We hope you all had a very happy holiday season, and we wish you the very best in the New Year! With love, from the staff at Piscataway Public Library. The library will be closing early at 1:00pm on Friday, January 13 to give time to our staff to celebrate the season together.
New Jersey Makers Day
Are you a Piscataway resident or employee of Piscataway Township who makes, crafts, or creates? Join us at the Kennedy Library to promote your business and share your talents with the entire community on Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm. There is no charge for this opportunity to network, share and sell your crafts, and participate in this component of our NJ Makers Day celebration. Please complete an online application at www.piscatawaylibrary.org/piscatawaymakers.
All community members are enthusiastically invited to save the date for the third annual NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY! This is a statewide celebration of maker culture, tinkering and creative participation! There will be events for teens and children at both branches on Friday afternoon, activities for ALL AGES throughout the day on Saturday at Kennedy Library, and crafters sharing and selling handmade items at Kennedy Library on Sunday. Stay tuned for details about specific events.
2017 Reading Challenge
Start the year off right by stretching your reading muscles! Let us help you expand your reading horizons with our READING CHALLENGE! This fun challenge begins January 2017 and continues throughout the year.
- Read or listen to books in any language and any format
- Books must be read during the 2017 calendar year to qualify
- Have fun and get out of your comfort zone! You may just discover some new favorite genres or authors!
- Find the challenges month-by-month here: http://piscatawaylibrary.org/content/2017-adult-reading-challenge
If you'd like, as you complete each month's challenge, fill out an entry form at the Information Desk to be entered for a chance to win a small prize. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will be entered to win a grand prize at the end of the year. Write a review in the Piscataway Recommends notebook (at the Information Desk at Kennedy Library) to receive an additional entry form for that month!
Best Books of 2016
In addition to asking a librarian for recommendations or checking out our prepared printed booklists throughout the library, you can find inspiration for items to add to your "to read" pile with some of this year's round-up lists!
- National Book Awards
- 10 Best Books from 2016 selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
- 10 Best Books from 2016 selected by the Washington Post's Book World Reviewers; scroll down to find editors' picks by genre, including notable 2016 graphic novels!
- Brain Pickings' favorite children's books
- NPR's Book Concierge
- The Best Fiction Titles of 2016 as chosen by GoodReads members
- The Year's Best Audiobooks: 2016 Audie Award finalists
- A Year in Reading essays by writers such as Jacqueline Woodson and Esme Weijun Wang
What do you think? Share your own favorites today!
The Libraries of Middlesex Consortium invites you to let us know the best book you’ve read in 2016, and will feature the top picks (based on number of votes) online! Anyone can participate, and you aren't limited to books published in 2016.
Tech @ Your Fingertips
We're always open at our virtual library where you have access to your account (with card and PIN) for renewals, holds, and eBooks and eAudio, plus tons of informational and other helpful resources. In addition to all of the print content we have available, your Piscataway Library card allows you access to FREE eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming movie service. With a valid library card, you have more titles at your fingertips than you ever thought possible. If you are being denied online access for any reason, please contact the User Services Department at either branch to learn how to update your account!
Your library is ready to help you get started accessing all of our electronic collections. In 2017, our Techie Tutor will be available at both branches to help with virtually any question about using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone at scheduled times (please remember to bring your power cord!) and we also offer help with eLibrary, OverDrive, hoopla, Zinio and IndieFlix.
Check out the complete listing of computer and technology classes at Kennedy and Westergard: piscatawaylibrary.org/technologytraining.
WE HAVE WIRELESS PRINTING!
Kennedy and Westergard Libraries have free wireless internet access 24/7, and now we also have wireless printing accessible while the library is open! You can print in black and white or color from your personal laptop, smartphone or mobile device. You will connect to select wifi networks in order to access wireless printing. Standard printing costs apply. Detailed instructions can be found here.