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: Adulting 101

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by day-to-day life challenges and all that being an adult entails?  The Livingston Public Library has got you covered! Starting this month, the library is offering a new program series, entitled Adulting 101.  We will help you master the art and skill of being an adult. The first program being offered is Adulting 101: Personal Finance, presented by Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. We will explore different financial tools to help you succeed, such as financial checklists to help with your saving and investing.

And that’s not all! We have a full slate of programming coming this Spring. ShopRite will be visiting us on March 7 at 7:00 PM for a program on Healthy Cooking. The recipes do not require any cooking appliances!  They are perfect for college dorms, studio apartments, and for when you don’t feel like lighting a stove or an oven.  April brings us a financial program centered on Millennials & Debt on Thursday, the 4th at 7:00 PM.  Aashia Sampson of Primerica will show how to get out of debt and manage money. The Spring series will conclude with a lecture on Interview Prep, presented by Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM.

We recognize adulting can be difficult but you’re never alone with the Livingston Library.

All the best,
Amy

Libraries Are For Everyone

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Libraries are for everyone.

I am excited to announce an inclusive, engaging, and fun multi-sensory program designed for differently-abled children and their families to enjoy the library: Sensory Story Time. This program is part of an ongoing initiative to make the library a welcoming and comfortable destination for all members of our community.

Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro designed this new program for children of all abilities in grades K-5. Compared to a traditional story time class, there is less sitting, more action, interaction and freedom of movement as children are encouraged to actively participate in the class.

The first session of Sensory Story Time is offered Saturday morning, February 9 at 9:15 AM. This early start time is designed to create a private and stress-free library experience, allowing the families access to the library before it is open to the public. Registration is required; the class size will be limited to five families so as not to overwhelm the children with a large group and to offer individualized attention to each child.

In addition, new ‘Calming Kits’ have been added to our ‘Library of Things’ and are now available to take home or use in the Library. The kits include visual timers, ear defenders, a soundspa portable sound machine, a liquid motion bubble toy, stretch balls, and various fidget toys. Both of these new initiatives have been generously funded by the Friends of the Livingston Library.

All the best,
Amy

It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group

Dear Livingston Library Community,

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson

Just as our Library community is made up of readers, it is also made up of many writers.  The Livingston Public Library will be hosting its first It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 PM.  It’s a Writer’s Thing is the perfect place for writers (and aspiring writers) of all levels and of all genres to gather together to discuss ideas and workshop writing in an informal and nonjudgmental environment.

Whether you’re working on a novel, short story, poem, memoir, or aren’t quite sure where to start, this group is for you and for everyone who loves and wants to write! The Livingston Public Library’s Creative Writing Group will expose writers to various writing genres and styles, delve into individual writing techniques, and allow you to meet and connect with other writers within the community.  Bring your ideas, writing, and a favorite writing utensil to our first meeting, and be sure to mark your calendars for our future dates!

This group will be moderated by Adult Services Librarian, Jessica.  Before receiving her MLIS from Rutgers University, she received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, with a focus in poetry, from Montclair State University.
All the best,
Amy


***Upcoming Creative Writing Group Meetings:
2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20

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

New Year, New You!

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

2019 is a few days away, and as with the start of every new year, it is the time to reflect and make resolutions for personal improvement.  Do you want to get healthier? Maybe learn a new craft? Improve your chess game? According to an article written by Dan Diamond for Forbes, although approximately 40% of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution, only about 8% stick to them.

The Livingston Public Library is here to help! To get you started on your personal journey, the Library’s first adult program for 2019, New Year, New Body, is scheduled for January 7th, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Chitra Rochlani, certified personal trainer and fitness coach will share lessons and strategies for fitness through nutrition, exercise, & mindset coaching.

For those with crafty resolutions, on Tuesday, January 15, at 11:00 AM, the Library is offering a Tunnel Book Workshop with the dynamic Creativity Caravan.  Participants will craft their own tunnel books, using greeting cards, postcards, photos, and other personal items to take scenes from their own lives and create a 3-dimensional memory book.

Remember our myriad of resources – in print, media and online – are available to help you achieve any goal you may have.  And our talented, dedicated staff is ready to happily assist you.

Happy New Year!
All the best,
Amy

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Still looking for the perfect gift for the literature lover in your life? Consider making a donation to the Library’s Tribute Fund in their honor. This gift of knowledge assists the Library in its efforts to provide the public with books not otherwise available.

Your gift to the Tribute Fund may be for any amount. If you wish to provide a new book for the Library, the minimum contribution is $35. You can select the category, perhaps a book on botany for the avid gardener, and a bookplate will be placed in each volume to commemorate your tribute. An announcement of the gift will be sent to your designated honoree to inform them of your generous and thoughtful gesture.

In the words of Bertrand Russell, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by Knowledge.”
All the best,
Amy

Scan Smarter

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

The Livingston Public Library is constantly looking for ways we can make your visit fun, fulfilling, and fluid. This includes searching for the latest technologies to improve your library experience. I am pleased to announce we have implemented new barcode scanners at our main desk!

What does this mean? For those of us who like to store our library and loyalty cards on our smartphone, our new scanners are now equipped to read your library card barcode number directly from your device.  As always, the Library wants our members to have a seamless experience. This upgrade will truly support our mission to offer the very best customer service. So please feel free to add a picture or store your library card barcode on your smartphone. We will take care of the rest.  We look forward to seeing you soon!
All the best,
Amy