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What We’re Reading Now

Time to take a peek over the shoulders of members of our staff to see what they are reading at the moment:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Presents a rendering of the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.  But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

-Sue Ann,  Head of Children’s Services

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

-Pam M., Assistant Library Director

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Evening Book Discussion, February 13)

Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.

-Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

While investigating a homicide, Dave Robicheaux, who is struggling with PTSD, alcoholism, and the loss of his wife, suspects he may have been the killer and endeavors to clear his name and make sense of the killing.

 

Two Girls Down ​by Louisa Luna

Hired by the devastated mother of two young girls who have gone missing from a small Pennsylvania town strip mall, enigmatic bounty hunter Alice Vega is rebuffed by the overextended local police and partners with disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, on a case involving a dangerous web of lies, false leads and complex relationships.

-Jean S., Readers’ Services Librarian

Robots vs Fairies ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

-Megan, Systems Manager

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant’s suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (Afternoon Book Discussion, Jan 30)

A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity

-Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Summer Reading at Syosset Library is Almost Here!

Great news: The Adult Summer Reading Club is back and ready for another great summer!

Registration for the Syosset Public Library’s 8th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  The program is as simple and stress-free as last year, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register for the program and finish reading by Friday, August 11. 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 on Wednesday, August 16.

We will kick-off the Summer with two very special events:

Title Swap with Librarians on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM on the 2nd Floor 

Local Author Showcase on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 PM in the Theater

Adult Summer Reading Club members will receive complimentary raffle tickets for attending one or both events.

Club is open to Syosset School District residents 18 years or older with a valid Syosset Public Library Card.  The two events are open to all.

See a Readers’ Services Librarian on the 2nd floor to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club.  Registration begins on Tuesday, June 6.  You must register in person at the Readers’ Services Desk before submitting raffle tickets. The sooner you register, the more books you will have time to read. Please remember: you cannot backtrack your books. Only books you start reading from the day you register through August 11 can be submitted.

Registration is not required to attend events, so bring your friends!

We look forward to another great summer of fantastic books!

Join us again this year!

Please call the Readers’ Services Department with any questions 516-921-7161 x 239 or email us at Readersservices@syossetlibrary.org.

For more information, see our website which will be advertising our Summer Reading Programs soon.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Title Swap with Librarians

Second floor fireplace and seating area.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Jean Simpson, Lisa Jones, Ralph Guiteau and Evelyn Hershkowitz for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Suspense?  Biography? Adventure?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available on our website.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

Join us for a special evening Title Swap on

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7 PM

Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great “Beach Reads” reading list. No registration is required.  Free.  Attend this event and receive an extra Summer Reading raffle ticket.  What is the raffle ticket for? It’s for a chance to win a prize from our  Adult Summer Reading Club.  If you have not joined yet just come to the Readers” Services Desk and sign up.

After you sign up you can submit titles of any book you read during the summer until  August 12, 2016.  For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawing and at the

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on August 17, 2016.

  • Patrons read books of their own choice: Adult & Young Adult books qualify; Children’s books do not
  • Audio Books qualify
  • Patrons who join the program and submit at least one title will be sent an invitation to the Wrap-Up Party on August 17, 2016 at 7 PM
  • Open to Syosset School District Residents 18 years or older

Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 PM

Second floor fireplace and seating area.
Second floor fireplace and seating area.

Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Jean Simpson, Lisa Jones, Ralph Guiteau and Evelyn Hershkowitz for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

beach title swapLooking for something particular?  Suspense?  Biography? Adventure?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Audiobooks We Like

audio books picI recently asked my coworkers to tell me about some of their favorite audiobook experiences. Here’s what I heard about audiobooks:

echo“A favorite book on CD was Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.  It is a children’s book that revolves around a harmonica that makes its way into different hands as three intertwined stories come together.  The best part of this audiobook was how it incorporated the harmonica music into the story!”

-Pam S., Reference Librarian

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“I love audio books, but the three that stand out to me at the moment are:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer, & Coolidge by Amity Shales.

Unbroken is just such an amazing story, and the fact that Louie Zamperini found a way to forgive his Japanese captors is beyond amazing to me.  I came to listen to this because I always knew a little bit about his story, but I wanted to learn more.

The Tenth Justice is an exciting story that kept me involved throughout the entire audio book.  It’s a great, quick fiction that is great to listen to during a run (which is when I most often listen to audio books).  I came to listen to this audio book after learning watching his show TV “Decoded.”

Coolidge is a very in-depth book about our 30th President.  Calvin Coolidge has always interested me so I decided to listen to this while training for a marathon, and it did not disappoint.”

-Jason, Systems Librarian

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Man Called Ove audioInvention of Wings audio“For me its a toss-up between  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  I loved a  A Man Called Ove for its charm and feel good message about the importance of being a good person.  The narrator has a great delivery too.  The Invention of Wings was a wonderful historical fiction novel about the friendship between a wealthy Southern girl and a young slave.  Having two different narrators for the characters of Handful and Sarah really add to the story and make the characters come alive.”

-Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – The story grabbed me from the beginning… and the narrator’s voice was wonderful to listen to.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Another dimension was added to the book because of the dramatic readings of the actresses narrating it. I don’t think I would have noticed it had I just been reading it.

 A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson – I don’t think I would have had the patience to read this and probably would have skimmed over a lot of it but listening to it was a different experience in that you focus on each word and the rhythm of Bryson’s text.”

-Pam M., Assistant Library Director

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nightingale audio“I have 2 audio books for you:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.- I enjoyed listening to it because it was an emotional and intense read. I felt more connected to the characters listening to them.

world war z audiobookWorld War Z  by Max Brooks – There are multiple narrators, most of them well known actors (Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Jerry Ryan, Mark  Hamill to name a few). It’s interesting because so many people are involved in this audiobook – which is a narrative about the war against zombies.”

-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

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woman of independent means“I don’t get to listen to audiobooks very frequently, but I loved A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Hailey Forsythe.  Since it is written in letter format, it is perfect as an audiobook.   I enjoyed it so much since it follows her life from childhood to the end.  It spans so much history (from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s) and her development from an innocent girl to a courageous, confident woman.”

-Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services

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americanah“Here are 2 audiobooks:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:  This audiobook was beautifully narrated by Adjoa Andoh.  Her voice easily captured the language and culture of the main character’s home country, Nigeria, giving the listener an immersive experience.

me talk pretty one dayMe Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris:  This author/narrator is a humorist and comedian so I thought it would be better to listen to the book rather than read it.  I was right, with many laugh-out-loud scenes it made driving more enjoyable.”

-Rosemarie B, Children’s Services Librarian

“For me it’s two mystery series, both by the same author: M. C. Beaton‘s Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series.  I started by listening  to the first of each a few years ago and I’m still at it.  I have read some of them in print but I enjoy them very much more in audio. I like listening to British accents and these have had every kind you could imagine. Plus they are often laugh out loud funny. I’m also enjoying listening to Robert Galbraith‘s (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym) Cormoran Strike mystery series.  The reader, Robert Glenister, makes all the characters distinctive and Rowling is proving she’s no fluke.”

-Sonia, Reference, Librarian

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What are some of your favorite audiobooks?  Please tell us in the comments.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, March 1st at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_77718817 White cup of coffee and open book on white backgroundShare tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join Readers’ Services librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Ralph Guiteau, Lisa Jones, Stacey Levine and Jean Simpson for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Romance? Suspense?  Your next book club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Fall reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

fireplace and chairsWe look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here: http://www.syossetlibrary.org/books/events-for-readers/title-swap

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services