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May Virtual Lectures


May Virtual Lectures

Are you looking to learn something new? The Livingston Public Library is here to help! We have some wonderful and informative lecture style programs planned this month for all interests.  Mark your calendars and save the date for what’s happening this May. 

**These events will take place virtually through Zoom. Registration is required and can be done so via the Library’s event calendar.  Information on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to you the day before the program is to take place.**

Environmental Lectures 

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life | May 3 @ 7pm 

This virtual lecture by horticulturist and author, Marta McDowell, explores Potter’s botanical art, the flora and horticulture that appears in her books such as “A Tale of Peter Rabbit,”  and Potter’s own garden in England’s Lake District. 

Feeding Butterflies Not Bambi: Deer Resistant Native Plants | May 20 @ 11am

In this workshop, presented by Master Gardener Deb Ellis, you will learn which native plants are less likely to be eaten by deer while also feeding butterflies and birds. You will also learn which ones make beautiful garden additions and are easy to grow. Includes recommendations for specific flowers and bushes as well as details on how to grow them. 

Writing Programs 

Livi Writes: Publishing 101 | May 13 @ 7pm

From ideation to publication, this lecture presented by  Kate Napolitano, Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  will take you on the journey of a book’s creation by explaining the publishing process that authors (and editors) go through. Following the lecture there will be a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about publication. 

Wellness Lectures 

Wellness Wednesdays: Eating Healthy on a Budget | May 5th @ 11am 

The quest for a healthy meal doesn’t have to be expensive.  Learn ways to save while planning healthy meals for the entire family during this lecture in partnership with The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Other Lectures

Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines, and Everything in Between | May 10 @ 7pm

Using Liberty Hall’s extensive fashion and textile collection, this virtual program by a museum educator explores American fashion and fashion-trends between the 1700s and the 1950s. Presented will be images of the textiles, the people who owned them, and the home itself that helps facilitate the story of fashion over three centuries.

Ten Astounding Actions Earning a Medal of Honor | May 17 @ 7pm

As a prelude to  Memorial Day, join a presenter from the non-profit organization, Victorian Vanities, for a virtual presentation about some astounding heroics performed by some amazing people who have served in our military and learn about their valorous deeds that led to their earning this highest military honor.

Uncovering a Masterpiece | May 19 @ 7pm 

Mallory Mortillaro created an international sensation when—as a part-time cataloguer for the Hartley Dodge Foundation—she identified and authenticated an Auguste Rodin sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte hiding in plain sight in Madison Borough Hall. Mortillaro will discuss her role as an archivist for the Hartley Dodge Foundation and the lengthy research process which led to this marble bust being authenticated as a genuine Rodin, and loaned to one of the largest museums in the country.

The Story of Opera Part 1: Early Opera 1600-1800 | May 24 @ 7pm

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on opera presented by composer, conductor and educator Dr. Robert W. Butts and covers the period from 1600-1800.  It will include a talk combined with musical selections.

Essential Kitchen Tools | May 26 @ 11am

Discover the basic tools needed to create your favorite delicious dishes, learn about an array of gadgets that can make everyday cooking quick, fun and easy, and find out what you need to have a fully functional kitchen in this lecture presented by Suzanne Zimmer Lowery.

We hope to see you at one (or all) of these lectures!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian 

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