PLEASE NOTE: THE LIBRARY IS NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.
The Library is now offering contactless curbside delivery of Federal tax forms and instructions. To arrange a time for pickup, call 609-581-4060, and choose extension 2.
The Library will not be hosting the volunteer tax assistance program this year. For information on nearby locations offering this service, visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-free-tax-assistance-locations, or call 800-906-9887 to speak to a representative. For information on how to obtain New Jersey state tax forms, call 609-292-6400, or visit https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/prntgit.shtml
Hoopla digital. Start using hoopla digital today to borrow digital books, comics, videos, music and audiobooks by using your email, creating a password and entering your library card number. There’s no waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. See what all the hoopla is about! Learn more.
Get one on one tutoring through Brainfuse Help Now. All you need is your library card number. This resource also includes skill building activities and an Adult Learning Center. Learn more now.
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
Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 PM to discuss this month’s selection, “Browse: The World in Bookshops” by Henry Hitchings (Editor). Use the following link to be a part of the conversation:
Meeting ID: 857 7134 9711
For more information, please contact 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.
ADULT: Autism and Tomorrow: The Complete Guide to Help Your Child Thrive in the Real World by Karen L. Simmons & Bill Davis – Autism and Tomorrow is a comprehensive resource that addresses many parents’ questions pertaining to their child with autism, such as financial planning, long-term care, employment options, employer relationships, community resources, education, bullying, puberty, doctor visits, sex, nutrition, fitness, family relationships, and more. Karen L. Simmons, the founder and CEO of Autism Today, and Bill Davis, author of Breaking Autism’s Barriers, offer sound, expert advice derived from their own experiences. Both Simmons and Davis are parents of children with autism; consequently, Autism and Tomorrow is as much an autobiography as it is a reference book. Both authors draw inspiration directly from their own lives and apply their expertise to the general study of the subject. By doing so, Simmons and Davis hope to help other parents, caretakers, relatives, and friends improve both their knowledge of autism, and as a result, the lives of those affected by it. (Available at Hoopla)
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman – In this genuine page-turner, the author reveals the untold history of autism: from persecution to parent-blaming, from Rain Man to vaccines, and from doctors for whom professional ego trumped compassion to forgotten heroes like Hans Asperger. It ends on an optimistic note, with autistics reclaiming the narrative and defining autism in their terms – more difference than disability and an essential part of the human condition. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in autism or Asperger’s, or simply a fascination with what makes us tick. (Available at eLibraryNJ)
TEEN: The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect With Others by Irene McHenry, Carol Moog, and Susan Kaiser Greenland – Teens with autism have the potential to be excellent actors. They are natural observers- able to study, imitate, and learn social behavior. The Autism Playbook for Teens is designed to bolster these strengths with mindfulness strategies and roleplaying scripts, while also helping teens reduce anxiety, manage emotions, be more aware in the present moment, and connect with others. This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger’s Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. By engaging in these activities, teens will gain an authentic awareness of their surroundings, leading to better social interaction that is also rewarding, interesting, and fun. The delightful and creative activities in this book are grounded in well-documented clinical observations and current empirical studies. They also take into account the real neurological differences that exist in young people with autism and focus on the unique pathways needed to connect with and inspire these exceptional and fabulous teenagers. This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted roleplaying activities for building authentic social experiences. (Available at Hoopla)
CHILDREN: All Kinds of Friends by Shelley Rotner. Recommended for Ages 0-5. 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. (eLibraryNJ)
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold Recommended for Ages 6-8. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises; some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’;s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. (Axis360)
Calling All Minds How To Think and Create Like an Inventor by Temple Grandin Recommended for ages 9+. Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts? In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing. (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
…..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