Message from the Director: Rock and Roll with the Kootz!

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Livingston Library Community,  Are you looking for an afternoon filled with friends, neighbors, and live music? We invite you to join us for a springtime Music Matters concert in the Library’s program room, where we are pleased to welcome back The Kootz on Sunday, April 21st at 2pm.  The Kootz have been delighting crowds for over twenty years, with a music repertoire featuring a mixture of classic rock from the 1960s through the 1990s, pop,  r&b, and blues. Having played all over the tri-state area, it is safe to say that they are one of New Jersey’s (and maybe even Livingston’s) most beloved bands.   Music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend. It is sure to be a good time, and you  might even find yourself singing and dancing in your seat!  We hope to see you on the 21st!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director 

Message from the Director: Explore the Possibilities of AI at the Library

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Livingston Library Community,  Are you looking to learn more about Artificial Intelligence (AI)? On Thursday, April 18th at 7pm, all are invited to join us in the Library’s program room for the lecture Understanding Artificial Intelligence.  During this event, we will learn how AI can be used in various fields and industries as well as the positive and negative effects of this technology. A brief overview of various AI platforms including text to image, text to video and text to music AI softwares such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, ElevenLabs, Gen-2, Kaiber AI, Mubert, Adobe Firefly, HeyGen Labs etc. will also be provided.  Following this presentation we hope that you leave with an understanding of how AI works and the exciting possibilities for the future! Make sure to visit the library’s event calendar for more upcoming technology related workshops. We hope to see you at the Library soon! Best,  Amy Babcock, Director

Message from the Director: Join Us for Play and Learn!

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“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning” – Diane Ackerman  Livingston Library Community,  Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to join us on Tuesday, April 2nd for a morning of playing and learning in the Library’s program room!  During this Play & Learn event, you and your little ones will be able to visit various stations that will help strengthen both fine and gross motor skills as well as build vocabulary and social skills through games and activities.  This drop-in program is designed for children ages 5 and under. Caregivers must remain with their children during the program. We hope to see you and your little ones soon! Best,  Amy Babcock, Director

Message from the Director: A Sanctuary for Books

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Livingston Library Community, It is with great honor that I announce the Livingston Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring the Livingston Public Library as a Book Sanctuary and adopting the American Library Association’s “Freedom to Read” statement. This action stands in solidarity with the Freedom to Read proclamation adopted by the Livingston Town Council on May 15, 2023.   As a response against book banning and censorship, these statements reinforce our Library’s commitment to providing our community with diverse, inclusive materials and services and to protect our patron’s intellectual freedom.  Threats against the free flow of information and access to books have been on the rise. The American Library Association has documented 4,240 book titles targeted for censorship and 1,247 demands for the censorship of library books and resources in 2023. As a response against book banning and censorship, Book Sanctuaries collect and protect endangered books – making them accessible to patrons instead of banning them.  As a Book Sanctuary, the Livingston Library is a place where:  People can borrow and read challenged books  Endangered books are accessible to everyone We host book talks, storytimes, and other events about banned and challenged books People can be educated about the history of book banning and burning  You can read the Livingston Public Library’s Resolution 24-05 on the Library’s website, here.  The Livingston Library is and will remain to be a sanctuary for books and all readers. A space where everyone has the right and freedom to read, express ideas, and most importantly, be themselves.  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director 

Message from the Director: Get Reading and Writing with the Library!

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Livingston Library Community, Have you alway wanted to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the Library’s digital collection through Libby, but aren’t sure how to get started? We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 26th at 11am for Tech Walk-in: Help with Libby.   During this workshop, our technology team will be available to help answer questions related to using and borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines with Libby. All participants are asked to bring their own devices which they would like to use Libby on.  Readers who are also interested in writing are welcome to join us at 7pm on Tuesday, March 26th for the writing workshop Intro to Memoir: Writing the Landscape of Memory. During this workshop, Colleen Markley of the Writers Circle will guide us through the landscape of memories and what it means to remember, to record, and to gain a new understanding of the present by unraveling the past. Space is limited for this workshop. You may register on the Library’s event calendar.   We hope to see you at one of these events!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director 

Message from the Director: Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Library

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Livingston Library Community,  March marks Women’s History Month, and this month the library has lectures planned to celebrate the legacies of notable women from America’s history.  On Thursday, March 21st at 7pm we invite you to join us virtually on Zoom for the lecture Barbie and Ruth: The History of America’s Most Famous Doll and Her Creator. During this lecture, historian Leslie Goddard  will take us on a journey back to 1959 as we discover the remarkable true story of the world’s most famous doll and the woman who created her.  During this lecture we will learn what inspired Ruth Handler to develop Barbie, how Barbie helped make Mattel one of the world’s most successful toy companies, and what Barbie’s impact has been on American culture. Registration is required for this event. An email with the zoom link will be sent to those registered the day before the program is to take place. We invite you to join us once again on Monday, March 25th at 7pm in the Library’s program room for the lecture Women of New York. During this lecture, speaker Marty Schneit will detail the history of women who made significant contributions to New York and the world at large at a time in United States history when full equality for women was not yet recognized. Remarkable women such as Rose Schneiderman, Emma Lazarus, Jane Jacobs, Gertrude Vanderbilt,  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Henrietta Szold, and others will be discussed. Registration is not required for this event and all are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you at one of these lectures! Best,  Amy Babcock, Director 

Message from the Director: Join Us For Makers Day!

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Livingston Library Community,  Join us as we celebrate “maker” culture at the Livingston Public Library! On Saturday, March 16th from 11am – 2pm, the Livingston Library will be participating in NJ Makers Day. This all-ages event is now in its tenth year, and connects individuals with libraries, schools, businesses, and independent makerspaces that support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEM-based learning.  Livingston’s Makers Day will take place in the Library’s program room, technology room, and youth services area. Visit the program room and tour our vendor showcase, where you can meet local makers and learn all about their various crafts and trades.  We will also have take-home craft kits available for all ages (while supplies last!).  Make sure you also visit the young adult  area to collaborate and work on our Big Bad Wolf STEM Challenge, and the Technology Room for an activity using blocks. You can learn more about Makers Day on the Library’s website. We hope to see you there!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director 

Message from the Director: Explore Livingston’s History with LtownRadio

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Livingston Library Community,  Livingston has a rich and fascinating history, which can be discovered not only through the buildings which house historical plaques, but also through the stories our community members share which are passed down for generations.  This month we took a dive into our town’s history for our March LtownRadio Podcast episode. During this episode, the Library interviewed Mark Moran, the founder and editor of Weird NJ, about growing up in Livingston, his exploration of the town, and more. You can listen to this month’s episode on all podcast streaming services including SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  If you are interested in exploring more Livingston history, the library has recently digitized oral history recordings which were previously on casette in the Local History Room. These recordings contain interviews with active members in town such as Edith DeCamp, Julius Bernstein, Captain Ernie Alinger, and more. You can access these recordings through the Library’s digital Local History Archive, here.  Those interested in exploring the physical local history collection are also welcome to do so. Researchers may book an appointment for access to the Local History Room through the Library’s website. Library staff will be available to assist with your research request.  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director

Message from the Director: Join Us for an All-Ages Bingo Night!

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Livingston Library Community,  Are you looking for an entertaining night out with friendly competition and the chance to win some fun prizes? The Livingston Public Library invites you to join us in the Library’s program room for the 2024 return of our very popular all-ages Bingo Night on Wednesday, February 28th at 7pm! Bingo chips and cards will be provided by the library, all you need to provide is your best game face as we compete to win some awesome prizes! Prizes include advance reader copies of novels, novelty games, and more! Registration is not required.  Bring your friends or family, and join us for Bingo Night! We hope to see you there!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director

Message from the Director: Discover a World of Online Learning at the Livingston Library

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Livingston Library Community, Are you looking to learn something new? Did you know that the Livingston Public Library offers online learning opportunities and courses that work around your schedule?  Livingston cardholders have access to Gale Presents: Udemy, available through the Library’s website. Udemy contains thousands of on-demand video courses taught by world class instructors. Subjects of courses offered range from business, technology, and design, to health and well-being, and even arts and language learning!  Each month, courses are refreshed to reflect new material and topics. Udemy also contains an international collection of courses taught by native speakers in more than 12 different languages.    You can explore the Library’s entire online learning digital collection, here.  The possibilities for discovery are endless. Best,  Amy Babcock, Director