Teen Murder Mystery

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Everybody loves a mystery!  This Wednesday, August 1st, will mark the 15th consecutive year that the Livingston Public Library hosts a Murder Mystery program just for teens.  Over the years this fun and unique program has evolved from a script-based program to one written, implemented and performed entirely by teens for teens.

This year’s theme is “Murder” at the Music Festival. Participants (grades 6-12) will watch the talented cast perform a skit with eyes and ears peeled for revealing details about the characters.  When the skit is over they will work in teams to follow clues, question suspects, and examine evidence to uncover the “killer.”  Everyone is a suspect.  No one in the cast or audience knows who the murderer is until the big secret is unveiled.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like so much fun I (almost) find myself wishing I was a teenager again just so I could participate! Encourage the teens in your life to register for this evening of intrigue and make an unforgettable Library memory.

“What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.”
― Agatha Christie, The Body in the Library

All the best,
Amy

Look How They Shine For You

AmyDear Livingston Library Community,

“Space is for everybody.  It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.” — Christa McAuliffe, Teacher and Challenger Astronaut

That’s why I’m so excited to announce the latest addition to our Library’s lending program – Telescopes!  Stargazing is more than just a dreamer’s pastime, it offers several benefits as well.  A University of California-Irvine study found that looking up at the stars actually makes us calmer.  After leaving our busy lives to stargaze in a remote location, we slow down and relax.  These quiet moments can also help to ignite our imagination and creativity.

The night sky is a wonderful learning canvas for children.  It’s a fun way to learn about the planets, constellations, meteors and the myths behind the constellations.  And let’s not forget those important math skills such as counting, patterns, and mapping.

So get ready to expand your horizons, head outside, and unleash the wonders of the stars!

At the Livingston Library, we bring the world (and the night sky!) to you.

All the best,
Amy

Welcome Home, Lucy Tan!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

If there is anything more exciting than meeting a new up and coming author it’s the opportunity to celebrate the success of a Livingstonian! On the evening of July 24th at 7 pm we will have the opportunity to do both! The Livingston Public Library is very happy to present a Meet the Author event with young writer Lucy Tan and her debut novel “What We Were Promised.” Lucy Tan was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and went to Livingston High School, though she has spent most of the past 10 years in New York and Shanghai. Lucy used to hang out at the Library and wait for her mom after school; the Library was her favorite place! Lucy recently wrote to her mom “I fell in love with reading at the Library. I spent so many hours there waiting for you to be finished working and those hours really formed my personality.”

Join us as Lucy discusses her experiences writing the book, life as a young writer, and the story behind the book.  The book has garnered a lot of positive reviews and praised as one of the most anticipated books of the summer:

  • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
  • Named one of PopSugar’s “30 of the Newest, Hottest Books to Pick Up This Summer”
  • Named one of “60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018” by Huffington Post
  • Named one of the “10 Most Anticipated Novels of the Summer” by The Every Girl
  • One of Refinery29’s Brilliant Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer

Read/listen to an excerpt from “What We Were Promised.” Learn more about Lucy at lucyrtan.com

Friends of the Library will have copies of her novel available for purchase.  The event is free and open to all, so please join us in giving Lucy a warm welcome back to her hometown.

 

All the best,
Amy

Culture, History, Nature & Inspiration from our Local Museums

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Summer is officially here!  As Van Morrison said, “Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”  The Livingston Public Library offers several ways to keep you cool and inspired. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Livingston Library, Livingston residents with valid library cards can check out passes for free admission to local museums.

Is a day in Manhattan on your schedule?  Stop in to The Jewish Museum, located on the Museum Mile at 5th Avenue and 92nd Street.  Or visit The Frick Collection, located in the Henry Clay Frick House at 5th Avenue and 70th Street for a tranquil environment.

Are you looking to enjoy nature and culture?  Visit The Grounds for Sculpture and spend the day wandering the through the beautiful landscaped grounds interspersed with works of art.

Are the children in need of some fun activities?  Imagine That!!! in Florham Park is just the place to learn and have fun.  Or visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in Manhattan, this historical ship offers fun for the whole family.

Or is something local more of what you have in mind?  The Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, or Newark Museum may be just perfect.

No matter what you choose, while you’re enjoying your visit to these special places, keep in mind that museums are a window to our past and inspiration for our future.

All the best,
Amy