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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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 

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 

 

Celebrate Black History Month With These New Titles

February is Black History month. In celebration, why not check out one of these new reads!? Looking for a printable list?  Check out our website where you can find this list as well as other Reader’s Advisory book suggestions.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Adulting 101 @ The Library

Let’s face it, adulting is hard.  From budgeting and managing your finances, to prepping healthy and easy meals, to job interviews and so much more, do you ever wish that there was somewhere you could go to learn all the skills necessary to “adult?”  Well, thankfully the Livingston Public Library is here to help.

We’re excited to announce our new Adulting 101 program series that will begin on Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm with a presentation on Personal Finance.

Check out our Adulting 101 programming lineup for Winter / Spring 2019:

  • Personal Finance: Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:00pm Douglas Silversten of BlackRock Financial Planning & Investment Management will show you how to take control of your finances and use tools such as a financial checklist to save for the future.  Learn all about goals, saving & investing, financial mantras to live by, and more!
  • Healthy Cooking: Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm (Registration Required) Elle Bernardo, dietitian at the Livingston Shoprite, will teach attendees how to make a quick and easy “no cook” meal.
  • Millennials & Debt: Thursday, April 4 @ 7:00pm Aashia Sampson, licensed financial coach for Primerica will show you how to get out of debt and manage your money!
  • Interview Prep: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:00pm You got an interview! Now what? Ethelyn Geschwind, CEO of Perfect Prep will show you the skills you need to ace that interview.

Check out our calendar for more great programs. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

 

Library Shelfie Day

The New York Public Library has dubbed the fourth Wednesday of the year as Library Shelfie Day.  This is a day that celebrates taking “shelfies”… or rather selfies of your IMG_0005 (2)favorite book shelves.

On this Library Shelfie Day, staff members of the Livingston Public Library celebrated by taking photos with their favorite book shelves. Check them out by following the library’s Instagram account @LivingstonLibrary.

What are your favorite book shelves? Share your shelfies with us with our hashtag, #LtownLibrary.

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

 

Classic Novels

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a long novel.  This winter, why not make the time to read those classics that everyone always feels like they “should read.”  Here are some classic novel suggestions to inspire the more literary side of your to-read pile.  

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- Over the past few years, I can not tell you how many patrons have suggested that I read this book (or even watch the movie).  Gone gone with the windWith the Wind is a classic romance totaling in at a lengthy 959 pages depending on the edition.  This novel takes place during the Civil War and Reconstruction time period and follows the story of Scarlett O’Hara the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner.     

Rebecca by Daphene du Maurier- This Gothic romance is perfect for those who enjoyedrebecca.jpg Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. This novel tells the tale of a young girl who becomes the new wife to Max de Winter, only to find that she is not the true mistress of the home as the house and all who inhabit it are forever dominated by the memory of the deceased Rebecca.      

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – This piece of speculative fiction brave new worldwas originally published in 1932 and is about a psychologically controlled and genetically engineered society of the future.  This novel is on par with George Orwell’s 1984. ana karenia     

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – This novel is another lengthy one, totaling in at around 837 pages and tells the story of a doomed love affair set in nineteenth century Russia.

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian