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July Events at Princeton Public Library

Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: “What is the Meaning of July 4 to the Negro?”

Monday, July 3, 7 p.m.

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence announcing, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." Hear the entire speech recited and discuss how different Americans feel about our national values and ethos.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton.

 

 

Monday, July 3, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Tuesday, July 4

The library is closed for Independence Day.

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.

Film: “The Red Turtle” 
The stages in the life of a human being are recounted through the story of a shipwrecked man on an island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. This animated fantasy film has no dialogue. 1 hour, 21 minutes. This is a special event of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 6, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education fund.

 

Thursday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.

Summer Shorts

A selection from “The Best American Short Stories” will be discussed. Copies of the story will be available at the second floor starting June 30. Conference Room

 

Film: “Paterson”

Friday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.

This acclaimed 2016 release covers a week in the lives of a

a bus driver and aspiring poet in Paterson, New Jersey, and his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Community Room

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, July 7, 9:45 a.m.

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Tinkering Tots

Friday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.

Children 2-5 years old are invited to participate in hands-on STEAM activities designed just for preschoolers. The activities will be selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Story Room

 

Blue Jersey Band

Sunday, July 9, 4 p.m.

The band, featuring Frank Ruck on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Ellen Ruck on guitar and vocals, and John Burton on bass guitar performs an eclectic mix of swing, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. Part of the Sounds of Summer Series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

Monday-Friday, July 10-14, 11 a.m.

Codesters for Kids

In this weeklong program, children entering grades 3 to 6 will explore Python - a text-based programming language. With step-by-step instruction, students will gain essential experience with programming concepts like syntax and the structure of code to create graphics, animations, and other interactive projects. As they learn and write code, students will use their curiosity and creativity. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions over the course of the week. Participation limited to 12. Reserve a spot via the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

 

Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Lecture: The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on The Beatles

Author and Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz presents a multimedia program that illustrates the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other American recording artists from the 1950s on the music of The Beatles. Community Room

 

Mindful Movements

Monday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Speed Reads

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for Speed Reads and get a preview of books that haven't yet been published. Select up to four advanced readers copies to sample within the course of an hour and tell us which one has you hooked. Discovery Center

 

Write Space

Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Led by local author Christina Paul, these drop-in workshops focus on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers are welcome. Quiet Room

 

 

Library Live at Labyrinth: Akhil Sharma

Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m.

The critically acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his new book “A Life of Adventure and Delight,” a collection of eight short stories featuring Indian protagonists that provide intimate and honest assessments of human relationships. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Origami Club for All Ages

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes of new, often seasonal, folding. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 7. Conference Room

 

Speed Reads

Wednesday, July 12, 10 a.m.

Join us for Speed Reads and get a preview of books that haven't yet been published. Select up to four advanced readers copies to sample within the course of an hour and tell us which one has you hooked. Discovery Center

 

 

Film: “Moana”

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

In this animated Disney adventure, a spirited teenager sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. Princeton Room

Thursday, July 13, 10 a.m.

 

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 13, 4 p.m.

Lego: Build a Better World Summer Challenge Series

Budding architects, engineers, builders and all Lego enthusiasts in grades 1-5 are invited to "Build a Better World" through a series of Lego challenges. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Story Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 13, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education fund.

 

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.

Seven Wonders of the World

Children 7 and older are invited to explore the seven wonders of the world, without leaving Princeton. Activities, selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision, and games inspired by the seven wonders will be featured. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to the Writing Workshop to receive helpful, constructive critique aimed from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. Stephen Arnold will be leader if Donato is absent. Quiet Room

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

 

Walking Tour: Architecture and Gargoyles of Princeton University

Friday, July 14, 11 a.m.

Children 6 to 12 years old with an adult are invited to take an interactive tour of the diverse architectural designs on the Princeton University campus, including the famous gargoyles. The tour begins in front of the Princeton University Store at 116 Nassau St. and ends at Hinds Plaza at 12:45 p.m.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tour Company.

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, July 14, 9:45 a.m.

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Monday, July 17, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

The Practitioners of Musick

Flutist John Burkhalter and harpsichordist Donovan Klotzbeacher, present a musical lecture about 18th-century English music including performances of works by Handel, Boyce, Stanley, Arne and others. The lecture is in celebration of “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University,” Princeton University Art Museum’s special summer exhibition. Tea and scones will be served. Community Room

 

 

Neighborhood Fun Picnic

Tuesday, July 18, 5 p.m.

Pack a picnic and bring your family to a party at Redding Circle. The library will provide watermelon and drinks. Redding Circle

 

Co-sponsored by the library, the Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Police Department Send Hunger Packing Princeton and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 4 p.m.

RobotScience

This fun and interactive program for children 4 and older features robots ranging from simple and funny to complex and humanoid. Children will learn how robots “know” what to do and explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts that bring robotics to life. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Wondergy.

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Tech Meetup

Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Most meetings include startup demos, a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing.  Registration required at www.meetup.com/princeton-tech/.  Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tech Meetup.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish. Quiet Room

 

Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Student Film Festival

Original short films, created by filmmakers ages 14-25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 14th year, the event features films chosen from local and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions after the screenings, which are for teen and adult audiences. Refreshments follow in the cafe. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 20, 10 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 20, 4 p.m.

LEGO: Build a Better World Summer Challenge Series

Budding architects, engineers, builders and all LEGO enthusiasts in grades 1-5 are invited to "Build a Better World" through a series of LEGO challenges. DUPLO blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Story Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 20, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education fund.

 

Karl Dentino with Bo Child

Sunday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Dentino performs Tin Pan Alley songs in the Ragtime Blues tradition. Part of the Sounds of Summer Series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, July 21, 9:45 a.m.

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Concert: The Great American Folk Song Revival with Caroline Doctorow

Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow presents a tribute to songwriters of the ‘60s that includes the work of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger and John Hartford. She will also perform some of her original compositions and discuss the songwriting process and what it was like growing up with her late father, world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Community Room

 

Monday, July 24, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.

S?SI Concert

Students participating in S? Percussion’s Summer Institute perform. The S? Percussion’s Summer Institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of S? Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsals and performances. This concert will feature new works composed during the institute as well as percussion pieces commissioned from past years. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and S? Percussion.

 

 

Coral Reefs Go Live Session 1: How to Grow Corals

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Coral Reefs Go Live Session 2: What Makes the Lionfish the Perfect Invader?

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.

Speaking through a live video feed, scientists from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute present a live and interactive program about the importance of corals and why we should be concerned that coral reefs are in decline around the world. Viewers will learn how scientists are restoring the reefs by growing and planting corals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions including whether endangered corals can be grown in a laboratory, what makes the venomous lionfish the perfect invasive species, and what is it like to dive over a 6,000-foot drop.

 

This special event of the Princeton Enviromental Film Festival is co-sponsored by the library and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

 

Write Space

Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Led by local author Christina Paul, these drop-in workshops focus on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers are welcome. Quiet Room

 

 

High School Social Justice Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 4 p.m.

High school students are invited to participate in a series of workshops regarding social justice issues. Topics will include implicit bias, the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, white privilege, feminism, bystander intervention, racial literacy and much more. Among our speakers are Not in Our Town members, psychologists, psychiatrists, professors, and other community leaders. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town Princeton and Princeton Choose.

 

Thursday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 27, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education fund.

 

Thursday, July 27, 2 p.m.

Full STEAM Ahead!

Makers, creators and thinkers ages 5 and older are invited to participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math)-related activities and games. Teen volunteers will select the activities with staff supervision. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to the Writing Workshop to receive helpful, constructive critique aimed from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. Stephen Arnold will be leader if Donato is absent. Quiet Room

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 28, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, July 28, 9:45 a.m.

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Meet the Mayor

Friday, July 28, 8:30 a.m.

Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert. Lobby

 

Film: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Monday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.

Inspired by the J.K. Rowling book of the same name, and written and produced by Rowling, this 2016 fantasy film is a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. The film is set in 1926 New York and chronicles the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in a secret community of witches and wizards. 2 hours, 13 minutes. Community Room

 

Monday, July 31, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m.

Summer Debate Camp

Rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders from the Princeton region get the chance to build debating confidence and skills in a fun and constructive environment under the guidance of Princeton High School Debate Club members. Participants will do public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments and compete for prizes in a mock tournament. Visit tinyurl.com/SummerDebateCamp to register and for additional information.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Debate Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

 

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

 

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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