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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

New CDs

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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.


Friends' Bargain Book Sale

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animated graphic of wobbling book stackThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will hold a “Bargain Book Sale” on Saturday, November 8, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on the Lower Level. Come early for the best selection of hard- and softcover books, CDs, DVDs, and videos. Find beautiful Christmas books and great gift books just in time for the holidays. Choose from fiction, non-fiction, adult, teen, and children’s books. Antique and autographed books as well as coffee-table books will be offered.

The Friends volunteers have organized 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.

Please note: the Friends of the Garden City Public Library are unable to accept book donations from October 14 through November 15.


Manhasset Art Association

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'Artichokes' - watercolor by Shelley BerkleyThe Manhasset Art Association will exhibit a group show in the Gallery and showcases from November 4-25. View multi-media professional artwork, including pastels, collage, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and photography.

'Moon Goddess' - mixed media by Ann PellatonIn 1948, a small group of Manhasset artists were invited to meet at the home of Helen Jennings. Mrs. Jennings had a dream of organizing a workshop where artists could work together to develop their talents, exchange ideas, and foster a greater appreciation and advancement of the arts in the community. In 1949, a constitution was adopted, and Mrs. Jennings was elected president. The association held meetings at many different sites, such as the Old Firehouse on Bayview Ave., Patricia Murphy’s, Manhasset Hall, the old Onderdonk House, the Community Reformed Church, and, at present, the Quaker Meeting House on Northern Boulevard.

Today, the MMA still offers its members workshops with a live model, and three major art exhibits each year. All members are expected to help run the organization, and it is the spirit of cooperation that makes the group successful.

Exhibit funding is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Drop-in LEGO Club

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Children show what they built with LEGO bricks during the first meeting of the 'Drop-In LEGO Club.'Come with your old friends and make new friends at our new LEGO Club! This monthly club is for children Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 12 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

No registration is required, but space is limited. When arriving at the Library, come to the Children’s Room and get a number. Numbers will be distributed starting at 3:00 PM the day of the program. Children will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library will provide LEGO bricks for children to build with during the program.

This will be the last of the LEGO Club for 2014. The club will resume meeting monthly in 2015.

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

Due to the overwhelming success of the Library’s "Drop-In LEGO Club" and the large turnout at the first meeting held on Wednesday, September 8, the Children’s Department is seeking donations of LEGO bricks, minifigures, and other LEGO parts in order to expand the club and accommodate more children. If you have old LEGO bricks you would like to donate to the Library for the club, please contact the Children’s Department, either by or by phone at 516-742-8405 x216. LEGO donations can also be brought to the Children’s Room at the Library. The Children’s Department greatly appreciates any donations received.


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