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September Adult Programming Wrap Up

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September Adult Programming Wrap Up

With September came a wonderful start to fall programming at the library!  This month, library patrons enjoyed author visits, crafting, informative talks, book clubs, and so much more! Here’s a quick recap of what happened this month.

History:

Early in September, Professor James Kane presented, America at War 1941-1945. Kane discussed the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, the War in the Pacific, the home front, the D-Day Landings at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, the Flag raisers of Iwo Jima, and the Final surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.

Costume jewelry has been a staple throughout the ages.  Marilyn Visakay presented an interactive talk Costume Jewelry a Cultural Stroll Through the Decades.  Participants brought their own pieces of jewelry for identification and discussion. 

We also watched the informative documentary Saving the Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport, which covers the struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968.

We ended our history programs of September by learning about how to research our own family history! Mark Szep of Ancestory.com presented an informative tutorial Intro to Ancestry.com: Gateway to New Family Discoveries

Festivals and Concerts:

At our Moon Festival Tea & Mooncake Tasting Party attendees enjoyed brewing various teas and sampling yummy mooncakes while viewing two videos about the Moon Festival.

Would it even be September without a fall concert? Diane and Gerard Barros entertained us with their Happy Trails Country Classics concert.  We had a great time singing along to some country favorites!

Lectures:

Ash Ahluwalia’s lecture presentation Social Security: Maximizing Benefits Under New Rules  taught us the practicalities regarding the new rules of social security and how we can apply them into our own lives.

Unsure of what to do when you or a loved one becomes suddenly sick? Dr. Anothony Carozza of Summit Medical Group presented Urgent or Emergent: How Do You Decide? He went over the basics of when one should seek treatment when faced with a sudden illness.   

As the cool autumn days begin to approach, birds begin their migration down south.  Pete Axelrod of Wild Birds Unlimited presented The Wonder of Bird Migration.  We learned all about why and how birds migrate. 

Technology:

Are you having trouble borrowing eBooks or audiobooks onto your electronic device?  Our How to Borrow Ebooks and Audiobooks program went over all the basics to get you started using our e-library! 

Unsure of how to use Google Drive to your advantage? Our technology librarian presented Google Drive Basics.  Participants learned how to get themselves set up on using and storing items in this cloud based software.

Crafting:

We had a lovely time making a 3D Folded Paper Collage.  Artist and instructor Barbara Sax showed us how to use simple folding methods to create a three dimensional and symmetrical collage.

We also got crafty with the Livingston Public Library Librarians for our Pinterest Inspired Adult Crafting: Journaling program!  We made small journals from scratch and discussed how we could use journaling in our lives.

Author Visits:

Author Elyssa Friedland visited us to discuss her latest book The Floating Feldmans. Friedland’s books have been given excellent reviews by various outlets such as the WallStreet Journal, BookList, Pop Sugar, GoodReads, HelloGiggles, and more.  We loved having her visit us!

Author Shiyu Lin, of Livingston  joined us for an author talk on Chinese Aids Activist Yaojie Gao. Lin spent three years writing the oral history of Yaojie Gao who at 81 years old was forced into exile after exposing the truth behind AIDS in China. 

Creative Writing:

We hosted our first Creative Writing Meetup in partnership with Livingston’s The Twisted Tulip. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm at the Twisted Tulip located at 277 Eisenhower Parkway.  

We also enjoyed our Saturday at the Movies program, Let’s Talk About Books book discussion, Cookbook Club, Get Lit book club, Color Your Stress Away, and our monthly Senior Happening!

Be sure to check out our events calendar for all the wonderful programs taking place in October!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

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