from the archive


Author: Liz

Librarian extraordinaire! Now works at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Order in the court


Watching some of my college classmates take the bar exam and attain their law degrees has me hankering for a good courtroom drama. While we can't all observe a thrilling legal case firsthand, we can certainly take a front row seat in an imaginative work of fiction. A peek into another walk of life also aligns with our summer reading theme, "Escape the Ordinary." The list below features hard-hitting stories with riveting courtroom scenes sure to keep you engaged during the dog days of summer.


Staff spotlight: Seth Berens


In continuation of our popular "Get to Know Us" blog posts, I caught up with Princeton Public Library staffer Seth Berens for an interview, looking to get the scoop on his time spent both in and out of the library. Seth works full time in the Lending Services department on the first floor where he oversees check-in of materials, processes missing and damaged items and assists customers, among other tasks. If you visit the first floor checkout desk or use the self-checkout stations you've probably seen him around!


Local Author Day 2015 coming this fall


Local Author Day is an annual event that promotes established and emerging local literary talents. The day begins with workshops for writers, published or not, and is followed by a book fair from 1-4 p.m. where the authors interact with the public and sell and sign their books. Select authors also read excepts of their work during the event.


Winter reads


We're stuck in the deep freeze, and that doesn't seem likely to change for awhile. So why not embrace the season by harmonizing the setting of your book with the weather outside? The following list showcases stories set in cold, snowy environments, much like the one beyond your window.


Fiction’s ‘wild’ protagonists


Every now and then, it's good to put yourself in someone else's shoes – or paws, fins, and claws! When you're in a reading rut, or if you're just looking for a book that's new and different, there's something to be said for stories told from an animal's perspective. Seeing the world from a non-human point of view can make for a supremely exciting, riveting read.


The perfect pumpkin


Pumpkin carving is one of the most beloved Halloween traditions. If you find yourself green (or orange!) with envy and coveting the creepily creative work of others, consider this season your opportunity to step onto the pumpkin carving scene with style and flair. With the right tools and a little guidance, even the most novice Jack-O-Lantern enthusiast can wow! The following books and websites can help you get started:


It doesn’t have to end here: series fiction


We all know the feeling that strikes when a good book is drawing to a close. We wait with bated breath for the conclusion while at the same time wishing the ending would never come. Fear not, for there's a simple solution to this predicament. Delve into a series and you can experience the pleasure of a well thought out story while knowing that the end is not forever; the beloved world and its characters await in the next installment. There's something for everyone in the following list, which covers series in several genres of fiction.


Take a book, leave a book: Little Free Libraries


As a public library lover and employee, I am all about borrowing materials for free and returning them (in a timely fashion) to my local library. Of course, there are other ways to get your hands on a good book, and the Little Free Library movement is a fantastic way to share your fondness for books and reading.


How do your bookshelves stack up?


Beyond what our books contain (knowledge, flights of fancy, drama) there's the matter of how we contain them. From piles growing unchecked under the coffee table to impeccably designed personal libraries, there are as many ways to showcase a collection as there are books to fill it with. A shameless plug: Remember, the library can help you in your curatorial – and financial – quest by allowing you to return materials to our shelves rather than overburden your own!


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.


Staff spotlight: Becky Bowers


In continuation of our popular "Get to Know Us" blog posts, I caught up with Princeton Public Library Lending Services staffer Becky Bowers for an interview. Becky works full time making sure the library's many thousands of materials are cared for, and that the customers using them are happy. Becky also oversees the keeping of statistics within the department. If you visit the first floor checkout desk you've probably seen her around!

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