November top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children up to 5 years old and their families. And don’t forget, Youth Services staff are once again available for in-person recommendations and encourage families to visit us on the newly reopened […]

Getting down to business

Interested in starting a business? Or, looking for resources for an existing business? It can be difficult to know where to begin. The good news is that libraries have been helping business communities for years. The Princeton Public Library is no exception. Alongside our robust collection of books, and our longstanding partnership with SCORE Princeton, […]

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Bridging the past, present, and future

My grandfather’s cousin Jack was incredibly focused when it came to genealogy. Working in the pre-internet days, he traveled, called, wrote letters, and faxed to dig up records from the U.S. and across Europe to fill in as much of his family tree as he could. He filled a bin full of binders that contained […]

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Community partner spotlight: Shakespeare and Company Project

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, the “Shakespeare and Company Project,” a digital humanities initiative at Princeton University, is in the spotlight. Not surprisingly, the library works with the many different entities within Princeton University. We […]

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Why bother voting?

I mentioned to a friend the other day that I’ll be voting in a new district this year, since I recently moved. I was a bit surprised when he told me he has never voted before. When I inquired as to why, he shared that he doesn’t like getting involved in politics; it’s too contentious. […]

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October top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources and new books in the library collection for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Also, don’t forget to come visit us in the Community Room during the library’s express service hours! Storytelling Math Series Check out […]

Learn a new language this fall

Life during the pandemic can feel uneven. Some of us are busier than ever, while others have more time on our hands than before, whether it’s because of reduced work hours, nonexistent commutes, or canceled social activities. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep a hopeful perspective on the future is to learn […]

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Welcoming and building community

What makes a community? What makes a community welcoming? And what makes it resilient? There must be space for joy. For the last four years the Department of Human Services and the library have joined with local community members and organizations to celebrate Welcoming Week, an initiative of Welcoming America.  As we considered Welcoming Week 2020 […]

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September top 5 for under 5

We invite you to take advantage of this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities and resources for children ages birth to five years old and their families. With the library’s print collection now available for check out again, as well as browsing of new books in the Community Room during express service hours, a few […]

Welcome chapter 3

As we sit on the precipice of the reopening of schools and other organizations, it can feel unnerving, yet exhilarating. The notion of returning to old routines, routines etched as deeply and pronounced as rings in a tree, marking both age and time, seems like an abstract idea. How do we get back on track? […]

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Community partner spotlight: Historical Society of Princeton

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is in the spotlight. The library and the Historical Society of Princeton collaborate on programs and projects designed to enrich the lives of our […]

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Reading the world

The Christmas when I was 12, my uncle gave my mother the audiobook tapes of “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt as a gift in our family exchange. She may have listened to the first tape once, but otherwise I don’t think she ever heard them, because I stole them away almost immediately. I began listening […]

August top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s Youth Services recommendations for activities and resources for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Now that the library’s print collection is available for check out again (hooray!), a few recently published picture book recommendations are also included. La Hora de Cuentos / Spanish […]

Down the rabbit hole

Almost everyone is guilty of falling into an online rabbit hole at some point or another. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed my online behavior going from entering rabbit holes to carving out full rabbit burrows. Instead of a few hours following a trail, I’ve started to spend days or weeks linking one idea […]

Stay cool and tune into virtual summer reading programs

We are more than half way through 2020 and a good part of the way through the summer. As some activities and businesses slowly open up, remember that you can continue to connect virtually with the librarians at Princeton Public Library through upcoming adult summer reading programming. If you haven’t yet participated in any of […]

Community partner spotlight: Arts Council of Princeton

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with many municipal, non-profit and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town.  This month Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) is in the spotlight.  I have observed many things during this time of quarantine that surprised me, but perhaps the most surprising is how attached I […]

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The handwritten word

I’ve always considered myself an introvert, placing value in my time alone. But during our new norm consisting of self-isolation and social distancing, I’ve found myself reaching out to others, craving conversation and social interaction. We are lucky today because we have so many formats in which we can talk to or even see our […]

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July top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s recommendations for activities and resources for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Even though the library’s physical building remains temporarily unavailable, and all in-person gatherings and events are cancelled until further notice, we still have plenty of suggestions to fill your days.  Super […]

Sounds of music

For the last three months, we’ve lived through adjusting to confinement and social distancing. In the new normal brought by New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions, sharing music has brought some light and relief to many of our days. We’re missing local music scenes and professional concerts, but the silver lining could well be all of the […]

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Becoming anti-racist

To the Princeton Community: As outrage grew over the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,  Princeton Public Library issued a pledge: we would redouble our efforts around racial literacy. Now that we’ve had additional time to mourn and reflect, and witness the police killing of Rayshard Brooks, we […]

Act now with summer reading

The end of the school year is typically a time marked by graduations and new beginnings; promises of a better future than what came before. While this year feels starkly different than any we’ve previously encountered, there are some things that, thankfully, remain the same. At the core of the library is the belief that […]

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Community partner spotlight: Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association

One of the biggest benefits of serving as the community engagement coordinator for the library is getting to know so many people who are doing really great work in Princeton. Fostering community engagement in a place that has long seen itself as the “community’s living room,” continues to be an opportunity to explore what makes a […]

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June top 5 for under 5

We invite you to check out this month’s recommendations for activities and resources for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Even though the library’s physical building remains temporarily unavailable, and all in-person gatherings and events are cancelled until further notice, we still have plenty of suggestions to fill your days.  Summer […]

Job seeking tools for uncertain times

Looking for a new job, or thinking about a career change, can be both exciting and terrifying. About three and a half years ago, I was in the middle of deciding if I should change careers and go back to school to become a librarian. Once the decision was made and school was underway, it […]

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Brighter days are beyond the stacks

The stay-at-home orders have been in place for close to two months and, in a way, it feels like it is only the beginning of a new reality. I worry about my health and safety of those close to me. I’m nervous to go to the grocery store and wonder if they will even have […]

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Held together with thread

Many of us now have the opportunity to explore new hobbies or get back in touch with old ones. Sewing clothes has been a creative and tactile outlet for me for quite some time. There’s complex thinking and problem solving involved when coaxing one piece into the correct position with another, and then getting everything […]

May top 5 for under 5

Our “Top 5 for Under 5” monthly blog post typically includes highlights of upcoming events at the library and around town, as well as new picture books that have just arrived in the library, all recommended for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Even though the library’s physical book collection is […]

Your voice matters

We are all living through a strange and uncertain time. Most things about our lives have completely changed, from work routines to grocery store trips to family life. Are you keeping track of these changes by keeping a journal or photo-documenting? Each of our experiences of this time are unique and important. What was it […]

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Making the most of our digital collections

It’s clear that one of the things that keeps us connected in this time of quarantine and distancing is our love of, and reliance on, stories. It’s often books, but it’s also TV and movies, podcasts and comics, and those funny short videos that pop up on social media about the excuses you can make […]

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Library works

Virtual Princeton Public Library is open. While our building is off-limits for the community and staff, the business of the library moves along, with staff planning online events, curating digital collections, providing research assistance, and recommending reads. We aim to stay connected. In these homebound days, work is done on time we carve out of […]

April top 5 for under 5

Our “Top 5 for Under 5” monthly blog post typically includes highlights of upcoming events at the library and around town, as well as new picture books that have just arrived in the library, all recommended for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Even though the library’s physical book collection is […]

Processing time

We watched from a distance. Wuhan, China. Italy. Nearly impossible for most Americans to imagine unless you were paying attention. Attention to the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s. Attention, even, to plot lines from particular novels – “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, “Severance” by Ling Ma, or “The Stand” by Stephen King. […]

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Queen of the Negro Leagues

These last few years have been filled with inspirational female voices. From the Women’s March and #MeToo, to political powerhouses like Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton, women have made it clear that their opinions matter and they intend to be heard.  I learned from Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, and Rosalind Franklin. I devoured […]

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Navigating COVID-19 uncertainty

When there is a lot of uncertainty in the world, it can be challenging to know where to turn or how to recognize that what you are reading, seeing, or hearing is accurate. Find comfort in knowing that the library is a trusted source to help you navigate through and connect to high-quality information. This […]

March top 5 for under 5

Check out this month’s recommendations for upcoming events at the library and around town, and new picture books for children up to age 5 and their families, curated by the Youth Services department.  Happy Hands Storytime This six-week special story time session for children ages 6 months to 5 years is in the Story Room […]

So many library books, so little time

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes get a little over-ambitious when it comes to checking out books from the library. You’re browsing the catalog, trying to find a new cookbook to bring home, and before you know it, you’ve put ten different things on hold–five cookbooks, a beautiful children’s graphic novel, a non-fiction book […]

Help illuminate history

How are archival materials made discoverable by researchers and the public online? One way that some archives are working to expand access to their digitized archival collections is by crowdsourcing transcription work. Transcribing can be a lengthy and costly process for archives, so some are choosing to open some collections up for members of the […]

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Community partner spotlight: League of Women Voters

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with many municipal, non-profit and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month the League of Women Voters (LWV) is in the spotlight. We spoke with Cindy Gordon who shared that February 14 is not only a celebration of love and Frederick Douglass, but […]

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This too shall pass

Am I good enough? What’s wrong with me? These questions, along with constant nervousness, stem from the paralyzing anxiety I deal with every day. Social situations can prove to be difficult and worrying about the smallest task is all too common. Struggling with anxiety is no easy task. It can cause me to lose focus, […]

February top 5 for under 5

Check out this month’s recommendations for upcoming events at the library and around town, and new picture books for children up to age 5  and their families, curated by the Youth Services department.  Chinese New Year Celebration  Come celebrate the Year of the Rat! On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Princeton High […]

Getting your house in order

It might be comforting to know that hundreds of thousands of people are, at this very moment, spending time gathering documents to prepare their tax forms before this year’s deadline. For some, this annual ritual is accompanied by a strong desire to become better organized and more in tune with their personal financial situation than […]

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Community partner spotlight: Princeton University Press

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with many municipal, non-profit and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month Princeton University Press (PUP) is in the spotlight. We are fortunate to have such a well regarded and community-minded press just up the road from the library. The collaboration between PUP […]

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Finding our way

It can be easy to get lost in the doldrums in the winter, in the midst of grey skies and dismal newscasts. Pushing oneself out the door, one foot in front of the other, can feel like an insurmountable task. My daughter and I have been in the doldrums these days. It’s been a rough […]

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January top 5 for under 5

Check out this month’s recommendations for upcoming events at the library and around town, and new picture books, curated by Youth Services department staff, for children up to 5 years and their families. Musical Tots Storytime Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation in […]

Engage Princeton

Mary Oliver’s “The Summer Day,” ends with the question, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?” The library wants to empower you to find the answer with our new community resource guide, EngagePrinceton.org. The website features three main sections: About Us, Event and Community Resources. The Community […]

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December top 5 for under 5

Check out this month’s recommendations for upcoming events at the library and around town, and new picture books for children up to 5 years old and their families, curated by the Youth Services department.  Friends Of the Library Children’s Book Sale Don’t miss this one-day gently used book sale presented by the Friends of Princeton […]

Read your way to resolutions

Are you already contemplating resolutions for next year? I’m just wrapping my head around the close of this decade, and with that, considering what I might try to change for the 2020s. If, like me, you are not quite prepared to commit, why not prepare yourself by reading books about your anticipated resolutions? What more […]

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Community partner spotlight: jaZams

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with many of the municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, jaZams is in the spotlight and we spoke with owners Joanne Farrugia and Dean Smith to learn more about this partnership. There are many reasons why the library is […]

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