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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

2014 YA Summer Reading Club

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The 2014 Summer Reading Club and special summer programs for teens and ‘tweens are underway. The theme of the 2014 New York State Summer Reading Program is SPARK a Reaction! Teens and ‘tweens entering Middle School or High School in September 2014 are invited to join the Summer Reading Club.

Registration began June 16 and continues throughout July for the 2014 Young Adult Summer Reading Club. Join by signing up at the YA Desk  or filling out an online registration. All registrants get a sign-up prize bag. If you sign-up online, do not forget to ask for your prize bag on your next visit to the Library.

Read anything: a summer-assignment book, a recreational book, a newspaper, a magazine, a graphic novel, an eBook, an audiobook, a travel book - no limits. Fill out a mini-review form and hand it in for a raffle prize. Mini-reviews can be done on a form in the YA room or sent by email. If the form is sent by email, a print out will be placed in the raffle box.

Win cool prizes! Each week eight mini reviews are pulled and prizes are awarded. Instead of a raffle review, you may keep a reading diary and show it to the YA Librarian before August 6. Get an invitation to the annual pizza party - the "End of Summer Bash" - to be held on August 13. Prizes will be awarded at the party.

Away all summer? You may still join and participate in “SPARK a Reaction!” through email or snail mail to:

YA Librarian
Garden City Public Library
60 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530

If you have any questions, contact Marge Kelly at 516-742-8405, or come and visit her at the YA desk in the Library.

Reminder: The Tweens 'n’ Teens Room has copies of books on the Summer Reading Lists from Garden City Middle School and Garden City High School as well as many private/parochial schools. The Library also offers audiobooks on CD and Playaway as well as downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for some of the reading-list titles. Fill out a mini-review for summer-assignment books to win a raffle prize as part of the YA Summer Reading Club.


The Hits Keep Coming With Freegal

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Freegal Music, the free-and-legal music service for Library patrons, just got better - again! Now you can download five songs per week.  Downloaded songs are yours to keep. 

Freegal users can also stream three hours of music per day. Mobile streaming is included, and users can create personal playlists or listen to pre-selected playlists. There are 7 million songs and 15,000 music videos from which to choose. (Fine Print Dept.: a music-video download counts as two song downloads.)

The Freegal site has a new search engine, and the mobile app has new features, such as song deletion and iTunes backup. If you haven’t taken advantage of this great service yet, take the plunge.

With the Android app, a user can download music directly to a mobile device.  Users of iPods, iPads, and iPhones will need to download the files to their computers first, then sync the device with the computer via iTunes.


Computer Animation

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Learn how to use your computer to create web-based computer animation on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Create and edit animated GIFs, stick figures, and much more.

Registration begins July 23 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 24 Young Adults.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Summer Book Displays

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photo of summer-reading displayThe Garden City Public Library invites residents to come in and cool off by browsing the Library’s display area for books to read this summer. The displays located near the Circulation area feature both fiction and nonfiction books, which have been selected for your summer interests and reading pleasure. Readers will discover “lazy, hazy, crazy summer reads” to enjoy at the pool or beach during the summer.

Among the new displays are “Celebrate America 2014," with patriotic books, DVDs, and music CDs to celebrate July 4th, “Hungry for a Good Read," with fiction about cooking and food, and “Take an Audiobook Along for the Ride,” with listening suggestions for your summer road trip. Improve your golf swing or learn about how professionals play the game by selecting a book from the new golf display. Plan your summer menu with books from the cookbook displays, including “Fresh from the Garden,” “Summertime Desserts,” “Summer Grillers and Thrillers,” and “All-American Entertaining.”

Whether your plans call for traveling, relaxing at home, or entertaining family and friends, there are books on display at the Library to help you make the most of the season. Visit the Library’s display area and check out all the “hot” summer reads.


“Fizz, Boom, Read!” with Magic Bob McEntee

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Children registered for the "Lab Rats" Summer Reading Club who meet the requirements of the club are invited to attend the final Summer Reading Club show, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with Magic Bob McEntee of Magic Beyond Imagination. The show will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 PM.

Children entering Grades K-5 in September who are interested in attending the show can register for the "Lab Rats" Summer Reading Club in the Children’s Room until Tuesday, August 5 at 5:00 PM.


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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: Closed