Message from the Director: The Missing Stories

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

Is the name Anandibai Joshee familiar to you?  I’ll confess, I had not heard it before.  Anandibai Joshee’s story is one of bravery and determination.  A young woman from a small city in western India, she traveled thousands of miles eventually arriving in Roselle, NJ.  In 1883 she became the first South Asian woman in the world with a degree in western medicine.  Yet despite trailblazing work, her inspirational story lives in relative anonymity.

On Saturday, May 12th at 3 pm, join us for the final installment of our 2018 Livingston Listens series-The Missing Stories, presented and led by Samip Mallick, co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive.  South Asians have been a presence in the US for more than 130 years, but their stories are mostly unknown.  We will learn more about Dr. Joshee and engage in an interactive discussion about underrepresented populations, specifically examining South Asians.

I am looking forward to this enlightening afternoon full of conversation about how sharing community stories can help create a more inclusive future.

All the best,
Amy

Message from the Director: Take a Walk with a Poem

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Dear Livingston Library Community,

April is Poetry Month and it’s almost over.  So there’s no better time to try a poetry walk, one of my all-time favorite experiences.  Select a poet with a nice sense of rhythm, nothing too fancy.  Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Emily Dickinson are good.  And then take the book outside with you to your favorite ramble, whether it’s a city street or a wooded path.  Stop every now and then and read a stanza or two.  Let the poet’s choice of words, the images and sounds sock you in the solar plexus.  For as William Carlos Williams himself once said, “Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels.”  And then keep on walking with those sublime lines ringing in your head.  You might bring along one of your favorite companions, old or young, to share them with.  Either way, I promise you an afternoon you won’t forget.

For more wonderful poets, take a look at our display of poetry books near the entrance to the Library.  Or ask any of our highly trained librarians for a recommendation.  Because at Livingston Library, we bring the world to you.

 

All the best,
Amy