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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like other sports fans, I often worry that watching and thinking about sports may be selfish and wasteful. I want the time I spend in the stands, watching television, reading articles, or listening to podcasts to have broader significance. I want my appreciation for sports to further my development as a moral being, critical thinker, and leader for meaningful causes.
Princeton is a wonderful place to live but even Princetonians need to get out once in awhile. The library can help our customers escape to far-off or not so far-off locales with our Travel Collection. This carefully curated collection features guidebooks, large coffee table books, and travel-writing covering every continent on Earth. I was curious to see which destinations are the most popular with our readers so I looked at the check-out statistics for our Travel books. Here are the top 10 most circulated books in the collection.
My father was 24 when the U.S. entered World War II, but he wasn't destined for battlefield glory. Nevertheless, there's a lasting tribute to his service to our country during the war. It's docked in Camden and beginning May 21, you'll be able to visit it for free, thanks to our Museum Pass program. It's the Battleship New Jersey.