Join the 2024 Adult Summer Reading Program!

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Summer is here, and this year we are super excited to discover the adventure that awaits at our library through the Adult Summer Reading program. Our 2024 Adult Summer Reading program is focused around the theme of “Adventure Begins at Your Library” and runs for six weeks from June 24th through August 5th. Participation is easy! To participate visit the Library’s Patron Services Desk. All participants will receive a signup prize and a Summer Reading Passport. Once the program begins on June 24th, participants will earn one raffle ticket for every adult item checked out, which can then be used to enter our weekly prize drawing! Raffle tickets can be dropped into the Library’s  summer reading ballot box, located in the Library’s Common Area. The more books you read and log, the more chances you have to win. You will also receive additional raffle tickets for each “destination” achieved on your summer reading bingo card, where a fully completed bingo card can earn you up to 20 additional tickets!  Winners will be selected on a weekly basis. Two grand prize winners will receive Kindles! We can’t wait to see you at  the library this summer! -Jessica, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions

June is Great Outdoors Month

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Nature is welcoming us. It’s time to start planning an outside adventure for you and your family. The books listed below provide information on biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, birding, photography, and other sporty activities that can’t be done indoors. Birding Basics : Tips, Tools & Techniques for Great Bird-Watching by Noah K. Strycker Targeted to beginners and beyond, National Geographic’s fun, inspiring guide to the art, craft, and science of bird-watching combines practical know-how and expert knowledge. Browsable and bursting with helpful illustrations and photographs, Birding Basics offers new ideas for when, where, and how to get to know the birds in your world. Not a field guide but a primer in best practices, authored by birding expert Noah Strycker, this breezy book features easy-to-follow advice on what to look and listen for, how to use field guides and birding apps, the best equipment to start with, and ways to engage with other birders around the world. Woman in the Wild : The Everywoman’s Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Backcountry Travel by Susan Joy Paul Few experiences rival a grand outdoor adventure. Hiking into the wilderness, camping under the stars, and exploring the backcountry offer new challenges that awaken a woman’s spirit and test her soul. Adventurer and guidebook author Susan Joy Paul provides real instruction for women of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to intermediate hikers and experienced mountaineers. Illuminated by Water : Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World by Malachy Tallack Illuminated by Water is a book about the author’s own decades-long passion for ­fly fishing and how it has shaped the way he sees and thinks about the natural world. That passion is shared and made legible here, not just for other anglers, but for those who have never yet cast a line in the water. Why is it that catching ­fish–or even thinking about catching fish–can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems a simple act of casting a line and hoping can feel so rich in mystery?  Tough Broad : From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking–How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives As We Age by Caroline Paul Caroline Paul has always filled her life with adventure: From mountain biking in the Bolivian Andes to pitching a tent, mid-blizzard, on Denali, she has never been a stranger to the exhilaration the outdoors can hold. Yet through it all, she has long wondered, Why aren’t women, like men, encouraged to keep adventuring into old age? Tough broad is her quest to understand not just how to live a dynamic life in a changing body, but why we must. Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the USA Whether you want to hike through the jaw-dropping scenery of Acadia, see rare wildlife and natural wonders in Yellowstone, or go river-rafting in the Grand Canyon, the local Fodor’s travel experts in all the National Parks are here to help! iPhone Photography Book : How to Get Professional-Looking Images Using the Camera You Always Have With You by Scott Kelby An award-winning photographer, in this long-awaited book fully dedicated to iPhone photography, shares his secrets and shooting advice for capturing truly amazing pictures with an iPhone.  AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey : Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in the Garden State, From the Skylands to the Shore by Priscilla A. Estes A guide to 50 of the best hikes in New Jersey that can be completed in one day or less, for beginner and experienced hikers. Gardening for Everyone : Growing Vegetables, Herbs, and More at Home by Julia Watkins A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably–from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects. 100 Trails, 5,000 Ideas : Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joseph R. Yogerst This authoritative travel guide takes you on a series of epic hiking and walking adventures on 100 trails around all 50 states and Canada.  Mountain Biking in New Jersey : 50 Off-Road Rides in the Garden State by Christopher Mac Kinnon This third edition is chock full of up-to-date information on fifty off-road rides in the Garden State, including expanded South Jersey coverage. Pickleball for All : Everything But the “Kitchen” sink by Rachel Simon An entertaining and comprehensive look at America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball for all is the ultimate primer for any level of player interested in the wacky history, unique rules, and exciting future of pickleball. The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts : 42 Outdoor Adventures to Conquer With Your Family by Stacy Tornio Features forty-two scavenger hunts for children and families to participate in outdoors. Great Outdoors U.S.A : 1,000 Adventures Across All 50 States  This collection offers more than 1,000 escapades to experience across the United States. BBQ Revolution : Innovative Barbecue Recipes From an All-Star Pitmaster by Mitch Benjamin From classic, competition-winning recipes to boundary-pushing que, join the founder of Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and Char Bar in Kansas City for a BBQ Revolution! Mitch Benjamin has helped open BBQ restaurants in Paris, served his smoked meat to baseball legends at Yankee field, and taken home some serious hardware from just about every major BBQ competition. Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping : A 50-State Guide to Budget-Friendly Campgrounds and Free and Low-Cost Outdoor Activities by Stephanie Puglisi From camping and RV industry experts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, Where Should We Camp Next? is your guide to planning an amazing, budget-conscious family vacation, featuring 200+ of the best and most interesting campgrounds and outdoor accommodations across the US, along with recommendations for cheap and free activities, restaurants, and more. Complete Horse Riding Manual by William Micklem Complete Horse Riding Manual is brimming with advice on finding the

Coming Attractions: June 2024

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This month, we’re showing two critically acclaimed films on the big screen in our program room. First, on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 PM, we’ll be screening Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up. In this film, a sculptor (Michelle Williams) preparing to open a new show tries to work amidst the daily dramas of family and friends. A vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art & craft with an endearing and charismatic ensemble cast including André Benjamin and Oscar-nominated actors Hong Chau and Judd Hirsch. Showing Up was named one of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2023 by the National Board of Review. It also won the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Casting at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is rated R, and runs 1 hour & 50 minutes. It will be screened with English subtitles for the hard of hearing. Then on Thursday, June 20 at 2 PM, and again on Saturday, June 29th at 1:30 PM, we’re screening Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall. When her husband is mysteriously murdered, doting wife and mother Sandra Voyter (Sandra Hüller) becomes the prime suspect. To complicate the situation, the sole witness to her husband’s untimely demise is her blind son (Milo Machado-Graner). Sandra must then face the consequences of keeping secrets as she contends with her husband’s murder trial, all while her innocent son must choose between family loyalty and the truth. Anatomy of a Fall won the Best Original Screenplay award at this year’s Oscars, and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Editing. It also won the Palme d’Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. This film is rated R, and runs 2 hours & 30 minutes. It will be screened in French and English, with English subtitles for the hard of hearing. Both screenings are free and open to the public, with no registration required. Free popcorn will be served (while supplies last). Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. —Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions

Reads for Pride Month 2024

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The spectrum of love, gender, and sexuality is vivid and wide, and June is the perfect time to celebrate it. If you’re looking for some worthwhile novels to read in honor of Pride Month, here are some new & notable books by and about queer people that you can check out with your Livingston Library card. (Descriptions provided by the publishers) Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash For readers of Donna Tartt and Ottessa Moshfegh comes a brilliant, deliriously entertaining novel from the acclaimed author of Honor Girl. Rainbow Black is part murder mystery, part gay international fugitive love story — set against the ’90s Satanic Panic and spanning 20 years in the life of a young woman pulled into its undertow. Lacey Bond is a 13-year-old girl in New Hampshire growing up in the tranquility of her hippie parents’ rural daycare center. Then the Satanic Panic hits. It’s the summer of 1990 when Lacey ‘s parents are handcuffed, flung into the county jail, and faced with a torrent of jaw-dropping accusations as part of a mass hysteria sweeping the nation. When a horrific murder brings Lacey to the breaking point, she makes a ruthless choice that will haunt her for decades. As an adult, Lacey mimes a normal life as the law clerk of an illustrious judge. She has a beautiful girlfriend, a measure of security, and the world has mostly forgotten about her. But after a tiny misstep spirals into an uncontrolled legal disaster, the hysteria threatens to begin all over again. Rainbow Black is an addictive, searing, high-octane triumph, an imaginative tour de force about one woman’s tireless desire to be free. Cirque du Slay by Rob Osler Pint-sized Seattle middle school teacher and gay dating blogger Hayden McCall and his best friend Hollister are invited to a fundraiser for Bakers Without Borders. The celebrity performer, Kennedy Osaka, is the artistic director of Mysterium, an upscale circus arts show combining magic, acrobatics, and a Michelin-star dinner. But Kennedy is a no-show–until she’s found dead in her hotel suite. When frenemy Sarah Lee is discovered in the room with the body, Hayden and Hollister are on the case to find the real culprit before Sarah Lee is charged with the crime. he suspects for the murder are as unique as Mysterium itself: a Russian trapeze artist, a cowgirl comedian sharp-shooter, an over-cologned operations director, a feisty, green-haired costume manager, and Adrenalin!, a sexy troop of Romanian male acrobats…If Hayden and Hollister are to clear Sarah Lee of suspicion, they’ll have to outsmart a killer for whom trickery is art. Cinema Love by Jiaming Tang For over thirty years, Old Second and Bao Mei have cobbled together a meager existence in New York City’s Chinatown. But unlike other couples, these two share an unusual past. In rural Fuzhou, before they emigrated, they frequented the Workers’ Cinema: a theater where gay men cruised for love. While classic war films played, Old Second and his countrymen found intimacy in the screening rooms. In the box office, Bao Mei sold movie tickets to closeted men, guarding their secrets and finding her own happiness with the projectionist. But when Old Second’s passion for his male lover is revealed, a series of haunting events unfold, propelling these characters toward an uncertain future in America. Spanning three timelines—post-socialist China, 1980s Chinatown, and contemporary New York—Cinema Love is an “exceptional” and “moving” (Alice Hoffman) epic about men and women who find themselves in forbidden relationships; the weight of secrets; and the way memory forever haunts the present. Thirst by Marina YuszczukAcross two different time periods, two women confront fear, loneliness, mortality, and a haunting yearning that will not let them rest. A breakout, genre-blurring novel from one of the most exciting new voices of Latin America’s feminist Gothic. It is the twilight of Europe’s bloody bacchanals, of murder and feasting without end. In the nineteenth century, a vampire arrives from Europe to the coast of Buenos Aires and, for the second time in her life, watches as villages transform into a cosmopolitan city, one that will soon be ravaged by yellow fever. She must adapt, intermingle with humans, and be discreet. In present-day Buenos Aires, a woman finds herself at an impasse as she grapples with her mother’s terminal illness and her own relationship with motherhood. When she first encounters the vampire in a cemetery, something ignites within the two women – and they cross a threshold from which there’s no turning back. With echoes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and written in the vein of feminist Gothic writers like Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, and Carmen Maria Machado, Thirst plays with the boundaries of genre while exploring the limits of female agency, the consuming power of desire, and the fragile vitality of even the most immortal of creatures. Some Strange Music Draws Me In by Griffin HansburyIt’s the summer of 1984 in Swaffham, Massachusetts, when Mel (short for Melanie) meets Sylvia, a tough-as-nails trans woman whose shameless swagger inspires Mel’s dawning self-awareness. But Sylvia’s presence sparks fury among her neighbors and throws Mel into conflict with her mother and best friend. Decades later, in 2019, Max (formerly Mel) is on probation from his teaching job for, ironically, defying speech codes around trans identity. Back in Swaffham, he must navigate life as part of a fractured family and face his own role in the disasters of the past. These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere Bessem notices Fatima for the first time on the soccer field—muscular and focused, she’s the only woman playing and seems completely at ease. When Fatima chases a rogue ball in her direction, Bessem freezes, mesmerized by the athlete’s charm and beauty. One playful wink from Fatima, and Bessem knows her life will never be the same. In Cameroon, a country where same-sex relationships are punishable by law, the odds are stacked against Bessem and Fatima from the start. And when Fatima’s older brother, a staunch Muslim, finds out about their affair, he intervenes by physically assaulting them,

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2024: A Library Program and Resources

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread information about and focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  It is also a time to remind us that brain health is a critical piece of our overall health, underlying our ability to communicate, make decisions, problem-solve and live a productive and useful life.  On June 12 at 2pm, the library is presenting a program “Brain Health and Memory”  in partnership with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, that  will review the effects of aging on brain health and wellness. Conditions such as depression, grief, anxiety, dementia, loss of memory and Alzheimer’s disease, all of which affect brain health will be discussed and compared. Approaches to prevent and manage each condition through lifestyle changes, medications, and complementary medicine will be shared with participants.  You can register for this talk here. Here are some recently published books/ebooks and online courses available with your Livingston Library card, on the fascinating subject of the brain and its working, on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (including memoirs), memory, and ways to maintain an active and agile brain. The Balanced Brain : The Science of Mental Health by Camilla Nord Nord explains how our brain constructs our sense of mental health–actively striving to maintain balance in response to our changing circumstances. While a mentally healthy brain deals well with life’s turbulence, poor mental health results when the brain struggles with disruption. But just what is the brain trying to balance? Nord describes the foundations of mental health in the brain–from the neurobiology of pleasure, pain and desire to the role of mood-mediating chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and opioids. She then pivots to interventions, revealing how antidepressants, placebos and even recreational drugs work; how psychotherapy changes brain chemistry; and how the brain and body interact to make us feel physically (as well as mentally) healthy. The Age-Proof Brain : New Strategies to Improve Memory, Protect Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia by Mark J. Milstein The author is known for his engaging talks on brain science, and this is a practical and accessible guide that turns cutting-edge medical research into easy-to-follow advice to help you fire on all cylinders-no matter your age. The Brain Health Kitchen : Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food by Annie Fenn Dr. Fenn gives readers a guide to preserving cognitive ability through food, with 100 recipes to promote mental acuity. Fenn, a doctor turned chef, has organized the book into 10 chapters representing the most neuroprotective foods: berries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, whole grains, cruciferous vegetables, and more. She walks readers through choices they can make to create a brain-friendly diet, like how to choose meats that will fuel instead of harm, how to understand the nuances between “good” and “bad” fats, and the difference between processed sugars and natural sugars. Change Your Brain Every Day:Simple Daily Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, and Relationships by Daniel G. Amen Psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist Amen, MD, draws on over 40 years’ clinical practice with tens of thousands of patients to give you the most effective daily habits he has seen that can help you improve your brain, master your mind, boost your memory, and make you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those you love.  Dementia Prevention : Using Your Head to Save Your Brain by Emily Clionsky Severe memory loss and dementia are not inevitable parts of aging. Science now shows that you can make changes, no matter your age, to protect your brain. Join the authors as they guide you through a science-based tour of dementia, including how your brain works and how its function is affected by everything from blood circulation and blood pressure to sugar levels, medications, vision, and hearing. High-Octane Brain : 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s by Michelle Braun & Karen Postal Neuropsychologist Dr. Braun inspires you to make lasting improvements by explaining the truth about brain health and providing expert guidance through the maze of conflicting media advice on supplements, brain games, nutrition, and exercise. Packed with valuable tips you can implement immediately to minimize common “brain blips,” exercises to boost your memory within minutes, and inspiring insights from nine High-Octane Brain role models ages 44 to 103. How the Mind Changed : A Human History of Our Evolving Brain by Joseph Jebelli This definitive account of how the human brain has evolved explores the development of memory, language, consciousness, intelligence, neurodiversity, and emotions and examines what the future may hold for our brains. How to Build a Healthy Brain : Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Future-Proof Your Brain by Kimberly Wilson A groundbreaking science-based guide to protecting your brain health for the long term. Wilson draws on the latest research to give practical, holistic advice on how you can protect your brain health by making simple lifestyle choices.  A Molecule Away from Madness : Tales of the Hijacked Brain by Sara Manning Peskin A neurologist regales readers with extraordinary stories of the brain under siege. Our brains are the most complex machines known to humankind, but they have an Achilles heel: The very molecules that allow us to exist can also sabotage our minds. Here are true accounts of unruly molecules and the diseases that form in their wake, from total loss of inhibitions to florid psychosis to compulsive lying. Cognitive neurologist Sara Manning Peskin demystifies the most curious neurological phenomena through the perspective of patients, researchers, and science. My Father’s Brain : Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s by Sandeep Jauhar A doctor’s memoir about his father’s experience of dementia, and an overview of the history of and latest findings on the disease. The Official MIND Diet : A Scientifically Based Program to Lose Weight and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by Martha Clare Morris The creator of the MIND diet, which is backed by scientists, doctors and organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, offers this

Amy Babcock’s Decade of Directorship: L-Town Radio, June 2024

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This month on L-Town Radio, Joe talks with our own Amy Babcock about her lifelong love of libraries, her journey to becoming Director of the Livingston Public Library, and her vision for the LPL’s future. Plus, Hongmei shares a song about nostalgia, and Jessica tells us about the most anticipated books headed to our shelves in June. You can listen to the episode below, as well as on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

June Staff Picks

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Here’s what our staff is reading / listening to this month… Jill: Kantika by Elizabeth Graver, The Meth Lunches: Food and Longing in an American City by Kim Foster, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett, Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty, and Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire Amanda: The Diva Goes Overboard by Krista Davis Melissa: Oracle by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, and Twice Cursed: An Anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane Joe: Dwellings by Jay Stephens, The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, and And Then? And Then? What Else? by Daniel Handler Gail: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism by Tim Alberta, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan, AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee, Flourishing on the Edge of Faith by Andrew DeCort, The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz, Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens, and Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Hongmei: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, and Happy Place by Emily Henry Abby: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind Sharon: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore, Pay Dirt by Sara Paretsky, and The Pierogi Peril by Geri Krotow Gina: Rebel Girl: My Life As A Feminist Punk by Kathleen Hanna Jason: Alice Sadie Celine by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, and Thieves’ Gambit by Kayvion Lewis Jessica: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Bookish Vibes Book Club and Author Visit with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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Attention fellow readers and book lovers! Are you an avid reader looking to discuss novels by popular and trending authors with other readers?  If so, our Bookish Vibes book club is for you! Bookish Vibes meets monthly at 7pm via Zoom.  Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday,July 24th at 7pm, where we will be discussing “Take My Hand” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. The best part? Dolen Perkins-Valdez will also be zooming into our discussion!  From the Publisher:  Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend intends to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she hopes to help women shape their destinies, to make their own choices for their lives and bodies. But when her first week on the job takes her along a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, Civil is shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children—just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family’s welfare benefits, that’s reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at their door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.  Copies of the novel will be available for you to borrow from the Patron Services Desk. You can register for our upcoming Bookish Vibes meeting, here.  The day before the event an email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to you.  We hope to see you at our July meeting! -Jessica, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions

Seafaring Stories: A Program and Books on Ships and Shipwrecks

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Shipwrecks and the artifacts found in them are time capsules of history capable of revealing information about life, technology, trade and warfare at the specific moment they were lost. Studying shipwrecks can help us understand the past, connect us to our cultural heritage, and teach us lessons on how the environment and human error can impact each other. The treacherous Jersey shore has been the untimely grave of thousands of seafaring vessels.  On June 10 at 7pm, join us for Famous And Forgotten Ships And Shipwreck of the Jersey Shore: An Archaeological Odyssey,  presented by Dr. Richard Veit, Associate Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University.  This well-illustrated presentation examines a select group of New Jersey ships and shipwrecks reflecting the importance of maritime transportation to the history of the state.  An eclectic range of vessels is examined, from Native American dugout canoes, to colonial privateers, a Durham boat, Civil War submarine, and 20th-century ocean liners.  Shipwrecks and the artifacts found in them are time capsules of history that reveal important themes that have shaped our state and nation’s history. There certainly is no shortage of books about shipwrecks, including true accounts of disaster and adventure, historical fiction, and contemporary and classic literature.  Here is a selection of some captivating fiction and nonfiction reads revolving around ships and shipwrecks available with your Livingston Library card: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly Based on the remarkable true story of the Carpathia–the only ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic. Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress signal from the largest passenger liner ever built, RMS Titanic, which is on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.  Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Captain Rostron on the Carpathia and Kate Connolly on the Titanic, this historical novel is a compelling, heart-pounding account of two eyewitnesses to an epic disaster. Rostron’s heroic and compassionate leadership, his methodical preparations for rescue, and his grit and determination to act honorably and selflessly to save lives and care for the survivors, sets the course for this awe-inspiring story. A Flick of Sunshine : The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures, and Tragic Fate of an American Original by Frederic B. Hill The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in nineteenth-century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world include surviving a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn, and running down Alaskan glaciers. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and his diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition, and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor. From Below by Darcy Coates The SS Arcadia vanished during a routine voyage. A strange, garbled emergency message was broadcast, but no trace of the ship, or of its crew, could be found. Sixty years later, its wreck has finally been discovered more than three hundred miles from its intended course. A small team are granted permission to dive to it. Their purpose is straightforward: explore the wreck, film everything, and, if possible, uncover how and why the supposedly unsinkable ship vanished. But the Arcadia has not yet had its fill of death, and the submerged halls hold more than simple mysteries. Trapped hundreds of feet beneath the surface, the dive team must fight for their lives in a place where even the smallest mistake turns deadly. Graveyard of the Pacific : Shipwreck and Survival on America’s Deadliest Waterway by Randall Sullivan A vivid portrait of the Columbia River Bar that combines maritime history, adventure journalism, and memoir, bringing alive the history-and present-of one of the most notorious stretches of water in the world. Off the coast of Oregon, the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean and forms the Columbia River Bar: a watery collision so turbulent and deadly that it’s nicknamed the Graveyard of the Pacific. Two thousand ships have been wrecked on the bar since the first European ship dared to try to cross it in the late eighteenth century. For decades ships continued to make the bar crossing with great peril, first with native guides and later with opportunistic newcomers, as Europeans settled in Washington and Oregon, displacing the natives and transforming the river into the hub of a booming region. Since then, the commercial importance of the Columbia River has only grown, and despite the construction of jetties on either side, the bar remains treacherous, even today a site of shipwrecks and dramatic rescues as well as power struggles between small fishermen, powerful shipowners, local communities in Washington and Oregon, the Coast Guard, and the Columbia River Bar Pilots-a small group of highly skilled navigators who help guide ships through the mouth of the Columbia. A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks by David J. L. Gibbins From renowned underwater archaeologist Gibbins comes an exciting and rich narrative of human history told through the archaeological discoveries of twelve shipwrecks across time. The Viking warship of King Cnut the Great. Henry VIII’s Mary Rose. Captain John Franklin’s doomed HMS Terror. The SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. Since we first set sail on the open sea, ships and their wrecks have been an inevitable part of human history. Archaeologists have made spectacular discoveries excavating these sunken ships, their protective underwater cocoon keeping evidence of past civilizations preserved. This is not just the story of those ships, the people who sailed on them, and the cargo and treasure they carried, but also the story of the spread of people, religion, and ideas around the world; it is a story of colonialism, migration, and the

On Display: Model Aircraft for June D-Day

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June 6, 1944 was the day the air, land, and sea forces of the Allied armies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in an  attempt to end World War II. This year marks the 80th anniversary of that very important day, D-Day.   To mark the observance, Livingston resident Bob Carley is displaying some of the aircraft models he has so passionately and painstakingly made over  the past 50+ years, in the Livingston Library’s display case for the month of June. Bob’s 1/48th scale model display shows the amazing aircraft that  helped the Allied countries achieve victory over Germany and the  Axis power. He has American, British and German aircraft and each model is an exact replica of the actual aircraft, and included is information about each aircraft and the specific jobs they did. The D-Day operation was known as “Operation Overlord”. On that day there were over 11,000 aircraft in the air guiding ships, army  tanks and troops in the fighting. Bombers, fighter planes, cargo  planes and reconnaissance aircraft all took part in the invasion.     In Bob’s display you will notice most of the Allied aircraft have black and white invasion stripes on them. Says Bob, “These markings were  quickly sprayed on or hand painted by brush just days before the  invasion. Their job was to identify friend from foe and they helped to save lives.  Our command of the air along with the  British RAF gave the Allies air superiority and helped to end World  War II.” Building model aircraft from kits has been a passion of Bob’s for 50+ years. Around the age of 7 he used to watch his father and his uncle, both veterans of World War II build model airplanes, boats and train sets. Bob’s background in metal fabrication and computer programming has helped him in understanding the technology that is used in the development of World War II aircraft. At 76 years young Bob still finds pleasure in building World War II model aircraft, vehicles and troops. “Researching that period of time in history by using the library, the Internet, and going to airshows has proved to be very enjoyable to me” comments Bob. To make sure his aircraft are accurate and authentic he spends as much as 40+ hours completing one airplane. Some of the models in the exhibit are recent builds and some date back to the 1980’s. Bob continues to improve and update some of the older builds in his 100 plus collection with new ideas and information from his research.