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

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