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Author: Hannah Schmidl

Hannah is the library's National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, tackling all things humanities-related.

Your voice matters


We are all living through a strange and uncertain time. Most things about our lives have completely changed, from work routines to grocery store trips to family life. Are you keeping track of these changes by keeping a journal or photo-documenting? Each of our experiences of this time are unique and important. What was it […]

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Help illuminate history


How are archival materials made discoverable by researchers and the public online? One way that some archives are working to expand access to their digitized archival collections is by crowdsourcing transcription work. Transcribing can be a lengthy and costly process for archives, so some are choosing to open some collections up for members of the […]

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Read your way to resolutions


Are you already contemplating resolutions for next year? I’m just wrapping my head around the close of this decade, and with that, considering what I might try to change for the 2020s. If, like me, you are not quite prepared to commit, why not prepare yourself by reading books about your anticipated resolutions? What more […]

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Challenge yourself to read banned books


September 22-28, 2019 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Its purpose is to draw attention to banned books and the issue of censorship. This year’s theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark” and we should “Keep the Light On.” The top books that were challenged in the previous […]

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PPL’s Scientist in Residence: Robert Vanderbei


As part of our summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” Robert Vanderbei is the library’s Scientist in Residence. Professionally, Vanderbei  is a professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He previously worked at Bell Labs. Personally, Vanderbei has been interested in astronomy and the universe since he was a […]

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Out and about for Women’s History Month


March is Women’s History Month. Whether you know a lot about the topic or you’re interested in learning more, the library’s Museum Pass program can help you explore art and history related to women. Check the website for availability to book your pass. The Guggenheim Museum is currently exhibiting Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the […]

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Anytime resolutions


It’s that time of year: Get in shape! Spend less! Cook more! Sleep better!  Did you make any resolutions for the new year? Or, like me, are you put off by the insistence of headlines around the turn of a new year, such as “The One-Second Workout” and “948 Meaningful Resolutions to Make This Year” or […]

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Making sense of the world


Recently a colleague posed this question to the library staff: What books are helping you understand the world right now? The results of this survey are compiled in a public book list, and you have the opportunity to contribute your own book ideas to this list. In addition to books, podcasts can help provide context for contemporary events and […]

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Summer movie marathon


A few months ago, my partner and I started watching the Greatest American Films of All Time, according to the American Film Institute, starting with #100. This is a long-term entertainment plan, given that finding the time to watch even one movie per week is challenging. Prior to this undertaking, I might watch one movie a […]

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