• It has to work

    It has to work

    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.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:19am
    bbonfield
  • Escape

    Escape

    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.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 9:30am
    ALevie
  • Built to last

    Built to last

    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.

    Monday, May 9, 2016 - 4:11pm
    TQuinn
  • By the book, library edition

    By the book, library edition

    Each Sunday, The New York Times Book Review has a column, By the Book, in which famous authors are interviewed about their reading habits, past and present. The chosen authors are asked a variety of questions, which can differ from week to week, and include ones about what is on their nightstand, what would they recommend, what's overrated, couldn't get finished, or which famous authors you would have to dinner if you could pick three.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:28pm
    GStratton
    books
  • Book buzz: families full of drama

    Book buzz: families full of drama

    There was gasoline to set a house on fire, a wronged wife, a dead husband and a sister in danger, with suspected crooked law enforcement agents and politicos galore, so nobody could be trusted. At this critical point in the story, my audiobook loan inconveniently expired. My book was deleted from my app's bookshelf, leaving me waiting in suspense while several people behind me with holds finished their borrowing and my turn came up again.

    Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:43am
    JPainter
  • 65 Words at 65 Witherspoon

    65 Words at 65 Witherspoon

    May is National Short Story Month and to celebrate, the library is looking for writers to contribute short stories. The catch? Tell us a story in exactly 65 words. From your submissions, a panel of staff members will select one story to post on a special Tumblr each day during the month of May.

    Monday, April 4, 2016 - 3:39pm
    KFriberg
  • Getting to know you

    Getting to know you

    I want to learn everything I can about Princeton. Moving to a terrific community and starting a great new job is incredibly energizing. If you have had this kind of experience, you know what I mean. You feel like your capacity to consume information has increased exponentially, as though your limbic system has tapped into a fountain of youth, and you want to drink deeply from the well.

    Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:20am
    bbonfield
  • Spring fever

    Spring fever

    Spring may be a bit early this year but that doesn't make it any less welcome here at the library. On rainy Mondays, it's helpful to reflect on the blooms that burst into life over the past week or two. Those clear days mark an ideal time to read a library book on Hinds Plaza or on our third floor terrace. I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to take a few snapshots. The lighting and subjects were so beautiful no filters or cropping seemed necessary.

     

    Monday, March 28, 2016 - 8:54am
    ALevie
    flowers, plaza, Spring, terrace
  • In the doldrums

    In the doldrums

    It's quiet here at the Welcome Desk. In this lull between customers, I have a chance to restock the displays, check out the newest books and thumb through a few professional book reviewing magazines. So why is it, with all of this lovely reading matter literally at my fingertips, can I not find anything I want to read. Nothing appeals to me at the moment. Nada. How is this even possible? It makes no sense whatsoever. I am in the (reading) doldrums.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 1:51pm
    GStratton
  • When science meets history

    When science meets history

    As the library's first Humanities Fellow, my job is to make the humanities, from literature to public policy to history, more interesting, accessible, and engaging for the public through programs, collections, and other library activities. Ever on the hunt for new ideas, the inspiration for the library's current History of Science series grew out of a conversation with my uncle.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:32pm
    hschmidl
    history, humanities, science
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