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Meet me at the Renaissance Faire: Books and More for Ren Faire Fans of all Ages!

25 Sep

Now that summer has come to an end, I am looking forward to the cooler autumn day and one of my favorite outings to do with family and friends-heading to the Renaissance Faire, where jousts are recreated, giant turkey legs are devoured, and many attendees enjoy participating in period garb.  For my fellow faire fans, I hope you enjoy your visits and check out some of the items available to our Hoboken patrons.

For Kids and Teens

All’s Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson
All's Faire in Middle School
Imogene is a homeschooled eleven year old whose parents work at a Renaissance Faire, who must now make the transition to a public middle school.  This graphic novel of a would-be knight-in-training battling the “dragons” of middle school is a good read for tweens looking to fight for their place in a frequently less than chivalrous world.

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself
by Kris Bordessa and Shawn Braley

Great Medieval Projects

Image from Hoopladigital.com

My son loves stories of knights and wizards. If your child too is enamored with fantasy or tales from the middle ages than they may enjoy Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself which includes activities geared towards kids ages 9 to 12. Besides the fun hands on activities children are also provided with historically accurate information that will give them an understanding of the period that laid the foundation for the renaissance.

My Faire Lady
by Laura Wettersten
My Faire Lady
In My Faire Lady, Rowena gets a surprising summer job after her boyfriend cheats on her and she wants an excuse to get out of town.  New experiences and new romance blossom for her at the Ren Faire.

For Adults

American Princess

American Princess

Image from Hoopladigital.com

In American Princess, an Upper East Side “Princess” dream wedding is derailed when she catches her husband cheating on her.  In her escape from her wedding venue, she stumbles on a Renaissance Festival whose staff take her in and provide her with a job and a family while her ego and psyche heal.   I missed the show when it premiered at the beginning of the summer so was happy when I saw it available from Hoopla.  I found it delightfully funny.  The creator based it on her own experience working at a Renaissance Faire.  It is rated MA and has bawdy humor on occasion so is recommended only for adult viewers.

Hard Day’s Knight
by Katie MacAlister
Hard Day's Knight
Another fun romance choice available from Hoopla is the audiobook of Katie MacAlister’s Hard Day’s Knight read by Karen White, where Pepper Marsh is looking for her prince at Ontario’s Renaissance Faire.  Walker McPahil rescues her from being trampled, but can she break through the armor around his heart?  This title is also available in print and large print from BCCLS libraries.

Ren Faire Romance Series
by A.J. Marcus
Jouster's Lance
In Ren Faire Romance, a series from Dreamspinner Press (who specializes in LGBTQ fiction),  A.J. Marcus’s characters find the men of their dreams amongst the jousters, falconers, and archers at Renaissance Festivals.  Part one begins with the Jouster’s Lance.

Looking for great music to listen to on your way to a Renaissance Faire?  Check out my previous blog post.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Right here, at HPL!

18 Sep

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
We recently re launched a very special program at HPL – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! This program has been launched in libraries across the country as an effort to increase the development of early literacy skills in young children. ‘Early literacy’ is a term we’ve been hearing a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? Early literacy is the stage before we are able to read. This stage begins at birth, and encompasses all ways to engage with letters, words, pictures. There are several ways to encourage early literacy skills, from reading, to singing, to telling a simple story of going to the grocery store. Reading to a child expands their language skills, imagination, and it is a great bonding experience that will create life-long memories.

Parent Reading

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun way to encourage the development of early literacy skills in our little ones, while helping prepare them for Kindergarten. The program is as simple as it sounds—make a goal to read 1,000 books to your child before they are enrolled in Kindergarten. 1,000 books might seem like a lot, but if you read 3 books a night every night, that is 1,095 books in one year! It is doable! And yes, repeats count! If you read the same book ten times, it counts as 10 books.
Mom Reading
For every 100 books you read, you will receive a prize, and after you have read 1,000 books, we will have a party to celebrate!
Throughout the program you will receive 10 consecutive reading logs, each with 100 spaces. For each book you read, you fill in a space on the log, and for each log you complete, you receive a prize.
We are excited to offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to you and we hope you enjoy it!

Stop by the Children’s Room at any of our locations to sign up and pick up your first reading log. Every book counts, and any child not yet enrolled in Kindergarten can participate.

For more information about this nationwide program, please visit 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kids Reading

RELATED UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
Tuesday, September 24 – Special Screening NO SMALL MATTER – The importance of early literacy (please see calendar for details)

Wednesday, October 23 – Early Literacy Specialist is coming to give a parent workshop presentation (please see calendar for details)

Written by:
Ashley Hoffman
Children’s Librarian

Need Suggestions to get started?  Check out some recommendations from me and my son that we enjoyed in our own 1000 Books journey including a post about my son’s favorites, a gothic post perfect for Halloween, and one last post before my son started Kindergarten.  And don’t forget reading with your kids shouldn’t end at Kindergarten.  My son is in second grade now and we still enjoy reading together!
Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

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