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One Book, One Town – 2020 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce this year’s selection for One Book, One Town 2020: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.  This year’s event is being launched in conjunction with NJ Local Government Week, April 19-25, 2020.

No one could have predicted that the death of 31 year old Henrietta Lacks in 1951 would change the course of medical science.  But the incredible story of Henrietta’s “immortal” cells–used in the development of vaccines for polio, certain cancers and sent into space to research the effect of zero gravity–is the substance of this book.  It’s also the personal story of the Lacks family, who first learned of this research decades later.

Against the backdrop of the global pandemic we are experiencing now, the HeLa cell story examines the same issues we face today: the complicated relationships among race, health care and medical ethics.

 eBook and Audiobook available at https://palsplus.overdrive.com – sign in with your library card to borrow
 

Pompton Lakes Library temporarily closed to the public

For full information please please see: Emergency Closing

March 23, 2020 update –
As per the NJ Governor’s Executive Order No. 107 :

  • 9. All recreational and entertainment businesses, including
    but not limited to the following list, must close to the public as
    long as this Order remains in effect. The State Director of
    Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police, shall have the discretion to make additions, amendments,
    clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to this list:
  • h. All municipal, county, and State public libraries,
    and all libraries and computer labs at public and
    private colleges and universities.
  • 26. This Order shall take effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020,
    at 9:00 p.m., and shall remain in effect until revoked or modified
    by the Governor, who shall consult with the Commissioner of DOH as appropriate.

All materials currently checked out have had their due dates extended to a minimum of May 31

Do not feel a rush to return materials. 

Fines will be waived in April.

Library updates are available at:

With any questions or if you need help with your library card or if your need to get one.

Unfortunately, at this time we will need to cease our “curbside pick-up” service.

Check out our 24/7 eBooks, audiobooks, movies,  magazines and more at our website.

Digital resources are available with your library card:
hoopla – always on-demand eBooks, audio books, graphic novels, music, movies and TV shows
RBdigital – over 3400 digital magazines and 1600 graphic novels.
OverDrive – eBooks and audio books

TumbleBooks Library – K-6 Children’s ebook database
TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
Teen Book Cloud – gr 7-12 ebook database
Audio Book Cloud – all ages audio book database
Romance Book Cloud – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

If you need help with your card or do not have a card please email or call the library.

The book drop is open to return materials, but do not feel a rush to return them.

New Year, New Hours for 2020

Starting in 2020 the Pompton Lakes Public Library will be open:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.