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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Friends Book Discussion

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Cover of 'A Bigamist's Daughter,' by Alice McDermottA Bigamist’s Daughter, by Alice McDermott, is the selection for a book discussion, which will be moderated by Gloria Weinrich, on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 AM at the Garden City Public Library. Alice McDermott is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner. According to Newsweek, A Bigamist’s Daughter is a "wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself.”

This book discussion will take place in the Library’s Small Meeting Room on the Lower Level. No registration is necessary. Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk in the Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Masterpieces by Women Artists

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'Woman Reading,' by artist Mary CassattThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free, one-hour, illustrated lecture, “Masterpieces by Women Artists” with Nassau County Museum of Art docent Evelyn Silver on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room. This program will highlight masterpieces of paintings and sculpture created by 30 women artists from 1060 AD to the present.

View art by Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O’Keeffe, plus other equally accomplished artists represented in major international museums such as Coster, Bonheur, and Valadon. Come explore gender relationships in art. Women had been creating art for centuries, but their work was unsigned. The Bayeux Tapestries (1060 AD) was the first signed work by women artists. Pieces reflected the time in which artists lived; through the years changes in their style and subject matter could be seen in religion, portraits, and nature.

Evelyn Silver is an adjunct professor emerita from Queens College. She has extensive experience writing and presenting lectures for University Without Walls, public libraries, community centers, and private groups.

Priority will be given to Garden City residents 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. No tickets are required.


Legends of Long Island

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Storyteller & Author Janet DemarestAuthor/historic storyteller Janet Demarest will perform a one-hour program from her new book “Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Large Meeting Room. This public program is funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. 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.

Rocky, lonely coastlines; old creaking windmills; huge farm estates; and dark, shadowy forests form the backdrop for some of Long Island’s oldest, most iconic, and best-loved legends. Did Captain Kidd actually bury his treasure here? Is there truly a curse on Lake Ronkonkoma? What role did a clothesline play in the American Revolution? And why is there a statue of a bull in Smithtown?

Much like the vast variety of goods found in a 19th century general store, this entertaining and compelling program features a calico assortment of tales and characters: pirates and patriots; heroes and villains; and, yes, even a ghost or two! Ranging across the Island, west to east, South Shore to North Fork, these centuries-old tales reveal Long Island’s unique, colorful (and sometimes exaggerated) past. From the brave men and women of Washington’s spy ring to sagas of lost romance, from astonishing animals to “things that went bump in the night,” these stories reveal an intriguing and often humorous legacy of a Long Island that few today ever knew existed! cover image of 'Tales from the General Store,' by Janet Demarest

Janet Emily Demarest was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She holds an MBA from Adelphi University, and an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from SUNY Stony Brook. She taught Management and Organizational Behavior on the university level for over 20 years before changing her career to become a solo artist, author, and professional storyteller. In 2005, Janet became the Storyteller-in-Residence at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a 19th Century living-history museum on Long Island. Her own love of early American history prompted her concerns about how - or if - her own children were learning history in school. This led her to incorporate theater, storytelling, and audience participation into her programs to make history feel more "alive," fun to learn, and relevant to audiences of all ages. The strange and fascinating, obscure stories, ancient legends, and anecdotal lore she researched for her programs form the basis for her first book, Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island.

Janet lives with her family on Long Island, and is a proud member of The Authors' Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the New York Folklore Society.


Book Sale

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animated graphic of teetering stack of booksA bargain “Book Sale” will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM in the Large Meeting Room on the Library's lower level. The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor this fabulous sale with all proceeds to benefit the Library. Come early for the best selection of fiction and non-fiction books at unbeatable low prices! It's free to attend.

The Friends of the GCPL is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding services and resources for your Library not provided by tax dollars. We are volunteers who have given countless hours of support since 1952. Through contributions and Friends' fundraising campaigns, we provide enriching cultural and movie programs, entertaining concerts, numerous educational and fun programs for all ages, beautiful gallery displays, museum passes, updated Library equipment - and so much more.


Meeting of Chapter Chat

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cover of 'There Are no Figure Eights in Hockey,' by Chris KreieCome to the Library on Thursday, March 26 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, for the second meeting of Chapter Chat. The book There Are no Figure Eights in Hockey (a Victory School Superstars book), by Chris Kreie, will be discussed. A beverage and snack will be provided.

This book discussion is open to children in Grade 2. Registration began Monday, January 5. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.

Parents can sign up current second graders in the Children’s Room. Sign-up is for both meetings, and each meeting is an hour long. Space is limited, so check with a Children’s Librarian for availability.


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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.