How much web browsing, email checking, resume perfecting, social networking, photo sharing, work and other tasks can you do at home or work? For a change of scenery, we suggest five places where you can hook up in Livingston, places that offer free high speed Internet access through WiFi networks:
1. bookstore, 112 Eisenhower Parkway at the Livingston Mall. Hours: Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.
The seating is concentrated in the café, a comfortable place to go online or skim through a pile of books and magazines. Beware the tantalizing snacks.
2. Coffee Shops
- The at 43 S. Livingston Ave has Wi-Fi, and the one at 3135 Northfield Road is getting it in August, the owner tells me. Both are open Monday -Saturday, 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. Wi-fi from the Livingston Mall is available at the Dunkin Donuts that faces Eisenhower Parkway (Room Space 1073, Livingston Mall). It is open Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Beware: bring computer wipes if you indulge in jelly donuts.
- 1 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. You can use Starbucks’ free WiFi while enjoying its signature drinks and other products. The name comes in part farm a character in Moby Dick.
3. , 471 Mount Pleasant Ave. Hours: Monday -Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m. -9 p.m. Cosi (the name comes from the opera, Cosi Fan Tutte) is a casual restaurant, and you can select from a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and other edibles as well as coffee while you connect.
4. , 112 Eisenhower Parkway. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.. The entire Livingston Mall has WiFi. You can browse the Internet while browsing the shops, eating in the Food Court, or sitting on a sofa in one of the rest areas.
5. 10 Robert Harp Drive. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Library has free wireless access and I was also able to go online outdoors on a nearby bench. Inside, there are quiet spots to work alone, an Internet café with hot drinks available from a machine (the coffee is not bad), spaces for groups to work together, and banks with computers that can be “borrowed” for a time with your Livingston Library card if you don’t bring your own.
Whether you seek quiet or bustle, you can leave the distraction of home for the inspiration of fellow loggers-on, sights, and sounds while you log on.
You might also just sip your coffee, talk to a friend, or read a book.