Message From the Director: Author Susan Wiggs Visits Our Book Club

Amy Director

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Livingston Library Community, 

There is something magical about connecting readers with their next favorite book, but connecting readers with other readers is extraordinary. The Livingston Public Library is pleased to offer book clubs that do just that- bring books and readers together. 

We’re excited to announce our upcoming Bookish Vibes book club meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm, where we will be reading The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. During this book club readers will discuss the book, along with their own bookish thoughts about the writing, act of reading, and more. The best part is that Susan Wiggs will also be joining us! That’s right! You’ll be able to ask Wiggs anything you want about her book, writing process, and reading habits. **Readers are not required to read the selected title, and are encouraged to come ready to discuss any title by Wiggs or anything bookish!

The Livingston Public Library offers a plethora of other book cubs for various reading interests. If you’re interested in more ways to connect with readers and books consider joining: 

  • Unstuck in Time: The next Unstuck in Time meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm.  Unstuck in Time revisits classic speculative fiction. At this upcoming meeting, readers will be discussing Toni Morrison’s Beloved.   
  • Let’s Talk About Books: If you’re looking for an afternoon book club, Let’s Talk About Books is for you! This book club reads literary fiction and nonfiction.  The next meeting will be held on Friday, May 14th at 12:45pm.  Readers will be discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean. 
  • X-treme Readers: Children in grades 4-5 will enjoy our X-treme Readers book club! X-treme Readers is a great place for young readers to interact and bond over their love of literature while discussing our book of the month. We are reading the New York Tiems Bestselling story about kindness, friendship, and hope, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 25th at 6pm.
  • Yakety-Yak: This book club for grades 2-3 fosters a love of reading amongst young readers. The next Yakety Yak book club meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, May 4th at 4pm.  Children will be reading Zita Space Girl: Far From Home by Ben Hatke. 

The Livingston Public Library’s book clubs are scheduled to take place via Zoom.  Registration is required and can be done so through the Library’s event calendar, here. An email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you the day before the event is to take place.


Amy Babcock, Director 

April Virtual Programming Wrap Up

April was a month full of wonderful adult programming! Here’s a recap of what happened during this month.

We enjoyed learning about various styles of art this month with two art inspired lectures. In Introduction to Madhubani Folk Painting from India,  Nupur Nishith, a USA based artist showed us this beautiful style of painting. Later in the month, we explored the New York Historical Society’s collection of Tiffany lamps during a presentation entitled A New Light on Tiffany.

We also got crafty with our monthly Pinterest Inspired Craft: Mini Magnet Chalkboards. We had so much fun making these upcycled creations. 

We celebrated Earth Day all month long with sustainable eco-friendly programs, as well as gardening programs! We enjoyed Be a Friend to the Earth: Reduce Food Waste at Home! in collaboration with The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. We also enjoyed Sustainable Living: It’s Easier Than You Think! presented by Dr. Amy Rowe, also part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Master Gardener Mary Jo Sichak took us on an exploration of Garden Gems of the Garden State, where we discovered numerous places of hidden beauty right in our very own backyards! We also discovered how to utilize beautiful flowers of dark and black hues within our own gardens during Drama Queens: Dark Beauties for Your Gardens presented  by Lesley Parness. We then learned how we can arrange fresh cut flowers into gorgeous arrangements during a lecture of Spring Fling Florals, presented by Betsy Karetnick. 

Those who took part in personal spring cleaning, and are now wondering what to do with the stuff they longer want or need, enjoyed the practical lecture Selling on Ebay presented by Rick Feingold. 

Seniors enjoyed our virtual Senior Happening, with an upbeat performance of “The Music of Lionel Richie,” performed by Stephen Fuller. It was a toe-tapping good time!

Aspiring writers put their pen to paper during our Livi Writes: Journaling Workshop presented by local Livingston writer, Hope Atlas. Atlas explained the journaling process, followed by writing prompts and a free-write session. 

We got bookish this month during a Meet the Author event with historical novelist Danielle Martin.  Martin discussed her latest novel, Glimmer As You Can, followed by a Q&A session.  We also enjoyed our monthly book clubs including Bookish Vibes (with an author visit by Barbara Delinsky), Unstuck in Time, and Let’s Talk About Books

Be sure to visit the Library’s event calendar to see what amazing events we have planned for the month of May.  We can’t wait to see you at our virtual programs!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian