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The Invisible Man

Horror R

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy scientist, Cecilia Kass escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding. But when her abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Little Women

Drama PG

Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a film that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms, is both timeless and timely.

Just Mercy

Drama R

A powerful and thought-provoking true story follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian.

I Still Believe

Drama PG

The true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp and his remarkable journey of love and loss that proves there is always hope in midst of tragedy, and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

Like a Boss

Comedy PG-13

Best friends Mia and Mel are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from Claire Luna, a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry, proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly.

Ride Like a Girl

Drama PG

The inspirational true story of Michelle Payne. As a little girl, Michelle dreamed of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup. However, a near-fatal fall threatens to end her hopes of competing in the race. With the love and support from her father and brother Stevie, she overcomes all odds to become the first female to win the Melbourne cup.

The Rhythm Section

Action R

Stephanie Patrick is a woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When she discovers the wreck was no accident, Stephanie enters the dark, complex world of international espionage seeking vengeance. Her search leads to Iain Boyd, a former MI6 agent who trains her to hunt down those responsible. With nothing left to lose, Stephanie transforms from victim to assassin and discovers that neither revenge nor the truth is what they appear.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Comedy PG

The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound human best friend, Tom Wachowski. Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

The Way Back

Drama R

Jack Cunningham was a basketball star with a full university scholarship when he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now, years later, Jack is spiraling down, and drowning in alcoholism. When he is asked to coach the team at his alma mater, he reluctantly accepts. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront his demons. But will it be enough to heal the deep wounds of his past and set him on the road to redemption.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

New in DVD


Drama R
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, Blake’s own brother among them.

The Grudge

Horror R
After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective try to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood. French audio description available.

The Song of Names

Drama PG-13
An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film’s stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of war, and the lost souls extinguished from history.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

star wars the rise of skywalkerSci Fi PG-13
No one’s ever really gone. Rey’s journey continues, and the Skywalker saga concludes.
-posted by Ralph, Media Services

The Library of Congress & its Book Festival

The Library of Congress is simply one of my favorite places. President John Adams signed a bill in 1800 establishing a reference library in the new capital city of Washington, DC. The legislation provided that it contain “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress — and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…”

Photo by Shawn Miller.

Originally, it was housed in the Capitol. During the War of 1812 the British invaded and set fire to the Capitol Building burning most of the collection. Retired President Thomas Jefferson offered his personal collection which he had amassed over 50 years, and which was considered to be one of the finest in America.

I will try to curtail my enthusiasm for the architecture and my personal fondness for the building! However, a little information seems to be in order. The Library is comprised of three buildings, The Thomas Jefferson Building, the john Adams building and the James Madison Building. The Jefferson Building (1897), located next to the Supreme Court and across from the U.S. Capitol, is impressive. If you are interested, take a virtual tour of the building.

But on to books and reading. You have probably heard of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. It was started by then First Lady Laura Bush and the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington with the inaugural event in 2001. This year’s event is scheduled for August.

The Library has been sponsoring an ongoing .. and online!…celebration of the Festival with daily features of videos of the thousands of authors who have appeared at the Festival over the past nearly 20 years. Mondays focus on topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literature; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir, Thursday: popular fiction and Friday: authors who write for children and teens.

Check out the fascinating talks with such authors as Neil Patrick Harris, Colson Whitehead, Patricia Cornwell, Tara Westover, Edmund Morris, and Jacqueline Woodson to name a few of the thousands who have participated.

-posted by Brenda, Reference  Services

Books to Films

credit: S.Grgas

Who doesn’t love a good story? Whether it’s a book or film. Books such as Gone With The Wind** or Game Of Thrones* were not only literary successes but were blockbuster films. During this time of staying at home I’ve been binge watching some TV series.

Some of my recommendations are:

· My Brilliant Friend** is an HBO series based on the novel of the same name by the author Elena Ferrante. Set in the 1950’s in a small town on the outskirts of Naples. It’s a tale of friendship between 2 young girls, Lila and Elena, that spans a lifetime. We watch how the girls grow and change as they confront life and a changing culture.

· The Last Kingdom, a Netflix series based the book The Last Kingdom** by Bernard Cornwell. It’s an epic tale of courage, treachery, duty, politics, religion and love. Set in the late 9th century as Saxons, Britons and Danes fight for control of the land. The story revolves around King Alfred’s dream of uniting kingdoms to form England.

· I Know This Much Is True,* an HBO series released in May. Also based on the novel of the same name by Wally Lamb. The main character is Dominick Birdsey, a man full of anger and hate. He has an identical twin, Thomas who is a paranoid schizophrenic. Dominick both loves his brother deeply and resents him. The story tells a tale of how Dominick finds his roots and eventually learns to accept his fate in life.

Stay safe. Looking forward to the day we’ll see each other at SPL.

-posted by Betty P., Reference Services

Books available on **Overdrive and Hoopla or *Overdrive only.  Overdrive and Hoopla can be accessed through the Syosset Public Library website – all you need is a library card!

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