It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in."
--Robert Louis Stevenson

Just as our Library community is made up of readers, it is also made up of many writers.  The Livingston Public Library will be hosting its first It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 PM.  It’s a Writer’s Thing is the perfect place for writers (and aspiring writers) of all levels and of all genres to gather together to discuss ideas and workshop writing in an informal and nonjudgmental environment.

Whether you’re working on a novel, short story, poem, memoir, or aren’t quite sure where to start, this group is for you and for everyone who loves and wants to write! The Livingston Public Library’s Creative Writing Group will expose writers to various writing genres and styles, delve into individual writing techniques, and allow you to meet and connect with other writers within the community.  Bring your ideas, writing, and a favorite writing utensil to our first meeting, and be sure to mark your calendars for our future dates!

This group will be moderated by Adult Services Librarian, Jessica.  Before receiving her MLIS from Rutgers University, she received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, with a focus in poetry, from Montclair State University.  


All the best,
Amy


***Upcoming Creative Writing Group Meetings:
2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20

Trivia Night

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you looking for something fun and different to do during the evening, and don’t feel like hitting up the crowded local bar scene?  The Livingston Public Library is now offering millennial inspired programming for adults just like you, with Adulting 101 classes, On-the-Go programming, and Trivia Nights!

The Library’s first Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM and will be played using Kahoot Trivia.  To participate all you need to do is bring a smartphone and your game face. Trivia questions will be displayed on a screen, as participants use their smartphone to answer these questions in real time.  Mocktails, created by our own Librarian Mixologist, will be served as participants compete for literary-inspired prizes.

So bring your friends and check out our Trivia Nights.  Your local library is definitely the place to be!   


All the best,
Amy


***Save the date for upcoming Trivia Nights:
3/13, and 5/22 @ 7:00 PM

New Year, New You!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

2019 is a few days away, and as with the start of every new year, it is the time to reflect and make resolutions for personal improvement.  Do you want to get healthier? Maybe learn a new craft? Improve your chess game? According to an article written by Dan Diamond for Forbes, although approximately 40% of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution, only about 8% stick to them.

The Livingston Public Library is here to help! To get you started on your personal journey, the Library’s first adult program for 2019, New Year, New Body, is scheduled for January 7th, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Chitra Rochlani, certified personal trainer and fitness coach will share lessons and strategies for fitness through nutrition, exercise, & mindset coaching.

For those with crafty resolutions, on Tuesday, January 15, at 11:00 AM, the Library is offering a Tunnel Book Workshop with the dynamic Creativity Caravan.  Participants will craft their own tunnel books, using greeting cards, postcards, photos, and other personal items to take scenes from their own lives and create a 3-dimensional memory book.

Remember our myriad of resources – in print, media and online – are available to help you achieve any goal you may have.  And our talented, dedicated staff is ready to happily assist you.

Happy New Year!


All the best,
Amy

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Still looking for the perfect gift for the literature lover in your life? Consider making a donation to the Library’s Tribute Fund in their honor. This gift of knowledge assists the Library in its efforts to provide the public with books not otherwise available.

Your gift to the Tribute Fund may be for any amount. If you wish to provide a new book for the Library, the minimum contribution is $35. You can select the category, perhaps a book on botany for the avid gardener, and a bookplate will be placed in each volume to commemorate your tribute. An announcement of the gift will be sent to your designated honoree to inform them of your generous and thoughtful gesture.

In the words of Bertrand Russell, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by Knowledge.”


All the best,
Amy

Scan Smarter

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

The Livingston Public Library is constantly looking for ways we can make your visit fun, fulfilling, and fluid. This includes searching for the latest technologies to improve your library experience. I am pleased to announce we have implemented new barcode scanners at our main desk!

What does this mean? For those of us who like to store our library and loyalty cards on our smartphone, our new scanners are now equipped to read your library card barcode number directly from your device.  As always, the Library wants our members to have a seamless experience. This upgrade will truly support our mission to offer the very best customer service. So please feel free to add a picture or store your library card barcode on your smartphone. We will take care of the rest.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


All the best,
Amy

Livingston Library + Puzzles + Children = A Perfect Fit

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

At the Livingston Library, we pride ourselves on striving to fulfill your needs for information, discussion and education. This is why we are so excited to announce our latest addition to our Library of Things: Youth Puzzles!

Puzzles hold incredible educational benefits for young children. They can stimulate a child’s cognitive and memory skills, problem-solving techniques, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. When working on a puzzle, children have one goal and need to work to develop strategies to achieve that goal. A completed puzzle can give a child a sense of satisfaction and ultimately may boost their self-confidence and self-esteem.

But the best part? According to Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro, “Children think puzzles are fun! We have alphabet puzzles, dinosaurs, numbers, and animal puzzles, and continent puzzles for those looking for a little more of a challenge. And they are all packed in kits for you to take home and enjoy at your leisure!”

Stop by the Children’s Desk to take home a puzzle kit today. And remember, at the Livingston Library, we bring the world to you, one piece at a time.


All the best,
Amy

How to Send Your Child to College

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Saving requires us to not get things now so that we can get bigger ones later. ~Jean Chatzky

Are you thinking about how you will pay for your child’s college education? It’s never too soon to start planning!

Between tuition and fees, books, supplies and equipment, housing costs… it can be overwhelming to even think about.  But have no fear- the Livingston Library is here to help! On Saturday, December 8, at 11:00 am, Debra Taylor of Taylor Financial Group will present “How to Send Your Child to College: 529 Plans.”  She will discuss the benefits of opening a 529 savings plan and other tax-smart strategies to help reach your college investing goals.

Don't miss out, register today!


All the best,
Amy

Woman's Work

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." ~Shirley Chisholm

Are you a woman who has been out of the workforce for a while taking care of children, an elderly family member, or yourself? Whether it has been 12 months or 12 years, you can return to work successfully! And, as always, the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

Explore strategies to reassess your career options, refresh your job search skills, and strengthen your career network in the presentation "Women Returning to Work" being held on Wednesday, November 28th at 7 pm, as part of our “It’s Your Business”  program series.

Lauren Markon, a Livingston based Career Counselor who owns and operates Career Connections NJ, will review topics such as barriers to employment, utilizing your networking to find meaningful employment, and uncovering transferable career skills that were acquired while staying at home."


All the best,
Amy

Thanksgiving Cook Books

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition –turkey, football, the Macy’s parade, stuffing, and yes, even the ubiquitous green bean casserole.  But what about the vegetarian, the vegan, the allergy sufferer or the just plain fussy eater? If you are looking for a new recipe to add to your repertoire,  you're sure to find the cookbook you want in the Library's huge cookbook collection. And if inspiration happens to strike you in the middle of the night, you can access Overdrive for eBooks by famous chefs from Mario Batali to Jennie Grossinger, and Rb Digital for online magazine editions of Bon Appetit, Cooks Country and more.

And remember, as the great cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."


All the best,
Amy

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