What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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The Hits Keep Coming With Freegal

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Freegal Music, the free-and-legal music service for Library patrons, just got better - again! Now you can download five songs per week.  Downloaded songs are yours to keep. 

Freegal users can also stream three hours of music per day. Mobile streaming is included, and users can create personal playlists or listen to pre-selected playlists. There are 7 million songs and 15,000 music videos from which to choose. (Fine Print Dept.: a music-video download counts as two song downloads.)

The Freegal site has a new search engine, and the mobile app has new features, such as song deletion and iTunes backup. If you haven’t taken advantage of this great service yet, you are missing out on hours of free enjoyment.

For more information about downloading and streaming Freegal Music, see the FAQ page.


Pay Fines Online

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screenshot of "My Library Account" sign-in page at http://alisweb.org/patroninfoLibrary patrons can pay fines by credit card through the My Account link in the online catalog. Once you log in with your library barcode number and PIN, you will see a link such as "$5.00 in unpaid fines and bills" if you owe anything. Click on that link and follow the prompts.

The minimum amount that can be paid by credit card is $5.00, and the only cards accepted are Discover, MasterCard and VISA.

photograph of touch-screen computer at Circulation DeskAlthough patrons can pay fines online from home, as a convenience, we have placed a computer at the end of the Circulation Desk, where patrons can pay fines by credit card, look up a book, or check the Library Calendar of Events.  The computer is equipped with a touch-screen interface, but the traditional keyboard and mouse are also available.  Please note that this computer is intended for brief transactions only.

Fine payment by credit card is a self-service option only. Library staff cannot accept credit cards for payment. Written instructions are available at the Circulation Desk.


Fine Art Works

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'Peaches' - sketch by Kathryn J. GardnerThe work of professional fine artist Kathryn J. Gardner will be exhibited from October 1-30 in the Library’s gallery. Diverse images created in drawing, painting, and photography will be on view by this classically trained artist. Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University with a concentration in drawing and painting. She studied with Roberto Manino as an artist's apprentice in Rome, Italy. Her experience has included working in the Visual Display Department at Macy’s in Manhasset. Kathryn has shared her expertise as a fine art instructor at the Huntington Fine Arts School in Greenlawn. 'Centerport Mill Pond' - painting by Kathryn J. Gardner

Kathryn uses traditional and nontraditional techniques and materials while teaching her students. Her passion for art and access to a studio space and creative people has pushed her aesthetic interest in many directions from furniture reconstruction to typography. She has acquired a wide range of technical skills running a painting and sculpting studio as well as confidence and understanding of her own personal aesthetic.

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


Knitting & Crochet Display

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animated graphic of rotating ball of yarn with embedded knitting needlesThe Long Island Knit & Crochet Guild will showcase a variety of beautiful, hand-made items at the Library from October 1-30. You will be inspired by the skillfully crafted collection accomplished by novice to experienced members. The Guild was formed 38 years ago and has over 150 members. Thanks to Past President & Membership Chair Anjanette Cooper-Mitchell for coordinating this display.

The Long Island Knit & Crochet Guild is based at the Merrick Club House in Merrick, NY. Knitters and crocheters at all skill levels are welcome to join. Members work on their own projects, share patterns, and assist others with problems. Excellent guest speakers offer presentations or demonstrations on knitting and/or crocheting techniques. The Guild donates items to charities such as: Warm Up America, Caps for Kids, Precious Pals, Seaman's Institute, Ships Project, and We Care Blankets. Members create hats for children and adults, preemie hats, scarves, lap robes, shawls, baby blankets and afghans, and helmet liners and socks for our servicemen in the military. The Guild conducts a "Charity Auction" with proceeds given to Newsday‛s Charities. They also host related bus trips and an annual "Day of Learning" event.

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


Graduation for Girls Who Code

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photo of Girls Who Code graduates with instructors and Library trustees & staff The Girls Who Code Club held their graduation ceremony at the Garden City Public Library on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The club met in the Computer Lab on 10 Saturday afternoons in 2015. After presenting their final projects, the girls received graduation certificates from instructor Anna Korsakova, who is a data-analytics manager at American Express, and her assistant, Dessie DiMino, who founded of the club after spending seven weeks at the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.

Joe Agolia, computer systems librarian, accepted an appreciative plaque on behalf of the Library. J. Randolph Colahan and Gloria Weinrich, chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Library Board of Trustees were also present. A reception and celebration followed the ceremony.

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. The Girls Who Code mission is to work to educate, inspire, and equip middle-school and high-school girls with the computing skills necessary to pursue opportunities in computing fields.


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Library Hours

New hours are in bold.

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun: Closed for Summer