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Looking for New Fiction…Check these out

nba-medals On November 16th the winners of the National Book Awards in all categories will be announced. Why not get a jump start and check out one or two of the finalists. If fiction is your thing, you can find the finalists on the shelf in our New Book Section now: The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Also be sure to view the finalists and longlists for NonFiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature at

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Man Booker Prize awarded to Paul Beatty for “The Sellout”

winner-announcement-graphic-1 The 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded to Paul Beatty for his political satire “The Sellout.” This was the first time an American was honored with the award; U.S. authors became eligible in 2014. Read more about Paul Beatty and the Man Booker Prize at


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Geocaching International Film Festival at JJML

Join us at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for our 2nd annual showing of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) winning films. This year 16 films were selected for their creativity, production quality, and contribution to the global geocaching community.  A discussion and voting for best film will follow. Popcorn will be served.

Don’t know about geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Visit htpp:// to learn more. The film festival and discussion that follow are a great way to find out about about this game, which is suitable for, and actively played by all people of all ages and nationalities.

Here’s a list of the winning films and filmmakers:

  • 5 Lesser-Known Souvenirs | Skimbosh
  • A Cacher’s Worst Nightmare | gasgoose
  • A Life of a ‘Change’ | cth-ulhu & DidaAnastasi
  • Do you know GEOCACHING? | moramora1
  • Geocaching, Orchestrated | Stingrayabbray
  • Geo-Medics! | 4 boys explore
  • It’s not about the numbers | Lifechooser
  • No Hints | DFurt
  • NYC Caching: Muggle Madness! | LinedUpLikeLemmings
  • Spitting the Dummy | Seemyshell
  • That’s Not Trash | DNF Hound
  • The DNF Squad | TheWanglers
  • The FTF-Hunter | treasurehuntergd
  • Traditional’s Experiences | NaxoMenX
  • Trinket or Treasure? | cache4kings
  • When I Geocache | MohnschnitteFortunen

** Geocachers: Watch all 16 films and you’ll be eligible for the GIFF 2016 souvenir **giff_ticket2_2016-fw

Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Film will be followed by open discussion and voting for best film.
Popcorn will be served!
Recommended for all ages.

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Today is National Train Your Brain Day

national-train-your-brain-day-october-13-1-e1474571057879 Come to the library to train your brain and have fun. There are hundreds of ways to improve your cognitive skills – reading, word puzzles, games, learning a new skill or language – to name just a few. The library is your personal resource of endless opportunities to train your brain.

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Medicare Basics Presentation, Wednesday, October 12 at 10am

Learn about Medicare through HIICAP (Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program) a part of the Suffolk County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). The morning will start with a presentation to help you understand benefits, options, rules, long term care and more. The informational session will conclude with a chance for you to meet the counselor for one-on-one advice; a sign-up sheet will be provided at the presentation. If we cannot accommodate everyone at that time, we will follow up or schedule an additional day for appointments. One-on-One Medicare Counseling will be available from HIICAP on the second Wednesday of every month starting in November.

Registration suggested. Wed., Oct. 12, 10:00 am-1:00 pm