Summertime Projects

“After rain, comes sunshine.” — Anonymous

However often it changes between dark and bright, cold and warm, rainy and sunny, or however long it takes to change to a different kind of season, we know the sunny days will eventually come.

And ha!, who doesn’t have projects lined up only for these summertime days!?!!

For some, sunnier days bring visions of a more pleasing home, inside or outside the house, or maybe even of homes in a new neighborhood.  While for some, the casual days of summer may mean chances to learn and apply new skills during relaxation and vacations.

So, here are some picks that can help you get going!

Keep On Learning - Summertime Projects

Universal Class offers courses like How To Decorate A Room, and Feng Shui 101.  Learning more online can help inspire and bring about decorating ideas from simple to complex changes.

There are also courses like Introduction to Gardening, or Landscaping 101 from Universal Class, and courses like Start Your Own Edible Garden, and Growing Plants for Fun and Profit from Gale.  A lot of happy gardeners out there started as clueless newbies digging somewhere with their own areas of soil, sun, shade, seeds, and sprouts.

If your dreams of a better home involve buying and selling you current house, you may want to check out How To Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home from Universal Class and Real Estate Law from Gale Courses.

If beaches and breezy days are your main goals this summer, do you think it’s a great idea to learn speed reading and practice on your beach reads?  Gale Courses has Merrill Ream Speed Reading waiting for you!  Easy summer reads may pave the way for better comprehension and faster reading later on, when you find that you need to tackle 2-4 books in a short span of time.

Now for the writer in you, would you be interested in sharing your thoughts during your travels?  Or maybe even monetizing these experiences is something you’d like to do?  To start in that direction, search for Travel Writing and similar interests from Gale Courses as well as Universal Class.

And if you need to explore some more, no matter what time of day or night, our digital collections have tons about any of these projects.  They are there waiting for you, with a treasure trove of answers and information, 24/7.  The last time we looked, there were about 27, 506 titles in Overdrive / Libby‘s list of e-books and e-audiobooks.  RbDigital has about 245 magazine titles, with previous and current issues, and it includes famous travel, writing, home, and garden publications.  And of course, Hoopla contains abundant material, in all kinds of formats (e-books, e-audiobooks, videos), on lots of topics under the sun.  We hope something in these collections will present whatever it is that you’re looking for.

As always, you can some to the Library and we’ll help you find more resources for your plans.

— Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

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oh, the places you’ll go!

Oh, the places you'll go!

Summer is coming!

That’s the why.

If not already in the what-to-do (or -bring) parts at this point, most are working on the where-, when- and how-to-go portions of the plan.

The who detail should be obvious by now, or it might be the first or trickiest one to still figure out.

Then comes the series of lists — of things to do before, during and after the trip.

In any case, with great plans or with a plan not to plan, it should be good!  Travel to where we’d like to be is always good for the body, mind and soul!

Oh, the places you’ll go!

But before you go, make sure to check out our resources and kits of interest.

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If you’re headed to Paris, Lisbon, or Spain, your darling Library has lovely kits for you (Try reading that with a French accent or with accents in whatever European language you’d like to take in).   For those planning trips within NJ or NYC, we have kits for you as well (though the accents will have to be all locally yours).  And if you’re going to another city, some items in the kits will still be useful!  So maybe this paragraph should have started with “If you’re headed to anywhere, your darling Library has lovely kits for you…”

What in the most exciting way does this mean?

Well… this summer, our Library is rolling out Travel Kits into our Library of Things collection.

There are Travel Kits for these destinations:  Paris, Lisbon, Spain, NYC/NJ (based on the list of most popular city guide books that were borrowed).  Each of the kits contains two maps, two tour books, a phrase book, a universal adapter (for the foreign lands) or a battery backup (for NYC/NJ), and a luggage scale.

That’s a chunk of the preparations right there!

Your Livingston Library card also comes with access to our resources through the internet, through downloaded content, or by streaming online.  You can download the apps onto your devices or you can access them through your web browser.

If part of the prep is how to communicate, use Mango Languages to work on the accents mentioned earlier, along with the conversational handy sentences, so one can try to blend in, or at least find the nearest solution to an urgent need in the city.  If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop of sorts for city information, use A to Z World Travel.  For even more, browse through our language and travel resources.

Our digital collections give you the option to travel light.  There’s Overdrive/Libby for e-books and e-audiobooks.  There’s Hoopla for the same, plus comics, music, TV programs, and movies.  And there’s RbDigital for magazines.

You can also borrow one of our WiFi Hotspots for internet access, or a Roku that comes with complimentary access to Hulu (courtesy of the Friends of the Livingston Library), from our Library of Things collection.



And last but not least, each Travel Kit also comes with a thingamajig — a dome prop that has a picture of our Library’s dome and our hashtag #LtownLibrary laminated on to a popsicle stick handle — for some awesome selfies!  Make sure to take photos with it wherever you travel, and hashtag it so we can see.

We hope you’ll share your photos with us.  We’d love to know which parts of the world the Library can bring to our community!

Until then…

Happy and safe travels!

— Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

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