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MONDAY, JANUARY 23
 
6 p.m.
Author Jerry Spinelli
The award-winning author reads from and signs copies of his new book, "The Warden's Daughter," about a motherless 13-year-old girl growing up in an apartment above the entrance of a prison where her father is the warden. The New York Times has called Spinelli "a poet of the prepubescent. ... No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion." In "The Warden's Daughter," Spinelli spins a tale of loss and redemption. Not only does this book demonstrate the power of kindness, it also makes readers realize that kindness can be hidden in the least likely people and places.
 
Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including "Stargirl;" "Love, Stargirl;" "Milkweed;" "Crash;" "Hokey Pokey;" "Wringer;" and "Maniac Magee," winner of the Newbery Medal; along with "Knots in My Yo-yo String," his autobiography.
 
 
Sponsored by the Princeton Kids Events Coalition (Princeton Public Library, Princeton Public Schools, jaZams and Labyrinth Books).
 
ALSO ON JAN. 23
11 a.m., Letra Pequeña 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
 
 
7 p.m.
Daniel Moran
The author talks about his book "Creating Flannery O'Connor" in which he examines the development of O'Connor's literary reputation. He will also discuss how readers, publishers, filmmakers and others affect literary reputations. Community Room
ALSO ON JAN. 24
 
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
 
If you got a new Apple device as a holiday gift, chances are you could use some help getting started with it or just have some general questions. If so, you'll be glad to know that volunteers from the Princeton Macintosh Users Group are resuming their popular Ask the Mac Pros sessions today. Through March 2, sessions will take place in the Quiet Study Room from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Drop in to have your questions answered and to get some tips for getting the most out of your device.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25
 
 
Joy Barnes-Johnson
6:30 p.m.
STEaM Rising: Unsung Heroes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics
Princeton High School students will share their character sketches and essays about the lives and sociological contexts that produced some of the greatest multicultural thinkers over the last 200 years, many of whom remain hidden figures in the academic and artistic landscape. In addition to student performances, Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson will present a short lecture to share insights about why it is important to study biography in a range of disciplines and the role of interdisciplinarity in creating a more scientifically literate society. Community Room
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
 
 
"Newtown" trailer
7 p.m.
Film and Director Discussion: "Newtown"
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, this documentary tells the story of the aftermath of the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut. Through testimonials of teachers, parents, first responders, emergency room staff, and others, the film reveals a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Kim Snyder, director of the film, will participate in a community discussion following the screening. Community Room
 
ALSO ON JAN. 26
9 a.m.,  Open Study Time
4 p.m., Build with LEGO and DUPLO
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT "IN STORAGE" ITEMS PLACED ON HOLD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE RETRIEVED BETWEEN JAN. 27 AND FEB. 6. HOLDS CAN CONTINUE TO BE PLACED DURING THIS TIME AND RETRIEVALS WILL RESUME ON FEB. 7.
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
 
7 p.m.
Song Circle
This event will be a supportive, safe, and casual environment for strumming and singing. Bring your guitar, ukulele or other acoustic instrument if you'd like to play along. In this musician guided group we will be performing classic folk songs from the "Rise Up" songbook and others upon request. All levels of acoustic instrumentalists and singers are welcome. Community Room
 
ALSO ON JAN. 27
8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
9:45 a.m., Job Seekers Session: Ed Tan on LinkedIn

 
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
 
10 a.m.
Livestream from the Library of Congress Young Readers Center
Children and parents are invited to attend a video conference with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., celebrates extending its Young Readers Center hours to include Saturdays. Princeton Public
Library was invited to be a satellite location for this event.
 
Dr. Hayden will present award-winning children's author Meg Medina who will read both English and Spanish versions of her newest picture book for 5-8-year-olds, "Mango, Abuela, and Me" during the event from the Young Readers Center. Both the author and Dr. Hayden will answer questions after the reading from those in attendance at the center and also the satellite locations.
Community Room
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
 
 
2 p.m.
SOUP-er Bowl
A panel of local chefs including Phensri Francis of Fantastic Thai Cuisine, Vance Slocum, Mrs. G's Appliance Chef; Alex Levine of the Whole Earth Center and Evan Blomgren of The Rocky Hill Inn will share their tips for making the ultimate comfort food -  homemade soup. Samples will be shared. Community Room
 
ALSO ON JAN. 29
UPCOMING


Jan. 30, 4:30 p.m.,   Middle School Math Circle

Jan. 31, 7 p.m.,   To Be Discussed

Feb. 1, 7 p.m.,  Needlework Night

Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.,   Film: "Little Men"
Feb. 5, 3 p.m.,  Film: "Maggie's Plan"




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