Library calendar bursting with adult programming this Spring

Adult programming is back in full swing at the Library! Check out some of these great programs, including an art lecture about the Vatican Museum, a must see for art lovers visiting the Eternal City, a Defensive Driving course with the Empire Safety Council, a workshop for patrons to learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks and more! April will feature two Long Island Reads programs to celebrate the popular community read event around the book: The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman. Read below to learn more about the programs the Library will be offering in March and April!

The Vatican Museum: An Art Lecture with Mary Maguire

Please join us on Thursday, March 24 at 2PM at the Garden City Library when Mary Maguire will present the program “The Vatican Museum.” During any visit to the city of Rome, there are so many venues that you might put on your “must see list.” But, for the art lover, at the very top of that list, you must be the Vatican Museum. With its Sistine Chapel, its wall frescoes by Raphael, its marvelous collection of ancient sculptures, and its Pinacoteca, it will have you longing for a trip back to the Eternal City. This presentation will discuss the Vatican Museum and its artwork. No registration required, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. This program has been sponsored by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Using Libby and Hoopla: An eBook and Audiobook Workshop

On Tuesday, March 29 at 2PM, patrons can attend the program “Using Libby and Hoopla: An eBook and Audiobook Workshop.” Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the Library’s ebook and audiobook services Libby and Hoopla onto your device, whether it be a Kindle, iPad, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other ereader. Register online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) beginning March 7 at 10AM or in person at the Garden City Public Library. When registering, please indicate the device you plan to use for ebooks and audiobooks. Registrants should bring their device, any password(s) associated with their devices, and library card with them to the program.

Hidden Gems: A Title Swap Book Discussion

On Thursday, March 31 at 10:30AM, join Librarians Kristen Sweeney and Laura Giunta for Hidden Gems, a Title Swap Book Discussion. Share what you’ve been reading recently and learn about the newest hits and old titles that you may have missed. Get a chance to hear about the selected books for our upcoming book discussions in April and May. Garden City Public Librarians will lead this discussion. Participants who don’t have a chance to read a book before the program are still encouraged to join to get book recommendations for future reads. Online registration via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) began March 7 at 10AM or in person at the Garden City Public Library.

Defensive Driving Course with Empire Safety Council

Join us on Saturday, April 2, 10AM-4PM for a Defensive Driving Course with the Empire Safety Council. Receive 10 percent reduction on automobile/liability insurance and qualify for a licensed point reduction. In-person registration at the Garden City Public Library began Monday, March 7 at 10AM. The first 3 weeks of registration is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders only. Those without a Garden City Public Library card can begin registering on Monday, March 28. Register separately for each person. Proper ID is required when registering an absentee party. You must bring a $30 check made payable to Empire Safety Council and current Library card with you to register. Bring your valid New York State driver’s license and a pen to class.

“Beyond the Monuments Men: The Ongoing Story of Looted Art” with Vivian Gordon (A Long Island Reads Program)

As part of Long Island Reads, join us on Wednesday, April 13, 2PM on Zoom for the Program “Beyond the Monuments: The Ongoing Story of Looted Art” with Art Historian Vivian Gordon. European art lost before and at the time of World War II has continued to be the subject of museum exhibitions, books and films. This talk will discuss recent claims for works by Pissarro, van Gogh, Cézanne, Klimt, Matisse and others looted from their former owners. Art Historian Vivian Gordon, formerly with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present an illustrated discussion. This program will be held on Zoom. Registration is required and begins Monday, March 28 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) or in person at the Garden City Public Library. An email with the Zoom link will be sent prior to the program. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Book Chats with Kristen Sweeney & Laura Giunta: The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman (A Long Island Reads Program)

The Library will be hosting a Book Chats book discussion on Tuesday, April 26 at 2PM to chat about the book The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman, which is this year’s Long Island Reads book selection. Read the book and then join Librarians Kristen Sweeney and Laura Giunta for a book discussion.

About the book: “Living and working in a bombed-out Berlin, Millie Mosbach must come to terms with a past decision made in a moment of crisis with the help of a mysterious man who is surprisingly understanding of her demons.”

Registration is required and begins Monday, April 4 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) or in person at the Garden City Public Library. Registrants can pick up the book at the Reference Department at the Library after registering.

Please visit the Library for more information on upcoming events and programs. You can also visit our website (www.gardencitypl.org), follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GardenCityPubLib), or call us (516-742-8405) to learn more. There’s more great programs to come, so stay tuned!

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