What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Test Prep Workshop

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Nicholas LaPoma, founder and lead tutor of Curvebreakers Test Prep, will give a workshop for students and their parents on Wednesday, October 8 from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM to describe the differences between the ACT and the SAT exams. He will also discuss strategies to use in taking these tests and preparing for them. Registration begins Wednesday, September 17 on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 90.


Bud Abbott: The Forgotten Funnyman

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Explore pop-culture comedy in the 20th Century! Come to a visual lecture, “Bud Abbott: The Forgotten Funnyman,” presented by Sal St. George of Living History Productions on Thursday, October 9 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room.

Hear Bud Abbott speak about his partner, Lou Costello, their ups and downs, their legal snags, and their personal lives in this one-of-a-kind tribute to one of the greatest comedy teams of all time. After the death of his comedy partner, William “Bud” Abbott retired to his home in Woodland Hills, CA. It was here that a young college student, Sal St. George, had the good fortune of meeting one of his childhood idols. Mr. St. George recorded this meeting and nearly 40 years later, shares the tape and a treasure trove of Abbott & Costello memorabilia.

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.

This program is sponsored 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. No tickets are required.


Getting into the Right College

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Registration begins Monday, September 15 on Eventkeeper for Michael Binder's "Getting in the Right College for You" workshop for students and parents to be held on Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM. Mr. Binder, president and founder of Your College Navigator, LLC, will present a 1¾ hour session for students and their parents to learn how to determine which college is their best personal choice. In addition, he will talk about how students can maximize their admission potential. He will present the key steps students must take to make them stand out from all applicants and suggest how to use college visits to improve chances of admission.

Guest speaker Jan Dieke, assistant director of admissions at Vanderbilt University, will give her insight from a university’s perspective. This program is limited to 90.


New Focus Group to Meet

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A new focus group to discuss the future of the Garden City Public Library will meet in the Library on October 9 at 7:30 PM. This focus group will be chaired by Garden City Library Trustee Charles J. Murphy, EdD. Dr. Murphy is a school administrator who will welcome all interested patrons and will appreciate input from parents with school-age children. Interested participants should bring ideas for discussion and consideration.

Please register by calling the Library at 516-742-8405, ext 210. Please leave your name, home address, phone number, and email address. You will be contacted with specific information before the meeting date.


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.


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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: Closed