• Forthcoming nonfiction

    Forthcoming nonfiction

    I'm not sure why, but recently I've been reading much more nonfiction than fiction. It's not that there isn't any interesting fiction being written (one need only glance at the monthly LibraryReads lists to find a novel worth reading), but nonfiction just feels more necessary in our complicated world. As I was ordering books for the library that are coming out in the next few months, I noticed a few nonfiction selections that looked especially appealing.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:00am
    ALevie
  • A new way to browse bios

    A new way to browse bios

    If you're a Princeton Public Library user who frequents the shelves, you've probably had a brush or two with our biography collections.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:00am
    egardiner
  • Life is too short

    Life is too short

    Life is too short to read bad books. That's why if I start a book and don't like it, I just stop. There is an endless supply of books to read, so there is no need to limit my selection to the ones I have already begun. Many people are fast readers (not me), or just can't fathom putting a book down. But why keep reading a book you don't like?

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:00am
    sberens
  • Youth Services, the summer edition

    Youth Services, the summer edition

    No matter the time of year, our Youth Services department is a busy place.  But things change around here during the summer when school is out. There is definitely a different vibe on the third floor.

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 1:25pm
    ASantos
  • Apple Watch & bragging rights

    Apple Watch & bragging rights

    While most of us were asleep at 3 a.m. EST on April 10 (midnight at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA), Sonja Vloeberghs, Head of Lending Services at Princeton Public Library was placing her order of an Apple Watch. When I asked why she would disrupt a good night's sleep to place one of the first orders, she proudly admitted she loves the hype of new technology.

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:17pm
    JHauge
    technology
  • Seating arrangements

    Seating arrangements

    "Your daughter doesn't sit in the front seat yet?" "No...well, I hadn't really thought about it." "How old is she?" "Eleven." "My daughter started sitting in the front seat around her age, and it changed the dynamic of our relationship." "What do you mean?" "It put us on a level field. When she sat in the back, it was like there was a wall between us, but when she moved up, it became easier for her to have conversations with me. It allowed us to grow closer."

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 6:02am
    KFriberg
  • Fun with facts: nonfiction for the summer

    Fun with facts: nonfiction for the summer

    Here in the library, it seems as though nonfiction titles are easily overlooked in favor of the latest fiction releases. Many of us fear the dry and dreary tomes of our earlier years, but you might be pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable a nonfiction book can be. As a fan of the more factual reads, I have compiled a short list of entertaining and provocative newer nonfiction titles that will lead you gently into the fold. 

    Monday, June 8, 2015 - 4:42pm
    eferry
    books, nonfiction
  • We've got answers

    We've got answers

    In addition to fielding questions about great reads, library staff members try to be ready for anything. Sometimes people just want to test our knowledge, but more often than not customers are looking to the library to answer or verify something that has them either baffled or idly curious. In a time where there is an overwhelming amount of information available the library can help people ferret out what is true and relevant. A lot of questions are ones that you might expect:

    "Can you suggest an author I might like to try?"

    Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:04am
    KDorman
  • What should I read next?

    What should I read next?

    There are few things librarians enjoy more than connecting readers with characters that resonate, storylines that entertain, and information that enlightens. "What should I read next?" is a question that PPL staff receive often, and it's one of our favorite challenges. In addition to making suggestions to you from our own knowledge, reviews, word-of-mouth, and other research, we also rely on a tool that captures the collective recommending power of all librarians who love to read - LibraryReads.

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:00am
    EBess
    book lists, LibraryReads
  • Batter up

    Batter up

    As a fan of the Philadelphia Athletics, I highly recommend a book I read recently,  Peter Schilling's  "The End of Baseball." Now, you might be thinking, "Philadelphia Athletics?" Yes, I am an A's fan, because from their founding until 1954, the Athletics were based in my ancestral homeland, Philadelphia. They won seven penants and five World Series there and, until about 1948, Philadelphia was an American League city.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 1:45pm
    TQuinn
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