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Check out these Fun, Entertaining and Educational Videos, Books, Tutoring and More Available Online for Kids

16 Mar

If you are looking for something to keep your little one entertained while schools are closed than we have a variety of books, media, and more that you can enjoy without leaving your home.

HelpNow: Online Tutoring
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Need help with school work while your child is home?  BrainFuse’s HelpNow is a suite of services designed to assist with a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help between 2 PM-11 PM each day, live New Jersey-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, and comprehensive writing assistance.  Students can draw or type their question in the online classroom and receive live assistance from a tutor.  Students have access to an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including those for the SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, and more.  Users can archive documents, class notes, and other materials in their personal CloudPack and share these items with tutors during a live session.  As a mom, as well as a librarian, I know how valuable this resource can be.  Adults can get assistance too with skill building and test preparation for exams like the GED in The Adult Learning Center.  Brainfuse even has an online meeting space.

Books by JK Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and new favorite eBooks from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS


Whether your child loves to read to themselves on an iPad or is looking for an audiobook to listen to you can find a variety of classics and new favorites for all ages available from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, A Wrinkle in Time, and Fox in Socks.  You can check up to five books at a time from each of the services and with the Libby App it is easy to return them instantly to check out more.  Not sure what to read, a great resource for print and ebook suggestions, provided by the New Jersey State Library that is available to Hoboken and other NJ residents is Novelist for adults and kids in k-8.  You can find lists of suggested books for different interest as well as read alike suggestions.

Wild Kratts and more from Kanopy Kids
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We told you recently about some of the amazing foreign films you can stream from Kanopy (10 checkouts per month for Hoboken Resident Cardholders), but it isn’t just great adult entertainment available; you can check out unlimited amounts of cartoons, book adaptations, and more fun and high quality entertainment for children.  My son loves science and is fascinated by nature.  If you have a future zoologist in your household then checkout these clever cartoons based on real brothers (and NJ born), Chris and Martin Kratt who get animated in this series to protect endangered animals.  This funny show will have your kid giggling while they learn more about science and wildlife.

Muzzy
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Is your child fascinated by other countries?  For your little globe trotter check out Muzzy.  Newly added at the beginning of the year, patrons now have access to English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Korean for children through Muzzy’s Online Learning Resource.  The service provides videos, listening, writing activities, games, and even printable lessons.  The fun animated videos featuring Muzzy and friends along with activities that make learning seem like a game will have your child learning a new language in no time.  You can access it in the main branch of the library while using our Wi-Fi without a card, but it can also be accessed with a Hoboken Resident Library Card from home.  We also continue to have Mango and Rosetta Stone available for Adults who are interested in learning another language or ESL.  You can also stream Muzzy and Little Pim videos from Kanopy Kids.

Music Playlists from Freegal
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Looking for a lullaby to help them get to sleep at night?  Freegal has a variety of music for children including classics like Rock-a-Bye-Baby from New Born Lullabies or A Whole New World on Disney Lullabies.  Besides albums, Freegal also has curated playlists you can check out such as Lullaby Songs for Baby Rockers which includes lullaby versions of popular songs from Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box to Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine.  If they’re feeling in dancing mood, they might enjoy some hits from the Children’s Chart-Toppers Play List.  Or you can even pick out songs to create your own streaming playlist.  Hoboken resident cardholders get to stream three hours of music per day.  And if they find a song they really love, you can download up to 5 songs per week that are yours to keep.

Need help with any of our online resources; email reference @ hoboken.bccls.org

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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