May is Mental Health Month

The road of life, as we know it, brings lots of beautiful landscapes, mixed in with scenery that we would rather not see nor experience.

Peace. Stress. Slow. Fast. Solo. Crowded. Quiet. Busy. Calm. Frenzy. Peace. Stress. Etc. On repeat.

With zigzags aplenty, we will need all the help we can get to preserve, maintain, improve, and recover our mental health.  Kindness (love, actually) rules when we also care about the mental health of everyone around us, as positive (or negative) energy spreads its own kind of healing and zing, in all directions.

So when the usual diversions falter, or when leaning on real or professional or fake friends is not enough, we hope you know that you can turn to our Library’s resources.

Aside from our large collection of books, music, movies, and programs, we have a bunch of online resources that might come in handy for one’s mental health.  Here is a compilation for this blog’s theme — May is Mental Health Month:

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Universal Class offers online classes on The Art of Breathing, Emotional Healing 101, Healing Affirmations, and Social Anxiety 101.

Gale Courses offers such titles as Interpersonal Communication, Get Funny!, Introduction to Journaling, and Listen To Your Heart, and Success Will Follow.  There are also courses that encourage you to try new hobbies and pursuits, as well as courses with professional inclinations on mental health.

To find these listings, use general search words like mental health, relaxation, mental, healing, counseling, positive, etc.   For more focused search results, use specific search words for related issues like depression, stress, anxiety, etc.

In addition to the online courses, we have other resources that can also all be accessed via cell phones, tablets, laptops, and computers.

An easy and quick go-to is our  digital collectionRbDigital  offers digital magazines such as Mindful, Yoga Journal, Spirituality & Health, Reader’s Digest, and other magazines that focus on hobbies, travel, healthy eating, lifestyles, and other interests.

For mental health, travelling is a popular boost.  Our online resource for this soul cure is A to Z World Travel.  It’s a convenient robust online information treasure trove on numerous cities all over the world.

And if you haven’t heard yet, we just released new activity kits this Spring into our Library of Things collection.  These kits can be borrowed and taken home by Livingston cardholders — Coloring Kits with stress-relieving designs for coloring the stress away; Yoga Kits as necessities for exercise and meditation; Birdwatching Kits to get outdoors and zoom in on feathered cuties; and Roku Kits so you can stay in and stroll into different worlds on the screen.

These resources can be borrowed and are all available to help improve states of mind!

So come on in and reach out to the Livingston Public Library.  You may call the Adult Services Reference Desk at extension 263, and we’ll tell you more.

Now, settle into a pose… visualize a sweet thought… tune in to a soft, velvet voice…


Breathe in… Breathe out…

— Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

For more information, visit:

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The only thing you absolutely need to know is the location of the Library


We’ve got you covered if you want to pursue your interests with our books, audiobooks, ebooks, digital, and other collections.

Then again, we’re just wondering how we can help you discover more.

So, we are coming up with new kits — something that will help check off items in your simple wishlist, particularly those that come with simple hurdles like these:

Have you ever wanted to try a new hobby and couldn’t… because you didn’t want to invest in the gadgets and accessories that would complete the experience?

It’s expensive!  I may be able to buy, at least not till I’m sure I like it.

Or have you ever wanted to de-stress by being creative… but couldn’t be bothered to buy and gather stuff that you know you’ll use maybe just once or twice?

I wish I could but I wouldn’t.  Not for a once-in-a-blue-moon thing.

Or maybe you do want to buy something but would just like to try the idea first, to give you some confidence that you’re doing the right thing for yourself?

If only I could just try one.

Oh!, and one last question, have you ever heard of this quote?

The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.  — Albert Einstein

Because now, we’ve added more adult activity kits for you to borrow!  To check them out, inquire at the Patron Services Desk.  These items are available for circulation and for you to take home to learn, try and explore.

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Here’s a complete list of adult activity kits for our Library of Things:

(new releases this Spring)

  • Birdwatching Kits — binoculars, binoculars case, and bird guide
  • Coloring Kits — coloring books to choose pages from, drawing pens, sharpener, and colored pencils
  • Roku Kits — Roku, includes complimentary access to Hulu
  • Yoga Kits — DVD, yoga mats, blocks, and strap

(previously released)

  • Book Club in a Bag
  • Book Totes
  • Charging Cables
  • Chromebooks
  • Computer Mouses
  • Hotspots
  • Nooks for Adults
  • Telescopes


Then you’ll be like…

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— Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

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