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A Fresh Look at a Classic Series: Harry Potter

27 Oct

It might be hard to believe but I had never read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling before. Even though I read everything I could get my hands on growing up, this book never came on my radar until the movies came out!

So if you don’t know, the Harry Potter series is a Children’s Fantasy series about an 11 year old orphan Harry Potter who finds out he is a wizard and starts going to a mysterious school for young wizards called Hogwarts. 

It’s a fun series and I can understand why it’s so popular, especially amongst people who read it as a kid. It will make you wish for an owl telling you that you’re actually a wizard to show up at your window and whisk you away to adventure. As an adult, personally I can’t imagine myself being obsessed with the series but it was a very enjoyable read and I finished the series easily. I still don’t understand why people love Snape and Malfoy so much. To be honest, I found them pretty horrible and don’t feel like they really redeemed themselves in the end. Maybe it is because of how they were portrayed in the movies and by such great actors but in the book, not so much.

The series is appropriate for ages 10 and up for sure. It is a great story filled with magic, mystery, danger, great friendships, found family and a relatable set of heroes. 

If you would like to check out the books, we have it at the library and it can be ordered through our catalog and you can check out the ebooks and audiobooks through Hoopla accessible with your library card through the Hoboken website or Hoopla app!

Thanks for reading! 

If you would like to watch the video version of this review and more, follow the Library’s teen instagram page @Hobokenlibraryteens!

If the description of pasties and other treats in the novel made your stomach rumble, you can also read a past review of theUnofficial Harry Potter Cookbook here.

Written by:
Asha Mobiley
Teen Librarian

Come to the “Pumpkins & Pages” Library Festival, in Church Square Park on October 2 and meet Romance Author Jennifer Wilck!

29 Sep

This year’s Library Festival, October 2 from 11 AM to 4 PM,  is a community-wide celebration of reading and everyone’s favorite season: Fall!  One of the not to be missed attractions is the local authors tent featuring authors from Hoboken, NJ, and NY including author Jennifer Wilck, who writes contemporary romances.

Wilck’s In the Moment features Cassie Edwards, a former foster child, who bought an old Victorian because it was the one place during childhood that felt like home. Rayne Tucket, a photojournalist, is looking for a distraction when Edwards hires him as a handyman; he is trying to heal from events in Afghanistan. Check it out to see if love can soothe both their hearts!

Waiting for a Miracle is set during Hanukkah; like many of Wilck’s stories it feature Jewish characters in non-religious settings. Can Benjamin, a widowed father and Rachel his daughter’s teacher find love’s bright light; if Benjamin’s mother who is Rachael’s neighbor has her way they certainly will.

Other ebook romances available from Hoopla by Wilck include the Serendipity series: Addicted to Love, Five Minutes to Love, and Learning to Love. Just released this year is A Reckless Heart, the first in her new Scarred Hearts series.

Romance fans will also have the opportunity to meet authors: Miriam Allenson, Victoria Jayne, Carol Van Den Hende

If you enjoy mysteries as well, you can learn more about the mystery writers attending (Jason Pinter, Peggy Ehrhart, Erica Obey, Tim O’Mara ) and their novels in our previous blog post

We haven’t forgotten kids with children’s book authors Timothy Becker, Raakhee Mirchandani, and Patricia Ann Keeler!

Poets Robert Anthony Gibbons, Lynne Shapiro, Carrie Magness Radna, and Danny Shot will be reading their poetry in the tent throughout the day. 

Other HPL Pumpkin and Pages Festival Events include:

Welcome to the Festival, with our new Library Director, Jennie Pu

Monster Story Time, with Jack Silbert  (11 am in the Main Event Tent: For Everyone)

The Mentalist (12 pm in the Main Event Tent: For All Ages)

The Propbox Players (1 pm in the Main Event Tent: For Children & Families)

Keynote Speaker, Author Jason Pinter (2 pm in the Main Event Tent: For Adults)

Raffle Drawing

Kulture Kool International Dance Performance (3 pm: For Everyone)

PLUS, fun activities throughout the day, including:

Arts and Crafts Tent for Children

TeenTent ♦ Caricature Artist  (11 am – 1 pm) ♦ Tarot Card Reading (2 pm – 4 pm)

E-Content and History Tent: Learn all about e books and e resources. Learn all about Hoboken History and what the library has to offer. Stop by and Win A Prize!

Friends of the Library Book Sale: The Friends will be selling gently used books throughout the library fair. Stop by the tent to say hello!

Literacy Tent: Find out about all the great literacy and life-skills programs and services — including ESL classes! — available to you free from your library.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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