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Author: Janice Painter

Janice Painter is a technology librarian and has been Access Services Manager at Princeton Public Library since 1997. As part of the cross-departmental systems team, she builds, supports, and promotes the use of technology and new applications to engage library staff and customers in their 21st century learning and library experiences. She loves fresh, thought-provoking ideas and occasionally turning the world upside-down and inside-out.

Library works


Virtual Princeton Public Library is open. While our building is off-limits for the community and staff, the business of the library moves along, with staff planning online events, curating digital collections, providing research assistance, and recommending reads. We aim to stay connected. In these homebound days, work is done on time we carve out of […]


Borrowed time


Watch face- borrowed time

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is, “Can you show me how to download a book?” The library’s ebook collection has proven to be incredibly popular, as evidenced by the steadily increasing number of items borrowed each month. To many people, electronic copies of books feel magical. It can be hard to […]


Listen local


Listening Locally image

When I’m not in the middle of an audiobook and looking for a “good listen” for my commute, I look to podcasts to occupy my drive time. Recently I opened up my long-neglected list of favorite podcasts in the Stitcher app, and selected an installment of This American Life with the intriguing title “In Defense […]


Course corrections


Picture of streetscape with mural and sign saying Begin One Way

As retired MLB pitcher Tim Hudson once said, “There’s more than one way to do things. There’s always different points of views and styles of pitching.” Baseball season is back again, with new and eager hopefuls starting in Spring Training, familiar faces returning to rosters, and the shuffle of big money trade deals adding a […]


Looking back, looking ahead


Washington Crossing Reenactment

In the midst of anticipating a new year, there’s time to make a difference. As the winter solstice slides by and days begin to lengthen, we’re literally welcoming more light every day, but how, in these fraught times, do we each bring more light to the world? I’ve recently gleaned some lessons from George Washington, […]


Growing the Poet-tree


View of Autumn tree Nassau Street

Anticipating autumn’s arrival, our library’s first poet-in-residence, Dara-Lyn Shrager, recently taught some eager families about poetic forms in a weekend workshop. The purpose was to learn, have fun, and prepare for an art installation for which original poems are written by community members and hung on colorful paper leaves to form a “poet-tree.” The poet-tree, […]

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Into the woods


Tree roots in the city

As my grandmother said, “A change of scene is as good as a rest.” With this in mind, a friend and I have been planning weekly lunch hour work breaks this summer to get in a rejuvenating hour somewhere other than the Witherspoon Street corridor, preferably outdoors. We managed to picnic in the Institute Woods, walk […]


Get out there and read


Reading gargoyle

My inbox has been deluged with summer reading recommendations– from publishers, from professional organizations, from other libraries and from some famous people. Taking a quick survey of summer reading lists I’ve been sent over the month of June (not counting the summer reading lists we have been busy making for adults, for kids and for teens), there are […]


The Great Courses and Caliphate


photo US Army, Mosul, Company assesses security during patrol

I have been listening to reporter Rukmini Callimachi unveil fascinating accounts of her team’s work on the frontlines of the war against ISIS in a new podcast from the New York Times, Caliphate, which explores the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul. The approach is intimate and personal, building from the opening episode’s posed question, “Who […]

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