Library Remains a Vital Community Resource During Pandemic

Though the library building is closed, the Garden City Public Library has been working to provide the community with information, education, and entertainment through its website, its Facebook pages, and Nassau’s Overdrive collection, the Nassau Digital Doorway. The Library’s digital resources are available 24/7 with a valid library card. New copies of eBooks and digital audiobooks are being added for adults, children, and young adults to the Nassau Digital Doorway daily. Checkouts have increased during this time of social distancing, so additional copies of popular titles will continue to be added. (more…)

Digital Library Cards for Online Access

The Garden City Public Library, in conjunction with the Nassau Library System, is offering residents without an existing valid library card the opportunity to get a Digital Library Card to access ebooks, audiobooks, live tutoring, digital magazines, language courses, test prep, and more. Apply for digital access today at

If you do have a valid library card, use that one, it works just fine online and there is no need to apply for another. There is also an option if you have a valid library card but do not know the barcode that the system will send the number to you. (more…)

Conduct Your Book Club Online

animated graphic of book with gleaming eyeglasses on typewritten pageDuring this time of social distancing, the Adult Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett miss hosting the “Coffee & Tea By the Book” discussion at the Library. Like most avid readers, while they are social distancing, they are continuing to read and follow news about books and authors. You can send the Librarians messages, share what you are reading, ask for book club recommendations, and chat about books through email.

Download the free Libby app to access eBooks and audiobooks from our digital library 24/7. Visit our website to use online book-related resources like Novelist. You can also follow the Library’s Facebook page to enjoy book recommendations, view author interviews, and learn about all of the digital resources.

If you belong to a book club or want to start one to stay connected with friends during this time of social distancing, here are some tips to conduct an online or virtual book club. (more…)

Speaking of Books

Adult Librarians Offer Book Recommendations

cover image of 'The Scent Keeper'The Garden City Public Library’s Adult Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett are offering reading recommendations and sharing book news for book lovers through posts on the Library’s Facebook page and by request through their email. During this time of social distancing while the Library is closed, the Library has been continuously adding copies of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to the Nassau Digital Doorway. Download the free Libby app or visit to access eBooks and audiobooks from our digital library 24/7.

cover image of 'American Dirt'Are you looking for a new book recommendation? Librarian Laura Flanagan recently read and recommended The Scent Keeper, by Erica Bauermeister. Librarian Ann Garnett read and recommended American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins. Some of the Librarians’ favorite titles, which are all available through, include Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland; The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes; Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee; The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See; and The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. All of these titles are very discussible and perfect if you are hosting a virtual book-club meeting.

Check out the Library’s “Tuesday Trivia” post on Facebook. The Librarians post a question on Tuesday morning about libraries or books and the answer is posted in the evening. The first post on Tuesday, April 7, was “Why did George Orwell choose 1984 as the title of his novel?” (The answer is included at the end of this article.)cover image of 'Light From Other Stars'

Each spring the libraries of Nassau and Suffolk host “Long Island Reads,” a “One Island – One Book” event. This year the book selected is Light From Other Stars, by Erika Swyler. There will be a live Facebook event on April 19 at 2:00 PM, which is open to all, to hear author Erika Swyler discuss her work and answer questions. If you haven’t read the book, you can still enjoy the virtual conversation with this popular author. The Adult Librarians are reading the book and will be attending this online event and hope to discuss it after the event.

You can send the Librarians messages, share what you are reading, ask for book-club recommendations, and chat about books through email by going to (Why did George Orwell choose 1984 as the title of his novel? Orwell reversed the last two digits of 1948, the year in which he wrote much of the book, as a warning to show that within a single generation, democracy and freedom could possibly be obliterated.)

The Digital Library is Always Open

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Library building is closed; however, patrons can access our digital library, which is open 24/7 through our website. Visit the website to become more familiar with all of the digital services available for all ages to enjoy from the comfort of home. The digital library offers access to downloading books and magazines, to streaming music, to online learning resources, to job-search resources, to links to tax forms, to name just a few of the many resources available to you with your library card.


Respond to the 2020 Census

The Garden City Public Library would like to remind people that it’s time to help shape their future, and their community’s future, by responding to the 2020 Census. Most households received their invitation and a Census ID in the mail between March 12-20 to complete the census online. In addition, some households received a paper questionnaire to mail back. You can complete your census form online, by phone, or by mail.

The census asks a few simple questions about everyone who is living in your residence as of April 1, 2020. If someone is staying with you temporarily on April 1 due to the Covid-19 situation, they should be counted where they usually live. (more…)