Positive Outlook is Everything

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“Most people have had adversity in their lives. An individual can view it as a problem, a challenge or an opportunity. In my case, I made my MS an opportunity.” -Bruce Freeman

Join us this Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 AM for an inspiring talk by Bruce Freeman, a successful entrepreneur, author, columnist, professor, and Livingston resident. In his mid-60s and combating progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), Bruce Freeman considers himself to be in the prime of his life. Now, as a motivational speaker, Bruce inspires and captivates, delivering his message of turning adversity into opportunity with his own brand of humor.

Bruce’s message is specifically for people who are facing their own personal challenges, or as he would say: “Encountering their own opportunities.” Freeman’s presentation opens with a discourse on three personal adverse situations that he transformed into opportunities. He then provides his audiences with five tools that everyone can use to overcome their challenges, with the goal of turning those challenges into positive, lifetime outcomes and achievements.

Join us this Saturday morning and get ready to transform your challenges into opportunities!


All the best,
Amy

Honoring Our Veterans

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Visitors to our library may have noticed, on permanent display, a scale model of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona, which went down with more than 1,100 Navy personnel during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, marking our entry into World War II.  A relic from the ship itself and photographs are also part of this display. These items were donated, many years ago, by the late Tom Mahoney, a U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, to Temple Beth Shalom, which hosts Livingston's annual Veterans Day ceremony.  The items are on permanent loan to the Library, for display throughout the year, except on Veterans Day, when they are returned to the Temple for display at the annual ceremony.

This year's Veterans Day program will take place at Temple Beth Shalom, on East Mount Pleasant Avenue, on Sunday morning, November 11. The ceremony, which is held in Founders Hall, honors all our military veterans from Livingston and the surrounding area. It will begin at 11:00 AM -- 100 years to the minute after the Armistice that ended the First World War.  All members of the community are cordially invited.


All the best,
Amy

Award Winning Coding Program @ the Livingston Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

At the Livingston Library, we believe in the power of stories.  As part of the Story Coders Program, children in 2nd and 3rd grade strengthen their storytelling skills while building new skills in coding concepts. Together with their parents and caregivers, they learn how to retell familiar stories and create new ones using the Library’s FinchBot and the ScratchJr App.

Librarians Amanda Winter and Joseph Emery introduce coding concepts while focusing on the importance of language in storytelling. While teaching the children how to direct the FinchBot on the story mat, they retell stories such as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”  Using the ScratchJr app, the children then use the skills they have learned to program their own stories. The skills learned through coding foster creativity, help to improve math skills and help children become more confident problem solvers. This innovative and original program received the 2018 Ms. Rumphius Award from the New Jersey Center for the Book at Rutgers University.

The program takes place on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 AM, registration is required and opens on October 29 at 8 AM.


All the best,
Amy

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Books are a uniquely portable magic. - Stephen King

A book sale with over 20,000 items organized into over a dozen categories. A Collectors Corner for hard-to-find, signed, and unique or antiquarian books. DVD’s, Cd’s, even puzzles and toys. This may sound like a bibliophiles dream, but this dream becomes reality right here at the Livingston Public Library!

That’s right, the annual Friends of the Library BookFest is back! Beginning Thursday, October 25 (Friends members have early access starting at 2:30 pm on the 24th) and running through Sunday, October 28, the library’s program room will be transformed into a wonderland for book lovers. With hardcover books costing a dollar and paperbacks for 25 cents, the prices can't be beat! Not only can you build your home library, but you will also be supporting the Livingston Public Library. Last year this sale generated over $7,000!  These funds have been used to support a wide range of programs and events - the Summer Reading Program, Literary Liaisons, Adult Art classes, the museum pass program, movies, and concerts are just a few examples. So be sure to stop by BookFest and find some magic to take home with you.

Because here at the Library we get by with a little help from our friends.


All the best,
Amy

What's Happening at Senior Happening

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

I’m delighted to announce that our new season of Senior Happening events started off with a bang.  On September 21st, Brad Ziffer presented “Singin’ the Oldies”. Over 120 attendees were delighted by the many different musical stylings presented, from ballads to upbeat pop and more. The audience was so moved by the music, many even got up to dance!

Senior Happening occurs on the third Friday of every month. Each event features a social hour from noon to 12:45 (with the Friends of the Livingston Library serving coffee and dessert and attendees are welcome to bring brown bag lunches) followed by the show!  Special accommodations are always made for attendees, with designated tables specifically for wheelchair access. After each Senior Happening, the Library pairs Techie Teen Tutors from Livingston High School with Seniors who are looking for technology help, such as assistance with a handheld device.

The next show in our Fall 2018 Series is “Cantare! The Italian Presence in American Popular Song” presented by Fred Miller on October 19th. Since the Senior Happening Series has grown so popular, registration is now required. Livingston Residents are the first to be able to register, with all of Essex County residents allowed to register at a later date. This can be done in person, by phone, or through the library website.

Senior Happening is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. And as always, thank you to our fabulous Friends of the Library volunteers, it is their enthusiasm and support that makes Senior Happening truly special.


All the best,
Amy

Fall into Fall @ the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” as author Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables stated.  October surrounds us with the Fall season: pumpkins, costumes, candy, spooky tales, and Fall library programs. Join us this month for two October-inspired programs.

We begin with our Wednesday Scary Movie Afternoons, where we will be showing three spine chilling films: October 3: A Quiet Place (PG-13); October 10:  IT (R), and October 17: Marrowbone (R).  All films received rave reviews.  Movies will begin at 1:00 PM.

On Monday, October 15, we are pleased to be hosting L'Aura Hladik Hoffman of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society.  Beginning at 7:00 PM, L’Aura will detail the history and haunts of Jersey and The Big Apple. She will reveal fascinating and hair-raising details about Charlie Brown's Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Hart Island, the Van Cortlandt Mansion, and the Palace Theater.

Both events are free and open to all.  We are grateful to the Friends of the Livingston Library for their generous support of these programs.


All the best,
Amy

Feminist Fare @ the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“That's why literature is so fascinating. It's always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It's never the same thing twice.”― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

It is in this spirit that I am pleased to announce our new book club: Feminist Fare!  Please join us in reading and discussing books that focus on women's rights and gender issues. Participants are encouraged  to share their thoughts and experiences while reading about women’s roles throughout history and across cultures. The books selected are inspirational, memorable, historical, and funny. All are  welcome.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11th, at 11:00 AM in the Library’s Local History Room.  The book selected for this gathering is Make Trouble by Cecile Richards. Subsequent meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of the selected book will be available at the Circulation Desk.


All the best,
Amy

It's Food For Fines Week!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s Food for Fines Week!  Here at the library we spend most of our time feeding hearts and minds.  However, every September we take time to help provide food to feed our friends and neighbors in need.

From September 23rd through the 30th, the Library will be accepting non-perishable, packaged food items in place of fines and donating them to Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  This initiative allows patrons to clear up fines that may have accrued over the summer and, at the same time, benefits the hungry in our community.

So get those jars of peanut butter and cans of tuna fish ready, and let the donations to LNHN start rolling in.  We're proud to partner with you in such a worthy cause!

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


All the best,
Amy

Find Your FURever Friend at the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Animals are an important part of our lives. The medical benefits of interacting with a pet are well-proven.  They can work wonders for your body, soul, and mind: stimulate your sense of well-being,  give you unconditional love, provide you with laughter.  They often are the silent custodians of our secrets and private thoughts.

The Livingston Public Library is here to help you make the important decision to adopt and care for a pet.  Join us on Sunday, September 23, from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM for an exciting program about responsible pet ownership. Experts from the Madison Animal Shelter and Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter will be here to guide you through the adoption process and show you how to prepare your home to welcome a new addition.  The Mount Pleasant Animal shelter will be bringing some animals who are looking for a good home.  So stop by the library to learn about responsible pet ownership and maybe even meet your new best friend!
 

All the best,
Amy

Help Students Find Their A-Ha Moment with Tutor.com

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

The school year has officially begun in a flurry of books, notes and upcoming tests.  Don’t feel overwhelmed, because Tutor.com is ready to help!  Available through our homepage under Tutoring & Test Prep, Tutor.com combines online tutoring, homework help and test prep - all for free with your library card.

The innovative website allows you to connect with a live one-on-one tutor from 3 PM - 10 PM daily, through any mobile device or computer with internet access.  No appointment is needed!  Choose from a wide range of topics such as English, Math, Social Studies, Writing and Science or more advanced subjects like Grammar, Calculus or Physics.  Tutor.com offers services from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, including AP Testing, ACT, SAT, and PSAT Prep.  Live tutors are waiting to assist you, aided by an interactive whiteboard that allows them to communicate through drawings, graphics and slides.

Tutor.com is even helpful for any recent graduate, offering the ability to submit resumes and cover letters for their knowledgeable tutors to review.  The best part is that they return what you submitted within 12 hours!

We at the Livingston Public Library know how important education is, and we’re here to offer you guidance every step of the way.


All the best,
Amy

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

While Labor Day tends to bring to mind thoughts about the end of summer and worries about the school year, its true purpose is to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that its workers make to our country.  

Throughout the year this column focuses on the many programs and services the Livingston Public Library has to offer.  This week, in the spirit of Labor Day, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hardworking and dedicated staff without whom we would not be able to offer such an expansive range of resources to the residents of Livingston.

I am especially impressed by the efforts they make every summer to create a summer reading program that is fun and inspiring for our young people. And this summer was no exception. Whether it was making sure that every one of the 70 plus kids who attended a storytime had a special experience, or warmly welcoming over 300 attendees to a Thursday night family program, our staff was there smiling and ready to help.

It is a pleasure to be part of a team who works tirelessly to support the community, support the Library, and support each other. Their passion, insights, and opinions are what make our Library truly exceptional.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Labor Day!


All the best,
Amy

Demystifying the Magic of Technology

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

As the famous Science Fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.” Here at the Livingston Public Library, we aim to take away the “magic” and make technology as accessible to our patrons as possible.  That’s why we are introducing a new Tech Help Drop-In Program, starting on September 4th.

The program will run from 10:30-11:30 AM on the first Tuesday of each month, and offer patrons the ability to “drop in” and get help on a myriad of topics.  If you’re still not quite sure how to make the change to Libby, we have you covered!  Simply bring in your reading device (such as a smartphone, Kindle or iPad) and get assistance on searching, borrowing and lending ebooks.  We’re also offering support for Hoopla and RBDigital, for the movie and magazine lovers in our community.

Whether you need assistance with email, navigating your smart device, help with Google Drive, social media and more, our knowledgeable team of Librarians are ready and willing to help!

At the Livingston Library, we bring the world of technology (and understanding it) to you.


All the best,
Amy

Be the Difference

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“Whoever Saves a Life Saves the World" ~Talmud

Every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood – it could be a friend, a family member, or maybe even you.  The need is real and with only a small amount of your time, you can make the difference between life and death.

On Thursday, August 23, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, the Livingston Public Library, in cooperation with Community Blood Services NJ, will open its Program Room to members of the community who wish to donate blood.  Any healthy individual (16 and 17 with parental permission) and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood.  Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature.

Call 201-251-3703 for an appointment or schedule online.


All the best,
Amy

Summer Reading is Rockin @ the Livingston Library!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

This summer our young readers certainly proved the truth of this quote.  Since the Summer Reading Challenge began on June 25, children in Livingston have read a total 201,248 minutes and our teens have read 354 books!  I am especially proud of the 15% of our young readers who have already completed all four levels of the Summer Reading Challenge.  If you’re not done yet, don't worry - there is still one week left to complete the challenge and earn prizes!

Summer also brought a lot of exciting programs to the Library.  We dug for dinosaur bones, read books to teen volunteers, built Lego cities, solved mysteries, danced with Guitar Joe, created beautiful works of art, and learned about coding.  But summer is not quite over yet and we plan to keep the fun going as long as we can.  Join us tomorrow at 10:30 AM (Ages 4+) for a unique story time experience with Librarian Miss Anna and a special guest miniature horse!

We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Amy

All the News That's Fit to Print - Digitally

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you ever wish that you could read the New York Times digital edition, on the go or from the comfort of your own home - without a paid subscription?  Your dream is now a reality, thanks to our new digital subscription, accessible through the Newspapers & Magazines link on our homepage!  The world-famous New York Times, receiver of 125 Pulitzer Prizes (more than any other newspaper) and widely considered as the country’s leading “newspaper of record” is now available to read on your desktop, tablet, or phone through the New York Times app.  This online access will give you the ability to browse the New York Times archive from 1851 through the present, with more than 25 sections including World, Business, Sports and more.  An added bonus? It’s available in not only English but in Spanish and Chinese (only recent issues) as well.

Keep up with current events, discover your next best read, plan a trip, or find a new recipe.  All available to you 24/7.

Because here at the Livingston Public Library we bring the world and “all the news that’s fit to print” to you.

 

All the best,
Amy

Teen Murder Mystery

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Everybody loves a mystery!  This Wednesday, August 1st, will mark the 15th consecutive year that the Livingston Public Library hosts a Murder Mystery program just for teens.  Over the years this fun and unique program has evolved from a script-based program to one written, implemented and performed entirely by teens for teens.

This year’s theme is “Murder” at the Music Festival. Participants (grades 6-12) will watch the talented cast perform a skit with eyes and ears peeled for revealing details about the characters.  When the skit is over they will work in teams to follow clues, question suspects, and examine evidence to uncover the “killer.”  Everyone is a suspect.  No one in the cast or audience knows who the murderer is until the big secret is unveiled.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like so much fun I (almost) find myself wishing I was a teenager again just so I could participate! Encourage the teens in your life to register for this evening of intrigue and make an unforgettable Library memory.

“What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one's house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.”
― Agatha Christie, The Body in the Library

All the best,
Amy

Look How They Shine For You

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“Space is for everybody.  It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space.” — Christa McAuliffe, Teacher and Challenger Astronaut

That’s why I’m so excited to announce the latest addition to our Library’s lending program - Telescopes!  Stargazing is more than just a dreamer’s pastime, it offers several benefits as well.  A University of California-Irvine study found that looking up at the stars actually makes us calmer.  After leaving our busy lives to stargaze in a remote location, we slow down and relax.  These quiet moments can also help to ignite our imagination and creativity.

The night sky is a wonderful learning canvas for children.  It's a fun way to learn about the planets, constellations, meteors and the myths behind the constellations.  And let’s not forget those important math skills such as counting, patterns, and mapping.

So get ready to expand your horizons, head outside, and unleash the wonders of the stars!

At the Livingston Library, we bring the world (and the night sky!) to you.

All the best,
Amy

Welcome home, Lucy Tan!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

If there is anything more exciting than meeting a new up and coming author it’s the opportunity to celebrate the success of a Livingstonian! On the evening of July 24th at 7 pm we will have the opportunity to do both! The Livingston Public Library is very happy to present a Meet the Author event with young writer Lucy Tan and her debut novel “What We Were Promised.” Lucy Tan was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and went to Livingston High School, though she has spent most of the past 10 years in New York and Shanghai. Lucy used to hang out at the Library and wait for her mom after school; the Library was her favorite place! Lucy recently wrote to her mom "I fell in love with reading at the Library. I spent so many hours there waiting for you to be finished working and those hours really formed my personality."

Join us as Lucy discusses her experiences writing the book, life as a young writer, and the story behind the book.  The book has garnered a lot of positive reviews and praised as one of the most anticipated books of the summer:

  • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize

  • A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

  • Named one of PopSugar's "30 of the Newest, Hottest Books to Pick Up This Summer"

  • Named one of "60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018" by Huffington Post

  • Named one of the "10 Most Anticipated Novels of the Summer" by The Every Girl

  • One of Refinery29's Brilliant Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer

Read/listen to an excerpt from “What We Were Promised.” Learn more about Lucy at lucyrtan.com

Friends of the Library will have copies of her novel available for purchase.  The event is free and open to all, so please join us in giving Lucy a warm welcome back to her hometown.

 

All the best,
Amy

Culture, History, Nature & Inspiration from our local Museums

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Summer is officially here!  As Van Morrison said, “Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”  The Livingston Public Library offers several ways to keep you cool and inspired. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Livingston Library, Livingston residents with valid library cards can check out passes for free admission to local museums.


Is a day in Manhattan on your schedule?  Stop in to The Jewish Museum, located on the Museum Mile at 5th Avenue and 92nd Street.  Or visit The Frick Collection, located in the Henry Clay Frick House at 5th Avenue and 70th Street for a tranquil environment.

Are you looking to enjoy nature and culture?  Visit The Grounds for Sculpture and spend the day wandering the through the beautiful landscaped grounds interspersed with works of art.

Are the children in need of some fun activities?  Imagine That!!! in Florham Park is just the place to learn and have fun.  Or visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in Manhattan, this historical ship offers fun for the whole family.

Or is something local more of what you have in mind?  The Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, or Newark Museum may be just perfect.

No matter what you choose, while you’re enjoying your visit to these special places, keep in mind that museums are a window to our past and inspiration for our future.

All the best,
Amy

Happy 4th of July!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And so begins one of the most important documents in American history. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, the Declaration of Independence is “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” This Wednesday, before the picnics, the fireworks, and the parades, I encourage you to exhibit your patriotism by taking part in one of my favorite Livingston traditions -  the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a brief discussion. This family friendly 18-year tradition is held on July 4th at the gazebo on the Oval and begins promptly at 11:30am.

If you can’t make the reading, please consider stopping by the Library to borrow a copy to read aloud with family and friends. This July 4th, may the words of our founding fathers leave you inspired to stand for the principles of freedom and equality.

All the best,
Amy