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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Immortal Love Songs

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photo of Richard CassellThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a concert of “Immortal Love Songs” starring vocalists from Capitol Heights Lyric Opera at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 16 in the Large Meeting Room. Bass-baritone Richard Cassell and mezzo-soprano Frances Devine will perform a romantic, light-hearted hour of staged duets, scenes, and arias from favorites like The Merry Widow, Show Boat, Carmen, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, plus more. Brief entertaining introductions to each number, plus some dancing and dialogue will compliment these beautiful melodies from opera and  Broadway hits.

photo of Frances DevineBass-baritone Richard Cassell has sung over 100 roles in the USA and internationally in Rome, France, Belgium, Bangkok, and more. He has performed concert engagements in the tri-state area including the Taconic Opera, The Center for Contemporary Opera, New York City Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and numerous others. Mr. Cassell has also directed operas as well as sung and conducted from the piano.

Mezzo-soprano Frances Devine studied voice and theater in Paris, France before moving to NYC, where she performs regularly in concert throughout the tri-state area. She has sung for the Music in Chelsea Series, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, Baystreet Theater, internationally in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, on tour in French Guyana, and more.

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. Limited parking. Please, no busses.


Cooling Mother Earth: NY's Footprint in Nature

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photo of landscapeAre New Yorkers stewards of nature or lords of nature? On April 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Dr. Robert Spiegelman will present "Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now," a vivid lecture and multimedia presentation that probes this question. Revisiting key moments in the Empire State's development - especially its Indian, infrastructure, and conservation legacies - Dr. Spiegelman links them to today's environmental crises. To find answers, he unearths the hidden roots of New Yorkers' conflicting views of nature, development, and civilization - both then and now.

Speakers in the HumanitiesDr. Robert Spiegelman, president of Real-View Media, LLC is a sociologist, multimedia artist, and writer who presents widely on New York, Iroquois, Irish, and environmental themes. The founder of SullivanClinton.com and Derryveagh.com, Dr. Spiegelman revisits hidden histories that link past and present and foster indigenous values of peace, democracy, and nature-in-balance. A college teacher for 12 years, he holds a Doctorate in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center and teaches it at several CUNY campuses.

New York Council for the HumanitiesThis event is a New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. Funding for this program has been provided in part by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Please note that this program was originally scheduled for April 23.


Babysitting Workshop

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animated graphic of dripping baby bottleRegistration begins Wednesday, April 1 on Eventkeeper for the ever-popular "Babysitting Workshop." The "First Aid Session" will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM. The "Safety Session" will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM. When you register for the first session, you are automatically enrolled in the second session. Confirmation will only show one date. Certificates of completion will be awarded to those attending both sessions.

Participants will learn the responsibilities of babysitting in this two-part workshop. The "Safety Session," conducted by Steve Espey of Garden City Recreation and Detective Richard Pedone, focuses on safety issues at the parks, the pool, and in the home. The "First Aid Session," conducted by JoAnnTanck, RN and Georgette Basso, RN, focuses on the care and health of young children. Participants are asked to bring a doll so they may practice the proper ways to hold a baby while feeding or diapering. Nutrition, illnesses, and accidents will be among the topics addressed.

The "Babysitting Workshop" is limited to 30 young adults. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.



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The Library will be holding two interactive programs with PlayHooray on Wednesday, April 22. The first program will be held at 10:00 AM for children ages 6 months to 17 months and the second program will be held at 11:00 AM for children 18 months to 29 months. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Registration begins Monday, April 13 at 9:30 AM on Eventkeeper. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program.

Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist. Due to limited room capacity, only one child and one adult will be allowed in per registration. Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.

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


Family Jeopardy Night

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Does your family have what it takes to win Jeopardy? Children in Grades 4-5 and their parents or other special adult can compete in this trivia competition on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM.

Registration is required and begins Monday, April 13 at 9:30 AM on Eventkeeper. One registration per family. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.


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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
  (Sept. 21, 2014 - Jun. 7, 2015)

The Garden City Public Library will be closed on the following Sundays in 2015:
Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.