What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Friends' Fabulous Book Sale

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animated graphic of wobbling book stackA “Bargain Book Sale” will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on the Library's Lower Level. Come early for the best selection of hard- and soft-cover books including fiction, non-fiction, young-adult, and children’s books. CDs, DVDs, videos, and antique, autographed, and coffee-table books will be included. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. There is no entrance fee.

The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor this fabulous sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Library. The Friends have volunteered as a dynamic resource for the community with their staff and extensive services since 1952. The non-profit organization has provided free for patrons of all ages: museum passes, quality programs, new equipment, summer reading groups, monthly exhibitions, movies, book discussions, newsletters, lectures, plays, concerts, craft workshops, book bags, and much more.


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.


Bob Hope & Jack Benny

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The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free visual lecture, “Bob Hope & Jack Benny,” presented by Sal St. George of Living History Productions on Thursday, May 29 at 1:30 PM. Come celebrate the careers of two American comedy icons in one laugh-filled program on Bob Hope’s birthday!

Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting your GCPL card 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.

Comic legends Bob Hope and Jack Benny were an integral part of the 20th Century’s entertainment landscape. They were part of a handful of gifted performers who adapted seamlessly to new opportunities, technologies, and challenges. They moved effortlessly from burlesque to vaudeville to radio to television and movies. Hope and Benny were both acknowledged masters of comedic timing, yet their styles were polar opposites of one another with one common result: they were two very funny men!

For more than 25 years, noted playwright, comedy writer, and theatrical director Sal St. George has developed unique and compelling programs that chronicle the lives of America’s greatest leaders, legends, and icons. He has entertained the masses with his quick wit and stylish humor, creating main-stage theatrical productions as well as inventive programs for national and local clients, including museums, cultural centers, planetariums, zoos, and historic sites.


Musee d’Orsay

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Art-history scholar Louise Cella Caruso will present a free visual-art lecture, “Musée d’Orsay, Paris” on Thursday, May 22 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room. Discover the unique transition from train station to art museum and its collection during this illustrated talk.

Photo of Musée d'OrsayThe 1898 Beaux-Arts railway station Gare d'Orsay was silenced in 1939 due to short platforms unsuitable for longer trains. Originally constructed for the Universal Exposition of 1900, it now houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

Louise Cella Caruso has made numerous presentations throughout the tri-state area. Her background combines bio-nutrition, certification in art-and-antique appraising, and a degree in communication. She has continued research at museums in the United States and Europe, such as The Metropolitan and Philadelphia Museums of Art, The Prado, Louvre, Uffizi, and more.

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


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.


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  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM