Brain Health Awareness Month

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

June is Brain Health Awareness Month! Organizations throughout Livingston celebrated all month long. The town council declared the week of June 10th “Paint the Town Purple Week!” Here at the Library we are proud to stand alongside our fellow community organizations and help the Alzheimer’s Association promote this important issue. But why limit it to just one month? The Library has resources to keep your neurons firing all year long.

One of the top ways to keep your brain healthy is to keep it active and, as always, the Library is here to lend a helping hand (or book, or magazine, or CD!). Reading materials and music can help stimulate memory, as well as provide enjoyment and entertainment.

So swing by the library and pick up one of our recommended titles, sign up for a program, join a  book club, or browse our digital collections to stream some music and download your favorite magazine. While you here, why not take a stroll around the Oval - because a healthy body helps support a healthy mind.

All the best,
Amy

Don't Get Scammed: Senior Fraud Education and Protection

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

It happened to me just this week- a phone call from an unknown number followed by a scary voicemail from someone claiming to represent the IRS.  It’s is an all too common refrain. The headlines of local and national news are constantly warning us to be aware of new and dangerous financial scams, but these scams are created by professionals who know where to prey and how o ake advantage of people.

Don’t worry! The Livingston Public Library is here to give you the tools you need to separate fact from fraud.

While these scams target all consumers (even library directors!) many of these deliberately try to take advantage of older members of our communities.  Join us Thursday, June 14 from 10 am to 11 am, as New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs presents information about the current fraud trends targeting seniors. These scams include but are not limited to, phone, email, telemarketing, lottery scams, as well as groups that try to pose as a family member or business, such as the IRS.  

All the best,
Amy

Congratulations! Now What?

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

For the recent college graduates that have spent the past four years in school preparing to go out in the world, nothing quite prepares them for the next part of their journey, which is, "Now what?"  What do you do, where do you go; what do you want to pursue and who do you want to become?  These are the sort of questions that come up during this potentially scary, transitional time. 

Luckily, many others have also gone through this, writing out their experiences for generations that follow them.  After all, what better way to get advice than through a book?

Below is a list of four titles I recommend to any grad looking for a little guidance on their new journey:

Congratulations, By the Way by George Sanders

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Assume the Worst by Carl Hiaasen

Getting There by Gillian Zoe Segal

 

All the best,
Amy

Beach Books and Bling!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Sunscreen? Check! Flip flops? Check! Riveting read? Check! 

It's a familiar weekend packing list this time of year and the Friends of the Library are here to help! Starting on Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd, the Friends will be hosting a "Beach Books and Bling" sale. Our program room will be stocked with thousands of summer reading selections, including paperbacks, best sellers, children's books, and young adult books for great prices: $.50 for adult hardcover books and $.25 for softcover and children/young adult books. We are sure you will find just the right books to fill your beach bag with something for every member of your family. 

And remember you can't buy happiness, but you can buy books, and if you ask me that's kind of the same thing.

 

All the best,
Amy

Understanding Hearing Loss

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Helen Keller once famously said, "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.”  So if you or someone in your life is becoming hard of hearing, don’t miss our free public program,  “Understanding Hearing Loss” with a physician and an audiologist from the Summit Medical Group. You’ll learn all about the anatomy of the ear, the intricate workings of our sense of hearing, and find out about the most advanced surgical practices and technology for treating hearing loss at any age.

“Understanding Hearing Loss” is part of our recent new series of health and wellness programs.  At the Library we recognize that there are many different kinds of literacy, and medical literacy is more complex and more important than ever in the modern age.  Registration is required for this program.  Call 908-277-8889 or sign up online.

And remember, at Livingston Library we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,
Amy

Humans vs Zombies

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Remember how stressful test-taking was as a teenager?  Staying up late nights studying and being drained by the end of exams?  Were you...drained as a zombie, perhaps?

Well, after their AP exams last week, Livingston’s teens get to let loose and enjoy having the Library all to themselves on May 19th for our amazing after-hours Humans vs. Zombies program.  Our teen librarian, Karen deWilde, and our dedicated Teen Advisory Board are busy creating a post-Zombie apocalyptic wonderland out of the darkened Library.  Teens grade 9-12 will split up into humans and zombies, use teamwork and strategy to survive…and win the game.  For added fun, they will be making zombie-inspired treats out of rice krispies and chocolate.  Yum!  Now those are some brains anyone might want to eat!

 

All the best,
Amy

The Missing Stories

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Is the name Anandibai Joshee familiar to you?  I'll confess, I had not heard it before.  Anandibai Joshee's story is one of bravery and determination.  A young woman from a small city in western India, she traveled thousands of miles eventually arriving in Roselle, NJ.  In 1883 she became the first South Asian woman in the world with a degree in western medicine.  Yet despite trailblazing work, her inspirational story lives in relative anonymity.

On Saturday, May 12th at 3 pm, join us for the final installment of our 2018 Livingston Listens series-The Missing Stories, presented and led by Samip Mallick, co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive.  South Asians have been a presence in the US for more than 130 years, but their stories are mostly unknown.  We will learn more about Dr. Joshee and engage in an interactive discussion about underrepresented populations, specifically examining South Asians.

I am looking forward to this enlightening afternoon full of conversation about how sharing community stories can help create a more inclusive future.

 

All the best,
Amy

Take a Walk With A Poem

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

April is Poetry Month and it’s almost over.  So there’s no better time to try a poetry walk, one of my all-time favorite experiences.  Select a poet with a nice sense of rhythm, nothing too fancy.  Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Emily Dickinson are good.  And then take the book outside with you to your favorite ramble, whether it’s a city street or a wooded path.  Stop every now and then and read a stanza or two.  Let the poet’s choice of words, the images and sounds sock you in the solar plexus.  For as William Carlos Williams himself once said, “Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels.”  And then keep on walking with those sublime lines ringing in your head.  You might bring along one of your favorite companions, old or young, to share them with.  Either way, I promise you an afternoon you won't forget.

For more wonderful poets, take a look at our display of poetry books near the entrance to the Library.  Or ask any of our highly trained librarians for a recommendation.  Because at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,
Amy

Alexa, Meet Hoopla

Dear Livingston Library Community,


Are you one of the many Livingston patrons who uses Hoopla? If so you already know it is an on-demand streaming service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows.  If not, there is no better time to try out the service then right now!

Hoopla is now compatible with Alexa devices, and has launched apps for Apple TV and Roku.  To celebrate, we've expanded your access to 10 selections a month! So if you love to relax with Agatha Christie mysteries after a long day of work, or pump up your work-out with some Cardie B, it is easier than ever to do it for free through your Library.  All you need is your Livingston Library account and an Internet connection to start streaming from your computer, tablet or phone.  So grab your library card and let the binge-watching begin!

And remember, at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Think Globally, Act Locally

Dear Livingston Library Community,


With the frighteningly erratic and sometimes dangerous weather we’ve all suffered through this year, who isn’t wondering about how climate change will affect our own area?  Don’t miss our presentation on April 18th, "New Jersey's Changing Climate"  by David A. Robinson, professor of geography at Rutgers and New Jersey's state climatologist.  We all know that climate change will affect the globe in countless ways, both large and small.  Prof. Robinson will zero in on what these shifts mean for our own Garden State, exploring events and issues in both the short term and for the long haul.

Because in the end, our stewardship of the earth can only begin in our own backyard.  And at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Take a Chance on Us

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Usually you won’t find your Library recommending games of chance, but we're making a special exception for a really good cause: our own programs, which are almost fully funded by our wonderful Friends of the Library.

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Your Friends of the Library have already begun selling tickets for their popular “Take a Chance on the Library” 50/50 cash raffle, which ends on April 24th.  Half the proceeds go to the Library, half to the winning ticketholder—who won $2,240 last year (but remember, dollar winnings and odds vary depending on the number of tickets sold).

Library supporters also have many more chances to win big at the Friends’ annual Silent Auction.  "Place your bid online for great prizes like tickets for performances at the Paper Mill, Public Theater and more, not to mention gift certificates for local restaurants, massages, and free admission to museums," says Barbara Bye, our indefatigable head of the Friends.  "Remember, it’s the highest bidder who wins so don’t hold back!”  Concludes Barbara, “But any time you support your Library’s programs and services, our community is really the winner.”

We couldn't agree more! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

The Fine Art of the Selfie

Dear Livingston Library Community,

When the classical Greek philosopher Socrates said "The unexamined life is not worth living," we're pretty sure he didn't mean selfies.  But cell phone cameras are here to stay, and they actually offer outstanding--and convenient--artistic possibilities even for the casual user.  If you're interested, don't miss our Cell Phone Photography Workshop with photographer and mixed media artist Heidi Sussman on April 14th. She will demonstrate basic and more sophisticated photo processing techniques, recommend some of the best available apps, and provide useful handouts to take with you.  The workshop is open to all, but registration is required, and begins tomorrow. Space is limited, and Livingston patrons receive priority.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Be An #Upstander!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

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Have you been following the amazing wave of activism sweeping the youth of our nation?  Here at the Library we’re thrilled to see the next generation speaking out, loud and proud.  We invite the children of our community to two #Upstanders festivals: The Fierce Flags Fly Art Making Workshop will be held on Friday April 27, from 3 to 5 PM, for teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12, and the #Upstanders Festival for children grades one through 8, will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 4 PM.

Monica Montgomery, the charismatic educator, activist, and the founding director of the Museum of Impact in New York, describes these workshops as “social justice extravaganzas.”  She encourages the budding activists and artists of Livingston to come to Fierce Flags Fly to  “make art and build power with a healthy curiosity of understanding activism and the role you can play."  In the #Upstanders Festival, Monica says, children will "discover avenues to action and express themselves through art-making, songs, games and creative crafts." 

These #Upstanders events are the first youth-oriented programs in Livingston Listens, our innovative multi-part series on inclusion, representation, and social justice.  No reservations are necessary. The program is free and open to all.

We can’t wait to see those flags fly!  And remember, at Livingston Library we help you give your children the world.

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

Think Spring!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

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Doesn't it seem like spring has had to fight its way here this year?  But all along, we at the Library have been planning for the moment when the landscape is alive with flowers, we can bring our books on picnics, and the spring holidays arrive in all their finery.  This year we're doing something new to celebrate: on March 26th, children in grades 4 to 6 will be learning how to make frogs, bunnies, and flowers...out of origami! Anna Coats, our head of youth services, says “Origami is great for teaching patience, precision, and for developing fine motor skills—not to mention that the results are beautiful!"  All materials will be provided, but space is limited, and registration for Tween Spring Holiday Origami begins tomorrow, March 19th. 

We can't wait to see what they come up with. And as always, at Livingston Library we help you give your children the world.

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

Financial Literacy for the Win!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

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March is Women's History Month, and what better time to consider attending a free financial workshop for women?  On Wednesday, March 21st, the Library will be welcoming Debbie Taylor, a CPA, attorney, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, for a free public presentation, "Empowering Women." Debbie won't be delivering any sales pitch for her own services or any financial products; instead she'll be discussing the three primary challenges of planning for women--longer lives, lower wages, and less self-confidence in investing--and how to overcome them!

If you like "Empowering Women," don't miss "Taking Control of Your Retirement" on May 10th, and "Investment Principles for Women" on June 9th. These programs are part of our exciting new series, "It’s Your Business."

Because here at the Library we promote literacy of all kinds--and we know financial literacy is the bottom line.

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

Ready, Set, Create!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

On Saturday, March 10th,  get ready for robotics demonstrations, interactive LEGO crafts,  fun with electrical circuits, and encounters with a mysterious SLIME!  Yes,  it’s the Library’s third annual Makers Day,  and we could hardly be more excited to be celebrating it along with a host of other libraries, schools,  museums,  makerspaces, and other community locations across the state.

Here at the Library we love the philosophy of “maker culture”: exploring the world through all things related to tinkering,  experimentation,  and creation.  And though we’ll always deeply cherish our books and other print-based resources, we’re happy to supplement our collections with a Library of Things,  which includes portable makerspace kits (our Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits) and other lendable items such as mobile hotspots,  pre-loaded Nooks,  sewing machines,  and telescopes.

We welcome you and your families to join in the fun!  No registration is required,  but do come early for parking.

Remember,  at Livingston Library we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Begin With the Children

Dear Livingston Library Community,

At the Library we recognize the difficulties of discussing our complicated world with the children in your life.  And yet the most difficult tasks are often the most important ones.  That's why our second adult program in the Livingston Listens series is "Understanding Your Child's Racial Identity," an event designed to encourage family conversations about social justice, social identity, and diversity.  We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Khyati Joshi, professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson, who takes an intersectional approach in all of her work, and will also address other social identities such as class, religion, and sexual orientation.  Additionally, Dr. Joshi will provide an opportunity for parents to consider their own social identities, and how these identities affect the ways in which they view the world, their parenting practices, and their day-to-day experiences.

For as Gandhi once said, "If we are to teach real peace in this world...we shall have to begin with the children."

And at Livingston Library, we help you give your children the world.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Mini-Golf, Maximum Impact

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Did you ever wonder what our Youth Services Department would look like filled with a giant, ultra-creative, homemade mini-golf course?  Well, we're about to find out!  On Thursday, February 22nd, our Teen Advisory Board is joining forces with the Friends of the Library to hold our first-ever Library Mini-Golf Fundraiser.  All of the wonderfully whimsical mini-golf courses have been designed, planned and donated by school clubs, scouts and other volunteers.  They're also running a delicious bake sale in case you need fortification after an especially tough swing.

Here's how it works: each participant provides a small donation to enter the game (suggested: $5 per player, $20 per family).  The proceeds go to the Friends of the Library and the American Library Association's Disaster Relief Fund to support hurricane-damaged libraries.  Having fun, doing good, and eating brownies all at the same time...you could hardly ask for more! 

And remember, at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Have A Heart

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Not only is Valentine's Day upon us, February is Healthy Heart Month.  So there's no better time for our upcoming program, "Living a Heart Healthy Life" with cardiologist Liliana Cohen, M.D.,  on February 13th!  Learn about heart attack symptoms and how they differ in men and women, recognize myths about preserving heart health, and find out about the choices you can make to keep your own heart healthy.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.  The program is free and open to all, but registration is required.  

This is just one of the many free informative, authoritative health lectures we're presenting in partnership with the Summit Medical Group.  Other topics include how to improve your sleep naturally, a mindful approach to sleep, and understanding hearing loss.  In May, the Library will also be teaming up with the Livingston Township Health Department for a program on Lyme disease, so stay tuned for more information!

And remember, at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Lunar New Year - Year of the Dog

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The Lunar New Year is coming right up, and your Library is ready to welcome the Year of the Dog with you!  We have a host of opportunities for patrons of all ages to learn about and celebrate the holiday. The youth services department is already adorned with children’s artwork from the Livingston Chinese School's Sketch Class. From February 15th till the end of the month, we'll be showcasing a beautiful exhibit of Chinese calligraphy and painting by artist Du Li in the glass cabinets at our entrance.  Near the cafe, adults will find displays of English-language books about China and new and popular books in Mandarin from our World Language Collection.  Best of all, we'll be holding our first trilingual storytime on Tuesday, February 13th!  In this innovative program, children aged two to seven accompanied by a caregiver will enjoy stories and songs in Chinese, Korean, and English, and then make a New Year-related craft together.  (Space in the program is limited so make your reservation without delay.)  We can hardly wait for the Lunar New Year to begin!

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And remember, at Livingston Library we bring you the world.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library