Message from the Director: Fake News

Dear Livingston Library Community,

AmyWith all the talk about “fake news” across the political spectrum, have you been wondering about the history and hallmarks of this crucially important trend? Then don’t miss veteran Daily Record reporter Bill Westhoven’s free public presentation at the Library on Thursday, September 28th!

“‘Fake news’ has always been with us in one way or another, and the conventions of reporting were once very different,” Westhoven explains. “No one ever wrote about FDR’s wheelchair or Babe Ruth’s drinking and womanizing.” He’ll be talking about how the internet blurs the lines between traditional journalism, prime-time punditry and outright propaganda; and discussing how to separate fact from fiction by identifying common components of each.

Best of all, Westhoven prides himself on maintaining the civil, non-partisan atmosphere so crucial to public discussion. Because as Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument!” And there’s no better place to do that than the Library.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,

Amy, Director – Livingston Library

Message from the Director: Food For Fines

Dear Livingston Library Community,
Here at the Library we hate to say no. We always want to give you the book, magazine, movie, album, or piece of information you are seeking, and we hate it when fines get in the way. That’s why we introduced our “Food for Fines” program last year—and part of why we were so thrilled by its success. Last year, our Food for Fines program restored borrowing privileges for 173 residents, wiped out $2,756.64 in late fees and, best of all, brought in 957 individual food items for CHOW, Livingston’s local food pantry. Talk about a win-win-win! No wonder we can’t wait to do it again. This year Food for Fines Week will take place from September 23rd to September 30th. Once again we’ll be accepting non-perishable, unexpired food items at the circulation desk in place of late fines (sorry, lost item fees are not eligible). So get those jars of peanut butter and boxes of spaghetti ready, and let the donations to CHOW start rolling in. We’re proud to partner with you in such a worthy cause!

All the best,

Amy, Director – Livingston Library