While March Madness is now down to the final four, thing are just heating up in Youth Services. Between now and April 8, come on up to the third floor, where you may vote in our “brackets” for the champion of the 2015 Battle of the Books. Our staff chose 32 of their favorite picture books, both classics and newer titles, and we’re putting them up for a vote.
People often ask for reading recommendations whether I'm on the job or off. It's part of my job description as a readers' services librarian. I haven't read every book I've suggested. For some, it's hard to fathom that you'd be able to suggest a book when you haven't even cracked the cover. Discovery, detective work, serendipity, daily conversations with readers, as well as diligent reading and keeping a close eye on publishing trends are the key ingredients to successful recommendations.
The library has several upcoming opportunities for middle school student to put their screen time toward something new. During the week of March 30, we are offering sessions for building a blog site. Middle school students will build a Wordpress website on a topic of their choice. Each session will include instruction, as well as hands-on experimentation. Session topics include planning your site, WordPress basics, incorporating pictures and other media, and more.
Since 2013, the library has offered access to Zinio, our digital collection of over 70 popular magazine titles, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic Interactive, Shape, Newsweek, and Food Network Magazine. Zinio magazines can easily be viewed on a computer or downloaded to a mobile device, free, with your library card.
For the past couple of years, the most popular question we have received about Zinio has been, "What about The New Yorker?"
As Collection Development Coordinator, I occasionally get asked questions relating to the materials we collect here at the library. For anyone interested, I've compiled some of the more frequently asked question below. One question that is not often asked is "what is collection development?" The answer: It is just library-speak for purchasing anything that goes into our collections including books, DVDs, CDs, and electronic content.
Frequent library users may be familiar with Princeton Public Library's Local Author Day, an annual event centered on promoting established and emerging local literary talents. The day includes writers' workshops for the participating authors, followed by an open conference-style public event where everyone can meet the authors and purchase signed copies of their work. Select authors also read excepts of their writing for the enjoyment of attendees. It's a guaranteed good time for all.
A question I am asked frequently on the Youth Services desk is whether I can recommend any assistive technology apps. There are several that caught my eye recently, and when I tried them, I was impressed with the continued development of these types of applications. Many people, both young and old, would benefit greatly from using these simple programs. All the following apps are intuitive and easy to use. Some have a nominal fee, and others are free.
In "Mastiff," a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, a couple who are taking a walk come across some other hikers. After the woman has a brief exchange with them, her date asks why she would bother talking to them; after all, she'd never see them again. She responds by saying that that's the best reason for talking to them.
Mark your calendars. The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is being held this year from March 19 through March 29. You can keep up with news about, and find official selections for, the ninth annual festival on our PEFF website and the PEFF Facebook page. Our planning committee is a real community effort, with enthused and dedicated people from all walks of Princeton life shaping an exciting series of films and presentations.
The library has access to so many databases that it can be hard to start using even one. In this series I’d like to introduce a few of the popular and interesting databases to which the library subscribes. To begin, I’ll show you my own personal favorite, the historical research database, JSTOR.