Livingston Library + Puzzles + Children = A Perfect Fit

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

At the Livingston Library, we pride ourselves on striving to fulfill your needs for information, discussion and education. This is why we are so excited to announce our latest addition to our Library of Things: Youth Puzzles!

Puzzles hold incredible educational benefits for young children. They can stimulate a child’s cognitive and memory skills, problem-solving techniques, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. When working on a puzzle, children have one goal and need to work to develop strategies to achieve that goal. A completed puzzle can give a child a sense of satisfaction and ultimately may boost their self-confidence and self-esteem.

But the best part? According to Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro, “Children think puzzles are fun! We have alphabet puzzles, dinosaurs, numbers, and animal puzzles, and continent puzzles for those looking for a little more of a challenge. And they are all packed in kits for you to take home and enjoy at your leisure!”

Stop by the Children’s Desk to take home a puzzle kit today. And remember, at the Livingston Library, we bring the world to you, one piece at a time.
All the best,
Amy

How to Send Your Child to College

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Saving requires us to not get things now so that we can get bigger ones later. ~Jean Chatzky

Are you thinking about how you will pay for your child’s college education? It’s never too soon to start planning!

Between tuition and fees, books, supplies and equipment, housing costs… it can be overwhelming to even think about.  But have no fear- the Livingston Library is here to help! On Saturday, December 8, at 11:00 am, Debra Taylor of Taylor Financial Group will present “How to Send Your Child to College: 529 Plans.”  She will discuss the benefits of opening a 529 savings plan and other tax-smart strategies to help reach your college investing goals.

Don’t miss out, register today!
All the best,
Amy

Woman’s Work

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~Shirley Chisholm

Are you a woman who has been out of the workforce for a while taking care of children, an elderly family member, or yourself? Whether it has been 12 months or 12 years, you can return to work successfully! And, as always, the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

Explore strategies to reassess your career options, refresh your job search skills, and strengthen your career network in the presentation “Women Returning to Work” being held on Wednesday, November 28th at 7 pm, as part of our “It’s Your Business”  program series.

Lauren Markon, a Livingston based Career Counselor who owns and operates Career Connections NJ, will review topics such as barriers to employment, utilizing your networking to find meaningful employment, and uncovering transferable career skills that were acquired while staying at home.”
All the best,
Amy

Thanksgiving Cookbooks

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition –turkey, football, the Macy’s parade, stuffing, and yes, even the ubiquitous green bean casserole.  But what about the vegetarian, the vegan, the allergy sufferer or the just plain fussy eater? If you are looking for a new recipe to add to your repertoire,  you’re sure to find the cookbook you want in the Library’s huge cookbook collection. And if inspiration happens to strike you in the middle of the night, you can access Overdrive for eBooks by famous chefs from Mario Batali to Jennie Grossinger, and Rb Digital for online magazine editions of Bon Appetit, Cooks Country and more.

And remember, as the great cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
All the best,
Amy

Positive Outlook is Everything

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“Most people have had adversity in their lives. An individual can view it as a problem, a challenge or an opportunity. In my case, I made my MS an opportunity.” -Bruce Freeman

Join us this Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 AM for an inspiring talk by Bruce Freeman, a successful entrepreneur, author, columnist, professor, and Livingston resident. In his mid-60s and combating progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), Bruce Freeman considers himself to be in the prime of his life. Now, as a motivational speaker, Bruce inspires and captivates, delivering his message of turning adversity into opportunity with his own brand of humor.

Bruce’s message is specifically for people who are facing their own personal challenges, or as he would say: “Encountering their own opportunities.” Freeman’s presentation opens with a discourse on three personal adverse situations that he transformed into opportunities. He then provides his audiences with five tools that everyone can use to overcome their challenges, with the goal of turning those challenges into positive, lifetime outcomes and achievements.

Join us this Saturday morning and get ready to transform your challenges into opportunities!
All the best,
Amy

Honoring Our Veterans

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Visitors to our library may have noticed, on permanent display, a scale model of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona, which went down with more than 1,100 Navy personnel during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, marking our entry into World War II.  A relic from the ship itself and photographs are also part of this display. These items were donated, many years ago, by the late Tom Mahoney, a U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, to Temple Beth Shalom, which hosts Livingston’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.  The items are on permanent loan to the Library, for display throughout the year, except on Veterans Day, when they are returned to the Temple for display at the annual ceremony.

This year’s Veterans Day program will take place at Temple Beth Shalom, on East Mount Pleasant Avenue, on Sunday morning, November 11. The ceremony, which is held in Founders Hall, honors all our military veterans from Livingston and the surrounding area. It will begin at 11:00 AM — 100 years to the minute after the Armistice that ended the First World War.  All members of the community are cordially invited.
All the best,
Amy

Award Winning Coding Program @ the Livingston Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

At the Livingston Library, we believe in the power of stories.  As part of the Story Coders Program, children in 2nd and 3rd grade strengthen their storytelling skills while building new skills in coding concepts. Together with their parents and caregivers, they learn how to retell familiar stories and create new ones using the Library’s FinchBot and the ScratchJr App.

Librarians Amanda Winter and Joseph Emery introduce coding concepts while focusing on the importance of language in storytelling. While teaching the children how to direct the FinchBot on the story mat, they retell stories such as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”  Using the ScratchJr app, the children then use the skills they have learned to program their own stories. The skills learned through coding foster creativity, help to improve math skills and help children become more confident problem solvers. This innovative and original program received the 2018 Ms. Rumphius Award from the New Jersey Center for the Book at Rutgers University.

The program takes place on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 AM, registration is required and opens on October 29 at 8 AM.
All the best,
Amy

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

A book sale with over 20,000 items organized into over a dozen categories. A Collectors Corner for hard-to-find, signed, and unique or antiquarian books. DVD’s, Cd’s, even puzzles and toys. This may sound like a bibliophiles dream, but this dream becomes reality right here at the Livingston Public Library!

That’s right, the annual Friends of the Library BookFest is back! Beginning Thursday, October 25 (Friends members have early access starting at 2:30 pm on the 24th) and running through Sunday, October 28, the library’s program room will be transformed into a wonderland for book lovers. With hardcover books costing a dollar and paperbacks for 25 cents, the prices can’t be beat! Not only can you build your home library, but you will also be supporting the Livingston Public Library. Last year this sale generated over $7,000!  These funds have been used to support a wide range of programs and events – the Summer Reading Program, Literary Liaisons, Adult Art classes, the museum pass program, movies, and concerts are just a few examples. So be sure to stop by BookFest and find some magic to take home with you.

Because here at the Library we get by with a little help from our friends.
All the best,
Amy

What’s Happening at Senior Happening

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

I’m delighted to announce that our new season of Senior Happening events started off with a bang.  On September 21st, Brad Ziffer presented “Singin’ the Oldies”. Over 120 attendees were delighted by the many different musical stylings presented, from ballads to upbeat pop and more. The audience was so moved by the music, many even got up to dance!

Senior Happening occurs on the third Friday of every month. Each event features a social hour from noon to 12:45 (with the Friends of the Livingston Library serving coffee and dessert and attendees are welcome to bring brown bag lunches) followed by the show!  Special accommodations are always made for attendees, with designated tables specifically for wheelchair access. After each Senior Happening, the Library pairs Techie Teen Tutors from Livingston High School with Seniors who are looking for technology help, such as assistance with a handheld device.

The next show in our Fall 2018 Series is “Cantare! The Italian Presence in American Popular Song” presented by Fred Miller on October 19th. Since the Senior Happening Series has grown so popular, registration is now required. Livingston Residents are the first to be able to register, with all of Essex County residents allowed to register at a later date. This can be done in person, by phone, or through the library website.

Senior Happening is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. And as always, thank you to our fabulous Friends of the Library volunteers, it is their enthusiasm and support that makes Senior Happening truly special.

All the best,
Amy

Fall into Fall at the Library

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” as author Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables stated.  October surrounds us with the Fall season: pumpkins, costumes, candy, spooky tales, and Fall library programs. Join us this month for two October-inspired programs.

We begin with our Wednesday Scary Movie Afternoons, where we will be showing three spine chilling films: October 3: A Quiet Place (PG-13); October 10:  IT (R), and October 17: Marrowbone (R).  All films received rave reviews.  Movies will begin at 1:00 PM.

On Monday, October 15, we are pleased to be hosting L’Aura Hladik Hoffman of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society.  Beginning at 7:00 PM, L’Aura will detail the history and haunts of Jersey and The Big Apple. She will reveal fascinating and hair-raising details about Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Hart Island, the Van Cortlandt Mansion, and the Palace Theater.

Both events are free and open to all.  We are grateful to the Friends of the Livingston Library for their generous support of these programs.
All the best,
Amy