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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Summer 2014: Fizz, Boom, Read!

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This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” The Little Scientists Read-to-Me Club is for children ages 2½-5 years old (not entering Kindergarten in Fall 2014) while the Lab Rats Reading Club is for children entering Grades K-5 in September 2014. Special-needs children are welcome with an adult. As part of the Summer Reading Club, children can choose from a variety of activities that they can do either at home or at the Library in order to win prizes.

"Find us on Facebook" link to the Fan Page of the Garden City Public Library Children's Room

Registration for the Summer Reading Club began June 23 in the Children’s Room and is ongoing. Non-residents can register beginning Monday, July 7 at 9:30 AM. Follow the link for the Top 20 Reasons Why You Should Sign up Your Child for the Summer Reading Club.

Check Eventkeeper or our Facebook page for more information about the Summer Reading Club and additional summer programming, or look for our flyers in the Children’s Room.


New 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.


Jump for Joy

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All children registered for the "Science Kids Summer Read-to-Me Club" who meet the requirements of the club are invited to attend the Final Summer Read-to-Me Club Show, "Jump for Joy," with Joyce Oddo. The show will be held on Tuesday, August 5 at 11:00 AM.

Children ages 2½-5 who are interested in attending the show can register for the "Science Kids Summer Read-to-Me Club" in the Children’s Room until Monday, August 4 at 9:00 PM.


Burnt & Painted Leather Wristlet

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animated graphic of smoking craft toolDoris Benter of Library Arts will be at the Library on Monday, August 4 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM to make burnt and painted wristlets. She will supervise teens in the safe use of a wood-burning tool. There will be one-on-one assistance. Young Adults will learn to draw lines and shapes into a leather wristlet beforehand, decorating the design using acrylic paint or permanent markers.

Registration begins July 14 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 22 Young Adults.

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


Speaking of Books: 5 New Books to Read This Summer

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Summer is for book lovers! If your idea of the perfect summer vacation is finding a great new read, Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett have selected five new books to consider for your summer-reading getaway.

animated graphic of flying booksThere is no one definition of a great summer book. Dive into a breezy beach book, discover a critically acclaimed literary novel, or chill out with the latest thriller. Whatever you choose, your summer read should be able to sweep you away to another world, real or imagined. Here are five new titles that critics, librarians and readers are talking about this summer:

Emma Straub’s The Vacationers is perfect vacation reading, combining the warm-weather locale of the Spanish island of Mallorca with the lively, complicated drama of an American family’s two-week vacation to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation. The novel offers a humorous but heartfelt portrayal of intricate dynamics of family life in the midst of change.

All the Light We Cannot See by the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Beautifully written, with stunning imagery, this novel captures the sights and sounds of wartime while focusing on the innate goodness of the major characters.

Chevy Stevens’ latest psychological thriller That Night is a riveting tale of secrets, betrayal, heartbreak, and ultimately, redemption with an unexpected twist. Returning home after serving time for the wrongful conviction of her sister's murder, Toni Murphy struggles to reacclimate and avoid parole violations while her boyfriend, who was also wrongly convicted, resolves to clear their names.

One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You, is a warm-hearted, “opposites attract” love story. The novel has an ensemble cast of colorful characters ranging from a single mom and her tortured Goth teen and gifted daughter to the technology millionaire whose vacation house she cleans. Each character's story is independent, yet they all come together, creating an exceptional novel about family, trust, and love.

Faceoff, edited by David Baldacci, is a one-of-a-kind anthology that brings together the most beloved characters from the most popular thriller series today. In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling thriller writers have paired their series characters in an eleven story collection.

Stop by or call the Reference Desk for more suggestions about what to read this summer. Tell the librarians about what you enjoy reading too - they love to talk about books with book lovers like you! Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to recommend your favorite summer reads. In the coming weeks, the Librarians will suggest additional popular books to enjoy and include some suggestions from Garden City residents.


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