• Armchair travel

    Armchair travel

    I admit it, I love to travel. If time and money were no object, I would be on the road exploring new parts of the world and seeking new adventures more than I would be home. But, alas that is a fantasy for another life. Instead, I look for other ways to satisfy my travel interests. 

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 9:00am
    books, travel
  • PPL's best book picks

    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.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:00am
  • Goodbye Ravi

    Goodbye Ravi

    Famed sitar player and music legend Ravi Shankar passed away this week at the grand old age of 92. Dubbed "The Godfather of World Music" by ex-Beatle and longtime friend George Harrison, Shankar was an unlikely international music star whose sitar playing introduced millions to the beautiful ragas (melodies) and talas (rhythms) of Indian music.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6:43pm
    biographies, databases, music
  • Eating out on a budget

    Eating out on a budget

    Like many families, my husband and I enjoy eating out at restaurants, which seems like a luxury when it is easy to spend at least $50 on a meal. I’d like to share several ways we stretch our weekly dining budget. With a little planning and effort, using these fabulous resources, you can stretch your money twice as far.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 6:19pm
  • Gadgets for holiday giving

    Gadgets for holiday giving

    'Tis the season for gadget giving! If you attended Doug Dixon's annual roundup of tempting new gadgets at the library on Nov. 28, you probably left with a list of great tech gifts to get for others - or to add to your own wish list. If you didn't attend, read on to learn about the hot sellers this season.

    Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00am
    gadgets, gifts, technology
  • Learning French

    Learning French

    Our 12-year-old is studying French at school, and as a result, she and my husband have been practicing their French conversation every night.  They also decided to try to watch one French film a week. “Fantastique!” I chimed in, “Le Biblioteque avais un coleccion grand!” My daughter corrected me, “Ils ont une grande collection” she said smiling at my effort.

    Friday, December 7, 2012 - 9:00am
  • 2012 Princeton "bestsellers"

    We are quickly approaching the end of 2012 and there is no shortage of best-books-of-the-year lists. I hope you will bear with me for a few more lists of the most popular books this past year at the Princeton Public Library. Below are four categories of the top 10 highest-circulating fiction, nonfiction, children's fiction, and children's nonfiction books.

    Starting with fiction, I'm not surprised to see the list dominated by mysteries and suspense novels but I am happy to see one famous local author.

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 9:00am
    books, popular
  • Preparing students with disabilities for college success

    Preparing students with disabilities for college success

    Students face many challenges as they approach leaving home and entering college. For those with disabilities and their families, these challenges and other changes (known and unknown) can be much more difficult. College learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet addresses these concerns this week (Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.) in her presentation “Preparing Students with Disabilities for College.”

    Monday, December 3, 2012 - 2:00pm
  • Home repair & remodeling

    Home repair & remodeling

    Though it has been a month since Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey, many of us are still picking up from the damage and destruction to our homes, businesses, and communities.

    Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9:00am
  • Assistive technology

    Assistive technology

    When the word “digital” is used in the library or literary world, one automatically thinks of e-books, apps, e-readers, etc. While I agree that all these technologies are vital and important, I am also interested in the assistive technologies that are currently available but not frequently discussed.

    Monday, November 26, 2012 - 9:00am
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