Greetings! Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, at 6 pm, to watch the City's presentation on the results of voting on the proposed Municipal Complex and Uptown Library.
For the past couple of months, so much has been said and written about the City's Uptown Municipal Complex. There have been Community Listening Sessions – both in person and online -- outlining various options, with City leaders explaining why the facility was necessary. We here at the Library even held our own community meeting online to learn what you expected from an Uptown Branch. At these meetings, everyone had a voice, a chance to weigh in on what the facility should be.

After all the presentations were done, the City took the community's suggestions and distilled the project into four options to present to the public. That's when the City sent out a Hoboken Municipal Complex Design Alternatives Questionnaire.
Now it’s time to learn why Option 4 – featuring a Field House, Recreation Center, Pool, and Branch Library – is the presumed favorite. (Any option that has a Library in it is my favorite.) More than 1,000 community members provided feedback on the four alternatives. The survey results show the vast majority -- 92 percent -- preferred one of the four. 
Tomorrow’s Zoom will detail the results. Mayor Bhalla recently observed that "... the Hoboken community recognizes how transformational the Hoboken Municipal Complex can be if it provides much-needed recreation facilities, a long-awaited community pool, and, importantly, a new home for our public safety department and public works garage. As our population continues to grow, we must invest in our future to provide for their needs...."    
Library Board President Jerome Abernathy added that "An uptown branch allows us to better serve patrons in the north part of the City and gives us much-needed additional space to offer programming and other services to our community."    

To attend the Zoom meeting, please register here:

If you want to learn more about the project and watch recordings of the past community meetings, go to    

I hope you'll join us.
̶̶ Jennie Pu
Library Director
Our Asian American Pacific Islander events continue. And if you're looking for a curated list of AAPI materials, click here.
A panel discussion about teaching AAPI history in
New Jersey's public schools
Thursday, May 12, at 7 pm
Via Zoom

Members of Make Us Visible NJ, a coalition of students, parents, educators and community members, speak about the organization and its successful effort to mandate the teaching of Asian American and Pacific Islander history in New Jersey’s public schools.

Panelists include MUVNJ board members Dr. Kani Ilangovan, NYU professor Ying Lu, New Jersey educator Sima Kumar, Hoboken Public Library Director Jennie Pu, and student advocate Christina Huang who will discuss how the organization advocated for the passage of the AAPI Curriculum Bill in addition to the bill establishing the Department of Education Commission on Asian American Heritage.

To register, please click here.  
Saturday, May 14, 2 pm - 4 pm

Come celebrate AAPI month at the Hoboken Public Library with a KPOP dance party! All ages welcome! Meet us at the gazebo.
Monday, May 23, at 6 pm
HPL's Small Program Room

You're invited to a unique book club event for AAPI Month! I'm pleased to hold this discussion of RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now.

If you are interested in joining in on the discussion, please email Nicole Marconi to request a copy. Copies of the book are available online and in print. Print copies of the book will be available at the Access Services Desk at the Main Branch (500 Park Avenue). 
For the full schedule of upcoming events, click here
Tuesday, May 31, at 10 am
Via Zoom

Join acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Yangsook Choi as she takes you through the creative process of bookmaking. How it starts with the power of imagination, the challenges of writing and rewriting, storyboarding, and illustrating, and how her problem-solving skills helped her create books loved by children around the globe.

You must register for this event; you will receive the Zoom link 30 minutes before the event. Please click here to register.
The #HudsonGives campaign is happening now, asking you to support two organizations vital to the success of your Library.

The Foundation provides long-term, steady support for the resources and services the library requires to meet the every evolving technological and educational needs of the community. Donate to the Foundation.

The Friends' ever-popular books sales are just part of what they do. They also help underwrite the Library's ever-expanding programs and services, from Family FUNdays and art classes to the Museum Pass Program and cultural tours. Donate to the Friends.
Saturday, June 11: The kickoff of Mile Square Summer Reading
in Church Square Park.
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