Meet the Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman

Hello Library Readers!

We are super excited to announce that author Lynda Cohen Loigman will be visiting us LCLon February 7 @ 7pm.  Loigman is the author of two novels, The Two Family House (2016) and The Wartime Sisters (2019).

The Two Family House tells the story of two sister in laws who live in, you guessed it, a twofamhousetwo family house!  They end up getting pregnant at the same time by accident, and when a terrible blizzard strikes, end up delivering their babies inside the home at the very same time. But then something happens…something that changes their lives FOREVER.

The Wartime Sisters takes place during the early days of WWII and follows the stories of wartime sisterstwo sisters.  One of the sisters is an officer’s wife and the other an army widow who takes a job in the armory campus as a soldier of production.  As the war wages on, the sisters begin to harbor resentment towards each other. Then one day, a figure from the past appears, exposing secrets in their lives.

Loigman has received excellent praise for both of her novels. The Two Family House was chosen by GoodReads in March 2016 as Best Historical Fiction Novel of the month and was nominated in the GoodReads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Pam Jenoff, NY Times Bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale has said “Loigman skillfully chronicles the complex sibling bonds and rivalries, the secrets we keep and truths that set us free. Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book.”

The Livingston Public Library’s Get Lit book club read The Two Family House for their January book discussion and absolutely adored it, unanimously agreeing that the novel was extremely hard to put down.   

The Friends of the Livingston Public Library will have a limited number of copies of The Wartime Sisters available for purchase the day of the event.  For more information, check out our calendar here, we hope to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

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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Livingston Listens

In an increasingly disruptive political and cultural environment, Livingston is a community that is becoming increasingly diverse. This represents a challenge as new communities grow alongside established ones and also an opportunity for our community, as a whole, to come together and talk about how issues that are impacting our country on a large scale are impacting our community and our lives as individual citizens.

The Livingston Library is pleased to announce that the Livingston Listens program series is returning in 2019, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice. Livingston Listens was first started in 2018 and featured programs such as Understanding Race in America, Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity and The Missing Stories (South Asian American Digital Archive).

The first program is a partnering with The New Jersey Council for the Humanities to host the Public Scholars Project program, How We See Ourselves in What We Read, on Tuesday February 12th, 2019 at 7pm, presented by Dr. Laura Nicosia.

Do children, maybe your children or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading? What do you see in those books? What they’re reading may be representative, but then again, it may not be. It’s important to identify the harmful representations overall and ensure exposure to diversity for growth and development. Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy. In this session, a guided discussion will explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

Laura Nicosia, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University where she teaches American/YA Literatures and methods of teaching the humanities using technologies. She is Past President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English and is NJ State Representative to the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

The second program is a partnering with Garden State Equality (GSE) to host the program LGBTQ 101: Let’s Get Busy Talking! on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein. Workshop participants will learn terminology and talk about issues that often affect LGBTQ+ youth and peers. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Dr. Tyree Oredein has an extensive background in creating and ensuring safe spaces for sexual minority youth in academic, professional, and community settings. Since 2005, she has delivered hundreds of Professional Development training workshops to more than 5,000 administrators, educators, social service & medical providers, police officers, correction officers, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, peer educators, and community members.

Both programs are free and open to all. We hope to see you there!

-Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services

Reflective Journaling

The Livingston Library hosted a successful Cover Crafting Kickoff for our new Reflective Journaling program!  Attendees created imaginative and inspiring covers for their reflective journals.  Want to participate?  Every week we will have new reflective journaling pages for you to take home and complete at your leisure located on the counter near the main entrance.  At the end of the year, you’ll have a book of 49 journaling pages documenting your experiences and goals.

Have questions? Stop by the Adult Services Department and ask one of our friendly librarians.

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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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 

Read It & Eat!

Life is busy.  After a full day of working or running errands, cooking dinner, and getting everything settled for the evening, who really feels like coming back out at night for a mid-week book club?  But what if there was a book club during the day, where you could stop in on your lunch break?

Adult Services Librarians Jessica and Katie are excited to announce the Livingston Public Library’s first Read It & Eat book club!  An offsite book club that meets at a local restaurant during the afternoon. Perfect timing for those on their lunch break, those out and about running errands, and/or those waiting to pick up their children from school.  After all, you have to eat lunch anyway, right? Why not spend it eating and discussing a great book! 

The first Read It & Eat! book club meeting will take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd., on Monday, February 11.  We will meet at 12pm and the discussion will begin at 12:15pm.  By now you’re probably wondering “But if I’m so busy, will I have time to read a book?” & “What are these library folk reading, anyway?”  

look alive out thereThe first book will be Look Alive Out There by Solane Crosley.  It’s a collection of short essays Glamour raves about.  Seriously, they’re quoted for saying “Whether she’s spying on a neighbor’s kid, crashing a shiva, or freezing her eggs, Crosley toggles effortlessly between hilarity and heartbreak.”  Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?

So whether you have time to commit to reading the book cover to cover, or only end up reading a few essays out of the collection, pick up a copy at the Livingston Library’s Patron Services desk. beginning January 7, and join us!

*The Livingston Library staff provides the book and the discussion, the attendees are responsible for their own food and drink.*

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–Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian & Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services 

 

              

More Than Just Books: December 2018 Adult Program Wrap Up

December may be a busy (and chilly) time of the year, but the library is still active with numerous Adult Programs.  

This month we had a bunch of exciting programs!  On December 3, we enjoyed a lecture Paul Cezzane: The Father of Modern Art. We learned about the ways that he used form, color, and structure in his artwork, as well as how he paved the way for 20th Century Modernism.

Our team of librarians also answered your technology questions at our Tech-Help Drop In.  Are you having trouble downloading that e-book from Hoopla or Libby?  We’re here to help!

Health is also important!  This month we learned about a Blueprint For Men’s Health and basic medical issues as presented by Dr. Rowland Chavez, MD and Dr. David Gallinson, DO of Summit Medical Group.  

And for those worried about sending their child to college, our 529 Plan lecture on December 8 put worries to rest by presenting a wealth of valuable information for prospective college parents.  

Our inner artists came out at our Adult Paint Night where we painted a “Nighttime Owl Landscape” with artists from the Art Kids Academy.  The results were absolutely stunning.

But this isn’t all!  We also met up for our Adult Coloring Group, hosted numerous Book Clubs, our monthly Senior Happening, and so much more!  

Stay tuned for more programs coming up in 2019 and don’t forget to check out our website to see what’s coming up.  We can’t wait to see you!

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

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Rock On! Musical Story Times with Guitar Joe

If you have attended a live performance of Guitar Joe’s Musical Story Time, then you know how lucky we are to have him at the Livingston Public Library! GuitarJoe

Joe O’Brien’s love of rock music started at an early age; he began playing guitar when he was only 12 years old.  Over the years, he has been in many bands, playing the usual NYC circuit.  He also performs in Brooklyn with his wife Ashley in the Dottie Parkers – Joe plays ukulele while Ashley sings.

Look for the next session of Guitar Joe’s Musical Story Time starting up again in February, 2019.  Until then, here’s a clip of Joe performing We’re Going to Be Friends at the library.

Rock on!

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

 

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 TeaFoodHistory.com 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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