• Library magic

    Library magic

    Have you ever wondered about the technology we use to check out the items you borrow from the library? Maybe these questions have crossed your mind: Is it a barcode scanner? Magic? Telekinesis? Witchcraft? The answer is actually RFID technology, which is short for “radio frequency identification.”  

    Monday, May 11, 2015 - 1:00pm
    checkouts, RFID, self-check
  • Expect joy

    Expect joy

    There's a maternal buzz around the office. A trio of expectant moms who work at the library are all due to have their first child within the next few months. Shared stories, flashbacks and recognition from those of us who have been through the ups and downs of a first pregnancy fill the sporadic lulls of our office days. Certain life events are universal with cliches that ring true. "Your life will never be the same." "You won't believe how fast it goes." "You'll never know how much one heart can hold."

    Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00am
    books, mothers
  • Celebrating National Children's Book Week

    Celebrating National Children's Book Week

    National Children's Book Week, the nation's longest-running literature initiative, is celebrated during the first full week of May each year. Launched by Boy Scouts of America librarian Franklin K. Matthiews, who believed that children's books and literacy are life changers, the week is marked by events from coast to coast.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:07pm
    books, children's books
  • Opera for beginners

    Opera for beginners

    For many, the world of opera is a mystery, often viewed as old fashioned, boring and incomprehensible. These stereotypes are absolutely not true. Opera can be beautiful and exciting, with moving stories and complex, funny, lovable characters. Try something new and borrow some recommended titles from our opera collection to expand your horizons. 

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00am
    CDs, DVD collection, music, opera
  • Michael Graves: an everyday treasure

    Michael Graves: an everyday treasure

    Crossing Witherspoon Street from the library, the shiny blue tiled Arts Council of Princeton building beckons, a Graves design. Scattered in rooms throughout my home, there’s a small but mighty collection of beautiful everyday objects, practical to use, pleasing to view and to handle. I live with the gift of Michael Graves’ creativity every day. Not a day goes by without my taking a moment to appreciate this man’s work.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:03am
  • Musical favorites

    Musical favorites

    April 18 was Record Store Day and I was fortunate enough to spend part of it in an actual record store. Yes, they still exist. Vinyl might currently be the hippest of all music media, but we still have plenty of surface-noise free CDs at the library. As the library's buyer of music CDs, I want to share with you a few of my idiosyncratic favorites from the recent past:

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00am
    CDs, Favorites, music
  • A day at the museum

    A day at the museum

    There are few things more stunning and iconic than the Blue Whale at New York's American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Created from 21,000 pounds of fiberglass and measuring 94 feet long, the whale is the centerpiece of the world-renowned institution and is a must-see for the millions of people that visit every year.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:00am
  • #PPLTech


    The library's technology instructors are a talented group who are experts in the topics they teach. They come from a variety of backgrounds including librarians, a private school technology teacher, a college level information technology instructor, media specialists in private industry and at an Ivy League school, and a social media consultant. Always enthusiastic to show the public what new trends are emerging, the instructors frequently develop new classes.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6:00am
    tech classes
  • Admission prices

    Admission prices

    That there are 15 people on the hold list for Frank Bruni's new book, "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania" is not surprising to me. If anything, I would have expected the number to be much higher.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:29pm
  • Staff spotlight: Seth Berens

    Staff spotlight: Seth Berens

    In continuation of our popular "Get to Know Us" blog posts, I caught up with Princeton Public Library staffer Seth Berens for an interview, looking to get the scoop on his time spent both in and out of the library. Seth works full time in the Lending Services department on the first floor where he oversees check-in of materials, processes missing and damaged items and assists customers, among other tasks. If you visit the first floor checkout desk or use the self-checkout stations you've probably seen him around!

    Monday, April 13, 2015 - 9:23am
    interview, library staff, Q&A
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