Creative Drama Class: Kindness

The Youth Department is excited to have Livingston’s own Sarah Gordin teach a super fun creative drama class that focuses on kindness through fables as part of our Summer Programming! Participants will play theatre games and create a role drama as they learn about acting tools (voice, body, and imagination) all while exploring what it means to be kind to one another. The class is offered in two sessions, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Registration is required, so sign up today! Sarah Gordin is a theatre and dance teaching artist as well as a director and choreographer. Sarah has taught at multiple organizations, teaching young people all over the world ages 3-18, including OutSchool, The Rose Theater in Omaha, NE, Gas Lamp Players in NJ, Broadway Workshop in NYC, Camp Deeny Riback in NJ, The Civic Theatre of Allentown, PA, and The Creative Arts in India (virtually.) Along with teaching, Sarah has directed Shrek Jr as well as co-directed a digital production of Frankenstein at The Rose Theater which gained international attention. The production was presented again at Dramebaazi, a theatre festival based in India. As well as being a Livingston High School Alum, Sarah graduated Muhlenberg College with a theatre major in Acting/Directing. She has also studied at the National Theatre Institute Advanced Directing Program at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the Theatre Academy of London. In the Fall of 2021, Sarah will begin working for Americorps in a Title 1 school teaching theatre and dance. Learn more at sarahgordin.com Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services Sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Library.

Take a Trip to the Beach

We are beginning to enter my favorite season– beach read season! Here are some beach reads that I am looking forward to reading this summer.  You can borrow these and more from the Livingston Public Library’s print and digital collections! Reunion Beach by Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani, Patti Callahan, and Mary Alice Monroe print book | ebook | audiobook  From the Publisher: Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels. From Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69. From Adrian Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature. From Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridesmaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach. From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun. Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from: Mary Norris, New York Times bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Cassandra King Conroy, bestselling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright. Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer  print book | ebook From the Publisher: Eleanor Sunderland loves living on Nantucket, in a gorgeous cliffside home that has been in her family for decades. Yet this year she can’t help but feel a bit isolated, even as the island begins to come alive with summer tourists and travelers. Her best friend has skipped town on a last-minute cruise, leaving Eleanor feeling lonely and nostalgic about her family’s weekend trips to the island, made less frequently in the years since her husband’s passing. Now, her money-driven children contact her mostly to complain and to beg her to sell her beloved home for a steep payout. Hoping to kick the season off on a good note, Eleanor decides her seventieth birthday may be the perfect occasion for a much-needed reunion. Fresh off the heels of her college graduation, Eleanor’s dear granddaughter, Ari, has just ended an engagement that felt less like true love and more like a chore. She longs for a change of scenery and to venture far from her parents’ snobbish expectations. Taking advantage of her newfound freedom, she heads to Nantucket to clear her head before graduate school, moving in with her grandmother and taking a job at the local beach camp. As she watches Eleanor begin to form a bond with an old acquaintance, Ari herself becomes completely smitten with a friend’s charming older brother. But just as grandmother and granddaughter fall into a carefree routine, a few shocking discoveries throw them off course, and their ideas of the future seem suddenly uncertain. Eleanor and Ari make exciting connections, old and new, over the course of an unpredictable, life-changing few months, and learn to lean on each other through every new challenge they face in life and love, in this tale filled with Nancy Thayer’s signature Nantucket magic. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand  print book | ebook | audiobook From the Publisher: On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while jogging near her home on Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she’s assigned to a Person named Martha, who allows Vivi to watch what happens below for one last summer. Vivi also is granted three “nudges” to change the outcome of events on earth, and with her daughter Willa on her third miscarriage, Carson partying until all hours, and Leo currently “off again” with his high-maintenance girlfriend, she’ll have to think carefully where to use them. From the Beyond, Vivi watches “The Chief” Ed Kapenash investigate her death, but her greatest worry is her final book, which contains a secret from her own youth that could be disastrous for her reputation. But when hidden truths come to light, Vivi’s family will have to sort out their past and present mistakes—with or without a nudge of help from above—while Vivi finally lets them grow without her. The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent  print book | ebook | audiobook  From the Publisher: What if you could be someone else for the summer? Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she’s run into is her best friend Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend? And can Birdy stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked, but who thinks she’s someone else? One good friend’s very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places. The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe  print book | ebook From the Publisher: The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores.