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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Visions of Scenic Long Island

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'Going Back in Time' - Old Bethpage Village Restoration, by photographer Robert T. BloomVisions of Scenic Long Island” will be exhibited by photographer Robert T. Bloom from February 1-27, 2015 in the Library’s Gallery. In addition to being a published author and composer (Theme Song, 1984 International Games for the Disabled), Robert T. Bloom is a published photographic artist concentrating on scenic Long Island landscapes and seascapes. 'Garden Perfection' - Old Westbury Gardens, by photographer Robert T. Bloom

“Photographic art” is a hybrid art form that combines photography and computer-facilitated painting. By applying a creative editing process, his digital photo images are transformed into artistic works that resemble paintings. Using this compelling technique, Mr. Bloom has attempted to capture the charm and elegance of Long Island’s scenery in a comprehensive body of work.

His artwork has been accepted for 85 solo artist exhibitions at universities, libraries, book stores, regional shopping centers, bank branches, restaurants, government offices, adult homes, and community centers throughout Long Island. In addition, he has served as a judge in juried art competitions and maintains art galleries on two websites.


A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island

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The Daughters of the American Revolution, Garden City Chapter, Colonel Aaron Ogden will present a showcase exhibit, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” from February 1–27, 2015 at the Library. Learn how the children viewed their journey to a new land. Were they hopeful or fearful? Who and what did they leave behind, and how did they feel about that? What could they bring with them? What was the entry procedure at Ellis Island? How did it affect the children? The display will include books on the immigration experience, photos of the period, plus related items.

This exhibit has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.


Meeting of the Book Ends

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animated graphic of books between bookends with book flying outCome to the Library on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the first meeting of the "Book Ends." The meeting is “Fantasy at the Library,” and children can read any fantasy book of their choice.

This book discussion is open to children in Grades 3-5. Registration is underway. Parents can sign up current third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Children’s Room. Sign up is for both meetings and each meeting is an hour long.

A beverage and snack will be provided. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid vs. Big Nate,” in which children can read a book from either series.

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


Drop-In LEGO Club

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The "Drop-In LEGO Club" will meet on the following Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6.This monthly club is for children in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Children show what they built with LEGO bricks during the first meeting of the 'Drop-In LEGO Club.'No registration is required, but space is limited. When arriving at the Library, come to the Children’s Room and get a number. Numbers will be distributed starting at 3:00 PM the day of the program. Children will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library will provide LEGO bricks for children to build with during the program.

The "Drop-In LEGO Club" was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Garden City Public Library as well as through LEGO donations from library patrons. The Children’s Department would like to thank all those who generously donated LEGO bricks to the new "Drop-In LEGO Club." The Children’s Department greatly appreciates this donation, which will be used monthly during the LEGO club’s meetings and will help foster and encourage creativity in the children of Garden City who attend. If you have old LEGO bricks, minifigures, or other LEGO parts you would like to donate to the Library for the club, please contact the Children’s Department, either by or by phone at 516-742-8405 x216. LEGO donations can also be brought to the Children’s Room at the Library.


Blood Drive

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Long Island Blood Services will hold a blood drive at the Garden City Public Library on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Large Meeting Room on the Lower Level of the Library. Area hospitals are in need of local residents’ help. Each donation can help to save up to three lives.animated graphic of blood drop surrounded by "Donate Blood"

Donor Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Valid ID with signature or photo.
  • Minimum weight of 110 lbs.
  • Age 16 - 75.
    • Sixteen year-olds must have parental permission.
    • Donors age 76 and over must present a doctor’s note.
  • Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids.
  • No tattoos within the past 12 months.

For medical questions concerning blood donations, call 1-800-688-0900. Call the Library at 742-8405 x210 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.


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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:
Feb. 15, Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.