Fake News

Dear Livingston Library Community,

With all the talk about "fake news" across the political spectrum, have you been wondering about the history and hallmarks of this crucially important trend? Then don't miss veteran Daily Record reporter Bill Westhoven's free public presentation at the Library on Thursday, September 28th!

"'Fake news' has always been with us in one way or another, and the conventions of reporting were once very different," Westhoven explains. "No one ever wrote about FDR's wheelchair or Babe Ruth's drinking and womanizing." He'll be talking about how the internet blurs the lines between traditional journalism, prime-time punditry and outright propaganda; and discussing how to separate fact from fiction by identifying common components of each.

Best of all, Westhoven prides himself on maintaining the civil, non-partisan atmosphere so crucial to public discussion. Because as Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, "Don't raise your voice, improve your argument!" And there's no better place to do that than the Library.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Food for Fines

Dear Livingston Library Community,


Here at the Library we hate to say no. We always want to give you the book, magazine, movie, album, or piece of information you are seeking, and we hate it when fines get in the way. That’s why we introduced our "Food for Fines” program last year—and part of why we were so thrilled by its success. Last year, our Food for Fines program restored borrowing privileges for 173 residents, wiped out $2,756.64 in late fees and, best of all, brought in 957 individual food items for CHOW, Livingston's local food pantry. Talk about a win-win-win! No wonder we can't wait to do it again. This year Food for Fines Week will take place from September 23rd to September 30th. Once again we'll be accepting non-perishable, unexpired food items at the circulation desk in place of late fines (sorry, lost item fees are not eligible). So get those jars of peanut butter and boxes of spaghetti ready, and let the donations to CHOW start rolling in. We're proud to partner with you in such a worthy cause!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Meet An Author

Dear Livingston Library Community,

There's no better way to celebrate back-to-school season than meeting a real live author at the Library!  So don't let the 3 to 7-year-olds in your life miss our visit from Mike Malbrough, writer and illustrator of Marigold Bakes a Cake, on September 13th.  Not only will Mike will be reading aloud from his wacky, charming book and signing copies, he'll be leading a fun, related art project (while supplies last).  No reservations are required, but do come early for parking and get ready for a great experience.

 

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

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

What We Give

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s Labor Day, and what better time to give a shout out to my staff at the Library?  Without their amazing and varied talents, top-notch training, hard work, and, most of all, heartfelt dedication, we could never live up to our mission statement: "The Livingston Public Library, the place where reading, learning, and ideas converge to transform lives."  For as Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  And if you agree that our team provides extraordinary service, the next time you see a library team member, please join me in thanking them for their good work.

Happy Labor Day!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Try a Weekend Classic!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s the end of August.  Are you one of the many who haven’t finished War & Peace, Infinite Jest, or Game of Thrones this summer despite your best intentions?  Give yourself a break and enjoy a novella, or what we at the Library call a “weekend classic”: a highly readable work of literature of 200 pages or less.  A weekend classic is short enough to read in a few days even if unexpected houseguests turn up, and powerful enough to give you a glimpse into another world.  For a few ideas, see the illustration below.  Or ask any one of our highly trained librarians for suggestions.

Because as the poet Emily Dickinson once said,  "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away”…and the most satisfying voyages are not always the most lengthy.

Here’s to books, both short and long!  And here’s to the last delicious, golden days of August, however you choose to spend them.

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Meet a Teen Volunteer!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Could you use a little good news?  Of course you could.  So meet 15-year-old Tammy Cheng, a rising sophomore at Livingston High and our most active teen volunteer this summer.  She worked as a reading mentor with Book Buddies, shelved yards of books, helped plan and staff the Teen Murder Mystery, served as an online Game Administrator, and taught chess. Tammy says: “I love to be around books and I actually maxed out my library card the other day, I took out so many!”

Which would be 50 items.  Go Tammy!

Tammy’s recent favorite read was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. “The book was so much better than the movie because it had more details,” Tammy comments.  “I always feel that way.”

We do too!

During the year, Tammy also volunteers as manager for girls’ lacrosse and field hockey at LHS, and serves on our Teen Advisory Board, helping our teen librarian, Karen deWilde, plan and run programs.  “The Library is my safe spot, my favorite place to hang out,” explains Tammy.

Tammy, we’ve got to say the feeling is mutual!

Because at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends. Thank you, Tammy—and all the other 112 teen volunteers who worked so valiantly and accomplished so much this summer!

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Solar Eclipse

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you searching for the right place to view the amazing solar eclipse coming up on August 21st? Well, look no further than your Library!  “We’ll be witnessing a rare phenomenon that illuminates the workings of the natural world,”  says Joseph Emery, our Technology Librarian, who is running the program.  “I’ll be explaining how the eclipse fits into our current understanding of astrophysics and making sure that everyone does their viewing safely.”  The program is free and open to all, no registration required, and we'll be giving away free safety glasses to all participants while supplies last.  The solar eclipse program is part of the Library’s astronomy initiative, which began with the family planetarium program earlier this summer, and will be continuing with another star-gazing session in September.  Don’t miss it!  For as astronomer and writer Carl Sagan once said,  “Our feeblest contemplations of the cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height.  We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries."  

Remember, at the Livingston Library, we bring the world to you. And sometimes together we travel beyond.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Summer Picnics

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Is there anything more deliciously seasonal or more seasonally delicious than a summer picnic?  We at the Library think not.  But if you're sick of your regular menu ideas, you can always find inspiration in our extensive cookbook collection, in the Library or online at eBCCLS.  “I love to mix and match cuisines for a tapas-style picnic,” says Ariel Zeitlin, one of our reference librarians.  “For a serious al fresco feast, you could make Thai chicken satay, Tuscan tuna-bean salad, mushrooms vinaigrette, cold sesame noodles, and Barcelona-style potato omelet.  Just make them ahead of time and bring them along in a cooler.”  Yum!  Check out Ariel's recommended cookbooks below.

Because at Livingston Library, we put the world at your fingertips.

 

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Be Prepared to Swing!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

There's nothing like hot weather and cool jazz to make a summer day sizzle. That's why we're so excited to host our second free WBGO Kids Jazz Concert. On Saturday,  August 5th at 1:30 pm, we'll be welcoming Jerome Jennings, a drummer who's jammed with jazz royalty like Sonny Rollins and Ray Charles.  He'll be introducing young listeners to the joys of free-wheeling improvisation and 100 percent live musical collaboration right here at the Library.  The program is free, no reservations required, and open to all, but we suggest arriving early for parking.  

Bring your family and be prepared to swing!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

You've got to have Friends!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

This is the great paradox of library service: it’s worth nothing if we can’t give it away. In so many ways, it’s all of you who make the Library what it is.  And that’s especially true of our wonderful Friends of the Library, who work so hard to fund our award-winning programs.  If you’ve been meaning to become a Friend or renew your membership, why not do it now before the Friends of the Library Social on August 7th?  “This year the Friends set a record for memberships and funds raised,”  says Barbara Bye,  a longtime Library trustee and director of membership for the Friends.  “It’s also the second year we’re doing the Social as a thank you to all of our members.”  The festivities start at 7 and include both a live performance by the Jane Stuart Jazz Quartet, and a chance to socialize over beverages and dessert.  To attend, please RSVP by July 31st to Barbara Bye at friends_livlibrary@verizon.net or (973) 992-4600 x505 or ask at the Circulation Desk.  And if by chance you can’t make it to the Social, you can still renew or make an additional donation at any time in person or online.  The Friends will also be sending out notices of our annual membership drive after Labor Day.

Why do we try so hard to stay connected to you?  Because at the Livingston Public Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends.

Happy summer and happy reading!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

"Why Should Children Have All The Fun?"

Dear Livingston Library Community,


Oh, for the golden summers of childhood!  Fresh watermelon, blueberries, and corn, long days of swimming and playing ball outdoors...and summer reading programs at the Library!   "We figured, 'why should children have all the fun?'" says Melissa Brisbin, our spirited supervisor of patron services who is spearheading our new Adult Summer Reading Program this year till Aug 6th. Here's how it works: When town residents aged 18 and older check out adult reading materials--books, audiobooks, and eBooks—they earn the chance to win weekly prizes including literary-themed tote bags and free coupons to local eateries. Winners will be chosen randomly each week.  Weekly participants can enter a raffle for two Kindle Fires in the final week.  Just ask at the reference desk or the circulation desk for more details or sign up online.

Because at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you. All year round.

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

 

"My Kind of Role Model"

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Library, and no one has given more consistently than our longtime trustee, Judi Nudelman, who is stepping down after 42 years of service.  In an age of sound bites and disposable products, Judi's longstanding commitment to literacy and public service seems even more notable, spanning several eras in librarianship.  Judi was deeply involved in our earliest fundraising and logistical efforts to computerize the Library and actively worked to fund the Library’s renovation and expansion both in 1977 and 2007.  She was president of the Board for 24 years.  And she did it all with her customary enthusiasm and vigor.  My favorite Judi story is embodied in this photo of the ceremony beginning the Library's first expansion.  She's the one in jeans, standing next to a woman in a proper skirt and coat.  "That was Councilwoman Carol Beck, and oh, she was mad at me!"  Judi remembers.  "But it was a groundbreaking!  I thought they might hand me a shovel!"  Judi adds, laughing, "For years she called me up before every event to remind me to dress properly."  Now that's my kind of role model!

Thank you, Judi...for everything. Because at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our friends. Or in your case, more than a little.

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

 

"We hold these truths to be self evident..."

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It's almost the 4th of July, one of our favorite holidays.  We love picnics, fireworks, parades...and the tradition of reading aloud from the Declaration of Independence.  I had to recite the Declaration from memory for Mrs. Castigilione's fifth grade social studies class and I'll never forget how hard it was to get through those ringing phrases about all men being created equal without bursting into tears (though eventually I did get an A+).  It's one of the all-time greatest pieces of oratory, and it still gives me goosebumps.  In fact, I love it so much, I even dressed up as the Declaration for Halloween many years ago. (See below!)  This 4th of July there are more opportunities than ever to participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  To attend in person, come to the Oval at 11:30 on the 4th itself, where the Library's own ESL tutor Peter Berkowsky will be reciting the Declaration either at the Gazebo or in the high school auditorium, depending on the weather.  If you're out of town, try "Morning Edition" on NPR to hear hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading it on the air.  Or just tune in to one of the many wonderful read-alouds online, like this one, whenever you get the urge.  But whichever version you choose, have a Happy Independence Day!

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

 

Thrilling Thursdays at the Library

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Summer's here, and though it flies by in a flash, sometimes the days are long. Livingston Library is here to help! Don't miss our line-up of thrilling Thursday night programs for families, beginning this week and ending August 10th:

6/29 America's Heroes Storytime with Officer Joy Klapal & McGruff the Crime Dog

7/6 Super Silly Sing-a-Long with Polka Dot

7/13 Pearl Observatory Planetarium

7/20 Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along Family Night

7/27 Sciencetellers Present Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales

8/10 The Lizard Guys

For more family fun, don't forget to check out our Summer Reading Program and other exciting events online! Because at Livingston Library we help you give your children the world.

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

Irresistibly Contagious

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s Father’s Day. What’s your favorite low key, high impact way to connect across generations? For me it’s funny movies. There’s nothing like sharing a good joke to bring family members together. Come to the Library this afternoon to go through our thousands of cinematic selections, or stream a movie right now through hoopla, the Library’s free online digital media platform. To get you started, here are a few suggestions from one of our reference librarians, Ariel Zeitlin. To these, I’d add Blues Brothers and Caddy Shack. Because as Charles Dickens once pointed out, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Happy Father’s Day!

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

 

 

Moscow, Alaska, Middle Earth, or Outer Space

Dear Livingston Library Community,

What if the children in your life could enjoy a thrilling, perfectly safe trip to the places of their choice, be it Moscow, Alaska, Middle Earth, or outer space?  Well, they can…with summer reading!  The Library’s annual summer reading program includes weekly awards and two raffle drawings between June 26th and August 6th.  We have three different programs designed to appeal to three age groups, from babies to teens.  To make sure your children’s vacations include those unique, brain-sparking adventures found only in books, sign up for our summer reading program.  And while you're online, check out our roster of fun free performances and other events.

Happy summer and happy reading!

All the best,

Amy

Director - Livingston Library

 

 

Can't Start a Fire Without a Spark

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you have a musical hero? Someone whose melodies and lyrics seem to express an unvoiced part of yourself? For me it’s Bruce Springsteen, the tough, principled, thoughtful American poet who embodies the maxim “Jersey Strong.” That’s why I’m extra-excited to welcome Jeff Burger, author and music critic, to the Library on Thursday, June 8th, at 7:00 pm to talk about Springsteen, John Lennon, and Leonard Cohen. As Bruce himself always says, “You can’t start a fire without a spark.” So please join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening!

All the best,

Amy, 
Director - Livingston Library

Message from the Director

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Here at the Library, we love the beginning of summer as much as everyone else (and maybe even a little bit more!). But we also love the true purpose of this holiday, honoring those who fell in World War I. We hope you'll join us in watching this two-minute film of the incomparable Jeremy Irons reading aloud from "The Wasteland," T.S. Eliot's poem about the Great War, and consider those brave men and women in the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. For more poetry, books, and films about World War I, just ask a librarian. Because in the end, remembering together is one of the most important things we do at the Library.

All the best,

Amy