Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

     Bob Dylan, 75-year-old poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first musician to win the award.  A controversial choice, he was chosen for the literary and poetical quality of his lyrics throughout his 55-year songwriting career.   The Library holds a large number of books on the life, career and art of Dylan, featuring many recent titles,  including a volume which features every single lyric penned by the new Nobel laureate.  Along with a full array of music CD’s the Library has a number of concert and biographical DVD’s on the life and music of Dylan, including the wonderful feature film “I’m Not There”  in which different actors portray him at various points of his career.  Come in and learn more about this fascinating, enigmatic and brilliant performer.   


New Musical Blasts From the Past

Latest sounds from Veteran Musicians

     Brand new nonagenarian Chuck Berry, who turned 90 years old on October 18, is in the studio recording his first new album in 35 years, to be released in 2017.   Here are some other old favorites still dropping new tracks into their 70’s:

The Rolling Stones – “Blue and Lonesome”, their first album since 2005, coming in December.

The Monkees – “Good Times”, their first since 1997’s “Justus”, released this year.

The Zombies – “Still Got That Hunger”, a terrific album, released last year.

Elton John – “Wonderful Crazy Night”, released this year.

Paul Simon – “Stranger To Stranger”, released this year to good reviews.

The Pretenders – “Alone”, released this year.
Leonard Cohen – “You  Want It Darker”, released this year.

The Library has copies of these albums and many more new releases available to be checked out for your listening pleasure.

Don’t be Ashamed.

Read what you want to read. Don’t be afraid to ask about erotic novels, mental health, LGBT books, etc. The public library is for everyone. If you really don’t want to ask me, or my co-workers you can look them up on our online catalog.

For this reason libraries all our the world celebrate “Banned Book Week” which is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society” (See the ALA).

Libraries and librarians attempt to ensure the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. We strive to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. So don’t judge and don’t be ashamed. Read what you want. 

Are you Reading this Summer?

When I think about summer I think of going to the beach, enjoying the outdoors, vacations, pools and delicious food at BBQs. My summer was spent going to the beach, boating and going on a few mini vacations which included Boston and upstate New York. I have a few “firsts” that happened to me. First time on a sailboat, first time whale watching and the first time in a cavern. It was also the first time I didn’t bring a book to read other than travel guides!

Others, however have been busy catching up on assigned summer reading. This year’s theme seems to be classic literature as many people have been asking for To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Expectations and The Grapes of Wrath to name a few. Summer reading is a rite of passage, and believe it or not some of these classics are actually good! Great Expectations by Charles Dickens has the most memorable characters in literature and if you have not read it I suggest you start there. You can also check out this list.

What time of the year do you read most? For me when the temperatures start to drop I’m sure I will pick up a few books along the way. Nevertheless, if you follow me on GoodReads a book or two will appear on my list even in the summer months.

Long Island Fiction

I recently did a Long Island Fiction book display. The books seemed to be pretty popular, because I had to refill the display a few times. One of the authors that I featured on this display is none other than Nelson Demille. For those of you who haven’t read any of his works I would suggest the John Corey series.

The first book in this series which I have read is called Plum Island. In this book you meet a very charismatic protagonist. He’s a brilliant detective, but he is also funny and sarcastic. His inner monologues really makes the book a pleasure to read, even though you are reading about a vicious double murder. Another thing Demille does very well is describe the sights and sounds of Long Island.

A series sounds like a lot of commitment, but don’t worry book two The Lion’s Game is just as good as the first if not better. In an interview Demille stated that he never intended on making Plum Island a series so the The Lion’s Game has the same sarcastic main character, but without a prolonged continuous plot line. In other words you can pick up any book in the series and not miss out. In this second book Corey is on the hunt for an international terrorist. Although this was published before the events of 9/11 the story line is eerily similar to the political situation we have now. Demille explains in his introduction that the similarity is due to all of the research and interviews he conducted with law enforcement in preparation of writing the book.

If you’ve flown from Long Island MacArthur airport or have been to the Cradle of Aviation Museum you’ll be delighted to find out how Demille sneaks these Long Island places into his book.

Digital Services @ your library

What does a library have to offer? Traditional answers include books, movies, community space, and programs. Libraries have evolved to include emerging technologies such as eBooks, but did you know we also offer other great digital services?

flipsterFlipster is a digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. It’s especially beautiful and convenient for iPad users. To access it click on the Flipster link from the library’s research page found under the Magazines & Newspaper section. Sign in using your valid library card! From the main Flipster page you can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. Some popular titles include: People Weekly, Car and Driver, HGTV magazine, and many others.

indieflix With your library card you also have access to a free movie streaming service. Indieflix features unlimited access to over 4,500 selections of independent films which include the best of Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca film festivals. To access this service click the link from the library’s research page and find it under the Arts & Humanities subject heading. This service works on  all internet devices and even on Roku.

To access any of our digital services including eBooks, you will need a valid library card. If you don’t have a library card (yet)  You can apply for a temporary card online here, but you must visit the library within the next 30 days to complete registration. If it has been a long time since you’ve used your card renew it by coming down to the library. If you have outstanding fines to be paid you can do so in person, or online here.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


A blind French girl, Marie Laurie, escapes to her great-uncle’s house in Saint-Malo, France with her father during World War II.  When her father is imprisoned, Marie Laurie assists the resistance in her town along with the help of her great-uncle. She also guards a secret that her father left with her. Marie Laurie crosses paths with Werner, a young German soldier, and they save each other in more ways than one. This beautiful novel  is told in alternating voices & is highly recommended for young adult fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is also good for teens who enjoy a layered story told with nuanced  language. This is an adult book with adult themes so it is recommended for older teens.

Check out the Author’s website for a more detailed summary