Parents seeking free, local entertainment for their families can find it on the first Saturday afternoon of every month at the Hoboken Public Library, where a variety of performers present music, storytelling, comedy and sometimes live animals. The First Saturday program, organized by the Library's children's department and sponsored by the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, is now in its third season, with most programs geared to children of all ages.
Magician John Carlson will appear on March 3 and Laserface, a laser lights and mime show, is scheduled for April 14 (which is the second Saturday of the month, since the Library will be closed April 7). Please note that children under kindergarten age are not encouraged to attend the Laserface show because the darkened room and mime makeup might frighten some youngsters.
Tentatively booked for May and June are the Bugtown Follies puppet show and Lizard Guys, respectively. The Lizard Guys are a perennial hit, with their menagerie of bugs and lizards for kids to examine up close. The program then takes a break for the summer.
No advance reservations are necessary, but all children who attend must be accompanied by an adult with a valid Hoboken Library card. Programs begin at 2 p.m. and are held in the third-floor Children's Department or the second-floor Reference Room. The Library is located at 500 Park Avenue.
The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, a volunteer group that supports the Library with financial and non-monetary contributions, has sponsored the First Saturday program for the past two years. To learn more about the Friends, visit www.hobokenfol.org.
Ruth Charnes, President
Friends of the Hoboken Library