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Readers’ Advisory Book Source
Our very own readers’ advisory wiki providing annotations, reading suggestions, and links to both general and genre specific resources, created and curated by Princeton Public Library staff.
Providing reviews and annotations for about 150,000 fiction titles and 50,000 nonfiction titles; and over 4,000 custom created articles and lists, including readalikes and book discussion questions.
Award Winning Books
- Pulitzer Prize Fiction / Nonfiction
- Nobel Prize in Literature
- National Book Awards
- National Book Critics Circle Awards
- Man Booker Prize
- Hugo Awards
- Edgar Awards
- James Beard Awards
All library book groups are open to the public. No registration required. Drop-ins are highly encouraged. Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact Kristin Friberg at 609.924.9529 ext. 1257.
This group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Princeton Room. Click on the events calendar for dates and book selections.
Coordinated and led by Kim Dorman, this group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Princeton room. Click on the events calendar for dates and book selections
Led by librarian Kristin Friberg, this group regularly meets the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room. Click on the events calendar for dates and book selections.
Led by librarian Gayle Stratton, this group regularly meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the first floor quiet room. There are no meetings in July and August. Click on the events calendar for dates and book selections.
Resources for Book Groups
The library provides multiple copies of book group titles. You may complete the form online or print the book group request form and submit to Kristin Friberg a minimum of two months in advance. Additionally, the form may be handed in at the first floor Welcome Desk.
Princeton OverDrive: To sign in to Princeton OverDrive, enter your library card barcode and PIN. (Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account.) This collection is hand-selected and built from the ground up with a focus on quality selections that meet the diverse reading and listening preferences of the Princeton community. New titles will be added on an ongoing basis, and OverDrive's popular library of more than 11,000 public domain e-book titles will be available, too. Also, visit the Princeton Overdrive Kids eReading Room to access titles for children and young adults. Our collection can be enjoyed on your computer (PC or Mac) or transfer the title to a compatible mobile device (including Apple and Android mobile devices). Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of lending period. Visit Overdrive's guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.
OneClickDigital: Enjoy this collection on your computer (PC or Mac) or on selected mobile devices (including MP3, iPod) and also download directly to your smartphone or tablet. Check out a maximum of 3 books at time for up to 7 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. Visit OneClickDigital's guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.
Hoopla: Access thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and desktop use. Digital content from Hollywood studios, major-label record companies and publishers can be borrowed for instant streaming to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or for temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets. Note: Streaming requires continuous access to an Internet connection via wireless, ethernet, or cellular data plan. Visit www.hoopladigital.com to sign up for an account with your valid Princeton Public Library card number, or visit your device's app store to download the free hoopla mobile app. Check out a maximum of 5 items per month (borrow audiobooks for 21 days, music albums for 7 days, and movies/television shows for 2 to 3 days). No overdue fees; items are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. View our Hoopla Guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.
Zinio: Enjoy full-color, page-for-page digital copies of over 70 magazine titles, including popular selections such as "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Car & Driver," "Dwell," "The Economist," "Elle," "ESPN Magazine," "Esquire," "Forbes," "Food Network Magazine," "Marie Claire," "Martha Stewart Living," "Men's Health," "Motor Trend," "Newsweek," "New York Review of Books" "Oprah," "Popular Photography," "Runner's World," and "Shape." Available for the Mac, PC, Apple & Android mobile devices, and Kindle Fire.