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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Legends of Long Island

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Storyteller & Author Janet DemarestAuthor/historic storyteller Janet Demarest will perform a one-hour program from her new book “Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Large Meeting Room. 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 program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats.

Rocky, lonely coastlines; old creaking windmills; huge farm estates; and dark, shadowy forests form the backdrop for some of Long Island’s oldest, most iconic, and best-loved legends. Did Captain Kidd actually bury his treasure here? Is there truly a curse on Lake Ronkonkoma? What role did a clothesline play in the American Revolution? And why is there a statue of a bull in Smithtown?

Much like the vast variety of goods found in a 19th century general store, this entertaining and compelling program features a calico assortment of tales and characters: pirates and patriots; heroes and villains; and, yes, even a ghost or two! Ranging across the Island, west to east, South Shore to North Fork, these centuries-old tales reveal Long Island’s unique, colorful (and sometimes exaggerated) past. From the brave men and women of Washington’s spy ring to sagas of lost romance, from astonishing animals to “things that went bump in the night,” these stories reveal an intriguing and often humorous legacy of a Long Island that few today ever knew existed! cover image of 'Tales from the General Store,' by Janet Demarest

Janet Emily Demarest was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She holds an MBA from Adelphi University, and an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from SUNY Stony Brook. She taught Management and Organizational Behavior on the university level for over 20 years before changing her career to become a solo artist, author, and professional storyteller. In 2005, Janet became the Storyteller-in-Residence at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a 19th Century living-history museum on Long Island. Her own love of early American history prompted her concerns about how - or if - her own children were learning history in school. This led her to incorporate theater, storytelling, and audience participation into her programs to make history feel more "alive," fun to learn, and relevant to audiences of all ages. The strange and fascinating, obscure stories, ancient legends, and anecdotal lore she researched for her programs form the basis for her first book, Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island.

Janet lives with her family on Long Island, and is a proud member of The Authors' Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the New York Folklore Society.


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 23, 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.


Download eBooks and Audiobooks

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Garden City Public Library cardholders can take advantage of the Library’s growing collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, which are available through the Nassau Digital Doorway and OverDrive, Inc. Nassau Digital Doorway Patrons can download bestselling, popular, and classic fiction and nonfiction eBook and audiobook titles as well as titles for young adults and children.

The Library’s free downloadable service is compatible with the Kindle and Kindle Fire, the Nook and Nook tablet, the iPad and the iPhone, Android devices, Windows and Mac computers as well as most other eReaders and mobile devices. All you need to borrow digital titles from the Library is an internet connection and a valid Garden City library card.

The Nassau Digital Doorway is the gateway to thousands of downloadable titles and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library to pick up printed instruction guides for downloading eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, smartphones and tablets. New “how to” instruction guides have been prepared for Kindle, iPhone and iPad, and Nook tablet users. Instructions and how-to videos can also be found through the Help link on the Nassau Digital Doorway home page.


Man of La Mancha

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photo of Chris Dufrenoy as Don QuixoteThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free, one-hour concert version of “Man of La Mancha," starring the cast of Plaza Theatrical Productions, at 7:30 PM on Wednesday evening, April 29, in the Large Meeting Room. Join Don Quixote as he tilts at windmills ad fights to right all wrongs in this award-winning “Impossible Dream” musical! This classic show, one of the great theatre successes of our time, has been enjoyed by audiences world-wide. Don Quixote will be performed by Chris Dufrenoy.

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.


Scan Photos & Documents

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Photo of BookScan stationHave a hard copy you would rather not retype? Want to digitize a photo to attach it to an email? The iVina BookScan Station is the answer to those many pleas that have fallen on our ears. Library patrons can scan items to a Word, JPEG, or PDF file and save them to a USB flashdrive. Don’t have a computer at home? Sit down in our Computer Lab, insert your drive, and work with your files.

Patrons may purchase a USB flashdrive for $6.75 (the Library's cost) at the Circulation Desk.


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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:
Feb. 15, Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.