Mrs. Chen's Memorial Event: Livingston Author Day

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Have you ever wanted to ask an author how they get ideas for their stories? Or how illustrations are created for books? Maybe you were wondering how to write your own book?  

Learn the answers to these questions and more during a panel discussion featuring four of Livingston's own Children's, Middle Grade and YA authors, as they share their experiences, adventures and books!  A question & answer session will follow the discussion so you have a chance to ask the authors your questions too, and the event will end with the authors' book sale/signing. 

This is Mrs. Chen's Memorial Event, honoring her memory and legacy by bringing things she loved together, books, young readers and the Livingston Library. Mrs. Chen was Livingston Library's beloved Children's Librarian for 30 years; she raised her family in Livingston and both of her sons graduated from LHS. 


Learn a little about the authors:

Ariel Bernstein
Ariel Bernstein is the author of I Have a Balloon, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Selection; Where Is My Balloon?, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year; We Love Fishing!, which Publishers Weekly called “relatable and funny” in a starred review; and You Go First. Learn more at

Jenny Wexler
Jennie Wexler spent the first part of her career producing television shows appearing on VH1, Bravo, and The Travel Channel. She has a BA in literature/rhetoric from Binghamton University and an MA in television/radio/film from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Jennie's debut young adult contemporary novel, WHERE IT ALL LANDS was released in 2021 by Wednesday Books. You can follow her on twitter @jenwex or IG @jenniewexler.

Mike Malbrough
Mike Malbrough is a creator of picture books, and a former graphic designer, comic book artist, performer, and teacher. He is the author-illustrator of his celebrated debut picture book, Marigold Bakes a Cake

Faygie Holt
Faygie Holt is an award-winning journalist specializing in the Jewish community. Her work regularly appears on online and in local papers such as the Jewish Link, the New Jersey Jewish News and elsewhere. Faygie is also the author of two popular middle-grade books series, the Achdus Club and Layla's Diaries, from Menucha Publishers.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Library.


Unattended Policy

Children under age 12: a parent or responsible caregiver (age 16 or older) must remain with the child or remain in the Library and be immediately accessible to the child at all times, including when a child is attending a library program.