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

 

 

 

 

Curiouser and curiouser

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It's almost Valentine's Day.  What better time to see Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and, of course, the Queen of Hearts?  On Saturday, February 10th, the Library will present "Alice in Wonderland," a free public performance by Paper Mill Playhouse Children's Theater on Tour.  All of the players are talented young actors and actresses, ages 10 to 13, who are chosen and trained by the renowned Paper Mill to perform for young audiences around the state.  So if a child in your life could use some music, dancing, fantasy, and fun in the dead of winter, don't miss this opportunity!  No reservations are required, but we do suggest early arrival for parking.  Sound too good to be true? Not at all; as Lewis Carroll himself once wrote, "so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible."

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

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

How-To Houseplants

Dear Livingston Library Community,


The poet Shelley once wrote, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”  But most of us need the occasional reminder, which is why houseplants are so cheering at this time of the year.  This is the perfect moment for our upcoming program on Sunday, January 28th, at 2 pm, "How-To Houseplants" with Marc Zukovich, a professor of horticulture who calls himself "the Garden Coach."  Not only will Marc discuss the range of common houseplants, how to care for them, how to treat pests and diseases, and answer audience questions at the end, he'll remind us all of the green season ahead.  This program is the first of our new series, Know Your Garden, which will include presentations on eco-friendly lawn care in March and dependable perennials in May.  In the meantime, the Library also has a lovely collection of gardening books and magazines.

Till then, stay warm and enjoy planning for spring!


 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Livingston Listens

Dear Livingston Library Community,

As you know, your Library aims to entertain and delight you, but we also strive to fulfill your serious needs for information, education, and discussion. In that spirit we are thrilled to launch very first series of diversity and social justice-centered programs, Livingston Listens.

We will have one program a month from January through May, starting off with our MLK Day event on Tuesday, January 23rd, at 7:00 pm, "Understanding Race in America," with Dr. Khyati Joshi, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. Joshi's presentation provides a glimpse into strands of lesser-known history, illuminating the role of race in U.S. history.  Specifically, audience members will be presented with a narrative that shows how Supreme Court decisions, immigration laws, and Jim Crow policies contributed to the development of Whiteness in America and how these historic moments continue to shape our nation. A question and answer period will follow to foster dialogue.

If you'd like to understand the context of our recent national conflicts, serve as an ally in the fight against racism, and air your concerns in a civil and diverse group of neighbors, don't miss this extraordinary evening...or the ones to follow, which will be aimed at audiences of varying ages.  I myself look forward to listening to Dr. Joshi, and to all of you in Livingston, the community I am honored to serve.
 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Happy Adventuring

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The writer Camus once said "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." If you're having trouble connecting with your own invincible summer right now, your Library is here to help!  Not only do our thousands of books, movies, and magazines provide virtual means of escape, our museum passes offer you and your family eight possibilities for cultural adventures.  And our wonderful Friends of the Library, who fund the museum pass program along with so many others, have just added New York's Frick Collection to our roster. Participating institutions closer to home include the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State, and Imagine That!!! for children in Florham Park.  If you're dying to get outside despite the arctic chill, bundle up for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86 at 46th Street In Manhattan, or the Grounds for Sculpture, an enormous outdoor sculpture garden located in Hamilton, NJ.  For more details about how the museum passes work, check our website or stop by the circulation desk where the passes are kept.

Happy adventuring, and here's to the invincible summer in all of us!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It's New Year's Eve and I'm thinking of Fred Rogers, who once so memorably said, “Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.” Which is a quote that has occurred to me many times over this tumultuous past year. Apparently I'm not the only one, because the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a "Forever" stamp in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." In a year when so many heroes of all kinds have fallen, it's a comfort to think of Fred Rogers, who never attracted the slightest whiff of scandal in all the years of his long-running, top-rated television program. Instead, he gently encouraged young viewers to imagine, to wonder, to confide, and, most of all, to come to terms with the often puzzling and upsetting world around them: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'" Fred Rogers said. "To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world." Me, too, Fred. And I can't wait to get the new Mr. Rogers stamps in 2018!

Happy New Year!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Holiday Humor

Dear Livingston Library Community,

As you know, here at the Library, we tend to look for the literary angle on everything and holidays are no exception.  At this time of year, some people love to re-read A Christmas Carol, but I'm more inclined toward David Sedaris's Holiday on Ice, which is simply studded with gems like “The woman at Macy’s asked, ‘Would you be interested in full-time elf or part-time elf?’  I said ‘Full-time elf'.”

So if you're looking for the lighter side, I highly recommend a bookish break. Along with Sedaris, I like Barbara Robinson's classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, starring the cigar-smoking, larcenous but ultimately wise Herdman kids.  Or possibly Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods by Michael Wex, best summed up in the following quote: "If the Stones's '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" had been written in Yiddish, it would have been called '(I Love to Keep Telling You that I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Because Telling You that I'm Not Satisfied Is All that Can Satisfy Me).'"  Or find one of your own old favorite books and re-read it for a good belly laugh.

Your family and friends may thank you later. Because as Dickens actually did write in A Christmas Carol, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”  Here's to more of that, now and the whole year round too.

Happy holidays!

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Lighten Up at your Library

Dear Livingston Library Community,

We welcome the holiday season with its celebrations and opportunities to connect with friends and family, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.  This year I challenge you to make time to take care of yourself so you can fully enjoy the season without getting swept away in the hustle and bustle.  As always, your Library is here to help!  Try one of our weekly drop-in adult coloring sessions, attend a free screening of a prize-winning Persian film, Rang-e Khoda (The Color of Paradise), or just stop by the youth services program to catch a glimpse of one of our most heart-warming programs, Paws to Read, which gives emerging readers the chance to practice reading aloud to a therapy dog.  Finally, as you know, here at the Library our favorite way to feel good is to do good, so be sure to stop by our blood drive on December 20th...or consider joining our wonderful Friends of the Library any time! 

Remember, at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends.  And a few deep breaths never hurt either!

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

What's Cooking?

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you stressed about what to prepare for your holiday gathering?  Have no fear!  Once again, your Library is here to help.  You may already know about our amazing (and enormous) cookbook collection, but what about our digital magazines?  You can access 17 cuisine-related magazines, 24/7, in glowing color, and entirely free of charge through our RBdigital portal, including Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated, and Rachael Ray Every Day, as well as specialty titles like Gluten Free Living, Vegetarian Today, and Weight Watchers.  All you need is your library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your card number). So whether you're planning to bake gingerbread, fry up potato pancakes, or assemble trays of inventive little hors d'oeuvres, your Library has got you covered.

Because as the writer Anna Thomas once said, "We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly." And that's even truer than usual at this time of year!

Wishing you all the joy of the season,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Creating Cheer

Dear Livingston Library Community,

When you were a child, did you ever make paper chains or string popcorn for a seasonal decoration?  This week at the Library we're taking it to a whole new level with Gelli printing, an amazing process that combines layers of color, texture, pattern, and found objects, creating one-of-a-kind prints sure to brighten up anyone's winter.  "We'll be providing seasonal shapes like snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees, and dreidels, but the young artists get to decide which ones to use and how to incorporate them," explains Anna Coats, supervisor of youth services.  She and teen librarian Karen deWilde are running three seasonal printing workshops this week: on Tuesday, December 5th, at 5 PM, they'll be welcoming Grades 6 to 8, and the next day, they’ll be working with Grades K to 2 at 4 PM and Grades 3 to 5 at 4:45 PM.  (Each child from K through 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required and old clothes are recommended.)

The best part is that the holiday workshops won't be your family's only chance to experiment with this novel technique.  The Library will be introducing a new Gelli printing kit to borrow as part of our Ready Set Create series in January.  We can hardly wait to see what you come up with!

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


All the best,

 

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Cyber Monday

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It's no secret that we love holidays and remembrances here at the Library, and as Thanksgiving has just passed we hope you're still basking in the afterglow. But as you gear up for Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, we hope you'll remember your Library and the wonderful programs our Friends support all year long. One of the most painless ways to give is through our Friends' AmazonSmile account.

Here's how it works: Start out at AmazonSmile and use your regular login and password to sign in.  Then Amazon will prompt you to select a charity from their list. At the bottom of that screen there's a search box marked "pick your own charitable organization," where you can type in "Friends of the Livingston Library." Voila! The best part is, we get .5 percent of everything you spend but it doesn't cost you an extra dime.

So if you've enjoyed one of our many public programs for adults or children this year, please consider bookmarking the site and doing any Amazon shopping through your Friends of the Library account this Monday--and even afterwards!

Remember, at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends. And thanks so much to all of you!


All the best,

 

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

A Little Bit Further

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you one of the 1200 visitors who came to the Library’s eclipse program in August? Good news! We have more opportunities to share the starry workings of the universe with you and the children in your life. Our three-part “Stargazing at the Library” series began in September, and this Tuesday, the 21st, reservations open for our final event on November 28th. Once again, the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will be here to help us spot planets, stars, and constellations, in the night sky above the Oval, and we'll be providing telescopes, tablets with astronomy apps, and instruction. All you need to bring is a sense of wonder.

Because at the Livingston Library, we bring the world to you. And sometimes we take you a little bit further!


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

So it goes.

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Yesterday was Veterans Day, and I’ve been thinking about one of my all-time favorite authors, the late Kurt Vonnegut. In fact I love his Slaughterhouse-Five so much that I had its philosophical catchphrase of impermanence tattooed on my arm (see below).

Born out of Vonnegut’s own hellish tour of duty in World War II, Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a mild-mannered optometrist who comes “unstuck in time” after the firebombing of Dresden. Slaughterhouse-Five is a famous indictment of war. But re-reading the book, it’s clear that as much as Vonnegut hated warfare, he loved and admired his comrades at arms: “The nicest veterans...the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.”

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Oddly enough, Vonnegut did not approve of Veterans Day. He longed for its precursor, Armistice Day, from his youth, which commemorated the sudden end of fighting in World War I with a moment of silence at 11:11 AM on November 11th. And even more oddly enough, it turns out that November 11th was also Vonnegut’s birthday.

So won’t you join me in a belated moment of silence to remember Vonnegut, Armistice Day, and all the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country?


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Tea & Tai Chi

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you curious about authentic Chinese methods of relaxation? The Library is proud to present a free public presentation, "Tea & Tai Chi," on Sunday, November 19th.

"In China, people use both the tea ceremony and the practice of tai chi to promote mindfulness," says Hongmei Liu, our World Literature Librarian, who grew up in China. "Our presenter Angel Li will show that every step of preparing tea involves choices: selecting the kind of tea, the temperature of the water, how many seconds you steep it, enjoying its aroma--it's all deeply meditative when it's done correctly." Chuantong Lin, an award-winning tai chi master from the Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi School in Warren, will demonstrate the graceful, flowing sequence of tai chi, "which is often referred to as 'meditation in motion,'" Hongmei explains. "It's very popular in China; every park is crowded with people practicing tai chi."

Don't miss this wonderful chance to experience the heart of traditional Chinese culture! The program is free and open to everyone; no reservations are required, but please come early to find parking.

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


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Halloween is almost here.  And though our Youth Services Department already held a great drop-in pumpkin decorating event two weeks ago,  we just can't get enough Halloween at the Library!  Come in costume anytime on October 31st,  say "trick or treat" at the Children's Desk, and receive a fun treat! (While supplies last, of course.)  We're looking forward to a steady stream of ghosts,  witches,  supervillains, and more.  Shakespeare once said "Clothes maketh the man";  and we'll go a step further:  "Costumes maketh Halloween!"

We hope to see you here!


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

BookFEST!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The rest of the world may celebrate Oktoberfest. Here at the Library, we have BookFEST!  Yes, it’s that time of year when our amazing Friends turn our program room into a bountiful bazaar of used books at bargain basement prices—from October 26th through the 29th.  If you’ve been thinking of joining the Friends of the Library, now’s a great time to do it and gain access to the Friends-only pre-sale day of BookFEST on October 25th.

If you’re reading this, you probably need no excuse to add books to your collection or give them to those you love, but by patronizing BookFEST you’re also helping to fund all of the many wonderful free programs we enjoy all year at the Library.  The township funds our operating expenses; the Friends pay for everything from Nursery Rhyme Time to Senior Happening, including teen SAT prep, public lectures and performances, adult creativity workshops, book clubs-- and so much more.

So please do drop by BookFEST!  Because at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends.


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Teen Night at the Library

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you know teens who are passionate about Hamilton, treasure, puzzles and escape rooms of all kinds?  Then don’t let them miss the Library's great new teen after-hours program coming up on November 18th!  "This is another fun, safe opportunity for Livingston teens to get the Library all to themselves for a night,"  explains Karen deWilde, our teen librarian.  This year Karen and her dedicated teen advisory board were inspired by “National Treasure” with Nicolas Cage, about the search for a mysterious chest full of medieval treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers.  "As usual, teens will be testing their wits, practicing teamwork, and solving puzzles against the clock for fun and prizes, as well as watching a movie and enjoying snacks."

Wow!  Tragically, no adults are allowed.  But registration opens on October 16th (and is strictly required).

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


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

 

 

Just Add Friends

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you a town resident who wants to start your own book club but are daunted by the work involved?  Are you already in a book club but dreading your turn to lead?  Then we've got the perfect new program for you launching by the end of the month: Book Club in a Bag!  Each bag contains eight copies of one book and all the background information about, compiled by one of our own highly trained librarians.  You can keep the bag and its contents for up to 28 days. All you have to add is the friends!  View our first selections for Book Club in a Bag below, and for more information about the program, or about the Library's own four adult book clubs, please check out our website at livingstonlibrary.org or stop by the reference desk.

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


All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library