1/28 | How-to: Houseplants (Know Your Garden Series)
The first program in our planned “Know Your Garden” series was a success! We had a very interested audience of forty people who peppered the presenter, Mr. Marc Zukovich, with questions right from the start.
Marc shared his vast knowledge in an engaging and interactive full two hour session. He gave a lot of handy tips and recommendations on indoor plant care, both of the flowering and non flowering kind. Topics covered included watering, fertilization, re-potting, lighting and temperature control, and so on.
Marc brought handouts (we had to make more copies!), patiently answered all questions, and even distributed some candy. At the end of the program, he gave out his number and said he would be more than happy to give gardening-related advice to anyone with more questions.
Members of the audience found the program to be very educational, stating that it would help them take better care of their indoor plants. One participant mentioned that this session with the colorful slides had “rekindled [her] interest in having plants inside the house again.”
Marc’s next program is scheduled for March 11th on Eco-friendly Lawn Care.
1/29 | Dr. Michael Sunga’s LHS’s Class Visit
The Library welcomed Livingston High School teacher Dr. Michael Sunga’s Public Speech & Debate class on Monday morning. Dr. Sunga assigned students the task of selecting a picture book to read out loud with a Kindergarten ESL ‘book buddy.’ Youth Services Librarian Gina Vaccaro gave the students a tour of the Children’s section of the library, guided the students to the picture book section, and helped the class find fun, age appropriate books to read aloud.
1/29 | Mocktails – Non-Alcoholic Mixology
Vanessa Young, founder of the Thirsty Radish, talked about how to spice up non-alcoholic drinks. She encouraged attendees to explore their own family history and traditions with food. She also pointed out certain ingredients to be creative with when experimenting with mocktails in order to keep them fresh and festive.
The audience was treated to delicious samples of Vanessa’s Vanilla Cider Punch and Candied Orange Margarita mocktails.
1/30 | X-Treme Readers Book Club for grades 4-5
The inter-generational Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech was the group’s topic for discussion this month. The X-Treme readers talked about friendships and conflict resolution, food, cooking with family, and what foods they suggest eating as comfort foods (chocolate ice cream was a favorite).
For our snack, the group enjoyed one of Miss Gina’s favorite winter comfort foods, her homemade vegetable soup with pastina!