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Princeton Farmers Market

Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m.

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.

 

Lecture: Leonore, A New Kind Of Heroine

Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum docent, gives an illustrated talk about Beethoven’s Leonore who, instead of waiting to be rescued, takes charge of her own life and her husband’s fate and rescues him. As a new version of womanhood, Leonore is not alone: this illustrated talk will introduce her contemporaries in art and literature who are also redesigning their lives. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

Film: “Queen of Katwe”

Friday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.

Based on the book of the same name by Tim Crothers, this Disney film tells how mastering the game of chess saved a Ugandan girl from a life of poverty. Part of the First Friday Feature series. 2 hours, 4 minutes. Community Room

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, June 2, 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: Sarah Donner

Sunday, June 4, 4 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Sarah Donner kicks off the Sounds of Summer series with an indie folk pop concert.  Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

 

Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: Everything You Wanted to Know About Race and Were Afraid to Ask

Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.

“Which should I use, “African-American” or “black”? “What does it feel like to be white?”  Members of Not in Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, invite questions that may be uncomfortable to ask. Please submit questions in advance to info@niotprinceton.org

 

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

 

 

Mystery Book Group

Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.

The group discusses "Under the Harrow" by Flynn Berry. Quiet Room

 

 

 

William E. Schluter

Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.

The author and former New Jersey state senator will be joined by Ingrid Reed, former director of the NJ Project at the Eagleton Institute to discuss his book, “Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It.” In the book, Schluter recounts his 50-year fight to expose and reform acts of government misconduct in New Jersey and paints a vivid portrait of public servants who care more about political power and personal gain than the public good. Newsroom

 

Chess

Tuesday, June 6, 4 p.m.

Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess Club members. Story Room

 

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

 

 

 

Lecture: Don Quixote And The Transformation Of Others

Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m.

Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale, discusses the basic story of Cervantes’s masterpiece and the reason why it has endured. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, June 6, 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, June 7, 7 p.m.

Ask a Lawyer

Lawyers will be at the library for free, private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. First-come, first-served; no appointments necessary. Spanish translators will be available. Referrals will be made when necessary. Princeton Room, Conference Room, Study Room 9 and Tower Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force and the Mercer County Bar Association.

 

 

Hour of Code: Maze Escape!

Wednesday, June 7, 4 p.m.

Children in grades 2-5 are invited to complete an Hour of Code in this interactive session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM Club. Participants (limited to 10) will learn to speak code and help each other escape a maze. Registration required through the library's events calendar. Story Room

Ask the Mac Pros

Wednesday, June 7, 10 a.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

Summer Reading Soiree

Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m.

The second annual Summer Reading Soiree celebrates the love of both reading and art. The evening features Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of “The Orphan Train,” who will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel, “A Piece of the World.” The book is a fictionalized memoir of the woman in the famed Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World.” Attendees will have a chance to stroll the exhibits at the Arts Council while enjoying sparkling beverages provided by Cool Vines, a variety of appetizers from local chefs, delightful desserts from Ritzy Bakes and sorbet from the bent spoon. The first 50 attendees will receive a limited edition wooden bookmark and all who attend can enter a drawing to win some great prizes donated by local merchants. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St.

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and The Arts Council of Princeton

 

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m.

The group discusses “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margo Lee Shatterly. Princeton Room

 

Princeton Farmers Market

Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m.

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.

 

Fiction Book Group

Thursday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.

The group discusses “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon. Conference Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, June 8, 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, June 8, 7 p.m.

Princeton Festival Preview

Artists from the opera and musical will perform scenes from “Fidelio” and “Man of La Mancha” in advance of this year’s Princeton Festival productions. A panel discussion with the directors will follow. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

Thursday, June 8, 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

 

Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m.

Youth Mental Health Forum

Students and parents are invited to a mental health forum hosted by the Princeton Youth Advisory Committee and the library’s Teen Advisory Board. Professional, certified psychologists and student speakers will talk about coping mechanisms and share experiences dealing with mental health problems.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Youth Advisory Committee.

Acting Out

Friday, June 9, 4 p.m.

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

 

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, June 9, 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, June 9, 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

 

 

 

Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m.

Knit in Public Day

Bring your knitting and crocheting projects and join in this four-hour celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Drop in any time and knit for as long as you please. We do suggest bringing a chair. PLEASE NOTE: Knitters of all experience levels

are welcome to attend. Pins & Needles and library staff will help beginners get started, but no formal instruction is planned. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Pins & Needles.

 

Radio Play: “Casablanca”

Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood movie about the cynical owner of a Moroccan café during  World War II, the legendary leader of the French resistance and Ilsa, the woman they both love. The show features theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and sound effects. 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.

 

 

David Baron

Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

The author, journalist and broadcaster will talk about and sign copies of “American Eclipse,” his book about planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell and inventor Thomas Edison who were among the pioneering scientists who went West to witness the total solar eclipse of 1878. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.

Ask the Mac Pros

Monday, June 12, 4 p.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

Poets at the Library

Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Featured poets Jessica G. de Koninck and Jane Rawlings read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. de Koninck's collection of poems, “Cutting Room” was published last year. She is also the author of the chapbook, “Repairs.” A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Rawlings is a graduate of Smith College. She is the author of “The Penelopeia,” a novel-in-verse. Her poems and short stories have appeared in several publications and anthologies. Newsroom

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative.

 

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.

 

Lecture: On The Heroic in Beethoven’s Fidelio

Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m.

Scott Burnham, Scheide professor emeritus of music history at Princeton University, explores modes of heroism in “Fidelio” by focusing on the actions of Leonore and Florestan, on the dramatic structure of the opera and on the symphonic aspect of much of the music. Part of the Princeton Festival.  Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

Chess

Tuesday, June 13, 4 p.m.

Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess Club members. Story Room

 

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

 

 

 

Library Live at Labyrinth: Discovering Princeton

Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m.

Photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang — both Princeton residents — will discuss and show images from their new guidebook “Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours.” The presentation will be followed by a 7 p.m. walking tour of the historic Princeton University campus. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Write Space

Tuesday, June 13, 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

 

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

Music that Tells a Story: Opera Workshop

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.

Rochelle Ellis, adjunct associate professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, leads a two-hour workshop that is an orientation to opera and The Princeton Festival’s production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” The workshop will focus not only on the musical features and techniques of the opera, but also its significance to opera in general, and its relevance to our world today. There will also be live performances of arias from the German opera repertoire by young singers from area schools. Community Room

 

In addition to the workshop, participants will attend a full performance of Fidelio at its final dress rehearsal. There will be a guided backstage tour prior to the performance to give participants insight into the behind-the-scenes preparations for staging the production.

 

Young people, 14 and older, are particularly encouraged to attend along with family and friends. Grandparents are also encouraged to attend with younger family members.

 

Participation is limited and registration required through princetonfestival.org.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

 

Origami Club for All Ages

Wednesday, June 14, 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

 

Thursday, June 8, 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, June 15, 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.

 

Lecture: Rescued by Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

Thursday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Timothy Urban, professor of music at Rider University, discusses “Fidelio” and the genre of Rescue Opera and examines Beethoven’s music as it correlates to the drama and intensifies the emotional states of the many main characters. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival Guild.

 

 

Field Station Dinosaurs

Friday, June 16, 4 p.m.

A visit by The Dinosaur Troubadour from Field Station Dinosaurs kicks off the library’s Summer Reading programs with a roar! There will be a story time, sing-along, dance party — and a lifelike, roaring, breathing 15-foot juvenile T-Rex. Community Room

 

 

Frances Catherine & Union County

Friday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Frances Catherine Ihling and her modern country leaning band performs material of Alison Krauss and covers of other songs in her style. The band also features guitarist and songwriter Harry Reilly, fiddler Amy Zakar, bassist Bill Flemer, and drummer David Ross. Part of the Sounds of Summer series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

 

Job Seekers Session

Friday, June 16, 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

 

 

VOICES (Voices on Important Conversations Engaging Students)

Saturday, June 17, 3 p.m.

Meet other teens who are passionate about activism at these moderated discussions of hot topics in the news such as racial profiling, global warming, and international politics. Conference Room

 

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

 

 

Concert: Acoustic Road

Sunday, June 18, 4 p.m.

The New Jersey-based duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Matt Robinson and keyboardist/vocalist performs covers of music that defined the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. Part of the Sounds of Summer Series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Monday, June 19, 4 p.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

Playful Engineers: Build a Better Rube Goldberg Machine

Monday, June 19, 4 p.m.

Children, teens and families learn about basic forces and motion physics by designing, building, testing and redesigning a simple Rube Goldberg machine. Everyday objects such as dominos, Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, string, ping pong balls, pulleys, buckets, tracks, and ramps will be used in this fun, hands-on, problem-solving workshop.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Jay Mankita’s Playful Earth.

 

Film at the Princeton Garden Theatre: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster tells the story of 10-year-old Elliott and his siblings who befriend an extraterrestrial and try to help it return home. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, June 20, 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

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

Picnic and Party on the Plaza

Wednesday, June 21, 5 p.m.

Children of all ages (with parent or caregiver) are invited to celebrate the end of the school year with hula-hoops, jump ropes, bubbles, popsicles and more. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Human Services.

 

Film: “Tosca’s Kiss”

Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m.

In this touching documentary, the residents of “Casa di Riposa,” a nursing home for retired opera singers in Milan, relive and re-enact their triumphant roles of the past. 1 hour, 27 minutes. Part of the Princeton Festival. Newsroom

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

 

Princeton Farmers Market

Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m.

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.

 

LEGO: Build a Better World Summer Challenge Series

Thursday, June 22, 4 p.m.

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, June 22, 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, June 22, 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, June 23, 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.

 

 

Meet the Mayor

Friday, June 23, 8:30 a.m.

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

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Monday, June 26, 4 p.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

To Be Discussed (TBD)

Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m.

All high school students are welcome to participate in this monthly discussion of great books, films, music, non-fiction, poetry, and all things cultural. Participants may also help create book displays and reading lists for the library, take group trips to see current films, and do group-reads. Story Room

 

 

Write Space

Tuesday, June 27, 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

 

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m.

Drop by these sessions where members of the Princeton Macintosh User Groups will answer your questions about Apple devices and software.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Macintosh Users Group.

 

 

Princeton Farmers Market

Thursday, June 29, 10 a.m.

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, June 29, 6 p.m.

Film: “A Monster Calls”

Based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, this 2016 fantasy drama is the story of 12-year-old Conor who, facing his mother’s terminal illness and bullying classmates, gets a visit one night from a tree-like Monster who has come to relay three stories. One night, 1 hour, 48 minutes. Community Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, June 29, 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.

 

Friday, June 30, 6 p.m.

Music, Fitness and Family Fun Night with Lolly & YoYo

Lolly & YoYo present a high-energy, interactive music and fitness show for children and families. They’ll also share their board book “MOVE!” that combines imaginative play with movement. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Lolly and YoYo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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