Highlights of the Week: Coffee and Crime, Little Bookworms, & More!

3/22 | Coffee and Crime

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This was the very last meeting of Coffee & Crime, our popular, long-running mystery book club due to our reference librarian, Ariel Zeitlin, venturing out of the library to pursue other goals.

To wrap up the book club, Coffee & Crime talked about a St. Patrick’s Day selection, Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville: an emotionally charged story of an IRA hit man being haunted by the ghosts of twelve innocent people who want him to avenge their murders. It was a customarily lively, sometimes impassioned discussion of a truly compelling book (though not for the faint of heart.) Longtime participant Helen Farber brought oatmeal cookies and the group all agreed to pretend they were Irish scones.

At the end, the members talked about their favorite selections over the years, including Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, Still Life by Louise Penny, and Malice by Keigo Higashino. It was a bittersweet, but satisfying end to a great run. We wish the best of luck to Ariel in her new position and recommend our three other adult book clubs, Get Lit, Let’s Talk About Books, and The Cookbook Club.

 


 

3/26 | Tween Spring Holiday Origami: Gr 4-6

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After finding out that her 4-6th graders had little to no experience with origami, Youth Librarian Anna guided the tweens through a fun experience of making origami frogs and rabbits, and gave them instructions to make an origami hydrangea at home. Several parents requested that more origami programs be held and said their children had a wonderful time.

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3/28 | Little Bookworms: Gr K-1

In our successful first session of the Spring, Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro shared some of her favorite picture books featuring birds, including the brand new, thoughtful, yet silly Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, the sweet tale of friendship, Bird, Balloon, Bear ,written and illustrated by Il Sung Na, and Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard.  

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Children used their math skills to measure out bird seed, and with help from Teen Volunteers, stirred in corn syrup, flour, and water.  The children spooned the feed mixture into small paper cups that were prepared with string attached.  Once the mixture dries overnight, the feeders can be hung up outside to feed our feathered friends!

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The group had a wonderful time– children and parents thanked Gina for such a fun, educational program.

 

 

Message from the Director: Be an #Upstander

Dear Livingston Library Community,

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Have you been following the amazing wave of activism sweeping the youth of our nation?  Here at the Library we’re thrilled to see the next generation speaking out, loud and proud.  We invite the children of our community to two #Upstanders festivals: The Fierce Flags Fly Art Making Workshop will be held on Friday April 27, from 3 to 5 PM, for teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12, and the #Upstanders Festival for children grades one through 8, will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 4 PM.

Monica Montgomery, the charismatic educator, activist, and the founding director of the Museum of Impact in New York, describes these workshops as “social justice extravaganzas.”  She encourages the budding activists and artists of Livingston to come to Fierce Flags Fly to  “make art and build power with a healthy curiosity of understanding activism and the role you can play.”  In the #Upstanders Festival, Monica says, children will “discover avenues to action and express themselves through art-making, songs, games and creative crafts.”

These #Upstanders events are the first youth-oriented programs in Livingston Listens, our innovative multi-part series on inclusion, representation, and social justice.  No reservations are necessary. The program is free and open to all.

We can’t wait to see those flags fly!  And remember, at Livingston Library we help you give your children the world.

All the best,

Amy

Director – Livingston Library