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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Livingston Listens

In an increasingly disruptive political and cultural environment, Livingston is a community that is becoming increasingly diverse. This represents a challenge as new communities grow alongside established ones and also an opportunity for our community, as a whole, to come together and talk about how issues that are impacting our country on a large scale are impacting our community and our lives as individual citizens.

The Livingston Library is pleased to announce that the Livingston Listens program series is returning in 2019, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice. Livingston Listens was first started in 2018 and featured programs such as Understanding Race in America, Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity and The Missing Stories (South Asian American Digital Archive).

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 7pm, presented by Dr. Laura Nicosia.

Do children, maybe your children or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading? What do you see in those books? What they’re reading may be representative, but then again, it may not be. It’s important to identify the harmful representations overall and ensure exposure to diversity for growth and development. Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy. In this session, a guided discussion will explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

Laura Nicosia, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University where she teaches American/YA Literatures and methods of teaching the humanities using technologies. She is Past President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English and is NJ State Representative to the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

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 pm. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein. Workshop participants will learn terminology and talk about issues that often affect LGBTQ+ youth and peers. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Dr. Tyree Oredein has an extensive background in creating and ensuring safe spaces for sexual minority youth in academic, professional, and community settings. Since 2005, she has delivered hundreds of Professional Development training workshops to more than 5,000 administrators, educators, social service & medical providers, police officers, correction officers, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, peer educators, and community members.

Both programs are free and open to all. We hope to see you there!

-Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services

Lunar New Year Art

For the beginning of February, the Library’s display case is featuring children’s art in

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Beautiful artwork!

celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The works done by children 6-17 years old, include oil painting, water colors, sketches, and oil pastels, as well as works done in markers and crayons. Children present the artworks with their favorite dogs and symbols of Chinese culture such as dragons, lion dance, and pandas.

All of the featured artists are taught by Christine Qin Wittlinger (Christine’s Art Studio) , who has both an art and business degree from China and America. She is currently employed as an art instructor by Livingston Chinese School.

The display case exhibit runs through February 9th.

– Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

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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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

Read the Books Behind the Oscars

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Mark your calendars.  February 24 is the date of the Oscars.

To get you geared up for these awards, Adult Services Librarian, Christine Demidowich has put up a display where you can “Read the Books Behind the Oscars.”  Some of the books on display are titles that the Academy Award-winning films are based off of, some are biographies on award winning actors and actresses, and some are DVD’s of the actual movies.

So come on in, and check out a winner!

 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

 

Celebrate Black History Month With These New Titles

February is Black History month. In celebration, why not check out one of these new reads!? Looking for a printable list?  Check out our website where you can find this list as well as other Reader’s Advisory book suggestions.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult 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 

 

Revolutionary Reads

One January 31 at 7pm, Joel Farkas will be joining the library to give a presentation on George Washington, New Jersey, and the Revolutionary War.  Here are some books to get you into the revolutionary spirit!

This biography of the nation’s first president describes George Washington’s relationship with the Native American tribes, and how the formation of our new nation impacted upon them. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award.

When George Washington hastily retreated from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to conduct covert operations against the British Army and to keep an eye on their movements in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut.

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. When, by the summer of 1781, it looked like the American Revolution had failed, the naval battles between the French and British, especially the most important one – the Battle of the Chesapeake, largely determined the outcome of the war. In the Hurricane’s Eye reveals that in the end, the fate of the American Revolution depended on Washington and the sea.

The author contends that Benedict Arnold and George Washington were actually quite similar. Both were up-and-comers who craved fame and fortune.He illustrates what he considers were Washington’s weaknesses as a military commander and is sympathetic to Benedict Arnold  even though he betrayed his command of West Point to the British.

This is a riveting and little known story about treacherous soldiers who tried to do in our first president.

This book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for biography. It covers Washington’s leadership as a general in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and his role in bringing about the U.S. Constitution.

After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world by retiring in in December 1783. He then returned to private life at Mount Vernon. The new country was operating under the Articles of Confederation, When the 55 delegates met in Philadelphia to revise the Articles, Washington reluctantly rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Constitutional Convention. The end result was the Constitution of the United States.

In this book the author tells how the first Congress created the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The first Congress admitted North Carolina and Rhode Island to the union, chose the site of the national capital, then admitted two new states, Kentucky and Vermont; chose the site of the national capital, created a national bank, created the first cabinet positions and the federal court system; and many other achievements.

–Christine Demidowich, Adult Services Librarian