Talia Carner

Great Neck Library Summer Challenges

The All Ages Summer Challenge officially kicks off with a variety of events for all ages on June 27. You can earn prizes and win raffles. Go to to learn more!

Events include:

  • Adventures in Playtime, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (crawlers to kindergarten)
  • Storytime with Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. (all ages/family)
  • Teen Summer Challenge Kickoff Pottery Paint Party, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (grades 6 to 12)
  • Science Heroes: Adventure of the Lost Treasure, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (all ages/family) Note that this event will take place at the Saddle Rock Elementary School at 10 Hawthorne Ln, Great Neck, NY 11023
  • Talent Showcase 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., (grades K to 6)
(Photos from the Great Neck Public Library)

The Adult Summer Challenge will kick off with acclaimed author Talia Carner. Her new historical novel, The Boy With The Star Tattoo, is an epic of ingenuity and courage, of love and loss, spanning postwar France when Israeli agents roamed the countryside to rescue hidden Jewish orphans—to the 1969 daring escape of the Israeli boats of Cherbourg.

Formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Talia Carner’s heart-wrenching suspense novels (published by HarperCollins) The Third Daughter, Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll and Puppet Child have been hailed for exposing society’s ills.

Dozens of Carner’s award-winning essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in anthologies, literary reviews, and leading websites. She is a committed supporter of global human rights and has spearheaded projects centered on the subject of the female plight. A Toastmasters’ Gold Level speaker, she has participated as a panelist or keynoted over 500 events and over 350 Zoom presentations to civic, religious, and cultural organizations.

Talia Carner is a board member of HBI, the Jewish Women Research Center at Brandeis University, and an honorary board member of several anti-domestic violence, child abuse intervention, and anti-sex trafficking organizations. In November 2023, Algemeiner Media named Talia Carner as one of the Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life 2023.

This event will take place at the Main Library Community Room at 159 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11023, on Friday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. No registration is required; first come, first seated. For more information, please contact Great Neck Library at 516-466-8055 or email [email protected].

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