Message from the Director: Try a Weekend Classic

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyIt’s the end of August.  Are you one of the many who haven’t finished War & Peace, Infinite Jest, or Game of Thrones this summer despite your best intentions?  Give yourself a break and enjoy a novella, or what we at the Library call a “weekend classic”: a highly readable work of literature of 200 pages or less.  A weekend classic is short enough to read in a few days even if unexpected houseguests turn up, and powerful enough to give you a glimpse into another world.  For a few ideas, see the illustration below.  Or ask any one of our highly trained librarians for suggestions.

Because as the poet Emily Dickinson once said,  “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away”…and the most satisfying voyages are not always the most lengthy.

Here’s to books, both short and long!  And here’s to the last delicious, golden days of August, however you choose to spend them.

All the best,

Amy, Director – Livingston Library

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Message from the Director: Meet a Teen Volunteer

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyCould you use a little good news?  Of course you could.  So meet 15-year-old Tammy Cheng, a rising sophomore at Livingston High and our most active teen volunteer this summer.  She worked as a reading mentor with Book Buddies, shelved yards of books, helped plan and staff the Teen Murder Mystery, served as an online Game Administrator, and taught chess. Tammy says: “I love to be around books and I actually maxed out my library card the other day, I took out so many!”

Which would be 50 items.  Go Tammy!

Tammy’s recent favorite read was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. “The book was so much better than the movie because it had more details,” Tammy comments.  “I always feel that way.”

We do too!

During the year, Tammy also volunteers as manager for girls’ lacrosse and field hockey at LHS, and serves on our Teen Advisory Board, helping our teen librarian, Karen deWilde, plan and run programs.  “The Library is my safe spot, my favorite place to hang out,” explains Tammy.

Tammy, we’ve got to say the feeling is mutual!

Because at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends. Thank you, Tammy—and all the other 112 teen volunteers who worked so valiantly and accomplished so much this summer!

 

All the best,

Amy, Director – Livingston Library