THE LIBRARY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING RETURNS!
Although the building remains closed to the public, our outdoor book drops are open for returns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Overdue fees are now being charged for items borrowed prior to the March 16th closure. 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.
The library will not be accepting book donations until further notice.
WE CONTINUE TO OFFER CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE SERVICE. TO BETTER ACCOMMODATE OUR PATRONS, STARTING MONDAY, JULY 27TH WE WILL BE OFFERING CURBSIDE SERVICE FROM 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, MONDAY THRU FRIDAY.
Patrons can once again borrow material from our collection. For details on how to take advantage of this new service, click here. If you have any questions, contact our Reference Department by phone (609-581-4060, Ext. 2) for more information. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Although the building itself 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.
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.
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.
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 has partnered with the New Jersey State Library, and a growing network of public libraries and library advocates from across the state, who are collaborating to bring attention to the initiative. These organizations are working together to leverage social media and other channels to connect the business community to these vital resources. L2B seeks to connect individuals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to assistance and development organizations that have shifted in-person meetings to online webinars. The site features the L2B calendar, a centralized depot for business and workforce development focused organizations to showcase their online events and webinars which are free and open to New Jersey residents. Webinars listed on the L2B calendar come from the combined efforts and expert insights of government entities, reputable businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts such as the New Jersey Business Action Center, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, and SCORE – Service Corps of Retired Executives, among others. 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. The site also features a list of e-resources paid for by the New Jersey State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These resources include a variety of business directories, market research tools, job search tools, and regional news publications, all of which can be accessed using a New Jersey public library card. 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.
Teen Summer Reading
Thank you to all of our participants and volunteers this summer! We know it’s not like what we normally offer, but we all did our best. And enormous thanks to the Friends of the Library for financial support for materials and prizes!
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.
Need to File Your Taxes?
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: “Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors“ by Dr. Robin Stern and Courtney E. Martin – In this book, a psychologist and a journalist examine the lives of nine people who were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001. The book tackles the questions raised about how people react in the face of crippling grief, how you maintain hope for a future when your life as you knew it is destroyed, and the amazing ability of humans to focus on the positive aspects of day-to-day living in the face of tragedy. The project follows people dedicated to rebuilding, both physically and emotionally. Brian, who lost his firefighter brother, spent two years working at Ground Zero and then helped to rebuild the PATH train station. Tanya, who lost her fiancée on 9/11, finds new love, new life, and joy as a mother in the years following, all doors she thought closed to her forever. This is not a book that recounts the events of that day, and not a book about grief; it is a book about resilience and finding inner peace.
TEEN: “Investigating the Attacks on the World Trade Center (Terrorism in the 21st Century: Causes and Effects) ” by Lena Koya and Carolyn Gard – The world watched in horror on September 11, 2001, when two passenger planes were flown into the World Trade Center buildings, killing nearly three thousand people. Soon after, the United States entered a war that would last many years. This book explores the events leading up to this horrific attack and the terrorist group responsible, as well as the attack itself and its long-lasting ramifications. A timeline, a glossary, and a further information section encourages a deeper understanding of the topic.
CHILDREN: “All Kinds of Friends” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly – Friends can come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Through bright photographs and simple text, young readers will discover the many ways to be a friend and how to celebrate all the different kinds of friendships they have.
While we are closed, we are scheduling virtual events – please check them out in the postings below and on our calendar.
If you are looking for Biblioboard graphic novels or Tumblebooks, free access to these services ended 8/31/20.
For all other information, please check out the Children’s Page.
For the Love of Reading Book Club
CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Join us at the Hamilton Library to enjoy and discuss a variety of compelling stories. For more information, email email@example.com or check out our flyer.
FREE Tutoring Services at the Library
CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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?
THE MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM IS UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
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