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This Week(end) at Virtual Princeton Public Library

As we wrap up Week 2.0 of Virtual PPL, I want to assure you that, while you can’t see them, our staff is still hard at work providing virtual services. Our Adult Services librarians are providing digital reference services and, on the Virtual Third Floor, Youth Services staff are hard at work on a host of new initiatives they’ll be launching in the coming days.

Work continues on longer-term projects such as the refresh of our mobile app, which was under way when we had to close the doors. Staff are making calls to our regular customers and donors just to see how they are faring at this unprecedented time. In short, Princeton Public Library continues to redefine library services, whether provided online or in our physical space.

Most significantly, work continues seven days a week on princetoncovid.org, our collaborative project with the municipality and the schools to provide verified information from trusted institutional sources about this new reality. Please be sure to check out the Just For Kids and Library Curated sections, which offer a wealth of digital resources for those who are flattening the curve by staying at home. We’re all in this together.

The library building is closed, but staff is here to help Find us from 9-5 on weekdays, (Thursdays until 7 p.m.) by chat Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and content.

A  SUGGESTION TO PASS THE TIME:

The Great Courses  - You can access to The Great Courses, college-level audio or video lessons for life-long learning, free with your library card: Watch them on Kanopy with unlimited plays. Listen to them on Hoopla.

 

 

 

This Weekend AT VIRTUAL PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY

We hope you are all well and adjusting to life during this emergency. For the good of the community, we made the difficult decision to close the doors to the library last week. Since then, our staff has remained hard at work. We were asked by Mayor Liz Lempert and Superintendent of Schools Steve Cochrane to spearhead a single repository of local information related to COVID-19 and the result is the website princetoncovid.org, which went live on Tuesday. It contains a wealth of information, including content curated by our staff. Please check it out.

While we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, this is the perfect time to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with our digital collections of books, audiobooks, magazines, films and music available free for library cardholders. We will continue to send occasional emails to highlight stay-at-home resources in and out of town. Stay healthy, practice social distancing and remember: We’re all in this together.

Ebooks and Audiobooks
 
Libby/Overdrive offers a curated collection of ebooks and audiobooks with a focus on quality selections that meet the diverse reading and listening preferences of the Princeton community. While there is a limit to the number of items checked out, Overdrive is offering a free simultaneous use ebook collection
 
Hoopla provides immediate access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and popular music available for mobile and/or desktop use. 
 
RBDigital is a collection of audiobooks for all ages provided by Recorded Books LLC.
 
RomanceBookCloud offers an extensive collection of steamy romance novels for adults. 
 
AudioBookCloud is a collection of streaming audiobooks with unlimited remote access. 
 
TeenBookCloud features ebooks and educator resources for middle and high school students, offering over 1000 titles in a variety of formats.
 
Film Resources
 
Kanopy is a video streaming service that offers a broad selection of quality documentaries and feature films from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, and more.
 
Kanopy also has a free movie collection for the next 30 days with no limits on checkouts. 
 
With Access Video on Demand, choose from over 30,000 educational titles in many subject areas related to the humanities and social sciences.
 
 
Magazines/Newspapers
 
Library card holders have free access to over 11,000 magazines including The New Yorker, Kiplinger’s, The New York Review of Books, and so many more through RBDigital Magazines.
 
Your library card also gives you complete access to The New York Times. Contact us to receive a code that provides 72-hour access. You may reuse the code repeatedly to get continued coverage. 
 
Homework Help
 
Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and more with Brainfuse. Users can submit homework questions for expert guidance.
 
 
Research Databases
 
You’ll find a wide array of resources to dig into on our database page. Popular ones include Value Line Investment Survey, Oxford English Dictionary, NoveList Plus, the New York Times Archive and more. 
 
 
Online classes
 
Creativebug features over 1000 art and craft video classes including drawing, painting, cake decorating, and more.
 
Want to learn how to create a podcast? Brush up on your photography skills? Try Lynda.com for a vast library of video tutorials, ranging from developing business skills to marketing and music.
 
Mango Languages, MUZZY, Rosetta Stone are all accessible with your library card if you’re interested in learning a language. 
 

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