Monday, January 12, 2015

Rosetta Stone Language

Rosetta Stone offers libraries and their users the proven immersion method that more than 20,000 schools and 9,000 businesses have trusted for over the last 20+ years.  The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library- or anywhere, anytime.
Features include:
  • 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
  • 50 + hours of foundational instruction in each language
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A to Z USA Database

Just go to our website click on ebooks and Databases link:

Check out this cool database which offers in-depth content for our 50 U.S. States and five additional territories.  With thousands of U.S. State reports and articles ready to download, historical timelines, collections of flags, vintage postcards, modern and antique maps, panoramic photos, even license plates…
A to Z USA is the most comprehensive guide to knowing everything you need to know about the U.S. past and present.
Notable categories include geography, government, history, education, demographics, and society and culture.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


On behalf of everyone in the T'ai Chi Ch'uan classes which meet in the Plainsboro Public Library twice a week, a generous donation was made to the Library on February 21, 2014.  The donation "is intended to show our continuing support for your mission in the community, and to show our pride in being part of it."  Todd Tieger, T'ai Chi Ch'uan instructor 
The Plainsboro Public Library is proud to host the free T'ai Chi classes and thanks Todd Tieger for his generous donation of time and commitment to this wonderful service to our community.  Thanks to everyone in the classes for your thoughtful donations.
Carol Quick, Library Director

Thursday, October 31, 2013


On October 24th, over 200 children of all ages learned about the Diwali Festival and made lanterns, paper elephants, decorated clay pots, found out how to wear a saree and apply henna.  Thanks to the many wonderful volunteers, the event was very popular and everyone went home with decorations for the Holiday.
Thanks to Drs. Radhakrishnan and Santhanam of Childrens Preferred Care for funding the workshops. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Greenhouse for Miss Meaghan's Lorax Program
Purchased with Labels for Education


McCaffrey's receipts
Don't throw them out!! 
Bring them to the Library, put them in the collection box on the 1st floor, and we'll turn them into $$ thanks to McCaffrey's charitable trust. 

Monday, August 12, 2013


EVERY MONDAY, 7 - 8:30 pm
Plainsboro Public Library
Community Room, 1st floor
FREE weekly conversational class with
Eileen Sinett, CEO of Comprehensive
Communication Services.

Perfect for those who know the grammar but just want to USE it!  Feed on Eileen's creative, energetic style as you master the challenges of everyday English.

Saturday, August 03, 2013


August 3, 2013
Thanks to the businesses in Plainsboro who contributed fabulous door prizes for our International Potluck Dinner. 


Newspaper Chair Competition
July 30, 2013

Over 100 kids and adults gathered in the Community Room to construct a Newspaper Chair out of 1lb. of newspaper and 1 roll of masking tape in 1 hour.  34 chairs were entered into the competition to see which ones could hold the most weight.  The suspense was nerve-wracking!
And, the Winners are:
Innovative Design:  The Vendidaudi Family
Artistic Design:  Daniel
2nd Place for weight:  Annie
Trophy Winner:  Allison Lee (and family) at 112.8 lbs

Cardboard Canoe Race
July 27, 2013
Over 75 teens, kids and adults met at 9am on Saturday morning to construct a boat with one piece of cardboard, one roll of tape and one exacto knife that would be sea-worthy on Plainsboro Pond.

29 boats rowed out and back -- well some sort of sank, but everyone had a great day!
Most Dramatic Sinking:  Qingchuan Xu
Most Aesthetically Pleasing:  Lynna Ye
Most Functional Design:  Calvin Ristad
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Award went to Aditi Bapatla
Trophy winner with 2.53 minutes:  Antonio Busha

Egg Dropping Competition
July 16, 2013
   Crowds of people watched as 110 eggs dropped to the ground from the 3rd floor terrace.
Many splatted, but several survived.
Winners with lightest devices:
Category A (Preschool):  Shreeesh Sai Santhosh
Category B (K-3): Sama Ahmed
Category C (4-6 grade):  Annie Ma
Trophy Winner & Category D (7-8):  Sai Vendidandi
Category E (High School):  Can Bostanci
Category F (Beyond HS):  Radmavathi Bapatla
Category G (Team Family):  Vendidandi Family  


Sunday, June 02, 2013


\nGoodsearch: You Search...We Give!

Here's an easy way to raise money for The Plainsboro Library. Just start using Yahoo! powered as your search engine and they'll donate about a penny to the Library every time you do a search! Why Google, when you can Goodsearch? Just log onto and select Plainsboro Public Library as your cause.

In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall,, where you can shop at more than 2,600 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to us as well. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to the Library! You can also enroll in the Gooddining program. Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide and you can earn up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation.  Read about Goodsearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Instructor Todd Tieger (center) and members of the T'ai Chi classes.
The T’ai Chi Ch’uan group that meets at Plainsboro Public Library kindly donates to the library and we are very grateful for their generous gift, as well as their service to the community.

Eileen Burnash,
Library Director

Monday, March 04, 2013


One of the most delightful aspects of Plainsboro Public Library is the magnificent volunteer support we get from the community. Volunteers contribute to the remarkably cost effective, innovative service at Plainsboro Public Library. From “reading the shelves”, to helping with community wide festivals, to manning the technical needs of the vast Interlibrary Loan System, to sorting donations and selling books at the monthly sale, volunteers play MAJOR roles. During 2012, nearly 100 adults and teens donated over 3,700 hours to the Plainsboro Library! 

ADULT VOLUNTEERS  Orientations for adults who wish to volunteer on a regular basis are scheduled 3 - 4 times per year as needed--generally in the early spring, early summer and mid to late fall.  Check back here often for updates.  "Applications" for adult and teen program volunteers will be posted on the Blog and in the Library a few weeks prior to the event.  Also watch for special postings for program volunteers throughout the year. If you would like further information or have questions, please email Carol at

TEEN SHELVING VOLUNTEERS  Teen shelvers are recruited twice a year -- for the summer and for the school year.  Anyone with questions on teen volunteering may email Tara at 

Sunday, March 03, 2013


Please accept our apologies – we are experiencing problems with our direct link to Consumer Reports Online, but you can still access from Plainsboro Library’s Website:
Click EBSCOHOST in Online Databases
Log in with your Library Barcode
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In the market for a laptop?  A new car?  A dishwasher?  You name it. Consumer Reports has it covered. Consult this database for the results of scientific tests and ratings of thousands of products every year. More than 100 experts evaluate appliances; cars; products for infants and children; electronics; foods; health-related items; and recreation and home improvement products. This database will enable you to make the best purchasing decision possible!

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Directory of ESL Courses
at Plainsboro Library and in the area

Join us for a free weekly conversation class every Monday 7—8:30pm in the Library's Community Room on the 1st floor. Perfect for those who know the grammar but just want to USE it!!

No registration required.

The following is a list of literacy service providers who offer classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) in Middlesex and Mercer counties. Some programs are free, others may charge a fee or tuition. Please call the provider to learn about any fees or eligibility requirements for their programs. For additional offerings in Middlesex County go to for current information.

Literacy Volunteers of Mercer 609-587-6027 Volunteers provide free, confidential literacy one-on-one or small group tutoring services to adult residents at a variety of locations including public libraries, workplaces, churches and retirement homes in Mercer County and Plainsboro.

Mercer County Community College MCCC’s noncredit ESL program at the West Windsor Campus offers affordable noncredit grammar and vocabulary classes. The program is designed for students who want to improve their English proficiency but who are not enrolled in a degree program at Mercer and do not plan to pursue a degree. For more information about registration for Non-Credit ESL courses, please contact the conference center at 609-570-3311.

Princeton Adult School 609-683-1101

Courses are open to all adult residents of Princeton and its neighboring communities. Classes are held at various locations in Princeton. Courses are 10 weeks in length and offered in the fall (starting in January) and the spring (starting in September.) ESOL classes are offered at six levels—beginning to advanced. Students learn conversational American English and review practical grammar, idioms, and vocabulary. There are also courses that are designed to give students the opportunity to practice spoken English, build colloquial vocabulary, and enhance listening skills. For upper-level ESOL students there is a course which addresses pronunciation problems.  

YWCA Princeton 609-497-2100,ext. 306.

The Princeton YWCA’s integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is open to both women and men and is designed to present a well-rounded experience for all levels of language skills. Its mission is to empower its students to interact with confidence and enjoyment in the larger community. The program teaches language skills through class work and homework that integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Plainsboro Public Library
On, Wednesday, October 24th 2012 New Jersey libraries of all types joined forces to collect statistics, stories, photographs and videos to illustrate how libraries are being used, the number of people using them and patron comments about how important libraries are to their communities.  The goal of this effort was to provide a snapshot of what happens in a typical day in the life of NJ libraries – from checking out books and helping children with homework, to helping residents find jobs, do their taxes, start their own businesses and much more.
The typical day at Plainsboro included over 770 customer visits, 907 items checked out, a babies' story time program, Tamil and chess classes, tutoring sessions and a Blood Drive.  Thank you to the 58 patrons who filled out surveys and to everyone who agreed to let us take your picture! 

Most of the feedback on the surveys was positive – it’s nice to hear we’re doing a good job. 
“This is the best library in the state! The entire staff is fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable and wonderful.  Thank you for such a wonderful library/staff.  I work in Plainsboro and I look forward to going to the library.”
“The library has a learning atmosphere.  It’s quiet and has a good collection of books, CD’s, children’s programs, and a lot of international festivals are celebrated here.  The staff is very helpful & supportive.  I get a lot of information (general) from the Plainsboro Library.”
“I’ve been using the library frequently as a place to work away from my home and office while I’m working on a writing project.  It’s a great place for me to get work done away from distractions.  I’m also always impressed by how busy and well-used the library is.”
“We love our Plainsboro Library and rate it as one of the best in the country.  The staff is one of the friendliest and we appreciate the effort that is exerted by all to maintain such a vibrant place.  Thank you.”
“Plainsboro Library is the best in the State.  The Children’s staff is the best in the U.S.”
“Extremely inviting, my 4 yr. old doesn’t want to leave.”
“This is not just a library.  I would rather call it a development center that aims at uplifting the human nature and spirit of all who enter it.  Each level is carefully planned and people all totally dedicated.  The people who work here understand books can make scholars but to be a better person one needs a broader horizon that leads to real experience.” 
We also received a few suggestions and a complaint – we will be reviewing those with the staff to see how/if we need to change anything.  We try to do our best at all times to please the majority of the people. 
Snapshot Day is a joint project of the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association. Established in 2009, Snapshot Day is a model of collaboration and a great example of a multi-type library project that captures the impact that New Jersey libraries have on their communities on a typical day. Snapshot Day began in NJ and has been replicated in more than 30 states across the country and has gone international. The project received the 2011 American Library Association President’s Advocacy Award and was adopted by the American Library Association as a national program.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

LOOK UP! Summer memories

This Summer at the Plainsboro Library we "Looked UP" with many programs featuring Balloons, Basketry, Book Hunts, Canoeing, Drills & Skills, Embroidery, Origami, Nature Crafts, Raptors, Rockets, Star Gazing and so much more!  Enjoy the Slide Shows below and THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! 










Sunday, August 05, 2012



Great fun was had by all - THANKS to all the participants and volunteers!
Congratulations to the "WINNERS"!

Smallest Package - Kalyani Sivakumar (9.38 cu. in.)
Most Innovative and Trophy Winner - Aryan Sreshta
Lightest Package - Aditya Sivakumar (8 grams)
Most Artistic - Siddhi Shah
Travelled greatest distance (13,803.8 miles - Australia) - Sriya & Sruthi Bapatla (not pictured)

Winning Pringle Packing entries will be on display in the Children's Room for a few weeks - check it out! 

Trophy Winner - Gu Family (holding 92 lbs. before collapsing)
Most Innovative Award - Moorjani Family
Most Artistic Award - Lee Family (not pictured)

Trophy Winner - Team, Dylan Regan & Pridhvi Myneni (finishing in 3:01 minutes)
Most Spectacular Sinking - Vrushabh Khot
Engineering Award - Bharath and Sarath Jaladi
Most Artistic - Aakash S Nair

Preschool - Venu Gopal Vappala, K-3 - Sanjana Chimaladinne, 4-6 - Sai Vendidandi, H.S. - Rohith Sivakumar
Team Family - Can and Ege Bostanci, Team Friends - Bharath Jaladi and Rohith Sivakumar
TROPHY WINNERS - Sai Vendidandi & Rohith Sivakumar (both devices weighed 17 grams!)

Namankita - 3rd Place (Grade 9-12 category), Navina Kumar - 1st Place (Grade 6-8 category), Sruthi K - 2nd Place (Grade 9-12 Category)  

 Arnav Popnale - 1st grade (Second Place), Anushka Karthik - 3rd grade (First Place), Aaron Chai - Kindergarten (Third Place)