Coming up at the Great Neck Library

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Tracy Van Dyne, Acting Director presents the Great Neck Library Staff Excellence Award for July 2019 to Ever Zelaya.

Great Neck Library Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations go to Ever Zelaya, recipient of the Great Neck Library Staff Excellence Award for July 2019. Ever was recognized for his superior job performance and collaboration with colleagues.

Sunday hours

The main library and Parkville Branch will be closed on Sundays for the summer from
June 16 until September 1, and will resume Sunday hours on September 8.

U.S. Supreme Court in American history presented by James Coll at main library

James Coll will examine the evolving role of the U.S. Supreme Court in American history on Tuesday, July 23 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Community Room, 159 Bayview Avenue.

The presentation will focus on getting a better sense of how the Court works, how it deals with (or fails to deal with) controversial issues and how the “least dangerous branch” has secured its unique place in the American constitutional structure.

Jim Coll is an Adjunct Professor of American and Constitutional History at Hofstra University and Nassau Community College, an NYPD detective and the founder of ChangeNYS, a nonprofit organization formed to educate New Yorkers about the need for nonpartisan civic understanding and political reform in the state.

Board of Trustees special meeting at Station Branch

The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Rd. (2nd level), above Best Market, Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Confirm with the Library at 516-466-8055 that there has been no change in meeting date, time or location.

Play classic board games at the library

Enjoy classic board games at your library. All skill levels welcome. Play a game of Chess on Wednesdays between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the main library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Enjoy a game of Scrabble on Wednesdays between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Rd. (2nd level), above Best Market, Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. Play Scrabble, Backgammon, or Chess with new friends on Thursdays, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Rd.), New Hyde Park.

Matinee film at main library

The next Wednesday matinee, about the first manned mission to the moon, will be shown on July 24 at 2 p.m. at the main library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Introduction to debate at main library

Introduction to debate, a workshop that can help students to build their confidence in public speaking and discover the basic fundamentals of debate, will be held on Wednesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. in the main library’s large multipurpose room, 159 Bayview Avenue. The art of debating provides students with an engaging, active, and learner-centered activity. Registration online or by phone. Contact Egita Johnson at 516-466-8055.

Mindfulness meditation facilitated by Carolyn Carpentiere at main library

Join Carolyn Carpentiere for mindfulness meditation on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the community room of the main library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Meditation is a practice that strengthens our focus and attention, as well as releases stress to stay healthy. Open to all skill levels. Bring a mat or use a library chair that will be available.

Carolyn received her 200-hour yoga certification at Long Island Yoga School in 2009 and has continued to work in and study many other holistic solutions to health including mindfulness meditation and reiki.

Parkville Pageturners

“Behold the Dreamers,” by Imbolo Mbue, is the book for discussion on Thursday, July 25 at
1:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Rd.), New Hyde Park.
This is Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American dream. Call 516-466-8055, ext. 257.

Kombucha tea presented by Cheryl Paswater at main library

Chery Paswater will cover the basic science behind making kombucha, why it’s good for you, and how to make it yourself on Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. in the main library’s community room, 159 Bayview Avenue.
Cheryl Paswater is the chief fermentationist and CEO of Contraband Ferments as well as an educator, health coach, artist, beekeeper, and writer. She contributes as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, has guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), Co-organizes the NYC Fermentation Festival, and is an organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup.

Encore film at Station

The next encore film, about the first manned mission to the moon, will be shown on Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Rd. (2nd level), above Best Market.

Great Neck Library 2019 election information

Eligible voters will elect one person to the Board of Trustees for a four-year term (Jan. 2020 to Jan. 2024) and one person to the Nominating Committee for a three-year term (Jan. 2020 to Jan. 2023) to fill the seats that will be expiring in Jan. 2020. Those elected will take office at the Library Association Annual Reorganization Meeting in Jan. 2020.

Board of Trustees – For expiring seat of Scott Sontag, Nominating Committee; Candidate: Scott Sontag.

Nominating Committee – For expiring seat of Patrick McDonnell, Nominating Committee; Candidate: Steve M. Jacob.

Voter eligibility: In order to vote, you must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the Great Neck School District and either a valid library card holder by the record date of Oct. 7, 2019 or a registered voter with the Nassau County Board of Elections.

To obtain a valid Great Neck Library card, present one form of identification showing your name and library school district address at the circulation desk of any Great Neck Library location.

In-person voting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Voting sites are the main library, 159 Bayview Ave., Great Neck for those residents who live north of Northern Boulevard; and the Parkville Branch Library, 10 Campbell St., New Hyde Park for residents who live south of Northern Boulevard.

Voting by proxy: Proxies must be requested on a form provided by the library. Proxy request forms are available at all Great Neck Library locations, on the library’s website at greatnecklibrary.org and also in the library’s newsletter. Oct. 22 is the last day for the library to mail proxy ballots. Arrangements will be made by the Director’s Office for proxies to be picked up in person for proxy requests received after this date. Completed proxies must be received at the main post office on Welwyn Road by Oct. 25 before 5 p.m. or deposited in a locked box at main or the branches before 5 p.m. on this date.
For general questions about the election, call 516-466-8055, ext. 201.

Great Neck Library Closing/Cancellation Information Online

Library patrons connected to the internet are asked to check the website: www.cancellations.com for library weather related closings/program cancellations.
In order to access this service, library district residents can log on to cancellations.com, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain information on program cancellations or library closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from cancellations.com when the Library has posted any information. This is a great way for Library District residents who are connected online to be advised of weather-related changes in Library hours or programs.

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