What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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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.


Teens & Tots Storytime Training

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The Young Adult Department, in cooperation with the Garden City Recreation Department, conducts a storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon in July and the first week of August in the picnic area of the Garden City Pool.

To be a volunteer in this program, you must attend a training session at the Library. Required training will be available for any young adult in 5th grade and up who wishes to participate in the storytime program for the first time this summer. You will learn the skills of book selection, read-aloud techniques, how to engage a young audience, and how to prepare and teach crafts safely.

Contact Young Adult Librarian Marge Kelly at 516-742-8405, ext. 242 to arrange to attend a training session. This program is a community service, and participants earn credit.


New Book-Club-in-a Bag Titles

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The Garden City Public Library is adding four new Book Club in a Bag titles to its collection. The titles include Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng; The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins; The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; and The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. 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.


New Catalog Interface

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Please note our new search box in the banner area at the top of our web page.  Just enter some keywords and click on the "Go" button to search the Garden City collection.  To broaden the search to other participating libraries, click on the drop-down menu and select "All Nassau Libraries" before hitting "Go."

The link in the Main Menu on the left side of the page has been changed from "Catalog/My Account" to "Cardholder Account" and will  take the user directly to the login page.  Once logged in, patrons can see which books they have out, renew books that are coming due, and set up notifications.

The classic ALIScat catalog will soon be supplanted by the new Encore interface.  We have updated the Main Menu link on the left sidebar to point to the Encore version.  Although the two currently coexist and library patrons can use either one, we recommend easing into the new look while there is still a fallback position.  Use the Encore catalog to search for books and other materials in the collection of the Garden City Public Library and other members of the Nassau Library System.


Game Night

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animated graphic of bingo cardGet together with other young adults for "Game Night," to be held on Monday, July 13 from 7:00 PM to  8:00 PM. Enjoy trivia games, Bingo, Pictionary and more board games. Bring your favorite board game to share. Refreshments will be served.  

Registration begins June 29 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 30 young adults.


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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