May 2012

Local delight

If you haven’t visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton lately, you really should. My family and I visited recently after a couple of years, and WOW what a wonderful delight! Also delightful is that, if you have a Princeton Public Library card, you can reserve a museum pass and get free admission for four people. Be warned, though, it is our most popular pass. You can reserve the pass up to 90 days in advance.

Magazines to check out

Have you visited the second floor magazine collection lately? Have you searched the catalog for magazines? You can now browse the collection in Bibbliocommons, put magazines on hold, and best of all, check them out! As of May 7th, customers can check out most of our 300 titles, including our 2012 issues, except for the current issue.

Recommended listening

Last semester my husband, a student at Rutgers, had the exciting opportunity to take a class with English professor Sophie Gee at Princeton University. While we are both interested in her academic title, “Making Waste: Leftovers and the Eighteenth Century Imagination,” I was drawn more immediately to her novel, “The Scandal of the Seaso

Tools for lifelong learners

Learning is one of life's greatest joys. Think about a baby learning to take first steps. Applause, photographs, maybe even a few happy tears - they are all a part of the experience and show that learning can be momentous, life-altering, and lead to greater things. Whether you are hoping to improve in school, expand your workplace skills, or discover new interests, here are some free tools to help guide you in your lifelong journey of learning.

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.

Finding DVDs off the beaten racks

Are you caught up on the latest action-movie blockbusters, bromance comedies and episodes of “Mad Men?” Are you looking for something new (or new to you) to watch? Consider these fresh additions and screen gems from recent years in our feature film DVD collection. Here’s a list I made in Bibliocommons of 10 feature films for your playlist.

Phones are the future

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the world's first telephone call. The first rotary phones were used in 1919. Touch tone phones were developed in 1961. The first cellular phone call was made in 1973. The first generation iPhone was released in 2007. And soon, you may find an entirely new type of phone - one which runs a computer!

Princeton is rich with treasure

There are many kinds of treasure and Princeton is rich with many of them. But, among the most precious of these are the living treasures. The people who share their exceptional knowledge, their art, their experiences make this town one of the richest and most desirable in the country (we also like to brag).  

Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore'

I have always been an Edgar Allan Poe fan. I have read all his works, researched his life, and visited his homes in Philadelphia and Baltimore. My interest in Poe knows no bounds.