Message From the Director: Let the Gaming Begin!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Here at the Library, we try to have something for everyone. That’s why last month we held our first Gaming @ the Library event for high school students grades 9-12.  This event, co-run by the Livingston High School Video Game Club and sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  provided high school students a safe and fun place to socialize after school.  Gaming @ the Library returns this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:00 PM for high school students in grades 9-12.  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be played on the big screen and Mario Kart will be played on the two smaller side screens.

Be on the lookout for more Gaming @ the Library events, including Gaming for Grades 5-8 on Tuesday, April 16 and Family Gaming for all ages on Saturday, May 18 from 2-4 PM. In the meantime get your video game fix by checking out the latest games for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XBOX ONE, located in the Teen Zone.

All the best,

Read It & Eat!

Earlier this week we kicked off our new offsite book club Read It & Eat! A book club designed for busy people on the go who are looking to discuss a quick read while on their lunch break from work or running errands.  For our first meeting, we met at Livingston Bagel during lunch time where we talked about Solane Crosely’s collection ofMe Talk Pretty One Day light essays, Look Alive Out There, and we had a blast!

If you missed out on the book talk and lunch, don’t worry!  You can join us next month where we will be discussing Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, a collection of essays that the New York Times says “reveals a writer who is capable, not only of being funny, but touching, even tender too.” This next meeting will also take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd at 12:00pm on Monday, March 25.

Books are available for you to check out at the library’s Patron Services Desk. And you can register here to ensure that a chair is waiting for you!

Hope to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

*The Livingston Library staff provides the book and the discussion, the attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.*

I Love NJ Libraries

February 14 is a day for love and there is nothing we love more than NJ Libraries. TheILNJ_Twitter-Profile New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has just launched their new website entitled I Love NJ Libraries, a website dedicated to New Jersey Libraries and what they do for the community.

On the I Love NJ Libraries site, not only can you read about what’s going on in various libraries across the state, but you can also access a directory of all of New Jersey’s wonderful libraries! I Love NJ Libraries can also be followed via Instagram @ILoveNJLibraries or Twitter @NjLibraries

So check it out and comment below with why you love your library!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian  


February Art Display @ the Library

Tribes of the Omo, is a group of works created by New Jersey based fine artist/illustrator Jay Golding. Jay is a Jamaican/American artist whose work primarily consists of realistic portraits and figures in various mediums such as: mural design/ installation, all traditional paint mediums (watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil), and Illustration Feb 2019 Displaymediums (graphite pencil and ink). Golding’s pieces tell vivid imaginings that are inspired from his thoughts, environment, world culture, African heritage and nature. The artist’s main objective through his work is to inspire the viewer with each unique subject presented.

The works in this exhibit spanning from 2017 – present day, were created in various mediums such as oil and acrylic paint, colored pencil and ballpoint pen. The works highlight Nilotic indigenous tribal groups from the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia, such as the Mursi, Suri, Bodi, and Hamar tribes.

“My process usually begins with either a pen or colored pencil drawing from photographic references I find of the tribes people, as well as literary research to get information about their way of living” says the artist.

Many of these people are Nilotic pastoralists who depend on the river to grow their crops and to fish, or who live in forests or huts on their mainland. Through these images, the artist touches on a narrative of how important nature is to our existence on this planet. According to Jay, “there is much we can learn from these tribes by studying their way of living.”

“I have been greatly inspired by the stories of these people and since beginning this work, I have began to explore my tribal lineage more as well” adds Jay.

This exhibit will run until the end of February.  Come down to the library and check it out!

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Message From the Director: Livingston Listens

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The popular Livingston Listens series is returning, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice.  The first program is a partnering with The New Jersey Council for the Humanities to host the Public Scholars Project program, How We See Ourselves in What We Read, on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Do children, maybe your children, grandchildren, or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading?  Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy.  Identifying harmful representations and ensuring exposure to diversity is important for healthy growth and development.   Montclair State University Professor, Dr. Laura Nicosia, will lead a guided discussion and explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

The second program is a partnering with Garden State Equality (GSE) to host the program LGBTQ 101: Let’s Get Busy Talking! on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 PM. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein.

This workshop provides a safe space for discussion and learning about LGBTQ+ identities. Workshop participants will learn terminology and the different components that make up sexuality (i.e. sex, gender identity, gender expression, and orientation). We will also talk about several issues that often affect LGBTQ+ peers, such as depression, isolation, self-hatred, substance use, homelessness, and suicide. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Please join us for these two important and exciting programs and engage in a dialog about how we can make everyone in our community feel welcome, safe, and valued.

All the best,

Job Search

Job searching, it seems, has lots of similarities to snow mountain climbing.

– It’s an uphill trek. Daunting, hard work but rewarding when you get to where you’re going.

– You need to be properly outfitted. With brilliant resumes, reliable leads and compasses, a great attitude, presentation of self, endless motivation and drive, steady focus, and such.

– You need to be mentally and psychologically aware of, and during, the long climb. Can’t give up.

– It can get cold. Really cold, when icy winds blow or when lonely silences lapse by, when the only response you’ll hear is the echo of your hello.

– However the terrain goes, you know you need to reach the summit. And claim – or plant that flag that says “Hired!” at the top.

– Networking with other fellows can make it easier, as things can get rough.

– Communication is key. How you convey your ideas affects the next step.

– And… in order to conquer the mountain, one needs to prepare!

So here we are with some gear to help you in navigating the climb, i.e. the job search:

Keep On Learning - Job Search

Universal Class and Gale Courses have offerings to help bulk up your job searching skills.

To find the courses, try the following key words: job, interview, resume, communication, writing, speaking, conversation, etiquette, career, business, negotiation, success.

The search results will bring you more titles that can help in different ways, whether these aim to improve your job searching skills or your job-related skills.

Moreover, what company will not appreciate the research and efforts you made to get to know them better?

Publications like The Star Ledger, The New York Times, and Business Source Elite can help build your knowledge about the peaks, i.e. businesses or career paths, that you decide to go for.

We hope these free materials will provide requisite information during your job search.

Lastly, if you need help in finding more materials or if you need help on how to use these resources, just reach out to the Adult Services Reference Desk at extension 263.

Keep on going, keep on learning!

  — Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

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Award Winning Young Artist Donates to the Library!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to 4 year old Livingston resident, Ivanka Sekhri.  She, along with hundreds of other children, entered a holiday card drawing contest – and won!  The best part is, so did the Livingston Library!

Ivanka proudly displays her plaque, surrounded by her mother Simran, her brother Aarav, her father Vikas, and Youth Librarian Miss Amanda

The contest was run by the accounting firm, RSM, where Ivanka’s father works. This year Ivanka’s artwork, Girl Power Snow Girl, was chosen from hundreds of entries to be featured as one of the official holiday cards for the firm.

In recognition of her winning submission, the firm contributed $1,000 to Ivanka’s favorite non-profit organization – for which she chose her favorite place in town, the Livingston Library.

Ivanka with Miss Amanda

Ivanka has a plaque in her honor proudly displayed in the Children’s Room of the Library.  Come see her talented artwork for yourself on your next visit!

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

Meet the Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman

Hello Library Readers!

We are super excited to announce that author Lynda Cohen Loigman will be visiting us LCLon February 7 @ 7pm.  Loigman is the author of two novels, The Two Family House (2016) and The Wartime Sisters (2019).

The Two Family House tells the story of two sister in laws who live in, you guessed it, a twofamhousetwo family house!  They end up getting pregnant at the same time by accident, and when a terrible blizzard strikes, end up delivering their babies inside the home at the very same time. But then something happens…something that changes their lives FOREVER.

The Wartime Sisters takes place during the early days of WWII and follows the stories of wartime sisterstwo sisters.  One of the sisters is an officer’s wife and the other an army widow who takes a job in the armory campus as a soldier of production.  As the war wages on, the sisters begin to harbor resentment towards each other. Then one day, a figure from the past appears, exposing secrets in their lives.

Loigman has received excellent praise for both of her novels. The Two Family House was chosen by GoodReads in March 2016 as Best Historical Fiction Novel of the month and was nominated in the GoodReads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Pam Jenoff, NY Times Bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale has said “Loigman skillfully chronicles the complex sibling bonds and rivalries, the secrets we keep and truths that set us free. Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book.”

The Livingston Public Library’s Get Lit book club read The Two Family House for their January book discussion and absolutely adored it, unanimously agreeing that the novel was extremely hard to put down.   

The Friends of the Livingston Public Library will have a limited number of copies of The Wartime Sisters available for purchase the day of the event.  For more information, check out our calendar here, we hope to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 


I don’t know about you readers, but this polar vortex has me craving the type of food that warms me up and comforts me through the long winter. There is nothing better IMG_0274than a hot bowl of soup or a creamy macaroni and cheese to help you escape this especially chilly February. This month, the library is displaying books that will help you beat the cold, right from the comforts of your own home.

Below is a brief list of books to get you started, and make sure to grab some more the next time you are in the library!


-Katie Neyan, Head of Adult Services 

Message from the Director: The ABCs of Candy

Dear Livingston Library Community,

From melt in your mouth not in your hand chocolate treats and Kit Kat breaks to tasting the rainbow, candy is a year round treat that we all enjoy. But where did it come from? This Monday, February 4, at 7:00 PM, questions about your favorite indulgences will be answered in a program presented by the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

ABCs of Candy will explore the history of a variety of different candies, including some tried and true favorites as well as some popular newcomers. The program is conducted alphabetically, discussing a different candy for each letter of the alphabet and addresses broader themes, including when and why American consumption of candy increased.

Don’t worry, we won’t be sending you home with a head full of sweets and an empty stomach! The evening concludes with sugary and sugar-free samples to enjoy.

I think Betty MacDonald put it best in her book Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, “There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.”

All the best,