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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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.


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.


WWI’s 1914 Christmas Eve Truce

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The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free program on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM in honor of our veterans. Master storyteller Elizabeth Rowe will present “WWI’s 1914 Christmas Eve Truce.”

photo of Belgian machinegunner in 1918 guarding trenchThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. Hear the unforgettable story of Elizabeth's father's first-hand account of the 1914 Christmas Eve truce. As a very young soldier in the trenches of northern France, Duncan Macpherson took part in that unprecedented, historic event. It is a recounting that has both haunted and warmed her heart for years.

Elizabeth Rowe shares a repertoire of folk tales, myths, legends, short stories and personal tales throughout the metropolitan area. As a member of the National Storytelling Network, she tells family and personal stories about growing up the daughter of a Scottish highlander and an Irish American. Elizabeth has been a featured performer for Cablevision’s “Tell Me a Story,” The Players’ club in Manhattan, Wave Hill New York Public Garden & Cultural Center, the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, NYS Reading Association Conference, and many 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. No tickets are required.


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.


Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats

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Join us on Saturday, November 15 for "Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats" with the Baking Coach! This fun food program will be held at 1:30 PM for children in Grades K-2 and at 3:00 PM for children in Grades 3-5.

animated graphic of pumpkin with blinking eyes wearing pilgrim hatRegistration begins Monday, November 3 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.

Please notify a librarian if your child has any food allergies.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


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