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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Photography Exhibit by Phyllis R. Goodfriend

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Fine-art photographer Phyllis Goodfriend will exhibit her work in the Gallery from April 1-30. View two of her themes: "Sea & Fog" (black & white and sepia) plus "Doors & Windows" (color).

'Stepping Stone Light' © Phyllis GoodfriendPhyllis R. Goodfriend, Ph.D. of Great Neck specializes in photos of landscapes, cityscapes, and abstracts. A selection of her artwork from South Africa has been installed in the lobby of 1010 Northern Boulevard, in Great Neck, and will be on permanent display there. She has had solo exhibits at the African-American Museum; the Great Neck, Port Washington and Shelter Rock Public Libraries; and the Universalist Unitarian Church at Shelter Rock. Her photography book, Namaqualand and Namibia; A Photographic Adventure, was published in 2009. Palouse!, a compilation of work from two trips to that region, was published in 2011. Phyllis is a member of the Long Island Center of Photography, the Manhasset-Great Neck Camera Club, and the Photo Artists’ Network.

The photographer’s artists statement explains, "Color, light, and composition can transform even the most trivial bits and pieces of ordinary life into objects of arresting beauty. My passion for and immersion in photography has allowed me to 'see' as I have never seen before. I use my camera as a tool for expressing the essence of each experience: the perceived and the felt rather than the external reality. Although I enjoy the control over the final image afforded me by the digital darkroom, I am always aware that the basic techniques of lighting, composition, and exposure are more relevant than ever.

"My first and abiding love is for nature and landscape photography. In my travels, both near and far, I have been fortunate to have been able to capture many beautiful images of this genre, as well as many photographs of people. Recently I have become fascinated by places and objects that have been lost, abandoned, or overlooked. I call this series 'Lost and Found'."

To view more of her photography, please visit her website

Exhibit funding is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.


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!


Celebrate Earth Day

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animated graphic of spinning globe atop stack of booksCelebrate Earth Day on April 22 by taking out some books about the holiday or the environment from the Library. We have nonfiction titles such as Earth Day: Keeping Our Planet Clean, by Elaine Landau; Everyday is Earth Day: A Craft Book, by Kathy Ross; and Let’s Celebrate Earth Day, by Connie Roop. We also have picture books about protecting the environment, such as Curious George Plants a Tree, by Monica Perez; It’s Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer; and Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green! by Eileen Spinelli. For older children, we have chapter books about going green and taking care of the environment, such as Mallory Goes Green, by Laurie B. Friedman; Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery, by David A. Adler; and Watch Out World, Rosy Cole is Going Green, by Sheila Greenwald; among others.


Friends' Fabulous Book Sale

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animated graphic of wobbling book stackA “Bargain Book Sale” will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on the Library's Lower Level. Come early for the best selection of hard- and soft-cover books including fiction, non-fiction, young-adult, and children’s books. CDs, DVDs, videos, and antique, autographed, and coffee-table books will be included. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. There is no entrance fee.

The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor this fabulous sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Library. The Friends have volunteered as a dynamic resource for the community with their staff and extensive services since 1952. The non-profit organization has provided free for patrons of all ages: museum passes, quality programs, new equipment, summer reading groups, monthly exhibitions, movies, book discussions, newsletters, lectures, plays, concerts, craft workshops, book bags, and much more.


Dancing Through Life

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photo of Judi MarkThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free one-woman show “Dancing Through Life: Songs Made Famous by Dancers” with Judi Mark at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 24, in the Large Meeting Room. Waltz through history with this entertaining one-hour program featuring the music, visuals, and song & dance styles of female theater icons, including: Carmen Miranda, Ginger Rogers, Ann Miller, Eartha Kitt, Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Donna McKechnie, and Shirley Maclaine.

Judi Mark is a multi-talented professional educator, dancer, singer, and actress. A passionate woman of artistic breadth, she has over three decades of experience. Judi regularly produces shows and concerts at various venues throughout NYC and in Florida. With over 20 years of experience in the NYC Dept. of Education, Judi has taught at institutions such as Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, and numerous NYC public high schools. She has performed other excerpts of this program in NYC, where she sang at the Algonquin Hotel, The Gramercy Arts Club, The Friar’s Club, and many senior centers. Her dance and acting career highlights include performing with American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera House, working off-Broadway alongside Danny DeVito in “Three By Pirandello,” and having a principal role in Mariah Carey’s feature film, “Glitter.”

Seating and parking are limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required.


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