Lunar New Year Art

For the beginning of February, the Library’s display case is featuring children’s art in

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Beautiful artwork!

celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The works done by children 6-17 years old, include oil painting, water colors, sketches, and oil pastels, as well as works done in markers and crayons. Children present the artworks with their favorite dogs and symbols of Chinese culture such as dragons, lion dance, and pandas.

All of the featured artists are taught by Christine Qin Wittlinger (Christine’s Art Studio) , who has both an art and business degree from China and America. She is currently employed as an art instructor by Livingston Chinese School.

The display case exhibit runs through February 9th.

– Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Reflective Journaling

The Livingston Library hosted a successful Cover Crafting Kickoff for our new Reflective Journaling program!  Attendees created imaginative and inspiring covers for their reflective journals.  Want to participate?  Every week we will have new reflective journaling pages for you to take home and complete at your leisure located on the counter near the main entrance.  At the end of the year, you’ll have a book of 49 journaling pages documenting your experiences and goals.

Have questions? Stop by the Adult Services Department and ask one of our friendly librarians.

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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Message from the Director: Adulting 101

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by day-to-day life challenges and all that being an adult entails?  The Livingston Public Library has got you covered! Starting this month, the library is offering a new program series, entitled Adulting 101.  We will help you master the art and skill of being an adult. The first program being offered is Adulting 101: Personal Finance, presented by Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. We will explore different financial tools to help you succeed, such as financial checklists to help with your saving and investing.

And that’s not all! We have a full slate of programming coming this Spring. ShopRite will be visiting us on March 7 at 7:00 PM for a program on Healthy Cooking. The recipes do not require any cooking appliances!  They are perfect for college dorms, studio apartments, and for when you don’t feel like lighting a stove or an oven.  April brings us a financial program centered on Millennials & Debt on Thursday, the 4th at 7:00 PM.  Aashia Sampson of Primerica will show how to get out of debt and manage money. The Spring series will conclude with a lecture on Interview Prep, presented by Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM.

We recognize adulting can be difficult but you’re never alone with the Livingston Library.

All the best,
Amy

Read the Books Behind the Oscars

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Mark your calendars.  February 24 is the date of the Oscars.

To get you geared up for these awards, Adult Services Librarian, Christine Demidowich has put up a display where you can “Read the Books Behind the Oscars.”  Some of the books on display are titles that the Academy Award-winning films are based off of, some are biographies on award winning actors and actresses, and some are DVD’s of the actual movies.

So come on in, and check out a winner!

 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

 

Celebrate Black History Month With These New Titles

February is Black History month. In celebration, why not check out one of these new reads!? Looking for a printable list?  Check out our website where you can find this list as well as other Reader’s Advisory book suggestions.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Adulting 101 @ The Library

Let’s face it, adulting is hard.  From budgeting and managing your finances, to prepping healthy and easy meals, to job interviews and so much more, do you ever wish that there was somewhere you could go to learn all the skills necessary to “adult?”  Well, thankfully the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

We’re excited to announce our new Adulting 101 program series that will begin on Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm with a presentation on Personal Finance.

Check out our Adulting 101 programming lineup for Winter / Spring 2019:

  • Personal Finance: Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment Management will show you how to take control of your finances and use tools such as a financial checklist to save for the future.  Learn all about goals, saving & investing, financial mantras to live by, and more!
  • Healthy Cooking: Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm (Registration Required) Elle Bernardo, dietitian at the Livingston Shoprite, will teach attendees how to make a quick and easy “no cook” meal.
  • Millennials & Debt: Thursday, April 4 @ 7:00pm Aashia Sampson, licensed financial coach for Primerica will show you how to get out of debt and manage your money!
  • Interview Prep: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:00pm You got an interview! Now what? Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep will show you the skills you need to ace that interview.

Check out our calendar for more great programs. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

 

Library Shelfie Day

The New York Public Library has dubbed the fourth Wednesday of the year as Library Shelfie Day.  This is a day that celebrates taking “shelfies”… or rather selfies of your IMG_0005 (2)favorite book shelves.

On this Library Shelfie Day, staff members of the Livingston Public Library celebrated by taking photos with their favorite book shelves. Check them out by following the library’s Instagram account @LivingstonLibrary.

What are your favorite book shelves? Share your shelfies with us with our hashtag, #LtownLibrary.

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

 

Revolutionary Reads

One January 31 at 7pm, Joel Farkas will be joining the library to give a presentation on George Washington, New Jersey, and the Revolutionary War.  Here are some books to get you into the revolutionary spirit!

This biography of the nation’s first president describes George Washington’s relationship with the Native American tribes, and how the formation of our new nation impacted upon them. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award.

When George Washington hastily retreated from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to conduct covert operations against the British Army and to keep an eye on their movements in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut.

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. When, by the summer of 1781, it looked like the American Revolution had failed, the naval battles between the French and British, especially the most important one – the Battle of the Chesapeake, largely determined the outcome of the war. In the Hurricane’s Eye reveals that in the end, the fate of the American Revolution depended on Washington and the sea.

The author contends that Benedict Arnold and George Washington were actually quite similar. Both were up-and-comers who craved fame and fortune.He illustrates what he considers were Washington’s weaknesses as a military commander and is sympathetic to Benedict Arnold  even though he betrayed his command of West Point to the British.

This is a riveting and little known story about treacherous soldiers who tried to do in our first president.

This book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for biography. It covers Washington’s leadership as a general in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and his role in bringing about the U.S. Constitution.

After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world by retiring in in December 1783. He then returned to private life at Mount Vernon. The new country was operating under the Articles of Confederation, When the 55 delegates met in Philadelphia to revise the Articles, Washington reluctantly rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Constitutional Convention. The end result was the Constitution of the United States.

In this book the author tells how the first Congress created the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The first Congress admitted North Carolina and Rhode Island to the union, chose the site of the national capital, then admitted two new states, Kentucky and Vermont; chose the site of the national capital, created a national bank, created the first cabinet positions and the federal court system; and many other achievements.

–Christine Demidowich, Adult Services Librarian 

Libraries Are For Everyone

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Libraries are for everyone.

I am excited to announce an inclusive, engaging, and fun multi-sensory program designed for differently-abled children and their families to enjoy the library: Sensory Story Time. This program is part of an ongoing initiative to make the library a welcoming and comfortable destination for all members of our community.

Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro designed this new program for children of all abilities in grades K-5. Compared to a traditional story time class, there is less sitting, more action, interaction and freedom of movement as children are encouraged to actively participate in the class.

The first session of Sensory Story Time is offered Saturday morning, February 9 at 9:15 AM. This early start time is designed to create a private and stress-free library experience, allowing the families access to the library before it is open to the public. Registration is required; the class size will be limited to five families so as not to overwhelm the children with a large group and to offer individualized attention to each child.

In addition, new ‘Calming Kits’ have been added to our ‘Library of Things’ and are now available to take home or use in the Library. The kits include visual timers, ear defenders, a soundspa portable sound machine, a liquid motion bubble toy, stretch balls, and various fidget toys. Both of these new initiatives have been generously funded by the Friends of the Livingston Library.

All the best,
Amy

A Super Smashing Afternoon @ the Livingston Library

The program room was full of genuine excitement, healthy competition and lots of Livingston High School students during the library’s Nintendo Switch gaming showdown on Thursday, January 17. Librarians Anna Coats and Katie Neylan paired up with the LHS Video Game Club to organize the after-school program, where participants played Super Smash Bros., skillfully unlocked characters, devoured snacks and socialized with each other.

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Mark you calendars! Both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart will be available to play in the library’s next gaming session February 21.

Remember, the library now lends video games for Switch, X-Box, and PS4. Look for them in the YA section by the Graphic Novels.  

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian