• If you like "Mad Men"...

    If you like "Mad Men"...

    The season seven premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" is airing on Sunday, April 13th, and for loyal fans of the show, the day can't arrive soon enough! It's been nearly a year since we've seen our favorite characters trying to navigate the cultural, economic, and social issues of the 1960s while making it big in the advertising world.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:33pm
  • Spring tech @ PPL

    Want to experience the latest in digital content, online storage trends, software and social networking this Spring? Then make Princeton Public Library's Tech Lab a frequent destination in the coming months, as our current series of technology classes continues through June and includes a variety of offerings for everyone from luddites to techies.

    Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:00am
  • Time on "Trial"

    Time on "Trial"

    Spring hasn't caught up to the school calendar. I was home with my daughter for the first day of spring break. Originally scheduled as a vacation day, the stomach flu that's been making its way through legions of little bellies had its way with my girl. Determined to advance progress on getting our place tidy to put up for sale, I took advantage of the ill conceived down time. I worked all day, taking things down from the walls, tossing things out, while trying to keep a certain someone hydrated. Fortunately, she had moments of perkiness.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 4:16pm
  • Academy awards readalikes

    Academy awards readalikes

    Are you sad that the Oscars have come and gone? Do you find yourself wanting more, more, more, and don't want to wait until next year's Academy Awards? All is not lost. Not only does the Princeton Public Library own (or have on order) copies of each and every film nominated for the year's best picture, there are a slew of books that either served as the basis for the films or are very similar in plot/subject.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:00am
  • All SET

    All SET

    This Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 pm marks the return of our Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) club, All SET. With the new buzzwords STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Common Core everywhere, it was only natural to create a program like All SET.

    For the next three months children in grades 1 and up are encouraged to participate in hands-on science demonstrations, led by graduate students of Princeton University’s Chemistry Department.  This club meets monthly on Saturdays and each month new demonstrations will take place in our Story Room.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:00am
  • Mushrooms are extraordinary

    One of my favorite parts of sitting behind the Information Desk is the regular opportunity I get to practice my sleuthing skills.Sometimes people have a quick question that can be answered with a few taps on the keyboard but there are also times when in-depth mystery solving is required.

    That being said I am sometimes presented with opportunities to practice my sleuthing skills when I am away from the Reference Desk.

    Monday, March 10, 2014 - 1:00am
  • Title inspiration

    Title inspiration

    What’s on your pile of books to read? Why is it there? Word-of-mouth? Is it the cover that compels you to pick up a book? For me, the title can be a great trigger to assumptions of what's between the covers. It can also serve as a source of word whimsy as I sit here, looking at my stack of reading choices:

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:00am
  • Tis the season or "the tax man cometh"

    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.

    Monday, March 3, 2014 - 3:11pm
  • Top 10 suspense and fiction

    As faithful readers of this blog might know by now, I love lists. Because my specialty is collection development, I am always curious about what people want to read, watch, and listen to, so I have compiled various lists based on the circulation of books, DVDs, and CDs at the library. Two lists I have yet to create (until now): the all-time most popular suspense and fiction books at the Princeton Public Library. Let's get to it! (Insert drum roll here.)

    The ten most popular suspenseful books of all time at the library are:

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:00am
    books, lists
  • HopStop: my go-to app for getting around NYC

    New York City is so near and yet can seem so far for those of us who are less than familiar with travelling to and throughout the Big Apple. A day trip to the city last summer with my family had seemed an easy enough idea: we would take the train, catch a few subways, walk a few blocks, and see the sites. What ensued, though, was anything but! I should have known traveling from Princeton to NYC with a dozen people who don't frequent east coast public transportation was destined to be an adventure:

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:00am
    apps, travel
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