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Our 400th Blog Post: Looking Back at 8 Years of Great Recommendations from Our HPL Staff!

31 Mar

We first started the Hoboken Public Library Staff Picks Blog in March of 2013 with a review by Reference Librarian, Matt Latham of Garth Ennis’s Graphic Novel, The Boys.  Since then there have been some changes over the years.  The Boys is now more popular than ever since it has been adapted to a streaming series and Matt is no longer at HPL (though we are still lucky to have him in the BCCLS family as a director at another North Jersey library).  Recently with the Pandemic we’ve begun focusing on items that can be checked out as ebooks or streamed for those who are unable to physically come in to the library.  Our blog has been viewed over 70,000 times by over 50,000 people! We wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite and most popular posts.   

Our most viewed post of all times is from Matt Latham on Soul, Funk and Blues Revival: Some Contemporary Bands Sporting an Energetic Retro Sound.  Another popular post was Sherissa Salas’s post on Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles. Several of my popular posts, are also favorites of mine written about Adult Fairytale Series, Vampire Detective TV Shows, and Mystery TV Shows based on books.  Our most popular post of last year was Steph Diorio’s post about A Midwife’s Tale and her request for Hoboken residents to share their experiences during the Pandemic so they could be included in our historical archives for future generations (she is still accepting people’s stories and photographs so email reference @ Hoboken.bccls.org if you’d like to share). Other popular posts from 2020 included YA Library Assistant, Elbie Love’s post about Brown Girl Dreaming and Children’s Library Assistant, Melissa Medina’s post about Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre. Our most popular post so far this year was Information and Digital Services Librarian, Ethan Galvin’s post about One Night Two Souls Went Walking.

A new post goes live typically every Wednesday at 11 AM.  Thank you to everyone who is following us whether you just joined us recently or if you have been here from the beginning.  We love providing you with new picks from our staff, but we also hope that you enjoy reading through the 400 and counting posts we have in our archives.  They are a great way to find a new author or books in your favorite genre. 

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Have Your Story Become Part of Our Hoboken History Collection

1 May

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These are, to say the least, very trying and unusual times we find ourselves in right now. These times will indeed be studied by our descendants in the future, looking back upon how we lived and coped with remaining inside and isolated from one another in order to protect each other, especially our most vulnerable neighbors, from disease.

We can make it a bit easier on future historians right now in a few ways.

Firstly, if you haven’t yet, please fill out the 2020 Census! That’ll make it a lot easier for your descendants to find you later when they’re looking for details about your life. It’ll also help Hoboken get the right amount of funding for the community in the present, so it’s definitely important.

And secondly, I implore you all to record your experiences right now. Write them down in a diary, film them, photograph them. Document what is happening in your home and your life and all around you. Record everything. The Hoboken Public Library would like to hear your COVID-19 stories: we’re building an archive of Hoboken’s response to the pandemic and stories from Hoboken residents are intended to be a big part of that collection! Send us your writing, your photos, your videos, and more, and we will consider them for preservation for historical posterity.

To submit your stories to us, please email them to reference@hoboken.bccls.org or stephanie.diorio@hoboken.bccls.org. In return, we’ll email you a Deed of Gift to fill out to commemorate your donation and make it official.

In the future, we also plan to begin an oral history project, and COVID-19 stories will likely be a big part of that, so stay tuned for details on that, as well! In the meantime, please send us anything you feel we should save for the collection – we’ll be ever thankful, and generations to come will have your story and develop a better understanding of the world we’re currently working together to survive in!

With all my thanks,
Steph Diorio
Archivist/Local History Librarian

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