Message from the Director: Celebrate Black History Month at the Livingston Library

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou 

Livingston Library Community, 

It can be argued that Maya Angelou is one of the world’s most influential poets and activists. In honor of Black History Month, the Livingston Public Library in partnership with the Livingston Arts Council invites you to join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm for the film screening of Maya Angelou: Reflections of a Blessed Soul

Maya Angelou: Reflections of a Blessed Soul Film Screening is a documentary film based on an exclusive interview with Maya Angelou in her home in Winston Salem, North Carolina by the multi-award winning filmmakers Hafiz Farid, Shelley Grodner Seidenstein, and Richard Woods. A Q&A session with filmmaker Richard Woods will follow the screening. Registration is not required for this event and all are welcome to attend! 

This Black History Month, you can also look forward to attending the lecture Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime on Monday, February 27th at 2pm. Taking palace virtually on Zoom, attendees will learn all about how Scott Joplin brought Ragtime to the forefront of the 20th century music scene. To register for the Zoom information, please visit the Library’s event calendar

Looking for more literature and resources this Black History Month? The Livingston Public Library invites readers to browse our Black History Month book display in the Adult Seating Area. This display will be up all February long! The Library also offers Livingston library cardholders access to the database  Black Life in America. This database offers users information on the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media

We hope to see you at these events!


Amy Babcock, Director

Bookish Vibes Book Club & Author Visit with Katie Runde

Attention fellow readers and book lovers!* 

Are you an avid reader looking to discuss novels by popular and trending authors with other readers?  If so, our Bookish Vibes book club is for you! Bookish Vibes meets monthly at 7pm via Zoom and is all about “vibing” with a great read.  Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm, where we will be discussing  The Shore by Katie Runde.  The best part?  Katie Runde will also be zooming into our discussion! 

Copies of her novel will be available for you to borrow from the Patron Services Desk. You can register for our upcoming Bookish Vibes meeting, here.  The day before the event an email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to you. 

From the Publisher: One summer in Seaside, steps away from the bustling boardwalk, the Dunne family faces an unknowable future and copes with loss through hard work and dark humor, sisterhood and friendship, romance and escape. The Shore is a heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting debut novel about the particular pain of losing someone who becomes a stranger before he disappears, the grit and hustle of running a small business in a Jersey Shore tourist town, the ways we reach out to strangers when our families can’t give us everything we need, the nostalgic comfort we find in encountering versions of our former selves, and the understanding that develops between sisters as they confront mortality while coming of age.

Hope to see you there!