Mrs. Chen’s Memorial Program: Sarah W. Jaffe Author Visit

Attention parents! We are pleased to welcome author Sarah W. Jaffe to the Livingston Library for Mrs. Chen’s Memorial Program on Thursday evening, October 27th at 7:00 pm.

Sarah W. Jaffe will read an excerpt from her new book Wanting What’s Best: Parenting, Privilege, and Building a Just World and then lead a discussion about navigating childcare, school, and higher education systems with equity and justice in mind. Her book includes interviews with real parents and actionable steps for parents who are interested in getting the “best” for all children. 

As many of you know, Mrs. Chen was a beloved Children’s Librarian at the Livingston Public Library for over thirty years. This author visit parenting program is a wonderful way to honor her memory and the legacy she has left with the Livingston community.

I hope to see you there!

~Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services

This program was made possible by Mrs. Chen’s family and the Friends of the Livingston Public Library.

What’s Fresh in Teen Services?

Hey, it’s Jason, Young Adult Librarian. I started at Livingston Public Library on June 1st. So, how did I spend my summer? 

I’ve spent a huge amount of time coordinating volunteers. I built a volunteering system from the ground up. We had over 100 applicants, and 63 of those went on to actively volunteer with us this summer.

Another big project I did was managing the Young Adult collection. This included ordering many new “fresh” materials. Most importantly, I reorganized the collection.

Manga has been expanded to the whole shelving unit near the water fountain. Graphic novels have replaced the reading list/classics collection on the long shelf, and the reading list books are now where the audiobooks used to be (on the opposite side of the video games). Lastly, audiobooks now sit at the end of the nonfiction collection.

I have also made mini “new” sections at the beginning of Graphic Novels and Nonfiction so that you may find new books faster and easier.

Finally, our manga art contest submissions are on display over the manga shelving unit. Come to the Teen Desk to vote on your favorite!

As always, staff are happy to answer any directional questions you may have (just save the hard questions for another member of the youth services team!). 

-Jason Weissmann, Young Adult Librarian