Message From the Director: Let the Gaming Begin!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Here at the Library, we try to have something for everyone. That’s why last month we held our first Gaming @ the Library event for high school students grades 9-12.  This event, co-run by the Livingston High School Video Game Club and sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  provided high school students a safe and fun place to socialize after school.  Gaming @ the Library returns this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:00 PM for high school students in grades 9-12.  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be played on the big screen and Mario Kart will be played on the two smaller side screens.

Be on the lookout for more Gaming @ the Library events, including Gaming for Grades 5-8 on Tuesday, April 16 and Family Gaming for all ages on Saturday, May 18 from 2-4 PM. In the meantime get your video game fix by checking out the latest games for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XBOX ONE, located in the Teen Zone.

All the best,
Amy 

Message From the Director: Livingston Listens

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The popular Livingston Listens series is returning, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice.  The first program is a partnering with The New Jersey Council for the Humanities to host the Public Scholars Project program, How We See Ourselves in What We Read, on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Do children, maybe your children, grandchildren, or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading?  Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy.  Identifying harmful representations and ensuring exposure to diversity is important for healthy growth and development.   Montclair State University Professor, Dr. Laura Nicosia, will lead a guided discussion and explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

The second program is a partnering with Garden State Equality (GSE) to host the program LGBTQ 101: Let’s Get Busy Talking! on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 PM. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein.

This workshop provides a safe space for discussion and learning about LGBTQ+ identities. Workshop participants will learn terminology and the different components that make up sexuality (i.e. sex, gender identity, gender expression, and orientation). We will also talk about several issues that often affect LGBTQ+ peers, such as depression, isolation, self-hatred, substance use, homelessness, and suicide. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Please join us for these two important and exciting programs and engage in a dialog about how we can make everyone in our community feel welcome, safe, and valued.

All the best,
Amy 

Message from the Director: The ABCs of Candy

Dear Livingston Library Community,

From melt in your mouth not in your hand chocolate treats and Kit Kat breaks to tasting the rainbow, candy is a year round treat that we all enjoy. But where did it come from? This Monday, February 4, at 7:00 PM, questions about your favorite indulgences will be answered in a program presented by the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

ABCs of Candy will explore the history of a variety of different candies, including some tried and true favorites as well as some popular newcomers. The program is conducted alphabetically, discussing a different candy for each letter of the alphabet and addresses broader themes, including when and why American consumption of candy increased.

Don’t worry, we won’t be sending you home with a head full of sweets and an empty stomach! The evening concludes with sugary and sugar-free samples to enjoy.

I think Betty MacDonald put it best in her book Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, “There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.”

All the best,
Amy

Message from the Director: Trivia Night

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Are you looking for something fun and different to do during the evening, and don’t feel like hitting up the crowded local bar scene?  The Livingston Public Library is now offering millennial inspired programming for adults just like you, with Adulting 101 classes, On-the-Go programming, and Trivia Nights!

The Library’s first Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM and will be played using Kahoot Trivia.  To participate all you need to do is bring a smartphone and your game face. Trivia questions will be displayed on a screen, as participants use their smartphone to answer these questions in real time.  Mocktails, created by our own Librarian Mixologist, will be served as participants compete for literary-inspired prizes.

So bring your friends and check out our Trivia Nights.  Your local library is definitely the place to be!
All the best,
Amy


***Save the date for upcoming Trivia Nights:
3/13, and 5/22 @ 7:00 PM