Read It & Eat!

Earlier this week we kicked off our new offsite book club Read It & Eat! A book club designed for busy people on the go who are looking to discuss a quick read while on their lunch break from work or running errands.  For our first meeting, we met at Livingston Bagel during lunch time where we talked about Solane Crosely’s collection ofMe Talk Pretty One Day light essays, Look Alive Out There, and we had a blast!

If you missed out on the book talk and lunch, don’t worry!  You can join us next month where we will be discussing Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, a collection of essays that the New York Times says “reveals a writer who is capable, not only of being funny, but touching, even tender too.” This next meeting will also take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd at 12:00pm on Monday, March 25.

Books are available for you to check out at the library’s Patron Services Desk. And you can register here to ensure that a chair is waiting for you!

Hope to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

*The Livingston Library staff provides the book and the discussion, the attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.*

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

More Than Just Books: January 2019 Adult Programming Wrap Up

The Livingston Library is so much more than just books, and we kicked off 2019 with some awesome new Adult Programming.  Here is our January 2019 Adult Programming Wrap Up!

New year, new resolutions, and a new you!  We entered the New Year with our New Year, New Body program on January 7. Certified Trainer and Nutrition Coach Chitra Rochlani inspired us with her 80lb weight loss journey to be our best and healthiest self.

January 9 began our new Trivia Night programming series.  Participants enjoyed mocktails crafted by our very own librarian mixologist while playing Kahoot Trivia via their smartphones!   

On January 10, Bill Ervolinio, former columnist for the Bergen Record, joined us to talk about The Importance of Stories. We may have even shared a few laughs.

We also held our first It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group meeting on January 17.  This group is the perfect informal environment to share writing, ideas, goals, connect with other writers, and just get started!   

On January 22 our Get Lit book club met to discuss Lynda Cohen Loigman’s novel The Two Family House. We enjoyed mocktails while discussing the bonds of family and power of secrets.  Loigman will also be joining us for an author visit on February 7! Mark your calendars! We are EXTREMELY excited!    

The Lunch & Learn Workshop: Small Business & The New Tax Law took place on January 24.  This program was hosted by Debbie Taylor, CPA/PFS, JD, CDFA, Wealth Manager and Brian Marchese, CPA.  This was a great way to get necessary information while on your lunch break.

January 28 kicked off our new grab-and-go Reflective Journaling Program!  We celebrated the kickoff of this program by unleashing our inner artists and decorating covers for our journals!  Every Monday we will have new Reflective Journaling sheets near the front entrance of the building for you to take home and complete at your leisure.  At the end of the year you’ll have entire journal to look back and reflect on.

2019 also kicked off the beginning of our Adulting 101 series with a lecture on Personal Finance which was held on January 30.  Douglas Silversten of Blackrock Financial and Investment Management taught us all about taking control of our finances and using a Financial Checklist to save for the future.  

How much do you know about the Revolutionary War?  Our January 31 presentation on George Washington presented by Joel Farkas taught us so much about Washington, the war, and New Jersey.  

January was a really busy month, as we also hosted a plethora of other book clubs, movies, our monthly Senior Happening, and more!  Check out our calendar for great events taking place in February!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

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Reflective Journaling

The Livingston Library hosted a successful Cover Crafting Kickoff for our new Reflective Journaling program!  Attendees created imaginative and inspiring covers for their reflective journals.  Want to participate?  Every week we will have new reflective journaling pages for you to take home and complete at your leisure located on the counter near the main entrance.  At the end of the year, you’ll have a book of 49 journaling pages documenting your experiences and goals.

Have questions? Stop by the Adult Services Department and ask one of our friendly librarians.

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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Adulting 101 @ The Library

Let’s face it, adulting is hard.  From budgeting and managing your finances, to prepping healthy and easy meals, to job interviews and so much more, do you ever wish that there was somewhere you could go to learn all the skills necessary to “adult?”  Well, thankfully the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

We’re excited to announce our new Adulting 101 program series that will begin on Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm with a presentation on Personal Finance.

Check out our Adulting 101 programming lineup for Winter / Spring 2019:

  • Personal Finance: Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment Management will show you how to take control of your finances and use tools such as a financial checklist to save for the future.  Learn all about goals, saving & investing, financial mantras to live by, and more!
  • Healthy Cooking: Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm (Registration Required) Elle Bernardo, dietitian at the Livingston Shoprite, will teach attendees how to make a quick and easy “no cook” meal.
  • Millennials & Debt: Thursday, April 4 @ 7:00pm Aashia Sampson, licensed financial coach for Primerica will show you how to get out of debt and manage your money!
  • Interview Prep: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:00pm You got an interview! Now what? Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep will show you the skills you need to ace that interview.

Check out our calendar for more great programs. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

 

Reflective Journaling

Have you ever wanted to start a Reflective Journal, but never really got around to…or knew where to start?  2019 is all about finding moments within the day to pause and take a few minutes of “me” time, which makes the Livingston Public Library’s Reflective Journaling program the perfect tool to accompany you on this New Year’s journey.

Right now you may be wondering but what is a reflective journal?  A reflective journal consists of weekly activities provided by the library that you can take home to create your own journal.  It’s a relaxing way to unwind and reflect, where at the end of the year, you will have a journal of you experiences.

The best part is that participation is easy!  You can pick up weekly activity sheets beginning on Monday, January 28, 2019 on display near the Library’s front entrance.  You can also join the library for an optional Cover Crafting Kickoff drop-in program on January 28 at 11:00am.

Some staff members of the Livingston Public Library already got a head-start on their Reflective Journals! Check out the photo below for some inspiration on what you can do with yours!IMG_0076

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

New Year, New Body!

As 2018 winds down to a close and 2019 is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  This 2019 why not make health your #1 priority.  The Livingston Public Library will be hosting a New Year, New Body program on January 7 at 7pm to help you with your 2019 healthy body goals.

Chitra Rochlani, certified personal trainer and fitness coach will share valuable lessons from her 80lb weight loss journey and effective strategies for weight reduction and fitness through nutrition, exercise and mindset coaching, especially for time starved women.  Registration is now open. Reserve your spot so you can get a head start on your New Year resolution to transform your body!  

Looking for some reads to get you into the health and fitness mindset? Check out: