More Than Just Books: January 2019 Adult Programming Wrap Up

The Livingston Library is so much more than just books, and we kicked off 2019 with some awesome new Adult Programming.  Here is our January 2019 Adult Programming Wrap Up!

New year, new resolutions, and a new you!  We entered the New Year with our New Year, New Body program on January 7. Certified Trainer and Nutrition Coach Chitra Rochlani inspired us with her 80lb weight loss journey to be our best and healthiest self.

January 9 began our new Trivia Night programming series.  Participants enjoyed mocktails crafted by our very own librarian mixologist while playing Kahoot Trivia via their smartphones!   

On January 10, Bill Ervolinio, former columnist for the Bergen Record, joined us to talk about The Importance of Stories. We may have even shared a few laughs.

We also held our first It’s a Writer’s Thing: Creative Writing Group meeting on January 17.  This group is the perfect informal environment to share writing, ideas, goals, connect with other writers, and just get started!   

On January 22 our Get Lit book club met to discuss Lynda Cohen Loigman’s novel The Two Family House. We enjoyed mocktails while discussing the bonds of family and power of secrets.  Loigman will also be joining us for an author visit on February 7! Mark your calendars! We are EXTREMELY excited!    

The Lunch & Learn Workshop: Small Business & The New Tax Law took place on January 24.  This program was hosted by Debbie Taylor, CPA/PFS, JD, CDFA, Wealth Manager and Brian Marchese, CPA.  This was a great way to get necessary information while on your lunch break.

January 28 kicked off our new grab-and-go Reflective Journaling Program!  We celebrated the kickoff of this program by unleashing our inner artists and decorating covers for our journals!  Every Monday we will have new Reflective Journaling sheets near the front entrance of the building for you to take home and complete at your leisure.  At the end of the year you’ll have entire journal to look back and reflect on.

2019 also kicked off the beginning of our Adulting 101 series with a lecture on Personal Finance which was held on January 30.  Douglas Silversten of Blackrock Financial and Investment Management taught us all about taking control of our finances and using a Financial Checklist to save for the future.  

How much do you know about the Revolutionary War?  Our January 31 presentation on George Washington presented by Joel Farkas taught us so much about Washington, the war, and New Jersey.  

January was a really busy month, as we also hosted a plethora of other book clubs, movies, our monthly Senior Happening, and more!  Check out our calendar for great events taking place in February!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

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Adulting 101 @ The Library

Let’s face it, adulting is hard.  From budgeting and managing your finances, to prepping healthy and easy meals, to job interviews and so much more, do you ever wish that there was somewhere you could go to learn all the skills necessary to “adult?”  Well, thankfully the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

We’re excited to announce our new Adulting 101 program series that will begin on Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm with a presentation on Personal Finance.

Check out our Adulting 101 programming lineup for Winter / Spring 2019:

  • Personal Finance: Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment Management will show you how to take control of your finances and use tools such as a financial checklist to save for the future.  Learn all about goals, saving & investing, financial mantras to live by, and more!
  • Healthy Cooking: Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm (Registration Required) Elle Bernardo, dietitian at the Livingston Shoprite, will teach attendees how to make a quick and easy “no cook” meal.
  • Millennials & Debt: Thursday, April 4 @ 7:00pm Aashia Sampson, licensed financial coach for Primerica will show you how to get out of debt and manage your money!
  • Interview Prep: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:00pm You got an interview! Now what? Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep will show you the skills you need to ace that interview.

Check out our calendar for more great programs. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

 

Revolutionary Reads

One January 31 at 7pm, Joel Farkas will be joining the library to give a presentation on George Washington, New Jersey, and the Revolutionary War.  Here are some books to get you into the revolutionary spirit!

This biography of the nation’s first president describes George Washington’s relationship with the Native American tribes, and how the formation of our new nation impacted upon them. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award.

When George Washington hastily retreated from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to conduct covert operations against the British Army and to keep an eye on their movements in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut.

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. When, by the summer of 1781, it looked like the American Revolution had failed, the naval battles between the French and British, especially the most important one – the Battle of the Chesapeake, largely determined the outcome of the war. In the Hurricane’s Eye reveals that in the end, the fate of the American Revolution depended on Washington and the sea.

The author contends that Benedict Arnold and George Washington were actually quite similar. Both were up-and-comers who craved fame and fortune.He illustrates what he considers were Washington’s weaknesses as a military commander and is sympathetic to Benedict Arnold  even though he betrayed his command of West Point to the British.

This is a riveting and little known story about treacherous soldiers who tried to do in our first president.

This book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for biography. It covers Washington’s leadership as a general in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and his role in bringing about the U.S. Constitution.

After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world by retiring in in December 1783. He then returned to private life at Mount Vernon. The new country was operating under the Articles of Confederation, When the 55 delegates met in Philadelphia to revise the Articles, Washington reluctantly rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Constitutional Convention. The end result was the Constitution of the United States.

In this book the author tells how the first Congress created the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The first Congress admitted North Carolina and Rhode Island to the union, chose the site of the national capital, then admitted two new states, Kentucky and Vermont; chose the site of the national capital, created a national bank, created the first cabinet positions and the federal court system; and many other achievements.

–Christine Demidowich, Adult Services Librarian 

Reflective Journaling

Have you ever wanted to start a Reflective Journal, but never really got around to…or knew where to start?  2019 is all about finding moments within the day to pause and take a few minutes of “me” time, which makes the Livingston Public Library’s Reflective Journaling program the perfect tool to accompany you on this New Year’s journey.

Right now you may be wondering but what is a reflective journal?  A reflective journal consists of weekly activities provided by the library that you can take home to create your own journal.  It’s a relaxing way to unwind and reflect, where at the end of the year, you will have a journal of you experiences.

The best part is that participation is easy!  You can pick up weekly activity sheets beginning on Monday, January 28, 2019 on display near the Library’s front entrance.  You can also join the library for an optional Cover Crafting Kickoff drop-in program on January 28 at 11:00am.

Some staff members of the Livingston Public Library already got a head-start on their Reflective Journals! Check out the photo below for some inspiration on what you can do with yours!IMG_0076

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

New Year, New Body!

As 2018 winds down to a close and 2019 is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  This 2019 why not make health your #1 priority.  The Livingston Public Library will be hosting a New Year, New Body program on January 7 at 7pm to help you with your 2019 healthy body goals.

Chitra Rochlani, certified personal trainer and fitness coach will share valuable lessons from her 80lb weight loss journey and effective strategies for weight reduction and fitness through nutrition, exercise and mindset coaching, especially for time starved women.  Registration is now open. Reserve your spot so you can get a head start on your New Year resolution to transform your body!  

Looking for some reads to get you into the health and fitness mindset? Check out: