This Week at the Syosset Library


Every Color Has a Story: History on the Palette (Virtual)

Thursday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m.

Do you know the history of the colors in the world? All the tints, hues, dyes and shades of the colors around you can be traced back to a specific point in history, and the stories they tell are amazing! Which came first, the fruit orange or the color orange? Was Lincoln green named after Mary Lincoln? No registration needed. For zoom link go to  Presenter, Laura Keyes, author & library director in central Illinois.


Clay McLeod Chapman (at Theodore’s Books and Virtual)

Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.

Join us in person at Theodore’s Books in Oyster Bay to meet Clay McCleod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters. Clay will be chatting with us about his newest novel. Book signing to follow. Free coffee and treats from Mongo’s Coffee in Syosset will be served.  For zoom link go to  


The Deep Fall Garden (In-Person)

Friday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m.

The discussion will include planting in containers versus planting in the ground. Discussion will cover how to care for each of the 9 plants that will be shown (mums, ornamental cabbage, ornamental peppers, pansies, and more). Paul will discuss the best watering techniques, best location to plant and what problems can occur in the late fall. Presenter, Paul Levine, Horticulturalist.


Property Tax Exemptions Workshop (In-Person)

Monday, October 3, at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Equipped with specially configured computers linked to the county’s database, the Nassau County Department of Assessment staff will process tax exemption applications on-site. For further information, contact the Nassau County Department of Exemptions Division at 516-571-1500. No appointment needed.

History Vs. The Movies: Bridge On The River Kwai (Virtual)

Monday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m.

One of the most exciting and acclaimed WWII movies purported to tell the story of how British POW helped build a bridge for the Japanese in Thailand. The Academy Award winning film featured great performances, spectacular scenery and a breathtaking plot. But was it the truth? In this unique multimedia presentation, we will learn the true story behind the building of the bridge. No registration needed. For zoom link go to  Presenter, Barry Bradford, Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians.

Seniors of Syosset Drop In Session (In Person)

Thursday, October 6, from 1:45 -3:30 p.m.

Funded through New York State Office for the Aging, Seniors of Syosset is a Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community program (NNORC-SOS). The program will offer social work support, community health nursing, volunteer-based transportation to local medical appointments and shopping, and other activities and services, including some at the library!  Whether you are a senior in need of support, someone who wants to volunteer helping the community, or just someone who wants to learn more, we hope you will drop-in and get involved!

Madame Justice: The Women of the Supreme Court (Hybrid)

Thursday, October 6, at 2:00 P.M.

Since President Ronald Reagan’s appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981, five other women have been nominated and serve(d) on the Highest Court in the land. In this lecture, we will discuss the lives of the Madam Justices and their impact on our understanding of the Constitution, the law and our nation. No registration needed for in-person or virtual. For zoom link go to  Presenter, Professor James Coll, adjunct Professor of American and Constitutional History, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University, and retired NYPD detective.

The Magic of Fred Astaire (Virtual)

Friday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m.

Fred Astaire was one of the twentieth century’s greatest magicians—his sorcery depended on making some of the most complex dancing ever seen on the screen seem as effortless as breathing. Whether it was partnering with Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse or a hat rack—or dancing on the ceiling or on roller skates, he made everything appear easy and elegant. Revered as a genius by everyone from Balanchine to Baryshnikov, Astaire appeared in a total of 133 dance numbers in 31 films, a significant portion of which are considered timeless classics of movie choreography. This talk will survey the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career, looking at his work both as a soloist and as the most romantic dance partner in Hollywood history. No registration needed. For zoom link go to  Presenter, Brian Rose, Professor Emeritus, Fordham University.

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