eNews 6.16.2023

Summer Reading is Here!

Dear Hoboken,

We’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support from the community ahead of our Read Out Loud and Proud! Banned Books Read-a-thon on Saturday. In the last few years there has been an unprecedented surge in book challenges across the country. By coming together through the simple act of reading, we are reaffirming our core value as a public library and a basic right in our democratic society: intellectual freedom, and our right to read. In the words of American Library Association Executive Director Tracie Hall, “Free people read freely.” Let's read!


Jennie Pu

Library Director

Upcoming Events

Adult Summer Reading Kickoff

Wednesday, June 21 @ 4:30 pm

Kick off the season and track your Summer Reading progress by designing your own reading notebook! Supplies will be provided, as well as goodie bags, to help you get a head start on your summer reading. Questions about this? Please email Molly.

Details and registration here

DIY Model Magic Book Marks

Thursday, June 29 @ 3:30 pm

Children's Room, 500 Park Ave

Join us in the 3rd Floor Programming Room to make DIY Model Magic Book Marks! This program is for our friends participating in the Mile Square Summer Reading Program and have started reading towards their goal! Questions about this? Please email Valerie.

Details and registration here

Adult Summer Reading Craft: Mini Books

Thursday, June 29 @ 4:30 pm

Come celebrate 6 months of reading by decorating a mason jar filled with mini versions of the books you've read this year! Supplies will be provided. Questions about this? Please email Molly.

Details and registration here

Walking Book Club

Every Tuesday at 10 am

Main Library, 500 Park Ave

Ready, set, walk! Join our Walking Book Club where you walk with us and talk about our book of the month! Meet us in front of the library to start our adventure around Hoboken. We'll discuss the book, and pick the next great read while walking with our library friends this summer! Questions about this? Please email Natalie.

Details and registration here

Recent Releases
Fiction for Adults

Featured Title

Hell of a Book: A Novel

by Jason Mott

"In Jason Mott's Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and urgent: since Mott's novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. As these characters' stories build and build and converge, they astonish. For while this heartbreaking and magical book entertains and is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money, it's also about the nation's reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news. And with what it can mean to be Black in America."

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Which Side Are You On

by Ryan Lee Wong

"How can we live with integrity and pleasure in this world of police brutality and racism? An Asian American activist is challenged by his mother to face this question in this powerful--and funny--debut novel of generational change, a mother's secret, and an activist's coming-of-age. Twenty-one-year-old Reed is fed up. Angry about the killing of a Black man by an Asian American NYPD officer, he wants to drop out of college and devote himself to the Black Lives Matter movement. But would that truly bring him closer to the moral life he seeks?"

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Non Fiction

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

by Robert Samuels

All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep: Hope -- and Hard Pills to Swallow -- About Fighting

for Black Lives

by Andre Henry

Books for Young Adults

This Is My America

by Kim Johnson

Black Birds in the Sky

by Brandy Colbert

The Deep Blue Between

by Ayesha H. Attah

Books for Children

The Juneteenth Story

by Alliah Agostini

Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free

by Alice Faye Duncan

The History of Juneteenth

by Arlisha Norwood

Mile Square Summer Reading

Summer Reading has begun, and we are excited to welcome you to our eight-week Mile Square Summer Reading program. Summer Reading is a great way for people of all ages to broaden their literary horizons while also having fun and winning fantastic prizes. Join us today through August 4th by signing up on our Beanstack Summer Reading site.

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