• The tax clock is ticking

    The tax clock is ticking

    Have you put off preparing your tax returns? It's not too late. Appointments at the library with AARP tax volunteers are still available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The volunteers will be on hand at the library to prepare and file your personal New Jersey and/or federal tax returns.

    Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:43pm
    aarp, programs, taxes
  • Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

    Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

    "An Untamed State" by Roxane Gay begins as any fairy tale would, with, "Once upon a time, in a far-off land..." And, the expanse between it, and any fairy tale with which you are familiar, is wider than anything you can imagine. Gay takes the Brothers Grimm to an entirely new level.

    Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:49am
  • Christopher Reeve Theater and Dramatic Arts Collection: A hidden gem

    Christopher Reeve Theater and Dramatic Arts Collection: A hidden gem

    Actors, writers, students and anyone with an interest in the performing arts will find a treasure trove of books in the library's Quiet Room. The books make up the Christopher Reeve Theater and Dramatic Arts Collection, created in honor of the actor, director, writer and activist who grew up in Princeton and attended Princeton Day School.

    Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:02am
    books, collection
  • Battle of the books

    Battle of the books

    While March Madness is now down to the final four, thing are just heating up in Youth Services. Between now and April 8, come on up to the third floor, where you may vote in our “brackets” for the champion of the 2015 Battle of the Books. Our staff chose 32 of their favorite picture books, both classics and newer titles, and we’re putting them up for a vote.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:15pm
  • True confessions of a readers' advisor

    True confessions of a readers' advisor

    People often ask for reading recommendations whether I'm on the job or off. It's part of my job description as a readers' services librarian. I haven't read every book I've suggested. For some, it's hard to fathom that you'd be able to suggest a book when you haven't even cracked the cover. Discovery, detective work, serendipity, daily conversations with readers, as well as diligent reading and keeping a close eye on publishing trends are the key ingredients to successful recommendations.

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00am
  • Learn to blog on spring break

    Learn to blog on spring break

    The library has several upcoming opportunities for middle school student to put their screen time toward something new. During the week of March 30, we are offering sessions for building a blog site. Middle school students will build a Wordpress website on a topic of their choice. Each session will include instruction, as well as hands-on experimentation. Session topics include planning your site, WordPress basics, incorporating pictures and other media, and more.

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:00am
    tech classes
  • Read The New Yorker on your iPad

    Read The New Yorker on your iPad

    Since 2013, the library has offered access to Zinio, our digital collection of over 70 popular magazine titles, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic Interactive, Shape, Newsweek, and Food Network Magazine.  Zinio magazines can easily be viewed on a computer or downloaded to a mobile device, free, with your library card.

    For the past couple of years, the most popular question we have received about Zinio has been, "What about The New Yorker?"

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 6:00am
    elibrary, magazines, zinio
  • Collection development FAQs

    Collection development FAQs

    As Collection Development Coordinator, I occasionally get asked questions relating to the materials we collect here at the library. For anyone interested, I've compiled some of the more frequently asked question below. One question that is not often asked is "what is collection development?" The answer: It is just library-speak for purchasing anything that goes into our collections including books, DVDs, CDs, and electronic content.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00am
    books, collections, library
  • Local Author Day 2015 coming this fall

    Local Author Day 2015 coming this fall

    Local Author Day is an annual event that promotes established and emerging local literary talents. The day begins with workshops for writers, published or not, and is followed by a book fair from 1-4 p.m. where the authors interact with the public and sell and sign their books. Select authors also read excepts of their work during the event.

    Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:16am
  • Tech apps for learners

    Tech apps for learners

    A question I am asked frequently on the Youth Services desk is whether I can recommend any assistive technology apps. There are several that caught my eye recently, and when I tried them, I was impressed with the continued development of these types of applications. Many people, both young and old, would benefit greatly from using these simple programs. All the following apps are intuitive and easy to use. Some have a nominal fee, and others are free.

    Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:42am
    apps, Youth Services
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