October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a very common learning disability with no known cure. It can be found across the world, in different languages and across many cultures. Studies have found that certain fonts, like Helvetica and sans serif fonts, are more dyslexic friendly and readers are able to see the text clearer. The Livingston Public Library’s website offers a dyslexic friendly option found in the Accessibility Menu, located on every page of our site. Here are some books featuring characters with dyslexia:(Descriptions provided by the publishers) PICTURE BOOKSBen & Emma’s Big Hit by Gavin NewsomAn empowering picture book about a young boy with dyslexia who discovers a new way to look at reading Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea BeatyPart of the The Questioneers Series: When Miss Greer asks each child in the class to write a story, second-grader Aaron, who loves to draw but struggles with reading, creates a story using pictures. A Walk in the Words by Hudson TalbottThrough a story from his own childhood, Hudson Talbott shares the challenges–and ultimately the rewards–of being a non-mainstream kind of learner. CHAPTER BOOKS Welcome Back, Maple Mehta-Cohen by Kate McGovernMaple Mehta-Cohen has been keeping a secret: she can’t read all that well. She has an impressive vocabulary and loves dictating stories into her recorder–especially the adventures of a daring sleuth who’s half Indian and half Jewish like Maple herself–but words on the page just don’t seem to make sense to her. Despite all Maple’s clever tricks to hide her troubles with reading, her teacher is on to her, and now Maple has to repeat fifth grade. Maple is devastated–what will her friends think? Will they forget about her? She uses her storytelling skills to convince her classmates that she’s staying back as a special teacher’s assistant (because of budget cuts, you know). But as Maple navigates the loss of old friendships, the possibility of new ones, and facing her reading challenges head-on, her deception becomes harder to keep up. Can Maple begin to recognize her own strengths, and to love herself–and her brain–just the way she is? Readers who have faced their own trials with school and friendships will enjoy this heartwarming story and its bright, creative heroine. Maple is in fifth grade–again. Now everyone will find out she struggles with reading–or will they? An engaging read for anyone who has ever felt different. Two-Minute Drill By Mike LupicaBrainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school. Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly HuntAlly’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read. Check out the International Dyslexia Association for fact sheets, success stories, and more information about dyslexia. ~Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services

Take and Make Craft: Apple

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Stop by the Youth Services Desk beginning Monday, September 11th, to pick up a take and make apple craft to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Kits are available while supplies last and made possible by the Friends of the Livingston Library. Visit the Youth Fall Holiday display for some great stories about Rosh Hashanah! Miriam and the Sasquatch Rosh Hashanah with Uncle Max Something New for Rosh Hashanah Shana tovah, Grover! Is It Rosh Hashanah yet? ~Amanda Winter, Youth Services Librarian

Being Brave at School

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Change can be difficult! They can be especially hard for young children going to school for the first time or moving into a different classroom. Even more trying? Dealing with feelings of loneliness and uncertainty when separated from trusted adult figures in their lives. If you know a little one who is feeling particularly anxious about the upcoming school year, here are a few books that can help start tough conversations. They can also remind children that you’re always with them, wherever they are.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna DewdneyLlama Llama is having a tough time adjusting to school! But with the help of friends, Llama Llama learns how to have fun in class… and that Mama Llama will always be there at the end of the school day. El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by Donna Barba HigueraStarting school is difficult – it’s even more difficult when you’re starting it in a new place! Ramón and his monster, El Cucuy, share their worries for the new school year. They end up comforting each other and sharing stories of their bravery! Smooch: A Celebration of the Enduring Power of Love by Karen KilpatrickThis book is a reminder that a kiss from a loved one is always there! Fun rhymes abound in this book where children play at home, school, camp, and more. This is because a kiss is “just like glue… / forever linking me and you.” The Kissing Hand ​​by Audrey PennThis one is a classic! A warm, timeless reminder of the power of a parent’s love, even when apart from little ones. Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten! by Lisa RobinsonIt can be hard to say goodbye to beloved teachers and familiar school routines. But this little pirate learns that there’s lots of new adventures to be had in a new classroom with a new captain. I Love You All Day Long by Francesca RusackasThis sweet book walks a child through all the things that may happen to them at school. Through the good and the bad, a parent’s love always remains.  I’ll Always Come Back to You by Carmen TafollaThis one is not directly related to school, but is a good reminder that no matter where a parent goes, they will always come back to be with their child. Kalamata’s Kitchen by Sarah ThomasSometimes when you’re scared, it’s helpful to think of times when you were brave in the past! On the day before school starts, Kalamata and her alligator think back to their previous adventures. This book is also an exploration of delicious food! Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten by Deborah UnderwoodIt’s tough to be a kindergartener! Sometimes it’s easier to pretend to be something else to get through the day and summon that bravery! But in the end, it’s always good to be yourself. ~Lisa Jenkins, Youth Services Librarian

Thank You Teen Summer Volunteers!

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Hi, it’s Jason, Young Adult Librarian. I wanted to take some time to thank our volunteers for all their help this summer. Together, we were able to keep books on the shelves, put on amazing programming and keep our summer readers happy.  During our Summer Learning Program (June 26th to August 4th)  67 different teens served 368 shifts totaling 562.25 hours!  This includes, our Summer Learning Assistants, who helped register young patrons and distribute prizes for the Summer Learning Program, shelvers, shelf readers, program assistants, program leaders, and more.  We appreciate all the work that the volunteers have done. From the entire Youth Services Department, thank you! ~Jason Weissmann, Young Adult Librarian

All Together Now: Summer Learning Challenge 2023 Youth Wrap-up

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Write down 3 things you love about yourself. Create art from recycled materials.  Read for 30 minutes.  Create a Family Kindness Jar.  These are some of the activities that Livingston youth completed during the Summer Learning Challenge game at the Livingston Public Library.  The theme of the summer was All Together Now, with an emphasis on kindness.  In addition to reading, children completed kindness challenges as part of a bingo board game. Prizes were earned when a child completed bingo, when the child covered the entire bingo board and grand prize packages were raffled off to participants.    Our favorite part of the summer was hearing how families enjoyed completing the challenges together.  One parent had her entire family sign up to volunteer at a local organization to complete the Community Kindness Challenge.  Another parent reported that as part of the Family/Friend Kindness Challenge, their child spent lots of time reading with her grandmother, who was visiting from out of the country; their reading time together helped create a meaningful bond and beautiful memories for the family to cherish. The kids themselves mentioned how much fun they were having reading and being kind.      Our program participation exceeded our expectations, with over 500 children (grade 5 and under) and 158 teens (grades 6-12) registered. Collectively, participants read for a total of 244,669 minutes and completed 5,679 Self, Family/Friend, Community and World Kindness challenges.  Teen volunteers were a vital part of our summer success; as 67 teens volunteered for 368 shifts totaling 562.25 hours!  Teens helped register young patrons and distribute prizes for the grade 5 and under  Summer Learning Program, shelved books, assisted Librarians in programs, and more. Congratulations to all who participated in the Library’s Summer Learning Challenge; your kindness rippled throughout Livingston and beyond. You are all winners! Of course, our entire Summer Learning Challenge is  made possible due to the generosity and support of the Friends of the Livingston Public Library. Thank you, Friends! ~Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services

Adventure Awaits! Geronimo Stilton Read Alikes

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Geronimo Stilton is an entertaining series for young readers who love adventure, mystery, and a little bit of fantasy. The characters are all mice, with several mouse-related puns to boot! Each book in this extensive series takes the reader to exciting locales with a soon-familiar troupe of characters. This series is suited for budding readers who like to use illustrations to orient their reading of short chapter books. What makes the Geronimo Stilton series different from other illustrated series is the text; every page is sprinkled with words of varying font, color, and size. This exciting font serves to emphasize words that are important to the story, as well as to keep the reader visually interested and engaged. Like the Geronimo Stilton series, the following novels and graphic novels similarly immerse the readers in adventure and mystery, through simple text and helpful illustrations. SERIES The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka The Secret Explorers series by SJ King Kondo and Kezumi series by David Goodner The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy My Weird School series by Dan Gutman Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Explorer series edited by Kazu Kibushi Sanity and Tallulah series by Molly Brooks Secrets of Camp Whatever series by Chris Grine The Explorer by Katherine Rundell The Pathfinders Society series by Francesco Sedita and Prescott Seraydarian The Leak by Kate Reed Petty ~Abby Henkel, Library Assistant

Children’s Books for Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Here are some great reads to enjoy for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Visit our AAPI Heritage Month Display for more reading ideas. PICTURE BOOKS The Big Bath House   One Day Dim Sum, Here We Come! Love in the Library Mother Goose Goes to India A Dupatta Is…. The Curiosities CHAPTER BOOKS American Born Chinese The Many Meanings of Meilan Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party Marikit and the Ocean of Stars Welcome Back, Maple Mehta-Cohen NON-FICTION The Rise (and falls) of Jackie Chan The Last Mapmaker She sang for India : how M.S. Subbulakshmi used her voice for change  They Called Us Enemy Who is Chloe Kim? Amanda Winter, Youth Services Librarian