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Benjamin Harris’s Protestant Tutor (1679): Teaching Religion, Reading, and Writing in a Time of Crisis
Late seventeenth century journalist Benjamin Harris probably would have gotten his bearings pretty quickly in our toxic media environment. Familiar with bad actors, feverish conspiracy theories, succession crises, bitter factional combat, and brutal rhetoric, only the t
This Week in Princeton History for September 26-October 2
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, Jewish students set aside a day for volunteering, an alum causes a stir with a political speech, and more.
Wait ‘Til the Midnight Hour
It may be midnight, but there's always time to explore this awesome little 2D library, and possibly discover a hidden letter or two!
This Week in Princeton History for September 19-25
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the campus community prays for Birmingham, the Graduate College opens for occupancy, and more.
This Week in Princeton History for September 12-18
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the number of applications sets a new record, New Jersey’s new governor expresses support for the new college, and more.
The Tiny Library Challenge, Round II
Readers might recall the miniature library kit that almost drove Katie to the edge of sanity in 2021. It took 12 months, 46 hours and countless grey hairs, but Katie finally completed it!
Adventures in Bookstores: Celebrating Read-A-Book Day 2022
In recognition of Read-A-Book Day 2022 (well, two days late), here’s a 2015 post Jeff Barton wrote about some great places to find books he discovered in Northern California. At the end, he points eager readers to other posts about …
Cotsen Programming is Back!
The Cotsen Children’s Library is thrilled to announce that our in-person programming will resume on September 13th! Please join us for… Continue reading
This Week in Princeton History for September 5-11
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the arrival of undergraduate women draws attention, a recent graduate reflects on the contrast between life as a student and life on a war’s front lines, and more.
This Week in Princeton History for August 29-September 4
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, whether Commencement will take place is uncertain, Princeton sets up temporary housing, and more.
Learning to Make Invisible Inks and Other Projects from The Young Gentleman’s and Lady’s Magazine (1799)
If you are interested in learning more about how adults have tried to keep children from being bored by dreaming up interesting projects, this post about a pioneering magazine for children may be of interest.
This Week in Princeton History for August 22-28
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, students feed cake to a monkey, an athletic meet for Chinese students is held on campus, and more.
This Week in Princeton History for August 15-21
In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a dean dreams of pretty postcards, the natural history museum receives a significant donation of specimens, and more.
Do Stories Come Out of Thin Air?: Salman Rushdie’s Answer
The hero of Haroun and the Sea of Stories is the son of Rashid Khalifa, a storyteller his admirers call “Rashid the Ocean of Notions” and his detractors, the “Shah of Blah.” When Haroun tries to get a straight answer …
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