Learning Comes to Life in Youth Services

Some of you have already had a chance to try out our new Orboot augmented reality globe this past month in the Children’s Department, and your excitement was overwhelming! We are very happy to announce that the full collection of Orboot globes is now ready for you to explore at the Livingston Public Library. Take a trip around the planet from the comfort of the library with Orboot Earth! Explore cultures and traditions in different countries around the world, find out amazing facts about animals on land and sea, and play games and quizzes to test what you’ve learned. Explore the land before time with Orboot Dinos! See and hear your favorite dinosaurs roar to life, find out how they lived and what they liked to eat, and use augmented reality to see them standing in the library at your very feet. Launch your own interstellar mission with Orboot Mars! Learn facts about the different Mars missions, landers, and rovers throughout the last 60 years, explore the dusty red landscape with its many unique features, and challenge yourself as the commander of a Martian rescue mission. (We recommend Orboot Mars for space-lovers in grades 3 and above, as the facts can be a bit more complex than the other two globes.) Stop by the Children’s Desk to try out one (or all) of these fun new additions! You can either download the Orboot apps onto your own smart device, or ask to borrow the library’s iPad to play. Make yourself comfy at one of our tables, and let learning come to life! Happy Exploring! -Melanie Bruchet, Youth Services Librarian

“Hail to the Chief:” U.S. Presidents

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. Here are some novels and movies about real and fictional presidents, their spouses, their personal and political lives, including some imaginative alternative histories, all available to check out in book, ebook or DVD format, with your Livingston Library card. The Armageddon File by Stephen Coonts After one of the most contentious and divisive elections in American history, the new president is finally settling into the West Wing. But when his chief of staff discovers evidence that voting machines in key counties in swing states were tampered with, the whole administration is in danger of unraveling. Did someone steal the election? Are America’s enemies involved? Were the tampered-with machines actually rigged to swing the election the other way — and if so and the plot failed, what is the conspirators’ backup plan? Crooked by Austin Grossman  Grossman reimagines the Cold War as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero: Richard Nixon. Here for the first time is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if the man we call the nation’s worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if he was, in truth, our greatest? Deep State : A Thriller by Chris Hauty Recently elected President Richard Monroe–populist, controversial, and divisive–is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house.  Eighteen Acres by Nicole Wallace From a former Communications Director for the White House comes a suspenseful novel about the first female president of the United States, Charlotte Kramer, and all the dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love. Enemy At The Gates by Kyle Mills Mitch Rapp has worked for a number of presidents over his career, but Anthony Cook is unlike any he’s encountered before. Cunning and autocratic, he feels no loyalty to America’s institutions and is distrustful of the influence Rapp and CIA director Irene Kennedy have in Washington. Meanwhile, when Kennedy discovers evidence of a mole scouring the Agency’s database for sensitive information on Nicholas Ward, the world’s first trillionaire, she convinces Rapp to take a job protecting him. In doing so, he finds himself walking an impossible tightrope: Keep the man alive, but also use him as bait to uncover a traitor who has seemingly unlimited access to government secrets. Finale by Thomas Mallon Mallon brings to life the tumultuous administration of the most consequential and enigmatic president in modern times. He captures the crusading ideologies, blunders, and glamour of the still-hotly-debated Reagan years, taking readers to the political gridiron of Washington, the wealthiest enclaves of Southern California, and the volcanic landscape of Iceland, where the president engages in two almost apocalyptic days of negotiation with Mikhail Gorbachev. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter This fascinating novel imagines a world where Lincoln did not die, and instead lived to face the consequences of the Civil War…namely, an impeachment trial for a breach of executive powers. When one of Lincoln’s lawyers is murdered, a young black woman working for his defense team must unravel the mystery. Landfall by Thomas Mallon Set during the tumultuous middle of the George W. Bush years–amid the twin catastrophes of the Iraq insurgency and Hurricane Katrina.  The president at the novel’s center possesses a personality whose high-speed alternations between charm and petulance, resoluteness and self-pity, continually energize and mystify the panoply of characters around him.  A gallery of political and media figures, from the widowed Nancy Reagan to the philandering John Edwards to the brilliantly contrarian Christopher Hitchens, bring the novel and the era to life. Madam President by Nicole Wallace Charlotte Kramer, the forty-fifth President of the United States, has done the unprecedented in allowing a network news team to document a day in her life–and that of her most senior staff. But while twenty news cameras are embedded with the president, the unthinkable happens: five major attacks are leveled on US soil. Her secretary of defense, Melanie, and her press secretary, Dale, must instantly jump to action in supporting the president and reassuring the country that the safety they treasure is in capable hands.  With all eyes on them and America’s stability on the line, all three women are hiding personal and professional secrets that could rock the West Wing to its very foundations…and change the lives of the people they love most. Never by Ken Follett “Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get fixed.” So says Pauline Green, president of the United States. A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Struggling to prevent the outbreak of a world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival in the next presidential election. The President’s Daughter : A Thriller  by Bill Clinton & James Patterson Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL–and a past president–has always defended his family as staunchly as he has his country. Now those defenses are under attack. A madman abducts Keating’s teenage daughter, Melanie–turning every parent’s deepest fear into a matter of national security. As the world watches in real time, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission that tests his strengths: as a leader, a warrior, and a father. Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings by Stephen