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Let’s Play!

We're finishing 2023 with something we're really proud of! This spring, PBS came to our library to film for Craft in America. The episode is titled "Play," and it's now officially streaming!

This Week in Princeton History for December 11-17

By April C. Armstrong *14 In this week’s installment in our recurring series, a visitor remarks on the number of fires that have happened in Princeton’s history, a football game is delayed when players pop the ball, and more.

The Tiger Is in the Eye of the Beholder

By April C. Armstrong *14 When Cotsen Children’s Library asked for tiger illustrations for a special event they were hosting with the Makerspace a few weeks ago, we were, of course, prepared with dozens of examples for participants to use to make stickers and buttons.

Tigers in the (Mobile) Makerspace

We do plenty of children's programs in our gallery space, but this fall we did a special event for a different demographic - Princeton University students!

Releasing Girls’ Creativity at the Emmy Zweybruck-Prochaska School in 1920s Vienna

Type two words—“creativity” and “children”—into the search bar, hit the magnifying glass icon, and watch the results cascade down the screen.   The tenor of all these hits to scholarly articles in psychology, curriculum on public television for carers, websites devoted …

This Week in Princeton History for December 4-10

In this week's installment in our recurring series, a group of students stage a rowdy protest of an anti-feminist lecture on campus, the College president places a large order of sugar, and more.

Experience Catalog Shopping in 19th-Century Germany

This post from 2018 is offered again to get you in the holiday spirit of consumption.  When you need a break clicking your way through the Christmas list on the Amazon website, try browsing this remarkable retail catalog in the …

Zippity Zebra

This zebra is so handsome and dashing...right down our story time zip line! But can he outrun the lion, who is also headed for the finish line?

This Week in Princeton History for November 27-December 3

By April C. Armstrong *14 In this week’s installment in our recurring series, Princeton’s colors are controversial, a farmer seeks help finding a poultry thief, and more. November 27, 1888—San Francisco’s Daily Evening Bulletin summarizes remarks made by David R.

This Week in Princeton History for November 20-26

By April C. Armstrong *14 In this week’s installment in our recurring series, military pilots have high praise for Princeton, an alum writes about new dangers in Paris, and more. November 20, 1830—In a fictional tale in the New York Mirror, Emma C.

Vivie Wivie Redesigns The Flapper’s Magazette: More Issues of a Child-Made Manuscript Magazine Acquired

Our favorite girl journalist resurfaced miraculously a few weeks ago, when the New Jersey antiquarian bookseller Between the Covers offered Cotsen two issues of The Flapper’s Magazine edited by “V.

When Shakespeare Came to Princeton

Princeton aficionados of Shakespeare, including me, can take satisfaction that his works have been on campus for probably as long as the University has existed in Princeton, if not before.

Once Upon New Times

Come see tales transformed at "Once Upon New Times: Reimagining Children's Classics," currently on display at the Cotsen Children's Library!

This Week in Princeton History for November 13-19

By April C. Armstrong *14 In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a Philadelphia newspaper denounces New Jersey officials for not being more supportive of Princeton, a new roof is controversial, and more.

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