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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

April is Poetry Month

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Come by the Children’s Room and celebrate Poetry Month by reading some books about poetry and poets. We have poetry on a wide array of topics, ranging from dinosaurs and school poems to poems about nature and sports. If you’re looking for popular children’s poets, check out the work of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. You can also read poetry from around the world as well as the work of classic literary poets, including Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and Langston Hughes. If you’re interested in learning about the life of a poet, check out one of our biographies on famous poets Walt Whitman and Phillis Wheatley, plus many more!


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.


Fine-Art Photography

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Photo by Gene Brown: 'Clothes Makes The …'Fine art photography by Gene Brown will be exhibited from April 1-30, 2015 in the Library’s Gallery. Diverse photographic styles from abstract-reflective images to nature will be on view.

Gene Brown is a retired freelance writer who has loved photography since the 1970s but never found enough time to perfect his skills and extend his vision until retirement. Last fall he started an image-a-day email mailing list (103 members currently) to give himself the incentive to shoot new photos. It's a labor of love bordering on obsession; he is happiest when working on his images and was even out looking for images during this recent, brutal winter.

'Snow Quiets All' - photo by Gene BrownHis interests run the gamut from nature to the abstract, although he finds himself increasingly drawn to the mystery and imaginative possibilities of what we often overlook in our visual environment: the melding of reality and reflections from store windows, mannequins, and the like. More and more he looks for subjects that encourage one to imagine their stories.

Mr. Brown attended Queens College and Columbia University while studying for a Masters in American History. He authored a number of books, including Movie Time: A Chronology of Hollywood From It's Beginnings to the Present; Show Time: A Chronology of the Theatre From It's Beginnings to the Present; and biographies for young adults of Anne Frank, Duke Ellington, and Bette Davis. He also edited The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film and was senior writer on The American Film Institute Desk Reference . He is currently a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Collective.

Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular library hours. Installation and removal dates are subject to change. Exhibit funding is provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Music Boxes

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photo of music box from Caroline Mulcahy's collectionCome admire the collection of music boxes graciously loaned by Garden City resident Caroline Mulcahy, showcased at the Library from April 1-30, 2015. See 20 whimsical, colorful, and finely detailed music boxes from 13 to over 30 years old. The variety is sure to bring smiles to children and adults alike.

This free exhibit is open to the public during regular Library hours. Exhibit funding is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.


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: 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.

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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.