First Draft

This one is for the young writers out there! Would you like some constructive feedback on your work? May we humbly suggest First Draft, our library’s writing resource for authors-to-be? Simply submit your creative writing and short fiction stories via e-mail, and we’ll offer comments and suggestions.

Recommended for ages 9 – 17

We accept creative writing and short fiction stories…not academic works, non-fiction, school assignments, or college essays. Also, this is a resource for kids and teens (sorry, all ya’ll adult writers!).

For full submission details, please visit our website.


As a precautionary measure, Princeton University closed the gallery of the Cotsen Children’s Library until further notice, and our children’s programming as been suspended during this closure. Until our library reopens, the blog will post once a week. So every Tuesday, please check in to see what we’re up to…from story time projects to awesome interviews!

The Mystery & Intrigue Show

mystery and intrigue showDo you like mystery? Intrigue? Excitement? Solving dastardly crimes? Shocking turns of events? Penguins? If you answered “yes” to all these things, perhaps you should check out our three favorite episodes from The Mystery & Intrigue Show.

The Mystery & Intrigue Show was a radio program that my library hosted in collaboration with The All-Ages Show, a children’s show on WPRB 103.3 FM (Princeton University’s student-run, community-supported, independent radio). We aired six original mystery stories and kids called in with the solutions. The prize for the clever young detectives? A fabulous retro radio!

The sound files were a little too hefty for the blog platform, but you can click over to our website where they are happily streaming away. May we suggest popping some popcorn, gathering around the speakers, and settling in for some mystery-solving adventures? Parents, good news: these mysteries are completely appropriate for children of all ages.

Dust off your fedoras and click HERE to get cracking on crime!