Covid-19: What We Need To Know

The impacts of COVID-19 in our daily life are extensive. What do we need to know to protect ourselves? Our library has purchased many books, ebooks and audiobooks to help our patrons to understand more about Covid-19. Please see the list below. A useful local and national resources on Covid-19 are also listed. 

Covid-19 Local and National Resources

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

Coronavirus in New Jersey

Tracking Coronavirus in New Jersey: Latest Map and Case Count

Official Site of the State of New Jersey

COVID-19 Information for Livingston Residents

Johns Hopkins Medicine-Health 

Coronavirus Resource Center

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID Data Tracker

Coronavirus – Worldometer

The World Health Organization

Covid-19 Library Resources

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One by Debora MacKenzie 

Ebook   Eaudiobook   Print  

In a gripping, accessible narrative, a veteran science journalist lays out the shocking story of how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic happened and how to make sure this never happens again

Over the last 30 years of epidemics and pandemics, we learned nearly every lesson needed to stop this coronavirus outbreak in its tracks. We heeded almost none of them. The result is a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. In this captivating, authoritative, and eye-opening book, science journalist Debora MacKenzie lays out the full story of how and why it happened: the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that paved the way, the failure to contain the outbreak, and most importantly, what we must do to prevent future pandemics.

What Is the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19? by Michael Burgan

Ebook   Print 

The #1 New York Times Best-Selling series tells the story of how COVID-19, a coronavirus, was first identified and how it spread throughout the world in the new Who HQ Now format for trending topics.

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 emerged in November 2019. By March 2020, cities all around the world closed schools, offices, restaurants and other public spaces deemed “non-essential” in an attempt to contain the fast-spreading virus. People struggled to follow government orders, stay indoors, and limit contact with others. But the virus that caused one of the world’s deadliest pandemics eventually killed over two million people worldwide. This is the story of how COVID-19 changed the world seemingly overnight, and forever.  

Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic by Nina Burleigh

Print

Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic takes readers on an extraordinary journey from the medical science of viruses and vaccines, to conspiracy theories, through the history of knowledge, to the precipice–where we are now–of uncertainty about the future. This is not a book for those who think they already know how the story ends, but one that asks the tough questions in terse, hard-hitting paragraphs and chapters. Virus walks a tightrope wire, in the same way that nearly all Americans are already doing, and does not presume our lives will be saved by any one approach or answer, or that any side has ownership of the truth, but puts us on a path towards a better understanding of what just happened to us and where we’re likely to be headed when, not if, the next virus appears.

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis

Ebook   Print

The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID  by Lawrence Wright

Ebook   Eaudiobook   Print

Honoring to the medical professionals around the country who’ve risked their lives to fight the virus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author provides essential information–and fascinating historical parallels–examining the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In turns steely-eyed, sympathetic, infuriated, unexpectedly comical, and always precise, Lawrence Wright is a formidable guide, slicing through the dense fog of misinformation to give us a 360-degree portrait of the catastrophe we thought we knew.

The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era by Jennifer Ashton

Ebook   Print   Audiobook On Tape

The Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News presents a guide to resilience in the era of COVID, sharing insights into how to understand evolving medical updates, adapt to evolving norms, and make responsible choices throughout the pandemic.

Now in The New Normal, Dr. Ashton offers the essential toolkit for life in this unfamiliar reality. Rooted in her reporting on COVID-19 and the understanding that the virus isn’t going anywhere overnight, The New Normal is built on a simple foundation: thriving in this evolving world demands accepting the new normal for what it is, not what we want it to be. No longer is wellness a buzzword, but an imperative for surviving this unprecedented time.

Life After Covid-19: Lessons from Past Pandemics by Bob Gordon

Print

There have been pandemics throughout the course of human history; they have savaged countries, undermined empires, and killed countless individuals – often with drastic and unexpected consequences for the survivors. Life After COVID-19 investigates past epidemics and their aftermath, seeking to draw parallels with the world of today and examine how the world could look when this new contagion has finally receded.

Author Bob Gordon starts by studying the Black Death (1347-1351), a bubonic plague pandemic that killed a third of Europe’s population, and traces its periodic reemergence over the course of several centuries.

How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Greger

Ebook

A vital, timely text on the viruses that cause pandemics and how to face them, by the New York Times bestselling author of HOW NOT TO DIE.

From tuberculosis to bird flu and HIV to coronavirus, these infectious diseases share a common origin story: human interaction with animals. Otherwise known as zoonotic diseases for their passage from animals to humans, these pathogens—both pre-existing ones and those newly identified—emerge and re-emerge throughout history, sparking epidemics and pandemics that have resulted in millions of deaths around the world.

As the world grapples with the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, Dr. Greger reveals not only what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones during a pandemic, but also what human society must rectify to reduce the likelihood of even worse catastrophes in the future.

-Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Upcoming October Book Clubs

October is the perfect time of the year to join a book club. If you’re thinking about joining a book club this fall, why not join one of the Livingston Public Library’s?  Here is what our adult book clubs will be discussing during the month of October.

Crime Time | Wednesday, October 20 @ 7pm

Can’t get enough of the true crime genre? Looking for something to do after binging shows like Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, McMillions and The Vow? Then join the Livingston Public Library for the brand new virtual book club, Crime Time! Crime Time is a true crime and crime adjacent book club where readers will explore everything from historical crime to unsolved mysteries.

Book title TBD.

Crime Time takes place virtually on Zoom and is open to everyone. Registration is required and can be done so on the Library’s event calendar. Information on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to you the day before the program is to take place.

Bookish Vibes | Thursday, October 7 @ 7pm

Are you an avid reader looking to discuss contemporary fiction, trending titles, and popular authors?  If so, our Bookish Vibes book group is for you!  Join us this month as we discuss books by bestselling author David Bell, who will also be joining our discussion!  If you have read books by Bell before, join us to discuss what you have read with both Bell and other readers.  If you are new to David Bell’s books, copies of his latest novel, Kill All Your Darlings, will be available for check out at the Patron Services Desk. 

Bookish Vibes takes place virtually on Zoom and is open to everyone. Registration is required and can be done so on the Library’s event calendar. Information on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to you the day before the program is to take place.

Unstuck In Time | Tuesday, October 26 @ 7pm

“Unstuck in Time” revisits classic speculative fiction. This month Unstuck in Time will be reading Ray Bradbury’s 1962 novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. Print copies of the book will be available to check out from our circulation desk starting 4 weeks before the meeting.  Ebook and audiobook editions are also available through Overdrive.

Unstuck in Time takes place virtually on Zoom and is open to everyone. Registration is required and can be done so on the Library’s event calendar. Information on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to you the day before the program is to take place.

Let’s Talk About Books | Friday, October 8 @ 12:45pm

Join Let’s Talk About Books, a monthly afternoon book club.  You’re invited to come to the October meeting ready to discuss Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker.

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming book clubs!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian