Reader Services

 

Welcome to the Reader Services Department:

Donna Ballard (Department Head), Janine Walsh, Christina Crocker, Mary Ellen Fosso, and Susan Saskin welcome you to the Reader Services Department Website of the EMPL web page. Our job is to provide you with books for the adult circulating collection, to keep the collection up-to-date, and to provide book discussions, working closely with the Public Relations Department. We publicize interesting aspects of the collection and just help to make EMPL the vital and exciting place it is!


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THE EAST MEADOW PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB RETURNS – BE A PART OF THIS FABULOUS PROGRAM! REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 12.

JUNE 19 IS THE FIRST DAY BOOK REVIEWS WILL BE ACCEPTED (ONLINE AND PAPER).

CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER READING CLUB BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR RECOMMENDED TITLES WE’RE SURE YOU’LL LOVE!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR SUMMER READING CLUB AND TO SEE OUR FREQUENCY ASKED QUESTIONS, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR KICKOFF AND GUEST AUTHOR, CLICK ON THIS LINK.

Instructions on Registration and Submitting Reviews

To submit book reviews, go to this website, https://emlibny10.readsquared.com/ . Once you are logged into your account, click on “Home” and then “Log,” or another way would be to click on “Logging” and then “Log.” Fill out the fields and click on “Submit.”

Instructions On Editing/Making Changes To Your Book Reviews

Only one review can be submitted online per day, and no more than seven per week. Thanks!

If you would like your name in the review, please include it in the text part of the review. Otherwise, the posted reviews will not include names.

THE READER SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS THRILLED TO PRESENT OUR 2023 ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB LINEUP OF EVENTS.

SAVE THESE DATES!






This year’s Summer Reading Club theme, All Together Now, expresses the joy we share as we see things returning to something approaching normal. Feeling confident to come back to experience our author events, our craft program, and our book discussions in person, is a major step in rebuilding our library reading community. Of course, you can’t just read our theme without singing the Beatles ditty “All Together Now” in your mind. And just like in the song, the Reader Services Department promises you a summer of “1-2-3-4-can I have a little more.” Yes you can- 3 more to be exact. We will have 6 events that we hope you will attend in person, and the seventh, a Zoom Read ‘n Share, will allow everyone to talk about their favorite summer reads.

Our Reading Club Kickoff, June 12 at 7:00pm, features Connecticut author Marilyn Simon Rothstein. Her first novel, Lift and Separate won the 2017 Star Award for Best Debut from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her latest novel, Crazy to Leave You was described by Kirkus Reviews as a “fun well-paced jaunt.” She will be here to talk about her novels, sign and sell copies of her books, and just maybe give us a sneak peek at her new book coming out next spring.

Our Summer Reading Club registration begins June 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby. Reader Services members will be at the table signing you up and giving out packets of information about this year’s club. Signup will be open until August 7th. Three book reviews admit you to the Goodbye Summer -Wish it were Longer Party in August with Jane Rosen, whose new novel On Fire Island debuts this May.

We have an exciting event planned for Monday June 26 at 7:00pm. Our It’s a Mystery book club will discuss Megan Goldin’s novel Escape Room. After the discussion you will participate in the library’s own Escape Room experience. Don’t miss it!

Looking forward to the rest of the summer, our Reading Club events include a quilting craft, a meeting of the Yiddish Book Club, an evening book discussion-and, of course, our summer wrap-up Read ‘n Share.

We are looking forward to a great, fun-filled summer of reading as we meet All Together Now once more.

SUMMER READING CLUB KICKOFF SPECIAL EVENT!

Marilyn Simon Rothstein

MEET THE AUTHOR – MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN
June 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our Adult Summer Reading Club Kickoff as Marilyn Simon Rothstein talks about Lift and Separate, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, and Crazy to Leave You. Marilyn will be signing copies of her books which will be for sale after the program.

Click here for additional information on this special event.





Nassau Digital Doorway

The library is open, but here is another way to get books!

Looking for eBook/audiobook suggestions? We’ve created some new and exciting lists to help you find your next read. From bestsellers to self-help, there’s a wide variety of topics to explore. Sign in to Nassau Digital Doorway by selecting East Meadow from the list of libraries and then log in using your East Meadow Library card barcode. Or you can sign in using your OverDrive account or with Facebook. Happy browsing!

Nassau Digital Doorway Now Has Magazines!

RBdigital Magazines have moved to OverDrive and can be accessed by using the Libby app. If you aren’t able to use Libby or libbyapp.com, you can use the library’s OverDrive website. Full-color digital magazines are available for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. You can access over 3,000 digital magazines with a rolling 3 years of back issues (where available). There are no magazine checkout limits, so you can borrow as many as you like. This collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles. Rolling Stone, Glamour, Vogue, Newsweek, and Esquire are just a few of the titles we have to offer.

A valid East Meadow Public Library card is required to access the digital magazines through OverDrive.

Please click here for information regarding the RBdigital transition to Libby.



READER SERVICES PROGRAMS

IT’S A MYSTERY!

It’s a Mystery! – Mystery/Thriller Book Club


Can you escape? Lock and key.

The Summer Reading Club Escape Room Experience – Participate if you dare!

June 26, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Register online at www.eastmeadow.info or by calling 516-794-2570, option 3. Registration for the Escape Room opens Monday, June 12 at 9 a.m.

Click here for additional information regarding this very exciting event.





The Summer Reading Club Escape Room Experience will be followed by a book discussion of The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. Don’t miss it!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

June 26, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Register online at www.eastmeadow.info or by calling 516-794-2570, option 3. Registration for the book discussion opens Monday, June 5 at 9 a.m. The discussion is open to everyone, you do not need to participate in the Escape Room Experience to attend.

Click here for additional information regarding this program.

The eBook version of The Escape Room can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.


Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.
Four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge. Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

Discussion guide for The Escape Room.



July 10, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Make a Mini Flower Quilt

Register online at www.eastmeadow.info or by calling 516-794-2570, option 3. Registration opens Monday, June 12 at 9 a.m.

Materials are included.

Click here for additional information regarding this program.




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STORIES OF EXILE

Stories of Exile is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration, and diaspora. Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the program will feature works in translation that explore narratives which grapple with questions of homelands, journeys, identity, and belonging. Reading groups will compare these works written in Yiddish in the early and mid-20th century to works by contemporary writers from all across the globe. 

Click here for additional information regarding this very special program.

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

July 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories From Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

Register online at www.eastmeadow.info or by calling 516-794-2570, option 3. Registration opens Monday, June 26 at 9 a.m.

The eBook version of We Are Displaced can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

Malala’s experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement — first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys — girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they’ve ever known.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world’s most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person — often a young person — with hopes and dreams. Part of the Yiddish Book Center’s Program: Stories of Exile.




EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

August 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

The eBook version of Anxious People can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Discussion guide for Anxious People.





Read 'N Share

READ ‘N SHARE – Read a good book recently? Talk about it with other book lovers! 

August 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m

Zoom details to be announced.

Welcome to the Read ‘n Share book club where avid adult readers can informally share the books they have read and enjoyed.

Read ‘n Share Titles – August 2022

Read ‘n Share Titles – August 2021

Read ‘n Share Titles – February 2021

Read ‘n Share Titles – July 2020

Read ‘n Share Titles – April 2020




Lunch 'N Books


LUNCH ‘N BOOKS
TO BE ANNOUNCED

Your Next Read

YOUR NEXT READ

Let the Reader Services Department along with the assistance of the library staff help you find your next book to read. Click here to fill out the online form with your preferences and we will build you a customized list of recommended titles.

If you read any of the recommended books or choose not to read them, please send us feedback by clicking here and completing the online form.




These are the books we have read and recommend. Look for new reviews monthly!

To check the Online Public Access Catalog for the current availability of these books, please click here. Once you have gotten into the catalog, limit your search to the East Meadow location.

EMPL’s Bookshelf: Click here to view all of our reviews. Click on book cover or title to see the full review.

Silent Came the Monster: A Novel of the 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks
really liked it
Just when you thought it was safe to pick up a book, Silent Came the Monster has surfaced! My interest in sharks began in 1975 when I saw Jaws in the theater. I was a young girl who up until that point, had been weaned on innocuous Disne…

 

Hester
it was amazing
The author spins a marvelous tale that attempts to answer the question of who was the inspiration behind the character of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Albanese creates a very plausible and enticing “what if”…

 

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
really liked it
I was quite eager to read The Daughter of Doctor Moreau for two reasons. I thoroughly enjoyed Mexican Gothic, and I’m a huge fan of The Island of Doctor Moreau. While this book wasn’t the masterpiece that Wells’ original was, this was qu…

 

Her Last Affair
it was amazing
This character driven thriller is a pure delight to read. Searles has really hit his stride in Her Last Affair as it captivates from the beginning until the very last page. ¾ of the novel is wicked funny while the last ¼ is heart-wrenchi…

 

The Paris Library
it was amazing
So far this has been my favorite read for 2021! I loved both the story and the characters, so much so that I didn’t want it to end. It’s an excellent historical novel where the author has based her story on actual events that occurred du…

 

The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie
really liked it
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan. I’ve read her books, I’ve seen the movie adaptations, I think she is brilliant! To say that I was really looking forward to reading this book would be an understatement. So …

 

The Devil and the Dark Water
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! In fact, at this point in time, it is my favorite read of 2020. The plot was well constructed and the characters were rich and multifaceted. I loved the mystery element, it was complex but dropped many clues…

 

 
 


Click here for the Women of the Supreme Court bibliography. All of these titles can be found on the Nassau Digital Doorway.



If you would like to recommend a title, please click here.


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Have you tried NoveList, our online readers’ advisory tool? NoveList is a wonderful database to help you find fiction books based on your preferences. You can search the database by entering a title or author that you like, or you can even describe the type of book that you would like to read and NoveList will present you with a list of books that match your preferences.


    

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NASSAU DIGITAL DOORWAY
Need help downloading eBooks and audiobooks from the library? Begin with this link.

 

 
 

ONLINE BOOK CLUB – TO BE ANNOUNCED
Welcome to our online book club where questions will be posted to promote our discussions. Click here for information on how to join the club.

 

GOOD READS (Google Directory Readers Advisory Search)
Good Reads
is a great way to begin your search for reading guides for your discussion group.

 
It's a Mystery
 IT’S A MYSTERY! MYSTERY/THRILLER BOOK CLUB
Love a good mystery? Join our mystery/thriller book club as we delve into both the classics and latest releases of the genre. Click here to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our mystery/thriller series.
On the Bedside Table
 ON THE BEDSIDE TABLE
Welcome to the East Meadow Public Library’s new Book Blog where you will find book reviews, new services, a calendar of our book programs and lots more. We’re looking forward to your comments, questions, and suggestions. Hope you enjoy reading what we’re writing!
 
Read 'N Share
 ON YOUR MARK
Every month, members of the Library staff pick three books that they loved, which are printed on their personal bookmarks. If you like their picks, you can look for their bookmarks next month. It’s one more way to match the right
book with the right reader.
On your mark, get set, go find your favorite read!
 
Best Sellers Club
 BEST SELLERS CLUB
By joining our Best Sellers Club you will be automatically placed on the reserve list for the latest fiction by your favorite authors. Click here for more details regarding this esteemed program.
Book in a Bag
 BOOK CLUB IN A BAG
Welcome to the Book Club in a Bag Program, brought to you by the East Meadow Public Library. Click here for more details regarding this exciting new program.
 
Lunch 'N Books
 LUNCH ‘N BOOKS
Twice a year we offer a series of four books for discussion. Join us at 1:00 PM when expert leaders will discuss literary works of fiction and non-fiction. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Lunch ‘n Books series, please click here.
 
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 EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The library has a book discussion group that meets at 7:00 PM. Book selections are made with the assistance of Reader Services librarian Donna Ballard, and copies of the book may be reserved at the Reference Desk.  Anyone interested in joining the group can just come and join us, no registration is needed. If you have any questions, please call Donna Ballard at 794-2570, ext.1236. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Evening Book Discussion Group, please click here.
Large Print Books
 LARGE PRINT BOOKS
Our library has one of the largest collections of large print books in the county. We are proud of our holdings and know that you will find exactly what you are looking for. If you don’t find the book you want, please have a librarian check our large basement holdings. Click here for a sample of some of our newest large print titles.
 HOMEBOUND SERVICES
Mary-Ellen Fosso, our Community Services Librarian, provides library services for homebound residents. For patrons physically unable to come to the library, we offer a homebound program to deliver books to you. If you are eligible (a doctor’s note will be required) please contact us for further information.
 
 MAGAZINE COLLECTION
We have over 100 circulating magazines in our Browsing Room collection, featuring popular titles such as People, Modern Bride, Time, and Entertainment Weekly.
 
New Books, Movies, Music, and Audiobooks in Collection
 NEW BOOKS, MOVIES, MUSIC, AND AUDIOBOOKS IN COLLECTION
Check out the latest titles in the Reader Services 2023 book, movie, music, and audiobook collection.
 
Book Lists by Subject
 BOOK LISTS BY SUBJECT
Bibliographies prepared by the Reader Services Staff.
 
Books and Reading Lists
 BOOKS AND READING LINKS
Useful websites for book lovers.

 Contact our Reader Services Department at readers@eastmeadow.info.