10 Free Events at the Hoboken Public Library 

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Libraries offer a lot more than books these days — they’re important community centers with fun, educational resources for residents of all ages. And in Hoboken, that’s no exception. We chatted with the Hoboken Public Library’s Adult Programming Coordinator, Heidi Schwab, about some exciting programs and events to look out for in the next two months. The best part is that they don’t cost a penny to participate in or attend, either. Keep reading for a list of 10 things you probably didn’t realize you could do at the Hoboken Public Library {and if you don’t have a library card, bring proof of residence to 500 Park Avenue and get one — or you can do so on Dec 17th at our Hoboken Holiday Market}.

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See a Play

You don’t have to go to Broadway to see a show. The library hosts theater productions on its recently-renovated lower level several times a year. A performance of Motherhood Out Loud is scheduled for Thursday, November 14th at 7:00PM. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so plan to arrive early. 

Take an Art Class

Try a wholesome twist on those popular wine-and-painting classes. The library hosts Sip + Paint workshops, where each guest paints a canvas while drinking tea or coffee. The last class of the year is Sunday, December 8th from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Budding artists can also attend weekly drawing and painting classes with art teacher Liz Ndoye {there are sessions from 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:00PM every Wednesday}. Liz, who has been teaching art for 40 years, incorporates simple techniques of Renaissance artists and a bit of art history in every class. Students work with colored pencils, pastels, paints, and more. Both beginners and more experienced artists are welcome. 

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Watch a Cooking Demonstration

The Hoboken Public Library teamed up with the City of Hoboken for an event series called Wellness Wednesdays, which features live cooking demonstrations, meditation classes, and other educational events to help residents incorporate more wellness into their lives. ShopRite registered dietitian Nathalia Ortiz will demonstrate healthy holiday cooking swaps on November 13th at 6:30PM. Students get to eat before they leave, of course.

Make Your Own Body Scrubs

This class is for anyone who spends way too much money on holiday gifts {including presents to yourself} from Lush or Bath & Body Works. Learn how to transform everyday items into DIY self-care scrubs on November 19th from 6:00PM-7:30PM. Supplies and storage containers will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own recycled goods, too. Visit the website for more information. 

Go to a Concert

The library is the perfect place to enjoy live music without spending a dime. On Sunday, November 17th from 1:00PM-2:00PM concert violinist Dr. David Podles will play a selection of traditional and classic Italian pieces, plus music from Italian-American immigrants. A trio from the New Jersey Symphony will play a holiday concert on Sunday, December 1st from 1:00PM-2:00PM.

Join a Book Club

The library hosts monthly book club meetings for two genres: mystery and science fiction. Mystery buffs can borrow copies of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James in preparation for a group discussion on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30PM-8:00PM. Sci-fi fans will discuss Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald on Monday, November 18th from 6:00PM-7:30PM. 

Hone Your Writing Skills

Aspiring authors or anyone with a story to tell can get their feet wet at the library’s writer’s workshop. Participants read each other’s work in advance, then have a friendly, constructive discussion. For more information email hplwriters@gmail.com. The next workshop will be on Monday, November 11th from 6:30PM-7:30PM. 

Watch a Competitive Domino Tournament

Dominoes are serious business at the library’s semiannual tournament. About 40 or 50 players compete to win a trophy and gift cards and spectators are welcome. The next tournament will be on Saturday, November 16th from 1:00PM-4:00PM. The event is hosted in both English and Spanish. 

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Dress Up Like a Comic Book Character

Costumes aren’t mandatory at the Hoboken Public Library’s second annual mini version of Comic Con — but they’re definitely encouraged. The event {happening on Saturday, December 14th from 12:00PM-3:00PM} will have gaming, music, a photo booth, and a Cricut craft machine. 

Stream TV Shows, Music, and More

Instead of borrowing physical books and DVDs from the library, consider streaming music, movies, comedy performances, TV shows, e-books, and more through the digital lending service Hoopla. Library cardholders are allotted 10 Hoopla content downloads per month directly through their digital devices. 

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Which of these events will you be attending? Let us know in the comments! 

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Francesca is an editor in the features department of a national food magazine, where she writes about everything from the latest grocery and restaurant trends to the strange history of ketchup. She grew up on the Jersey Shore and couldn’t bear to leave her home state when she got her dream job in the Big Apple. After eating an unforgettable bagel sandwich in Hoboken, she decided to make the Mile Square her new home. She enjoys new books, Villanova basketball, and long walks through Trader Joe’s.