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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
 

6:30 p.m.
Rethinking Society: Challenges and Hopes for the 21st Century
Marc Fleurbaey, Princeton University professor and co-director of the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), will present highlights and key findings from "A Manifesto for Social Progress," the companion book to IPSP's three-volume report "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century." Written by Fleurbaey and other IPSP members, the book brings together the key messages of the IPSP report on which nearly 300 researchers from around the world worked for three years on the prospects for social progress in the light of today's social sciences. Multi-media journalist Sofie Wolthers will screen her documentary "A New Society" and then Wolthers, Fleurbaey, and Robert E. Kuenne, professor in economics and humanistic studies, will lead a post-event discussion on the challenges and hopes for the 21st century. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m., Little Pandas
10 a.m., PSG Workshop
3 p.m.,   Homework Help
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
 
 
 
5:30 p.m.
Open Archive: Segregation in Princeton
Artifacts and archival materials that tell the story of segregation in Princeton, from businesses to schools to the local fight for civil rights are on display. This Open Archive is presented in conjunction with the library and Historical Society of Princeton's Princeton Plan exhibition running through Dec. 21. Newsroom and Discovery Center 
 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Historical Society of Princeton.
 
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
6:30 p.m., Film: "RBG"

 
SPOTLIGHT: FIND THE PERFECT BOOK TO GIVE
 
 
Since World War II, when paper was one of the few commodities not being rationed, Icelanders have celebrated Christmas Eve by reading books they have received as gifts. The tradition, known as Jolabokaflod, or Christmas Book Flood, is one that book lovers everywhere can appreciate. Whether you're shopping for the holidays or someone's birthday, why not give the gift of a book? For someone who loves to cook, nothing could be as simple as a new cookbook from chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Featuring 130 new recipes, "Ottolenghi Simple" is the perfect selection for both experienced and novice cooks. For the historical fiction lover, Charles Frazier's "Varina" has it all: moral quandaries, love, loss, war, beautiful writing, and compelling characters. Looking for a science adventure? "Einstein's Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable" by Seth Fletcher follows the journey of five scientists who capture the first image of a black hole. Looking for more suggestions? Ask us in person, or get a personalized list by completing our Book It form. We're happy to help.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
 
 
 
6 p.m.
Library Live at Labyrinth
Daniel T. Rodgers: "As a City On a Hill"
Historian and Princeton University professor emeritus Daniel T. Rodgers discusses "As a City On a Hill: The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon." The book traces how a 1630 sermon by John Winthrop came to be seen as a founding document of American identity and exceptionalism and reveals the circuitous, unexpected ways his words came to lodge in American consciousness. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
 
Library Live at Labyrinth is a collaborative reading series between the library and Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
7 p.m., Ask A Lawyer
 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
 
6:30 p.m.
"The Looming Tower" Screening: Episode 1
Based on "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright, this 10-episode series traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. Subsequent episodes will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28. Newsroom
 
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
4:30 p.m., Code It
4:30 p.m., Homework Help
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: Developing a Personal Leadership Vision
Mike Palestina and Maggie Pazian lead an interactive session that will begin to develop your personal leadership vision and create a roadmap for lasting change. 
Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and PSG of Mercer County.
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
 
 
11 a.m.
Girls Who Code Club
Girls in grades 6 through 12 are invited to explore the core concepts of coding while building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends. Activities for all levels of experience will be included. Technology Center
 
Co-sponsored by Princeton High School Girls Who Code Club.
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
3 p.m., VOICES
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
 
3 p.m.
CD Release: Dan Rauchwerk with TR Peterson
New York-based songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist  Dan Rauchwerk launches "We Are More Than What We Leave Behind," his debut album. Rauchwerk will be joined by for the afternoon by local writer TR Peterson who will give relevant readings between songs. Community Room
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.,  SCORE Seminar: Intellectual Property
 
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.,   Film: "Three Identical Strangers" 
 
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.,   Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton
 
Thursday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m.,   Girl Code
 
Friday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.,  Film: "Crazy Rich Asians"
   
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.,  Indoor Snow Day
 
Sunday, Dec. 23, 3 p.m.,  Sunday Stories
  

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