Try a Weekend Classic

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyIt’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

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Meet a Teen Volunteer

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyCould 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,

AmyAre 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