Aiming for Healthier Wallets

After all the gallivanting, purchases and indulgences over the past weeks, almost everyone resolves to aim for healthier wallets going forward, among other things.

How to become a millionaire?

That is a great question, for those of us who missed the lottery over the New Year, and a tough one to find answers that will bring bountiful results by the next cycle of billing periods.

How to reduce debt? Increase income? Manage money better? Save more?

Where does all my money go?

These are also great questions! All of these come with an abundance of materials that can help us find ways to go, inch by inch… surely… towards our mission of reviving our exhausted and dehydrated wallets!

Our Library’s Online Resources offer numerous free courses on personal finance management:

Keep On Learning - Healthier Wallets

We encourage you to browse the course catalogs of Gale Courses and Universal Class. When you sign up, the only contribution required is your commitment, as the courses are all free!

Some useful search words when browsing the catalogs are: personal finance, credit, debt, investments, savings, income, finance, financial planning, starting your own business, etc.

There are courses with titles such as Individual Excellence, Where Does All My Money Go?, Keys to Successful Money Management, Debt Reduction, Personal Finance 101: How To Manage Your Money, Couponing 101, and Habits of Millionaires, as shown in the image provided.

In the meantime, with baby steps in mind towards achieving financial goals, here are some resources that offer information to those who seek to increase income.

If you’re thinking of small businesses, check out the Library’s database subscription to Small Business Reference Center, which is full of helpful information from NOLO (a publisher of do-it-yourself legal books and software).

And if you’re into investments, we hope you know that your Livingston Library Card can also give you free access to Value Line and MorningStar (well-known publishers of investment research).

No access online nor to a computer? No problem! Just visit our Library, choose a computer workstation at the Adult Services and Reference section, and start on your path to learning!

All these resources can get everyone informed and moving forward — one step at a time.

   — Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

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A Culinary Vacation

It’s cold outside!  While you’re inside trying to stay warm you may be fantasizing about your next getaway.  When we think of travel, we often think of the great food that comes along with it, like fresh lobster from Maine or yummy pasta from Italy. Why not take a culinary vacation right now?

Here at the library, we have tons of travel books that you can view to get you thinking about where you want to travel to.  The best part? They’re located right near the library’s fireplace so it’s the perfect excuse to browse and warm up from the cold.  

Don’t want to leave your house?  Livingston Library cardholders also have access to the

digital version of A-Z World Travel.  With A-Z World Travel, you can learn about the different foods from various regions as well as obtain recipes of their most famous dishes!

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A-Z World Travel Recipes

Our Adult Services Librarian, Chris Demidowich, also discovered some travel blogs that journalist Nisha Gopalan recommends:

They offer additional travel guides and first hand tips about local ingredients and more!

So where will your next culinary adventure be?

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Reflective Journaling

Have you ever wanted to start a Reflective Journal, but never really got around to…or knew where to start?  2019 is all about finding moments within the day to pause and take a few minutes of “me” time, which makes the Livingston Public Library’s Reflective Journaling program the perfect tool to accompany you on this New Year’s journey.

Right now you may be wondering but what is a reflective journal?  A reflective journal consists of weekly activities provided by the library that you can take home to create your own journal.  It’s a relaxing way to unwind and reflect, where at the end of the year, you will have a journal of you experiences.

The best part is that participation is easy!  You can pick up weekly activity sheets beginning on Monday, January 28, 2019 on display near the Library’s front entrance.  You can also join the library for an optional Cover Crafting Kickoff drop-in program on January 28 at 11:00am.

Some staff members of the Livingston Public Library already got a head-start on their Reflective Journals! Check out the photo below for some inspiration on what you can do with yours!IMG_0076

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

Warm Up With a Cookbook

Last month we discussed winter themed reads including a historical novel set within the colder seasonal months, a lengthy fantasy novel, and a chilling thriller.  (You can read more about them here.) This month, we are going to focus on books that will warm you (and your home) on cold winter evenings.

Here are some awesome selections for winter time comfort food:

comfort in an instantComfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Favorites For Your Pressure Cooker, Multi Cooker, & InstaPot by Melissa Clark – This  book is full of cozy weekend recipes and soups.  Just perfect to make while it’s snowing outside. With these “set it and forget it” recipes, you can even read by the fire while dinner is cooking!

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from the Boss Dogg’s Kitchen from crook to cookby Snoop Dogg– Not only is this book fun to read, but it also has a recipe for the ultimate winter comfort food…. baked mac and cheese. Yum!     

american cookieAmerican Cookie: The Snaps, Drops, Jumbles, Tea Cakes, Bars, and Brownies We Have Loved For Generations by Anne Byrn There is absolutely nothing better than the smell of fresh baked cookies in the oven.  Does anyone disagree? Pick up this book and find your favorite recipe!


See you soon!

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Shhh It’s a Secret

The Livingston Public Library wants to let you in on a little secret… if you’re looking for a new book, but aren’t quiet sure what you’re looking for, we have books on display that you can browse and borrow.

This month, our Adult Services Librarian Archana has displayed books that deal with secrets. So come on down to the library and check out our displays!  But remember… it’s a secret!   IMG_0078

 – Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

Read It & Eat!

Life is busy.  After a full day of working or running errands, cooking dinner, and getting everything settled for the evening, who really feels like coming back out at night for a mid-week book club?  But what if there was a book club during the day, where you could stop in on your lunch break?

Adult Services Librarians Jessica and Katie are excited to announce the Livingston Public Library’s first Read It & Eat book club!  An offsite book club that meets at a local restaurant during the afternoon. Perfect timing for those on their lunch break, those out and about running errands, and/or those waiting to pick up their children from school.  After all, you have to eat lunch anyway, right? Why not spend it eating and discussing a great book! 

The first Read It & Eat! book club meeting will take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd., on Monday, February 11.  We will meet at 12pm and the discussion will begin at 12:15pm.  By now you’re probably wondering “But if I’m so busy, will I have time to read a book?” & “What are these library folk reading, anyway?”  

look alive out thereThe first book will be Look Alive Out There by Solane Crosley.  It’s a collection of short essays Glamour raves about.  Seriously, they’re quoted for saying “Whether she’s spying on a neighbor’s kid, crashing a shiva, or freezing her eggs, Crosley toggles effortlessly between hilarity and heartbreak.”  Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?

So whether you have time to commit to reading the book cover to cover, or only end up reading a few essays out of the collection, pick up a copy at the Livingston Library’s Patron Services desk. beginning January 7, and join us!

*The Livingston Library staff provides the book and the discussion, the attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.*


–Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian & Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services 



Dinosaurs Galore!

Dinosaurs have taken over at the Livingston Public Library!IMG_3471 (1)

The Livingston Library’s display case features the amazing and extensive dinosaur collection of nine year old Livingston resident, Julian Zakkour, who has been an “amateur” paleontologist since he was 5 years old.  His passion started when watching PBS shows Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan and discovering the dinosaur section in the Livingston Library.  He absorbed the facts and history of these magnificent creatures like a sponge and quickly learned the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and how they lived and died as if they were old friends. Trips to the Natural History Museum in New York City and dinosaur exhibits near and far also fueled his passion.  Most of his family trips always include a trip to a museum or a dinosaur inspired attraction. He started to collect dinosaur figures in every shape, form and size and his family always knows what he wants for his birthday and on holidays!

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films and franchise made a great impact on his love of dinosaurs.  His collection includes rare vintage Jurassic Park figures from all 3 films (Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park II and Jurassic Park III) and from the newer films Jurassic World and Jurassic World, the Lost Kingdom.

He considers himself a purist and favors toys that show the real form of the dinosaur but also loves the new hybrid toy figures as well.

His favorite dinosaur is the Spinosaurs.  His dream would be to go on a dig and actually find a dinosaur fossil.   He is currently in the 3rd grade at Harrison school.  He would like to be a paleontologist when he grows up.    He is very happy to share his collection with the Library to inspire other kids about the wonderful world of dinosaurs!

This colorful and enthralling display will last till January 26.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Video Games @ the Library!

Did you know that Livingston library-card-holders can now borrow Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XBox One video games at Livingston Library?

The video game collection is located in the Young Adult section near the manga and
graphic novel collections. Video game titles in the Livingston Library
collection include “Madden NFL 19”, “Spider-man,” “Super Mario Party”,
“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” and more.

Video games can be borrowed for 2 weeks and can be renewed once if
there are no other holds on the item. Video games are available to
Livingston resident library-card-holders and paid Livingston
library-card-holders only.

So come on down to the library and check out some video games today!

-Anna Coats, Head of Youth Services 

2019 A Year of Reading

A New Year is a fresh start.  It’s the time to make those good old New Year’s resolutions, the time to pick up some new habits (and maybe even get rid of some old ones), and most excitingly, the time to start a brand new reading challenge full of possibilities!  This year, why not make your reading challenge the best one ever?

The first step in any well planned reading challenge is to set your reading goal.  How many books do you plan on reading in 2019?…25? 45? 105? This is your basis. There are many free apps that can help you keep track of what you read and even keep your reading stats from year to year.  One popular app is GoodReads, but you can read more about others here.  

The next step in any well thought out reading challenge is deciding what you want to spend your year reading.  Do you want to read more of those classics that everyone “should read?” Do you want to expand your reading tastes to other genres?  Or do you want to spend a relaxing year of only reading genres and books that you love?

Here’s some reading challenges that might inspire you:

Other Ideas:

  • A-Z Book Titles
  • A-Z Author Names

The possibilities are endless.  Comment below and tell us what you are looking forward to reading in 2019!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

More Than Just Books: December 2018 Adult Program Wrap Up

December may be a busy (and chilly) time of the year, but the library is still active with numerous Adult Programs.  

This month we had a bunch of exciting programs!  On December 3, we enjoyed a lecture Paul Cezzane: The Father of Modern Art. We learned about the ways that he used form, color, and structure in his artwork, as well as how he paved the way for 20th Century Modernism.

Our team of librarians also answered your technology questions at our Tech-Help Drop In.  Are you having trouble downloading that e-book from Hoopla or Libby?  We’re here to help!

Health is also important!  This month we learned about a Blueprint For Men’s Health and basic medical issues as presented by Dr. Rowland Chavez, MD and Dr. David Gallinson, DO of Summit Medical Group.  

And for those worried about sending their child to college, our 529 Plan lecture on December 8 put worries to rest by presenting a wealth of valuable information for prospective college parents.  

Our inner artists came out at our Adult Paint Night where we painted a “Nighttime Owl Landscape” with artists from the Art Kids Academy.  The results were absolutely stunning.

But this isn’t all!  We also met up for our Adult Coloring Group, hosted numerous Book Clubs, our monthly Senior Happening, and so much more!  

Stay tuned for more programs coming up in 2019 and don’t forget to check out our website to see what’s coming up.  We can’t wait to see you!

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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