'Tis the season for gadget giving! If you attended Doug Dixon's annual roundup of tempting new gadgets at the library on Nov. 28, you probably left with a list of great tech gifts to get for others - or to add to your own wish list. If you didn't attend, read on to learn about the hot sellers this season.
Our 12-year-old is studying French at school, and as a result, she and my husband have been practicing their French conversation every night. They also decided to try to watch one French film a week. “Fantastique!” I chimed in, “Le Biblioteque avais un coleccion grand!” My daughter corrected me, “Ils ont une grande collection” she said smiling at my effort.
We are quickly approaching the end of 2012 and there is no shortage of best-books-of-the-year lists. I hope you will bear with me for a few more lists of the most popular books this past year at the Princeton Public Library. Below are four categories of the top 10 highest-circulating fiction, nonfiction, children's fiction, and children's nonfiction books.
Starting with fiction, I'm not surprised to see the list dominated by mysteries and suspense novels but I am happy to see one famous local author.
Students face many challenges as they approach leaving home and entering college. For those with disabilities and their families, these challenges and other changes (known and unknown) can be much more difficult. College learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet addresses these concerns this week (Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.) in her presentation “Preparing Students with Disabilities for College.”
When the word “digital” is used in the library or literary world, one automatically thinks of e-books, apps, e-readers, etc. While I agree that all these technologies are vital and important, I am also interested in the assistive technologies that are currently available but not frequently discussed.
Listening to books just keeps getting better. I always have at least one audiobook in progress on my “reading shelf.” Recently I’ve started borrowing audiobooks from Princeton Public Library’s OneClickDigital collection. No more shuffling CD discs in the car stereo; my phone holds my audiobooks. They travel where I go and OneClick’s new iOS, Android, and Kindle apps make it easy to play them whenever I have a moment to listen.
My third post about online accounts explains how to renew your items. Once you have logged in you will be brought to the main page of your account (see my previous post to find out how to register your account and log in for the first time).
Every four years, the community gathers at Princeton Public Library to watch the presidential election returns come in, and November 6 marked our third go-round with this tradition. More than 125 people gathered in the community room, where we tuned in to CNN to watch the vote tallies and analyze the results with our election night commentator, Ingrid Reed. At the same time, PPL staffers were busy checking Twitter feeds for early calls on each state’s results while tweeting to others in the community about what was happening at the library.