What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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.


Renew Items Via Text Message

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If you are signed up for SMS Alerts, you will receive simple-text messages to your cell phone to remind you that you have items that are due soon, overdue, or on hold. If you reply with the word renew, the system will respond with one of two messages:

  1. "Your items could not be renewed" (if no items are eligible for renewal), or
  2. "(x) of (y) items were renewed" (if some or all items are eligible for renewal).

Items that are not eligible for renewal include overdue items, items with holds waiting, or items already renewed. Patrons who owe fines for previously returned materials may not be able to renew materials using this feature. Should you wish to pay fines online by credit card, visit ALISweb.org, log in to your account, and click on "unpaid fines and bills."

To sign up for SMS Alerts, log into your library account, click on “Modify Personal Info,” enter a mobile-phone number, and click on the “opt in” link. Charges from your cell-phone service provider, if any, will apply.


Steel Impressions

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photo of steelpan players

Enjoy a concert by “Steel Impressions” on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room. Professional Long Island musicians will create a tropical music ambiance with pulsating calypso, reggae, and contemporary songs on unique instruments called steelpans. Imagine you’re in the Caribbean with toe-tapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing, and hip-swaying music! Enjoy tunes like “Yellow Bird,” “Hot, Hot, Hot,” and “Brazil.”

This concert is designed to demonstrate versatility of the steelpan that was created in the Caribbean shortly after World War II. The steelpan is often mistaken for a percussive instrument, because of it's design, when in fact it is a melodic instrument. Questions and answers will follow the concert for anyone interested in learning more about steelpan instruments.

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. No tickets are required.


Equine Extravaganza

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painting of woman and horse by Diana BertholdEquine Extravaganza & Other Things,” by Diana M. Berthold, will be exhibited in the Library’s Gallery & showcases from September 2-29. This native Long Islander’s multimedia paintings are inspired predominately by horses and other animals. Quilted horse-show ribbon pillows and unique banner quilts will be displayed in the showcases.quilt by Diana Berthold

quilt by Diana BertholdDiana Berthold is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a writer, horsewoman, artist, and quilt-and-fashion designer. Diana has created graphics, screen prints, textile prints, embroideries, apparel, costumes, accessories, and equestrian items for major retail manufacturers. Her award-winning quilts and artwork, which includes photography, pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, are exhibited at juried shows, galleries, and libraries. She has earned numerous awards on Long Island, NYC, and Pennsylvania, and has been featured in The Long Island Advance, Suffolk Life, Horse Directory, and magazines such as: Today’s Equestrian, Chronicle of the Horse, and Paint Horse Journal. She holds memberships in several local and national quilt guilds and in horse and art associations. Her work is in private collections in the USA, Canada, and Great Britain.

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


"Retrospective" Art Show

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'Reading at the Pond' - oil painting by Ruth LawrencePoet and illustrator Ruth Lawrence will exhibit a solo multimedia show, “Retrospective,” in the Library's Gallery from October 1-30. View a lifetime of styles through her exploration and growth as an artist.

watercolor by Ruth Lawrence depicting 4 women (1 with guitar, one at piano), 2 men, and girl with banjoAcrylic and oil paint, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil are included in Ruth’s wide range of media. She has created work in the styles of realism, surrealism, impressionism, and op art with equally diverse subjects.

Ruth Lawrence is a NYS certified art teacher who graduated from C.W. Post, L.I.U. She has written and illustrated four children's books: My Famous Grandma, Barbara Bubbles, Jerome, and Tyrone, the Dinosaur. Ruth has also written and illustrated lighthearted limericks for children.

Exhibit funding is 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: Closed