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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Right here, at HPL!

18 Sep

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
We recently re launched a very special program at HPL – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! This program has been launched in libraries across the country as an effort to increase the development of early literacy skills in young children. ‘Early literacy’ is a term we’ve been hearing a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? Early literacy is the stage before we are able to read. This stage begins at birth, and encompasses all ways to engage with letters, words, pictures. There are several ways to encourage early literacy skills, from reading, to singing, to telling a simple story of going to the grocery store. Reading to a child expands their language skills, imagination, and it is a great bonding experience that will create life-long memories.

Parent Reading

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun way to encourage the development of early literacy skills in our little ones, while helping prepare them for Kindergarten. The program is as simple as it sounds—make a goal to read 1,000 books to your child before they are enrolled in Kindergarten. 1,000 books might seem like a lot, but if you read 3 books a night every night, that is 1,095 books in one year! It is doable! And yes, repeats count! If you read the same book ten times, it counts as 10 books.
Mom Reading
For every 100 books you read, you will receive a prize, and after you have read 1,000 books, we will have a party to celebrate!
Throughout the program you will receive 10 consecutive reading logs, each with 100 spaces. For each book you read, you fill in a space on the log, and for each log you complete, you receive a prize.
We are excited to offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to you and we hope you enjoy it!

Stop by the Children’s Room at any of our locations to sign up and pick up your first reading log. Every book counts, and any child not yet enrolled in Kindergarten can participate.

For more information about this nationwide program, please visit 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kids Reading

RELATED UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
Tuesday, September 24 – Special Screening NO SMALL MATTER – The importance of early literacy (please see calendar for details)

Wednesday, October 23 – Early Literacy Specialist is coming to give a parent workshop presentation (please see calendar for details)

Written by:
Ashley Hoffman
Children’s Librarian

Need Suggestions to get started?  Check out some recommendations from me and my son that we enjoyed in our own 1000 Books journey including a post about my son’s favorites, a gothic post perfect for Halloween, and one last post before my son started Kindergarten.  And don’t forget reading with your kids shouldn’t end at Kindergarten.  My son is in second grade now and we still enjoy reading together!
Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

Was Your Great Grandmother a Hoboken Library Patron?: Historic Library Ledgers

11 Sep

Before I started working here a little over a year ago, during renovations, staff had found some old ledgers that had been tucked away in the library office. Upon further examination, these ledgers contained a register of the library’s earliest patrons (and their addresses and occupations) and the original staff rosters with hours worked. They weren’t in the best condition due to being stored somewhere warm and dry, and it was evident that they were valuable to the history collection and the library itself and needed some preservation and restoration work. My predecessor brought them to the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, and they’ve been lovingly preserving and cleaning the ledgers a few at a time. When I came on board, we’d had three finished already, and before long I went down to Philly to pick up the next batch. Since then, I’ve been down twice more to pick up two more sets, and I’ll likely be retrieving the final two ledgers within the next few months, effectively completing the project.

These ledgers are unique in that they don’t really have any financial value. Their value is entirely historical; you just can’t put a price tag on the information they contain. As mentioned above, one of them is a full staff roster with their hours worked, allowing us a glimpse, however small, of our predecessors who worked here over 100 years ago. Our mission is the same as theirs was – to provide the Hoboken public with books, information, and other media and help with any inquiries they might have. We’ve grown in scope and size since those early days and offer so much more – e-resources, a Makerspace, music, gaming, and DVD rentals, and all sorts of varied programming for both children and adults, but it’s important to never forget where you started from. Our co-workers of the past worked just as hard as we did to make the people of Hoboken happy and answer their questions, and now we can put names to them.

Ledger Image One

The majority of the eleven ledgers are registers of the patrons who used the library in its earliest days. These are a particularly potent genealogical resource for people with ancestors from Hoboken – they provide names, addresses, and in many cases careers. (Sometimes those careers are simply “student,” “schoolboy,” or “schoolgirl,” proof that children have been patrons of the library since the very beginning too! And not every child was in school, either – some errand boys and errand girls came to the library, as well!) If anyone reading this post had ancestors in Hoboken around 1890 up through the early 1910s and is having trouble finding them, perhaps those ancestors made their way to the library at some point on intellectual quests of their own.

Ledger Image Two

If you’re interested in seeing the ledgers currently completed and returned to the library, there’s a few ways to do so. Firstly, you can visit the library and use the local history computer to view the digitized versions of them if you’re nervous to handle them physically. If you’re more of a hands-on person or you’re interesting in experiencing history more up close and personal, then make an appointment with the reference department to come in and view the ledgers themselves! The history librarian (hint: that’s me!) will be super excited to show them to you and talk with you about them!

If you have any other inquiries about Hoboken history, the collection awaits you! I also highly recommend a visit to the Hoboken Historical Museum for some more in-depth exhibits and their amazing collections to further your research or sate your hunger for Hoboken history.

Written By:
Steph Diorio
Local History Librarian/Archivist at the Hoboken Public Library

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