Read It & Eat!

Earlier this week we kicked off our new offsite book club Read It & Eat! A book club designed for busy people on the go who are looking to discuss a quick read while on their lunch break from work or running errands.  For our first meeting, we met at Livingston Bagel during lunch time where we talked about Solane Crosely’s collection ofMe Talk Pretty One Day light essays, Look Alive Out There, and we had a blast!

If you missed out on the book talk and lunch, don’t worry!  You can join us next month where we will be discussing Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, a collection of essays that the New York Times says “reveals a writer who is capable, not only of being funny, but touching, even tender too.” This next meeting will also take place at Livingston Bagel located at 37 E Northfield Rd at 12:00pm on Monday, March 25.

Books are available for you to check out at the library’s Patron Services Desk. And you can register here to ensure that a chair is waiting for you!

Hope to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

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

I Love NJ Libraries

February 14 is a day for love and there is nothing we love more than NJ Libraries. TheILNJ_Twitter-Profile New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has just launched their new website entitled I Love NJ Libraries, a website dedicated to New Jersey Libraries and what they do for the community.

On the I Love NJ Libraries site, not only can you read about what’s going on in various libraries across the state, but you can also access a directory of all of New Jersey’s wonderful libraries! I Love NJ Libraries can also be followed via Instagram @ILoveNJLibraries or Twitter @NjLibraries

So check it out and comment below with why you love your library!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian  

 

February Art Display @ the Library

Tribes of the Omo, is a group of works created by New Jersey based fine artist/illustrator Jay Golding. Jay is a Jamaican/American artist whose work primarily consists of realistic portraits and figures in various mediums such as: mural design/ installation, all traditional paint mediums (watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil), and Illustration Feb 2019 Displaymediums (graphite pencil and ink). Golding’s pieces tell vivid imaginings that are inspired from his thoughts, environment, world culture, African heritage and nature. The artist’s main objective through his work is to inspire the viewer with each unique subject presented.

The works in this exhibit spanning from 2017 – present day, were created in various mediums such as oil and acrylic paint, colored pencil and ballpoint pen. The works highlight Nilotic indigenous tribal groups from the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia, such as the Mursi, Suri, Bodi, and Hamar tribes.

“My process usually begins with either a pen or colored pencil drawing from photographic references I find of the tribes people, as well as literary research to get information about their way of living” says the artist.

Many of these people are Nilotic pastoralists who depend on the river to grow their crops and to fish, or who live in forests or huts on their mainland. Through these images, the artist touches on a narrative of how important nature is to our existence on this planet. According to Jay, “there is much we can learn from these tribes by studying their way of living.”

“I have been greatly inspired by the stories of these people and since beginning this work, I have began to explore my tribal lineage more as well” adds Jay.

This exhibit will run until the end of February.  Come down to the library and check it out!

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Cookbooks

I don’t know about you readers, but this polar vortex has me craving the type of food that warms me up and comforts me through the long winter. There is nothing better IMG_0274than a hot bowl of soup or a creamy macaroni and cheese to help you escape this especially chilly February. This month, the library is displaying books that will help you beat the cold, right from the comforts of your own home.

Below is a brief list of books to get you started, and make sure to grab some more the next time you are in the library!

 

-Katie Neyan, Head of Adult Services 

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

Lunar New Year Art

For the beginning of February, the Library’s display case is featuring children’s art in

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Beautiful artwork!

celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The works done by children 6-17 years old, include oil painting, water colors, sketches, and oil pastels, as well as works done in markers and crayons. Children present the artworks with their favorite dogs and symbols of Chinese culture such as dragons, lion dance, and pandas.

All of the featured artists are taught by Christine Qin Wittlinger (Christine’s Art Studio) , who has both an art and business degree from China and America. She is currently employed as an art instructor by Livingston Chinese School.

The display case exhibit runs through February 9th.

– Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

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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Message from the Director: Adulting 101

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by day-to-day life challenges and all that being an adult entails?  The Livingston Public Library has got you covered! Starting this month, the library is offering a new program series, entitled Adulting 101.  We will help you master the art and skill of being an adult. The first program being offered is Adulting 101: Personal Finance, presented by Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. We will explore different financial tools to help you succeed, such as financial checklists to help with your saving and investing.

And that’s not all! We have a full slate of programming coming this Spring. ShopRite will be visiting us on March 7 at 7:00 PM for a program on Healthy Cooking. The recipes do not require any cooking appliances!  They are perfect for college dorms, studio apartments, and for when you don’t feel like lighting a stove or an oven.  April brings us a financial program centered on Millennials & Debt on Thursday, the 4th at 7:00 PM.  Aashia Sampson of Primerica will show how to get out of debt and manage money. The Spring series will conclude with a lecture on Interview Prep, presented by Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM.

We recognize adulting can be difficult but you’re never alone with the Livingston Library.

All the best,
Amy

Read the Books Behind the Oscars

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Mark your calendars.  February 24 is the date of the Oscars.

To get you geared up for these awards, Adult Services Librarian, Christine Demidowich has put up a display where you can “Read the Books Behind the Oscars.”  Some of the books on display are titles that the Academy Award-winning films are based off of, some are biographies on award winning actors and actresses, and some are DVD’s of the actual movies.

So come on in, and check out a winner!

 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian