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Author: Erica

Erica Bess is currently Assistant Director at Princeton Public Library, having joined the library in 2011 as Head of Adult Services. She has a passion for customer service, lifelong learning, and connecting others to ideas, information, and resources. As the mom of a curious, strong-willed, and sassy toddler, she enjoys blogging about the experiences of reading and discovery through the lens of her daughter.

Searching for the perfect gift?


It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for book lovers! As 2017 nears its end, book reviewers are starting to release their “best of” lists for titles published in the past 12 months. And the timing couldn’t be better. If you are in search of the perfect book to give to your loved ones […]

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Past and present


Last month, PBS debuted the highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed documentary film series, “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Broken into 10 episodes and running 18 hours, the series offers nearly 80 interviews that present a variety of first-hand perspectives through archival footage, photographs, and recordings. The project, which took 10 years and […]

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Getting to brighter days


For many, the challenges of life are what make the day exciting; for others, those same challenges can seem dreadfully insurmountable. While the quest for that ever-elusive answer to why things are the way they are can be debilitating at times, maybe comfort comes in knowing that you are not alone. The Princeton community is filled with resources to support you and those you care about when facing struggles of mental illness, grief, loss, and other hardships.

Second floor sneak peek


Demo and drilling and duct work, oh my! It’s been about a month since construction began on 2Reimagine, which is estimated to take six to eight months to complete. The most popular question we have received since the stairwell partition was built is: “How’s the renovation going?” Here’s a sneak peak of what the second […]

1,000 Reasons to read


Last year, my daughter and I signed up to participate in the library's early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program, designed to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, encourages parents to bond with their children through shared reading experiences and provides structure and incentive for reaching the 1,000-book goal.

Reimagining great


In "The Great Good Place," author Ray Oldenburg writes of the places we go – the coffee shops, community centers, taverns, salons, cafes – that encourage informal, public gathering. The places where people get to know each other and develop a sense of innate belonging. They are the "third places," the ones aside from home (first) and work (second) where we choose to spend our time.

A lifelong love


As a child, I adored every opportunity I had to visit my neighborhood library. It was the first place my parents allowed me to go by myself, and I would take every advantage of that freedom to ride my bike the few blocks to my favorite destination. Then, I would race to the children's section, select enough books to last seven days, and when my pile became too heavy to carry home, agonize over which ones to leave behind.

What should I read next?


There are few things librarians enjoy more than connecting readers with characters that resonate, storylines that entertain, and information that enlightens. "What should I read next?" is a question that PPL staff receive often, and it's one of our favorite challenges. In addition to making suggestions to you from our own knowledge, reviews, word-of-mouth, and other research, we also rely on a tool that captures the collective recommending power of all librarians who love to read – LibraryReads.

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.

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?"

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