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Library Exhibit Celebrates Return of Bicentennial Daffodils

The Gazebo is one of the landmark sites featured in the display and daffodil book. Credits: Malini Parekh
Daffodils surrounded the Seward Johnson sculptures in the business district during the Bicentennial spring.  Credits: Malini Parekh
Photographer Malini Parekh and John Sitnik, Head of Library Adult Services, hold photos from the new library exhibit.   Credits: Ariel Cooke

LIVINGSTON, NJ - To celebrate the return of tens of thousands of daffodils that were planted as part of Livingston's 2013 Bicentennial celebration, the Livingston Library has created a new exhibit housed in the display case just inside the entrance of the library.

The exhibit features the photography of Malini Parekh, a Livingston resident, prize-winning photographer, and a member of the Bicentennial Daffodil Committee that organized the planting of over 30,000 daffodil bulbs. Inspired by the sight of the blooming daffodils, Parekh took pictures of yellow blooms in front of Livingston schools, houses of worship, businesses, and alongside many recognizable Livingston landmarks. Parekh compiled her photography in a self-published book that is part of the library exhibit.

John Sitnik, head of Adult Services at the library said, “We are pleased to have been given a copy of Malini Parekh's book about Livingston’s Bicentennial Daffodils for the library's Local History Collection because it not only documents the appearance of Livingston during the Bicentennial year, but also highlights a number of Livingston landmarks. We thought it appropriate to share these pictures with the community.”

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During the time of the exhibit, the book of photographs is being offered at cost to anyone who would like a copy.

“I made the book for my own enjoyment and to give to a few friends,” said Parekh, “but so many people have asked about it that it will be available for sale on a one-time basis for anyone who might like a copy.”

The exhibit coincides with the blooming of spring flowers and will be in place until mid-May. Anyone who wants to buy the book as a memento of the Bicentennial or as a pictorial record of Livingston in 2013 must complete a pre-paid order prior to the close of the exhibit. Order forms for the book are available at the library from April 20 to May 12.

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