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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Dog Treats for Charity

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animated graphic of boy training boxer dog to sit for treatFebruary is Pet Dental Health Month, so ‘tweens and teens are invited to help brighten a dog’s day by making homemade dog treats from scratch on Wednesday, February 25, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Young adults will use cookie cutters to make the treats in pet-friendly shapes. Mrs. Kathy, the instructor, will take these treats home to bake and then donate them to a local animal shelter or rescue group.

Certificates for one hour of community service will be given to each participant. Registration begins Wednesday, February 4 on Eventkeeper.


Children’s Chinese Auction

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Children in Grades K-5 who complete the requirements of the Children’s Winter Reading Club will receive an invitation for themselves and a parent or adult caregiver to attend the "Children’s Chinese Auction" on Thursday, February 26 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. At the auction, children can use their book-review cards earned during the "Children’s Chinese Auction" as raffle tickets to win prizes.

Registration for the Winter Reading Club begins Monday, January 5 at 9:30 AM in the Children’s Room and ends Wednesday, February 25. Books must be read between January 5, 2015 and February 25, 2015 and must be age appropriate.

Children should be accompanied by an adult caregiver during the Chinese auction at all times. Children must be present at the auction to win a raffle from the auction. Prizes at the Chinese Auction will include:

  1. Autographed copies of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul;
  2. Polar Express gift set including the book, DVD, and a collectible bell;
  3. Disney DVDs of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Aladdin;
  4. Two complimentary passes to Adventureland in Farmingdale, NY;
  5. Four free passes to the Children’s Maritime Museum in Port Jefferson, NY;
  6. Autographed copies of Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Needs a Bath and James Dean’s Pete the Cat and the New Guy;
  7. $35 merchandise certificate to Oriental Trading;
  8. Family four pack to the Land of Make Believe in Hope, NJ;
  9. Four guest passes to the Queens Zoo in Flushing, NY;
  10. One-year free membership and gift card for a holiday workshop at the Science Museum of Long Island in Plandome, NY;
  11. And more to come!

Coffee & Tea by the Book

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cover image of 'The Nightingale,' by Kristin HannahIn-person registration begins on Tuesday, February 10, at 9:30 AM for "Coffee & Tea by the Book," to be held on Tuesday, March 3, at 10:00 AM. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will moderate a discussion of The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.

animated graphic of book, glasses, chocolate-chip cookies, and mug of steaming coffeeBestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen - the women’s war - in her latest novel. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and by experience, ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied and war-torn France.

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.


St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration

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photo of St. Paul's SchoolVillage Historian Suzie Alvey will display an exhibit entitled "St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration" in the GCPL Gallery from March 3-30, 2015. This exhibit will feature the history of St. Paul's School, built in memory of the founder of Garden City, Alexander T. Stewart.

Originally, St. Paul's was a military boarding school for boys that also serves as a muse for artists and photographers. Come see photos that have never been seen before.

Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Funding for this exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things

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Actors  David Houston and Diana Heinlein will perform a one-hour dramatic reading from The Museum of Extraordinary Things at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the Large Meeting Room. Scenes from Alice Hoffman’s spellbinding novel will be presented as “radio drama” with sound effects and music of early 20th century New York.

cover image of 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things'This selection for 2015’s Long Island Reads One Book is described as: "Mesmerizing and illuminating . . . the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York City during the volatile first decades of the 20th Century. With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic and masterful storytelling to unite her characters in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of self-discovery in tumultuous times."

David Houston has appeared in leading roles in scores of plays & musicals. He is a published and produced writer of fiction an non-fiction. His original plays have been seen in L.I. theaters, schools, and libraries. Diana Heinlein has acted many different leading and featured roles since the 1980s. She has masterfully portrayed both comic and serious characters.

This public program is funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their Garden City Public Library cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats.


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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:
Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.