Message from the Director: Happy Adventuring

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The writer Camus once said “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” If you’re having trouble connecting with your own invincible summer right now, your Library is here to help!  Not only do our thousands of books, movies, and magazines provide virtual means of escape, our museum passes offer you and your family eight possibilities for cultural adventures.  And our wonderful Friends of the Library, who fund the museum pass program along with so many others, have just added New York’s Frick Collection to our roster. Participating institutions closer to home include the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State, and Imagine That!!! for children in Florham Park.  If you’re dying to get outside despite the arctic chill, bundle up for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86 at 46th Street In Manhattan, or the Grounds for Sculpture, an enormous outdoor sculpture garden located in Hamilton, NJ.  For more details about how the museum passes work, check our website or stop by the circulation desk where the passes are kept.

Happy adventuring, and here’s to the invincible summer in all of us!

All the best,

Amy

Director – Livingston Library

Message from the Director: Happy New Year!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m thinking of Fred Rogers, who once so memorably said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Which is a quote that has occurred to me many times over this tumultuous past year. Apparently I’m not the only one, because the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a “Forever” stamp in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In a year when so many heroes of all kinds have fallen, it’s a comfort to think of Fred Rogers, who never attracted the slightest whiff of scandal in all the years of his long-running, top-rated television program. Instead, he gently encouraged young viewers to imagine, to wonder, to confide, and, most of all, to come to terms with the often puzzling and upsetting world around them: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'” Fred Rogers said. “To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.” Me, too, Fred. And I can’t wait to get the new Mr. Rogers stamps in 2018!

Happy New Year!

All the best,

Amy

Director – Livingston Library