Be Prepared to Swing

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyThere’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,

AmyThis 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 donationat 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.

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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

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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

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