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 Overdrive.com 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 Overdrive.com, 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 https://www.gardencitypl.org/speaking-of-books/. (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.)

Robotics Team Demos Innovation Project

photo of Steve Ilardi of the Eastern Property Owners’ Association viewing the 6th Grade FIRST LEGO League Robotics projectThe Garden City Public Library’s 6th Grade FIRST LEGO League Robotics team and one of the team’s coaches, Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace, showed the LEGO model they built for their Innovation project to Steve Ilardi, a member of the Eastern Property Owners’ Association.

For the project, the team was asked to come up with an idea to either incorporate a new public space or restore one in their community. The team chose to create a proposal for a dog park and community garden in a public lot near the Library.

The team met with Mr. Ilardi on Wednesday, February 5, at the Library before their competition at Mineola High School on Saturday, February 8.

LEGO Robotics Qualifier

photo of LEGO Robotics devices

The Library’s 6th Grade FIRST LEGO League Robotics team competed in a robot match during the “FIRST LEGO League Qualifier,” which was held on Saturday, February 8, at Mineola High School.

Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace and Young Adult Librarian Laura Giunta are the coaches for the Library’s 6th Grade FIRST LEGO League Robotics team.

“Coffee & Tea by the Book” – Postponed

photo of Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett conductiong book discussion

Librarians Laura Flanagan & Ann Garnett host a “Coffee & Tea by the Book” discussion on 3/3/20.

cover image of 'House Lessons' showing keys hanging from hooksThe registration for the Garden City Public Library’s April “Coffee & Tea by the Book” discussion of House Lessons has been postponed. A new date will be announced for the registration and the discussion.

In her memoir House Lessons, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. A personal, accessible, and literary exploration of the psychology of architecture, as well as a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in, this book is designed for anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels for a house. It is also a story of a marriage, of a family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart. Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our own homes and lives better.