11/12 | ONE FINE TAPESTRY: A CAROLE KING TRIBUTE
You could feel the electricity in the air as the husband and wife duo, Diane and Gerard Barros, performed One Fine Tapestry: A Carole King Tribute to a full house!
Gerard and Diane performed many of the hits off of Tapestry, Carole’s second album, which has sold over twenty five million copies and remains popularly downloaded today. Sing-along classics like Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away, It’s Too Late, Beautiful, You’ve Got a Friend, Where you Lead, and Natural Woman lit up the room as the audience danced and sang along. The fun music drifted out of the Program Room into the Library which attracted many visiting families to join in.
During the program, the musicians provided interesting bits of history on Carole’s life, such as when Carole’s demo tape of Bobby Vee’s Take Good Care of My Baby was accidentally played on the radio and later became a huge hit. Other stories revolved around Carole writing many songs together with her husband, Gerry Goffin, which were recorded by big names such as The Drifters, The Shirelles (Will You Love Me Tomorrow), The Chiffons (One Fine Day), Aretha Franklin (Natural Woman), James Taylor (You’ve Got a Friend), The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Everly Brothers, Herman’s Hermits, Linda Ronstadt, The Bee Gees, and The Monkees. Pleasant Valley Sunday was actually written by Carole and Gerry when they lived in West Orange, NJ.
“Thank you so much for organizing this!” “They were wonderful!” “Fantastic!” “That was so much fun!” “I’m happy I came out in the cold for this today!” These are just a few of the comments made to our librarians as the crowd exited the Program Room.
It’s not “too late” to see a video from our show!
11/13 | COOKBOOK CLUB
- Lentil Salad
- Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Peanuts
- Pommes Anna
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Egg Salad with Dill Pickles
- Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Black Beans and Chile Dressing
- Pasta, Beans, and Tomatos
- Crisp Quinoa Cakes with Almonds, Rosemary, and Dijon
- Chechin-Thigh Kabobs
- Persian Salad
- Basic Dough that was also used to make Pecan Pie Squares
- Knafeh a La Creme
- Cream Puff Pastries
11/14 & 11/16 | COFFEE & CRIME MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
11/15 | JR. JOURNALISTS
Children grades 3-5 learned all about what it takes to be a reporter in Livingston Library’s four-week enrichment course, “Jr. Journalists.”
In week one, Anna read the group three versions of The Three Little Pigs and led a discussion on the 5Ws+1H (Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How), Fact vs. Opinion, Subjectivity vs. Objectivity, and Reliable vs. Unreliable Narrators, to decide which of the three versions was the REAL Three Little Pigs story. After a debate, the majority of the group voted that Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs was the most true version of the story.
During weeks two and three of Jr. Journalists, Anna assigned groups a fairy tale to research and decide which of the six books was the most true version. Each group used critical thinking skills to determine which books they found to be biased or had unreliable narrators, and which book they found to be most objective and true.
During the fourth and final week, all four groups presented their articles to the class while their parents attended.
11/15 | ADULT PAINT NIGHT
Historian Marty Schneit gave an entertaining and engaging talk on New York City During World War II to a full house of ninety-two attendees.
Utilizing pictures and slides in conjunction with his discussions, Marty talked about many interesting things such as the important role of women in the war: Women were encouraged to donate their nylon stockings to be re-spun for parachutes, and the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter developed from women working in “men’s labor,” such as welding. There was even a program called W.A.V.E.S., or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, that was started up by the Navy. Other interesting facts included the Mafia where the State of New York and the Navy struck a deal to let out “Lucky” Luciano from prison so that the Mafia could provide intelligence to the Navy. That’s definitely not something you learn in history class!
This wonderful program attracted many people that were either children during this time, served in the war themselves, or had family members that lived during it. Marty made the talk as interactive as he could, maintaining an ongoing Q&A as people shared their stories and experiences on topics such as food rations, black outs, covering up windows, and meatless Tuesdays. It was a trip down memory lane for the attendees that lived during the time, many of them reminiscing with each other.
This program was funded by the Friends of the Livingston Library.