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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Coffee & Tea by the Book

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Cover image from 'The Thanksgiving Visitor'animated graphic of book, glasses, chocolate-chip cookies, and mug of steaming coffeeIn-person registration begins on Tuesday, November 18 at 9:30 AM for the next "Coffee & Tea by the Book," to be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will moderate a discussion of two holiday classics, The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote. Regarded as two of the author’s greatest works of short fiction, The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory are based on Capote’s own childhood in rural Alabama in the 1930s.

Registration is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders. You can pick up copies of both books when you register at the Reference Desk.


Donors Thanked for LEGO

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Children show what they built with LEGO bricks during the first meeting of the 'Drop-In LEGO Club.'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.

The last meeting of the year for the LEGO Club was held on November 12. The LEGO Club will resume meeting monthly in January 2015.

The Red Hot Mamas

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The Friends of the Garden Cty Public Library will sponsor a free one hour “Happy Holidays” show performed by the Red Hot Mamas on Thursday, December 11 at 1:30 PM. Be entertained with energetic, choreographed tap dancing to popular showtunes and holiday favorites - all in dazzling costumes! The program will include “Jingle Bell Boogie,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Happy Holidays,” “Hava Nagila,” and “Let It Snow,” along with audience participation. The performance will be directed and choreographed by Toni Wortman and Louise Rastu with founder and guest choreographer Sandi Bloomberg, a former Radio City Rockette.

The Red Hot Mamas have been dancing in the New York area for over 20 years. Their popularity has steadily increased with audiences of all ages. This group of tap dancers are all Long Islanders and range in age from 54 to 83. They are based at the Jan Martin Dance Studio in Huntington Station, NY. In 2011, the dance troupe had the exciting opportunity to audition for Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance” show. They were one of 500 groups that originally auditioned who made the “short list” round, receiving gold stars. In 2012, they were featured in Newsday’s “Life” section.

Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their GCPL cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats.


Shrinky Dinks Holiday Charms

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Certified K-12 art teacher Karen Morea of Krafts with Karen will teach young adults how to make holiday-themed Shrinky Dinks charms on Wednesday, December 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The charms will then be attached to a choice of bracelets, earrings, or key rings. Teens may keep their creations or give them as holiday gifts.

This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Registration begins Wednesday, November 26 on Eventkeeper and is limited to 20 young adults.


Celebrate Hanukkah

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Animated graphic of dancing dreidelHanukkah begins this year on Tuesday, December 16, so celebrate by checking out some books on the holiday. Picture books about Hanukkah include The Golem’s Latkes, by Eric A. Kimmel; The Hanukkah Hop, by Erica Silverman; Chanukah Lights Everywhere, by Michael J. Rosen; Hanukkah Haiku, by Harriet Ziefert; and Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser. For nonfiction books about Hanukkah, check out the books Celebrate Hanukkah, by Deborah Helligman; Hanukkah Crafts, by Karen E. Bledsoe; Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah: A Treasury of Stories, Songs, and Games to Share, compiled by Wendy Wax; and Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah, by Tilda Balsley; among others.


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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