One of the most treasured memories I have of my grandparents is when my grandfather would read the Sunday paper to my grandmother. He had been reading the paper to her for over ten years, ever since she developed macular degeneration, eventually rendering her completely blind. She also listened to books-on-tape sent to her by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program managed by The Library of Congress. I can still remember the large, archaic tape recorder meant for listening to the tapes.
John LeMasney, a technologist, consultant and designer-developer, has become one the library's valued instructors, teaching classes like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Evernote, and more. He has gained a bit of a following and reputation for being someone to ask for anything computer-related. Lucky for us, John has agreed to share his top five tips for making your computer faster and more organized.
It's no secret. Princeton is an extraordinary place for high quality education at all levels. Preschool is no exception. With well over twenty schools offering Preschool and Pre-K programs in Princeton municipality alone, parents have a wealth of options for their child's first school experience. The choices can be overwhelming. Where to begin?
As Princeton continues to swelter through this summer’s seemingly interminable heat, it's sometimes too hot to do any real work. So, like any good southerner, I did what we do best during the heat, which is get a cold beverage (iced coffee is a good substitute if no decent sweet tea can be found) and shoot the breeze with my fellow librarians. Of course, being librarians, our talk quickly turned to books and the always knotty question of what makes a good young adult (YA) book.
Last week I had to say goodbye to my truck. Like any beloved member of a family, my truck had a name (Emily, Emiliana, Emsers, etc, depending on my mood) and a long history. A college graduation gift from my father, she and I have driven everywhere together: Chicago, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York City, and countless trips back and forth to my home in Alabama. She has moved me and my friends.
One of the first things that I do when I visit other public libraries when I travel – and I always visit other public libraries when I travel (thank you Lebanon (NH) Public Library for letting me print my boarding passes for free!) – is to check out their children’s section. And every library, no matter how small has a space set aside for children, with low rows of attractive picture books, irresistibly cute furniture sized specifically for little ones, and sometimes even special play areas for tactile learners.
If you come to the library on Saturday, April 27, don’t be surprised to hear some French or English with a strong French accent. The Princeton Public Library, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., welcomes one of the most popular French illustrators for children: Olivier Tallec.