Teens! Are you interested in the Livingston Library’s Volunteer Program?

Are you a teen who wants volunteer hours to enhance your college application? Or maybe you’re the parent of a teen who needs community service hours to meet the requirements of a club or religious institution. Could you be one of the many teens who loves the library and wants to give back to the community? Our Teen Volunteer Application is open now!

The Livingston Library is committed to providing volunteer opportunities for young people. We believe volunteering teaches new skills, creates a bridge to work, and gives teens the opportunity to engage with diverse members of the community. The library benefits too, as we tap into the interests and talents of our volunteers to enhance and plan programs, and get some extra manpower for big projects.  In 2019, the Livingston Library had almost 200 registered teen volunteers. Volunteers worked an average of 10 hours each, contributing approximately 2000 hours of service.

During the 2020-2021 school year, a group of teen Virtual Volunteers co-hosted Zoom events, created puzzles, wrote book reviews, shared program ideas, and helped prepare crafts like these valentine cards. 

For summer 2021, the Library is offering a Teen Virtual Volunteer Program and a few onsite Teen Volunteer opportunities. The positions are open to Livingston residents entering grades 8-12 in September. All CDC guidelines will be strictly observed.

Karen deWilde, Teen Services Librarian 

Books for Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day with these reads for mom!

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

From the Publisher: “When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before–and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back. Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part. And all for the love of her unborn child. A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.”

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as Mother and Daughter by Francesca Serritella & Lisa Scottoline (Actually, ALL of their essay collections are perfect mother / daughter reads.) 

From the Publisher: “New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella are the best of friends–99.9% of the time. They’re number one on each other’s speed dial and they tell each other everything–well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes–except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight.

In other words, they’re just like every mother and daughter in the world. Best friends, and occasional enemies. Now they’re dishing about it all–their lives, their relationship, and their carb count.

Inspired by their weekly column, “Chick Wit” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this book is one you’ll have to put down–just to stop laughing. Lisa on Being a Mom – Motherhood has no expiration date. Francesca lives in the city, and I worry about her all the time. My daughter moved out, so why am I still lactating? Francesca on Being a Daughter – My mother is always right. Just ask her. Lisa on Things Every Daughter Should Know – Your mother is always thinking about you, but that’s not creepy. Your mother will never forget who did you dirty in the sixth grade, for which you can thank her. And your mother will never stop asking you if you need to go to the bathroom, before you leave the house. Well, do you? Francesca on Closet Wars – My mom is a great dresser. Mostly because she’s wearing my clothes. Lisa on Aging Gracefully – My sex drive is in reverse, I have more whiskers than my cat, and my estrogen replacement is tequila. Francesca on Apartment Living – When I saw a mouse, the first person I called was Mom. She told me to call my super, but I felt bad bothering him. I hate to bother people. But I love to bother my mother.”

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

From the Publisher: “Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom–or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max–this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple,Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction–the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.”

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

From the Publisher: “There are good moms and bad moms, and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the ‘Motherhood Better’ bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?”

#IMOMSOHARD by Kristen Hensley and Jen Smedley 

From the Publisher: “Has it been months since you’ve read a book with actual adult words that had nothing to do with farm animals or superheroes or going potty? Well then, it’s time to take a break. Pour yourself some wine. Put on your comfy pants. All good? Ok, welcome to the party. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMOMSOHARD, know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is more advice on how to be a better parent. Instead, they invite you to join their laugh-out-loud, best friend banter on the eighty bajillion ways moms give their all every day. Come for the laughs, stay for the kinship with two friends who are just getting it right, getting it wrong, and leaning on each other for a laugh at the end of the day. They don’t care if your house is a mess and they won’t judge you if you pee a little when you sneeze. So kick back, relax, and enjoy. You deserve it.”

Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley 

From the Publisher: “Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she’s believed that a thoughtfully designed home is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families, and that the objects and decor we choose to surround ourselves with tell our family’s story. In this, her first book, Blair offers a room-by-room guide to keeping things sane, organized, creative, and stylish. She provides advice on getting the most out of even the smallest spaces; simple fixes that make it easy for little ones to help out around the house; ingenious storage solutions for the never-ending stream of kid stuff; rainy-day DIY projects; and much, much more.”

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian