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April & May Events at Princeton Public Library

LIBRARY LIVE AT LABYRINTH

Talks are at 6 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Timothy Hampton, "Bob Dylan's Poetics," in Conversation with Nigel Smith

Monday, April 8, 6 p.m.

The author discusses his book, "Bob Dylan's Poetics," with Princeton University Professor of English Nigel Smith. The book focuses on the details and nuances of Dylan's songs, showing how they work as artistic statements designed to create meaning and elicit emotion, and offers a unique examination of both the poetics and politics of Dylan's compositions.

 

Smith is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Books and Media at Princeton. His interests include poetry, poetic theory, the social role of literature, literature, politics and religion. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

 

Jane Sherron De Hart: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life”

Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m.

The author speaks about her recently published biography of the 107th Supreme Court Justice including the 15-years-long story of writing the book. Written with the cooperation Ginsburg, and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends and her associates, the comprehensive, revelatory biography explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality and her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Pico Iyer: “Autumn Light”

Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m.

The author discusses his book about the year following his father-in-law's unexpected death. During that year, spent in Japan where he and his wife Hiroko have a home, Iyer began to grapple with the questions we all have to deal with: how to hold onto the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying. The book offers a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted. Iyer is the author of several books about cultures converging, including "Video Night in Kathmandu," "The Lady and the Monk," "The Global Soul" and, "Abandon." His articles appear often in such magazines as Harper’s, Time, and the New York Review of Books. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

AUTHOR TALKS AT THE LIBRARY

 

Sloane Crosley: “Look Alive Out There”

Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.

The New York Times-bestselling author discusses her third collection of personal essays. Fans of "I Was Told There’d Be Cake" and "How Did You Get This Number" know Crosley’s life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In this collection, whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Community Room

 

Sunday Poetry Brunch with Dara-Lyn Shrager

Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m.

In a celebration of National Poetry Month, Dara-Lyn Shrager, the library's 2018 Poet-in-Residence, will be joined by featured poets to read from and sign their books of poetry. The poets include Hayden Saunier, Timothy Liu, and Peter Covino. The doors on Hinds Plaza will open at 11 a.m. when coffee, tea, and pastries will be served. The poetry readings begin at 11:30 a.m. Community Room


Gyan Prakash: “Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point”

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.

The author and professor of history at Princeton University, discusses his comprehensive account of India in the mid-1970s after Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency. The book details the suspension of constitutional rights, the coercion and intimidation of Gandhi's political rivals, and the harrowing months that followed. Placing the emergency within the broader global history of democracy, the book offers lessons for today as the world once again confronts the dangers of rising authoritarianism and populist nationalism.

Newsroom

 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Press.
 

Author Talk and Cooking Demonstration: Rinku Bhattacharya: “Instant Indian”

Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.

Cookbook author Rinku Bhattacharya discusses "Instant Indian," her collection of 100 authentic Indian recipes adapted for use in an Instant Pot® (electric pressure cooker). Recipes from the book, which shows that it's possible to make flavorful, nutritious Indian fare in minutes instead of hours, will be demonstrated, and a book signing will follow. Community Room
 

Nate Stucky: “Wrestling with Rest”

Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.

The author and director of Princeton Theological Seminary's Farminary Project discusses his book about the negative impact being constantly busy has on our lives, particularly the lives of young people. He studies the habits of teenagers and the pressures that burden them and advocates for the importance of rest for youth — socially and emotionally, physiologically and spiritually. The book calls us to reimagine the place of rest, not only in their lives, but also in ours. Community Room
 

Alafair Burke: “The Better Sister”

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.

The New York Times and internationally bestselling author discusses her new novel, the story of what happens when a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered and two estranged sisters - one the dead man's widow, the other his ex-wife - have to set aside mistrust and old resentments. Burke's acclaimed psychological thriller, "The Wife," is currently being adapted into a feature film. Newsroom
 

Book Lovers Luncheon featuring Judith Viorst

Friday, May 17, noon

The Friends of Princeton Public Library present the 2019 Book Lovers Luncheon featuring New York Times best-selling author Judith Viorst. Viorst will share her latest poetry collection "Nearing 90," in which she candidly reflects on the complicated joys and everyday tribulations that await us, all with a large dose of humor. Viorst is also the author of the much-loved children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and the popular young readers' Lulu series. Participants will enjoy a three-course luncheon and be seated with library staff who will share buzz-worthy titles to add to your summer reading list. Advanced reader copies of yet-to-be-published books by some other favorite authors will also be available. Tickets are $75 and include lunch and a copy of "Nearing 90." Tickets are limited and may be reserved at princetonlibrary.org/booklovers. Proceeds benefit the library. Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Princeton Public Library Beatrice Bloom of Weichert Realtors.


 

Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum: “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy”

Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new — conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. In "A Lot of People Are Saying," Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum show how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Filled with vivid examples, "A Lot of People Are Saying" diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today’s politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat. Muirhead teaches in the government department at Dartmouth College, where he is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics. he has also published books on partisanship in American politics and the moral meaning of work. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard College, and Williams College. Rosenblum is the Senator Joseph Clark Research Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government at Harvard University. Her books include "Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America" and "On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship." Community Room

 

Linda J. Barth: “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More”

Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m.

Author and retired teacher Linda J. Barth gives a talk about innovators and inventions rooted in New Jersey, from the creations of Bell Labs and Thomas Edison to more quirky and lesser-known individuals and innovations. Community Room


 

Book Launch: “U.S. 1 Worksheets”

Sunday, March 31, 1:15 p.m.

The U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative launches Volume 64 of its journal that contains selected works by 134 poets. In addition to members’ poetry, the journal includes works by poets from across America, Mexico and Australia. Doors open at 1:15 p.m.; readings by contributors begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served and journals will be available for purchase. Community Room


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

 

 

 

BOOK GROUPS

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Princeton Room

April 11, "Stay with Me" by Ayobami Adebayo

May 9, “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.

 

 

 

Contemporary Fiction Book Group

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Conference Room

April 11, "Improvement" by Joan Silber

May 9, "The House of Broken Angels" by Luis Alberto Urrea

 

Mystery Book Group

Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Quiet Room

April 1, "The Ex" by Alafair Burke

May 6, "Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions" by Mario Giordano

 

Historical Fiction Book Group

These scholar-led book discussions about the fictional elements and nonfictional historic and regional context of selected books are held at the headquarters of the Historical Society of Princeton. Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road

 

Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Chie Ikeya, associate professor of history at Rutgers University, leads a discussion of “Miss Burma”  by Charmaine Craig. The book, set in the 1940s-1960s, is a powerful novel that follows one Burmese family’s struggle through war and political repression. Please register through the Historical Society of Princeton’s website.

 

Lynne Olson in Conversation with William Storrar

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.

The New York Times bestselling author discusses her book “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led the Largest Spy Network Against Hitler.” Joining Olson in conversation will be Willian Storrar, director of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War” is the dramatic, little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade,

born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamor, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II. Community Room

 

FILMS

 

 “Dark Money”

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This documentary examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Taking viewers to Montana to follow a local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision (which allowed corporations unlimited spending in election campaigns), the film uncovers how American elections are bought and sold. The film premiered in January, 2018, at the Sundance Film Festival where it was an official selection and won the Producing Award. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Community Room

 

Presented in collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS.

 

Film and Discussion: “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This PBS American Experience episode examines the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years. The film reveals the hardships and racial animosities that Chinese Americans faced throughout the duration of the law and reveals a forgotten history of Chinese-American resilience and resistance.

 

Beth Lew-Williams, assistant professor of history at Princeton University, lead a post-screening discussion. Her book, "The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America" maps the tangled relationships between local racial violence, federal immigration policy, and U.S. imperial ambitions in Asia.  Community Room


Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Civil Rights Commission.

 

Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

 “If Beale Street Could Talk”

 Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, this film tells the story of a young African-American woman seeking to prove the innocence of her boyfriend, wrongly-accused and jailed for rape, before the birth of their child. R. 1 hour, 57 minutes. Community Room

 

“The Hate U Give”

Friday, May 3, 6 p.m.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right. 2 hours, 13 minutes. Community Room

 

“Far from the Tree”

Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Columbia University psychology professor Andrew Solomon, this documentary explores the lives of four unconventional offspring and their parents who faced challenges in raising them. 1 hour, 33 minutes. May 15 is recognized as International Day of Families. Community Room

 

“On the Basis of Sex”

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

The life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the focus of this drama starring Felicity Jones. PG-13. 2 hours. Community Room

 

 “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This documentary examines the life and guiding philosophy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Community Room

 

LECTURES

 

Douglas Massey: “Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States”

Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m.

Douglas Massey, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University, and Jorge Durand, professor of anthropology at the University of Guadalajara give a talk in Spanish and in English about the exhibition of retablos on display at the Princeton Art Museum from March 16-July 7. Community Room


Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Art Museum.

Michel Littman: “Da Vinci as an Inventor”

Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.

Michel Littman, computer science professor at Princeton University, gives a lecture in honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Leonardo Da Vinci. The lecture will cover Da Vinci's thoughts on bridge design, mechanics, optics and flight. Community Room


Aaron Krerowicz: “Stairway to Zeppelin”

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz gives a talk about Led Zepplin. When "Led Zeppelin II" replaced "Abbey Road" as the No. 1 album in December, 1969, it symbolized a passing of the torch to a new era in popular music. This 60-minute multimedia presentation observes how 1960s rock bands The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds paved the way for Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. Newsroom

Robert Stengel: “Project Apollo: Origins, Missions, and the Legacy”

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

As the 50th anniversary of the July, 1969, Apollo moon landing approaches, Robert Stengel, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University gives a talk. Stengel's talk will examine Project Apollo from the viewpoint of his time spent at the Draper Laboratory from 1968-73 where he was principal designer of the Apollo Project Lunar Module manual control logic used for all moon landings and where he went on to create a preliminary design for the Space Shuttle atmospheric flight control system. Community Room

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m.

Rudresh K. Mahanthappa directs students from Princeton University jazz program in this preview concert for the university’s April 13 jazz festival. Community Room

 

 

Rhythmic Integrity: Concordia Chamber Players Open Rehearsal

Saturday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.

The Concordia Chamber Players perform works by composer Andy Akiho and Sergei Prokofiev at this open rehearsal. The musicians include Ian Rosenbaum, marimba; Kristin Lee and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violins; Dimitri Murrath, viola, and Michelle Djokic, cello. Community Room

The Practitioners of Musick: The Grove or Rural Harmony

Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m.

The Practitioners of Musick present a program celebrating "Gainsborough’s Family Album." Gainsborough was known to have a particular leaning towards musicians and this is confirmed by his daughter Margaret who recorded that her father was “much led into the company of musicians.” The concert will feature works by Gainsborough’s musical friends including John Christian Bach, John Stanley, Thomas Linley and Charles Frederick Abel. Community Room


Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Art Museum.

 

YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAMS

 

Dial-a-Poem

April 1-30 when the library is open

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Youth Services staff will read a different poem every day to callers over the phone. Call often to build phone literacy skills and develop an appreciation for poetry. Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1240, and ask to hear the poem of the day.

 

 

Math Carnival with The Institute for Advanced Study

Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.

Can you read the following secret message: SDRAWKCAB DAER UOY NAC? (Hint: Read in a different direction.) Would you like to know what math has to do with soap bubbles, magic tricks and the game of rational tangles? Learn more at this fun and interactive math festival for children 6 and older, teens and adults.

 

Co-sponsored by The Institute for Advanced Study’s 2019 Women and Mathematics (WAM) program with Professor Margaret Readdy.

 

 

 

 



RECURRING PROGRAMS

 

Science Circle

Saturday, 3 p.m., March 2, May 11

Budding scientists in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on science activities designed by high school students at PRISMS. Important concepts, focusing on a different scientific discipline each month, will be explored.  Co-Lab

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science.

 

Maker Mondays: Build with Lego and Duplo

Mondays, 4 p.m., March 4, 18; April 1, 15; May 6, 20

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in a non-competitive community-based Lego session, including building time and round-table discussion. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room.  

 

 

Lit Lab

Wednesdays, March 6, April 3, May 1, 4 p.m.

Students in first through fifth grades are invited to join us to read a book and create or explore a hands-on maker activity inspired by the story. STEAM Studio

 

 

 

 

Chemistry Saturdays

Saturday, March 16, May 18, 1 p.m.

Children 6-13 are invited to join graduate students from the Princeton University Chemistry Department in conducting fun and exciting chemistry experiments and hands-on activities. Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

STEAM Studio

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chemistry Graduate Student Organization.

 

The Write Stuff

Wednesdays, March 20, April 17, May 15, 4 p.m.

In these reading and writing workshops, children in grades 3-5 will explore genres including short stories, graphic novels and mysteries. STEAM Studio

 

 

FAMILY MOVIES

 

“Smallfoot”

Thursday, March 14, 3 p.m.

This animated adventure about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist — a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Community Room
 

“Wonder”

Thursday, March 21, 3 p.m.

A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade. With the support of his parents, he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment. PG. 1 hour, 53 minutes Community Room
 

“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”

Friday, March 22, 3 p.m.

The five Teen Titans, realizing they're not "real" superheroes because there's not a movie about them, vow to do something heroic enough to get them onto the big screen. Based on the television series adapted from the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. PG. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Community Room
 

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. PG-13. 1 hour 52 minutes. Community Room
 

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.

In the first animated feature film in the Spider-Man franchise based on the Marvel Comics character, Miles Morales becomes one of many Spider-Men as they team up to save New York City from the villain Kingpin. 1 hour, 57 minutes. Screened as part of Free Comic Book Day. Newsroom

 

 

 

 

TEEN EVENTS

 

Teen Trivia Night

Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.

Princeton area high schoolers are invited to create teams of 4-6 students to compete in a trivia night hosted by the Corner House Student Board. The trivia will cover a diverse range of categories including celebrity breakups, music, sports, history, and more. Winners will be awarded Hoagie Haven gift cards. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Corner House.

 

Teen Game-a-thon

Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.

The library’s Teen Advisory Board leads an afternoon of gaming challenges for students in middle school and up. Games include Twister, Giant Jenga, hoola hoop contests, “Minute to Win It” challenges and more. Come show off your gaming chops and win prizes, too! Community Room

 

 

RECURRING PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

 

Go Between Club

Saturdays, 2 p.m., April 13, May 11

All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. Conference Room

 

 

To Be Discussed (TBD)

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., April 23, May 28

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

 

 

Girls Who Code Club

Saturdays, 11 a.m., April 6; May 4, 18

Girls in grades 6 to12 are invited to explore core concepts of coding while building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends. Activities for all levels of experience will be included. Join the “Girls Who Code Club” mailing list on the library's events calendar for more information and class updates. Technology Center


Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Girls Who Code Club.

 

Code It

Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., April 11, 25; May 9, 23

Students in fourth through eighth grades are invited to drop in for an hour to learn

to code using the programming language Python. Each session includes a core concept and

exercise. No coding experience is necessary. Technology Center

 

Girl Code

Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., April 4, 18; May 2, 16

Girls in grades 4-8 are invited to drop in for an hour of an all-female coding class exploring the programming language Python. In each session, a core concept will be covered, along with an exercise to put your new skills to the test. No coding experience necessary. Sign up to receive class updates via the online events calendar. Instructors: Valeria Torres-Olivares and Kyara Torres-Olivares. Technology Center

 

Math Circle for Middle Schoolers

Saturdays, 3 p.m., April 20, May 4

Students in grades 6-8 engage in hands-on activities and solve puzzles designed by high school students at PRISMS. Important math concepts, including functions, geometry and combinatorics, will be explored. Co-Lab

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science.

 

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS

 

Dial-a-Poem

Daily During April

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Youth Services staff will read a different poem every day to callers over the phone. Call often to build phone literacy skills and develop an appreciation for poetry. Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1240, and ask to hear the poem of the day.

 

Continuing Conversations on Race

Mondays, 7 p.m., April 1, May 6

Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation. Community Room

 

Citizenship Preparation Classes

Wedesdays, 7 p.m., April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22

This series of eight classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Conference Room

Poets at the Library

Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.

Featured poets Dennis Nurkse and Coleen Marks read for 20 minutes from their works, followed by an open-mic session.

Nurkse’s 11th poetry collection is “Love in the Last Days.” He is the recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also taught poetry at Rikers Island and served on the board of Amnesty International-USA. Marks’ first book of poems is “Writing Naked.” She has been a human resources executive, and is an award-winning photographer. Marks is a graduate of Rutgers University where she studied with Alicia Ostriker who encouraged her Irish storytelling sensibility onto the path of poetry. Newsroom

 

Poets at the Library

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.

Featured readers read from their work followed by an open-mic session. Newsroom

 

 

SCORE Seminar: Starting a Small Business in New Jersey

Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.

Sonali Shah leads a workshop that focuses on the questions most frequently asked by entrepreneurs starting a small business. Topicsinclude factors that contribute to small business success, start-up options, common business structures, fundamentals of a business plan, basics of financial management for small business, potential sources of funds. Register at princeton.score.com. Princeton Room

 

 

Meet the Mayor

Fridays, 8:30 a.m., April 19, May 31

Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert in the library lobby through 10 a.m.

 

Job Seekers Sessions

Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 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. Community Room

 

What is Princeton Doing to be Climate Resilient?

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.

More extreme heat, flooding and health problems – this is what climate science says is in store for the Princeton region. Planning and preparation can help mitigate the worst of these effects and reduce the economic burden of dealing with them after the fact. Find out what Princeton is doing to be climate resilient. Refreshments will be served at this low waste event. Community Room

 

 

Open Archive: Princeton’s Civil War

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.

This event is a chance to explore Princeton’s connections to and involvement in the Civil War, including the war’s effect on local families and the notable Princetonians who were involved.

 

The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from the Historical Society of Princeton's vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions and be the historian themselves. HSP's curator of collections and research will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Discovery Center

 

 

A Celebration of Companion Animals with Patrick McDonnell

Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.

Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”) discusses his commitment to helping homeless animals and reads from his new books, “The MUTTS Summer Diaries” and “You Have Those Wild Eyes Again.” Brian Hackett, Humane Society of the United States New Jersey State Director, will then discuss important state animal initiatives for 2019. Weather permitting, animals from local animal shelters will be available for adoption on Hinds Plaza. Book will be available for sale and signing. Hinds Plaza and Community Room

 

The Gateway Project: Why You Should Care

Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Tom Wright of the Regional Plan Association gives a presentation on what the regional impact would be if one or both train tunnels under the Hudson River were closed for repairs. The tunnels are old, damaged by flooding and inadequate for current and future ridership.

Wright will present the findings from a recently released report commissioned by the Regional Plan Association. The discussion will be moderated by Ingrid Reed, former director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. Wright is president and CEO of the Regional Plan Association, an independent metropolitan research, planning and advocacy organization. Community Room

 

 

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Fridays, May 17, 31; June 14, 28; 7 p.m., Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Central Jersey Dance.

 

AARP Tax Help

Mondays through April 16, 8:45 a.m.

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income by appointment only. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (609) 924-9529, ext. 1220. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the AARP.

Origami Club for all Ages

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., April 10, May 8

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 8. Quiet Room

 

SCORE Seminar: Frugal Entrepreneurship

Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Shilpi Mahajan leads this workshop on using creativity instead of cash to “bootstrap” a business and discovering innovative tools that help entrepreneurs spend time, energy and money wisely and strategically. Registration required at princeton.score.org. Newsroom

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

April & May Events at Princeton Public Library

 

MONDAY, APRIL 1

April 1, 9 a.m.

AARP Tax Aides

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Continuing Conversations on Race

Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate discussions of race-related issues. Princeton Room

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

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

April 3, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

 

April 3, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

First in a series of nine classes offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist in preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history and civics lessons and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Classes run weekly through May 29. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Task Force.

 

April 3, 7 p.m.

Author Ann Leary

The author discusses and signs copies of her latest book, “The Good House.” The novel tells the story of Hildy Good, a successful real estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother who is in complete denial about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she’s known all her life. Community Room.

See Feature Story, Page 3

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

April 4, 11:30 a.m.

Widows Support Group 

Please register for this widows-only group by calling 609.252.2362.

Quiet Room

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

April 5, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

 

April 5, 6:30 p.m.

Evenings with Friends:

“The Ethics of Politics”

The Friends of Princeton Public Library present a discussion about the ethics of politics between humorist and former “Ethicist” columnist for The New York Times Magazine Randy Cohen and Rep. Rush Holt. $50 includes food, wine and a tax-deductible donation to the library. Attendance limited to 50. Please visit princetonlibrary.org/friends/conversations for further information and to make reservations. Community Room

See Feature Story, Page 7

 

TEENS April 5, 7 p.m.

First Friday

For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Teen Center

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

 

Sunday April 7, 2 p.m.

Book Launch:

“U.S. 1 Worksheets”

The U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative will launch the 40th anniversary issue of its journal.

Volume 58 is dedicated to Liz Socolow, one of the founding members of the group. Established in 1973, the cooperative has met continuously once a week in members’ homes for critique sessions. With Delaware Valley Poets, the cooperative co-sponsors a monthly reading series at the library. Community Room

 

April 7, 4 p.m.

ESL Class

Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, APRIL 8

April 8, 9 a.m.

AARP Tax Aides

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

April 8, 6:30 p.m.

Python Users Group

This monthly meeting is for anyone interested in the Python computer programming language. All age levels and skills levels welcome. Sessions include talks by other members and invited guests as well as interactive sessions. Registration required at www.meetup.com/pug-ip.

Community Room

 

April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Poets at the Library

Featured poets Dave Worrell and Mark Brunetti read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Worrell’s first chapbook, “We Who Were Bound,” was published last August.  His poems have appeared in U.S. 1 Worksheets, Mad Poets Review, Exit 13, Wild River Review, Fox Chase Review, Adanna and the Casa de Cinco Hermanas journal. He has performed his music-backed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and The Cornelia Street Café in New York. Brunetti is the publisher of The Idiom Magazine and Piscataway House Publications. His works have appeared in the Patterson and Edison literary reviews and LIPS Magazine. He is set to receive a master’s degree in poetry from William Paterson University this spring. His poetry chapbook, “Airplane Lies Without a Home,” won the 2007 DIY Book Contest. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Coop.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

April 9, 7 p.m.

Talk: “Getting Your Papers

Under Control”

Linda Richter of Personal Paperwork Solutions talks about getting control of all the paperwork we’re inundated with these days. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

 

KIDS April 10, 11 a.m.

Singalong Pete

Classic and contemporary folk songs are featured in this fun, interactive concert for preschoolers and their grown-ups. Community Room

 

April 10, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

April 10, 6:30 p.m.

Origami Club 

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. The club is not just for kids; adults are invited, too, and must accompany anyone under the age of 7. Third Floor

April 10, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Task Force.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

April 11, 10:30 a.m.

Fiction Book Group

Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” Ben Fountain’s novel about a group of Iraqi war heroes who appear alongside Destiny’s Child during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show. Over the course of one day, Spc. Billy Lynn is thrust into the company of the Cowboys’ owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Conference Room

April 11, 11 a.m.

Winter Farmers

and Crafters Market

Locally made products, such as artisanal cheeses and honey from farmers and the works of many craftspeople, are available for purchase during this five-hour event. Community Room

April 11, 7 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses “Pym” by Mat Johnson. When recently fired professor Chris Jaynes discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that confirms the reality of Edgar Allan Poe’s strange and only novel, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,” he and an all-black crew of six set out to find Tsalal, the remote island that Poe describes. Princeton Room

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

April 12, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

April 13, 10:30 a.m.

QuickBooks

Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. This class is limited to eight participants. Please register online at scoreprinceton.org.

Technology Center

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

 

April 13, 10 a.m.

Local Author Day Workshop: “Writing a Novel: Plotting the Story and Finding Your Voice”

Author and award-winning Star Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno presents a workshop for published and non-published writers as part of Local Author Day. Participation limited to 25. Register at princetonlibrary.org

Community Room

April 13, 11 a.m.

Local Author Day Workshop: “Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative Voice”

Author Jon Gibbs presents a fun, informative hands-on workshop as part of Local Author Day. Attendees should bring the first 10 pages of a finished manuscript or work-in-progress. Open to published and non-published writers. Register at princetonlibrary.org

Community Room

April 13, 1 p.m.

Local Author Day Book Fair

Area authors display and sign books as part of a daylong event that begins with morning workshops for writers that are open to the community. Four

featured authors will read for 12-

15 minutes each. Ten additional writers, chosen by lottery, will read or speak for 5-7 minutes each. Community Room

 

KIDS April 13, 2 p.m.

All SET

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on experiments in science, engineering and technology. Please register by visiting the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Third floor

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

 

April 14, 2 p.m.

Happy Birthday,

Mr. Shakespeare

We join forces with McCarter Theatre Center to celebrate the Bard’s birthday. There will be crafts for all ages, a chance to participate in or watch Princeton’s first-ever Shakespeare Slam, featuring sonnets and soliloquies. And what’s a birthday party without cake? We’ll have some of the cupcake variety. McCarter’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” is April 2-21.

Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library

and  McCarter Theatre Center.

 

April 14, 4 p.m.

ESL Class

Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 15

April 15, 9 a.m.

AARP Tax Aides

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Mystery Book Group

Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “The Expats” by Chris Pavone. Former CIA agent Kate Morgan and her family are settling into the expat life in Luxembourg. But when her husband begins to act suspiciously and some of the Americans she meets are not what they seem, she puts her training to work to find out what’s going on. Quiet Room

April 15, 7 p.m.

Job Search Strategies

for Older Workers

Carol King, director of Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers of The Princeton Senior Resource Center, discusses strategies for competing in the new work place, updating your skills, networking, dealing with ageism, job searching on the internet and avoiding job scams. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

April 16, 7 p.m.

Writers Room Group

Writers of all genres receive feedback about their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

April 17, 7 p.m.

Círculo de Lectura “La muerte lenta de Luciana B.” por Guillermo Martínez

Luciana sospecha que el misterioso autor Kloster, cuyas novelas transcribió durante diez años, es el responsable de las muertes una a una de sus seres más queridos. En la desesperación recurre a la única persona capaz de adentrarse al universo de Kloster. Princeton Room

April 17, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

April 18, 11:30 a.m.

Widows Support Group 

All widows are welcome to attend by calling 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room

April 18, 7 p.m.

The Knit Nook

Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly sessions for adult knitters. Bring your own supplies and share your stories and tips in a friendly gathering place for knitters. Please note: The Knit Nook is not a knitting class, but adult knitters with all levels of experience are welcome. Quiet Room, first floor

 

April 18, 7 p.m.

Author Shannon K. O’Neil

The author discusses “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead,” her new book about the need for the United States to look beyond the drug violence in Mexico and forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor where growing opportunities for success are creating a stable middle class. Community Room

 

April 18, 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Lynn Levin

The award-winning poet reads from her fourth full-length poetry collection, the recently released “Miss Plastique.” A poet, writer, and translator, Levin’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s radio show “The Writer’s Almanac.” She is currently involved in translating the work of Odi Gonzales, a Peruvian Andean poet. Levin teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the Library and Ragged Sky Press.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

April 19, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

KIDS April 19, 4 p.m.

Let’s Dance

This popular monthly event for the preschool set (and their parents) features dancing to pop tunes from the ‘60s through today.

Community Room

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

April 20, 9 a.m.

Princeton Future:

“Best Practices”

The second of three sessions in the Plan Our Future series sponsored by the citizens advisory group concerned with planning and development. This session will examine which tools and techniques can lead to effective decision-making and implementation. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library

and Princeton Future.

TEENS April 20, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club

This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library to discuss books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs and have a say in library services. New members are always welcome, but participation is limited to 25. Conference Room

 

April 21, 4 p.m.

ESL Class

Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

 

April 23, 7 p.m.

McCarter Live at the Library

Members of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company discuss next month’s performance of their first musical production, “Into the Woods,” at McCarter Theatre. The program will introduce the company’s signature style of inventive, physical storytelling and include a few sneak-peek numbers from the Sondheim musical. Fiasco Theater made a huge splash in New York last year with their six-person version of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” “Into the Woods,” which runs May 2-June 2, is the company’s McCarter debut. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

 

April 23, 7 p.m.

Books on Tap

Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “The Middlesteins,” Jami Attenberg’s novel about two very different siblings trying to control their mother’s food obsession and massive weight gain after their father walks out. Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10 percent discount on an appetizer. Yankee Doodle Tap room, Nassau Inn

April 23, 7 p.m.

Socrates Café

Participants seek wisdom and knowledge by presenting multiple perspectives on topics of interest to the group. Everyone is invited. Conference Room

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

April 24, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for creative writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

 

April 24, 7 p.m.

Princeton Symphony Soundtracks: “Music Lessons: A Guide for Parents”

The orchestra’s Bravo program presents a panel of experts to answer questions about developing your child’s musical side. Panelists include cello teacher Lynne Beiler; Amy Glennon, education director at The New School for Music Study; LuAnn Longenecker, head of the Early Childhood Department at Westminster Conservatory; and PSO Executive Director Melanie Clarke.  PSO Education Coordinator Carol Burden is moderator. Community Room

 

April 24, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

 

April 25, 7 p.m.

Talk: “Bridging the Gender Gap of Learning”

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart Headmaster Olen Kalkus discusses recent research on gender differences in brain development in children and how these findings apply to education. Part of the Inside a Child’s Mind speaker series. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

April 26, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

 

TEENS April 27, 10 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt

Middle-schoolers and teens will compete in groups to find hidden treasures across the community and Princeton University. Please assemble in the Story Room on the third floor.

 

KIDS April 27, 2 p.m.

Explorers Club

This book club, open to children in grades 1-5, uses stories, folk tales, picture and chapter books, and songs, to bring the culture of countries around the world to life. Please register at the online calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room

April 27, 11 a.m.

Illustrator Olivier Tallec

The illustrator of more than 50 children’s books including “Big Wolf and Little Wolf,” “Gus is a Fish,” and “Thumbelina of Toulaba” will discuss his work. Fireplace Area, second floor

KIDS April 27, 3 p.m.

Chinese Music Program

For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.  Community Room

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

April 28, 4 p.m.

ESL Class

Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

May 1, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for creative writers. Princeton Room

May 1, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

 

KIDS+ May 1, 6:30 p.m.

Spelling Bee

The library’s fourth annual spelling bee features a game-show format where teams of fourth- through eighth-graders compete. Every participant gets a prize. Please register in the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org

Community Room

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 2

May 2, 11:30 a.m.

Widows Support Group 

Please register for this widows-only group by calling 609.252.2362.

Quiet Room

May 2, 7 p.m.

Gente y Cuentos

In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants offer personal perspectives of characters in the story. Conference Room

 

FRIDAY, MAY 3

May 3, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

TEENS May 3, 7 p.m.

First Friday for Teens

For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Teen Center

SATURDAY, MAY 4

 

May 4, 10 a.m.

SCORE Small Business Fair

This six-hour annual event brings together experts in entrepreneurship, financing, web design, marketing and franchising for the benefit of those looking to start a new business or keep an existing one healthy. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, SCORE of Princeton, banking and other industries will be on hand to lend advice and resources. Breakout sessions include “Leveraging Internet Marketing and Social Media to Grow your Business”; “Business Planning Basics: Your Roadmap to Success and Tool for Funding”; “Financial Management Tips and Tools for the Small Business Owner/ Entrepreneur” Please visit scoreprinceton.org for a schedule of breakout sessions. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chapter of SCORE.

 

May 4, 8 a.m.

Bus Tour: “Literary Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance”

New York historian Justine Ferate is the guide on this tour of various sites associated with W.E.B. DuBois, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Langstson Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance authors. Presented by the Friends of Princeton Public Library, the tour also includes a stop at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan and the former home of George Washington. During the tour, attention will also be paid to the recent transformations in Harlem. Limited to 30. Reserve at princetonlibrary.org/friends/tours. Tickets are $135. Proceeds benefit the library.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 5

 

May 5, 1 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo

The library joins the Arts Council of Princeton in presenting this annual celebration of Mexican culture, featuring family friendly activities, music and dancing. Hinds Plaza.

Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton.

 

May 5,  4 p.m.

ESL Class

Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, MAY 6

 

May 6, 7 p.m.

Film: “Mondays in the Sun”

Set in the Spanish port city of Vigo, this 2002 film by Fernando León de Aranoa’s is a touching drama about a group of working-class men who find themselves unemployed and unwanted in middle age. Javier Bardem stars. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour,

53 minutes. Community Room

 

May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Mystery Book Group

Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “Bruno, Chief of Police” by Martin Walker. Murder comes to the French countryside as Chief Bruno and a young Parisian policewoman work together to solve the murder of an elderly North African ex-soldier. Quiet Room

May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Continuing Conversations on Race

Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues. Princeton Room

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

 

TUESDAY, MAY 7

 

May 7, 10 a.m.

Flavors of Princeton

Jon Hauge, owner of Savory Spice Shop in Princeton, returns to the library to present his popular overview of spices, their practical uses and the subtle differences.  Community Room

 

May 7, 7 p.m.

Writers Room Group

Writers of all genres receive feedback for their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

May 8, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for creative writers. Princeton Room

May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Origami Club 

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. The club is not just for kids; adults are invited, too, and must accompany anyone under the age of 7. Third Floor

 

TEENS+ May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Ask Me Anything: Teen Edition

High school seniors will share what they wish they had known about high school as underclassmen. Topics include classes to take or avoid, dynamics of friendships and more. Community Room

May 8, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room

THURSDAY, MAY 9

May 9, 10:30 a.m.

Fiction Book Group

Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt. Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them. Conference Room

May 9, 7 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses “Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” Ayana Mathis’s debut work of fiction, which tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one family. Captured here in 12 narrative threads is the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Princeton Room

May 9, 7 p.m.

Gente Y Cuentos

Latin American short stories discussed in Spanish from a personal perspective. Conference Room

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10

May 10, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 11

May 11, 10:30 a.m.

QuickBooks

Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. Please register online at scoreprinceton.org. Technology Center

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

KIDS May 11, 2 p.m.

All SET

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on experiments in science, engineering and technology. Registration required at princetonlibrary.org. Third Floor

 

SUNDAY, MAY 12

 

May 12, 3 p.m.

Lecture in Song: Fred Miller

Pianist and singer Miller presents one of his popular programs about the incomparable team of Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Community Room

MONDAY, MAY 13

March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Python Users Group

This monthly meeting is for anyone interested in the Python computer programming language. All age levels and skills levels welcome. Sessions include talks by other members and invited guests as well as interactive sessions. Registration required at www.meetup.com/pug-ip. Community Room

 

May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Poets at the Library

Featured poets Elaine Terranova and John McDermott read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Terranova is the author of “Dollhouse,” “Dames Rocket,” and other books of poetry including “The Cult of the Right Hand” which won the 1990 Walt Whitman Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other magazines and publications. Terranova has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. McDermott is an associate professor of English as a Second Language at Union County College and former poetry editor of U.S.1 Worksheets. He has read at the Dodge Poetry Festival and has served as a Dodge Poet, working with teachers and students for many years. His poems have appeared in many journals Fireplace Area, second floor

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

 

TUESDAY, MAY 14

May 14, 7 p.m.

Talk: “How to Outlast Your Retirement Portfolio” 

Richard Bianchetti, a certified financial planner and wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, discusses ways to make sure your retirement portfolio lasts as long as you need it to.  Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

May 14, 7 p.m.

Film: “No Eres Tu, soy yo”

Javier wishes only to be happy with Maria, but soon after their wedding, destiny changes their plans. What would a man put himself through in order to accept the loss of the woman he loves and recover confidence in love again? In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Community Room

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

May 15, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room

May 15, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

May 15, 7 p.m.

Círculo de Lectura : “Vlad” por Carlos Fuentes

Eres feliz. Entonces tu jefe te encarga un trabajo extraoficial, nada muy complicado, se trata solamente de conseguir una casa para un excéntrico conde rumano. Y cuando crees que has terminado con tu labor, te das cuenta que tu pesadilla en esa casa, apenas comienza … Princeton Room

May 15, 7 p.m.

Author Steve Schirripa

The actor, “Sopranos” cast member and New York Times bestselling author talks about and signs copies of his book  “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher than I Look.” Schirripa encourage fathers “to return to commonsense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.” Community Room

 

THURSDAY, MAY 16

 

May 16, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

The weekly market returns to Hinds Plaza, where it will be held through November. Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza

May 16, 11:30 a.m.

Widows Support Group 

All widows are welcome to attend by calling 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room

May 16, 7 p.m.

The Knit Nook

Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly sessions for adult knitters. Bring your own supplies and share your stories and tips in a friendly gathering place for knitters. Please note: The Knit Nook is not a knitting class, but adult knitters with all levels of experience are welcome. Quiet Room

May 16, 7 p.m.

Gente Y Cuentos

In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants recount their personal experiences and how they relate to the characters in the story. Conference Room

 

FRIDAY, MAY 17

May 17, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

KIDS May 17, 4 p.m.

Let’s Dance

This popular monthly event for the preschool set (and their parents) features dancing to pop tunes from the ‘60s through today. Community Room

SATURDAY, MAY 18

TEENS May 18, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club

This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library to discuss books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs and have a say in library services. New members are always welcome, but participation is limited to 25. Conference Room

SUNDAY, MAY 19

May 19, 3 p.m.

Film: “Rudo y cursi”

Stuck working on a banana ranch, two very competitive soccer-playing brothers dream of finding stardom off the farm, Beto as a pro goalie and Toto as a singer, but the effort might break their bond of brotherhood. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Community Room

 

MONDAY, MAY 20

May 20, 7 p.m.

Voluntourism

Carol King, director of Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, talks about volunteering overseas, a different way of seeing the world and meeting people while giving back.

Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers Program.

May 20, 7 p.m.

Film: “Sin Nombre”

Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to the United States. Along the way, she crosses paths with a Mexican gang member who is trying to outrun his violent past and elude his former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey toward the hope of new lives. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Community Room

 

TUESDAY, MAY 21

May 21, 7 p.m.

Writers Room Group

Writers of all genres receive feedback for their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

May 22, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room

May 22, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class  

Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

 

THURSDAY, MAY 23

May 23, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza

May 23, 7 p.m.

Gente Y Cuentos

In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants recount their personal experiences and how they relate to the characters in the story. Conference Room

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25

KIDS May 25, 2 p.m.

Explorers Club

This book club, open to children in grades 1-5, uses stories, folk tales, picture and chapter books, and songs to bring the culture of countries around the world to life. Please register at the online calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room

 

MONDAY, MAY 27

The library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

TUESDAY, MAY 28

May 28, 7 p.m.

Books on Tap

Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “The Fault in Our Stars” John Green’s novel about a 16-year-old cancer patient whose chance meeting with a boy at a support group changes her perspective on love, loss and life. Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10 percent discount on an appetizer.

Yankee Doodle Tap room, Nassau Inn

May 28, 7 p.m.

Socrates Café

Participants seek wisdom and knowledge through interactive discussion, questioning, and presenting multiple perspectives on topics of interest to the group. Everyone is invited. Conference Room

May 28, 7 p.m.

Film: “La Engua

de las mariposas”

Set in 1936, this touching story of the power of friendship explores the relationship between a shy young boy and a compassionate teacher who helps him find his way in an increasingly frightening world. Their lives unexpectedly change when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Community Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

May 29, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Class 

For full description, see April 3 entry.  Conference Room

May 29, 5 p.m.

Wednesday Writers Workshop

Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room

THURSDAY, MAY 30

May 30, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza May 30, 7 p.m.

Author Ron Berler

The author discusses “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools,” his book about Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Conn., and those who populate it: administrators and faculty, students and their parents, the superintendent and local school board. The book chronicles the struggles each of them face over the course of the 2010-11 school term, and the hard, sometimes regretful choices school personnel are forced to make in order to keep themselves and their school afloat. Community Room

May 30, 7 p.m.

Gente Y Cuentos

Discussion of Latin American short stories in Spanish. Conference Room

 

FRIDAY, MAY 31

May 31, 10 a.m.

Programs for Job Seekers

For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

 

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