Although the library is still closed, 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 through Friday. While we are closed we will be unable to accept returns or donations, and all fines and fees will continue to be waived.
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.
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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.
Music Made Mobile
Join Music Therapy Associates live on their Facebook page for their daily Music Made Mobile series. Fridays they have two programs for all ages. Friday at 10:30 AM is “Songs to Make You Smile”; and Friday at 11:00 AM is “Songs of Days Gone By,” songs from before the 1960s. They also have daily 9:30 AM programs for kids. All of the sessions are recorded, so if you can’t make their live sessions, you can watch whenever you’d like, at your leisure!
Each week, we will provide suggested readings for adults, young adults and children to enjoy. All titles are accessible via our eLibrary.
ADULT: “Everyday Meditation” by Tobin Blake – We all know that meditation helps to lower stress and can even prevent disease. It has no negative side effects and no cost, and requires only a few minutes a day. Written with our modern challenges in mind, Everyday Meditation will help you: make your mind an ally; undo restlessness and anxiety; build spiritual relationships; heal your body; overcome depression and anxiety; find balance, meaning, and life purpose.
YOUNG ADULT: “Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety” by Christopher Willard – In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help readers cope with anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, at school, and with friends. The book includes tips for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, social anxiety, test anxiety, and more. It also contains special breathing exercises to help calm moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises for staying cool and collected, even in the tensest situations.
CHILDREN: “Marco? Polo? Time Warp Trio Series, Book 16” by Jon Sciezska and Bryan Kennedy – The Time Warp Trio meets Marco Polo! What would happen if someone had a time-warping book he got from his uncle who was a magician, and he took it to the local YMCA pool while he played Marco? Polo! with his best friends?
Upcoming Events for Kids
Take a look at our calendar. All kids’ programs are free, but most require pre-registration. If you have any questions, please call 609-581-4064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jammin’ in Mr. Jim’s Studio, daily at 8:30 a.m.: 25 to 30 minutes of fun children’s songs showcasing and promoting Key of Awesome Music’s children’s educational music program.
PBS Kids and Penguin Random House present Mondays with Michelle Obama. Click to hear Mrs. Obama read Giraffe Problems, written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith. And then, a surprise special guest joins her to read the entertaining story, A Bear Ate Your Sandwich, by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
If you need more inspiration for at-home fun, visit Ideas for Kids during the Coronavirus Crisis, from the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Blog, compiled by Carol Simon Levin.
Alex Mitnick invites you and your little ones to watch his interactive kids’ music shows, anytime. Click on his name and scroll down to choose a platform.
Author Dav Pilkey wants to help you get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check out his website for activities, exciting videos, and so much more.
To enhance kids’ remote learning, NJTV has launched a new series of on-air instruction called NJTV Learning Live. It will air daily for grades 3 through 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. There are several ways to watch: on your local TV channel (find it here); livestreamed from 9 to 1 each day at njtvonline.org/live; or archived at the NJTV Learning Live program page. Check it out!
Some online resources are available from Simon & Schuster:
Snack & Read LIVE with Simon Kids on Facebook — Live read-alouds and activities with authors and illustrators, live on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Read and Learn with Simon Kids on YouTube — Storytime videos, sing-alongs, drawing tutorials and more on YouTube. New videos are posted at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday
More fun virtual stories: Gotham Reads Series, videos of authors and celebrities reading awesome stories, assembled by The Gotham Group production company, with new additions each weekday.
Follow #OperationReadAloud on Facebook for easy access to over 100 story videos, as well as links to virtual author festivals and other events.
Barefoot Books has some fun at-home activity kits for families. Take a look!
For some great websites to visit and activities to do at home, including free ebooks provided courtesy of TumbleBooks; World Almanac for Kids and free videos provided courtesy of Infobase; and free enrichment activities, featuring Dav Pilkey at Home, from Scholastic, click here and scroll down.
Common Sense Media offers resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Free Tax Assistance
CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Library will once again welcome the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide FREE tax help to qualified individuals. Assistance will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 AM until 12 PM, beginning February 5th and continuing until April 15th. No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at (609) 581-4060, extension #2.
For the Love of Reading Book Club
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Join us at the Hamilton Library to enjoy and discuss a variety of compelling stories. This month’s selection is Educated by Tara Westover. Our meeting will be held Wednesday, March 18th at 6:45 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com or check out our flyer.
FREE Tutoring Services at the Library
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Each Saturday, the STEMNauts will be offering FREE tutoring services to students in grades K-12 at the Hamilton Township Public Library. Subjects include math, reading/writing, science, homework help and more! For information or to register, visit http://www.stemnauts.org/join.html.
Would you like to go to a museum…for FREE?
Check out the Hamilton Township Public Library’s FREE Museum Pass Program. Library patrons may reserve a pass to a wide variety of museums, with some passes accommodating up to seven guests! Find out how to reserve your museum pass today.
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
…..that’s what Hamilton Free Public Library is all about. We take our role as a central meeting place in the township quite seriously. And we feel a responsibility to our patrons and others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, we offer you the following opportunities to “pay it forward”. We are a…Learn about How to Help