Dinosaurs Galore!

Dinosaurs have taken over at the Livingston Public Library!IMG_3471 (1)

The Livingston Library’s display case features the amazing and extensive dinosaur collection of nine year old Livingston resident, Julian Zakkour, who has been an “amateur” paleontologist since he was 5 years old.  His passion started when watching PBS shows Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan and discovering the dinosaur section in the Livingston Library.  He absorbed the facts and history of these magnificent creatures like a sponge and quickly learned the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and how they lived and died as if they were old friends. Trips to the Natural History Museum in New York City and dinosaur exhibits near and far also fueled his passion.  Most of his family trips always include a trip to a museum or a dinosaur inspired attraction. He started to collect dinosaur figures in every shape, form and size and his family always knows what he wants for his birthday and on holidays!

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films and franchise made a great impact on his love of dinosaurs.  His collection includes rare vintage Jurassic Park figures from all 3 films (Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park II and Jurassic Park III) and from the newer films Jurassic World and Jurassic World, the Lost Kingdom.

He considers himself a purist and favors toys that show the real form of the dinosaur but also loves the new hybrid toy figures as well.

His favorite dinosaur is the Spinosaurs.  His dream would be to go on a dig and actually find a dinosaur fossil.   He is currently in the 3rd grade at Harrison school.  He would like to be a paleontologist when he grows up.    He is very happy to share his collection with the Library to inspire other kids about the wonderful world of dinosaurs!

This colorful and enthralling display will last till January 26.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Displays & Exhibits @ the Library!

The Livingston Public Library is always looking for new collections to display in the library.  For more information on how you can display your collection, check out our website here.

Here is what Adult Services Librarian, Archana Chiplunkar, has to say about our exhibit for the month of December 2018: 

This month Carla Horowitz of The Clay Cellar in Riker Hill Art Park, is displaying her handcrafted stoneware pottery. Horowitz’s work has been influenced by nature, dance, and her more than three years living in Japan. She creates wheel thrown and hand-built pieces that are both functional and decorative. Her shapes are often altered and textured, and she has become known for platters and bowls made using a variety of leaves.

“Bakers, pitchers, tea pots, mugs, and bowls are just a few of the items that enhance everyday meals,” says Horowitz. “I love that what I create in my studio goes into someone’s home and establishes a hand-to-hand connection with the user. The journey of each piece continues once it leaves my studio.”

Besides the dramatic leaf pieces, she also produces crocks, garlic keepers, and canisters that make a kitchen more functional, and her vases, goblets, and mini pots make any table more festive.

The Clay Cellar emerged from an actual cellar into a storefront pottery in Montclair’s South End Business District, traveled to Doubletree Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts in Upper Montclair, then on to the Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, NJ.

Throughout all its transformations, the challenge Carla says “ has always been to produce high quality work that still fits the goal of creating unique, functional, and affordable pieces.”

Horowitz is a member of the Potters Guild of New Jersey and the Riker Hill Artists Association. She offers classes at the Art Park and at the Montclair Art Museum. For further information, go to www.theclaycellarpottery.com.

Pottery
December 2018 Exhibit Display

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian