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What's New at the Garden City Public Library

Murder, Madness & Poe

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Actor Michael Bertolini will perform a free dramatic reading of “Murder, Madness & Poe” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 30 in the Large Meeting Room. Written and directed by David Houston, this one-hour play will be presented in the style of a radio drama, featuring readings, poetry, music, and eerie sound effects. During this show about America's unequaled Master of the Macabre, Mr. Bertolini will portray a desperate Edgar Allan Poe seeking acceptance for his gentle tales of violence and insanity - in order to revive his faltering life and career with a lecture tour. Hear quotations and complete readings from "The Black Cat," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

portrait of Edgar Allen Poe holding quill penThis public program is funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their Garden City Public Library cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats.

Michael Bertolini has performed in many Manhattan and regional theaters and on television and film, including playing serial killer Colin Raimes ("Life on Mars" - ABC), voicing Homer ("Star Blazers" - classic anime TV series), and playing a variety of Muppets! He recently played King Agamemnon in a critically acclaimed production of "Iphigenia at Aulis" at the La Mama Theater in NYC. Michael is best known to Long Island theatregoers for playing Don Quixote ("Man of La Mancha"), Von Trapp ("Sound of Music") Lockstock ("Urinetown"), and other leading and featured roles in plays and musicals. His BFA in Performing Arts is from Hofstra University, where he received their Acting Excellence Award.

David Houston, writer/director, is a published and produced writer with several books and screenplays to his credit; his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby (St. Martin’s Press), was optioned for movie production, as was his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon (Leisure Books). As an actor, David has appeared in leading roles including Major Bouvier in "Grey Gardens," Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet," Senex in Sondheim’s "Forum," Ben in "Death of a Salesman," Herr Shultz in "Cabaret," the Old Actor in "The Fantasticks," and Horace in "The Little Foxes." In addition to directing his own plays - they include "The Last Dance" (Fred and Adèle Astaire), "Let’s Do It!" (Noël Coward and Cole Porter), "Great Scott and Zelda" (The Fitzgeralds), "A Rodgers and Hart Audition" (the songwriters and auditioning celebrities), "The Ghost of Dorothy Parker," and "The Dickens!" - he directed  "The Belle of Amherst," "The Odd Couple," "Sylvia," and "Social Security" for Long Island theaters, libraries, and schools.


Drop-In Halloween Costume Party

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animated graphic of sheet ghostCelebrate Halloween by coming to the Library’s "Drop-In Halloween Costume Party"! This fun program will be held on Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and is for children ages 2½ through Grade 5 and their families. Children ages 2½-5 (not in Kindergarten) must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times. Children in Grades K-5 must have an adult caregiver in the Library at all times.

Enjoy music and more with your favorite Children’s Librarians. Costumes are encouraged. Costume parade through the Library starts at 6:15 PM.

No registration is required. Space is limited. Families will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Elevator on Path to Being Fixed

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The Village of Garden City and the Garden City Public Library have been working together to repair the problems with the Library’s elevator and will hopefully have it up and running in approximately three to four weeks.

It has been a difficult time for seniors and the physically challenged, and a tremendous inconvenience for the public in general without an elevator running in the Library. However, the Village and Library both agreed that in its present condition the elevator was not safe for people to use.

To address the needs of the physically challenged, there are computers located on the main level in the Young Adult area with access to the Internet, word processing, and the Library’s catalog. Library staff can obtain audio-visual materials for you from the lower level. For Library programs, please check our website or call us for the program’s location as many of them are held on the lower level.

The Village and Library thank the residents of Garden City for their understanding and patience during the past month and a half. If the public has any questions, please call Library Director Lisa Paulo at 516-742-8405, ext. 210.


Celebrate Halloween

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Come to the library and read a scary book this Halloween. Titles include Who Stole Halloween? by Martha Freeman;  Third Grade Ghouls, by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna; and Orange You Glad It’s Halloween, Amber Brown? by Paula Danziger. You can also read some of our scary series books, like Goosebumps and The Nightmare Room, by R.L. Stine; Ghostville Elementary, by Marcia Thorton Jones; Ghost Buddy, by Henry Winkler; and The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, by Debbie Dadey. We also have Halloween picture books, such as Mouse’s First Halloween, by Lauren Thompson; Froggy’s Halloween, by Jonathan London; and It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, plus many more.


New Displays for October

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photo of 'I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Without a Book' displayGet ready for Halloween with books from the “I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Without a Book!” display and other new displays for the month of October at the Library. There are displays with “Hauntingly Good Reads” and “Thrills & Chills” audiobooks for scary listening.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a display with informational books about breast cancer treatment and survival. October is also Reading Group Month so there is a display of books and audio materials recommended for book-discussion groups. Patrons who want to eat healthier with their family can check out books from the “Eat Better, Eat Together” display.

Browse all the new October displays on the main level of the Library.

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