LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nearly 600 participants are currently signed up for the Livingston Education Foundation’s (LEF) first-ever community-wide book club event on Monday featuring Livingston native Harlan Coben’s novel, “Don’t Let Go.” Space is still available but filling up quickly for the event, where Coben will speak and sign books beginning at 7 p.m. in the Livingston High School auditorium.

Coben is a graduate of Livingston High School (LHS) Class of 1980 and a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Many of the happenings his latest story were influenced by the Nike Missile Base at Riker Hill Art Park, a long-standing Livingston landmark.

An RSVP is required to those who want to hear Coben speak and be a part of a community of readers. To confirm attendance, email LEF President Greer Gelman at ggelman@livingston.org.

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The LEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing school-community partnerships and shared resources that will not only enhance educational opportunities for Livingston Public Schools, but also continue to grow an involved and thriving community. In the past, the LEF has sponsored the LHS alumni Hall of Fame and Homecoming event, and supported various school-community initiatives.

“This ‘cultural support’ is necessary to find creative alternatives to funding projects and activities that will invest in our students, support innovation in teaching, and advocate for a rich learning environment as we prepare students and our community for the future,” the mission statement explains.

Gelman serves as president of the LEF with Liza Lowenberg and Nicole Lynn as vice-presidents; Stefanie Lichtstein as treasurer; and Jodi Eisner as secretary.

The LEF is looking for community members who wish to get involved with the helping to expand and build the organization.

“We are looking for committed residents, past or present…anyone who would like to get involved with the community,” she said.

As a non-profit organization, the LEF requires donations to reach its goals. Donations can be made through Paypal Me Link, Venmo (@livingstonLEF), or at www.livingston.org/lef. Email the LEF at lef@livingston.org.