What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Drop-In LEGO Club

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The "Drop-In LEGO Club" will meet on the following Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: March 4, April 1, and May 6.This monthly club is for children in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Children show what they built with LEGO bricks during the first meeting of the 'Drop-In LEGO Club.'No registration is required, but space is limited. When arriving at the Library, come to the Children’s Room and get a number. Numbers will be distributed starting at 3:00 PM the day of the program. Children will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library will provide LEGO bricks for children to build with during the program.

The "Drop-In LEGO Club" was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Garden City Public Library as well as through LEGO donations from library patrons. The Children’s Department would like to thank all those who generously donated LEGO bricks to the new "Drop-In LEGO Club." The Children’s Department greatly appreciates this donation, which will be used monthly during the LEGO club’s meetings and will help foster and encourage creativity in the children of Garden City who attend. If you have old LEGO bricks, minifigures, or other LEGO parts you would like to donate to the Library for the club, please contact the Children’s Department, either by or by phone at 516-742-8405 x216. LEGO donations can also be brought to the Children’s Room at the Library.


New Catalog Interface

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The classic ALIScat catalog will soon be supplanted by the new Encore interface.  We have updated the Main Menu link on the left sidebar to point to the Encore version.  Although the two currently coexist and library patrons can use either one, we recommend easing into the new look while there is still a fallback position.  Use the Encore catalog to search for books and other materials in the collection of the Garden City Public Library and other members of the Nassau Library System.


Memorial Gifts to GCPL

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From time to time, the Garden City Public Library responds to requests from patrons about memorials, gifts, and endowments to the Library in honor or memory of someone. One manner of gift giving to the Library is to choose a book or media item as a gift. The book may be purchased by a patron and given to the Library in someone’s memory, or money can be given to the Library to make a purchase in someone’s memory. The chosen item will have an acknowledgement of the gift giver and the name of the person being honored adhered to the item.

Many public organizations are the beneficiary of endowments from the public. In the past, when the Library has received such endowments, the Library has worked with the family heirs to identify specific projects they believe would reflect the named individual’s interest or desire as a long-lasting testament. When large endowments have been made, plaques have been installed to commemorate the gift.

To learn more about any of these giving opportunities, please contact Library Director at 516-742-8405 or by .


Mad Hatter Tea Party

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animated graphic of anthropomorphic teapot blowing her topChildren ages 2½ through 5 (not in Kindergarten) and an adult caregiver can join Children’s Librarian Donna Furey and programmer Marie Ilardi for a "Mad Hatter Tea Party," which will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 1:30 PM.

Registration begins on Eventkeeper on Monday, February 23 at 9:30 AM. You need to do a separate registration for each child you want to attend the program. Due to limited room capacity, only one child and one adult will be allowed in per registration.

Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.


St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration

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photo of St. Paul's SchoolVillage Historian Suzie Alvey will display an exhibit entitled "St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration" in the GCPL Gallery from March 3-30, 2015. This exhibit will feature the history of St. Paul's School, built in memory of the founder of Garden City, Alexander T. Stewart.

Originally, St. Paul's was a military boarding school for boys that also serves as a muse for artists and photographers. Come see photos that have never been seen before.

Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Funding for this exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.

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Library Hours

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  (Sept. 21, 2014 - Jun. 7, 2015)

The Garden City Public Library will be closed on the following Sundays in 2015:
Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.