Dig into Your Ancestry at Home

Wondering what to do at home while practicing social distancing? Tracing your family history can be a fascinating journey. So why not research your family tree using Livingston Library provided digital resources? HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. This database is  made available to any NJ cardholder via the NJ State Library and can be accessed, here. Hoopla and Overdrive have several ebooks on the subject of genealogy. GALE Courses offers a course, “Genealogy Basics” that will help you understand the genealogy research process and how to interpret the information you find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based websites, which you can access while enrolled in this class. You can also access Ancestry.com (previously available inside the library from the comfort of your own own. For a list of librarian approved genealogy sites, click here. -Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian  

Cooking With Kids

Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper Part 1 of the Next Best Junior Chef series A zesty series for fans of kids’ cooking competitions! It’s “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants-energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver-who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on- and off-camera? Which junior chef will have the grit-and maybe the grits-to make it through each challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good? Bonus: Includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef! Sesame Street Let’s Cook! by Susan McQuillan Part of the Sesame Street series A new collection of 50 healthful, fun recipes for parents and children ages 2 to 5 from “celebrity chefs” Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the beloved Sesame Street gang Sesame Street has been entertaining and educating young children and their parents for 45 years with its irresistible, brightly colored “monsters.” In recent years, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the gang have appeared with chefs and on TV to teach kids about healthy eating. Studies have even shown that Elmo helps kids like broccoli. In April 2014, Michelle Obama announced a national “Eat Brighter” campaign that will feature Sesame Street characters on food labels.Sesame Street Let’s Cook! furthers this new effort in cookbook form. It features a visual “ABCs of Healthy Foods,” plus 50 simple, healthful recipes for breakfasts, main meals, and snacks. There’s a color photo for every recipe, Kids! steps, nutrition tips, and clever sidebars that teach young children ages 2 to 5 skills such as counting, matching, learning the alphabet, and more. Kitchen Math by Katie Marsico Part of the Math Everywhere! series Math is everywhere in the kitchen! See what’s cooking inside this book-and how we need math to finish the job! You’ll need your math smarts to help measure ingredients, calculate cooking times, add and subtract fractions, double and halve recipes, convert cups to ounces and back again, and more. It all adds up to a lot of fun! The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth Experts tell us the best way to teach kids healthy eating habits is to involve them in the process. This irresistibe cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love. Bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts (Did you know your brain actually shrinks when you’re dehydrated? Drink water, quick!), Help Yourself empowers children to take charge of their own nutrition – for now and for life! Join America’s Test Kitchen’s Kids’ Young Chefs’ Club. Recipes and tutorials get your kids into the kitchen with America’s Test Kitchen’s weekly resources to help kids learn in the kitchen—and make something delicious along the way. You can also listen to America’s Test Kitchen’s Kids Podcast, which comes out three times each week.  Here is a sample of weekly offerings: Schedule for Week 4 Monday, April 6: What Makes Fizzy Drinks Fizzy? (Experiment) Tuesday, April 7: Meatballs (Recipe) Wednesday, April 8: Salt Art (Activity) Thursday, April 9: After-School Peanut Butter Cookies (Recipe) Friday, April 10: Hard-Cooked Eggs (Recipe) Saturday and Sunday, April 11 – 12: DIY Pancake Mix (Recipe) -Melissa Brisbin, Associate Director