More Than Just Books

While we love our books, the public library is more than just a place where people come to find new novels to take home and read.  The Livingston Public Library is also an active community center where people can gather together to learn things by ways of lecture, participate in lively discussions, make crafts, and more.  Here are a few Adult Programming Highlights from this month.

We Colored Our Stress Away on Monday evenings and Thursday Mornings.  While listening to some relaxing music, we made designs come to life with color, made new friends, and forgot about our worries, even if only for a little while.

We also had lively discussions centered around…you guessed it, books!  Our Feminist Fare book club read Ms. Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann M. Ross, Let’s Talk About Books discussed Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, Get Lit read Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas, and the Cook Book Club read Can’t Cook by Jessica Seinfeld.

We also hosted a Sustainable Design Workshop and made upholstery pouches with art instructor Donna Drew!  The pouches were made out of a variety of materials including: fabric samples, buttons, ribbon, lace, and cord.  They came out beautiful!

Judith Krall-Russon from dazzled us during her presentation Food, Fashion, and Tea From Jane Austen to Queen Victoria.  Who knew that the Industrial Revolution had such a large impact on tea?

So many things are constantly going on in the library. We also enjoyed programs this month such as:Pruning Your Garden, Diabetes Prevention, a concert of a Musical Journey Through the Decades, a business workshop for Women Returning to Work,  and more! You can check out what’s going on next month and register for upcoming events through our calendar.

Hope to see you soon!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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The Possibilities of Time Travel

Did you ever wish that you could step back into time and see what life was like?  Did you know that you can? The Livingston Public Library has access to both digitized and physical local history archives that make time travel (at least in the research sense) local hisotrypossible.  

80 years ago on the week of November 24, 1938, Livingston was very much an active community just as it was today.  In this week alone, there were meetings, fellowship gatherings, and lectures happening… even a roast beef supper!

There were also changes in the town that affected our present day.  The biggest of these changes was the adoption of a new Sanitary Code affecting people who work with the public and handle milk products, as well as the early stages of a sewer construction project.  You can read more about it here in our digitized Local History Archive, found on our website under the “Newspapers and Magazines” tab.  

Through a few simple clicks, you can remotely visit our digitized archives and browse: photos, The West Essex Tribune (1929-2008), Livingston High School Yearbooks (1957-2008), and even some books. Looking for something that you can touch?  We also have a Local History room with old photos, books, and glorious wonders from Livingston’s yesteryear.

So, come check out the library both in person and online you may just find yourself going back in time.  

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian