from the archive

Author: Kristin Friberg

Blog and Instagram coordinator Kristin has led the library's fiction book group for over a decade and is continuously grateful to witness the formation of relationships and connections over the discussion of universal truths through fiction. She believes libraries provide a safe place for conversation, community, and are incubators where people can gather the courage to become more of who they truly are.

True confessions of a readers’ advisor

People often ask for reading recommendations whether I'm on the job or off. It's part of my job description as a readers' services librarian. I haven't read every book I've suggested. For some, it's hard to fathom that you'd be able to suggest a book when you haven't even cracked the cover. Discovery, detective work, serendipity, daily conversations with readers, as well as diligent reading and keeping a close eye on publishing trends are the key ingredients to successful recommendations.


Like other listeners across the nation, a lump formed in my throat when I heard that Tom Magliozzi, who was known to so many as half of NPR’s famed “Car Talk” hosts had died at the age of 77 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anyone who has stumbled across the show would instantly recognize one of the most infectious laughs ever recorded.

What’s everyone reading?

In a recent blog post by author Seth Godin, he talks about what everyone reads. There was a time, he says, when everyone read the same newspaper or watched the same shows. Maybe there was a time when there was greater homogeny. There are so many more media streams, a variety of formatting options, different technology to deliver news, entertainment, knowledge, and opinions these days.

Grown-ups for Gaiman

"Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good." There are things that surface that take us by surprise and, at the same time, wash over us like a warm stream of water, transfixing, and transporting us to moments we thought were lost.

Win with #PPLreads14

Have you had your head buried in a book this summer? Make August your month to win prizes for your efforts and participate in this year's adult summer reading club. Every Friday, one lucky reader wins gift certificates to Savory Spice Shop (one bottle of spice) and The Bent Spoon (one free ice cream) plus a free book. 

Hashtag Us

Monkey in the middle

Karen Joy Fowler's PEN/Faulkner award-winning novel, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," was the recent focus of a lively discussion of the library's monthly fiction book group. The story is familiar: a family punctured by the loss of one of its members, resulting in each of their unraveling, but the cast of characters has one notable distinction.

Diving into the wreck

There's something like detachment that floats across the pages of Akhil Sharma's highly lauded  "Family Life." Slated to appear at the library at 7pm on April 16, the author is receiving wide praise from critics for the story of an immigrant Indian family whose lives are torn asunder when their eldest son sustains injuries that render him almost lifeless aft

Time on “Trial”

Spring hasn't caught up to the school calendar. I was home with my daughter for the first day of spring break. Originally scheduled as a vacation day, the stomach flu that's been making its way through legions of little bellies had its way with my girl. Determined to advance progress on getting our place tidy to put up for sale, I took advantage of the ill conceived down time. I worked all day, taking things down from the walls, tossing things out, while trying to keep a certain someone hydrated. Fortunately, she had moments of perkiness.

Title inspiration

What’s on your pile of books to read? Why is it there? Word-of-mouth? Is it the cover that compels you to pick up a book? For me, the title can be a great trigger to assumptions of what's between the covers. It can also serve as a source of word whimsy as I sit here, looking at my stack of reading choices:

On tap: Silver Linings Playbook, hut-hut!

Sunday, October 20th marks the official kickoff of this year's Princeton Reads.We're planning on seeing you at 10 am for the family fun garbage bag race (we're supplying the bags). The run commences at Princeton High School, and ends at the library where there will be a pep rally, and all sorts of fun activities.  

Book it

In the market for a good book? Taking a trip, and looking for some travel guides? Take a few minutes and try Book It, a new service to help you discover your next favorite book, or just what you need before you take that trip to Italy. We will deliver a list of suggested titles based on information you provide within a week's time.

Happiness is a cup of joe

Coffee and I have a love affair that has been raging ever since I was a little girl, accompanying my dad to Chock Full o’Nuts on West 57th, across from Carnegie Hall. It’d be after dance lessons that we’d go for a treat. He’d have his straight up, while I had hot chocolate, waiting to discover why my father could not be parted from a steady stream of black coffee. 

PPL’s best book picks

This is the time of year when “best book” lists are everywhere. Professional critics aside, the hallmarks of what makes a book stand out can vary wildly for individual readers. Recently, we conducted a staff “best books of 2012” survey, and while the results were scattered, there was one book that garnered multiple votes for best mystery or thriller.

Here to help

Looking for a place to warm up? More than 19,000 visits have been logged here at the Princeton Public Library since Tuesday, and we continue to provide resources for anyone in need. All of Princeton is rallying together to help one another, including the folks at the Township Municipal building, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the United Methodist Church, and many more.

Midlife media crisis

You’ve heard it before. A major monthly increase in the cable/Internet/phone bundle can contribute to serious contemplation over “just how much do I really need television?” The answer’s simple. Of course, no one needs television. I grew up in the seventies, lying on the couch watching entirely too much television. Everyone around me did, too. But, the hyper-technological environment of how we live today is an entirely new realm.

Fast and simple takes the gold

It may not be the Olympics, but in my house, it is definitely worthy of an award. “Real Simple Easy, Delicious Home Cooking: A Year of Fresh, Healthy Recipes for Every Occasion” is the latest cookbook I’ve checked out of the library, and it is a terrific resource for fuss-free, healthy recipes using a minimum of ingredients.

Books on tap

It’s not Dickens, but it is a doozy. J.R. Moehringer’s memoir, “The Tender Bar,” sets the stage for the inaugural meeting of Books on Tap. This new book group led by librarian Kristin Friberg convenes at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room at the Nassau Inn on Tuesday, June 26th at 7 pm.

Book buzz

April is over. Surprised? I am. Now, that the calendar has reunited with May, I am in panic mode for the season of discontent, summer. Every year it’s the same story: My body refuses to cooperate with bathing suit goals. This year is going to be different. I am not going to beat myself up about it. Instead, I’m going to read A. J.

Have a ball on vacation

Now that spring break has met with its sweltering denouement, what are your plans for the summer? If you are anything like me, you might feel a little anxious about the subject. Where to begin? Where to go? It could be as simple as following Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project to its next destination, London, in June. Although, you might need something a little more than a giant art installation to tempt you to leave your nest.