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What's New at 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.


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.


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.


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.


Floral Photography

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'Tulips,' by Helen AndersonCome admire the beautiful floral photography by Helen Anderson showcased at the Library from October 1-30. Enjoy viewing exquisite close-up shots of nature’s best show of color and design in roses, carnations, hydrangeas, and more. This award-winning amateur photographer will share her collection of 8” x 10” framed prints.

Helen Anderson of West Hempstead received an official Town of Hempstead Shutterbug Award from Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as a winner in the 2014 Town of Hempstead Calendar Photo Contest. Her award-winning “Tulips” photo was featured in their calendar, which was mailed to all the town’s households. “I always had an interest in photography,” the winner explained. Three years ago she bought her first "real camera."

Self-taught, Helen aims, shoots, and hopes for the best from her photographs of favorite topics such as flowers, animals, and her fashion-doll collection. Now retired, Helen worked for many years grooming race horses at Roosevelt Raceway and was also employed as a law-firm secretary.

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


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