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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Meeting of the Book Ends

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animated graphic of books between bookends with book flying outJoin us on Thursday, October 23 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the first meeting of the "Book Ends." We will be discussing the book Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, by James Howe. This book discussion is open to children in Grades 3-5.

Registration began Monday, September 8. Parents can sign up current third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Children’s Room. A beverage and snack will be provided. Sign up is for both meetings and each meeting is an hour long.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and the book The Last Holiday Concert, by Andrew Clements, will be discussed.

Space is limited, so check with a children’s librarian for availability.


Skulls Art Workshop

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Learn how to create a skull and paint it in the Mexican tradition to celebrate Halloween or the Day of the Dead. Registration begins Thursday, October 9 on Eventkeeper for this art workshop with Samantha Raiten, which will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Young adults will use modelmagic, a claylike medium to create the skulls. This program is limited to 25 young adults.

The YA Department offers a wide range of programs generously funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


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.


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.


Floral Photography

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'Tulips,' by Helen AndersonCome admire the beautiful floral photography by Helen Anderson showcased at the Library from October 1-30. Enjoy viewing exquisite close-up shots of nature’s best show of color and design in roses, carnations, hydrangeas, and more. This award-winning amateur photographer will share her collection of 8” x 10” framed prints.

Helen Anderson of West Hempstead received an official Town of Hempstead Shutterbug Award from Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as a winner in the 2014 Town of Hempstead Calendar Photo Contest. Her award-winning “Tulips” photo was featured in their calendar, which was mailed to all the town’s households. “I always had an interest in photography,” the winner explained. Three years ago she bought her first "real camera."

Self-taught, Helen aims, shoots, and hopes for the best from her photographs of favorite topics such as flowers, animals, and her fashion-doll collection. Now retired, Helen worked for many years grooming race horses at Roosevelt Raceway and was also employed as a law-firm secretary.

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


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Library Hours

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Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
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Sun: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM