May 2012

Our very own genius bar

Mark your calendars! Our popular "Ask the Mac Pros" program returns to Princeton Public Library beginning Monday, June 11, for a 10-week series this summer. It's your chance to drop by our new Mac Lab with your questions about iMacs, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, software products, and all things Apple-related, and receive expert guidance from Princeton Macinstosh Users' Group (PMUG) volunteers.

Friday nights: now with extended hours

For as long as anyone can remember, a groan would emanate from the library each Friday around 6 p.m. That's when we would announce that the library was closing for the day.

Memorial Day memories...a letter from my great-uncle

Fred Buschhoff, of the 101st Airborne was 19 when he wrote this letter to his nephew, Dan Buschhoff (my father), for his second birthday. Three weeks after writing the letter, Fred Buschhoff was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.

France, January 5, 1945

Dear Danny,

Essential technology skills

In an era of rapid technological change, it often feels impossible to keep up. Every year there are new devices and new ways of doing things. Even those of us who work in IT sometimes feel overwhelmed! But if you look at technology in a different way, focusing instead on what you do with the tools available rather than which tool you are using, it becomes a little easier to manage.

Princeton's secret weapon

You are looking at one of the most powerful reading super heroes available in the modern world. Hyperbole aside, there is a little magic and super-heroism in the job that Emma and her owner Joe Turner do for us at the Princeton Public Library. They are our very own Reading Therapy Dog team and they provide an important and heartwarming service to our younger patrons. For children struggling to read, a therapy dog such as Emma can help break a cycle of frustration and failure.

Culinary adventures and more

I’ve been inspired. Let me back things up for a minute. I have always loved to cook; In fact I briefly thought about going to culinary school long before library school. I have been collecting cookbooks for years. Most of the time I read them in the same way I would read a favorite fiction novel. Then I place them back on the shelf to collect dust.

In our neighborhood

The corner of Witherspoon and Wiggins streets in Princeton is home to the Princeton Public Library and the Arts Council of Princeton. If you are in the neighborhood, you’ll notice a statue of Paul Robeson on the sidewalk, marking the spot where Wiggins Street becomes Paul Robeson Place. Walk up Witherspoon, past the Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, and the first house you see is Robeson’s birthplace.

Get to know Sonja

Meet Sonja Vloeberghs, the inexhaustibly positive and fun-loving manager of the Lending Services Department. Hailing from Hoboken, Belgium (a town made famous by the children’s story “A Dog of Flanders”), she’s ready at a moment’s notice to help patrons and employees alike.

Q: You’ve had many responsibilities at the library. What was your first job here?

Indie book buzz

Recently I attended a fantastic presentation for librarians hosted by the Association of American Publishers covering forthcoming independent books.  The event highlighted titles by over 20 smaller, independent publishers (i.e. not the "Big Six": HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster) and was particularly useful because we librarians might miss some of these less-publicized yet truly worthwhile books.

Here is my idiosyncratic list of a few nonfiction titles that caught my eye, and might catch yours.

Dr. Henry Giroux to speak at library on May 18

On the evening of Friday, May 18, at 7, the library will present a special lecture on "The Crisis of Youth in the Age of Disposability" by Dr. Henry Giroux, a renowned cultural critic and a prolific author who has published over 40 books and more than 300 articles on culture and media studies, education and political theory.