More Than Just Books

While we love our books, the public library is more than just a place where people come to find new novels to take home and read.  The Livingston Public Library is also an active community center where people can gather together to learn things by ways of lecture, participate in lively discussions, make crafts, and more.  Here are a few Adult Programming Highlights from this month.

We Colored Our Stress Away on Monday evenings and Thursday Mornings.  While listening to some relaxing music, we made designs come to life with color, made new friends, and forgot about our worries, even if only for a little while.

We also had lively discussions centered around…you guessed it, books!  Our Feminist Fare book club read Ms. Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann M. Ross, Let’s Talk About Books discussed Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, Get Lit read Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas, and the Cook Book Club read Can’t Cook by Jessica Seinfeld.

We also hosted a Sustainable Design Workshop and made upholstery pouches with art instructor Donna Drew!  The pouches were made out of a variety of materials including: fabric samples, buttons, ribbon, lace, and cord.  They came out beautiful!

Judith Krall-Russon from dazzled us during her presentation Food, Fashion, and Tea From Jane Austen to Queen Victoria.  Who knew that the Industrial Revolution had such a large impact on tea?

So many things are constantly going on in the library. We also enjoyed programs this month such as:Pruning Your Garden, Diabetes Prevention, a concert of a Musical Journey Through the Decades, a business workshop for Women Returning to Work,  and more! You can check out what’s going on next month and register for upcoming events through our calendar.

Hope to see you soon!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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Message from the Director: Woman’s Work


Dear Livingston Library Community,

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~Shirley Chisholm

Are you a woman who has been out of the workforce for a while taking care of children, an elderly family member, or yourself? Whether it has been 12 months or 12 years, you can return to work successfully! And, as always, the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

Explore strategies to reassess your career options, refresh your job search skills, and strengthen your career network in the presentation “Women Returning to Work” being held on Wednesday, November 28th at 7 pm, as part of our “It’s Your Business”  program series.

Lauren Markon, a Livingston based Career Counselor who owns and operates Career Connections NJ, will review topics such as barriers to employment, utilizing your networking to find meaningful employment, and uncovering transferable career skills that were acquired while staying at home.”
All the best,