Read It and Eat Program Offered at Livingston Public Library

By Dawn M Chiossi


Everyone has heard of eating on the go, just grabbing whatever is handy for nourishment’s sake to save time, to stave off hunger. But what about reading on the go? Reading a good book is a different kind of nourishment, but just as important.

     Every book lover knows how book clubs are great fun. They are an opportunity to share enthusiasm for books with other like-minded people and a change to discuss and discover discuss ideas, thoughts and observations with others.

    Now Livingston Public Library has a new spin on book clubs. They are hosting a brand-new monthly program entitled Read It and Eat. Essentially with Read It and Eat, members can read on the go, taking advantage of their lunch hour to participate in a book club. It’s a book club with a twist: Read It and Eat is an off-site book club taking place at a restaurant. This is Livingston Public Library’s very first off-site book club.

     Read It and Eat was the brainchild of Livingston Public Library’s Katie Neylan and Jessica Bielen, wanting to share their love of books with others. The idea grew out of their already popular book clubs at the library and a desire to “do something a little bit different.”  

    As Neylan and Beilen describe, “The Read It and Eat It Book Club is designed for people who are on the go and who may not have the time to come to a library program in the evening. “The book club is perfect for busy readers who are on their lunch break from work or running errands around town.”

    Future reads are slated to include: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, The End We Start by Megan Hunter, and Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. The book club is slated to additionally meet on March 25th, April 29th and May 13th and June 3rd    

When asked about feedback for the program, both Neylan and Beilan are thrilled. “Everyone has been really excited and supportive,”

     Having high hopes for this program, both Neylan and Beilan can’t wait to see what it brings. “We are looking forward to into the community and connecting with a group of people that may not necessarily make it through the library doors,” they enthuse.  “We both wanted to independently host a book club with a twist, something offsite and something fun,” they share, “We joined forces to make our book club dreams a reality and voila, Read it and Eat was born!”

For further information or details, please contact the Livingston Public Library at 973-992-4600 and at

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