Be An Informed Car Consumer: Helpful Resources

Did you know that April is designated as National Car Care Month?

Spring is a great time to give a little extra TLC to your vehicle and make sure you are on board with all the regular upkeep and maintenance required.

If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, here are some Library resources and websites that can be of help.

Every year, the April issue of Consumer Reports provides the latest ratings and reviews of cars along with rigorous reporting on issues that impact consumers.

Besides the physical magazine, your Library  provides access to online issues of Consumer Reports via the Ebsco MasterFile Elite database available on its website. 

First go to www.livingston library.org, then to Digital Resources–Newspapers and Magazines–scroll down to Master File Elite– search for Consumer Reports under publications (on the top bar) and yearly issues come up to the right.

The content of the entire April 2022 car issue is available with articles on top picks, auto safety, new and used car ratings/profiles, car insurance, and others, all accessible with a click.

The magazine collection on Libby, offers access to automotive magazines like

Road & Track and Car & Driver.

Here are some online resources for automobile related information:

Car Guides

Car and Driver: www.caranddriver.com

Carfax: www.carfax.com

Cars.com: www.cars.com

Edmunds: www.edmunds.com

Fuel Economy Ratings: www.fueleconomy.gov

Greener Cars: www.greenercars.org

Hemmings: www.hemmings.com

Kelley Blue Book:www.kbb.com

Leasing Guide: www.edmunds.com/car-leasing

NADA Vehicle Values: www.nadaguides.com

Popular Mechanics Cars: https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars

TrueCar: www.truecar.com

Drivers

Driving Tests: https://livingstonpl.driving-tests.org/new-jersey/

NJ Driver Manual: https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/about/manuals.htm

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission: https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/

Gasoline

NJ Gas Buddy: www.gasbuddy.com

Safety and Recalls

Center for Auto Safety: www.autosafety.org

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety: www.iihs.org

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration://www.nhtsa.gov

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Have a Movie Night with Kanopy

Are you looking to plan your next movie night? Did you know that you have the access to stream thousands of films from the comfort of your own home? The Livingston Public Library offers Livingston cardholders access to Kanopy, a film streaming platform with countless movies, films, and documentaries. 

Below is a glimpse of what new films have recently been added to Kanopy. Note: Descriptions are taken from Kanopy.  

Together: Watch it Here!

Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry’s new comedy, TOGETHER, starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, is the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive – together. This hilarious and heartbreaking story intimately shows two partners forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown.

Twilight Zone: The Movie: What it Here!

You’re traveling through another dimension: a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead: Your next stop: The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling Four of Hollywood’s greatest directors tell different stories, exploring the region just beyond the boundary of reality, in this motion picture version of the classic television series.

Red Shoes: Watch it Here! 

The double Olivier Award-winning show is Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of obsession, possession, and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page, played by Ashley Shaw who won a National Dance Award for her performance, lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion: the composer Julian Craster played by original cast member Dominic North, and legendary impresario Boris Lermontov, with the great Adam Cooper in the role.

Eight: Watch it Here!

Crippled by severe agoraphobia and OCD, Sarah has not left her house in two years. Each day is a series of rituals repeated in series of eights. But today Sarah will attempt to fulfill one simple yet seemingly impossible task: stepping out the front door.

Hester Street: Watch it Here!

Gitl (Carol Kane in her Academy Award nominated role) and her son arrive on the lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake (Steven Keats), as they struggle to assimilate while remaining true to their old country ways. (Cannes Film Festival, 1975.)

What will you be watching tonight?

-Jessica, Interim Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions