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 

Message from the Director: Join Us For “Library for Me!”

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Livingston Library Community,  The Livingston Public Library is proud to host programs and events for everyone of all ages, interests, and abilities.  That’s why we are very excited to welcome children and their families for our special, inclusive “Library for Me” event on Saturday, February 17th at 10:15am.  “Library for Me” is purposely designed for children with disabilities ages 5 and up. It is an inclusive, interactive, and engaging story time program for children of all abilities and their families!  Registration for “Library for Me”  is not required and is a recurring monthly event. This program is made possible through support from our wonderful Friends of the Livingston Library.  We hope to see you and your little ones this coming Saturday!  Best, Amy Babcock, Director  

Message from the Director: Celebrate Black History Month at the Livingston Library!

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Library Community, February marks Black History Month. We invite you to join us here at the Library as we celebrate and learn with events, activities, and resources for all ages. Adults are invited to join us in the Library’s program room on Monday, February 5th at 7pm, for the lecture Harmonizing History: Celebrating the Legacies of 3 Black Composers.  During this lecture we will explore the work of three African American composers ​​who have created memorable orchestral music: Joseph Bologne (The Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Florence Price.  On Wednesday, February 7th and 21st at 4pm, children in grades K-5 are welcome to join us for Makers of History. During these interactive sessions, children will learn about famous Black trailblazers and make their own creations based upon their work in the field of science. February 7th will focus on Alexander Miles, who made elevators safer. Children will then make their own pulley systems! The session on February 21st will focus on Cornelius Coffey, a pilot and aircraft mechanic who built his own planes and founded a flying school that taught students of all races. Children will then create their own flying aircrafts! Beginning on February 20th, children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Take Home STEM Airplane Craft in honor of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license.  On Monday, February 26th at 7pm, adults are invited to join us once again for the  lecture Lena Horne: Smashing Barriers. This lecture will celebrate the legacy of American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer, Lena Horne, who broke new ground for black performers. This lecture will also include backstage stories and exciting performance videos.  We also invite you to visit the library and browse our book displays and collections this month. Including the Library’s digital resources such as the database Black Life in America which contains comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day spruced from 19,000 American and global new sources and 400 current and historical black publications.  Registration is not required for these events. We hope to see you at the Library!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director  

Message from the Director: Celebrate With Us at Winterfest!

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“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” – Robert Frost Livingston Library Community, Do you find there to be something both magical and cozy about the winter season? This year, all are invited to join us at the Library as we celebrate the magic of winter on Sunday, February 4th from 2pm – 4pm during our first ever Winterfest event.  Starting at 2pm on the Library’s patio, prepare to be dazzled as we watch a live ice sculpture demonstration. Following the ice sculpting, the Winterfest celebration continues in the Library’s program room with winter themed crafts, cozy hot chocolate, and even some scrumptious cookie decorating (while supplies last)! Registration is not required for this event all members of the community are invited to attend. We hope to see you at Winterfest!  Best,  Amy Babcock, Director    

Message from the Director: A Tradition of Innovation

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Livingston Library Community, It is with great pride and honor that we announce the Livingston Public Library’s new 2024-2028 Strategic Plan “A Tradition of Innovation.” The creation of this plan was a true community effort where you, the Livingston Library Community, demonstrated how deeply the library is valued as an essential part of our town and community. This plan and its development follows the long standing tradition of innovative and forward-thinking services that first began in 1911 when the Alpha Club launched the first version of the Livingston Library. This plan is a commitment to a clear vision, mission, and set of values that reflect and resonate with those who live, work, play, and learn in Livingston. On behalf of the staff of the Livingston Library I can confidently say that we not only look forward to the future of the Library but are excited to see how the library transforms to serve the needs of our community. You can view the Library’s new strategic plan here. Best, Amy Babcock, Director  

Message from the Director: Discover Barbie and More at LPL!

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Livingston Library Community,  One of the reasons why I love the Livingston Library is because there is always something new to discover across a wide array of subjects and interests!  This week all are invited to enjoy a night out with a popular film here at the library! On Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm we will be hosting our Tuesday Night Movie screening of “Barbie.” During this movie, Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. Later during the week, we will also be hosting our Hooks and Needles drop-in knitting, crochet, and embroidery group on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm. This is the perfect place for those looking for a place to socialize while working on their independent textile projects.  We are also looking ahead to many other wonderful events this year, one of which is our annual Makers Day on Saturday, March 16th. To help make this event a success,  the Livingston Public Library is looking for applicants who have a trade, skill, or craft that they would like to exhibit to our community. You can apply to be an exhibitor and learn more about Makers Day on the Library’s website. Applications will be accepted until February 16th. Best,  Amy Babcock, Director