• Book buzz: selections from a non-fiction lunchbox

    Book buzz: selections from a non-fiction lunchbox

    As daily news of violence unfolds, the question of what we're doing and what we leave behind seems to loom ever larger. I'm hungry for order, logic, beauty, looking for understanding. Poet Mary Ruefle writes, "Someone reading a book is a sign of order in the world." Exploring other voices and wanting to stay based in reality, my own reading choices have veered to non-fiction. My reading lunchbox this summer has a mixed bag of author goodies selected, arranged and presented like a book bento.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Extraordinary light

    Extraordinary light

    Summer once ignited thoughts of lazy beach days, great adventures, and endless pockets of time. As a parent, summer has become an extension of the ever crowded school calendar. Chiseling in the breaks becomes part of the hectic job description of a working mom (an oxymoron, I know). Recently, one of those breaks came in the form of a walk in the woods on the grounds behind my daughter's day camp.

    Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 1:40pm
  • The librarian and the lever

    The librarian and the lever

    We are sometimes asked why we do not have a particular item in the collection, or, when every copy in the collection is checked out to other cardholders, why we do not have enough copies to always have one available. This can be a difficult question to answer, because every library deals somewhat differently with the constraints on the funds it can use to acquire new material, the space it can use to display and store its collection, and its ability to coordinate the cataloging and processing of new additions.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 6:00am
  • First floor changes

    First floor changes

    Like everyone else at the library I'm excited by the upcoming renovation of the second floor. The floor was recently closed and construction will begin shortly. The rest of the library will remain open as much as possible during the renovation and we have put a lot of thought into how to incorporate many of our second floor services and collections onto the first floor. Our goal is to give you the excellent service you expect.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 3:13pm
  • Recipe for change

    Recipe for change

    Tick. Tick. Tick. The hands of the clock are moving closer and closer to the dinner hour, begging the question, what should I make tonight? I always wait until the last minute and then have to rush. Should I try something new or fall back on an old favorite? However, I'm tired of most of my tried and true recipes and have decided it is time to freshen up my repertoire.

    Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:31pm
  • 1,000 reasons to read

    1,000 reasons to read

    Last year, my daughter and I signed up to participate in the library's early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program, designed to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, encourages parents to bond with their children through shared reading experiences and provides structure and incentive for reaching the 1,000-book goal.

    Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:48pm
    books, children's books
  • My kind of town

    My kind of town

    Every year, thousands of book industry insiders converge for Book Expo America, the publishing trade show to discover what's trending in the land of literature; it's a place to mingle with authors, colleagues, and vendors. The change of location from New York's Javits Center to Chicago's McCormick Place lent a new vibrancy to the show, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It also gave me the opportunity to discover that Chicago really is my kind of town. 

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 2:13pm
    BEA, Book Expo, books
  • It has to work

    It has to work

    Like other sports fans, I often worry that watching and thinking about sports may be selfish and wasteful. I want the time I spend in the stands, watching television, reading articles, or listening to podcasts to have broader significance. I want my appreciation for sports to further my development as a moral being, critical thinker, and leader for meaningful causes.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:19am
  • Escape


    Princeton is a wonderful place to live but even Princetonians need to get out once in awhile. The library can help our customers escape to far-off or not so far-off locales with our Travel Collection. This carefully curated collection features guidebooks, large coffee table books, and travel-writing covering every continent on Earth. I was curious to see which destinations are the most popular with our readers so I looked at the check-out statistics for our Travel books. Here are the top 10 most circulated books in the collection.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 9:30am
  • Built to last

    Built to last

    My father was 24 when the U.S. entered World War II, but he wasn't destined for battlefield glory. Nevertheless, there's a lasting tribute to his service to our country during the war. It's docked in Camden and beginning May 21, you'll be able to visit it for free, thanks to our Museum Pass program. It's the Battleship New Jersey.

    Monday, May 9, 2016 - 4:11pm
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