Books unite us

Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson, writer of oft-challenged novels that speak to the modern experiences of young adults, once described censorship as “the child of fear, and the father of ignorance.” These words resonate with librarians always, though particularly loudly at this time of year, as Sept. 26 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week, […]

Welcoming community

Sept. 10-19 marks Welcoming Week, an initiative begun by Welcoming America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs. In 2016, the municipality of Princeton joined this initiative as a Welcoming Town, and each year the Department of Human Services teams up with the library […]

Twenty years since 9/11

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and turned them into missiles aimed at major U.S. landmarks. The attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people and continue to shape our world. The library has developed programs and resources to recognize this year’s anniversary. In assembling […]

September top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Take the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten pledge and instill the foundation for a lifelong love of reading with […]

Community partner spotlight: Princeton Adult School

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Anne Brener, executive director of Princeton Adult School. As the library’s community engagement coordinator, and a former member of the board of Princeton Adult School, I can […]

Understanding 9/11

Understanding 9/11 This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and turned them into missiles aimed at major U.S. landmarks. The attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people and continue to shape our world. Learn about the 9/11 attacks, their context and their legacy via the resources below. […]

Book anatomy

Some time ago I noticed a diagram of pieces of a book pinned up next to a colleague’s desk. She had found it via an online image search and kept it because in our line of work being able to refer to specific pieces of a book can be useful. For example, we may need […]

August top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to five years old and their families. Summer Nights Series: Raya and the Last Dragon Presented in partnership with Princeton Shopping Center, this Summer Reading wrap-up event begins with an […]

Great reads for teens

We have thousands of titles in our physical and virtual library, and it can be daunting looking for exactly the right book. Browsing the new book display is one of my favorite ways to find a book, but sometimes you just need a little extra help or don’t have the time to browse the shelves. […]

Border reports

Making one’s way through a given day can be challenging. Every person carries the weight of a lifetime, plus the gravity of current circumstances. As we return to more physical interactions with others, we may experience internal tensions in re-learning how to socialize with one another. After spending so much time in lockdown, it can […]

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Community partner spotlight: Princeton Mutual Aid

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Corina Bardoff who serves on the logistics team of Princeton Mutual Aid. How long has Princeton Mutual Aid been in Princeton? PMA began as a response to […]

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Change your view this summer

As easily as a song can get stuck in your head, so can a story. Whether it’s a book, series, film, or something else, you’ll find yourself continuously thinking about it, mentally replaying your favorite parts, or the parts that challenged you, and wondering what comes next. The stories that stick with you can change […]

July top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. Summer Nights Series at Princeton Shopping Center The library has partnered with Princeton Shopping Center to present a series of outdoor events on […]

Researching your roots

My grandmother came from a very large family, one that I knew very little about. Growing up, she has told me stories here and there, including those about her oldest brother who fought and lost his life in WWII. She never mentioned more than that because, as it turns out, she never really knew what […]

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Community partner spotlight: Not In Our Town Princeton

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Linda Oppenheim, board member of Not In Our Town Princeton. Not In Our Town Princeton and Princeton Public Library have been longtime partners with a shared mission […]

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Let reading color your world this summer

Celebrate the official start of summer at the library by joining our annual Summer Reading program, beginning June 15. Open to readers of all ages, we invite you to reflect, investigate and interact with the world around you and see how “Reading Colors Your World.” Children and teens who log at least 20 days of […]

June top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to five years old and their families. Summer Reading 2021 It’s summer reading time. Starting on June 15, sign up online either from home or at the library and take the […]

Let’s talk about the weather

The temperature soared to the mid-90s over the weekend of May 22. Some took it as a sign to unpack their summer wardrobe; others raced to local beaches; while others may have further contemplated the effects of climate change. On Biodiversity Day, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg launched a video, urging humanity to move toward a […]

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Community partner spotlight: Friends of Princeton Open Space

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Wendy Mager, Board President of Friends of Princeton Open Space. Friends of Princeton Open Space and the library have had the joy of numerous collaborations across our […]

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Navigating your year of reading

When planning library programs or book lists throughout the year, our staff takes into consideration heritage months, or other national or state recognitions. For example, celebrating Women’s History Month is a wonderful way to help highlight the rich tapestry of experiences and histories that form the American consciousness. However, it’s also important to consider these […]

May top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. One Year Anniversary of Storytime Shorts Last spring, when it became clear that we would not be able to safely offer our in-person storytimes, […]

The sky’s the limit

Poet Maggie Smith recently posted this on her Instagram account, “A wise person once told me to start each day by asking myself the same question: ‘What else is possible?’  There it is–an opening when things may feel like they’re narrowing or even closing.  What else is possible?” The global community has been experiencing a […]

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Community partner spotlight: Sustainable Princeton

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Jenny Ludmer, community outreach manager,  Sustainable Princeton. Sustainable Princeton is a longtime, mission-aligned partner of the library. Libraries are inherently sustainable. We take the funds entrusted to […]

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Explore the AAPI experience through books

Painful, scary, worrisome and difficult. These are a few of the many words that come to mind when I think about some of the recent events in this country. This has been a time of challenges for all people, but it has been especially hard for our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers, sisters, friends […]

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Impact Stories

2021 Impact Stories: “Why I Love the Library”   “The library helped promote my lifelong love of reading” – Mayor Mark Freda The Princeton Public Library has had a significant impact on me personally. I still fondly recall visiting the library regularly while in elementary school to get my books to read for the week. […]

More than a moment

The now-iconic bright yellow jacket and bold red headband; a young, Black girl reciting loudly and clearly for all to hear. As I perused my social media feeds on the evening of January 20th, one thing was abundantly clear: Amanda Gorman was having a moment. Poetry was having a moment. The National Youth Poet Laureate’s […]

Local Author Day – Events

Local Author Day Events  Local Author Day Homepage | Event Schedule | Virtual Author Fair Speakers Jane Friedman: Today’s Key Book Publishing Paths: Traditional, Self, and Everything in Between Friday, April 30, 6:30 pm. Click here to access the event recording on Crowdcast Over the last decade, the publishing industry has undergone tremendous evolution due […]

Local Author Day

Local Author Day Welcome to Local Author Day! Local Author Day Homepage | Event Schedule | Virtual Author Fair Princeton Public Library’s Local Author Day celebrates the creativity and skill of authors working in our area. This year, our 10th Local Author Day is being held virtually. Visit our Event Schedule page to learn more […]

April top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. Storytime At Home: Spanish Storytime Favorites Just added to our newly launched Storytime At Home program: our favorite books in Spanish for storytime! From […]

A place for preservation

Lately, I’ve been watching HGTV and DIY shows like “Restored” and “Rehab Addict,” where experts preserve old houses with salvaged materials or update them with new versions of period-appropriate pieces. Part of the understanding in this show is that the designers can’t keep everything, because some items are beyond repair, but they want to hold […]

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Community partner spotlight: Paul Robeson House

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Ben Colbert, director of the Paul Robeson House, and board members, Denyse Leslie, Martha Sword and Joy Barnes-Johnson. How long has Paul Robeson House been in Princeton? […]

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Her history is our history

Whether we are moms, daughters or friends; activists, scientists, politicians or librarians, each day that we make the choice to help someone in need, be a caregiver, fight for someone’s rights or work to break yet one more glass ceiling, we are making history. Women’s History Month serves as a gleaming opportunity to shine a […]

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March top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. Storytime At Home Create your own storytime adventure! We’ve made it easy to do storytime with your child(ren) at home or in your […]

Chromebooks from PPL

Welcome to your PPL Chromebook Remember to save all of your information to a USB drive or cloud service. The Chromebook will automatically end your session after 8 hours of use. When you are ready to return this device, bring it to the Check Out Desk or the Contactless Hold Pickup Station. Please provide any […]

Make a change with the cottage spirit

Trends, styles, and aesthetics come and go over the years, and most of us grab bits and pieces of them to build something of our own. One trend that gained traction in 2020 and continues into 2021 is #cottagecore, an aesthetic that celebrates an idealized version of cozy cottage life, featuring home baking, knitwear, and […]

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Community partner spotlight: The John H. Pace, Jr. 39 Center for Civic Engagement

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Charlotte Collins, associate director and Gwen McNamara, communications specialist at the John H.Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University (Pace Center for Civic Engagement). […]

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Celebrate Douglass Day virtually

Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave turned abolitionist, social reformer, and orator, did not know his birthday. Instead, he chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. Douglass Day is celebrated annually on this chosen day. Each year, people around the country gather to learn about Black history through public events and a transcribe-a-thon. (A transcribe-a-thon is […]

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February top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children from birth to 5 years old and their families.  Black History Month Books For Little Kids February is Black History Month. Check out this Youth Services staff-curated list of picture books for […]

Tax Assistance 2021

Tax Assistance 2021 Princeton Public Library | Federal Tax Returns | New Jersey Returns | Other State Tax Agencies | AARP | Vita Tax Assistance We know how important it is for you to find accurate and timely tax return information each year. Here, you will find links to 2021 tax forms and instructions, as […]

Short and sweet

We’re almost a month into the new year and, just like during any other, I find myself thinking about what I want to accomplish. Of all I have to look forward to this year, a wedding and earning a Masters’ degree, all I can think about are the books I want to read. My reading […]

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Community partner spotlight: Princeton Record Exchange

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Jon Lambert, owner of Princeton Record Exchange (PREX), and Janie Hermann, the library’s program manager. Janie: Princeton is fortunate to have local business owners such as Jon […]

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Looking where you step

On a January weekend when the day was too unexpectedly beautiful not to get a bit of sand in our shoes, my little family set off to find somewhere we had never been in our quarantine state of New Jersey. The path we took was largely unplanned and our destination unset. After recent days spent […]

Unmute yourself

It’s safe to presume that over the course of the past year, you have found yourself having conversations with others online. And, it’s also a safe bet to say that in almost every one of those meetings, someone has begun to speak and the others could not hear them because their microphone was muted. According […]

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January top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families.  Story time with Jeff Local musician and actor Jeff Trainor may be a familiar name to the town’s under-5 set for his weekly story […]

Community partner spotlight: McCarter Theatre Center

This year, the library, like many other institutions, has had to reconsider its core values and find new ways to serve the community. One of the biggest lessons many have found is that we go farther when we work together.   At a time when we cannot necessarily visit our friends and family or welcome […]

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