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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

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.

 

WWI’s 1914 Christmas Eve Truce

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The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free program on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM in honor of our veterans. Master storyteller Elizabeth Rowe will present “WWI’s 1914 Christmas Eve Truce.”

photo of Belgian machinegunner in 1918 guarding trenchThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. Hear the unforgettable story of Elizabeth's father's first-hand account of the 1914 Christmas Eve truce. As a very young soldier in the trenches of northern France, Duncan Macpherson took part in that unprecedented, historic event. It is a recounting that has both haunted and warmed her heart for years.

Elizabeth Rowe shares a repertoire of folk tales, myths, legends, short stories and personal tales throughout the metropolitan area. As a member of the National Storytelling Network, she tells family and personal stories about growing up the daughter of a Scottish highlander and an Irish American. Elizabeth has been a featured performer for Cablevision’s “Tell Me a Story,” The Players’ club in Manhattan, Wave Hill New York Public Garden & Cultural Center, the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, NYS Reading Association Conference, and many more.

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. No tickets are required.

 

The Red Hot Mamas

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The Friends of the Garden Cty Public Library will sponsor a free one hour “Happy Holidays” show performed by the Red Hot Mamas on Thursday, December 11 at 1:30 PM. Be entertained with energetic, choreographed tap dancing to popular showtunes and holiday favorites - all in dazzling costumes! The program will include “Jingle Bell Boogie,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Happy Holidays,” “Hava Nagila,” and “Let It Snow,” along with audience participation. The performance will be directed and choreographed by Toni Wortman and Louise Rastu with founder and guest choreographer Sandi Bloomberg, a former Radio City Rockette.

The Red Hot Mamas have been dancing in the New York area for over 20 years. Their popularity has steadily increased with audiences of all ages. This group of tap dancers are all Long Islanders and range in age from 54 to 83. They are based at the Jan Martin Dance Studio in Huntington Station, NY. In 2011, the dance troupe had the exciting opportunity to audition for Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance” show. They were one of 500 groups that originally auditioned who made the “short list” round, receiving gold stars. In 2012, they were featured in Newsday’s “Life” section.

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.

 

Medley of Elvis & Oldies

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Enjoy “A Medley of Elvis & Oldies” concert on Thursday, November 20 at 1:30 PM in the Library's Large Meeting Room. Vocalist Jim Papa will sing hit songs from the '50s and '60s. The Library will be “All Shook Up” as patrons enjoy hearing “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “The Wonder of You,” and more oldies! Call him a throwback, a natural talent with a voice that transcends time and brings back memories of places and passion of years gone by. photo of vocalist Jim Papa

Jim Papa’s love of music is apparent in every word he sings. Taking the lead from great performers of the past, his renditions of classic ballads, pop, and rock & roll, as well as his ability to sing within a variety of music genres, have made him a popular, featured performer in the New York/Long Island area. In 1996 Jim began Magical Music Entertainment, a Long Island based disc-jockey company. Since then he has entertained at hundreds of weddings, private parties, corporate events, area hospitals, public libraries, assisted-living facilities, and senior centers.

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. No tickets are required.

 


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