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Lake Reads

canandaiqua lakeI just got back from a week at Canandaigua Lake. While reading and enjoying the beautiful scenery, I started thinking of all the wonderful books that take place on a lake.  Here are some of my favorite books that are great lake reads:

Crow Lake Crow Lake * –  Mary Lawson   In the rural farm country of northern Ontario, the lives of two families–the farming Pye family, and zoologist Kate Morrison and her three brothers–are brought together and torn apart by misunderstanding, resentment, family love, and tragedy.

Inn at Lake DevineThe Inn at Lake Devine  –  Elinor Lipman   When her mother receives a notice about a Vermont inn that caters especially to non-Jewish guests, Natalie Marx becomes obsessed with the once-restricted, family-owned resort and wangles an invitation to join a friend on a vacation there.

Lake ComoLake Como –  Anita Hughes   After walking in on her fiancé cheating on her with her boss, Hallie Elliot escapes to Lake Como in Italy where she becomes involved with a mysterious estate caretaker with a dark and secretive past.

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages  – Carol Goodman   Returning to the Heart Lake School for Girls as a Latin teacher to start a new life with her daughter, Jane is haunted by past tragedy and terrifying memories when she begins receiving menacing messages.


*available for Book Club in a Bag                        All summaries from the publishers.

This article appeared previously in The Book Club Insider, July 2016     

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Special Collections of the Syosset Library

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In this large library we have numerous special collections. The first floor caters to the popular items and includes the “Stars” the hottest new dvd’s and books.  It also houses our “World Languages Collection”, “Large Print” and “Oversized Pictorial books”.  Cookbooks and Travels books are located on the main floor.  In the back by the elevators is my favorite, our Art Gallery, which changes monthly.

Our second floor fiction area has some interesting collections.  They include “New Adults” for the 18 to 25 crowd, “Crossovers” fiction enjoyed by teens and adults alike and “Adult Graphic Novels”.  And of course our “Staff Picks”, the favorite books of SPL staff.

On the third floor, home to non-fiction books, has “Health Reference Center”, “Business and Career Area” and books for computers and digital devices.  We also have a display for recent non-fiction, currently including some of the best non-fiction for 2015.  The third floor has the Teen Space and our new “Creation Station”.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

AtoZ World Travel Database

AtoZ world travel

The AtoZ World Travel database is now available on the Syosset Public Library’s website:

  • Contains Over 200 World City Travel Guides
  • 60+ Topics for Each City Including City Guides, Attractions, Travel Essentials, City & Regional Maps & Transportation
  • 56 World Travel Resources including World Dialing Guide, Emergency Resources, Living Abroad Information & Money Saving Tips

For access visit www.SyossetLibrary.org. The AtoZ World Travel database can be found under Research > Articles & Databases.  Type your library barcode in where it says Library Login and start planning your next vacation.

-posted by Alisa, Reference Services


The Star Spangled Banner and the War of 1812

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This has been an incredible year for anniversary celebrations: 100 years since the start of World War I, D-Day’s 70th anniversary,  50 years since the Freedom Summer and  the signing of the Civil Rights Act (as well as the arrival of the Beatles in the United States) and 25 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Somehow the War of 1812 and its significant events 200 years ago get lost in the shuffle. PBS has an informative video about the War of 1812.

WhiteHouseBurning 1812In April 1813 the Americans captured and burned the Canadian city of York. In August 1814 the British retaliated by burning Washington, DC. We all have heard of the tale of First Lady Dolley Madison saving the portrait of George Washington. A month later was the Battle of Baltimore. Perhaps the memory of that is Francis Scott Key and his composition of the Star Spangled Banner. (A quick history refresher: Key was an attorney sent to negotiate the release of a prisoner of war aboard a British ship in Baltimore Harbor. He was detained aboard ship when the bombardment started. He wrote the poem the following morning when he saw that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. The poem was popular immediately but not recognized by Congress as the national anthem until 1931.)

fort mchenry under siegeThe flag has survived! It is housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Before the museum acquired the flag it was kept by a private family. The family snipped pieces of the flag to give to dignitaries and relatives. If you visited the museum years ago, you might remember that each hour the flag was raised and lowered as patriot music played. Well, years of hanging and rubbing against an opaque screen made more holes in the flag. In recent years the flag has undergone intensive conservation and now is displayed in a specially designed dimly lit room. It is pretty impressive. Check the Smithsonian’s interactive flag display.

star spangled banner handwrittenYou could make a nice road trip to celebrate these historic events. Key’s original manuscript  is entrusted to the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore (it is sometimes on loan during this bicentennial).







fort mchenryThen visit Fort McHenry  to see where the flag inspired Key hung. And finally go to D.C. to view the recently preserved flag itself.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Go Wild!

national parks service logoThe National Park Service is the guardian of the nation’s historic sites and wilderness areas. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, wild and scenic rivers and trails. The Service is celebrating National Parks Week April 19- 27. This year’s theme is “Go Wild”

In 1872 President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law creating Yellowstone as the world’s first national park. This act set aside from development or settlement more than two million acres in the Montana and Wyoming territories  to be “dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Then in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act which  began as an effort  to protect the prehistoric cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins and early missions in the Southwest.  The National Park Service was formed by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Even though our closest NPS site, Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, is closed for major rehabilitation, the grounds and the Roosevelt Museum are open for visitors. Fire Island National Seashore provides wonderful outdoor opportunities. Or you can head into NYC and visit the African Burial Grounds, the Statue of Liberty or the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.

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As you plan your summer travel, be sure to check out the suggested itineraries on the Service’s website. These road trips take you along routes to explore history, archaeology and culture.

If you are more of an armchair traveler, check out the series of DVDs the Syosset Public Library owns on the parks. And, of course, there are many books available.

If you are serious about traveling you might want to buy the annual pass for $80. The senior pass is a real bargain: for those over age 62 the cost is a one time fee of $10! Look at the other passes on the website before you travel.

The National Park Service now oversees more than 400 sites. You can check them here.  You can search by type of site or by location.    There is really something for everyone! So “Go Wild”!

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services


With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vacation plans.  The Syosset Public Library has a wealth of resources to help you plan your vacation from start to finish.  Be it foreign or domestic travel, the Syosset Public Library is a great place to start exploring your next travel destination.

Please join us on Monday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. in conference room B/C for an informative session regarding all things travel.   The discussion, led by Librarian’s Marianne Malagon and Lisa Jones, will include :

  • Travel Books & Magazines
  • Travel Videos
  • Language Learning Products
  • Online Databases
  • Travel Websites
  • Memoirs

 This program is free and no registration is required.

All are welcome!

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian



The Syosset Public Library has acquired Global Road Warrior, a world-class e-content database offering country-by-country information on 175 nations and territories, as a free service to patrons.

The database features information segregated into over 90 categories from business to travel essentials, embassies/consulates and health and medical, and includes over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 maps. Topics include country facts, society and culture, money and banking, business culture, communications and more. Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.

Global Road Warrior is proving valuable to multiple educational disciplines and promotes cross-cultural understanding through comparative studies. Business people engaged in international trade, students researching country reports and patrons planning international travel all will find what they need within this site.

With Global Road Warrior, you can find accurate world data and become a roving globetrotter without leaving your desk. Using this database is like getting a ticket for a trip around the world. Our library is proud to offer this rich, colorful content.  To grab your boarding pass, visit the library website  or contact the Reference Services Department at 516-921-7161 x217.

– posted by Marianne, Reference Services