• Let's cook

    Let's cook

    Princeton is a town of foodies.The evidence is in the recent explosion of unique and upscale restaurants downtown and the multitude of specialty food shops in the area catering to those who like to explore the culinary arts in their own kitchens. Cookbooks remain perennial favorite items to check out at the library or purchase at the Friends Used Book Store, even with dozens of places online to explore and save a vast array of recipes.

    Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:18am
    cookbooks, cooking, events
  • Spin a yarn

    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.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:59pm
  • We need big magic now

    We need big magic now

    As daylight hours shrink and the news expands our worries, perhaps we're all looking for spiritual and inspirational light more often these days. When fear's giant shadow blocks our view, we're left wondering what we have to hope for. When the unknown and the unthinkable preoccupy our minds, we yearn to invest our energy carving out safe and known refuges, gathering with cherished friends and family, and shoring up our strength with familiar beliefs, traditions and rituals. We need big magic now.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 10:43am
  • Growing resilience

    Growing resilience

    "We teach our children not to run into the street when they're toddlers, but we don't do the same when they become adolescents," said Laurie Halse Anderson, a young adult author who I heard speaking at Book Riot Live, a conference "celebrating books and the reading life." One moment our kids are playing innocent games and the next, they are hit with adult-size issues and often, they haven't been given the tools needed to navigate what has become an overstimulated, technologi

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 9:32am
    books, parenting, YA
  • Hooray for preschool

    Hooray for preschool

    It's no secret that Princeton is an extraordinary place for high quality education at all levels, and preschool is no exception. With more than 20 schools offering preschool and pre-kindergarten programs in Princeton municipality alone, parents have a wealth of options - and the choices can be overwhelming. These schools provide a wide range of philosophies, techniques and services for providing the very best in early childhood education. What it really comes down to is finding the best fit for each individual child and their family.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 4:15pm
    kids, preschool, Princeton
  • It's the great (Princeton) pumpkin

    It's the great (Princeton) pumpkin

    Fall is in full swing, and all over town the leaves have turned beautiful shades of red, yellow and gold. The air is cool and crisp and people are gearing up for Halloween. Recently, I was taking a stroll through the leafy Princeton University campus and a novel sight stopped me dead in my tracks: a colossal pumpkin!

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 8:30am
    art, Fall, Halloween, Princeton
  • Go with the flow

    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.

    Monday, October 19, 2015 - 1:03pm
  • Escape the everyday

    Escape the everyday

    We all crave an escape from our everyday concerns and routines - some experience or adventure to energize us or tilt our perspective away from the ordinary. I recently read an account of a friend’s unusual experience early one foggy morning. As she walked alone in her yard through the mist, she “felt comforted by unseen hands.” When she returned later, as the fog lifted, she found “thousands of glittering threads, a multitude of intricate webs… a message for me created by hundreds of baby spiders.”

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:00am
  • Book It is new and improved

    Book It is new and improved

    "I need a good book," is a common refrain we hear as librarians. It's also one of our favorite questions. While we love to suggest books in person, did you know you can also ask for suggestions from the comfort of your home?  Try Book It, our online personalized book recommendation service. We've recently updated it to make it easier than ever. Just answer a few questions and one of our book loving staff members will email you a customized list of items from our collection.

    Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 2:15pm
  • And now presenting...

    And now presenting...

    When I was younger, I was painfully shy. Put me in a room full of people and you wouldn't even know I was there because an intense fear would overcome me and paralyze my ability to speak. Fast forward 15 years and I hardly recognize the younger version of myself. Standing in the presentation tent at Saturday's tenth annual Princeton Children's Book Festival as an aspiring librarian, my job was to introduce high profile authors and illustrators to a large audience that remained steady all day.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:00am
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