What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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.


Property Taxpayer’s Checkup

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It’s time for a property taxpayer’s checkup! Come to the Library and hear Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin Jr. speak about important issues related to taxes. On Tuesday, October 28 at 2:00 PM, Mr. Clavin will discuss such important issues as tax exemptions (seniors, Enhanced STAR, basic STAR, veterans, and home improvement), tax discounts, property-tax payment dates, and tax-payment options. Mr. Clavin will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and address any taxpayer concerns that they may have.

Mr. Clavin will return to the Library on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 PM to discuss how to challenge your property-tax assessment, which could result in reducing your taxes. Again, Mr. Clavin will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and address any taxpayer concerns that they may have. Both of these programs are open to all and registration is not required.


Lions Club Grateful for Collection of Eyeglasses

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The Garden City Public Library is a collection site for used eyeglasses for the Recycle for Sight Program, which is run by a local Lions Club. The Lions Club has expressed its appreciation to Library Board Vice Chair Gloria Weinrich and the Library for continuing to serve as an ongoing collection site for the Recycle for Sight Program. The glasses are reprocessed and distributed to those in need worldwide. A box is provided for the used-eyeglass collection near the interior doors of the Library.


Drop-In Halloween Costume Party

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animated graphic of sheet ghostCelebrate Halloween by coming to the Library’s "Drop-In Halloween Costume Party"! This fun program will be held on Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and is for children ages 2½ through Grade 5 and their families. Children ages 2½-5 (not in Kindergarten) must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times. Children in Grades K-5 must have an adult caregiver in the Library at all times.

Enjoy music and more with your favorite Children’s Librarians. Costumes are encouraged. Costume parade through the Library starts at 6:15 PM.

No registration is required. Space is limited. Families will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Library in Your Pocket

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Sitting in front of a computer is beginning to feel like free time. Most people are so busy these days that if they’re sitting, they’re in a vehicle – and no doubt staring into that ubiquitous oracle, the smartphone (but not if they’re driving, of course).

animated graphic of hands using smartphoneUnless your destination is the Library, consider getting there via smartphone or other mobile device. If you access the Library website on a Droid or iPhone, you will automatically be served a simplified version of our pages more suitable for a tiny screen.

The Library catalog (ALIScat) also has a mobile version called AirPAC. Using the mobile site, you can do a simple catalog search or check your library account.

In fact, while you’re logged into your library account, consider signing up for SMS Alerts. SMS Alerts will send simple text messages to your cell phone to inform you that you have items due soon, overdue, or on hold. To sign up for SMS Alerts, log into your library account at , click on “Modify Personal Info,” enter a mobile phone number,” and click the “opt in” link. Your service provider’s message charges apply.

Many of our electronic resources have apps for mobile devices. With OverDrive Media Console for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, or Windows Phone 7, you can take along a shelf full of books from the Nassau Digital Doorway in your pocket. The BYKI Online language-learning system also has mobile apps for Apple and Android devices.

Wherever you are, your library is there for you.


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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: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM