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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Coffee & Tea by the Book

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animated graphic of book, glasses, chocolate-chip cookies, and mug of steaming coffeeIn-person registration begins on Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 AM for "Coffee & Tea by the Book," to be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:00 AM during National Library Week. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will moderate a discussion of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman. This book is the 2015 selection for Long Island Reads. Registration is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders. You can pick up a book when you register at the Reference Desk. cover image of 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things'

Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century. It features compelling descriptions of immigrant life on the Lower East Side, upper Manhattan in its wilderness days, and the development of “freak shows” and amusements at Coney Island. With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic and masterful storytelling to unite her characters in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of self-discovery in tumultuous times.


Taste and Experience Coney Island

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animated graphic of roller coaster with ferris wheel in backgroundIn-person registration begins on Monday, March 30, at 9:30 AM for a cooking program which will bring to life turn-of-the century Coney Island’s smells and flavors, as depicted in Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things, the 2015 Long Island Reads One Book selection. This special program will be held during National Library Week on Wednesday, April 15, at 1:30 PM.

Chef Barbara Sheridan will cover the foods of the period that were served on the boardwalk. She will not only demonstrate how to prepare the food but all participants will get a chance to taste a bit of Coney Island. So come enjoy clam chowder, hot dogs and fries, orange and grape ices, and maybe even have a glass of root beer. animated graphic of steaming hot dog on bun

Registration begins in person on Monday, March 30 at 9:30 AM. This program is for adult Garden City Public Library cardholders only, and space is limited.


Cooling Mother Earth: NY's Footprint in Nature

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photo of landscapeAre New Yorkers stewards of nature or lords of nature? On April 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Dr. Robert Spiegelman will present "Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now," a vivid lecture and multimedia presentation that probes this question. Revisiting key moments in the Empire State's development - especially its Indian, infrastructure, and conservation legacies - Dr. Spiegelman links them to today's environmental crises. To find answers, he unearths the hidden roots of New Yorkers' conflicting views of nature, development, and civilization - both then and now.

Speakers in the HumanitiesDr. Robert Spiegelman, president of Real-View Media, LLC is a sociologist, multimedia artist, and writer who presents widely on New York, Iroquois, Irish, and environmental themes. The founder of SullivanClinton.com and Derryveagh.com, Dr. Spiegelman revisits hidden histories that link past and present and foster indigenous values of peace, democracy, and nature-in-balance. A college teacher for 12 years, he holds a Doctorate in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center and teaches it at several CUNY campuses.

New York Council for the HumanitiesThis event is a New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. Funding for this program has been provided in part by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Please note that this program was originally scheduled for April 23.


Immortal Love Songs

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photo of Richard CassellThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a concert of “Immortal Love Songs” starring vocalists from Capitol Heights Lyric Opera at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 16 in the Large Meeting Room. Bass-baritone Richard Cassell and mezzo-soprano Frances Devine will perform a romantic, light-hearted hour of staged duets, scenes, and arias from favorites like The Merry Widow, Show Boat, Carmen, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, plus more. Brief entertaining introductions to each number, plus some dancing and dialogue will compliment these beautiful melodies from opera and  Broadway hits.

photo of Frances DevineBass-baritone Richard Cassell has sung over 100 roles in the USA and internationally in Rome, France, Belgium, Bangkok, and more. He has performed concert engagements in the tri-state area including the Taconic Opera, The Center for Contemporary Opera, New York City Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and numerous others. Mr. Cassell has also directed operas as well as sung and conducted from the piano.

Mezzo-soprano Frances Devine studied voice and theater in Paris, France before moving to NYC, where she performs regularly in concert throughout the tri-state area. She has sung for the Music in Chelsea Series, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, Baystreet Theater, internationally in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, on tour in French Guyana, and more.

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. Please, no busses.



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The Library will be holding two interactive programs with PlayHooray on Wednesday, April 22. The first program will be held at 10:00 AM for children ages 6 months to 17 months and the second program will be held at 11:00 AM for children 18 months to 29 months. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Registration begins Monday, April 13 at 9:30 AM on Eventkeeper. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program.

Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist. Due to limited room capacity, only one child and one adult will be allowed in per registration. Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


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Library Hours

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 5:00 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)

The Garden City Public Library will be closed on the following Sundays in 2015:
Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.