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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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.


History of Whaling on LI

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animated graphic of baleen whale swimmingThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a visual lecture, “A History of Whaling on Long Island,” on Thursday, October 23 at 1:30 PM. An educator from The Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor will give this enlightening presentation in the Large Meeting Room. Learn about Long Island’s intriguing whaling past and maritime heritage. Examine select artifacts from the Museum’s collection up close, including scrimshaw and other whale products from the 1800s.

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. Parking is limited. Please, no busses. No tickets are required.


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.


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.


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 your favorite hard- and soft-cover books. Find beautiful Christmas books and great gift books, just in time for the holidays, as well as fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.

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.


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