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Afternoon Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm

with Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

“When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband’s murder by fundamentalists, former schoolteacher Fereiba embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children.” -from the publisher

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 Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

Shazam!

Action PG-13
Everybody has a superhero inside of them; it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word, this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into an adult superhero, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart, inside a ripped, godlike body, he revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! But he’ll need to master these powers quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil.

Breakthrough

Drama PG
Based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. A reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Book to Film Discussion

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary

of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2 pm

with Barney Levantino, Reference Librarian

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (2005), by James R. Hansen, about legendary U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s journey to become the first person to walk on the moon. Read the book, then see how it is interpreted and adapted for the screen. Rated PG-13.

A short discussion will follow the viewing of the film.

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 Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Author Visit – Nicola Harrison

Author Visit with Nicola Harrison

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2 PM

Novelist Nicola Harrison joins us to discuss the writing of her novel Montauk (2019), a fictionalized account about the transformation of a small fishing village to the resort town destination it has become. Copies of Montauk will be sold by the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY for signing. Photo Credit: Erwin List

This program is free. 

No registration required.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

All are welcome!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

Five Years on the Blog

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in May in the past five years:

2018: LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE

2017: STARTUP THAT BBQ!

2016: TOOLS TO FIND YOUR NEXT READ, PART 1

2015: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

2014: HOW I SPENT THE MONTH OF APRIL…

Watch out for when we take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in June.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Adult Summer Reading Club Starts

The Syosset Public Library’s 10th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday June 4, 2019. The program is 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 9, 2019. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party being held on August 14 at 7 PM. In-person registration is required to participate and begins on Tuesday, June 4 at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.

Come and join in the fun!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Celebrating Walt Whitman on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth

Walt Whitman, perhaps best known as the poet of the Leaves of Grass, was born in Huntington on May 31, 1819. He was the second of nine children born to Walter and Louisa Whitman. The family soon moved to Brooklyn where Whitman attended the local schools. He was a voracious reader and was largely self-educated.

Of course, most of us know him as a poet. America’s poet. The poet of democracy. But did you know that he was also a printer, carpenter, civil servant, the founder and editor of the Huntington-based Long Islander newspaper and a teacher in several one-room schools? During the Civil War he traveled to Washington, DC to care for his wounded brother and then stayed to nurse and comfort other wounded soldiers, even writing letters home for them. Out of these varied experiences came many poems and prose works.

There is a rich online archive of his original works as well as commentary, criticism of his writings and biographical information at the Walt Whitman Archive. The Library of Congress  has a treasure trove of Whitman material. Would you like to be part of the effort by the Library of Congress to make accessible more of Whitman’s work? You can! There is a crowdsourcing campaign where you can transcribe drafts of his poetry, prose and correspondence.

After suffering a stroke in 1873, Whitman moved to Camden, NJ where his brother lived.

Maybe his poem, “Song of the Open Road,” will inspire you to take a drive to NJ to visit the home he bought in Camden (1884) and where he eventually died (1892).

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me, leading me wherever I choose…

Allons! whoever you are! come forth!

You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you….

Allons! be not detain’d!…

Allons! the road is before us!”

Closer to home is the Walt Whitman Birthplace, the house his father built and where he was born. Call the library to reserve the museum pass. And come to the third floor to see the display of books celebrating Whitman’s life and influence.

On May 31 the library is showing a documentary about his life, followed by a discussion led by librarian Sonia Grgas.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services