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Celebrate Father’s Day

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animated 'Father's Day' graphic with bobbing fishing floatFather’s Day is June 15. The Library is closed that day, but come in ahead of time and check out a book about fathers and grandfathers!  You can read nonfiction books on the holiday, such as Father’s Day, by Ann Heinrichs and Father’s Day Crafts, by Fay Robinson. You can also check out some picture books about Father’s Day, such as A Perfect Father’s Day, by Eve Bunting; Happy Father’s Day, by Steven Kroll; and Father’s Day, by Anne F. Rockwell.  For those interested in more general stories about fathers or grandfathers, you can take out Good Morning Sunshine: A Grandpa Story, by Sharon Michelle McKenna; I Love My Daddy Because . . ., by Laurel Porter-Gaylord; The War With Grandpa, by Robert Kimmel Smith; I Love My Dad, by Anna Walker; and Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers, by Kelly Bennett, plus many more!


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.


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 begins 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.


Just Sixties

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photo of Just Sixties tribute bandThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a concert, “Just Sixties,” with songs and stories on Wednesday evening, June 17, in the Large Meeting Room. Adults are invited to attend the "Annual Meeting" of the Friends at 7:00 PM, which will be followed by the one-hour, 15 minute show and refreshments.

Break out your tie-dyed shirts and join us to relive the music, fads, culture, news, and Americana of the Sixties! Rediscover the bubblegum classics, psychedelic hits, protest songs, folk-rock, and heavy-metal thunder from groups like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, the Temptations, the Monkees, Cream, Sonny & Cher, and so much more. Since their debut in 1982, Just Sixties has become the longest continually running Sixties tribute act in the USA! This narrated retrospective will include interactive trivia quizzes on toys, TV shows, newsmakers, and musical groups from the most memorable decade in music history. From "Build Me up Buttercup" to "Sweet Caroline," you’ll have fun, fun, fun; you’ll be glad all over; and we’ll be happy together!

Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their GCPL cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Limited parking. No tickets are required.


20 Reasons to Join the Summer Reading Club

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Last week, the Children’s Room listed the first five reasons why your child should join the Summer Reading Club. The next five reasons are:

  1. Summer Reading Clubs may be the only non-sport activity available to children.
  2. Toddlers respond to the sound of language. "Find us on Facebook" link to the Fan Page of the Garden City Public Library Children's Room
  3. Toddlers and preschoolers get the opportunity to hear wonderful stories for the first time.
  4. Summer Reading Clubs promote reading for enjoyment.
  5. Summer Reading Clubs encourage parents to read to their children.

This 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 begins 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

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: 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)

New hours begin June 1.