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New Book-Club-in-a Bag Titles

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The Garden City Public Library is adding seven new Book Club in a Bag titles to its collection. The titles include At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen; Dead Wake, by Erik Larson; Every Fifteen Minutes, by Lisa Scottoline (2 bags); Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova; The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina GeorgeThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman (2 bags); Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf; The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows; and a second bag with The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. The new Book Club in a Bag titles are ready to be reserved and borrowed.

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.

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.

Whether you want to reserve a new Book Club in a Bag title or are looking for a recommendation for your book club, call, visit, or Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to talk about books with book lovers just like you.


Library Enhances Travel Collection

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animated graphic of jet airliner flying through clouds with 'Great Vacations' painted on fuselageThe Garden City Public Library is enhancing its travel collection to include travel DVDs with its nonfiction travel books. The Library has also been updating its collection of travel guidebooks, which includes recently published books by Fodor’s, Frommers, Rick Steve’s, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, D.K. Eyewitness Travel and others. The travel collection is located on the main floor of the Library with the nonfiction call numbers 910 – 919. Stop by the Library to check out the travel collection to help plan your summer vacation experience.

Don't get caught sounding like a tourist while you're overseas.  Before venturing outside the US, be sure to polish up your language skills with Transparent Language Online. TLO is a rapid-learning system employing flashcards with audio to help the user memorize words and phrases. Pronunciation analysis compares your speech with that of a native speaker, and assessment tests identify areas for improvement. There are 90 language courses available. 

Transparent Language Online works with Windows and Mac computers, and apps are available for Android and Apple phones and tablets.


Unmask! This Summer

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Anyone ready to enter Middle School or High Schoool in September 2015 is invited to “Unmask!” this summer by joining the Summer Reading Club at the Garden City Public Library. Registration began June 22 and continues throughout July. Join by signing up at the Young Adult Desk in the Library or by filling out an online registration form. Look for more information in the coming weeks about  “Unmask!” as well as all the special programs being held for young adults on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Library.

Read anything - a summer assignment book, a recreational read, a newspaper, a magazine, a graphic novel, an eBook, a travel book - or listen to an audiobook. Fill out a mini review form and put it in the raffle box or email it and a print out will be placed in the raffle box for you to have a chance to win a cool prize. Each week eight mini reviews will be pulled and prizes awarded.

Instead of a raffle review, you may keep a reading diary and show it to the YA Librarian before August 6. You’ll also get an invitation to the "End of Summer Bash," the annual pizza party, to be held on August 12, when additional prizes will be awarded.

Away all summer? You may still join and be a part of the "UnMask!" Summer Reading Club through email or “snail mail” to:

YA Librarian
Garden City Public Library
60 Seventh Street
Garden City NY 11530

Look for more information in the coming weeks about "Unmask!" as well as all the special programs being held for Young Adults on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Library.


New Museum Pass to Met

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To make the museum experience accessible to all residents, the Garden City Public Library through the generosity of the Friends of the Garden City Public Library offers free museum passes to the Cradle of Aviation, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; the Guggenheim Museum; Nassau County Museum of Art; and Old Westbury Gardens. The Library is adding a new pass to the program to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. The new Metropolitan Museum pass admits five adults and children 18 and under. It includes access to The Balcony Lounge and Members Dining Room and discounts in the Met Store and on Audio Guides. Reciprocal membership privileges are available at 16 major art museums nationwide.

Museum passes are available only to Garden City Public Library cardholders in good standing who have signed the Museum Pass User Agreement.

Museum passes may be reserved in advance and must be checked out by an adult (18 years and older) family member. Reservations will be taken up to one month in advance of the desired date, subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be done in person at the Reference Desk and will not be taken over the phone.

Only one pass may be borrowed at a time. Only one pass per museum may be borrowed per household within a six month period. The passes may be borrowed for three days and must be returned by one hour before the Library closes on the day the pass is due. The day the pass is picked up is considered the first day. The passes must be returned to the Reference Desk during Library operating hours. Passes placed in the book drop will be charged a $10.00 fee.

Late charges are $20.00 per day. In the event that a pass is not returned and the Library pays an entrance fee for the next user, that entrance fee will be added to the late fees. There is a $5.00 cancellation charge if it is less than 48 hours before the reserved date. Any user who loses a pass will be charged the replacement cost of that museum pass.

Patrons should call the museum directly for information on hours of operation, parking, and/or directions. Each museum reserves the right to determine the rules and regulations governing the use of the museum pass.

For more information, visit the Reference Desk at the Library or call 516-742-8405 x2.


Every Hero Has a Story

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A father volunteers to help the Gizmo Guys perform a juggling trick during the 2015 Summer Kick-Off Show, held to celebrate the start of the summer reading program on June 24."Find us on Facebook" link to the Fan Page of the Garden City Public Library Children's RoomThis year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” The Super Kids Read-to-Me Club is for children ages 2½-5 years old (not entering Kindergarten in Fall 2015) while the Power Readers Reading Club is for children entering Grades K-5 in September 2015. 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.

Registration for the Summer Reading Club began June 22 at 9:30 AM in the Children’s Room and is ongoing. Non-residents can register beginning Monday, July 6 at 9:30 AM. Check our website and Eventkeeper for more information about the Summer Reading Club and additional summer programming, or look for our flyers in the Children’s Room.


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Library Hours

New hours are in bold.

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun: Closed for Summer