Message From the Director: Let the Gaming Begin!

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Here at the Library, we try to have something for everyone. That’s why last month we held our first Gaming @ the Library event for high school students grades 9-12.  This event, co-run by the Livingston High School Video Game Club and sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  provided high school students a safe and fun place to socialize after school.  Gaming @ the Library returns this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:00 PM for high school students in grades 9-12.  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be played on the big screen and Mario Kart will be played on the two smaller side screens.

Be on the lookout for more Gaming @ the Library events, including Gaming for Grades 5-8 on Tuesday, April 16 and Family Gaming for all ages on Saturday, May 18 from 2-4 PM. In the meantime get your video game fix by checking out the latest games for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XBOX ONE, located in the Teen Zone.

All the best,

Message From the Director: Livingston Listens

Dear Livingston Library Community,

The popular Livingston Listens series is returning, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice.  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 7:00 PM.

Do children, maybe your children, grandchildren, or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading?  Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy.  Identifying harmful representations and ensuring exposure to diversity is important for healthy growth and development.   Montclair State University Professor, Dr. Laura Nicosia, will lead a guided discussion and explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

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 7:00 PM. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein.

This workshop provides a safe space for discussion and learning about LGBTQ+ identities. Workshop participants will learn terminology and the different components that make up sexuality (i.e. sex, gender identity, gender expression, and orientation). We will also talk about several issues that often affect LGBTQ+ peers, such as depression, isolation, self-hatred, substance use, homelessness, and suicide. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Please join us for these two important and exciting programs and engage in a dialog about how we can make everyone in our community feel welcome, safe, and valued.

All the best,

Message from the Director: The ABCs of Candy

Dear Livingston Library Community,

From melt in your mouth not in your hand chocolate treats and Kit Kat breaks to tasting the rainbow, candy is a year round treat that we all enjoy. But where did it come from? This Monday, February 4, at 7:00 PM, questions about your favorite indulgences will be answered in a program presented by the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

ABCs of Candy will explore the history of a variety of different candies, including some tried and true favorites as well as some popular newcomers. The program is conducted alphabetically, discussing a different candy for each letter of the alphabet and addresses broader themes, including when and why American consumption of candy increased.

Don’t worry, we won’t be sending you home with a head full of sweets and an empty stomach! The evening concludes with sugary and sugar-free samples to enjoy.

I think Betty MacDonald put it best in her book Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, “There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.”

All the best,

Shhh It’s a Secret

The Livingston Public Library wants to let you in on a little secret… if you’re looking for a new book, but aren’t quiet sure what you’re looking for, we have books on display that you can browse and borrow.

This month, our Adult Services Librarian Archana has displayed books that deal with secrets. So come on down to the library and check out our displays!  But remember… it’s a secret!   IMG_0078

 – Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

Video Games @ the Library!

Did you know that Livingston library-card-holders can now borrow Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XBox One video games at Livingston Library?

The video game collection is located in the Young Adult section near the manga and
graphic novel collections. Video game titles in the Livingston Library
collection include “Madden NFL 19”, “Spider-man,” “Super Mario Party”,
“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” and more.

Video games can be borrowed for 2 weeks and can be renewed once if
there are no other holds on the item. Video games are available to
Livingston resident library-card-holders and paid Livingston
library-card-holders only.

So come on down to the library and check out some video games today!

-Anna Coats, Head of Youth Services 

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