Feminist Fare at the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.”― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

It is in this spirit that I am pleased to announce our new book club: Feminist Fare!  Please join us in reading and discussing books that focus on women’s rights and gender issues. Participants are encouraged  to share their thoughts and experiences while reading about women’s roles throughout history and across cultures. The books selected are inspirational, memorable, historical, and funny. All are  welcome.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11th, at 11:00 AM in the Library’s Local History Room.  The book selected for this gathering is Make Trouble by Cecile Richards. Subsequent meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of the selected book will be available at the Circulation Desk.
All the best,
Amy

It’s Food for Fines Week!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s Food for Fines Week!  Here at the library we spend most of our time feeding hearts and minds.  However, every September we take time to help provide food to feed our friends and neighbors in need.

From September 23rd through the 30th, the Library will be accepting non-perishable, packaged food items in place of fines and donating them to Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  This initiative allows patrons to clear up fines that may have accrued over the summer and, at the same time, benefits the hungry in our community.

So get those jars of peanut butter and cans of tuna fish ready, and let the donations to LNHN start rolling in.  We’re proud to partner with you in such a worthy cause!

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
All the best,
Amy

Find Yout FURever Friend at the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Animals are an important part of our lives. The medical benefits of interacting with a pet are well-proven.  They can work wonders for your body, soul, and mind: stimulate your sense of well-being,  give you unconditional love, provide you with laughter.  They often are the silent custodians of our secrets and private thoughts.

The Livingston Public Library is here to help you make the important decision to adopt and care for a pet.  Join us on Sunday, September 23, from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM for an exciting program about responsible pet ownership. Experts from the Madison Animal Shelter and Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter will be here to guide you through the adoption process and show you how to prepare your home to welcome a new addition.  The Mount Pleasant Animal shelter will be bringing some animals who are looking for a good home.  So stop by the library to learn about responsible pet ownership and maybe even meet your new best friend!
All the best,
Amy

Help Students Find Their A-Ha Moment With Tutor.com

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

The school year has officially begun in a flurry of books, notes and upcoming tests.  Don’t feel overwhelmed, because Tutor.com is ready to help!  Available through our homepage under Tutoring & Test Prep, Tutor.com combines online tutoring, homework help and test prep – all for free with your library card.

The innovative website allows you to connect with a live one-on-one tutor from 3 PM – 10 PM daily, through any mobile device or computer with internet access.  No appointment is needed!  Choose from a wide range of topics such as English, Math, Social Studies, Writing and Science or more advanced subjects like Grammar, Calculus or Physics.  Tutor.com offers services from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, including AP Testing, ACT, SAT, and PSAT Prep.  Live tutors are waiting to assist you, aided by an interactive whiteboard that allows them to communicate through drawings, graphics and slides.

Tutor.com is even helpful for any recent graduate, offering the ability to submit resumes and cover letters for their knowledgeable tutors to review.  The best part is that they return what you submitted within 12 hours!

We at the Livingston Public Library know how important education is, and we’re here to offer you guidance every step of the way.
All the best,
Amy

Not All Heroes Wear Cape

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

While Labor Day tends to bring to mind thoughts about the end of summer and worries about the school year, its true purpose is to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that its workers make to our country.

Throughout the year this column focuses on the many programs and services the Livingston Public Library has to offer.  This week, in the spirit of Labor Day, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hardworking and dedicated staff without whom we would not be able to offer such an expansive range of resources to the residents of Livingston.

I am especially impressed by the efforts they make every summer to create a summer reading program that is fun and inspiring for our young people. And this summer was no exception. Whether it was making sure that every one of the 70 plus kids who attended a storytime had a special experience, or warmly welcoming over 300 attendees to a Thursday night family program, our staff was there smiling and ready to help.

It is a pleasure to be part of a team who works tirelessly to support the community, support the Library, and support each other. Their passion, insights, and opinions are what make our Library truly exceptional.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Labor Day!
All the best,
Amy