March 2012

Tweet your #fridayreads

In today's fast-paced, over-stimulated world, there's nothing quite as relaxing as curling up with a great book. With a simple turn of the page, a reader can be transported to far-away places, peek into the lives of others, learn about new ideas, or find comfort in relatable experiences. Similarly, there may be nothing quite as powerful as a personal recommendation from someone who has found that next great read and wants to share it with you. Welcome #fridayreads!

Brilliance, arrested

I can count the number of times that I have found myself completely arrested by someone’s brilliance. Last week, I had one of those moments. It was a moment in which I felt myself lingering; feeling the very core of my body and mind wanting to stay present with what I was experiencing.

Nano Day:Think big and think small

This Saturday, March 31, the library will host Nano Day, organized by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) at Princeton University to engage the public in nanoscale activities to spark interest in this fascinating science. Combining fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research, the young and curious of all ages can explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. It runs from 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room.

Inventing the computer

Last week, George Dyson spoke at the library about his book "Turing's Cathedral." It gives a unique perspective on the development of electronic computers that took place just down the street at the Institute for Advanced Study in the 1940s and 1950s. At the time, the concept of a "computer" was a person who calculated complex equations and made charts and tables of the answers for people to look up.

About our new website

In setting out to create a new princetonlibrary.org, we decided to go beyond redesigning our existing site. We wanted to reimagine what a library website could be and what it could mean for our customers.

Making it easier to do business with us was the primary goal, but we also wanted to provide a platform for you to discover all that we have to offer. And it all had to be wrapped in an aesthetically appealing package that makes navigation a delight.

PrincetonPL's new catalog

Seven words come to mind when I think of the new PrincetonPL online catalog. “It’s personal,” first. Then the action words begin to pop into my mind, since doing is at the heart of what you’ll come to the new website and catalog for: Discover, Comment, Rate, Create, Connect. The PrincetonPL Web team first met up with our new BiblioCommons online catalog in 2010. We liked the easy to use, powerful search features and the great design.

Get to know us: Barb Ackerman

Meet Barbara Ackerman, whose keen sense of humor and charismatic demeanor work wonders at the Check Out Desk. With countless friends, a contagious laugh, and a wealth of wit, she makes coming to the library - and working at the library - downright fun. Here's what she has to say in the first part of a two-part interview.

Q: How long have you worked at the Princeton Public Library?

Read local

Following the trend that encourages communities to shop local and eat local, the library has a day each spring where we encourage you to meet local authors and then take the opportunity to truly read local. It is a full day of events and a great chance to meet the local literati.

Local Author Day (Saturday, Mar. 24, 10 am) is in its 4th year and it is bigger and better than ever with more than 40 authors taking part in the festivities. This is a day where local authors get a chance to shine and share their talent with the community.