• John Searles, a sweet noontime treat

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:55pm
    authors, book, programs
    John Searles, a sweet noontime treat

    Join us Wednesday, September 18 at noon for an appearance by exuberant, entertaining author John Searles, whose latest book, "Help for the Haunted," debuts September 17.

  • Drop and give me 20

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 6:00am
    Drop and give me 20

    Scheduling a class called Librarian Bootcamp, on a weekday at 2 p.m. might be a little risky in terms of whether anyone will show up.

  • Molybdenum, or element 42

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 6:00am
    Molybdenum, or element 42

    At 80, Oliver Sacks is mercury. Last year, aged 79, he was gold. In a New York Times opinion piece published last week, “The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.),” the famed professor of neurology and author ruminates about his life in connection with elements, mortality, and, yes, the joy of it all.

  • Collision of stars

    Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:45pm
    Collision of stars

    I was in a serious collision this past week. No injuries were sustained. It was a collision of goodness that began with a trip to BookExpo America at the Javits Center. This annual convention of publishers and authors touting their forthcoming releases is Mecca for the book set.

  • Book it

    Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:00am

    In the market for a good book? Taking a trip, and looking for some travel guides? Take a few minutes and try Book It, a new service to help you discover your next favorite book, or just what you need before you take that trip to Italy. We will deliver a list of suggested titles based on information you provide within a week's time.

  • Be the first to know

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 5:30pm
    books, summer reading

    Simon & Schuster recently held a breakfast for librarians to showcase its summer list. A way to build buzz and generate excitement for the objects of our desire (books!), these publishing events are a highly anticipated outing. Below are some titles to look out for. They're not in our catalog yet, but rest assured, they will be.

  • Happiness is a cup of joe

    Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:00am
    coffee, Princeton
    Happiness is a cup of joe

    Coffee and I have a love affair that has been raging ever since I was a little girl, accompanying my dad to Chock Full o’Nuts on West 57th, across from Carnegie Hall. It’d be after dance lessons that we’d go for a treat. He’d have his straight up, while I had hot chocolate, waiting to discover why my father could not be parted from a steady stream of black coffee. 

  • Courageously saying, I do

    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:29am
    Resolutions, travel
    Courageously saying, I do

    Are you up for a challenge? Resolutions, vows, declarations abound, year in and year out. The courage to simply do the things you promise to do can elude you for years, or a lifetime.

  • PPL's best book picks

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:00am
    PPL's best book picks

    This is the time of year when “best book” lists are everywhere. Professional critics aside, the hallmarks of what makes a book stand out can vary wildly for individual readers. Recently, we conducted a staff “best books of 2012” survey, and while the results were scattered, there was one book that garnered multiple votes for best mystery or thriller.

  • Walk on the Wild side

    Monday, November 12, 2012 - 9:00am
    Walk on the Wild side

    In preparation of the next meeting of Books on Tap, I flipped open "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed to continue where I had left off.