Message from the Director: We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

Dear Livingston Library Community,

It’s almost the 4th of July, one of our favorite holidays.  We love picnics, fireworks, parades…and the tradition of reading aloud from the Declaration of Independence.  I had to recite the Declaration from memory for Mrs. Castigilione’s fifth grade social studies class and I’ll never forget how hard it was to get through those ringing phrases about all men being created equal without bursting into tears (though eventually I did get an A+).  It’s one of the all-time greatest pieces of oratory, and it still gives me goosebumps.  In fact, I love it so much, I even dressed up as the Declaration for Halloween many years ago. (See below!)  This 4th of July there are more opportunities than ever to participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  To attend in person, come to the Oval at 11:30 on the 4th itself, where the Library’s own ESL tutor Peter Berkowsky will be reciting the Declaration either at the Gazebo or in the high school auditorium, depending on the weather.  If you’re out of town, try “Morning Edition” on NPR to hear hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading it on the air.  Or just tune in to one of the many wonderful read-alouds online, like this one, whenever you get the urge.  But whichever version you choose, have a Happy Independence Day!

All the best,

Director, Livingston Library


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