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Hoboken Public Library Reopens 8/9 – With New Director

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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The Hoboken Public Library has been closed for four weeks due to some major construction work in the main branch of the library. As of August 9th at 10AM, the library has reopened to the public with a new director at the helm.

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Many areas have reopened, but some are still closed as more work continues.

The first floor’s Children’s Collection, the Media Collection, and the Adult Lending Collection are all open, as are the Public Computer Area and Main Reading Room on the second floor. The Local History Collection will be accessible by request. And the basement, home to the Large Program and Garden/Small program room, will be available on a limited basis.

The Grab & Go service will be moved back inside to the first floor of the main branch, but residents can also take advantage of the library’s 24/7 self-service lockers outside the main branch and outside the branch at 124 Grand Street. Curbside pickup is available, and readers can request books via the library’s online catalog.

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^ The view from the second level of the library where CyberCafe is stationed along the sidewalk

While the library was closed for the month, it started a new interactive feature for library-goers: CyberCafe.

“One of the things we started, when we closed, was to open a CyberCafe,” commented Interim director Rosary Van Ingen, who’s been leading the Library since early June upon the retirement of the previous director.

The CyberCafe motto is, “We supply the computers; you bring the coffee”. It is located across the street from the library and runs Monday through Friday, 10:30AM to 4PM. To borrow a laptop, you just need your Hoboken Library Card.

Masks and social distancing are still required.

About the New Director

The Trustees of the Hoboken Public Library announced on June 23rd that the Board’s months-long search for a new library director had come to a conclusion. The search for a new director began early this year when Library Director Lina Podles announced her retirement effective June 1.

The Trustees engaged Bradbury-Miller Associates, an executive search consultant specializing in helping libraries find leaders who are an excellent fit. After what turned out to be a nationwide search, four finalists were identified the trustees voted unanimously to appoint Jennie Pu, currently the Dean of College Libraries at Hudson County Community College, to be the new leader of Hoboken’s public library.

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(Photo credit: Hoboken Public Library)

“The Hoboken Public Library is undergoing some significant changes,” said Board President Jerome Abernathy in the press release, “and we are glad to welcome Jennie to lead the team.  In addition to directing the traditional customer-focused operations of our Public Library, Jennie will be managing the Library through its post-COVID restoration of full services and taking on the responsibility of shepherding the Library through its long-awaited renovation. We look forward to working with her as she takes on these enormous responsibilities.”

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Jennie responded to the appointment by stating that she is “… delighted and thrilled about the opportunity to lead Hoboken Public Library. I look forward to working with the Board, the staff, the City, and all members of the Hoboken community to build upon the library’s past successes, and position it for an even greater future.”

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Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla added, “I welcome Jennie Pu as the Hoboken Public Library’s new director. She brings new energy and is the imaginative leader who will serve the library well. I know she will bring an exceptional level of community service to Hoboken in her new role, and look forward to working collaboratively with her and the library board.”

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