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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Just Sixties

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photo of Just Sixties tribute bandThe Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a concert, “Just Sixties,” with songs and stories on Wednesday evening, June 17, in the Large Meeting Room. Adults are invited to attend the "Annual Meeting" of the Friends at 7:00 PM, which will be followed by the one-hour, 15 minute show and refreshments.

Break out your tie-dyed shirts and join us to relive the music, fads, culture, news, and Americana of the Sixties! Rediscover the bubblegum classics, psychedelic hits, protest songs, folk-rock, and heavy-metal thunder from groups like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, the Temptations, the Monkees, Cream, Sonny & Cher, and so much more. Since their debut in 1982, Just Sixties has become the longest continually running Sixties tribute act in the USA! This narrated retrospective will include interactive trivia quizzes on toys, TV shows, newsmakers, and musical groups from the most memorable decade in music history. From "Build Me up Buttercup" to "Sweet Caroline," you’ll have fun, fun, fun; you’ll be glad all over; and we’ll be happy together!

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. Limited parking. No tickets are required.


Beanie Babies® Exhibit

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Helen Anderson of West Hempstead will share her collection of Beanie Babies®, showcased at the Library from August 1-30. Enjoy viewing 24 Ty Beanie Babies® including: Chocolate the Moose, Cutie the Doll, Adorable Annie the Doll, Fuzz the Bear, Niles the Camel, Ivan the Bear, Fleecie the Lamb, Polka Dot the Dog, Katrine the Cat, and more.

Beanie Babies® were invented by H. Ty Warner during 1993 with nine affordably priced toy animals. Each cute animal has a matching cute name. They are tuffed with plastic beans (thus, Beanie) making them less stiff and more lifelike. These appealing toys could be purchased and collected for less than five dollars a piece. Ty Warner is a generous philanthropist with millions of dollars donated to underprivileged children.


Scan Photos & Documents

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Photo of BookScan stationHave a hard copy you would rather not retype? Want to digitize a photo to attach it to an email? The iVina BookScan Station is the answer to those many pleas that have fallen on our ears. Library patrons can scan items to a Word, JPEG, or PDF file and save them to a USB flashdrive. Don’t have a computer at home? Sit down in our Computer Lab, insert your drive, and work with your files.

Patrons may purchase a USB flashdrive for $6.75 (the Library's cost) at the Circulation Desk.


Download eBooks and Audiobooks

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Garden City Public Library cardholders can take advantage of the Library’s growing collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, which are available through the Nassau Digital Doorway and OverDrive, Inc. Nassau Digital Doorway Patrons can download bestselling, popular, and classic fiction and nonfiction eBook and audiobook titles as well as titles for young adults and children.

The Library’s free downloadable service is compatible with the Kindle and Kindle Fire, the Nook and Nook tablet, the iPad and the iPhone, Android devices, Windows and Mac computers as well as most other eReaders and mobile devices. All you need to borrow digital titles from the Library is an internet connection and a valid Garden City library card.

The Nassau Digital Doorway is the gateway to thousands of downloadable titles and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library to pick up printed instruction guides for downloading eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, smartphones and tablets. New “how to” instruction guides have been prepared for Kindle, iPhone and iPad, and Nook tablet users. Instructions and how-to videos can also be found through the Help link on the Nassau Digital Doorway home page.


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.


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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
  (Sept. 21, 2014 - Jun. 7, 2015)

The Garden City Public Library will be closed on the following Sundays in 2015:
May 10 & May 24.