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December Events at Princeton Public Library

Fred Miller: “Sentimental Journey: WWII And the Big Bands”

Sunday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m.

Library favorite Fred Miller delivers another popular Lecture-in-Song. This installment examines the era of 1938-1945, the time of big bands and the Second World War. Miller will point out historical popular culture, lingo, new inventions, crazes, commercial products and the popular songs of this distinct American era. Please visit the related exhibit in the Princeton Room on the second floor of the library before or after the show. Community Room 

 

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

The last in a series of four sessions on racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Prison Abolition and the Long Freedom Struggle," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Community Room 

Presented in partnership with Not In Our Town Princeton.

 

Princeton Sketchers

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 3, 17

Sketchers of all abilities meet monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at the library before walking to a chosen location in town, on campus or somewhere indoors, to sketch for two hours or so. Everyone shares their drawings with the group at the end of the session. The meetups are a fun way to share or discover a love of drawing, turning a solitary activity into a group event where ideas and tips are shared and new friendships are formed. There are no rules; participants choose their own subjects and mediums. Beginners are welcome, but must be high-school-age or older. Conference Room 

 

 

Author Roger V. Moseley: “Morality: A Natural History”

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

What is morality and what is the source of our moral ideas? In this book, Dr. Roger Moseley presents a multi-disciplinary discussion of the topic, revealing a common thread among seemingly diverse fields of study. Moseley posits that morality is rooted in evolutionary forces that optimize human welfare; and given that no species lasts forever, it is at our peril that we neglect our evolved moral values of cooperation, altruism, truthfulness and empathy. Community Room 

 

Open Archive: “Memorializing Princeton’s History”

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

The monuments and memorials found throughout Princeton take various forms — from trees to sculptures to green ovals on buildings. Stop by the Discovery Center to explore documents and artifacts that reveal the history behind these commemorations. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its 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. 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. Discovery Center 

Presented in partnership with Historical Society of Princeton.

 

Drop in and Knit

Wednesday, Dec. 4-Feb. 26, 10 a.m.

Bring your knitting or crochet project and join us for these drop-in sessions. Participants must provide their own supplies. Sessions will not include instruction. For more information about other knitting events, please visit https://princetonlibrary.org/knit-for-others/. Quiet Room 

 

 

 

Shrink Your Footprint On the Go

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Learn how you can help Princeton reduce emissions by exploring transportation options. This is the second of four programs in Sustainable Princeton's 2019-20 Great Ideas series focused on practical, actionable and evidence-based steps to reduce the footprint of our daily lives. Community Room 

Presented in partnership with Sustainable Princeton.

 

 

Author David Price: “The Road to Assunpink Creek: A New Look at the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution”

 

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Borrowing from his new book, David Price offers a new perspective on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution — the period from Dec. 25, 1776 through Jan. 3, 1777 — in which George Washington’s army won its first three significant victories. Price's latest work provides a unique interpretation of this critical period in American history by emphasizing the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek on Jan. 2, 1777. Price is a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania. He is also a historical interpreter at Princeton Battlefield State Park for the Princeton Battlefield Society. Community Room

 

“A Christmas Carol” Read-Aloud

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.

Usher in the spirit of the season and the return of McCarter Theatre Center’s production of the beloved holiday tale by participating in the fourth annual public community reading of Dickens’ 1843 novella. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beloved Victorian masterpiece which Dickens wrote to be read aloud. We will read the entire story from start to finish by the first-floor fireplace. All are invited and encouraged to attend — individuals, families, book clubs and groups — and to participate by reading a portion of the book. All reading levels are welcome. Readers are requested to arrive at the library at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their time slot and to remain for the full 30 minutes for which they signed up. There will be three to five readers per slot and each will read for seven to 10 minutes. Festive attire encouraged but not required. Please sign up to read through the library's events calendar. Drop-ins also welcome. Fireplace, first floor 

Presented in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center.

 

Poets at the Library

Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

Featured poets Edwin Romond and Lavinia Kumar read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Romond’s latest book is "Home Team: Poems about Baseball." He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state arts councils. His work has been featured on NPR’s "Writer’s Almanac," and his poem, "Champion,” won the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize. Kumar’s chapbook, "Beauty. Salon. Art," is the third for which she painted the cover art.  She is also the author of "The Celtic Fisherman’s Wife: A Druid Life" and "The Skin and Under." Newsroom 

Presented in partnership with US1 Poets’ Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets.

 

Winter Craft: Air Plant Containers

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Bring some greenery into your home this winter with hardy air plants. In this craft session, you'll learn the basics of macramé and work with clay and other materials to create personalized displays for your plants. Plants and materials will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. STEAM Studio 

 

 

Library Live at Labyrinth: Adam Higginbotham: “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.

The author discusses his years-in-the-making book - a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy and myth have obscured the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest disasters. He will be joined by Frank von Hippel, senior research physicist and professor of public and international affairs, emeritus, at the Woodrow Wilson School and Gregory B. Jaczko who was a chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is adjunct professor at Princeton University and Georgetown University.  Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

 

Historical Fiction Book Group

The Historical Fiction Book Group features scholar-led book discussions about the fictional elements and nonfictional historic and regional context of selected books. Registration is requested but not required at the Historical Society of Princeton website. Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Frank Wetta, a lecturer at Kean University, leads a discussion of "Their Finest Hour and a Half" by Lissa Evans, a story of Britain's Ministry of Information producing a propaganda film based on the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk.

 

Lecture: Joseph Benatov: “How the Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust”

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

In this talk, Joseph Benatov discusses the history of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust. In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia (Macedonia). At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. Benatov offers an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events and focuses on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials and politicians in the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jewish population. Benatov will also discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered and commemorated. Joseph Benatov holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has written on competing national narratives of the saving of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II; Jewish identity politics in Philip Roth’s early fiction; and the sensationalism of U.S. representations of life behind the Iron Curtain. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays staged to wide acclaim in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also the English translator of the contemporary Bulgarian novel "Zift." Every summer Dr. Benatov leads Sephardic trips to the Balkans. Community Room 

 

 

Friday Feature Film: “Blinded by the Light”

Friday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Based on the experiences of British-Pakistani journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, this film follows a Muslim teenager in 1980s Britain as he discovers the life-altering music of Bruce Springsteen. PG-13. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Community Room 

 

Writers Block Presents Short Comedies

Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

Writers Block, the ensemble of Princeton writers and actors that includes Julia Poulos, Mary Greenberg, Lillian Israel, John Weeren and Kenneth Greenberg, presents a program of short adult comedies including an original play. Directed by Laura Huntsman with sound by Nate Greenberg. Community Room 

 

 

Book Flood (Jolabokaflod)

Monday, Dec. 16, noon

Bring your lunch, and, if you’d like, a book to exchange with others, to this informal, drop-in event based on the annual Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod. Library staff will be on hand to share some of their favorite recent books, buzz about upcoming titles and advice for finding your next book to read or give as a gift. Participants can take home one of the gently used books that will be available, and, in keeping with another tradition of Jolabokaflod, hot cocoa will be served. Jolabokaflod, or the Yule Book Flood, originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap. Iceland could not support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year and thus the tradition of exchanging books as gifts in December was born. The event runs through 1:30 p.m. Community Room 

 

SCORE Seminar: Small Business Financials

Monday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Val Matthews leads a workshop that covers creating a budget, recording financial transactions, creating a financial statement and other fundamental entrepreneurial responsibilities. Registration required at princeton.score.org. Newsroom 

Presented in partnership with SCORE Princeton.

 

 

 

Solstice Shorts

Friday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.

On the eve of the Winter Solstice, a selection of curated short films from festival circuits will be shown. Mulled cider and shortbread cookies will be served. Community Room 

 

 

 

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

 

Workshop: “Queer Letters: Writing Stories About Identities, Families, Gender, Cultures and Communities”

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m.

This two-hour workshop centers on queer and trans experiences. The goal is to create a space for people to explore questions of identity through guided free-writes. At the end of the workshop, participants will share their writing. They will then select quotes from what they have written to be printed on postcards. Each participant will receive copies of all the postcards created in the class. Registration is limited and required through the library's events calendar. Conference Room 

 

Workshop: “Improv and Being Human”

Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

The Princeton Graduate Improv team, along with New York-based improvisation instructors, will teach audience members improvisation. Improvisation spurs creative thinking, confidence in public speaking, and unconventional problem-solving. Community Room 

 

“Person Place Thing” featuring Deborah Amos

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Randy Cohen interviews Deborah Amos for "Person, Place, Thing," his public radio program during which guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves. Amos is an award-winning international correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the United States is regularly featured on NPR’s "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," and "All Things Considered." She previously reported for ABC’s "Nightline" and PBS’s "Frontline." She is the author of two books and has won several major journalism honors, including a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, a George Foster Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy. Cohen won multiple Emmy awards as a writer for “Late Night with David Letterman” and is the author, most recently, of “Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.” Community Room 

 

 

Lecture and Workshop: “Illuminating Incarceration in Antiquity through Digital Humanities”

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Historians, archaeologists and other scholars have traditionally thought that no prisons existed in antiquity, and that prisons began with modernity in Europe and the United States. However, a closer look at the material and textual data indicates otherwise. Professors Matthew Larsen in Religion and Caroline Cheung in Classics will guide audiences into the history of incarceration in conjunction with the use of digital humanities. The instructors will start by canvassing global developments including those of the ancient Mediterranean. Next, the professors will teach participants about insights afforded by 3D modeling, virtual reality and 3D printing technologies. Upon learning to handle such tools, attendees will use them to see layouts of entire ancient prisons, as well as experience one ancient prison through a virtual reality walkthrough of a 3D model. Lastly, the group will discuss its findings. This program is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities supported by the Princeton University Humanities Council. Community Room 

 

Presented in partnership with Being Human Festival and Princeton University Humanities Council.

 

 

Meet the Mayor

Fridays, 8:30 a.m., Dec. 20

Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert in the library lobby through 10 a.m. Nick Sutter, chief of police of the Princeton Police Department, will join the mayor at the Dec. 20 session.

Presented in partnership with the Municipality of Princeton.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29, 3 p.m.

Alan Kitty: “The Mark Twain Experience”

Mark Twain interpreter Alan Kitty delivers his latest show, based on 40 years of research, on writer, humorist, riverboat pilot and inventor, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. A leading Twain impersonator, Kitty will share the wit and wisdom that Twain offered on all facets of American life. Community Room

 

 

 

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

 

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

 

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the municipality-operated Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December Events at Princeton Public Library

Through Dec. 15

Princeton & Slavery Exhibit

The exhibit draws on historical documents from the archives of Princeton University and the Historical Society of Princeton to illuminate how deeply ingrained the practice of slavery was throughout the community well into the 19th century. The exhibit is open to the public any time the library is open and a program is not taking place in the room. Princeton Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton & Slavery Project with the Historical Society of Princeton and Princeton University Archives.

 

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.

 

Film: “Maudie”

Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis   falls in love with a fishmonger while working for him as a live-in housekeeper. Part of the Friday Feature series. PG-13. 1 hour, 55 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Holiday Tech 2017

Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Technology consultant Doug Dixon returns to the library for his annual demonstration of the latest tech devices. This year’s focus is on technology for the home including wireless speakers, digital assistants and wireless cameras. Newsroom

 

Job Seekers Session

Fridays, 9:45 a.m., Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

The library and Professional Service 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. The Dec. 22 meeting is the group’s annual holiday picnic. Community Room

 

Reading Filibuster: “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

In anticipation of the season opening of McCarter Theatre Center’s production of the beloved holiday tale, we will read the Dickens masterpiece aloud from start to finish. All are invited to attend and participate by reading a portion of the book. Readers of all reading levels are invited to sign up for a time slot online at bit.ly/CCfilibuster or by calling the library’s Welcome Desk at (609) 924-9529, ext. 1218. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

 

Lloyd Gardner

“Vietnam Redux: Ken Burns Takes on His Biggest Challenge”

Sun., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

The author and retired Rutgers University professor of history launches the library’s series of Vietnam War-related programs with a lecture about the Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War.” Gardner is past president of the Society of American Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and recipient of an award for lifetime achievement from the American Historical Association. He is the author of more than 20 books on American foreign policy including “Approaching Vietnam: From World War II Through Dienbienphu, 1941-1954” and “Pay Any Price: Lyndon Johnson and the Wars for Vietnam.” 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 Price

“Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America's War for Independence”

Monday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

The author discusses his book that presents nine biographical vignettes of people who remain the "unsung heroes" behind our nation's struggle for independence during its darkest days. Price is a historical interpreter for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park and leads guided tours focusing on the "Ten Crucial Days" of the American Revolution and other historical aspects of Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania. 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.

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Mondays, 4 p.m., Dec. 4, 11

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Dec. 6, 13

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

 

“Is ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Possible? A Conversation with Residents Who Lived Through Apartheid in Princeton”

Monday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, moderates a discussion with Shirley Satterfield, Fern Spruill, and Larry Spruill intended to honor and celebrate the sacrifices and contributions of the residents of the African-American community of Princeton now known as the Witherspoon-Jackson 20th Historical District. The three distinguished elders will share their stories and views. Community Room

 

Create, Design and Build with Lego and Duplo

Mondays, 4 p.m., Dec. 4, 18

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.

 

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Mondays, 11 a.m., Dec. 4, 11

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and are intended for parents/caregivers to attend with babies and toddlers. Story Room

 

Little Pandas

Mondays, 10 a.m., Dec. 4, 11, 18

Through engagement with books, songs, rhymes and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers improve Mandarin Chinese language skills. Sessions are conducted in Mandarin Chinese by professional teachers from YingHua International School. Story Room

 

Chess

Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Dec. 5, 12

Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess Club members. No meeting when Princeton High School is not in session. Story Room

 

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

 

 

Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Night

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

Techies of all skill levels are invited to bring their laptops and join the hacking at this monthly meeting of Code for Princeton. RSVP on the Code for Princeton Meetup page. Technology Center

 

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

 

 

PSG Workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.

Professional Service Group of Mercer County presents a series of workshops designed to help those in transition build technical skills to use in their job search. Technology Center

 

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

 

Qaisar Shareef

"When Tribesmen Came Calling: Building an Enduring American Business in Pakistan"

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

The author, whose 30-year career with Proctor & Gamble included 12 years working in Pakistan and Ukraine, discusses his book that describes his experiences building successful American businesses in these emerging markets and explores the interplay between business, economics, culture and politics. Community Room

 

 

Hour of Binary Code

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Hour of Code in this session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM club. Children in grades 2 to 5 will learn about ASCII binary code. We'll decipher messages, code our own, and complete a scavenger hunt. Story Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School’s SiSTEM Club.

 

Poetry Off the Page

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 20

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month for an interactive and fun poetry workshop led by Princeton High School students who are passionate about poetry. Conference Room

 

Film: “The Vietnam War”

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 10, 17, 24; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

The 10-part series that premiered on PBS will be shown in the Newsroom. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and written entirely by Geoffrey C. Ward, the series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history and features observations by witnesses on all sides.

 

 

Robert Selig

“Rochambeau at Princeton”

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

The historian and expert on the role of the French forces under the comte de Rochambeau, during the American Revolutionary War discusses Rochambeau and the French expeditionary force he led through Princeton in August 1781 to help the Continental Army capture Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. Marching from Phillipsburg, New York, across New Jersey on separate routes, the allied forces united just North of Princeton where Rochambeau’s army camped on the grounds of Morven from Aug. 29-31, 1781. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton Battlefield Society, Morven Museum and Garden, and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) National Historic Trail.

 

Film: “Pop Aye”

Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.
A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man’s childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside and meet a colorful cast of characters along the way. Part of the Princeton International Cinema series. 1 hour, 42 minutes. The series is a collaboration of the library, the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis International Center and the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets — $11 general admission, $8 seniors, $6 Princeton University ID holders, library cardholders and Garden Theatre members — may be purchased online at thegardentheatre.com or at the door. The library will also offer a limited number of free tickets while supplies last for each screening. 

Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1218 for availability. Free popcorn.

Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.

 

 

Elin Hilderbrand

“Winter Solstice”

Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

The New York Times best-selling author launches “Winter Solstice,” the final book in her popular Winter Street series. In the book, a celebration of everything we love – and some of the things we endure – about the holidays, the entire Quinn family gathers at the Winter Street Inn for a more joyous holiday than they’ve experienced in years. But it wouldn’t be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. Join us for hot cider and holiday cookies to raise one last glass to the family. Community Room

 

A Cappella Night

Friday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

This annual teens-only event features vocal groups from Princeton’s four high schools and is only open to students who attend the schools. Chaperoned by library and Corner House staff. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Corner House. Funding is provided by the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance through the Mercer County Office on Addiction Services and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

 

 

Saturday Stories: The Gift of Books

“Music and Math” with the Exponential Ensemble

Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.

?Join us for a special story time featuring? new picture books to share with your family or give as gifts. A book list of new books for children will be available to take home. Story Room

 

Go Between Club

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

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

 

PSO Bravo!

“Music and Math” with the Exponential Ensemble

Saturday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

Connecting the dots between music and math, musicians of the Exponential Ensemble demonstrate patterns and fractions by exploring a unique piece of music by J.S. Bach. Founded by Princeton Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Pascal Archer, the Exponential Ensemble is a chamber group made up of top-notch performers and teaching artists, including flutist Anna Urrey, oboe player Nathan Mills, and pianist Javor Bra?i?. Community Room

 

 

 

Harold T. Shapiro

"The Environment: Understanding the Nature of the Challenge"

Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 1 p.m.

The former president of Princeton University gives the annual lecture endowed by the family of Dr. Kenneth Gould. Shapiro is a member of the executive committee and associated faculty of the Princeton Environmental Institute Center for Environmental Research, Education & Outreach. Community Room

 

Folktales: Your Passport to the World

Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

These special edition of Sunday Stories features folktales from around the world with the universal themes of courage, kindness and cooperation. No matter where you were born or what country you call home, come celebrate what we share in common through stories. Story Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Storytelling Circle.

 

Writers Block Performs Short Comedies

Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m.

The ensemble of Princeton writers and actors returns to the library to present a program of short comedies including original plays by members of Writers Block, as well as plays by David Ives and Ethan Coen. Directed by Laura Huntsman with Sound by Ken Greenberg. Community Room

 

 

 

 

Poets at the Library: David Crews and Betty Lies

Monday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

David Crews and Betty Lies read from their works followed by an open-mic session. Crews received an MFA in poetry from Drew University and serves as director of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center at Sussex County College and editor for The Stillwater Review. He is the author of two poetry collections and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lies is the author of three volumes of poetry and four other books. She is the senior poetry editor of U.S. 1 Worksheets. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet, she also teaches at the Princeton Senior Resource Center and is a member of Cool Women Poets. 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.

 

Jessica Bruder in Conversation with Matt Desmond

“Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century”

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.

The author, award-winning journalist and Columbia School of Journalism adjunct professor discusses her book about a growing community of nomads: Americans living on the road, often in RVs, as a way to avoid the expense of a permanent home. She will be joined in conversation by author and Princeton University sociology professor Matthew Desmond. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Part of the Library Live at Labyrinth series co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.

 

 

Caldecott Club

Wednesday, 4 p.m., Dec 13

Picture book fans in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to read and discuss some of the best picture books published this year that may be contenders for the coveted Caldecott Medal. The medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book by the Association for Library Service to Children. We’ll explore new art forms, discuss award criteria, learn about publishing and more. Story Room

 

 

Princeton’s Sustainability Progress Report: Where Do We Stand and Where Do We Go from Here?

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

In 2009, Princeton Council adopted the Sustainable Princeton Community Plan, the result of a community-wide effort to address our environmental impact and develop a long-term vision, an action plan, and a way to track progress toward achieving a sustainable community. Learn what progress has been made and what remains to be done to make Princeton a more sustainable community.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Sustainable Princeton with support from NRG Energy Inc.

 

Origami Club for All Ages

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 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. Story Room

 

Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.

Holiday Winter Market

Local vendors offer a variety of goods including Jersey Fresh organic produce, free-range beef, poultry, pork and eggs; cheese, pickles, honey and baked goods. Candles, jewelry and other items for gift giving will also be featured during this five-hour event. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

 

Paul Halpern

"The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality"

Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

The author and professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia discusses his book that tells the story of how the two eminent physicists engaged in a lifelong exchange of ideas, resulting in many of the innovations of late 20th- century physics. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Part of the Library Live at Labyrinth series, co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.

 

Holiday Networking Event

Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Members of the Princeton Tech Meetup and Code for Princeton host a networking event for current members and others who are interested. If you are a techie, coder, entrepreneur, creative or investor, this is a chance to meet like-minded people in the Princeton area. Register through Princeton Tech Meetup on Meetup.com. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton Tech Meetup and Code for Princeton.

 

Meet the Mayor

Friday, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m.

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

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursdays, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 14 through Feb. 22

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. Princeton Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund.

 

Listen Local Coffee House

Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Garry Pearsall and his band So It Goes, featuring Drew Turock, John Mazzeo, and Eric Heller perform. Also appearing will be guitarist/singer Tommy Abousselman and friends. This will be a night of eclectic music with light rock, unplugged classic rock, alternative and Americana. Coffee and biscotti will be served. Part of the Listen Local series. Community Room

 

 

Mindful Movements

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 16

Mindful Movements combines movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in early literacy development and wellness. Be ready to do some gentle movements, poses and to listen to a few stories. For children 2 years and older with an adult. Participants are welcome to bring a comfortable mat or towel. Story Room

 

Girls Who Code Club

Saturday, 11 a.m., Dec. 16

Girls in grades 6-12 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. Register through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org (limited to 18) or bring your own device.

Technology Center

 

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

 

 

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

The Community Room will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland by our Teen Advisory Board members who will lead games and other winter-themed activities. This fun-filled afternoon will also feature a cocoa bar and other tasty treats. Community Room

 

Mercer County Math Circle

Saturday, 2 p.m., Dec. 16

Designed for students in grades 6-12 who have a basic understanding of algebra, this series will integrate lectures with hands-on activities to illustrate how seemingly simple games and puzzles lay the foundation for many advanced topics in mathematics. These talks will be geared toward making students think about math in a different way than they are taught in school. Talks will be followed by hands-on activities and challenges. Teen Center

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Math Club.

 

 

Cover to Cover Book Group

Wednesday, 4 p.m., Dec. 20

This group for readers of chapter books meets the third Wednesday of every month during the school year to discuss chapter books, short stories, graphic novels and other literary interests. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and posting reviews and booklists in BiblioCommons. Registration is not required. Suggested for third, fourth and fifth graders. Story Room

 

 

 

Film: “Spider-man: Homecoming”

Friday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.

Tom Holland stars as Marvel Comics character Peter Parker who is trying to balance high school life with being Spider-Man and facing the supervillain Vulture. 2 hours, 13 minutes. Community Room

Film: “Beatriz at Dinner”

Friday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Stranded at the home of a client, a massage therapist is invited to stay and attend a business dinner and finds herself in an escalating war of words with a ruthless real estate mogul. Part of the Friday Feature series. 1 hour, 23 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Community Room

 

Saturday, Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m.

Noon Year’s Eve

Too young to stay up until midnight? Join us at the library for a celebration the day BEFORE New Year's Eve. As we countdown to NOON, we will have music, dancing and crafts. For children ages 3 and up. Story Room

 

 

 

WINTER BREAK FAMILY MOVIES

Screenings are in the Community Room.

 

“Sing”

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 4 p.m.

This 3D computer-animated musical is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater. 1 hour, 54 minutes

 

“Deep”

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 4 p.m.

This animated movie is about a young octopus named Deep who tries to save his friends after an environmental disaster.  1 hour, 32 minutes.

 

“Happy Feet”

Thursday, Dec. 28, 4 p.m.

A young emperor penguin who can’t sing to attract a mate must use his amazing tap-dancing talent to lure a female instead. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

 

“Inside Out”

Friday, Dec. 29, 4 p.m.

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. 1 hour, 35 minutes

 

Family Stories

Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.

These special family story times feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement. Geared toward children 2-7 years old, but all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK GROUPS

 

 

Contemporary Fiction Book Group

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

 

Dec. 14, “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith.

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursdays, 7 p.m., Princeton Room

 

Dec. 14, “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois

 

Mystery Book Group

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

Dec. 4, “The Mistletoe Murders: And Other Stories by P.D. James.

 

GROUPS FOR WRITERS

 

Writers Room

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 5, 19

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. December meetings are in the Quiet Room. January and February meetings are in the Princeton Room.

 

Write Space

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Dec. 12

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. December meeting is in the Quiet Room. January and February meetings are in the Princeton Room.

 

 

Writing Workshop

Thursdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 14, 28

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. December meetings are in the Quiet Room. January and February meetings are in the Conference Room.

 

 

 

 

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

 

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

 

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the borough-operated Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December Events at Princeton Public Library

Film: “The Idol”

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program “Arab Idol.” In Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Part of the Princeton International Cinema Series. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.

 

Mercer County ID Card Program

Thursday, Dec. 1, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, which is a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This is a privately distributed photo identification card with the sponsorship of various community organizations that form the One Community Coalition. The photo ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments.

The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. 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.

 

A Taste of Suppers: Diabetes: Improving the Odds of Success

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Dr. Adi Benito, an integrative endocrinologist in Princeton, discusses strategies for preserving beta-cell function in those with diabetes and pre-diabetes.  A panel will follow, featuring members of The Suppers Programs who manage their blood sugar with whole natural foods.  Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and The Suppers Programs

 

Friday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

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

 

 

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

Film: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. 1 hour, 41 minutes. Part of the First Friday Feature Series. Community Room

 

 

Reading Filibuster: “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

In anticipation of the premiere of McCarter Theatre Center’s reimagined production of the beloved holiday tale, we will read the Dickens masterpiece aloud from start to finish. All are invited to attend and participate by reading a portion of the book. Readers of all reading levels are invited to sign up for a time slot at      . Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

 

The Gift of Books

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a special story time featuring? a curated selection of new picture books to read with your child or give as gifts. A list of new books for children and teens will be available to take home. Story Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams.

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The Gift of Games

Saturday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m.

?All ages are welcome at this fun event as staff from jaZams share a selection of new and entertaining games for the whole family. After the presentation, families are invited to try out some the games. A list of new games for children and teens will be available to take home. Story Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams.

 

 

The Magic of Mother Goose

Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.

Mother Goose (aka Marilyn Scanlon) helps us mark the 100th anniversary of the publishing of Blanch Fisher Wright’s classic “The Real Mother Goose.” Stories and rhymes will be presented using puppets, props, audience participation and a little magic. In honor of this literary milestone, the library’s entry in this year’s Festival of  Trees at Morven Museum and Garden has a Mother Goose theme. Community Room

 

 

Introduction to Crochet

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

Designer and teacher Anastasia Popova will have you well on your way to creating warm and cozy items for yourself and others after this class on the basics of crocheting. Limited to 12 participants. Register through the events calendar. Quiet Study Room

 

Writers Block Performs Short Comedies

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m.

The ensemble of Princeton writers and actors returns to the library to present a program of short comedies including original plays and adaptations by Lillian Israel and Mary Greenberg, as well as plays by Murray Schisgal and Ethan Coen. Directed by Laura Huntsman with Sound by Ken Greenberg. Community Room

 

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

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

 

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Monday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and are intended for parents/caregivers to attend with babies and toddlers. Story Room

 

Middle School Math Circle

Monday, Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Princeton High School math enthusiasts show students in grades 6-8 how fun and fascinating math can be. Lesson plans will focus on applied mathematics and statistics. Study Room 354

 

Mystery Book Group

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

Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of  “The Female Detective by Andrew Forrester.  Quiet Study Room

Chess

Tuesday, Dec. 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.

 

Meetup Mixer and Holiday Networking Event

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Members of the Princeton Tech Meetup, Code for Princeton and Princeton Design Thinking Meetup host a networking event for current members and others who are interested. If you are a techie, entrepreneur, creative or investor, this is a chance to meet like-minded people in the Princeton area.  Register at         . Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton Tech Meetup, Code for Princeton and Princeton Design Thinking Meetup.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, Dec. 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 Study Room

 

Holiday Tech 2016

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Technology consultant Doug Dixon returns to the library for his annual demonstration of the latest tech devices. He’ll also take a look back at the innovation that brought us to where we are with mobile digital products and forward to the possibilities of the future. Community Room

 

Hour of Code

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.

During this one-hour session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM club, students in grades 5-8 will explore the principles of coding and write code of their own. Some minimal experience with programming language is helpful but not required. Bring a laptop or one will be provided. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Story Room

 

Spotlight on the Humanities: Hussein Rashid on “American Muslims: 500 Years of History”

Wednesday, Dec. 7, noon

In 2016, America mourned the passing of one of its heroes, boxing champion Muhammad Ali. His funeral service gave public light to the long history of Muslims in America, and the deep impact Muslims have on popular culture. This talk takes on an exploration of that history, focusing on literature, and the contemporary political environment. 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.

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

The group discusses “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America” by Patrick Phillips. Story Room

 

Early Coding with LEGO

Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Hour of Code in this session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM club. Children in grades 2-5 will learn the basics of coding language in a hands-on activity using LEGO. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Story Room.

 

Fiction Book Group

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

Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Thirteen Ways of Looking”  by Colum McCann. Quiet Study Room

 

Mercer County ID Card Program

Thursday, Dec. 8, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, which is a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This is a privately distributed photo identification card with the sponsorship of various community organizations that form the One Community Coalition. The photo ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments.

The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. 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.

 

Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m

The authors and Princeton University professors discuss  “Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour,” the book they wrote with Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson. Part of the Thinking Allowed series.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press.

 

Thursday, Dec. 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. Quiet Study Room

 

A Cappella Night

Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

This annual teens-only event features vocal groups from Princeton’s four high schools and is only open to students who attend Princeton high schools. Chaperoned by library and Corner House staff. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Corner House. Funding is provided by the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance through the Mercer County Office on Addiction Services and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

 

Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

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

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

Bravo Brass

Princeton Symphony Orchestra musicians perform and teach the audience about their brass instruments during this family-friendly program. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Go Between Club

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

 

Mercer County Math Circle Advanced Group

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

High school (and advanced middle school) students hear talks on a wide range of topics such as probability and how computers work. These talks will be geared toward making students think about math in a different way than they’re taught in school. Teen Center

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Math Club.

 

 

Mercer County Math Circle Recreational Group

Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

Designed for students in grades 6-12 who have a basic understanding of algebra, this series will integrate lectures with hands-on activities to illustrate how seemingly simple games and puzzles lay the foundation for many advanced topics in mathematics. Teen Center

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Math Club.

 

 

Fred Miller: Lectures in Song

Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m.

Singer and pianist Fred Miller presents “All Over the Map: Circling the Globe in Song.” The program is a musical and anecdotal travelogue featuring American popular songs that came of age at a time when travel was a luxury and faraway places were exotic and strange. Community Room

 

Crochet a Pokemon Amigurumi

Monday, Dec. 12 and 19, 6 p.m.

In this fun two-part class, Anastasia Popova will teach her original designs of tiny, cute Pokemon amigurumi to give a little one in your life for the holidays.

No prior experience is required. All materials will be provided. Limited to 12 participants. Register through the library’s events calendar. Quiet Study Room

 

 

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Monday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and are intended for parents/caregivers to attend with babies and toddlers. Story Room

 

Middle School Math Circle

Monday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Princeton High School math enthusiasts show students in grades 6-8 how fun and fascinating math can be. Lesson plans will focus on applied mathematics and statistics. Study Room 354

 

Poets at the Library

Mon., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Featured poets Kathe L. Palka and Abena Busia read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Palka's most recent book is “A Path of Desire,” a collection created with poet Peter Newton in the collaborative Japanese form of tan renga. Her latest book of free verse is “Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems.” She is a member of the U.S. 1 Poets' Coopreative and the Haiku Poets of the Garden State. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Palka is a past editor of U.S. 1 Worksheets and is co-editor of the haiku and micro-poetry journal tinywords.

 

Busia is a Ghanaian writer, poet, feminist, and lecturer; chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers New Brunswick; author of two poetry collections, “Testimonies of Exile” and “Traces of a Life”; co-director and co-editor of the Women Writing Africa Project, a multi-volume anthology designed to recognize the complex cultural legacy and cultural production of African women. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and 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.

 

 

Chess

Tuesday, Dec 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.

 

In Conversation: Patrick Phillips and Debbie Vermaat

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Patrick Philips, author of "Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America" discusses his book about events in 1912 Forsyth County, Georgia, when three young black laborers were accused of the rape and murder of a white girl. After the lynching of one of the young men and public execution of the other two, bands of white “night riders” drove all 1,098 black citizens from the county through a coordinated campaign of arson and terror. Following Phillips’ talk, he and Debbie Vermaat, grandniece of Mae Crow, whose murder sparked the violence, engage in a moderated conversation.

 

Philips, who grew up in Forsythe County, is an award-winning poet whose 2015 “Elegy for a Broken Machine” was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. He teaches at Drew University.

 

Vermaat is a consultant and adjunct trainer for Beyond Diversity Resource Center on topics around Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, Social Justice and Cross Cultural Communication. She also was raised in Forsyth County. Community Room

 

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

 

Write Space

Tuesday, Dec. 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 Study Room

 

Origami Club for All Ages

Wednesday, Dec. 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. Story Room

 

Reading Treehouse

Wed., Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

This reading group for early chapter book readers (kindergarten to second grade) meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month during the school year. Stories, read alouds, crafts, games and more that reflect a different theme each month are featured. No registration necessary. Story Room

Mercer County ID Card Program

Thursday, Dec. 15, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, which is a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This is a privately distributed photo identification card with the sponsorship of various community organizations that form the One Community Coalition. The photo ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments.

The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. 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, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

Holiday Winter Market

Local vendors offer a variety of goods including Jersey Fresh organic produce, free-range beef, poultry, pork and eggs; cheese, pickles, honey and baked goods. Candles, jewelry and other items for gift giving will also be featured during this five-hour event. Community Room

 

 

 

 

Acting Out

Friday, Dec. 16, 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

 

 

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

Film: “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Meryl Street stars as the 1940s socialite who, oblivious to her lack of talent, dreamed of becoming a great opera singer. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Middle School Math Circle

Monday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Princeton High School math enthusiasts show students in grades 6-8 how fun and fascinating math can be. Lesson plans will focus on applied mathematics and statistics. Study Room 354

 

Chess

Tuesday, Dec 20, 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.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, Dec. 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 Study Room

 

Cover to Cover Book Group

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m.

This group for readers of chapter books meets the third Wednesday of every month during the school year to discuss chapter books, short stories, graphic novels and other literary interests. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and posting reviews and booklists in BiblioCommons. Registration is not required. Suggested for third, fourth and fifth graders. Story Room

 

Solstice Shorts

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a selection of short films and warm beverages. Community Room

 

Mercer County ID Card Program

Thursday, Dec. 15, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, which is a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This is a privately distributed photo identification card with the sponsorship of various community organizations that form the One Community Coalition. The photo ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments.

The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. 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, Dec. 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. Quiet Study Room

 

Monday, Dec. 26, 3 p.m.

Family Film: “Zootopia”

This 2016 Disney animated feature tackles themes of discrimination and social stereotypes through the story of how a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist team up to uncover a conspiracy. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Community Room

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m.

Family Stories

A special family story time features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room

 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.

Film: “Harry and Snowman”

This 2015 documentary is the story of international show jumping rider Harry deLeyer and his famous horse Snowman. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory. In less than two years after his rescue, they were show jumping champions and had become national celebrities.1 hour, 24 minutes. Community Room

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3 p.m.

Family Film: “Finding Dory”

In this sequel to Pixar's 2003 smash hit “Finding Nemo,” lovable, amnesiac Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) decides to go off in search of her long-lost parents. With the help of Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks). 1 hour, 37 minutes. Community Room

 

Write Space

Tuesday, Dec. 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 Study Room

 

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Family Stories

A special family story time features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m.

Family Film: “The Secret Life of Pets”

This animated comedy answers the question of what our pets do all day when we’re not home. For the critters living in a Manhattan apartment building, the answer is: whatever they want! 1 hour, 27 minutes. Community Room

 

Thursday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m.

Family Stories

A special family story time features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room

 

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Film: “Gleason”

This 2016 documentary chronicles five years in the life of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason who, at age 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given two to five years to live. Community Room

 

Mercer County ID Card Program

Thursday, Dec. 15, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, which is a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This is a privately distributed photo identification card with the sponsorship of various community organizations that form the One Community Coalition. The photo ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments.

The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. 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, Dec. 29, 3 p.m.

Family Film: “The Secret Life of Pets”

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. This 2016 Disney live action animated film borrows elements from the 1967 animated film of the same name.  1 hour, 46 minutes.  Community Room

 

Friday, Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m.

Noon Year’s Eve

Too young to stay up until midnight? Join us at the library for a celebration the day BEFORE New Year's Eve. As we countdown to NOON, we will have music, dancing, crafts, and snacks. For children ages 3 and up. Story Room

 

Friday, Dec. 30, 6 p.m.

Film: “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call”

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones star in a remake of the 1984 blockbuster about three parapsychologists who start a ghost-removal service. 1 hour, 56 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Friday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m.

Family Film: “The Wild Life”

In this computer-animated adventure comedy, Mak the parrot, Scrubby the goat, Carmello the chameleon and the rest of the wildlife that inhabit a tropical island have their idyllic upended when a mysterious creature washes up on shore. He's a sailor named Robinson Crusoe, the only human survivor of a terrible storm that destroyed his ship. 1 hour, 30 minutes.  Community Room

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

 

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

 

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

 

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