• Reading analog and digital

    Reading analog and digital

    One of the questions I frequently answer is, “Do you like ebooks or print?” Usually, by intonation or strategically timed body language (rolling their eyes, pinching their nostrils, pantomiming gagging), the questioner makes it clear whether they are a Hatfield or McCoy. Am I a sentimental Flat Earth Luddite tree slayer? Or a techno futurist barbarian incapable of understanding that a phone is for making calls? Well, gee, when you put it that way — can I be both?

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00am
  • Second floor sneak peek

    Demo and drilling and duct work, oh my! It's been about a month since construction began on 2Reimagine, which is estimated to take six to eight months to complete. The most popular question we have received since the stairwell partition was built is: "How's the renovation going?" Here's a sneak peak of what the second floor looks like so far, courtesy of the GoPro cam situated next to our Tower Room, which is directly above the library's first floor main entrance.

    Friday, August 12, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • A Princeton walkabout

    A Princeton walkabout

    I am always on the lookout for ways to incorporate technology into my everyday life. It seems a bit odd to say that these days, knowing that most folks have the complete opposite problem of trying to disconnect from their electronic lives. As I look out at the sea of customers in the library or at eateries such as Small World, I notice that all eyes are riveted on the screens in front of them. People on the street walk along, looking down at the phones in their hands, stumbling off curbs and out into traffic, paying no attention at all to the world around them.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 5:51pm
  • Book buzz: selections from a non-fiction lunchbox

    Book buzz: selections from a non-fiction lunchbox

    As daily news of violence unfolds, the question of what we're doing and what we leave behind seems to loom ever larger. I'm hungry for order, logic, beauty, looking for understanding. Poet Mary Ruefle writes, "Someone reading a book is a sign of order in the world." Exploring other voices and wanting to stay based in reality, my own reading choices have veered to non-fiction. My reading lunchbox this summer has a mixed bag of author goodies selected, arranged and presented like a book bento.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Extraordinary light

    Extraordinary light

    Summer once ignited thoughts of lazy beach days, great adventures, and endless pockets of time. As a parent, summer has become an extension of the ever crowded school calendar. Chiseling in the breaks becomes part of the hectic job description of a working mom (an oxymoron, I know). Recently, one of those breaks came in the form of a walk in the woods on the grounds behind my daughter's day camp.

    Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 1:40pm
  • The librarian and the lever

    The librarian and the lever

    We are sometimes asked why we do not have a particular item in the collection, or, when every copy in the collection is checked out to other cardholders, why we do not have enough copies to always have one available. This can be a difficult question to answer, because every library deals somewhat differently with the constraints on the funds it can use to acquire new material, the space it can use to display and store its collection, and its ability to coordinate the cataloging and processing of new additions.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 6:00am
  • First floor changes

    First floor changes

    Like everyone else at the library I'm excited by the upcoming renovation of the second floor. The floor was recently closed and construction will begin shortly. The rest of the library will remain open as much as possible during the renovation and we have put a lot of thought into how to incorporate many of our second floor services and collections onto the first floor. Our goal is to give you the excellent service you expect.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 3:13pm
  • Recipe for change

    Recipe for change

    Tick. Tick. Tick. The hands of the clock are moving closer and closer to the dinner hour, begging the question, what should I make tonight? I always wait until the last minute and then have to rush. Should I try something new or fall back on an old favorite? However, I'm tired of most of my tried and true recipes and have decided it is time to freshen up my repertoire.

    Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:31pm
  • 1,000 reasons to read

    1,000 reasons to read

    Last year, my daughter and I signed up to participate in the library's early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program, designed to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, encourages parents to bond with their children through shared reading experiences and provides structure and incentive for reaching the 1,000-book goal.

    Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:48pm
    books, children's books
  • My kind of town

    My kind of town

    Every year, thousands of book industry insiders converge for Book Expo America, the publishing trade show to discover what's trending in the land of literature; it's a place to mingle with authors, colleagues, and vendors. The change of location from New York's Javits Center to Chicago's McCormick Place lent a new vibrancy to the show, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It also gave me the opportunity to discover that Chicago really is my kind of town. 

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 2:13pm
    BEA, Book Expo, books
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