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April Events @Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library, Sands Library Building, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 609.924.9529



R. Jisung Park in Conversation with Allison Carruth

Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.

The author discusses his recently published book "Slow Burn: The Hidden Costs of a Warming World," with Allison Carruth. Community Room


Dylan C. Penningroth

Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m.

The author and UC Berkeley professor discusses his new book, "Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights" with Wallace D. Best and Hendrik Hartog of Princeton University. Community Room


Elizabeth Matto with John Farmer

Thursday, April 25, 7 p..m.

The author is joined in conversation by John Farmer to discuss her new book "To Keep the Republic: Thinking, Talking, and Acting like a Democratic Citizen."

Community Room


J. Robert Hillier

Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.

The author and architect discusses "Hillier: Selected Works," co-written with architect Barbara A. Hillier, his wife, at this Book Brunch event. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Community Room


Michael Cook with Sadaf Jaffer

Tuesday, April 30, 6 p.m.

The author and Princeton University professor is joined by research scholar Sadaf Jaffer to discuss his forthcoming book “A History of the Muslim World: From Its Origins to the Dawn of Modernity.” Community Room


Local Author Day: Book Promotion Strategies

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

Registration required for link.


Local Author Day: Author Fair

Saturday, April 27, 1:30 p.m.

Local published authors sell and sign books for all ages on the library’s first floor.


Local Author Day: Revision and Editing Workshop

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m., on Zoom

Registration required.


Local Author Day for Youth: Prepping for Publication

Sunday, April 28, 12:30 p.m.

For writers in grades 5-8. Registration required, STEAM Studio





Film and Q&A: “Descendant”

Wednesday, April 3, 7:15 p.m.

A screening of the award-winning documentary about the descendants of the last known slave ship is followed by a Q&A with Joycelyn Davis of Clotilda Descendants Association and filmmaker Kern Jackson. Community Room


Princeton Environmental Film Festival: “Inundation District”

Friday, April 5, 4 p.m.

Community Room


Princeton Environmental Film Festival: “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva”

Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Community Room


PEFF Shorts Block 1

Saturday, April 6, 9:15 a.m.

Selection of short films. Community Room


PEFF Shorts Block 2

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.

A selection of short films. Community Room


PEFF: “The Asbestos City”

Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m.

Community Room


PEFF: “399: Queen of the Tetons”

Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m.

Community Room


PEFF: “Cowboy Poets”

Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m.

Community Room


PEFF: “The Wonder and the Worry”

Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m.

Community Room


PEFF: “The Arc of Oblivion” at the Princeton Garden Theatre

Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m.


“American Fiction”

Friday, April 12, 4 p.m.

Based on the 2001 novel “Erasure” by Percival Everett. Rated R. 1 hour, 57 minutes. Community Room


“Le Petit Nicolas”

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., Community Room

Registration required. Part of the Princeton French Film Festival.


“Passages” at the Princeton Garden Theatre

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Part of the International Cinema Series. Tickets required.


“Godzilla s. Megalon” at the Princeton Garden Theatre

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.

Tickets required.


“Coco Ferme”

Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.

Part of the Princeton French Film Festival.

Registration required. Community Room


Cake and Cinema: Short Films About the Sands Library Building

Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Short films about library history, public art and architecture screened to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sands Library Building. Cake will be served. Community Room





Citizenship Prep Course

Monday, April 1, 6 p.m.

Free, 12-week course prepares people for the U.S. citizenship test. Registration required. Conference Room


Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, April 1, 7 p.m., on Zoom

Dr. Roberto Schiraldi, trauma therapist, racial justice activist and former Not In Our Town Princeton board member, presents "White Supremacy Cultural Values: Healing the Disease That Hurts Us All." Register for link.


Meet the Friends of Herrontown Woods

Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lobby

Learn about the work of the Friends of Herrontown Woods and potential volunteer opportunities.


Lecture: Willliam Still and Moravec’s Sanctuary Road

Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m., Community Room

Samuel Still, executive director of the Dr. James Still Historic Site and Education Center, discusses his family, including William Still, conductor on the Underground Railroad.


Drop in and Knit

Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 10 a.m.

Bring your knitting and/or crochet project (and your own supplies) to these drop-in social gatherings. Sessions will not include instruction. Community Room


Neurodiverse Crafts and Games

Thursday, April 4, 18, 4 p.m.

Neurodivergent individuals 17 and older who would like to connect with others are invited to attend a craft session to work on creative projects brought from home. STEAM Studio



The Psychology of Disinformation and Conspiratorial Thinking

Thursday, April 25, 1 p.m.

Final program in a three-part series about accessing credible information and news literacy skills for responsible civic engagement.

Registration required. Technology Center


Tribute Concert: Tony Bennet and Bill Evans: The Legendary Recordings

Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., Community Room

The legendary recordings of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans are performed by pianist Joel Zelnik with vocalist Tony Corrao during this Jazz Appreciation Month concert.





Creating with Canva

Monday, April 1, 1 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


Using Google Sheets and Forms

Monday, April 15, 1 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


Mastering Google Docs

Thhursday, April 18, 10 a.m. on Zoom

Register for link.


Social Media for Authors

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center





“The Importance of Queer Storytelling”

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Community Room

Comedian and actress Madelein Smith discusses why it is important to see positive queer representation in media.


Neurodivergent Crafts and Games for Youth

Thursday, April 11, 25, 4 p.m.

Neurodivergent youth, ages 10-16, are invited to attend a crafts and games session to work on creative projects brought from home.



Parent and Baby Support Group

Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Early childhood experts Krista Gervon and Jillian Best Adler lead an informal discussion and support group for parents of infants and toddlers. Story Room


Chemistry for Kids

Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.

Princeton University chemistry graduate students give demonstrations and lead hands-on experiments for kids 8 and up. STEAM Studio


I Read This Book

Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Community Room

Members of the Teen Advisory Board talk about their favorite recent books.


Taylor Swift Album Release Party

Friday, April 19, 4 p.m., Community Room


Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, April 19, 7 p.m., Community Room

Register through library website to perform.







April Events @Princeton Public Library





Christopher Kloeble

Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m.

The German author discusses his 2020 novel "The Museum of the World," which has been translated to English, and how the story changes views of colonialism, with journalist Kushanava Choudhury. Community Room


Daphne Kalotay in Converation with A.M. Homes

Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.

At this book launch event for "The Archivists: Stories," author Daphne Kalotay will be in discussion with A.M. Homes. Book signing to follow. Community Room


Kevin Kruise and Julian Zelizer

Library Live at Labyrinth

Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m.

The editors of "Myth America" discuss the newly released collection of essays by an all star team of fellow historians who push back against a crisis of bad history and misinformation. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.








“DC League of Super Pets”

Friday, April 7, 2 p.m.

PG. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Community Room


“The Whale”

Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

Rated R. 1 hour, 57 minutes. Community Room


“They Survived Together”

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m.

This award-winning documentary is being screened on the eve of the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. Community Room


“A Man Called Otto”

Tuesday, April 25, 3 p.m.

PG-13. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Community Room






Ask the Mac Pros

Tuesday, April 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group help resolve questions about Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session. Technology Center


Virtual Tech Class: Paperless Vacation Planning

Wednesday, April 12,10 a.m.

Registration required. Via Zoom Technology Center


Productivity Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


A Guide to iCloud

Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


Research Princeton History

Tuesday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center




Fiction Book Group

Thursday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.

The group discusses, "The Personal Librarian" by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. Community Room


Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, April 13, 7:15 p.m.

The group discusses "You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame, Resilience, and the Black Experience" by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown.

 Via Google Meet. See events calendar for link.





Friday, April 7, 9:45 a.m.

Overcoming Legal Discrimination in Job Search

Community Room


Friday, April 14, 9:45 a.m.

Executive recruiter Janelle Razzino is presenter.

Community Room


Friday, April 21, 9:45 a.m.

The Resilient Job Seeker

Community Room


Friday, April 28, 9:45 a.m.

Career Pivot Dos and Don’ts

Community Room




Build with Lego

Monday, April 17, 4 p.m.

Drop-in, non-competitive Lego session including building time and design sharing. STEAM Studio


Teens: Go Between Club

Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m.

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders discuss books and other interests. STEAM Studio


Science Circle

Saturday, April 15, 3 p.m.

Young scientists in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on science activities. Important concepts, focusing on different scientific disciplines each month, will be explored. CoLab Space


Sensory Storyime

Monday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.

This program for children ages 2 and older is especially welcoming to those who are differently abled, on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. Registration is required and limited. Story Room


Drop-in Chess Sessions

Saturday, April 15, 29, 3-4:30 p.m.

For children in grades 2-6. Story Room


Cover to Cover Book Group

Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m.

Children in grades 3-5 can meet new friends, talk about books, play games and more in this fun book group. STEAM Studio


Read & Craft Book Group

Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

For K-2. Story Room


Teens: Craft, Chat and Chill

Tuesday, April 25, 5 p.m.

Paint positive thoughts on a wooden sign in the Teen Center.


Women in the Lead Book Club

Tuesday, April 11, 25, 4:30 p.m.

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to read and discuss books about the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and around the world. Story Room


Outdoor Storytime at Princeton Shopping Center

Tuesday, April 18, 25, 10:30 a.m.

Interactive event featuring books, songs and movement for children of all ages with adult caregiver. Bring a blanket; check website for weather updates. Courtyard


Storytime with Author Katey Howes

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month with award-winning picture book author and poet Katey Howes. Story Room


Earth Day and Outdoor Storytime at Herrontown Woods

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Outdoor activities include crafting and other hands-on, Earth Day-themed activities, including an Outdoor Storytime at 1 p.m. in the Barden (Botanical Art Garden).


Teens: How to Build a PC

Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Teens in grades 6 to 12 will learn about the parts of a PC and the basics of how to build a computer in this info session led by a Princeton Day School student. Registration encouraged. STEAM Studio


Teens: Spring Python Series

Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m.; April 29 and May 6, 2 p.m.

Registration Required. Technology Center


Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 27, 3-5 p.m.

Self-directed poetry activities and crafts. Third Floor


Local Author Day Workshop: Prepping for Publication

Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m.

Writers in grades 5 to 8 are invited to bring a work in progress of up to 2500 words to workshop as a group and prepare to pitch for publication in youth literary journals. Registration required. STEAM Studio





Writers Room

Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Writers receive constructive feedback at these twice-monthly group sessions during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Conference Room


Writers Room Poets

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Poets read from works in progress and receive peer feedback at these virtual sessions. Registration required.




Panel Discussion: Becoming Gatekeepers of Our Truth

Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m.

Dr. Jessica Jamese Williams gives a talk about "radical self love" followed by a panel discussion. Part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birth. In person and virtual. Community Room


Preparing Students with Disabilities for College

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Learning disabilities specialist and author Elizabeth Hamblet discusses preparing students for a successful college transition. CoLab Space, Third Floor


Virtual Program: How to Manage Your Paper

Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.

Professional organizers Marie Limpert and Annmarie Brogan discuss techniques for managing everyday paperwork with ease and offer organizing solutions to common challenges. A Q&A will follow. Register for link.


Meet the Human Services Department

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community members are invited to meet members of the Princeton Human Services Department during these "open office'" hours. Lobby


Open Acoustic Jam Session

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.

At this inclusive and open jam for local musicians, chord charts and lyrics for songs will be provided. Community Room


AARP Tax Assistance by Appointment

Mondays through April 17

AARP volunteers prepare and electronically file Federal and N.J. individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low and moderate income. Call 609-924-9529 ext. 1220 to register. Community Room


Meet the Superintendent

Monday, April 12, 4:30-6 p.m., Lobby

Parents, students and community members are invited to meet Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley during these 'open office' hours.


Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, April 11, 26, 10:30 a.m

Sketchers of all abilities and experience levels meet monthly to sketch, draw and paint together in this social art group. Registration is requested. Conference Room


Downtown Princeton Gallery Crawl

Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7 p.m.

Stroll around town and drop in to open houses at the Arts Council of Princeton, Art@Bainbridge, Art on Hulfish and the library to enjoy live music, food and drink, art making, and gallery activities. Lobby


Tabletop Game Night

Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m.

Everyone 16 and older is invited to enjoy an evening of playing tabletop and strategy games. The library will provide several games, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Join as individuals or groups. Community Room


Workshop: Stitch a Corner Bookmark

Sunday, April 23, noon

Kick off National Library Week at this workshop where participants will use felt and embroidery floss to stitch a personalized bookmark. All materials will be supplied. Registration required. Community Room


Library of Things Pop-up

Monday, April 24, 2 p.m.

Items that are part of our Library of Things will be displayed for visitors to learn about and explore. Lobby


“Toni Morrison: Sites of Memory: The Making of an Exhibit”

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Autumn Womack and the curatorial team for "Toni Morrison: Sites of Memory" give a behind the scenes account of the three years of research and work that went into the creation of the exhibit. Community Room


Panel: The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site - History, Culture, Education and Environmental Justice

Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.

Chief Vincent Mann will be joined by Professor Jack Tchen and Anita Bakshi to talk about The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund site. Community Room


Presentation: Backyard Composting

Thursday, April 27, 6 p.m.

Bainy Sury of Eco Community Solutions presents "No Waste JerZ," a presentation and workshop designed to share innovative ideas to eliminate waste and encourage composting. Community Room


Local Author Day: Building a Direct Connection with Readers

Friday, April 28, 7 p.m., viz Zoom

Penny C. Sansevieri, founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts Inc., shares how to build connections with readers, drive more word-of-mouth recommendations, get more reviews and sell more books.Register for link.


Local Author Day: Crafting a Compelling Query Letter

Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m.

Author Liz Alterman outlines how to write a winning query letter to pitch a manuscript to a literary agent or publisher. Registration required. Tech Center


Local Author Day Author Fair

Saturday, April 29, 1:30-4 p.m.

Find fiction and nonfiction for all ages from local published authors who will be available to sell and sign their books on the first floor of the library.


Poetry Reading: Judy Rowe Michaels

Sunday, April 30, 3 p.m.

The award-winning poet and retired Princeton Day School educator reads from "This Morning the Mountain," her fourth volume of poetry. Refreshments and book signing to follow. Community Room
















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