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 

Award Winning Young Artist Donates to the Library!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to 4 year old Livingston resident, Ivanka Sekhri.  She, along with hundreds of other children, entered a holiday card drawing contest – and won!  The best part is, so did the Livingston Library!

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Ivanka proudly displays her plaque, surrounded by her mother Simran, her brother Aarav, her father Vikas, and Youth Librarian Miss Amanda

The contest was run by the accounting firm, RSM, where Ivanka’s father works. This year Ivanka’s artwork, Girl Power Snow Girl, was chosen from hundreds of entries to be featured as one of the official holiday cards for the firm.

In recognition of her winning submission, the firm contributed $1,000 to Ivanka’s favorite non-profit organization – for which she chose her favorite place in town, the Livingston Library.

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Ivanka with Miss Amanda

Ivanka has a plaque in her honor proudly displayed in the Children’s Room of the Library.  Come see her talented artwork for yourself on your next visit!

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

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

 

Library Shelfie Day

The New York Public Library has dubbed the fourth Wednesday of the year as Library Shelfie Day.  This is a day that celebrates taking “shelfies”… or rather selfies of your IMG_0005 (2)favorite book shelves.

On this Library Shelfie Day, staff members of the Livingston Public Library celebrated by taking photos with their favorite book shelves. Check them out by following the library’s Instagram account @LivingstonLibrary.

What are your favorite book shelves? Share your shelfies with us with our hashtag, #LtownLibrary.

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

 

A Super Smashing Afternoon @ the Livingston Library

The program room was full of genuine excitement, healthy competition and lots of Livingston High School students during the library’s Nintendo Switch gaming showdown on Thursday, January 17. Librarians Anna Coats and Katie Neylan paired up with the LHS Video Game Club to organize the after-school program, where participants played Super Smash Bros., skillfully unlocked characters, devoured snacks and socialized with each other.

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Mark you calendars! Both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart will be available to play in the library’s next gaming session February 21.

Remember, the library now lends video games for Switch, X-Box, and PS4. Look for them in the YA section by the Graphic Novels.  

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

Read It & Eat!

Life is busy.  After a full day of working or running errands, cooking dinner, and getting everything settled for the evening, who really feels like coming back out at night for a mid-week book club?  But what if there was a book club during the day, where you could stop in on your lunch break?

Adult Services Librarians Jessica and Katie are excited to announce the Livingston Public Library’s first Read It & Eat book club!  An offsite book club that meets at a local restaurant during the afternoon. Perfect timing for those on their lunch break, those out and about running errands, and/or those waiting to pick up their children from school.  After all, you have to eat lunch anyway, right? Why not spend it eating and discussing a great book! 

The first Read It & Eat! book club meeting will take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd., on Monday, February 11.  We will meet at 12pm and the discussion will begin at 12:15pm.  By now you’re probably wondering “But if I’m so busy, will I have time to read a book?” & “What are these library folk reading, anyway?”  

look alive out thereThe first book will be Look Alive Out There by Solane Crosley.  It’s a collection of short essays Glamour raves about.  Seriously, they’re quoted for saying “Whether she’s spying on a neighbor’s kid, crashing a shiva, or freezing her eggs, Crosley toggles effortlessly between hilarity and heartbreak.”  Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?

So whether you have time to commit to reading the book cover to cover, or only end up reading a few essays out of the collection, pick up a copy at the Livingston Library’s Patron Services desk. beginning January 7, and join us!

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

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–Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian & Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services 

 

              

More Than Just Books: December 2018 Adult Program Wrap Up

December may be a busy (and chilly) time of the year, but the library is still active with numerous Adult Programs.  

This month we had a bunch of exciting programs!  On December 3, we enjoyed a lecture Paul Cezzane: The Father of Modern Art. We learned about the ways that he used form, color, and structure in his artwork, as well as how he paved the way for 20th Century Modernism.

Our team of librarians also answered your technology questions at our Tech-Help Drop In.  Are you having trouble downloading that e-book from Hoopla or Libby?  We’re here to help!

Health is also important!  This month we learned about a Blueprint For Men’s Health and basic medical issues as presented by Dr. Rowland Chavez, MD and Dr. David Gallinson, DO of Summit Medical Group.  

And for those worried about sending their child to college, our 529 Plan lecture on December 8 put worries to rest by presenting a wealth of valuable information for prospective college parents.  

Our inner artists came out at our Adult Paint Night where we painted a “Nighttime Owl Landscape” with artists from the Art Kids Academy.  The results were absolutely stunning.

But this isn’t all!  We also met up for our Adult Coloring Group, hosted numerous Book Clubs, our monthly Senior Happening, and so much more!  

Stay tuned for more programs coming up in 2019 and don’t forget to check out our website to see what’s coming up.  We can’t wait to see you!

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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Rock On! Musical Story Times with Guitar Joe

If you have attended a live performance of Guitar Joe’s Musical Story Time, then you know how lucky we are to have him at the Livingston Public Library! GuitarJoe

Joe O’Brien’s love of rock music started at an early age; he began playing guitar when he was only 12 years old.  Over the years, he has been in many bands, playing the usual NYC circuit.  He also performs in Brooklyn with his wife Ashley in the Dottie Parkers – Joe plays ukulele while Ashley sings.

Look for the next session of Guitar Joe’s Musical Story Time starting up again in February, 2019.  Until then, here’s a clip of Joe performing We’re Going to Be Friends at the library.

Rock on!

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

 

Harry Potter Casts a Spell on the Livingston Library

Harry Potter fans were able to celebrate their wizard love at two Livingston Library events.

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Close to 500 fans, some in costume, attended our Harry Potter Family Halloween event.  Children went from station to station to create Mini Monster Books, Edible Wizard Hats, Charms Practice (a.k.a. Dementor Bowling) and complete a Riddle Challenge to free Dobby from danger.  The night would not be complete without a family photo op on Platform 9 3/4.

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Teens had the library to themselves on a Saturday night as they competed in house events, earning points for prizes while the library was closed!  Houses Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin played Quidditch, mixed potions, answered HP trivia questions and conducted a Horcrux Hunt as they searched for the seven pieces of Voldemort’s fragmented soul.

After the House Competition, teens enjoyed snacks of wizard hats and homemade butterbeer while viewing the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the big screen.

The winning house members earned special prizes, a few special participants earned door prizes and all other wizard fans reached into the giant cauldron for a goodie bag.

The foam on the butterbeer of the night: the Livingston Library Teen Advisory Board planned, organized and helped run the event.

—  Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian 

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Highlights of the Week: Sleeping Better Naturally, Senior Happening, and St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

3/15 | Sleeping Better, Naturally

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The third in our series of community health lectures in collaboration with the Summit Medical Group, Dr. Mairanna Shimelfarb, MD, who specializes in Integrative Family Medicine, addressed the epidemic of sleeplessness and enlightened the audience about natural ways to get sound, restorative sleep.

Her talk, which was coincidentally held on the eve of World Sleep Day, discussed why you need to sleep, why you cant get good sleep, why it’s important to do something about it, and how to do it naturally!

Dr. Shimelfarb spoke about the stages of sleep, different types of insomnia, causes of sleep trouble, and the different factors that can help contribute to a good night’s sleep, including a healthy diet, and reducing mind noise (disconnecting from electronic devices).
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Along with other ways to relax, Dr. Shimelfarb did a video demonstration of two effective relaxation methods , including a 4:7:8 breathing exercise pioneered by Dr Andrew Weill, and an introduction to the Pranayama breathing technique as shown by Yogi Nora.
Dr. Shimelfarb’s presentation, Sleep Better, Naturally, can be viewed in it’s entirety.

 


 

3/16 | Senior Happening: The Great Lady Songwriters

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Fred Miller performed one of his lectures-in-song, “Great Lady Songwriters,” in honor of Women’s History Month. Guests also got in the spirit of wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Miller explained that many women, including four of the most notable ( Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse and Ann Ronnell), were prolific composers and lyricists. Though they never gained as much notoriety as the Gershwin brothers or Irving Berlin, their work was the core of Tin Pan Alley.

As the 1920s brought many changes in American culture, music moved ahead with inventions like the phonograph, radio, and sound movies. Jazz also transformed the music industry. New York City, with its concentration of theaters and publishing houses, became the center of the music world and at the center of the city was a small area called Tin Pan Alley. The musicians of Tin Pan Alley blended ragtime, jazz, and ballads to create a new brand of song that was witty and sophisticated. Fields, who was born in Allenhurst, NJ, brought us “The Way You Look Tonight”, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” — just a few of more than 400 songs she wrote for Broadway musicals and films.

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Carolyn Leigh teamed with Cy Coleman and other songwriters to write songs for Mary Martin in Peter Pan, including “I’m Flying” and “I Won’t Grow Up.” Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett also sang Leigh tunes, such as “Witchcraft,” “Young at Heart,” and “The Best is Yet to Come.” Leigh also wrote “Hey Look Me Over,” for Lucille Ball in Wildcat.

Miller ended the program with another prolific female songwriter, Peggy Lee. Lee may be better known for her smooth and smoky voice, her career as singer, songwriter, composer, and actress spanned six decades. After leaving the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Lee teamed with her husband to write songs in the 1950s, then worked on her own. She wrote for Disney Studios, and sang some of her own songs in Lady and the Tramp. 

Senior Happening is funded by Friends of the Library with a grant awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, administered by the Essex County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

 


 

3/20 | The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg

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Even though it was sleeting, about thirty people attended the program, including one couple who drove all the down from Sussex County.