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Summer Break is Coming: How to Keep Your Bored Hordes Entertained this Summer

26 Jun

If you are a parent with young children you probably will at some point in the next two months hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored.” But the Hoboken Public Library has you covered with great programming all summer long.  The whole family can join in the fun with summer reading for kids, teens, and adults where the pages you read can win you great prizes.  And although we love you to stop by for great books, music, and videos you can also borrow ebooks and stream movies and music so you have an instant answer when boredom hits, especially helpful on those rainy days we have been having in NJ lately when you don’t want to leave the house.  Here are a few recommendations from my son of things he has been enjoying.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Series
mr putter and tabby
My son has been loving the Mr. Putter and Tabby series. Cynthia Rylant’s series for beginning readers about an elderly man and his adventures has charmed my son.  Being a cat fan he loves Mr. Putter’s cat tabby who joins Mr. Putter on his many adventures.  I like that being divided up into short sections, it is easing my son in to chapter books.  Also it is refreshing to see a series for kids about older adults that appeals to a younger audience.  Mr. Putter often reminisces about things he did when he was younger and his neighbor and adventurous friend Mrs. Teaberry often encourages Mr. Putter to try new activities.  I’ve seen my son progress so much over the past year of just beginning to pick up sight words to being a proud reader and it is great to see how excited he is to check out a new book.  Many of the series are available not only in print from BCCLS libraries but also as ebooks from eLibraryNJ, eBCCLS, and Hoopla.

Frog Goes to Dinner
frog goes to dinner
Frog Goes to Dinner is a short (13 minute) adaptation of the classic wordless picture book by Mercer Mayer that is available to view on Kanopy.  A frog escapes from a boy’s pocket in a fancy French restaurant and gets in some hilarious trouble.  My son laughed so much at this one.  Though the book is probably more geared for kindergartners and preschoolers who are just beginning to read and will love a book where they can add their own words and story to the images, he still wanted to check out the original.  That to me is one of the great parts of the video story books that they may make reluctant readers interested in checking out the books the videos are based on.  Also available are adaptations of Mayer’s A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog, and Frog on his OwnKanopy has a whole section just for kids that you can select so they only see children friendly content.  Plus your child watching content in Kanopy Kids doesn’t count towards your ten adult selections each month so they can stream all they want and you still have access to great documentaries, indie films, and classics to check out.

Music on Freegal
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My son, like a lot of kids, loves dancing to music.  I wish we could all have the lack of self-consciousness young children have when they hear a song they love and can spin and jump about.  Freegal is great since you can create playlists of your favorite songs.  Hoboken Resident Cardholders can download 5 songs per week and/or stream three hours per day.  Two of my son’s favorite songs are Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! and Happy by Pharrell Williams.  Besides making your own playlist you can also find plenty of ready-made playlists such as Book It: A Summer Reading Playlist to stream.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

 

Board Books at the Library

8 May

“Reading to children even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.”- Unknown

Board books are more than sturdier versions of picture books. They teach babies to be comfortable with books and can encourage a love of reading in later years. Board books also introduce early concepts such as shapes, colors and sounds. According to experts, reading to infants is beneficial for brain development, brain processing speed and vocabulary.

Here is a sampling of our collection:

Will Ladybug Hug?
by Hilary Leung
LadybugHug
This adorable book addresses giving consent. Ladybug likes to hug when greeting someone. She finds out that not everyone feels the same way and that is ok. Shows little ones forms of greeting others and teaches compromise.

ABC’s of the Web
by John C Vanden-Heuvel Sr & Andrey Ostrovsky, MD
ABCWEB
This ABC guide uses each letter of the alphabet to introduce and explain a computer word or phrase. The child friendly illustrations that accompany each letter will help make tots tech savvy. What does PHP stand for? Don’t know? Check out the letter P

Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
by Chris Tougas
TinkleLittleStar
Humorous potty training book that instructs little star where not to “go”. Little star’s animated reactions add to the story in a whimsical way. Written in the style of classic lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Dr Seuss’s 100 First Words
Seuss100firstwords
Dr. Seuss’ illustrations highlight this collection of baby’s first words. A delightful introduction to the world of Dr Seuss.

Don Quixote: A Spanish Language Primer Jennifer Adams (Baby Lit Series)
DonQuixotePrimer
Baby Lit uses classic books as inspiration and applies them to different subjects. Don Quixote teaches simple words in Spanish keeping with the theme of the story. Other titles/concepts available are Wizard of Oz, Little Women and Sherlock Holmes.

Yoga Bug
by Sarah Jane Hinder
YogaBug
A collection of kid friendly yoga poses. In addition to teaching poses, an insect similar to each pose is highlighted. Brief descriptions of all poses are also included.

Monster Munch
by Tobias Krejtschi
monster munch
A group of silly looking monsters have favorite foods that correspond with how they look. This interactive board book teaches toddlers different shapes.

The Many Faces of Snoopy
ManyfacesofSnoopy
From the Flying Ace to Flash Beagle, personas that Snoopy has taken on over the years are represented in this book. A cute compilation for Snoopy fans young and old.

This is just a fraction of all the awesome board books we have in our collection. Next time you and your little one are at the library, stop by the Children’s department and check them out. The Children’s Department at 500 Park Avenue has temporarily moved to the first floor; you can also stop by our Children’s Section at the Pop Up Branch at 124 Grand St.  See you soon!!!

Written by:
Megan Flynn
Children’s Library Assistant

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