A Note from the Director
In late 2016 the Library announced that we are working on creating a new Strategic Plan. That process is still underway, along with creating a Capital Plan to help maintain and improve the nearly 120-year-old Library building. We asked the community to fill out a survey to help us create our new Strategic Plan, offering three iPad Minis for randomly selected participants. Mattie Montalvo and Frank Rosner are two of the lucky winners. If you completed our survey, you're still in the running for the remaining iPad Mini. Thank you for your continued support of the Hoboken Public Library!
New Sunday Hours
Starting in January the Library's new Sunday hours are 10 AM to 3 PM, adding one additional hour!
Substantial construction work on the Hoboken Public Library Lower Level Alterations & Exterior Stabilization project continued during the summer and fall. Both inside work continues and outside work is accelerated with the better weather. The new Garden brickwork walls were installed. The Park Avenue areaway brickwork is underway including installation of some re-used historic brick. The Park Avenue sidewalk concrete slab was poured. On the interior the electrical and mechanical system features are being installed. This includes electrical conduits and ductwork and mechanical equipment. A new elevator motor was installed above flood level and a new emergency electrical generator was installed on the elevator shaft roof. The Library can now serve as an emergency center during times of electrical failures. Framing for new soffits is underway, which is giving final shape to the room configurations.
Get Streaming Music From Freegal
Freegal Music allows HPL card holders access to hundreds of thousands of songs. Starting January 1st, our Hoboken Library Resident Library Cardholders will now have access to three hours of streaming music per day. You can listen to Adele’s new album while you exercise or set up a playlist of some of some of your favorite songs to listen to while you commute! Library card holders can also continue to download up to five tracks in the MP3 format each week to keep.
Patrons will have access to two BrainFuse services HelpNow and JobNow from home and in the library. You will need to enter your library card at home but will not need a library card when using any device connected to the library’s wifi.
HelpNow: Online Homework Help and The Adult Learning Center
BrainFuse’s HelpNow is a suite of services designed to assist with a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help between 2 PM-11 PM each day, live New Jersey-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, and writing assistance. Students can draw or type their question in the online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a tutor who help students master the assignment’s underlying concepts. Students have access to an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including those for the SAT, GED, GRE, and more. Users can archive documents and class notes in their personal CloudPack.
The Adult Learning Center offers skills building and test preparation, and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. The Adult Learning Center offers both live writing assistance and an intensive writing lab to help users produce business letters, term papers, job resumes, or other writing.
JobNow: Online Job Assistance
JobNow provides online resources for job seekers, including access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance from 2 PM-11 PM. Patrons also enjoy 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources. eParachute helps recent high school and college graduates and job-seekers identify their ideal job opportunities.
Free Online Learning with Universal Classes
Learn something new today with over 500 free online courses. Whether you want to prepare for taking the GED or learn to bake, there is a course for you with Universal Classes. Just click on the link at the bottom of the library homepage hobokenlibrary.org. You can access the service within the library without a library card. Hoboken Public Library Resident Card holders will be able to access the service from home with their library card numbers. You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 non-credit enrichment courses. You have up to 6 months to finish each course. You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet. The courses are easy to navigate and you can even take a basic introductory class in online learning. Attend class and do assignments on your schedule. Each course has an instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail. So whether it is Microsoft Excel, Creative Writing or Gardening start learning today!
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