Message from the Director: My Kind of Role Model

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Library, and no one has given more consistently than our longtime trustee, Judi Nudelman, who is stepping down after 42 years of service.  In an age of sound bites and disposable products, Judi’s longstanding commitment to literacy and public service seems even more notable, spanning several eras in librarianship.  Judi was deeply involved in our earliest fundraising and logistical efforts to computerize the Library and actively worked to fund the Library’s renovation and expansion both in 1977 and 2007.  She was president of the Board for 24 years.  And she did it all with her customary enthusiasm and vigor.  My favorite Judi story is embodied in this photo of the ceremony beginning the Library’s first expansion.  She’s the one in jeans, standing next to a woman in a proper skirt and coat.  “That was Councilwoman Carol Beck, and oh, she was mad at me!”  Judi remembers.  “But it was a groundbreaking!  I thought they might hand me a shovel!”  Judi adds, laughing, “For years she called me up before every event to remind me to dress properly.”  Now that’s my kind of role model!

Thank you, Judi…for everything. Because at the Livingston Library, we get by with a little help from our friends. Or in your case, more than a little.

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

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Message from the Director: We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s almost the 4th of July, one of our favorite holidays.  We love picnics, fireworks, parades…and the tradition of reading aloud from the Declaration of Independence.  I had to recite the Declaration from memory for Mrs. Castigilione’s fifth grade social studies class and I’ll never forget how hard it was to get through those ringing phrases about all men being created equal without bursting into tears (though eventually I did get an A+).  It’s one of the all-time greatest pieces of oratory, and it still gives me goosebumps.  In fact, I love it so much, I even dressed up as the Declaration for Halloween many years ago. (See below!)  This 4th of July there are more opportunities than ever to participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  To attend in person, come to the Oval at 11:30 on the 4th itself, where the Library’s own ESL tutor Peter Berkowsky will be reciting the Declaration either at the Gazebo or in the high school auditorium, depending on the weather.  If you’re out of town, try “Morning Edition” on NPR to hear hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading it on the air.  Or just tune in to one of the many wonderful read-alouds online, like this one, whenever you get the urge.  But whichever version you choose, have a Happy Independence Day!

All the best,

Amy,
Director, Livingston Library

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