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Novella Night Returns on Oct. 19

The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library invite all who love libraries and/or a great party to reserve your places now for Novella Night on Saturday, Oct. 19. It is our most important fund-raiser of the year and will raise money to support the Hoboken Public Library.

Novella Night, which debuted in 2011, is an evening of festive cocktail parties hosted by an array of generous Hobokenites serving up abundant libations, delicious hors d’oeuvres and convivial conversation. It is a “lite” version of the Friends’ exceedingly popular Novel Night, which features elaborate dinner parties crafted by Hoboken hosts, and is now held on alternate years.

To reserve and purchase Novella Night tickets, visit the Friends’ website—www.hobokenfol.org/novelnight.html. Tickets are $75 (and tax deductible as allowed by law) and payment can be made by check or via PayPal.

The deadline for reservations is Oct. 1, but previous Novel and Novella Night events have sold out, so act now in order to assure your places.

To date, the Friends have sponsored six Novel and Novella Night events; the fourth Novel Night took place in 2012. Besides providing memorable experiences for their hundreds of attendees, these fundraisers enable the Friends to generate financial support for the Hoboken Public Library’s ongoing preservation and renovation efforts. Proceeds from this year’s Novella Night will go toward replacing the Library’s existing front door with one compatible with the historically important building’s late-1800s architectural style.

(Haven’t visited the Library yet? You’re in for a treat. Stop by, at Fifth Street and Park Avenue, across from Church Square Park.)

Not only are the Friends holding our second Novella Night in 2013, we are also celebrating the group’s 27th anniversary this year. Founded in 1986 by a band of dedicated library patrons, the all-volunteer group is dedicated to supporting—in many different ways—the treasure that is our local public library.

The Hoboken Public Library in 2013 is, arguably, even more vital to the life of Hoboken and city residents than ever before. During the school year, the Library is open seven days a week—increasingly a rarity as cities across the country face tighter budgets. The rising circulation numbers and thriving patronage prove how vital and relevant the institution is to people of all ages across our community, from toddlers and students to job-hunters and retirees.

In our more than two-and-a-half decades of existence, the Friends have expanded the scope of our outreach to reflect the changing needs of the Library and our community. Here are some of the Library programs, activities and materials sponsored/funded by the Friends:

• “First Saturday” programs, designed to appeal to adults and children of all ages, that bring free musical performances, magicians, puppeteers, nature programs and more to the library

• Books for the Children’s Department

• Photography equipment for summer classes for teens

• Entrance passes to a number of New York City museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, The Frick Collection, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and The New-York Historical Society

• English-as-a-second-language conversation classes for adults

• The “Vanishing Hoboken” oral history project, co-sponsored with the Hoboken Historical Museum

• Protective “clam-shell” cases for the Library’s fragile and historic materials

You can help the Friends in supporting the Hoboken Public Library—and enjoy an evening of great food and conversation—by joining us at Novella Night. We hope to see you on Oct. 19.

NOTE: We must extend special recognition once again to Hoboken artist/illustrator extraordinaire Phil Huling, who designed this year’s Novella Night illustration, as he has done for all previous Novel and Novella Night events. An exhibition of Phil’s book covers and illustrations was recently featured in the Library’s 2nd-floor exhibition space.

Finally, if you’re not a member of the Friends, please consider becoming one. Membership information is available on our website, www.hobokenfol.org.

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