June 2012

Knitting in public and social media

Princeton area knitters recently celebrated Worldwide Knit in Public Day without controversy. Witness our photos on Flickr. It's a safe bet that we'll have Ravelympians in the Community Room for the Olympic viewing sessions in July and August. Who says knitters are quiet, mousy souls? Not the U.S. Olympic Committee, apparently.

Video games at PPL

You probably know that the library has a vast selection of books, audiobooks, and DVDs for all ages...but did you know that we also have video games? In my next few posts to this blog I will highlight some of our lesser-known collections.This post was contributed by our own Network/Systems Adminstrator and video game selector Shaun Pall.

Beyond words

In the summer issue of Connections it is announced that “Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit Princeton Public Library” is the theme for the benefit that is hosted by the Friends of Princeton Public Library. It is an interesting theme and I’ve been thinking about it.

Need help with your job search?

Looking for a new job or career? Searching for the right job can be extremely stressful and time consuming. By using Princeton Public Library's Education & Careers databases, you will have additional tools to assess your career options, write a resume and cover letter, practice interview techniques and, most important, find current employment opportunities that are of interest to you. 

Turning up the heat at the Salsa Slam

On June 27th the library, in conjuction with the Princeton Farmers' Market, will be hosting Princeton's first ever "Salsa Slam," a night dedicated to all things Salsa -- food, music and dance! There will salsa to sample, dancing to watch and then join in, and salsa music played all night long. 

Get in on The Buzz

As library staff, we all love to read, are excitedly curious about new things, and are naturally inclined to share with others what we learn. And of course, we always aim to have our fingers on the pulse of what is popular and “the next big thing.” Starting today, join us every Wednesday at 11 a.m. this summer for The Buzz, a weekly, informal chat that promises to be lots of fun!

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.

For reading out loud

When you walk in or out of the library lobby this Wednesday, June 20, you will be unlikely to miss the 2012 Princeton Public Library Reading Filibuster. Staff and the public (pre-registration is encouraged) will be taking turns reading the book “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the children’s classic by Norton Juster, starting with its first page at 9:30 a.m.

iPhone app overload

As of April 6, 2012, this article on ZDNet.com reports there are over 600,000 apps available for your iPhone! Looking at mine, I only have 63 currently loaded, but I would estimate I've downloaded hundreds over the past two years, both paid and free. Overall, there are only a few apps that I use on a regular basis. Today I'll review which apps I typically use in a few different categories.


Language learning as child’s play

Learning a new language is a popular sport in Princeton, for adults as well as children. We now have a new digital kid on the block to help teach languages to children.

Muzzy has been a very popular leader in its field for years. So, it is not a new name to experts and users of language programs for children. Created by the BBC, it has been an award- winning product at the top of its game for a long time. What is new is the digital format.