We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s almost the 4th of July, one of our favorite holidays.  We love picnics, fireworks, parades…and the tradition of reading aloud from the Declaration of Independence.  I had to recite the Declaration from memory for Mrs. Castigilione’s fifth grade social studies class and I’ll never forget how hard it was to get through those ringing phrases about all men being created equal without bursting into tears (though eventually I did get an A+).  It’s one of the all-time greatest pieces of oratory, and it still gives me goosebumps.  In fact, I love it so much, I even dressed up as the Declaration for Halloween many years ago. (See below!)  This 4th of July there are more opportunities than ever to participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  To attend in person, come to the Oval at 11:30 on the 4th itself, where the Library’s own ESL tutor Peter Berkowsky will be reciting the Declaration either at the Gazebo or in the high school auditorium, depending on the weather.  If you’re out of town, try “Morning Edition” on NPR to hear hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading it on the air.  Or just tune in to one of the many wonderful read-alouds online, like this one, whenever you get the urge.  But whichever version you choose, have a Happy Independence Day!

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

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Thrilling Thursdays at the Library

AmyDear Livingston Library Community,

Summer’s here, and though it flies by in a flash, sometimes the days are long. Livingston Library is here to help! Don’t miss our line-up of thrilling Thursday night programs for families, beginning this week and ending August 10th:

6/29 America’s Heroes Storytime with Officer Joy Klapal & McGruff the Crime Dog

7/6 Super Silly Sing-a-Long with Polka Dot

7/13 Pearl Observatory Planetarium

7/20 Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along Family Night

7/27 Sciencetellers Present Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales

8/10 The Lizard Guys

For more family fun, don’t forget to check out our Summer Reading Program and other exciting events online! Because at Livingston Library we help you give your children the world.

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

Irresistibly Contagious

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyIt’s Father’s Day. What’s your favorite low key, high impact way to connect across generations? For me it’s funny movies. There’s nothing like sharing a good joke to bring family members together. Come to the Library this afternoon to go through our thousands of cinematic selections, or stream a movie right now through hoopla, the Library’s free online digital media platform. To get you started, here are a few suggestions from one of our reference librarians, Ariel Zeitlin. To these, I’d add Blues Brothers and Caddy Shack. Because as Charles Dickens once pointed out, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Happy Father’s Day!

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

Moscow, Alaska, Middle Earth, or Outer Space

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyWhat if the children in your life could enjoy a thrilling, perfectly safe trip to the places of their choice, be it Moscow, Alaska, Middle Earth, or outer space?  Well, they can…with summer reading!  The Library’s annual summer reading program includes weekly awards and two raffle drawings between June 26th and August 6th.  We have three different programs designed to appeal to three age groups, from babies to teens.  To make sure your children’s vacations include those unique, brain-sparking adventures found only in books, sign up for our summer reading program.  And while you’re online, check out our roster of fun free performances and other events.

Happy summer and happy reading!

All the best,

Amy

Director – Livingston Library

Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark

AmyDear Livingston Library Community,

Do you have a musical hero? Someone whose melodies and lyrics seem to express an unvoiced part of yourself? For me it’s Bruce Springsteen, the tough, principled, thoughtful American poet who embodies the maxim “Jersey Strong.” That’s why I’m extra-excited to welcome Jeff Burger, author and music critic, to the Library on Thursday, June 8th, at 7:00 pm to talk about Springsteen, John Lennon, and Leonard Cohen. As Bruce himself always says, “You can’t start a fire without a spark.” So please join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening!

All the best,

Amy,
Director – Livingston Library

Message from the Director

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyTomorrow is Memorial Day. Here at the Library, we love the beginning of summer as much as everyone else (and maybe even a little bit more!). But we also love the true purpose of this holiday, honoring those who fell in World War I. We hope you’ll join us in watching this two-minute film of the incomparable Jeremy Irons reading aloud from “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot’s poem about the Great War, and consider those brave men and women in the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. For more poetry, books, and films about World War I, just ask a librarian. Because in the end, remembering together is one of the most important things we do at the Library.

All the best,

Amy