What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Highlights From Children’s Literature

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The Children’s Department will exhibit “Highlights From Children’s Literature” from August 1-31 in the showcases on the main floor. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy seeing a variety of dolls and stuffed animals paired with coordinated books in this collection.

Young readers are encouraged to join in this year’s collaborative “Fizz, Boom Read! 2014 Summer Reading Club” program. Come check out fun stuff for kids! Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading. The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include:

  • Encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit;
  • Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities;
  • Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up;
  • The program can generate interest in the library and books; and
  • It being summer, the program can just be good fun and provide an opportunity for family time at the Garden City Public Library.

Exhibit funding is provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Computer Animation

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Learn how to use your computer to create web-based computer animation on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Create and edit animated GIFs, stick figures, and much more.

Registration begins July 23 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 24 Young Adults.

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


New Book-Club-in-a Bag Titles

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The Library is adding 10 new Book Club in a Bag titles to its collection. If you’ve always wanted to start a book club or if your existing book club is looking for an easier way to select books, then the Library’s Book Club in a Bag may be just what you need. The Book Club in a Bag contains everything you need to run a book-discussion group.

Each canvas tote bag checks out for six weeks and contains 10 copies of a discussible title, usually a large type, audio material, and an information package with a summary, book reviews, biographical information, discussion questions, an author interview, and suggestions for further reading. The bag also includes a sign-up sheet for the leader to keep track of who has which book.

The new titles include Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter; I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai; Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd; Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg; Longbourn, by Jo Baker; Round House, by Louise Erdrich; The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert; Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve; The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan; and Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. 

If the title your book club selects is not available in the Book Club in a Bag collection, you can also ask the Reference Librarians if multiple copies of your selection can be interloaned for your group. The Librarians will provide background information and discussion questions for your group if available.


“Fizz, Boom, Read!” with Magic Bob McEntee

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Children registered for the "Lab Rats" Summer Reading Club who meet the requirements of the club are invited to attend the final Summer Reading Club show, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with Magic Bob McEntee of Magic Beyond Imagination. The show will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 PM.

Children entering Grades K-5 in September who are interested in attending the show can register for the "Lab Rats" Summer Reading Club in the Children’s Room until Tuesday, August 5 at 5:00 PM.


Musée d’Orsay

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Art-history scholar Louise Cella Caruso will present a free visual-art lecture, “Musée d’Orsay, Paris” on Thursday, September 11 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room. (This program was re-scheduled from May.) Discover the unique transition from train station to art museum and its collection during this illustrated talk.

Photo of Musée d'OrsayThe 1898 Beaux-Arts railway station Gare d'Orsay was silenced in 1939 due to short platforms unsuitable for longer trains. Originally constructed for the Universal Exposition of 1900, it now houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

Louise Cella Caruso has made numerous presentations throughout the tri-state area. Her background combines bio-nutrition, certification in art-and-antique appraising, and a degree in communication. She has continued research at museums in the United States and Europe, such as The Metropolitan and Philadelphia Museums of Art, The Prado, Louvre, Uffizi, and more.

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 meeting-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Parking is limited. No tickets are required.


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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: Closed