Board Books at the Library

8 May

“Reading to children even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.”- Unknown

Board books are more than sturdier versions of picture books. They teach babies to be comfortable with books and can encourage a love of reading in later years. Board books also introduce early concepts such as shapes, colors and sounds. According to experts, reading to infants is beneficial for brain development, brain processing speed and vocabulary.

Here is a sampling of our collection:

Will Ladybug Hug?
by Hilary Leung
LadybugHug
This adorable book addresses giving consent. Ladybug likes to hug when greeting someone. She finds out that not everyone feels the same way and that is ok. Shows little ones forms of greeting others and teaches compromise.

ABC’s of the Web
by John C Vanden-Heuvel Sr & Andrey Ostrovsky, MD
ABCWEB
This ABC guide uses each letter of the alphabet to introduce and explain a computer word or phrase. The child friendly illustrations that accompany each letter will help make tots tech savvy. What does PHP stand for? Don’t know? Check out the letter P

Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
by Chris Tougas
TinkleLittleStar
Humorous potty training book that instructs little star where not to “go”. Little star’s animated reactions add to the story in a whimsical way. Written in the style of classic lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Dr Seuss’s 100 First Words
Seuss100firstwords
Dr. Seuss’ illustrations highlight this collection of baby’s first words. A delightful introduction to the world of Dr Seuss.

Don Quixote: A Spanish Language Primer Jennifer Adams (Baby Lit Series)
DonQuixotePrimer
Baby Lit uses classic books as inspiration and applies them to different subjects. Don Quixote teaches simple words in Spanish keeping with the theme of the story. Other titles/concepts available are Wizard of Oz, Little Women and Sherlock Holmes.

Yoga Bug
by Sarah Jane Hinder
YogaBug
A collection of kid friendly yoga poses. In addition to teaching poses, an insect similar to each pose is highlighted. Brief descriptions of all poses are also included.

Monster Munch
by Tobias Krejtschi
monster munch
A group of silly looking monsters have favorite foods that correspond with how they look. This interactive board book teaches toddlers different shapes.

The Many Faces of Snoopy
ManyfacesofSnoopy
From the Flying Ace to Flash Beagle, personas that Snoopy has taken on over the years are represented in this book. A cute compilation for Snoopy fans young and old.

This is just a fraction of all the awesome board books we have in our collection. Next time you and your little one are at the library, stop by the Children’s department and check them out. The Children’s Department at 500 Park Avenue has temporarily moved to the first floor; you can also stop by our Children’s Section at the Pop Up Branch at 124 Grand St.  See you soon!!!

Written by:
Megan Flynn
Children’s Library Assistant

Solving Murders in Many Languages: TV Mysteries from Around the World

1 May

If you didn’t already know – for all you non frequent readers – I love a good mystery series. I’ve noticed there aren’t quite as many being made in the United States as we had in the past when CSI dominated ratings. So I’ve been delighted to check out all the variety of mysteries from around the world that are available to stream from Hoopla. If you are a Hoboken Resident with a library card click on the links and find your new favorite mystery series.

The Undertaker (Der Bestatter)

Undertaker

all images in this post from hoopladigital.com

The Undertaker is a mystery show from Switzerland that centers around a former detective who left the police force to take over the family’s funeral parlor after his father passed away.  He still has contacts with his old coworkers, but my favorite supporting characters are his cynical mom and Fabio, the gothy misfit he hires after Fabio gave up learning to be a beautician.  There are occasional moments of humor that lighten the darkly serious mood.

Murders at BarLume
BarLume

The older gentlemen who meet up at BarLume can’t keep their noses out of other people’s business.  These quirky characters manage to drag former mathematician and now bar owner Massimo Viviani in on their capers. If you enjoy mysteries, quirky characters, and beautiful Tuscan views, then you will want to check out Murders at BarLume.

Baantjer Mysteries
Baantjer

If your taste runs more towards procedural cop shows, then check out Baantjer Mysteries, a long running Dutch series starring Piet Romer as Jurriaan DeKok who, along with his fellow police detectives, solve crimes in Amsterdam.  The mysteries are based on the novels of A.C. Baantjer.

No Offence
No Offence

This British mystery series pokes fun at some serious issues and its puny title refers to both offence as a crime and the offensiveness of some of the characters.  The first season features a serial killer story line that the mostly female detectives are trying to solve along with other crimes in each episodes.  If you enjoy dark dramedies then No Offence may be your cup of tea.  The series is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Also check out my previous posts about the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries and Australian Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the Russian series The Sniffer.  All three of these series are also available to stream from Hoopla.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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