PLEASE NOTE: THE LIBRARY IS NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.
The Library is happy to announce the introduction of a new digital resource collection for children, teens and adults – Axis 360. All you need is your library card number and library password for access to a world of new choices. Click here to get started.
THE LIBRARY IS NOW OFFERING COMPUTER USE, FAX, AND NOTARY SERVICES BY APPOINTMENT.
For instructions on how to make a reservation for computer use, click here.
For instructions on how to make an appointment to fax an item, click here.
For instructions on how to make an appointment to have an item notarized, click here.
CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE SERVICE HOURS ARE NOW OFFERED FROM 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, MONDAY THRU FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY FROM 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.
For details on how to take advantage of this service, click here. If you have any questions, contact our Reference Department by phone (609-581-4060, Ext. 2) for more information. Due to the high volume of calls, you may not be answered immediately. Please leave your name and phone number, and we will return calls in the order in which they are received.
Our outdoor book drops are open for returns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For the safety of our patrons and staff, returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, and then disinfected before being placed back on the shelf. We ask for your patience and understanding as items will remain on the cardholder’s account during this period. Patron’s will not be charged fines or fees for the time their items remain in quarantine.
Although the building itself is open only by appointment, access to online and digital resources remain available. Each day, we continue to update and increase the material we offer remotely – virtual tours, children’s programming, reader recommendations and more are just a click away. We have added many links to websites for children, teens and adults, and staff are available to answer your questions and concerns via email between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday thru Friday.
WI-FI is available from the parking lot and surrounding grounds – no password is required.
Please check our website or Facebook page frequently for updates as more information becomes available.
For the Love of Reading Book Club
Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 PM to discuss this month’s book, “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. Use the following link to be a part of the conversation:
Meeting ID: 857 7134 9711
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drive Up Wi-Fi at New Jersey Libraries
Wi-Fi access is crucial for New Jersey residents to work, study, and connect to important resources. Libraries are committed to bridging the digital divides in their communities by providing Wi-Fi free of charge. Check this link for a map that provides details on how to connect to Wi-Fi from outside of library buildings that are currently closed due to COVID-19: https://www.njstatelib.org/drive-up-wifi-at-new-jersey-libraries/. For assistance with connecting and protecting yourself online, visit these links: Wireless Connections and Bluetooth Security Tips from FCC and How to Find Wi-Fi Hotspots.
The Family History Guide
NJ Career Network Job Seeker Community
L2B Initiative Showcases Calendar of Free Online Events for Business Community
In the wake of the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, L2B (Libraries to Business) announces the launch of its website, www.libs2b.com, a clearinghouse of online events and resources for the small business community. L2B seeks to connect individuals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to assistance and development organizations that have shifted in-person meetings to online webinars. All events listed on the calendar are free of charge, do not require membership in order to attend, and are not limited to a certain geographic area. To get further information, to view the calendar and other resources, or to list your organization’s business or workforce development events to the L2B calendar, please visit: www.libs2b.com.
Teen Book Reviews
This year’s Summer Reading Program looked a little different than other years, so we had teens write book reviews for the Library website for volunteer time. To check out reviews from teens and our Teen Librarian, check out Teen Book Review.
STEMNauts Virtual Tutoring
For more information concerning COVID-19, click here
Additionally, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation has created an information and resource page for legal matters connected to or impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis.
We have a new page highlighting virtual tours and extra online access while we are closed.
Each week, we will provide suggested readings for adults, young adults and children to enjoy. All titles are accessible via our eLibrary.
ADULT: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson – Written in his own words, this history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family’s needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere. Now, in a special volume commissioned and authorized by his family, is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr., drawn from a comprehensive collection of writings, recordings, and documentary materials, many of which have never before been made public. Stanford University historian, Clayborne Carson, director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, a special program commissioned and authorized by King’s family, presents a unique compilation which includes many rare recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering sermons, speeches, lectures, and addresses. Highlights include “I Have a Dream,” “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and “The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.” Carson has organized all of this material into a posthumous autobiography about King (Available at eLibraryNJ)
TEEN: Sitting In, Standing Up: Leaders of the Civil Rights Era by Diane C. Taylor – Sitting In, Standing Up: Leaders of the Civil Rights Era tells the story of one of the most tumultuous and important eras in American history through the lives of five major figures of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s: Thurgood Marshall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker, and John Lewis. Hands-on activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources explore how the work of these people sparked the passion of a nation and helped change the tide of social injustice in a way that reverberates to this day. (Available at Axis360)
CHILDREN: “Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr?” by Lisbeth Kaiser – Recommended for ages 2-4. The chronology and themes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s meaningful life are presented in a masterfully succinct text, with just a few sentences per page. The fresh, stylized illustrations are sure to captivate young readers and adults alike. With a read-aloud biographical summary in the back, this age-appropriate introduction honors and shares the life and work of one of the most influential civil rights activists of our time.(Available through Axis360).
“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark Robinson – Recommended for ages 5-8. In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. (Available through Axis 360).
“Martin Luther King Jr. : Walking in the Light” by Jon M. Fishman – Recommended for ages 9-11. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential and inspiring leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. His life, work, and death are brought to life for readers like never before. (Available through eLibraryNJ).
While in-person services are limited, we are scheduling virtual events and activities. Please check them out on our calendar.
Only got a few minutes? Check out the Author Fan Face-Off for middle grade readers.
For all other information, please check out the Children’s Page.
Interested in local history?
Be sure to check out Tom Glover’s Hamilton Scrapbook website for fun and interesting facts concerning the history of our town and the surrounding communities.
People Helping People
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