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Letter: A Thank You From Syosset Public Library

The Syosset Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club concluded its fourth season with a Wrap-Up Party held on Wednesday, August 14th. More than 50 members of the club came out to hear local author Brenda Janowitz speak about her newest novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, which was published in July by St. Martin’s Press. Ms. Janowitz was kind enough to do a short reading of her novel, as well as answer patron questions regarding her books, the writing life and the publishing process.      

Brenda Janowitz is also author to two other novels: Scot on the Rocks and Jack with a Twist. All three titles can be found on the shelves at the Library. Ms. Janowitz is currently working on her fourth novel. A release date has yet to be determined.      

This year’s program ran for 10 weeks, from June 3 through August 14. The 140 patrons who participated in this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club read a combined total of 816 books.  

For each book read this summer, patrons were able to submit a raffle ticket review which could then be used for a chance to win raffle prizes. Each week for nine of the 10 weeks, two raffle winners were awarded prizes. At the Wrap-Up party, Ms. Janowitz, randomly selected more than door prize winners and then surprised everyone when she generously donated two of her own books as prizes. Over the course of the night, an additional 60 raffle prizes were awarded.  

The Syosset Public Library would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations: American Cleaners, Basketworks Fine Chocolate Custom Gift Baskets, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen, Birch, Hill Market, Butera’s of Woodbury, CardSmart, Center Coffee Shop, Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering, Christina’s Epicure, Denny’s Childrens Wear, Diva Nails, Fingers, Faces & Toes, Iavarone Brothers, Jerrie Shop, Kush Kush Toys & Books, La Bottega Italian Gourmet, La Venezia, Lovely Nails, Maddy Fine Jewelers, Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co., Mixology Clothing Company, Ms’tique Boutique, One Small Step Children’s Shoes, Pinky Nails, Queen of Nails, Ray Leventhal Clothing, Realistic Nails, Red Mango, Rolf’s Center Delicatessen, Salon Entourage, ShopRite, Steve’s Piccola Bussola Family Style Italian Restaurant, Tenjin Sushi, Town Bagel of Plainview, Trader Joe’s, Unique Salon & Spa, Village Bagels Deli, Vincent’s Barber Shop, Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria and Woodbury Sports; and the following authors: Diane Kelly, for donating a signed copy of her novel, Death, Taxes & a French Manicure; Brenda Janowitz, for donating her time in celebrating the Wrap-Up of our fourth season and two copies of her novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, as well as the Macmillan Library Marketing Team and St. Martin’s Press for their generous book donations!

—Jackie Ranaldo

Head of Readers’ Services, Syosset Public Library


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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