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What is Your Favorite Film?: Picks from the Hoboken Library Staff

13 Nov

I polled some of our library staff for their favorite films.  They range from family favorites, funny comedies, to serious dramas.  They are the perfect choices for curling up and spending a chilly Autumn night in:

Heidi Schwab, Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian: No movie ever has made me laugh as much as George of the Jungle.  It is a terrific movie for all ages.  Great for a family movie night.

Jessica Sosa, Circulation Assistant: Inception because it is thought provoking with all the many realities that could exist.

Faith Fitzsimmons, Office Administrator: Wizard of Oz I could watch it a million and ten times.  I watched it with my mom and grandmother and now I watch it with my own kids.  It is a great family movie.

Mihaela Colibasu, Circulation Assistant: Requiem for Dream is disturbing but moving film that evokes strong emotions.

Victoria Schwab, Reference Assistant: The Godfather, I’m a big family person.

Susan Flynn, Circulation Assistant: Clueless and Legally Blonde are both terrific funny films that I could sit and watch all day.  I have some of the lines memorized by heart.  You can stream the sequel Legally Blondes on Hoopla!

Lindsay Sakmann, Reference Librarian: What We do in the Shadows is really funny and light-hearted.  Puts you in a good mood.  Borrow this funny vampire mockumentary right now from Kanopy!

Rosary Van Ingen, Head of Circulation: Charade, Audrey Hepburn and Carrey Grant in Paris, what more could you want?

Melissa Medina, Children’s Library Assistant: Rebecca filmed in 1940 and directed by Alfried Hitchcock. It’s a haunting and beautifully filmed psychological thriller.. It’s been one of my favorites since I was a kid and may have been my first introduction to Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Sherissa Salas, Adult Programming Assistant: Pride and Prejudice (the version with Keira Knightly), it was the first time I was introduced to classic English novels in a way I connected to.  It is why I majored in English in College.

Pat Fischetto, Children’s Library Assistant: Under the Tuscan Sun is a touching romance.  I love Italy!

What is your favorite movie?  Share them in our comment section!

Compiled by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference
(To learn more about my favorite film check out a previous post about Labyrinth)

Halloween Horror Reads for Teens

30 Oct

There is no better way to get into the Halloween spirit then to borrow some Horror-themed YA reads for FREE at the Hoboken Public Library. Below are four suggested reads that are great for Halloween, Day of the Dead, and even all year round. If you like to feel the anxiety and adrenaline that comes with being a little scared and comfortable at home, CHECK OUT these awesome reads!

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
by Gwenda Bond
Stranger Things Suspicious Minds
The hit thriller Netflix series has a prequel!!! In the series, we are familiar with curious characters like Eleven. Like most things in the series, Eleven’s past is still a mystery. This book investigates Eleven’s mother’s past and the moments that set things in motion for the original series. The author, Gwenda Bond, makes the story her own with respect to the show by introducing new characters and following along with the original story. If you are a fan of Stranger Things, this is the book for you.

For Grades: Middle and High School

Theme: Science Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Mystery, Horror

by Neil Gaiman
Leaving your friends and moving away is tough, and there are no siblings to bother in Caroline’s case. She is not afraid to tell her parents that it was not fair that they had to move. But her parents do not care to acknowledge it or her for that matter. She is the only kid in the building of weird neighbors like Mr. Bobo, the mouse trainer, and Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, the building’s fortune-tellers. Even they could not keep boredom away. She counted the windows and the doors to fill in time but stumbles on a small door in the wall. This door happens to open to another dimension where the “other mother” lived. The other mother was the replica of her birth mother, except she gave her the attention she craved, and she had the TWO BLACK BUTTONS for eyes. The reader can get a virtual taste of the story’s setting through the black and white illustrations sporadically throughout the book. Coraline could not wait to go through the door and hang out with her “other mother and father.” But the day came when the “other mother” asked her to stay with her at the price of letting her sew buttons into Coraline’s eyes. Coraline escapes, the other mother is not happy, and kidnaps her birth parents. What can Coraline do now?  You can also borrow the movie adaptation.  You can also check out a previous post about Neil Gaiman here.

Grades: Middle and High School

Theme: Paranormal, Horror, Graphic Novels

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenJacob grew up listening to his grandfather, Abraham’s, stories. He told stories of surviving monsters of human and mystical forms during World War II. Jacob always looked up to him, but as he grew into a teenager, he started to doubt his grandfather’s stories where true. When his grandfather is found brutally murdered, he ventures out to the island setting of his grandfather’s stories to find out more about him and his death. He stumbles upon to an orphanage of children with peculiar abilities. There is a boy with bees in of him and a floating girl which are displayed in old fashioned style pictures throughout the book. Little did he know was that his presence made the children valuable to the murderous monster’s that lark in the shadows.  A movie adaptation is also available.

Grades: Middle and High School

Theme: Orphanages, Mystery, Supernatural, Monsters

by Pam Smy
The Thornhill orphanage intertwines the lives of two girls. Mary was a mistreated orphan of Thornhill 35 years before Ella moved into the neighborhood. How do they connect all those years apart? The secret is a diary and dolls! In this book of traditional text and haunting grayscale illustrations, the reader cannot help but wonder what became of Mary and if she wants Ella to join her.

Grades: Middle and High School

Theme: Bullying, Orphanages, Ghosts, Supernatural

By Elbie A. Love
Young Adult Library Associate

Want more Halloween suggestions?  Check out our Halloween Urban Fantasy post and favorite Horror movies.


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