Message From The Director: The LHS Jazz Band @ Senior Happening

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers

One of my favorite things about the Library is the many ways it brings our community together.  That’s why I am overjoyed to announce that the Livingston High School Jazz Band, under the direction of James Hegedus, will make its 18th annual appearance at the Livingston Library’s Senior Happening on May 24th.  Each spring, attendees bridge the generational gap and enjoy seeing the best and brightest young musicians perform.  It’s always a program to remember!

The Senior Happening is a monthly series that allows attendees (“Seniors” or otherwise) to socialize during the first part of the program (12:00 until 12:45 PM) by bringing a bag lunch, while enjoying desserts and coffee served by the Friends of the Livingston Library volunteers.  At 1:00 PM, the entertainment begins!  Afterwards, at 3:00 PM, Teen Tech Tutors from Livingston High School visit the Library to help Seniors with any tech questions they may have.

Senior Happening is made possible by the Friends of the Livingston Library and by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  We thank them for this wonderful funding opportunity.

Registration is required and may be done in person at the library;  by telephone at (973) 992-4600;  or online through our calendar.  Don’t miss out, register today!

~Amy Babcock-Landry, Director 

Message From the Director: Shalom Bollywood @ LPL

In a world that often feels divided it is important to find the things that bring us together.  That’s why at LPL one of our favorite things to learn about is the intersection of cultures. On Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM we will be holding a screening of the film Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema.  This feature length documentary made its world premiere at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in 2017 and reveals the story of the 2,000 year old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry.

When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Muslim women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles.  However, because of their stage names audiences were often unaware of their Jewish heritage. Shalom Bollywood tells its tale through the lives of film icons: from the 1920s silent era we meet Sulochana (aka Ruby Myers); in the 1930s there was Miss Rose (aka Rose Ezra), and in the 1940s Pramila (aka Esther Abraham), who became the country’s first Miss India.  Then, in the 1950s and 1960s golden era of Indian cinema, we meet Nadira (aka Farhat Ezekiel).

Join us on May 19 for this exciting exploration into an often forgotten piece of shared history.