Archive | August, 2016

Six YA Picks from HPL’s YA Librarian

31 Aug

It’s been about a year since I started my job as the Young Adult Librarian. In that year I’ve read many YA books, some good and some not so good. Here are a few that I highly recommend.

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Before I started choosing Young Adult books for the library I hadn’t heard of Jason Reynolds. I’m really glad that that’s changed. Reynolds’ characters are real people. They talk like modern teenagers talk and you can hear their voices in your head when you read the dialog. Reynolds writes about tough, timely topics. Police brutality, death, first love, substance abuse, family dynamics; it’s all included in these two outstanding books.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I was skeptical about this one. A book told through “found” electronic messages, memos and lab reports? How exciting could it be? I was wrong. When Kady and Ezra’s planet is invaded they, and the rest of the population, are forced to escape on spaceships, but that’s just the beginning. We follow along as the two teens race against time to figure out why their ships are being targeted and what kind of fatal disease is quickly spreading among their fellow passengers. This is the start of a new series.

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Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters. Here, she’s reimagined as a teenage journalist-in-training. She and her colleagues at the student-run “Daily Scoop” news website, and an online friend she knows only as “Smallville Guy,” investigate a gang of high school bullies. Part Nancy Drew, part science fiction, this is a fun read for anyone who’s a fan of Lois Lane or light mysteries.

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

How can you go wrong with Italy and ice cream? Although it starts with a tragedy, the book is mostly an entertaining, light romance/mystery set against the backdrop of beautiful Tuscany. If you’re looking for a quick read with sympathetic and likable characters give this one a try.

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Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

The Vietnam War. Watergate. Although these events were covered in school, the topics are so complicated there is always more to learn. This book, about Daniel Ellsberg and why he decided to steal and reveal the secret Pentagon Papers, provides a lot of insight into this era of American history. Although very well researched and detailed, this exciting account reads more like a spy-thriller than a history book.

-Written by Kim Iacucci, Young Adult Librarian

Adult Retro Gaming at HPL

10 Aug

Ed. note: Did you know that the Hoboken Public Library has a vast collection of loanable video games for platforms such as the Wii, XBox 360, and PlayStation 4? We have the latest games, but sometimes we like to play the old-school games too. 🙂 

Please join us for Adult Retro Gaming on Monday August 15 at 6 PM, as part of our ongoing library programming series “Why Do Kids Have All the Fun?”  Open to all adults ages 18 and up, come in play or just even root on your friends to set a High Score on some of your favorite retro video games such as the following timeless Atari Classics.

Asteroids

Asteriods

Missile Command

Missle Command

Space Invaders

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We will serve hot pizza and fresh Popcorn from our popcorn maker, all set to the backdrop of early 1980s pop music!  Setting those high scores might even net you a Target gift card!

If seeing any of these screen shots sparks your nostalgia and kicks in your competitive juices, please call the Reference Department at 201-420-2347 or sign up at Eventbrite.

-Written by Philip Mendez, Senior Library Assistant

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