Message From the Director: Summer Reading Kindness Challenge Kickoff!

Amy Director

Livingston Library Community,

Can you believe it’s already time for Summer Reading!? This year we are kicking off Summer Reading’s theme of Tails & Tales with fun reading challenges for all ages: Read to Me for Ages 4 and under, Tails & Tales for Grades K-5, the Summer Game for Grades 6-12, and Adult Summer Reading.

The children’s and teen Summer Reading Challenges run from June 28th through August 13th. The adult program is from June 21st through August 2nd. A Livingston library card is required for all four programs.

This year, a social emotional learning component is part of our children’s Summer Reading Challenge. Participants complete the four-level program by reading for each level and completing Self, Family/Friend, Community & World Kindness activities. Fun prizes and an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing are awarded for each level completed. Register today!

We are also excited to offer a series of programs in honor and remembrance of the late beloved Youth Librarian, Mrs. Chen. The Mrs. Chen’s Memorial Summer Series includes super fun Ron Albanese’s Kiddie Rock N Roll Show, a Livingston Youth Author’s Day featuring local authors Ariel Bernstein, Jennie Wexler, Mike Malbrough and Ariel Horn, and a storyteller, Carol Simon Levine who will present her live participatory show, Animal Antics.

Teens entering grades 6 and up can play the Teen Summer Game. Participants earn points by reading and solving puzzles. Points can be redeemed for super cool prizes!

Adults can begin registering for Summer Reading now! Beginning on Monday, adults will receive raffle tickets for every adult item checked out.  The more items you borrow, the more chances you have to win some fun prizes! Winners will be selected on a weekly basis, and two grand prize winners will receive Kindles. 


Amy Babcock, Director

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