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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Trustee Nouryan Named Woman of Distinction

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Lola Nouryan, Ph.D, a Garden City Library Board trustee, was honored as a 2014 Woman of Distinction by Assemblyman Edward Ra on Saturday, September 13. Dr. Nouryan is a psychologist with a distinguished background in education and community service. She has her own private practice in Garden City.

Assemblyman Ed Ra & Garden City Village Trustee Theresa Trouve are pictured honoring Lola Nouryan, Ph.D. (center) as a 2014 Woman of Distinction.Dr. Nouryan is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s Graduate Department of Psychology, where she has taught courses in psychology for over 30 years. In addition to teaching, she serves as a clinical supervisor with Hofstra’s Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling Clinic. In this capacity, she supervises graduate students conducting psychological assessments of individuals.

Dr. Nouryan served as school psychologist for the Rockville Centre School District for over 30 years. She has published and presented academic papers in the field of special-needs children.

During the Vietnam War, Dr. Nouryan provided free counseling to the wives of soldiers serving in the military. Due to Dr. Nouryan’s significant work, spousal needs are now recognized to be an important component of military preparedness and function.

Dr. Nouryan serves as a trustee on the Garden City Public Library Board, where she specializes in human-resources issues. She is the devoted mother of three children and proud grandmother of five.


Celebrate Halloween

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Come to the library and read a scary book this Halloween. Titles include Who Stole Halloween? by Martha Freeman;  Third Grade Ghouls, by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna; and Orange You Glad It’s Halloween, Amber Brown? by Paula Danziger. You can also read some of our scary series books, like Goosebumps and The Nightmare Room, by R.L. Stine; Ghostville Elementary, by Marcia Thorton Jones; Ghost Buddy, by Henry Winkler; and The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, by Debbie Dadey. We also have Halloween picture books, such as Mouse’s First Halloween, by Lauren Thompson; Froggy’s Halloween, by Jonathan London; and It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, plus many more.


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, you are missing out on hours of free enjoyment.

For more information about downloading and streaming Freegal Music, see the FAQ page.


Library Congratulates Pat Marson

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photo of Patricia MarsonDirector Lisa Paulo and the Board of Trustees of the Garden City Public Library offer congratulations to Pat Marson, principal account clerk, (pictured) for her hard work and dedication to the Library on her 20th anniversary of service. Mrs. Marson was honored with a certificate at a Village luncheon held on Friday, September 12.


Murder, Madness & Poe

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Actor Michael Bertolini will perform a free dramatic reading of “Murder, Madness & Poe” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 30 in the Large Meeting Room. Written and directed by David Houston, this one-hour play will be presented in the style of a radio drama, featuring readings, poetry, music, and eerie sound effects. During this show about America's unequaled Master of the Macabre, Mr. Bertolini will portray a desperate Edgar Allan Poe seeking acceptance for his gentle tales of violence and insanity - in order to revive his faltering life and career with a lecture tour. Hear quotations and complete readings from "The Black Cat," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

portrait of Edgar Allen Poe holding quill penThis 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.

Michael Bertolini has performed in many Manhattan and regional theaters and on television and film, including playing serial killer Colin Raimes ("Life on Mars" - ABC), voicing Homer ("Star Blazers" - classic anime TV series), and playing a variety of Muppets! He recently played King Agamemnon in a critically acclaimed production of "Iphigenia at Aulis" at the La Mama Theater in NYC. Michael is best known to Long Island theatregoers for playing Don Quixote ("Man of La Mancha"), Von Trapp ("Sound of Music") Lockstock ("Urinetown"), and other leading and featured roles in plays and musicals. His BFA in Performing Arts is from Hofstra University, where he received their Acting Excellence Award.

David Houston, writer/director, is a published and produced writer with several books and screenplays to his credit; his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby (St. Martin’s Press), was optioned for movie production, as was his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon (Leisure Books). As an actor, David has appeared in leading roles including Major Bouvier in "Grey Gardens," Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet," Senex in Sondheim’s "Forum," Ben in "Death of a Salesman," Herr Shultz in "Cabaret," the Old Actor in "The Fantasticks," and Horace in "The Little Foxes." In addition to directing his own plays - they include "The Last Dance" (Fred and Adèle Astaire), "Let’s Do It!" (Noël Coward and Cole Porter), "Great Scott and Zelda" (The Fitzgeralds), "A Rodgers and Hart Audition" (the songwriters and auditioning celebrities), "The Ghost of Dorothy Parker," and "The Dickens!" - he directed  "The Belle of Amherst," "The Odd Couple," "Sylvia," and "Social Security" for Long Island theaters, libraries, and schools.


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