Message From the Director: Travel Back in Time Stich by Stich

Amy Director

Livingston Library Community, 

What if you could travel back time and explore American culture stitch by stitch? What if we told you that you can?

The Livingston Public Library is pleased to present Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines, and Everything In Between.  In this lecture, Liberty Hall Museum will present an engaging talk using their extensive textile and fashion collection, taking us on a journey from the 1700s up through the 1950s.  

Located in Union, NJ, Liberty Hall Museum is a historical house and garden museum, which was also home to William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey. Following William Livingston, the house was then home to six generations of the Keane Family, who left centuries of historical possessions including china, diaries, and of course, clothing. 

In this lecture we will explore the stories of fashion as told over the centuries.  We also learn how Queen Victoria influenced the fashion of women in America, as well as how colonial fashion made a reappearance in the 20th century.   

This event is open to all, but registration is required. Registration is required for this event and can be done so through the Library’s event calendar.  Information on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to you the day before the lecture is to take place. 


Amy Babcock  

Teens! Are you interested in the Livingston Library’s Volunteer Program?

Are you a teen who wants volunteer hours to enhance your college application? Or maybe you’re the parent of a teen who needs community service hours to meet the requirements of a club or religious institution. Could you be one of the many teens who loves the library and wants to give back to the community? Our Teen Volunteer Application is open now!

The Livingston Library is committed to providing volunteer opportunities for young people. We believe volunteering teaches new skills, creates a bridge to work, and gives teens the opportunity to engage with diverse members of the community. The library benefits too, as we tap into the interests and talents of our volunteers to enhance and plan programs, and get some extra manpower for big projects.  In 2019, the Livingston Library had almost 200 registered teen volunteers. Volunteers worked an average of 10 hours each, contributing approximately 2000 hours of service.

During the 2020-2021 school year, a group of teen Virtual Volunteers co-hosted Zoom events, created puzzles, wrote book reviews, shared program ideas, and helped prepare crafts like these valentine cards. 

For summer 2021, the Library is offering a Teen Virtual Volunteer Program and a few onsite Teen Volunteer opportunities. The positions are open to Livingston residents entering grades 8-12 in September. All CDC guidelines will be strictly observed.

Karen deWilde, Teen Services Librarian