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And now presenting…


When I was younger, I was painfully shy. Put me in a room full of people and you wouldn't even know I was there because an intense fear would overcome me and paralyze my ability to speak. Fast forward 15 years and I hardly recognize the younger version of myself. Standing in the presentation tent at Saturday's tenth annual Princeton Children's Book Festival as an aspiring librarian, my job was to introduce high profile authors and illustrators to a large audience that remained steady all day.


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.


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.


Can I borrow a MAC?


Last year, our Youth Services department, and specifically our Teen Center, underwent a freshening up. After reconfiguring our floor space and thinking about how it is used, we decided to purchase several MacBook PROs for afterschool use. We had been circulating e-readers and tablets, so this was a natural next step for us.

We made an initial purchase of eight laptops, and the kids went wild! We rolled out this new service a year ago and it has proven to be so popular that we recently invested in six more just to keep up with the demand.


It’s all about Roary


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Roary the lion and I am the most sought out member of the Youth Services department. Why am I so popular? Well, that’s an easy answer. I am cute, cuddly and furry and I love a good adventure. Speaking of adventures, I have had quite a few since I came to the library earlier this year. Did you know that I can visit your house too and have adventures with you?


The power of play


On any given day squeals of laughter can be heard coming from the newly refurbished “play” room in the Youth Services department. This magical room is one of the first stops that parents and caregivers make when bringing little ones to the library. Inside you’ll find a kitchen, interactive wall displays and even a yellow submarine.


First day of summer, first day of summer reading


It’s a tradition in the Youth Services department at Princeton Public Library. The first day of summer also is the first day of our summer reading programs. This summer preschoolers through teens are invited to “Dig into Reading.” The general theme of our programs and clubs will be the “underground.”


We have an app for that


Our Youth Services department has entered the 21st century in technology. Recently we added two iPads as part of our Early Literacy Initiative. These new devices are perfect for our little customers and their grown-ups and replaced our popular pre-school computers. Each day we feature an “app of the day.” These apps are bright, colorful and perfect for young children. We choose apps that are based on some of the more popular books that kids are drawn to including, books by Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton.


Beasts in the garden


One of the first things that I do when I visit other public libraries when I travel – and I always visit other public libraries when I travel (thank you Lebanon (NH) Public Library for letting me print my boarding passes for free!) – is to check out their children’s section. And every library, no matter how small has a space set aside for children, with low rows of attractive picture books, irresistibly cute furniture sized specifically for little ones, and sometimes even special play areas for tactile learners.


What’s in a name?


If you visited Youth Services on the third floor of the library over the past few weeks, you know that we were deep into voting season.  It’s not November…
Pictured is our library lion, the star of a new Youth Services program.  Over the next few weeks, we will begin lending the lion to children, encouraging them to read, write, and play creatively.  For more on the program or to indicate interest in adopting the lion for a few days, please visit our site.


An interview with book app designer Roxie Munro


In the next few weeks the Youth Services (YS) Department will be debuting two new iPads which will be dedicated to our early literacy initiatives. The YS staff has been discussing all the fabulous apps that are available and we are excited to get started with our new endeavor. This got me thinking about different devices and book apps, and what makes a great book app for children.

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