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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Coffee & Tea by the Book

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animated graphic of book, pen, and glasses iwht chocolate-chip cookies and steaming mugIn-person registration began on October 9 for "Coffee & Tea by the Book," to be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 10:00 AM. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will moderate a discussion of All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Registration is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders. You can pick up a book when you register at the Reference Desk.

book jacket of "All the Light We Cannot See"From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See is the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times). Come join "Coffee & Tea by the Book" to discuss Doerr’s latest bestseller.


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.


National Reading Group Month

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October is National Reading Group Month. To celebrate, the Garden City Public Library is introducing new Book Club in a Bag titles. 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.

The Library is celebrating National Reading Group Month with a special display of recommended book-discussion titles and two new Book Club in a Bag titles.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.

This fall, the Library is adding Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch, and Jojo Moyes's latest bestseller, One Plus One, to the existing collection of 51 book-club titles. The new Book Club in a Bag titles will be available to be reserved beginning October 27.

If the title your book club selects is not available in the Book Club in a Bag collection, you can ask the Reference Librarians if multiple copies of your selection can be interloaned for your group. The Librarians will also provide background information and discussion questions for your group if available. To celebrate National Reading Group Month, there is a new Reading Group Central display of recommended titles with print copies and audiobooks.

Another way to find a title for your book club is to find out what other book groups are reading by asking the reference librarians. Whether you want to reserve a new book for yourself or are looking for a recommendation for your book club, call, visit, or Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to talk about books with book lovers just like you.


Children’s Librarian Speaks at NY Comic-Con

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On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Garden City Public Library Children’s Librarian Laura Giunta served as a panelist on a professional panel at New York Comic Con, a four-day convention held at the Javits Center in New York City that covers a wide range of pop culture, including books, comics, graphic novels, movies, television, and other media. The panel, entitled “Why Should I Let My Child Read Comics?” was aimed at librarians, teachers, educators, and parents to highlight the benefits of children reading comics and graphic novels as well as to offer suggested graphic novels and comic books for early readers, middle-grade readers, and young-adult readers. photo of GCPL Children's Librarian Laura Giunta

The panel was submitted on behalf of the Nassau County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee and the Suffolk County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee. Laura Giunta, who is currently the chair of NCLA’s Pop Culture Committee as well as the recording secretary for NCLA, also organized a trip to New York Comic Con for other librarians in Nassau County and the tri-state area, including Garden City Public Library Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace.

Librarians, teachers and parents as well as children, ‘tweens, and young adults, looking to see the benefits of reading graphic novels and comic books and get some comic-book and graphic-novel recommendations, can view the topics and titles discussed during the panel at the website, kidsreadcomics.wordpress.com, which was created by Laura Giunta specifically for the panel.

Over 151,000 people attended New York Comic Con this year, making it the largest convention in North America. New York Comic Con, which made national headlines this month, was also attended by major publishers and comic-book companies, as well as notable children’s authors, such as Jeff Kinney, Tony DiTerlizzi, and R.L. Stine.


October Gallery Show

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abstract painting by Joseph KastalekArtist Joseph Kastalek will exhibit a solo show of his work in the Gallery from October 2-30, 2014. A colorful collection of contemporary paintings will be on view. Mr. Kastalek has enjoyed exploring and creating abstract art as a hobby. He has discovered that expressing his creativity is both relaxing and visually rewarding. abstract painting by Joseph Kastalek

Please note: October's Gallery "Retrospective" exhibit by Ruth Lawrence has been cancelled.


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