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“Thank You!” to Our Readers

11 Apr

Today’s Hoboken Library Staff Picks Blog post is a special one: this is our 50th post! We launched our Staff Picks blog in March of 2013 and since that time we have received over 5,400 views to our posts! We’ve also had readers not just from Hoboken, but all over the world.


The staff at the Hoboken Library has had a great time writing these posts and sharing our favorite books, music, movies and more with all of you. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our posts and that we’ve been able to bring new suggestions for you to enjoy. All the librarians at the Hoboken Public Library have been participating in our blog, and we feel this has helped to utilize the interests and tastes of everyone here to give the readers the widest array of suggestions. Here’s a quick review of our participating librarians:

Lois Gross – Head of the Children’s Department
Kerry Weinstein – Reference Librarian
Aimee Harris – Head of the Reference Department
Matt Latham – Reference Librarian/Program Coordinator
Rosary Van Ingen – Head of the Circulation Department
Ona Gritz – Head of the Young Adult Department

Of course, we want to thank everyone who has been reading our blog and supporting us with your views. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our posts and that we have helped you to discover new books, movies and more. In the future, don’t be shy to comment on a post and offer up your thoughts or suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!

And now – back to today’s post from Lois Gross. 🙂

-Written by Matt Latham, Program Coordinator/Librarian

How NOT to Eat Like a Child

16 Jan

Way back in 2001, when dinosaurs still probably roamed the earth (or at least we were all still playing Tetris on our video consoles), a book came out for adults by Delia Ephron, the younger sister of the late, great Nora.  The book was called How to Eat Like a Child, and was a tongue-in-cheek book for adults about how children misbehave, adorably.

Recently, there have been many comments on internet listservs that I am on about how children behave in public, less adorably.  Honestly, it sounds to me that most of these complaints come from young non-parents who will change their tune, quickly, when they have their own little ones to take to public places.  Meanwhile, if you want to cultivate extraordinary behavior in your own offspring that will bring nothing but praise from other adults, I’d like to suggest some books to teach kids the “p’s and q’s” of public behavior, instead of “a,b,c’s.”  These titles are all part of the Hoboken Library’s collection:

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, by Laurie Keller.


Mr. Rabbit wonders how to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he remembers the Golden Rule about treating others as you would like to be treated.

Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners, by Margery Cuyler.


Penguin teaches her animal friends the proper way to be a good dinner guest.

Table Manners, by Vladimir Radunsky.


Chester teaches his good friend, Dudunoya, about napkins, full-mouthed accidents, and other aspects of proper mealtime behavior.

Hippo Says, “Excuse Me,” and Bear Says “Thank You,” by Michael Dahl.



This is the most basic of mannerly behavior for the youngest children.  The only thing missing is how to say “please.”

Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please? By Steve Metzger.


Princess Isabel is so unmannerly that she is scaring away all the handsome princes who might marry her.  Princess Isabel needs to learn to behave herself, quickly.

Mind Your Manners On-line, by Phyllis Cromwell.


Hopefully, a book for a slightly older reader who has unsupervised access to the internet.  Deals with cyberbullying, sharing information, and learning to be careful with access to the world’s most amazing tool for communications.

Manners in the Library, by Carrie Finn.


How could I resist?  A little reminder about keeping voices quiet, sharing space with others, and making a visit to the library a pleasant experience.

Now, I am obliged to say “thank you” for reading this post, “please” pass it on to others, and “welcome” to all of you who visit the library.

Written by Lois Gross, Senior Children’s Librarian

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