Archive | September, 2020

Our Staff’s Favorite Television Shows: Comedies, Dramas and More!

16 Sep

Run out of things to stream?  Looking for your next binge worthy show? You may remember I previously polled our staff about their favorite movies.  This time I wanted to see what their favorite shows to watch on TV are.  You can borrow them on DVD from Hoboken or other BCCLS libraries.

The Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Michelle Valle one of our circulation assistants said, “The Big Bang Theory is hysterical; it is a smart comedy about a group of friends.”

Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances
Reference Librarian Lindsay loves the British comedy, Keeping Up Appearances. She also loves Community and the Golden Girls. These three comedies will make you feel good no matter what mood you are in!

The Wire
The Wire
Head of Adult Programming, Heidi Schwab, said, “The Wire is the Best TV show ever made!”

Circulation Assistant, Donna, enjoys Bull because it has “a different story every week!”

Star Trek and Deep Space Nine
Star Trek
Jade Mapp, our new literacy coordinator, picked the Star Trek series due to their ongoing storyline that is always featuring new expeditions.  She enjoys the show’s diversity, exploration, strong female characters and teaching of values.  Jade loved all the Trek series, but Reference Assistant Sacha Chavez singled out Deep Space Nine which he felt showed how people worked to forage their own policy and make things work.  He felt the stories often reflected on society at the time and are still relevant to today.  Also be sure to check out The Next Generation, Voyager, and Discovery.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Mihaela Colibasu in circulation said Game of Thrones is “unpredictable, unexpected, and there is a surprise in every episode!”

The Sopranos
Ashley Hoffman our Children’s librarian chose The Sopranos due to it having the best character development of any TV show.  Ashley also shared Lost in support of her fiancé’s favorite.

Our head of Marketing Mark Curiale seconded The Sopranos sharing that it reminded him of some of his relatives.  Community Outreach Specialist, Laura Knittel couldn’t pick just one though listing Criminal Minds, Honeymooners, and I Love Lucy as just a few of her favorites.

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary The Office Television Series at the Hoboken Public Library! 
Want to have a great time with other TV fans?  Join us in celebrating the highest streamed show currently on Netflix with fun trivia, funny memorable clips, and winner giveaways!  Let’s see if you are impish or admirable on March 24 at 6 PM!

Pushing Daisies
pushing daisies
I’ve written about a lot of my favorites like Murdoch Mysteries and Bones in previous posts, but one of my favorite funny fantastical, whimsical dramedy mystery has to be Pushing Daisies featuring the amazing Kristin Chenoweth as part of the cast.  The series didn’t last nearly as long as I would have liked, but its story book ending wrapped things up sufficiently in my book.

Compiled by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

A Buzz Worthy Read: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

9 Sep

Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz around the new book A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green. I knew it was a sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which has been on my to-read list for a while, so I decided to finally cross that book off my list.

I was honestly surprised at how good this book was! An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the story of April May, a young woman who becomes viral on Youtube after filming her encounter with a large statue she names Carl. It turns out that there is much more to Carl that meets the eye, as several Carls turn up around the world and they are made of a material
whose properties make absolutely no sense on planet Earth.

The story is an impressive description of what happens to people on social media. It accurately describes how social media exacerbates certain human emotions: the need for attention, the need to be liked and seen, the need for validation, the need to be right. It demonstrates the destructive nature of it, but Green also demonstrates how it can be used to bring people together. The tension felt throughout the book is that of hope vs fear.

And it’s no surprise that the world of internet fame is so well-described一the author is one-half of the famous Vlogbrothers Youtube channel which he shares with his brother, John Green (yes, that John Green), and the brains behind many other projects such as the CrashCourse channels, SciShow, etc. But don’t let his online persona or his association with his brother affect your view of this story. I must make this clear: This is NOT a John Green book, nor does it cater to the same audience. Hank Green very much has his own voice, and frankly, it’s one worth reading/listening to without needing to compare it to his brother’s.

I’m very much looking forward to checking out A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, although first, I need to recover from the emotional hangover An Absolutely Remarkable Thing left me with!

Written by:
Sam Evaristo
Circulation Assistant, Grand St. Branch

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