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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Children’s Winter Reading Club

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The new "Children’s Winter Reading Club" is for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Registration begins Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM in the Children’s Room and is ongoing until February 25, 2015.

Children will read books and fill out review cards. For books under 100 pages, children will receive one review card for each book they read. For books over 100 pages, children will receive one review card for the book plus one review card for every additional 100 pages read. Children must read age-appropriate books.

Once children have completed five book review cards, they will receive an invitation to the "Children’s Chinese Auction" on February 26, 2015. Book-review cards can then be used as raffle tickets during the auction. Parents are encouraged to make sure the name of their child is legible on their cards. The more you read, the more chances you have of winning!


Drop-In LEGO Club

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The first meeting of the year for the "Drop-In LEGO Club" will be held Wednesday, January 7 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This monthly club is for children in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. In addition to January 7, the LEGO club will meet on the following Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6.

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.


Curvebreakers Practice ACT

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Nick LaPoma of Curvebreakers Test Prep, will be at the Library to administer a practice ACT exam on Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. He will grade the exams and return to the Library on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 PM to review individual practice-exam results. He will also give a lecture on how those results can be improved.

Register for one session and you are automatically registered for both sessions. Registration begins December 27 on Eventkeeper.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Author Frank Amoroso at Library

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Author Frank Amoroso will speak about his book, Behind Every Great Fortune, at the Garden City Public Library on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

The plot of the book revolves around Oheka Castle and the life and times of Otto Kahn, the man responsible for building this Long Island treasure in the early twentieth century. Kahn was immortalized as the icon with the top hat, monocle, and white mustache in the Monopoly game. Presidents, monarchs, and celebrities sought his counsel and attended lavish parties at his Gold Coast estate. This book is the first in a trilogy called the Oheka Chronicles.

After Mr. Amoroso speaks, the author will remain on hand to greet individuals and sign copies of his book. No registration is required for this program.


Coffee & Tea by the Book

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book jacket of 'Everything I Never Told You.'A special "Coffee & Tea by the Book" will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at 10:00 AM. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will moderate a discussion of Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng. This debut novel is a literary thriller about a Chinese American family living in small-town Ohio in the 1970s. The author, Celeste Ng, will participate in the book discussion via Skype.

animated graphic of book, glasses, chocolate-chip cookies, and mug of steaming coffee

Everything I Never Told Youis a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle to understand one another.

Registration is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders. You can pick up a copy of the book when you register at the Reference Desk.


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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