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Speaking of Books: 5 New Books to Read This Summer

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Summer is for book lovers! If your idea of the perfect summer vacation is finding a great new read, Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett have selected five new books to consider for your summer-reading getaway.

animated graphic of flying booksThere is no one definition of a great summer book. Dive into a breezy beach book, discover a critically acclaimed literary novel, or chill out with the latest thriller. Whatever you choose, your summer read should be able to sweep you away to another world, real or imagined. Here are five new titles that critics, librarians and readers are talking about this summer:

Emma Straub’s The Vacationers is perfect vacation reading, combining the warm-weather locale of the Spanish island of Mallorca with the lively, complicated drama of an American family’s two-week vacation to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation. The novel offers a humorous but heartfelt portrayal of intricate dynamics of family life in the midst of change.

All the Light We Cannot See by the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Beautifully written, with stunning imagery, this novel captures the sights and sounds of wartime while focusing on the innate goodness of the major characters.

Chevy Stevens’ latest psychological thriller That Night is a riveting tale of secrets, betrayal, heartbreak, and ultimately, redemption with an unexpected twist. Returning home after serving time for the wrongful conviction of her sister's murder, Toni Murphy struggles to reacclimate and avoid parole violations while her boyfriend, who was also wrongly convicted, resolves to clear their names.

One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You, is a warm-hearted, “opposites attract” love story. The novel has an ensemble cast of colorful characters ranging from a single mom and her tortured Goth teen and gifted daughter to the technology millionaire whose vacation house she cleans. Each character's story is independent, yet they all come together, creating an exceptional novel about family, trust, and love.

Faceoff, edited by David Baldacci, is a one-of-a-kind anthology that brings together the most beloved characters from the most popular thriller series today. In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling thriller writers have paired their series characters in an eleven story collection.

Stop by or call the Reference Desk for more suggestions about what to read this summer. Tell the librarians about what you enjoy reading too - they love to talk about books with book lovers like you! Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to recommend your favorite summer reads. In the coming weeks, the Librarians will suggest additional popular books to enjoy and include some suggestions from Garden City residents.


New CDs

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animated graphic of spinning compact discLike music?  Follow us on Twitter @gcplcds.  Find out about new CDs, recommendations of CDs you might have missed, and suggestions for CDs you would like to be added to the collection.


Documentary Film Screened

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Andrew Morreale answered questions about his new documentary at a screening of his film at the Library.Beyond Broken, a short documentary film about one woman’s struggle to find peace, love, and art while living with multiple sclerosis, was shown at the Library on Thursday, June 5. The film was produced and directed by Garden City resident Andrew Morreale, a three-time Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated producer and editor, who has worked for over 25 years on an extensive list of films for HBO, PBS, and ESPN, as well as other independent works.

Beyond Broken is a documentary about the life of Vasso Tarnaras, who has lost the ability to do the one thing she loves: paint. A severe form of multiple sclerosis stiffens her joints and makes it almost impossible for her to hold a brush. The Long Island native is also haunted and paralyzed by a dark and violent past. It is only when a local art-gallery owner becomes interested in her work that she finds hope.

Mr. Morreale hopes that Beyond Broken, which took two years to produce and direct, will bring a deeper understanding of the difficulty of living with multiple sclerosis and inspire others. During a reception following the screening of his film, Mr. Morreale answered questions about his new documentary.

The film is being added to the Library’s DVD collection in the near future.


The Hits Keep Coming With Freegal

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Freegal Music, the free-and-legal music service for Library patrons, just got better - again! Now you can download five songs per week.  Downloaded songs are yours to keep. 

Freegal users can also stream three hours of music per day. Mobile streaming is included, and users can create personal playlists or listen to pre-selected playlists. There are 7 million songs and 15,000 music videos from which to choose. (Fine Print Dept.: a music-video download counts as two song downloads.)

The Freegal site has a new search engine, and the mobile app has new features, such as song deletion and iTunes backup. If you haven’t taken advantage of this great service yet, take the plunge.

With the Android app, a user can download music directly to a mobile device.  Users of iPods, iPads, and iPhones will need to download the files to their computers first, then sync the device with the computer via iTunes.


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.


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