Sunday, March 15, 2009

Free Programs and Offers from the Hoboken Public Library

The following is a note from Ruth Charnes (;201/659-0956) of the Hoboken Public Library concerning programs and classes for all children of Hoboken:

Here is the information regarding some Library programs that might be of interest to Hoboken students and parents....

As you will note, some programs are available only to those with Hoboken Library cards (easy to get), but others are open to all... if you have any questions, or would like to get this information by fax as well, please let me know ... Many thanks for your help in getting the word out... Best, Ruth

FIRST SATURDAYS FAMILY PROGRAMS: The Library’s popular monthly First Saturday programs, designed to appeal to both adults and children of all ages, are held on the first Saturday of each month at 2pm. These free programs are open to all, with no advance registration or library card required. On March 7, Robert Rogers' Circus on a String puppet show will appear. April 4 brings Planet Science, an educational program featuring live turtles and where they come from. On May 2, Rogue Bear Press’ Monster Detective Agency will work with the audience to create and perform a Monster Story Play (for children ages 4 and up) The June 6 program will feature magician John Carlson. (Funded by the Friends of the Library, First Saturday programs go on hiatus during the summer.)

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR YOUNGSTERS: There are a number of on-going Library programs for young children. Baby & Me, for those 6-18 months, takes place on the second and last Monday of each month at 11am. Toddler 1 Storytime, for those between the ages of 19 and 30 months, runs every Tuesday OR Thursday at 10:30am (children may attend either program, but not both). A Toddler 2 Story/Craft program, for those between the ages of 31 months and 4 years, runs every Wednesday at 10:30am. Each of these programs is open to the first 15 attendees who present a valid Hoboken Library card with a Hoboken address belonging to either the child or the child's parent. (the card may be shown by a sitter or nanny). Please note that if fewer than five youngsters register, the program will be cancelled.

In addition, there is an after school Storytime for children 5 to 7 years of age on the first and third Thursdays at 3:15pm. Neither pre-registration nor a Hoboken library card is required for these half-hour programs.

FREE MUSEUM VISITS AVAILABLE: The Library offers passes from three museums for Library patrons’ use. The membership passes, which may be checked out like books and other materials, provide free entrance to each museum for two adults and up to four youngsters. Passes may be reserved the day before they are needed and then checked out for 24 hours. Though the passes are free to all Library patrons, please note that there is a late fee of $5 per day if passes are not returned on time.

Passes are currently available for the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City;; The Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, New York City;; and The Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio (25 West 52 Street, New York City; The latter, by the way, is not a museum of vintage appliances; in addition to mounting a variety of special exhibits, it houses an archive of old programs that can be viewed or listened to on the premises. The passes have been purchased for the Library by the Friends of the Library.

Picture: Hoboken Public Library, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24" Artist: CHRIS KAPPMEIER