Archive | April, 2018

Don’t Like Poetry?: Our Recommendations for Novels in Verse Could Change Your Mind

25 Apr

April is National Poetry Month. If you’re like me and have never really connected with poetry, try reading one of these novels in verse instead of a traditional book of poems.

by Kwame Alexander

It’s a fairly common story: two brothers, a basketball team and high school drama. However, what makes Crossover stand out is the way the words move on the page to connect the reader to the emotions being described. If soccer is your sport, try Booked, also by Kwame Alexander.

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
brown girl dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming, an autobiography in verse, won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

How I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson

Another autobiography in verse is How I Discovered Poetry. In this one Nelson recounts her childhood growing up during the 1950s.

Want More Recommendations?  Elbie Love, HPL’s YA Library Assistant also shared some of her suggestions with me.

The Poet X: A Novel
by Elizabeth Acevedo

In The Poet X, Harlem sophomore Xiomara Batista is told to be quiet and do as she is told. As her body grows into a women too early, she learns that staying silent can do more harm than good when boys and men give her unwanted advice and the jealously of the girls around her turn into fist fights in the school yard. She learns to find her voice and build her belief system, despite it not being welcomed in the eyes of her strict religious mother. For Grades 7 and up.

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist
by Margarita Engle

Join Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, known as Tula in The Lightning Dreamer on a journey of rebellion against her family’s arranged marriage to becoming Cuba’s most renowned nineteenth-century abolitionist poet. She fights for woman’s rights and against slavery with her gift of poetry. Recommended for Grades 6 and up.

A Time to Dance
by Padma Venkatraman

Veda is a talented Bharatanatyam dancer, a classical form of Indian dance, in Padma Venkatraman’s A Time to Dance. She feels that she can express her true self through dance. But, when she becomes a victim in an automobile accident it seems to cripples her dream of becoming a professional dancer. How will she overcome this adversity? Recommended for Grades 12 and up.

Written by Kim Iacucci, Young Adult Librarian

Want to Share Your Writing?
Join the Hoboken Public Library Adults Writer’s Workshop on Monday, May 14th at 6:30 PM, to discuss your writing in a friendly and constructive atmosphere with fellow writers.  Saturday, May 19 at 2 PM, HPL’s Park Bench Open-Mic provides a platform where local poets, comedians, musicians and artists can perform outdoors in the Church Square Park Gazebo.

Films from Kanopy are now available to be borrowed by Hoboken Public Library Resident Card Holders!

18 Apr

Due to popular demand, we are now offering Kanopy for our library patrons!  Hoboken Public Library Resident Library Card Holders now have access to more than 30,000 Films from Kanopy.  Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting  Films can be streamed from computers, televisions, mobile devices or platforms by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.  Sign up should be fast and easy, but if you need help setting up an account or getting an app, please let us know.

The films include award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity.

You have five checkouts per month.  Below are five choices I’m planning to checkout this May that I think will appeal to my fellow book worms.


I’m looking forward to watching Neruda, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Pablo Larrain and staring Gale Garcia Bernal, who I am a huge fan of from his role on Mozart in the Jungle. Bernal stars as a policeman chasing Pablo Neruda, one of the most significant poets of the 20th century.  The film was nominated for a Golden Globe.

This Beautiful Fantastic
Beautiful Fantastic

Described as a “modern day fairy tale,” I’m curious to check out This Beautiful Fantastic. This is a story of a young aspiring children’s book author who finds unexpected friendship with a widower living next door, after she is forced to transform the garden in her apartment building’s backyard or face eviction.

Eleanor’s Secret (Kérity, la Maison des Contes)
Eleanor's Secret

Eleanor’s Secret from Academy Award-nominated director Dominique Monfery, is the animated adventure about a magical library where characters from children’s books classics are able to leave their pages and come to life. It is available in the original French or dubbed in English.

How to Publish Your Book

One thing that comes up a lot in the Hoboken Public Library’s Writer’s Groups are questions about the basics of getting a first book published.  How to Publish Your Book, part of The Great Courses provides 24 informative lectures from Jane Friedman, a publishing industry expert about everything from prepping your manuscript, reviewing contracts, and even marketing your book.

Dickinson: The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson
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Emily Dickinson is one of the most beloved American poets; I’m curious to learn more about her life in 19th Century New England in Dickinson, a short documentary from 2014.

What films or documentaries are you planning to check out from Kanopy?  Share your recommendations in the comments!

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