Spring is finally here and we are in the mood for some refreshing and renewing at the library. Please stop by and check out our new tables and chairs for your reading, relaxing, and conversing enjoyment. Join me on a brief tour of some of the most recent changes at the library.
On the first floor behind the Welcome Desk we now have this fabulous collection of hexagonal chairs and side tables. To me they look a bit Star-Trek or maybe mid-70s talk show...very cool and retro. This is the perfect spot for some quiet group conversation.
If you visited Youth Services on the third floor of the library over the past few weeks, you know that we were deep into voting season. It’s not November…
Pictured is our library lion, the star of a new Youth Services program. Over the next few weeks, we will begin lending the lion to children, encouraging them to read, write, and play creatively. For more on the program or to indicate interest in adopting the lion for a few days, please visit our site.
One of my favorite jokes from a David Letterman monologue is: "Yesterday was opening day for Major League Baseball which can only mean one thing: The Cleveland Indians are mathematically eliminated." Any long-suffering sports fan can relate to the pathos and humor in Letterman’s comment. I am a fan of the New York Mets and grew up watching them through the seventies and eighties when they did not enjoy much success.
I first discovered Ree Drummond while watching the Food Network one Saturday morning when her television series, Pioneer Woman, came on the air. From then on my husband and I were hooked. Once I realized that she had published two cookbooks, the second of which was a #1 New York Times best seller, I immediately borrowed them from the library and bought both of them soon after to add to my own cookbook collection.
Just a short walk down Nassau Street from Princeton Public Library, Tigerlabs is getting settled into a new home. Picture an open, beamed loft area painted in bright and cheery colors, with great light, an informal vibe, several rows of wired tables, comfy office chairs, a kitchen, lockers, a ping pong table, and even a traditional red British phone box. People are working at computers, chatting together, taking a break for a snack, having a meeting, and yes, playing a bit of ping pong.
To track or not to track, that is the question! How we keep track of the books we've read and the reasons behind each method could be a topic of study for an anthropologist, which I'm not. But I am an inquisitive librarian, so I recently decided to ask friends and colleagues about their book tracking methods.
Responses from 19 adults revealed 8 different methods for keeping track (or not keeping track) of books. Some of those polled use multiple tools, one for the books they want to read and another for the books they have already completed. Here are the results:
National Geographic has long been known for its spectacular photography that captures meaningful, awe-inspiring, and unexpected moments of everyday life. 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of this American institution, and to celebrate, NatGeo has released a brand new Tumblr blog called FOUND. Fair warning: you will lose yourself (and track of time!) in this addictive and beautifully curated collection of images.
In the next few weeks the Youth Services (YS) Department will be debuting two new iPads which will be dedicated to our early literacy initiatives. The YS staff has been discussing all the fabulous apps that are available and we are excited to get started with our new endeavor. This got me thinking about different devices and book apps, and what makes a great book app for children.
On March 8, 1908, 15,000 working women garment workers marched on New York City’s Lower East Side to demand better hours and pay, an act that many point to as the birth of International Women’s Day (though that particular date was not set until 1913). In 1978, Sonoma County decided to expand International Women’s Day to Women’s History Week. The idea spread and, by 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to one month, declaring March Women’s History Month.