Getting cozy with a Chromebook

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:54pm
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Getting cozy with a Chromebook

Call me Sisyphus. You might remember him from your elementary school literature unit on Greek myths. He's the guy who is tasked with rolling an enormous ball up a hill only to watch it roll back down, leaving him to start all over again from square one. For eternity!

Spin a yarn

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:59pm
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Spin a yarn

It seems everyone knows someone who knits, used to knit, wants to learn to knit, is related to someone who knits, or just appreciates the handiwork of others. Seeing someone pull out knitting in public is an invitation for a conversation. I've seen people knitting on buses, in line at the grocery store, even here in the library. So that makes knitting, which might seem like a solitary activity, a shared one and I have yet to meet a knitter who does not knit for others, be they family, friends, or their community.

Go with the flow

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 1:03pm
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Go with the flow

There is something so timeless about watching a movie in an old-fashioned movie theatre that I jump at the chance to see as many movies as I can at the Princeton Garden Theatre. Whenever I step through the door, I am reminded of the Lyric Theater in southwestern Virginia, which I would visit in my childhood. Recently, I went to see "Mr. Holmes" at the Garden. I wasn't even sure I was going to like the film because I was not all that crazy about the book on which it is based, "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullen.

Put your feet up

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:00am
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magazines
Put your feet up

I live in a small house. And I'm not just saying that to garner sympathy. It's just a fact. My daughter recently referred to it as "dainty." It is one room wide, tall and deep, built shotgun style. Just for fun, I measured it: 13-feet-3 inches wide at the front narrowing to 8-feet-5 inches at the back which is about the width of a sofa. With tiny closets, a crawl space basement, an under the eaves attic and no garage, there is basically no useful storage space.

My (fledgling) digital life

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:26am
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ebooks, OverDrive
My (fledgling) digital life

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am a late adapter to just about everything, particularly technology. I'm sure I was the last person using dial-up Internet, last to get a cell phone, very last to get a smart phone, and I still own a computer with Word Perfect on it.

Heart of remembrance

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 5:00am
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books
Heart of remembrance

Boxes. Boxes. Everywhere, boxes. In a house already bursting at the seams, I wonder where I am going to put their contents. Current popular lore says that the way to a less stressful and happier life is to dispose of your clutter (i.e. your lifetime of treasures), hence, the overwhelming popularity of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" by Marie Kondo.

The tax clock is ticking

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:43pm
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aarp, programs, taxes
The tax clock is ticking

Have you put off preparing your tax returns? It's not too late. Appointments at the library with AARP tax volunteers are still available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The volunteers will be on hand at the library to prepare and file your personal New Jersey and/or federal tax returns.

Knit for others

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:00pm
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donation, knitting, winter
Knit for others

Next time you are in the library, check out the clothesline at the Welcome Desk. The 5th annual Knit for Others program is well underway and a dedicated group of generous knitters has supplied us with a wide variety of knitted items for donation. We are always looking for more knitters so if you have time, please contribute an item or two.

This year we are focusing on collecting hand knitted or crocheted items for our youngest neighbors who need warm and fuzzy winter wear. So far we have hat and mitten sets, child friendly scarves, sweaters, and even a few afghans.

Into the woods

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 5:00am
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hiking, Princeton, trails
Into the woods

Spring has sprung (almost!) so now is the time to start planning some outdoor adventures. Even though it feels as though we are trapped in a tangle of highways and a sea of asphalt here in central New Jersey, there are a surprising number of hiking trials, open space areas, and wilderness spots practically at our doorstep. So take a look at some of these websites, grab a map, the dog, your kids or partner and step out into the wilds of New Jersey.

Tis the season or "the tax man cometh"

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:11pm
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Tis the season or "the tax man cometh"

It's that time of the year when we all have to turn our minds to the dreaded annual task: income tax returns. Many people hire an accountant or buy software to help them with this necessity of life, but for those who are not able to do so, the library is here to help. Every Monday, now through April 14th, PPL is once again partnering with AARP's Tax volunteers, led by Bob Altman, to offer free tax filing (Federal and New Jersey) to seniors and people of low and moderate income.