HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - In cooperation with the Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro will be publishing the department's year-end reports for 2019.

This year-end report was filed by Mimi Hui, Director of the Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library

 

2019 Milestone Accomplishments of the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library

  • Hasbrouck Heights Library celebrates 40 years of quality service as a member of the 77 libraries that makeup the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS).  Our library was the first member to join.
  • Library hosted the 100th anniversary celebration of the Hasbrouck Heights American Legion on Saturday, March 16.
  • The 8th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover took place on March 22 & 23.
  • The Crafts-to-Share Club celebrated its 15th anniversary as an established group at the Library in May.  Since its first inception, a total of 14,000 craft hours were logged in by the members.  In layman’s terms, that’s equivalent to 4.5 years of non-stop knitting and crocheting.  We deeply appreciate their dedication, friendship, and community support.
  • The Library started ESL Conversation Circles in May to help provide adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners more practice in speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable setting.   Four volunteer facilitators and 18 students have been meeting on a regular basis once a week at the library.
  • The 13th Annual Family Summer Bash took place on August 2.  This year’s theme was called–An Interstellar Galactic Space Adventure.  A great line-up of family friendly activities was planned throughout the evening.  Close to 300 people were in attendance.  15 families slept over.  Special thanks to the borough agencies and sponsors for making it a success. 
  • The Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Friends of the Library hosted the 6th Annual Taste of Hasbrouck Heights at the Fiesta in October.  Twenty-eight eateries donated signature dishes. Over 200 people were in attendance.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the major sponsors and donors for making this event possible.
  • The Library held its 30th Annual Lego Building Contest on November 8.    Sixty children were in attendance.  We were honored to have six members from the New Jersey Society of Architects on hand to officiate the judging. 
  • The Hasbrouck Heights Friends of the Library continues to enhance the services of this Library through their book sales, fundraisers, and financial support under the direction of Friends President Micky Maschio.  To date, $17,100 has been donated in support.
  • Cutting-edge technology.  The success of circulating 10 mobile hotspots this year marks the demand that our diverse population is becoming a more tech-savvy community.  The Library continues its online subscription services with Hoopla and Kanopy.  Residents can download for FREE with their library card – eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and stream movies. 
  • Looking ahead to 2020, it is with great pleasure that the Library announces it will be offering computer coding classes for middle schoolers starting the first Saturday morning in January.  Bergen Academy students have partnered with the Library to teach this class over a ten- week period.  It is our hope that these sessions will be ongoing throughout the year.