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This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, MARCH 27
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Amy Gary 
Amy Gary discusses her book "In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown" in which she captures the eccentric and exceptional life of the woman behind the beloved children's classics "Goodnight Moon" and "The Runaway Bunny." Brown's books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children's book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, book ideas, songs, and poems and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure.
 
Gary discovered hundreds of unpublished works by Margaret Wise Brown in Margaret's sister's attic in 1990. Since then, she has catalogued, edited, and researched all of Brown's writings. She has been covered in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, among other media outlets. She was formerly the director of publishing at Lucasfilm and headed the publishing department at Pixar studios. Community Room
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ALSO ON MARCH 27
9 a.m.,  AARP Tax Help
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
 
 
7 p.m.
PEFF Screening and Q&A at the Princeton Garden Theatre
"Death by a Thousand Cuts"
The brutal murder of a Dominican Republican park ranger becomes a metaphor for this film's larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation. Director Juan Mejia Botero will participate in a Q&A session following the screening. Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St.
ALSO ON MARCH 28
Services Spotlight
 
 
Now that our reimagined second floor has opened, classes will be getting under way in our new Technology Center. The center has been equipped with 12 new iMacs and Solstice Pod, a new visual collaboration solution that enables users to share their screen with the entire class (the technology is also available in five of our new study rooms). The free classes begin April 1 and will cover a range of topics for beginner to advanced computer users. Included in the schedule on April 7 is Connect and Collaborate at the Library with Screen Sharing, a recurring class that demonstrates how to use the Solstice Pod technology. Registration is not required for technology classes, and seating is first-come, first seated. A complete calendar of technology classes can be found on our website. 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
 
 
"Catching the Sun" trailer
7 p.m. 
PEFF: "Catching the Sun"
As the global race to lead the clean energy future kicks into full gear, an unlikely ensemble of characters in the U.S. and China make radical moves: Activist Van Jones transitions from leading a solar-installation training program in Richmond, California, into the spotlight of public policy as his trainees fight for employment in a market that hasn't caught up to their skillset; Wally Jiang, a charismatic Chinese entrepreneur, dreams of building a "solar city" in the Texan desert. Can the U.S. build a clean energy economy to help solve both inequality and climate change?
 
The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Shalini Kantayya. 1 hour, 15 minutes. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute.
 
ALSO ON MARCH 29
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
 
One Big Home - Trailer
"One Big Home" trailer
7 p.m.
PEFF Film and Q&A: "One Big Home"
A carpenter in Martha's Vineyard who feels that trophy homes threaten the unique character of the island, takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against tired clichés, angry homeowners and builders who would rather look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Community Room
 
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director and Martha's Vineyard Film Festival founder Thomas Bena.
ALSO ON MARCH 30
3 p.m., Homework Help
4:30 p.m.,  PEFF Author Talk at Princeton University: Amitav Ghosh: "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable"
 
 
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
 
Birds of May trailer
 
7 p.m.
PEFF Screening and Q&A: "Birds of May"
The New Jersey premiere of "Birds of May" by filmmaker Jared Flesher, tells the story of the federally threatened rufa red knot and its annual visit to the Delaware Bay. Following the movie, there will be a Q&A with the director, a presentation by shorebird biologist Larry Niles and Conserve Wildlife Foundation's David Wheeler, wildlife art by James Fiorentino, and poetry readings by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program, featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King and Catherine Doty. The event is part of "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," a series organized by the newly formed National Poetry Coalition. 30 minutes. Community Room
 
Ice cream and sorbet courtesy of the bent spoon.
ALSO ON MARCH 31
8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
4 p.m.,  Acting Out
9 p.m., PEFF Teen Event: "April and the Extraordinary World"

 
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
 
The Pine Barrens - trailer 01
The Pine Barrens
7 p.m.
PEFF Screening with Live Soundtrack Performance: "The Pine Barrens"
This documentary explores the symbiotic yet sometimes destructive relationship between man and nature. Through impressions of moments with individuals spanning several years, the film looks the ways in which a sense of place has influence on identity and at how the feeling of loss, both of a way of life and through the gradual development of the environment which gave birth to that way of life, impacts those identities.A unique performance edition with The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.
Film followed by a Q&A with director David Scott Kessler.
Frist Campus Center Lecture Hall 302, Princeton University
11 a.m.
PEFF: Wallaby Tales
Children 5 and older are invited to this program about the clever ways animals adapt to survive in the wild. Whether they have sharp claws like the coatimundi, the sharp senses of a fennec fox, the terrible teeth of a short-tailed opossum or the amazing flexibility of the ferret, all predators must be resourceful, alert and adaptable in order to survive in the circle of life. Featuring live animals. Community Room
 
ALSO ON APRIL 1
12:30 p.m.,   Mac for PC Users
3 p.m., PEFF: "A Plastic Ocean"
7 p.m., PEFF Screening at Princeton University: "The Pine Barrens"
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
 
 
7:30 p.m.
PEFF: "Chasing Coral"
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching" - a sign of mass coral death - has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.
Enter Jeff Orlowski, director of "Chasing Ice," which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps. Orlowski's next project is similarly evidentiary and powerful. "Chasing Coral" taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. 1 hour, 31 minutes. Community Room
ALSO ON APRIL 2
4:30 p.m., PEFF: "Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry"
 
UPCOMING


April 3, 5:30 p.m.,   Refresh Your Resume and Job Search

April 6,  7 p.m.,   Jazz Performance and Discussion

April 7, 7 p.m.,   Author Geraldine Brooks

April 8, 2 p.m., Mercer County Math Circle Advanced Group
April 9, 3 p.m.,  The Masters of Swing

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