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January top 5 for under 5


We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families.  Story time with Jeff Local musician and actor Jeff Trainor may be a familiar name to the town’s under-5 set for his weekly story […]


Community partner spotlight: McCarter Theatre Center


This year, the library, like many other institutions, has had to reconsider its core values and find new ways to serve the community. One of the biggest lessons many have found is that we go farther when we work together.   At a time when we cannot necessarily visit our friends and family or welcome […]

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December top 5 for under 5


We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources, and new books in the library collection for children ages birth to five years old and their families. The Gift of Books 2020: Picture Books and Early Readers There isn’t a more perfect gift for a young child (or anyone!) […]


A kind of paradise


“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges As librarians, we’re natural-born readers who eat, sleep and breathe books. So, it should come as no surprise that the library where we work feels more like a cozy home, surrounded by our favorite things, rather than a job. […]

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Community partner spotlight: Mayor Liz Lempert


A group of people watching the Mayor of Princeton cut a blue ribbon to open the second floor of the library.

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Mayor Liz Lempert, as she winds down eight years of service as a mayor, to talk about some of the work she has done with the library […]

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Native American Heritage Month


Local Autumn scene

As we move into November and tune personal thoughts to our 2020 harvest celebrations, this month we also commemorate the heritage and history of the native peoples of North America. We’re featuring a selection of poetry, memoirs, history, and fiction from our collections, as well as related links to elibrary resources  and Indigenous People’s Day […]


November top 5 for under 5


We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. And don’t forget, Youth Services staff are once again available for in-person recommendations and encourage families to visit us on the newly reopened […]


Getting down to business


Interested in starting a business? Or, looking for resources for an existing business? It can be difficult to know where to begin. The good news is that libraries have been helping business communities for years. The Princeton Public Library is no exception. Alongside our robust collection of books, and our longstanding partnership with SCORE Princeton, […]

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Bridging the past, present, and future


My grandfather’s cousin Jack was incredibly focused when it came to genealogy. Working in the pre-internet days, he traveled, called, wrote letters, and faxed to dig up records from the U.S. and across Europe to fill in as much of his family tree as he could. He filled a bin full of binders that contained […]

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Community partner spotlight: Shakespeare and Company Project


To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, the “Shakespeare and Company Project,” a digital humanities initiative at Princeton University, is in the spotlight. Not surprisingly, the library works with the many different entities within Princeton University. We […]

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Why bother voting?


Vote Pin on a White Sweater

I mentioned to a friend the other day that I’ll be voting in a new district this year, since I recently moved. I was a bit surprised when he told me he has never voted before. When I inquired as to why, he shared that he doesn’t like getting involved in politics; it’s too contentious. […]

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October top 5 for under 5


We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Also, don’t forget to come visit us in the Community Room during the library’s express service hours! Storytelling Math Series Check out […]


Learn a new language this fall


Life during the pandemic can feel uneven. Some of us are busier than ever, while others have more time on our hands than before, whether it’s because of reduced work hours, nonexistent commutes, or canceled social activities. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep a hopeful perspective on the future is to learn […]

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Welcoming and building community


What makes a community? What makes a community welcoming? And what makes it resilient? There must be space for joy. For the last four years the Department of Human Services and the library have joined with local community members and organizations to celebrate Welcoming Week, an initiative of Welcoming America.  As we considered Welcoming Week 2020 […]

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