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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
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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
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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

 

Is the trend of the music video DOOMED?

19 Dec

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I remember when I was younger and music videos are what made the song – whether or not the artistic evolution from song to video made any sense. I will always remember Mr. Brightside and its crazy almost Moulin Rouge circus like imagery. Or even Panic @ the Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies. These iconic songs, when released, were paired with their music videos.

I may be incorrect in assuming but nowadays music videos are not what make the song anymore – and it’s not even how most hits are discovered. I find all my new music, debuts and singles, from the shows I watch.

Did you know that you can not only check out CD’s in person at the Hoboken Public Library, but you may also check them out digital music from Hoopla and Freegal.  Freegal even features Music Videos!

I recently discovered “Doomed” by Moses Sumney on a TV show binge How to Get Away with Murder. It was season 4 episode 8 and the song was faintly in the background as what was really important was the scene itself. But it’s not until I heard the song for the second time in a different TV show I watch that it stuck and indelibly marked my musical soul. Featured on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 episode 22, the song was the foreground of the episode and as all else faded, the music beamed into my ears and I fell in love with the music of Moses Sumney.

You can check out seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder as well as Moses Sumney’s album Aromanticism from BCCLS libraries.

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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