library which has 12,000 volumes collected by four generations of the Adams family.


Have fun visiting these homes of some of our Presidents!