Highlights of the Week: Get Lit Casual Book Club & Understanding Your Thyroid



What gives life purpose?  What brings meaning to one’s existence? How does one go from being a doctor healing the sick to becoming a patient overnight? How can one live fully knowing that death is right around the corner?  These are a few of the questions the group tackled as they discussed Paul Kalanithi’s incredibly moving, thought provoking memoir, When Breath Becomes Air.  

Get Lit December Meeting

Paul spent years studying to become a neurosurgeon, followed by years of tending to patients before he, at the age of 36, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  He continued to live his life to the fullest and had to decide what makes life worth living in the face of his own imminent death. Ultimately, he came to the realization that living fully means accepting suffering. Get Lit group members were so touched by Paul’s courage that they felt comfortable enough to share their own personal trials and lessons learned.  As the group’s moderator, librarian Gina Vaccaro states, “There were tissues on the table, but group members handled the serious, somber topic with humor and grace, making this discussion one that will not be forgotten soon.”

The Get Lit Book Club is discussing Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for their December meeting.




Met by a full house, Dr. Tess Jacob from Summit Medical Group gave a talk on thyroid health in which she used a slide presentation to examine all the implications of the thyroid on our physiology, deeper looks into thyroid problems, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, how problems are diagnosed through blood tests, and finally, common courses of treatment.

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Tess Jacob, MD is a member of Summit Medical Group’s Endocrinology team. Dr. Jacob treats patients with endocrine disorders and has particular interest in thyroid, pituitary, diabetes, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. She is specially trained to perform in-office fine needle aspiration biopsies of thyroid nodules and also performs thyroid ultrasounds.


Register for the second community health lecture, Sleeping Better, Naturally, on December 14th.  Dr. Marianna Shimelfarb will explore natural ways to promote healthy, sound, restorative sleep.

Message from the Director: Cyber Monday

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s no secret that we love holidays and remembrances here at the Library, and as Thanksgiving has just passed we hope you’re still basking in the afterglow. But as you gear up for Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, we hope you’ll remember your Library and the wonderful programs our Friends support all year long. One of the most painless ways to give is through our Friends’ AmazonSmile account.

Here’s how it works: Start out at AmazonSmile and use your regular login and password to sign in.  Then Amazon will prompt you to select a charity from their list. At the bottom of that screen there’s a search box marked “pick your own charitable organization,” where you can type in “Friends of the Livingston Library.” Voila! The best part is, we get .5 percent of everything you spend but it doesn’t cost you an extra dime.

So if you’ve enjoyed one of our many public programs for adults or children this year, please consider bookmarking the site and doing any Amazon shopping through your Friends of the Library account this Monday–and even afterwards!

Remember, at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our Friends. And thanks so much to all of you!
All the best,


Director – Livingston Library