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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration

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photo of St. Paul's SchoolVillage Historian Suzie Alvey will display an exhibit entitled "St. Paul’s School: History & Inspiration" in the GCPL Gallery from March 3-30, 2015. This exhibit will feature the history of St. Paul's School, built in memory of the founder of Garden City, Alexander T. Stewart.

Originally, St. Paul's was a military boarding school for boys that also serves as a muse for artists and photographers. Come see photos that have never been seen before.

Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Funding for this exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.

 

New Book-Club-in-a Bag Titles

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The Garden City Public Library is introducing three new Book Club in a Bag titles. The Library is adding Jojo Moyes's latest bestseller, One Plus One; Liane Moriarty’s latest bestseller, Big Little Lies; and National Book Award Finalist Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See to the existing collection of 51 book club titles. The new Book Club in a Bag titles are ready to be reserved and borrowed.

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.

Whether you want to reserve a new Book Club in a Bag title or are looking for a recommendation for your book club, call, visit, or Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to talk about books with book lovers just like you.

 

Masterpieces by Women Artists

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'Woman Reading,' by artist Mary CassattThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free, one-hour, illustrated lecture, “Masterpieces by Women Artists” with Nassau County Museum of Art docent Evelyn Silver on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room. This program will highlight masterpieces of paintings and sculpture created by 30 women artists from 1060 AD to the present.

View art by Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O’Keeffe, plus other equally accomplished artists represented in major international museums such as Coster, Bonheur, and Valadon. Come explore gender relationships in art. Women had been creating art for centuries, but their work was unsigned. The Bayeux Tapestries (1060 AD) was the first signed work by women artists. Pieces reflected the time in which artists lived; through the years changes in their style and subject matter could be seen in religion, portraits, and nature.

Evelyn Silver is an adjunct professor emerita from Queens College. She has extensive experience writing and presenting lectures for University Without Walls, public libraries, community centers, and private groups.

Priority will be given to Garden City residents 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. Limited parking. No tickets are required.

 

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

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Actors  David Houston and Diana Heinlein will perform a one-hour dramatic reading from The Museum of Extraordinary Things at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the Large Meeting Room. Scenes from Alice Hoffman’s spellbinding novel will be presented as “radio drama” with sound effects and music of early 20th century New York.

cover image of 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things'This selection for 2015’s Long Island Reads One Book is described as: "Mesmerizing and illuminating . . . the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York City during the volatile first decades of the 20th Century. With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic and masterful storytelling to unite her characters in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of self-discovery in tumultuous times."

David Houston has appeared in leading roles in scores of plays & musicals. He is a published and produced writer of fiction an non-fiction. His original plays have been seen in L.I. theaters, schools, and libraries. Diana Heinlein has acted many different leading and featured roles since the 1980s. She has masterfully portrayed both comic and serious characters.

This 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.

 

Legends of Long Island

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Storyteller & Author Janet DemarestAuthor/historic storyteller Janet Demarest will perform a one-hour program from her new book “Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Large Meeting Room. 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.

Rocky, lonely coastlines; old creaking windmills; huge farm estates; and dark, shadowy forests form the backdrop for some of Long Island’s oldest, most iconic, and best-loved legends. Did Captain Kidd actually bury his treasure here? Is there truly a curse on Lake Ronkonkoma? What role did a clothesline play in the American Revolution? And why is there a statue of a bull in Smithtown?

Much like the vast variety of goods found in a 19th century general store, this entertaining and compelling program features a calico assortment of tales and characters: pirates and patriots; heroes and villains; and, yes, even a ghost or two! Ranging across the Island, west to east, South Shore to North Fork, these centuries-old tales reveal Long Island’s unique, colorful (and sometimes exaggerated) past. From the brave men and women of Washington’s spy ring to sagas of lost romance, from astonishing animals to “things that went bump in the night,” these stories reveal an intriguing and often humorous legacy of a Long Island that few today ever knew existed! cover image of 'Tales from the General Store,' by Janet Demarest

Janet Emily Demarest was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She holds an MBA from Adelphi University, and an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from SUNY Stony Brook. She taught Management and Organizational Behavior on the university level for over 20 years before changing her career to become a solo artist, author, and professional storyteller. In 2005, Janet became the Storyteller-in-Residence at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a 19th Century living-history museum on Long Island. Her own love of early American history prompted her concerns about how - or if - her own children were learning history in school. This led her to incorporate theater, storytelling, and audience participation into her programs to make history feel more "alive," fun to learn, and relevant to audiences of all ages. The strange and fascinating, obscure stories, ancient legends, and anecdotal lore she researched for her programs form the basis for her first book, Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island.

Janet lives with her family on Long Island, and is a proud member of The Authors' Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the New York Folklore Society.

 


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