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July Events at Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library

Sands Library Building

65 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ  08542

609.924.9529

www.princetonlibrary.org

 

PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY JULY EVENTS

 

AUTHORS

 

Summer Reading Soiree with Ann Hood and Laura Spence-Ash

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.

The authors discuss their recent novels at Morven Museum and Garden at this gathering of area book lovers featuring refreshments, door prizes and more. Registration requested; space is limited. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stocktoon St., Princeton

 

 

MOVIES

 

“Queen of Katwe”

Wednesday, July 3, 2 p.m.

Based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, an uneducated Ugandan girl takes up chess and overcomes overwhelming odds to represent the country at international competitions. PG. 2 hours, 4 minutes. Community Room

 

“The Motorcycle Diaries”

Wednesday, July 10, 2 p.m.

A biopic about the South American journey and memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would become internationally known as the revolutionary leader Che Guevara. R. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Community Room

 

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Wednesday, July 17, 2 p.m.

In this New Zealand adventure comedy-drama, a father figure and foster son become the targets of a manhunt after fleeing into the New Zealand bush. PG. 1 hour, 41 minutes. Community Room

 

“North by Northwest”

Wednesday, July 24, 2 p.m.

This classic spy thriller, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the U.S. by agents of a mysterious organization. 2 hours, 16 minutes. Community Room

 

“Thelma and Louise”

Wednesday, July 31, 2 p.m.

A weekend fishing trip takes a dark turn for two best friends who find themselves fleeing law enforcement across the American Southwest. R. 2 hours and 10 minutes. Community Room

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

Drop in and Knit

Wednesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 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

 

Community Reading: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Monday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Community members read an amended version of Frederick Douglass' influential speech, given on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. On Zoom; register for link.

 

Workshop: Princeton Community Quilt

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m., and Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Sewers of all experience levels are invited to join the Arts Council of Princeton's Anne Reeves Artist in Residence, Ronah Harris, to create a quilt depicting the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood. First Floor, exhibit area

 

Fiction Book Group

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.

The group discusses “The English Understand Wool” by Helen DeWitt. Newsroom

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, July 11, 7:15 p.m.

The group discusses “The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride via Google Meet.

 

Movie Night on the Green: “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”

Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Library staff present games and activities prior to a 35th-anniversary screening of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" as part of the Movie Night on the Green series. Palmer Square

 

Concert: Loose Bricks

Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.

Covers of classic rock songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Hinds Plaza.

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 5, 21, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds on Hinds Plaza, permitting; or Community Room

 

Neurodivergent Crafts and Games

Thursday, July 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. Story Room

 

Art Talk on Zoom: Iranian Architectural Gems

Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

Farzaneh Tahmasbi discusses the exhibit "Whispers of Time: Exploring Select Iranian Architectural Gems" in a talk on Zoom that will highlight her photographs currently on display at the library. Register for link.

 

Staged Reading: “Hamlet” (Unabridged)

Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m.

Performance includes two intermissions. Community Room

 

Concert: ALBO (A Little Bit Off)

Sunday, July 28, 4 p.m.

An all-female folk/bluegrass quartet from Central New Jersey. Hinds Plaza

 

Princeton Student Film Festival

Wednesday, July 31, 6 p.m.

Teens and adults are invited to view screenings of original short films by filmmakers ages 14-25. Filmmakers who attend will participate in post-screening Q&A sessions. Community Room

 

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

 

Introduction to PowerPoint

Monday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Protecting Yourself from Phishing Scams

Monday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Registration required. On Zoom

 

Microsoft Excel for Beginners Part 1

Tuesday, July 23, 1 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Microsoft Excel for Beginners Part 2

Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

KIDS AND TEENS

 

Outdoor Storytime at Princeton Shopping Center

Tuesday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m.

Interactive stories for kids 18 months and older with an adult. Check website for updates.

 

Preschool Drive-in

Monday, July 15, 10 a.m.

Children 2-5 years old are invited to decorate their own cardboard car, park it and settle in to watch a 10-minute movie. Community Room

 

Playtime Fun

Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Parents and caregivers play with their children in a relaxed, fun and social learning space. Themes change weekly. Story Room

 

 

 

 

July Events at Princeton Public Library

PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY JULY EVENTS

 

AUTHORS

 

Book Brunch with Lisa Belkin

Sunday, July 9, 10:45 a.m.

The author will discuss and sign "Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night". Doors open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries. The talk begins at 11 a.m. Community Room

 

Neil King Jr.

Tuesday, July 11, 6 p.m.

The author discusses and signs copies of his recently released memoir "American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal" which chronicles his journey on foot from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Community Room

 

Book Brunch with Claire Legrand

Sunday, July 30, 10:45 a.m.

The author is joined by Anica Mrose Rissi to discuss her novel "A Crown of Ivy and Glass." Doors open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries. The talk begins at 11 a.m. Community Room

 

 

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Tuesday, July 11, 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

 

A Guide to iCloud

Monday, July 10, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Mac Photos 101

Monday, July 17, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

MOVIES

 

“Casablanca”

Monday, July 3, 3 p.m.

1 hour, 42 minutes. Community Room

 

“An American in Paris”

Monday, July 10, 3 p.m.

1 hour, 55 minutes. Community Room

 

“The Maltese Falcon”

Monday, July 17, 3 p.m.

1 hour, 41 minutes. Community Room

 

“The Philadelphia Story” (1940)

Monday, July 24, 3 p.m.

1 hour, 52 minutes. Community Room

 

“Rebecca” (1940)

Monday, July 31, 3 p.m.

2 hours, 10 minutes. Community Room

 

BOOK GROUPS

 

Listen to This!

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

Listen to and discuss a short story from The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. Newsroom

 

Black Voices Book Group

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

The group discusses "Black Cloud Rising" by David Wright Falade.

Via Google Meet. See events calendar for link.

 

 

KIDS AND TEENS

 

Drawing Around the World!

Saturday, July 8, 15, 22, 29 2 p.m.

“Travel” to a new country to learn about its art and culture during this four-week series and then create artwork inspired by that country. STEAM Studio

 

Economics Made Simple

Saturday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Students in grades 6-8 learn about economics from Princeton High School students. Registration required. Technology Center

 

All Together Now Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament

Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m.

Complete a puzzle with friends and family in a fun tournament in keeping with the "All Together Now" summer reading theme. Registration required.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic

Friday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.

Children ages 2-6 are invited to bring a stuffed animal and participate in crafts and activities led by teen volunteers with staff supervision. Story Room

 

Movie Night on the Green: “Freaky Friday”

Friday, July 14, 7:15 p.m.

Library staff present some fun activities followed by Palmer Square’s screening of the Disney film “Freaky Friday.” Palmer Square

 

Chemistry for Kids

Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m.

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

 

Camp PPL

Friday, July 21, 1:30-5 p.m.

This afternoon of summer camp favorites includes crafting and outdoor-inspired activities selected and led by teen volunteers with staff supervision For ages 7 and older.

 

Teens: Debate and Public Speaking Camp

Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28 1-3:30 p.m.

Rising sixth to ninth graders learn the basics of debate and public speaking under the guidance of experienced high school student debaters. Registration required. CoLab Space

 

Outdoor Storytime at Princeton Shopping Center

Tuesday, July 11,18, 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

 

Puppet Performance: “Stone Soup”

Tuesday, July 25, 3 p.m.

The classic folktale about kindness, friendship and unity comes to life. Community Room

 

Teens: Craft, Chat and Chill: Paint Your Own Puzzle

Tuesday, July 25, 4 p.m.

Teens do hands-on projects and chat books, movies, podcasts, music and more at this monthly craft and chat hour. Teen Center

 

 

WRITERS GROUPS

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, July 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, July 10, 7 p.m.

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

 

Writers Room Poets Prompt Session

Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Mike Griffith offers a generative poetry workshop where participants will write and share the first draft of a new poem based on prompts. Registration required. Via Zoom.

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

Reading: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Wednesday, July 5, 7 p.m.

Community members read an amended version of Frederick Douglass' influential speech, given on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. On Zoom

 

Infant and Toddler Parent Support Group

Thursday, July 13, noon

Wednesday, July 19, noon

Thursday, July 27, noon

Following Baby Storytime, early childhood experts Krista Gervon and Jillian Best Adler lead an informal discussion and support group for parents of infants and toddlers. Story Room

 

Midsummer Music in the Woods

Saturday, July 15, 4 p.m.

This afternoon concert in Herrontown Woods features acoustic music interspersed with poetry to celebrate the beauty of nature. Herrontown Woods/Veblen House

 

Open Mic: A Listen Local Event

Sunday, July 3, 3 p.m.

Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative hosts an afternoon of live music performed by local musicians on Hinds Plaza. All are welcome to sign up to perform or just come to listen. Hinds Plaza

 

Discovering France: A Virtual Series

Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19 1 p.m.

Take a tour of France without leaving home during nine guided, virtual sessions throughout the summer. From well known destinations to hidden gems, library associate Emilie Lopez will be your guide to discovering 26 cities throughout France, over nine sessions on Zoom. Registration required for each session.

Via Zoom.

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 14, 28, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Music: Joy & Rob with The Beagles

Sunday, July 30, 4 p.m.

The artists perform a concert of blues and soul music on Hinds Plaza. Part of the Summer 2023 Listen Local Series.

 

 

Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, July 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

 

Meet the Human Services Department

Wednesday, July 19, 26, 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

 

Tabletop Game Night

Thursday, July 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. STEAM Studio

 

 

 

 

 

July Events at Princeton Public Library

Writers Room Workshop

Tuesday, July 5, 19; 7 p.m.

Writers, ranging from professional authors to those looking to improve their skills,  receive constructive feedback at these twice-monthly group sessions during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Registration required through the library’s events calendar.

Conference Room

 

Reading: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Tuesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.

Community members read an amended version of Frederick Douglass' influential speech, given on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. This event will take place via Zoom.

 

Tech Class: Getting Started with Google Drive

Wednesday, July 6, 1 p.m.

This class will introduce beginners to Google Drive including how to create and organize files and folders, add documents to your drive and how to collaborate on and share documents with others. Gmail account should be established prior to class. Instructor: Gayle Stratton. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

 

Under the Sea Storytime

Wednesday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Children ages 4 and up with an adult are invited to explore the ocean deep with stories, songs, and rhymes about the creatures who live under the Registration is not required.

 

“Queens of Mystery” Tea Time

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17

Two episodes of the acclaimed British TV show "Queens of Mystery" will be screened, and tea and biscuits will be served, on Wednesday afternoons in July and August. Community Room

 

Baby Storytime

Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 - 10:30-11 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required but spaces are limited due to room capacity. Story Room

 

Storytime!

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 - 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

This interactive, in-person story time features books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children 2 years and up, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required but spaces are limited due to room capacity. Story Room.

 

Outdoor Storytime at Princeton Shopping Center

Tuesdays, July 5, 19, 26 - 10:30-11 a.m., weather permitting

This interactive event features books, songs, rhymes and movement for kids of all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Please bring your own blanket.

 

Tech: Ask the Mac Pros

Tuesday, July 5, 12, 19, 28 - 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

 

English Conversation Group

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, July 11, 18, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 27, 4 p.m.

Practice your English-speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Registration required through the library’s events calendar.

Grace Little Band

Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m.

The band performs a blend of jazz, pop, rock, R&B, funk, reggae, Top 40, swing and soul. Part of the Summer Nights Series at the Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 

 

Job Seekers Session: Does Social Media Matter for the Job Seeker?

Friday, July 8, 9:45 a.m.

Glenn Pasch, CEO of PCG companies, shares actionable steps to market yourself and leverage your online. This program is being presented both in person in the library’s Community Room and online via GoToMeeting. No advance registration is required. To attend virtually, visit PSG of Mercer County's events calendar for connection details. 

 

Kids: Boardwalk Bonanza

Friday, July 8, 2:30 p.m.

Children ages 7 and up are invited to take a stroll down the “boardwalk” and participate in games and activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Community Room

 

Storytelling at Community Park North/Pettoranello Gardens: Oceans of Possibilities

Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.

Members of the NJ Storytelling Network present stories that reflect the theme of this year's Summer Reading program. In the event of rain, this program will be held in the library’s Community Room.

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 8, 22, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room.

 

Under the Sea Storytime

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

This special storytime features stories about the underwater world. For ages 4 and up with an adult. Story Room

 

Music: Stay Tuned

Sunday, July 10, 4 p.m.

The band performs its unique brand of garage pop on Hinds Plaza as part of the Listen Local series of concerts, In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Community Room

 

Workshop: Writers Room Poets

Monday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Poets read from works in progress and receive constructive peer feedback at these twice-monthly virtual sessions. Register through the library’s events calendar.

 

Mystery Book Group

Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.

The group discusses “Suburban Dicks” by Favian Nicieza. On Google Meet. Register through the library’s events calendar.

 

Tech Class: Facebook for Business

Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m.

Social media strategist Aliya Hammond teaches how to manage an effective Facebook page for your business. Via Zoom. Register through the library’s events calendar.


Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, July 12, 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. Beginners are welcome, but must be high school age or older. 

 

Kids: Ocean Explorers

Wednesday, July 13, 14, 3 p.m.

Children ages 4-8 are invited to participate in some fun, self-guided activities that reflect our Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities.

Activities vary each day and include scavenger hunts, crafting, coloring and more in the Youth Services department on the library's third floor.

 

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, July 14, 7:15 p.m.

The group discusses "Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching" by Paula J. Giddings. Via Google Meet; access through the library’s events calendar.

 

Oceans of Possibilities Adult Book Group

Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.

Share what you’re reading to complete this year’s Adult Summer Reading program. Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard; - if possible, bring your own chair. Conference Room at the library in event of rain.

 

Music: Kindred Spirit

Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m.

Rock 'n' roll cover band Kindred Spirit performs favorites from the ‘60s through today. Part of the Summer Night Series at the Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 

Kids Summer Movie: “Deep”

Friday, July 15, 3 p.m.

After their colony is accidentally destroyed, an octopus named Deep, an angler fish named Evo and a sea shrimp named Alice embark on a journey across the ocean to find a new home. Along the way, they make new friends and encounter dangerous predators. Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes. Rated: PG. Community Room

Movie Night on the Green: “Encanto”

Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.

Library staff present some fun activities followed by Palmer Square's screening of the Disney film "Encanto."

 

Kids Summer Movie: “Moana”

Saturday, July 16, 3 p.m.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, this film features an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. PG. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Community Room

 

Teens: Debate and Public Speaking Camp

Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday

Rising fifth to ninth graders are invited to learn the basics of debate and public speaking (and gain confidence) through fun and interactive activities. Participation is limited to 20 students who are expected to attend all five sessions of the camp. Registration required through the library’s events calendar.

 

Tech Class: Website Types and Best Practices

Tuesday, July 19, 2 p.m.

This class will introduce the variety of websites and blog sites available, the pros and cons of each, and best practices for website development. It will also introduce some of the tools and programs available for creating a site, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click and site analytics. Instructor: David Schuchman. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

 

So Percussion Summer Institute Concert

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Musicians and composers present collaborative and original compositions developed during the S? Percussion Summer Institute. Community Room

 

Tech Class: Outdoor Adventuring – Gadgets and Apps

Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m.

Discover the wide array of tools, gadgets and apps that can be helpful while hiking or camping. This class will be held via Zoom. Register through the library’s events calendar.

 

Tech Class: Internet and Email Basics Series

Wednesdays, July 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1 p.m.

This 6-week series will give attendees the skills and confidence needed to navigate the internet and computer applications. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

 

Puppet Show: “Finnie’s Ocean Treasure”

Wednesday, July 20, 3 p.m.

The story of a young fish who yearns for adventure is told in this charming, original musical play. Community Room

 

Music: Essie + Nap

Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.

The Philadelphia-based Americana blues duo performs covers and some original music. Part of the Summer Nights series at the Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 

Author: Jacob M. Grumbach with Corrine M. McConnaughy

Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

The author discusses his new book, "Laboratories against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics," with Princeton University political scientist Corrine McConnaughy. Via Zoom. Register through the library’s events calendar.

 

Workshop: Writers Room Poets Prompt Session

Monday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Mike Griffith offers a generative poetry workshop. Participants will write and share the first draft of a new poem based on provided prompts. Via Google Meet. Register through the library’s events calendar starting July 12.

 

Summer Reading Soiree with Jennifer Weiner

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

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner discusses and signs copies of her new book, "The Summer Place" at this ticketed event at the Historical Society of Princeton's Updike Farmstead. Register through the library’s events calendar.

 

Little Panda Storytime

Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Join guest readers from YingHua International School as they share storytime in Mandarin Chinese. For ages 3 and up, depending on Chinese proficiency level. Via the library’s YouTube channel.

 

Kids: Discover Atlantis

Thursday, July 28, 2:30 p.m.

Drop-in activities and crafts for children 7 years old and older are presented by our teen volunteers who will transform the Community Room into the lost city of Atlantis.

 

Music: The Diablo Sandwich Band

Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m.

The DSB plays a repertoire of rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, rhythm and blues, disco, alternative music and top hits across the decades. Part of the Summer Nights series at the Princeton Shopping Center.

 

Shakespeare in Community Park: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Sunday, July 31, 6 p.m.

The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the second of the summer’s two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater. Community Room in the event of rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Events at Princeton Public Library

Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: “What is the Meaning of July 4 to the Negro?”

Monday, July 3, 7 p.m.

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence announcing, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." Hear the entire speech recited and discuss how different Americans feel about our national values and ethos.

 

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

 

 

Monday, July 3, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Tuesday, July 4

The library is closed for Independence Day.

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.

Film: “The Red Turtle” 
The stages in the life of a human being are recounted through the story of a shipwrecked man on an island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. This animated fantasy film has no dialogue. 1 hour, 21 minutes. This is a special event of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 6, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

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

 

Thursday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.

Summer Shorts

A selection from “The Best American Short Stories” will be discussed. Copies of the story will be available at the second floor starting June 30. Conference Room

 

Film: “Paterson”

Friday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.

This acclaimed 2016 release covers a week in the lives of a

a bus driver and aspiring poet in Paterson, New Jersey, and his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Community Room

 

Job Seekers Session

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

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Tinkering Tots

Friday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.

Children 2-5 years old are invited to participate in hands-on STEAM activities designed just for preschoolers. The activities will be selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Story Room

 

Blue Jersey Band

Sunday, July 9, 4 p.m.

The band, featuring Frank Ruck on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Ellen Ruck on guitar and vocals, and John Burton on bass guitar performs an eclectic mix of swing, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. Part of the Sounds of Summer Series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

Monday-Friday, July 10-14, 11 a.m.

Codesters for Kids

In this weeklong program, children entering grades 3 to 6 will explore Python - a text-based programming language. With step-by-step instruction, students will gain essential experience with programming concepts like syntax and the structure of code to create graphics, animations, and other interactive projects. As they learn and write code, students will use their curiosity and creativity. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions over the course of the week. Participation limited to 12. Reserve a spot via the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

 

Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Lecture: The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on The Beatles

Author and Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz presents a multimedia program that illustrates the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other American recording artists from the 1950s on the music of The Beatles. Community Room

 

Mindful Movements

Monday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Speed Reads

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

Join us for Speed Reads and get a preview of books that haven't yet been published. Select up to four advanced readers copies to sample within the course of an hour and tell us which one has you hooked. Discovery Center

 

Write Space

Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Led by local author Christina Paul, these drop-in workshops focus on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers are welcome. Quiet Room

 

 

Library Live at Labyrinth: Akhil Sharma

Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m.

The critically acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his new book “A Life of Adventure and Delight,” a collection of eight short stories featuring Indian protagonists that provide intimate and honest assessments of human relationships. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Origami Club for All Ages

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

Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes of new, often seasonal, folding. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 7. Conference Room

 

Speed Reads

Wednesday, July 12, 10 a.m.

Join us for Speed Reads and get a preview of books that haven't yet been published. Select up to four advanced readers copies to sample within the course of an hour and tell us which one has you hooked. Discovery Center

 

 

Film: “Moana”

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

In this animated Disney adventure, a spirited teenager sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Community Room

 

 

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. Princeton Room

Thursday, July 13, 10 a.m.

 

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 13, 4 p.m.

Lego: Build a Better World Summer Challenge Series

Budding architects, engineers, builders and all Lego enthusiasts in grades 1-5 are invited to "Build a Better World" through a series of Lego challenges. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Story Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 13, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

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

 

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.

Seven Wonders of the World

Children 7 and older are invited to explore the seven wonders of the world, without leaving Princeton. Activities, selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision, and games inspired by the seven wonders will be featured. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to the Writing Workshop to receive helpful, constructive critique aimed from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. Stephen Arnold will be leader if Donato is absent. Quiet Room

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

 

Walking Tour: Architecture and Gargoyles of Princeton University

Friday, July 14, 11 a.m.

Children 6 to 12 years old with an adult are invited to take an interactive tour of the diverse architectural designs on the Princeton University campus, including the famous gargoyles. The tour begins in front of the Princeton University Store at 116 Nassau St. and ends at Hinds Plaza at 12:45 p.m.

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tour Company.

 

Job Seekers Session

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

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Monday, July 17, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

The Practitioners of Musick

Flutist John Burkhalter and harpsichordist Donovan Klotzbeacher, present a musical lecture about 18th-century English music including performances of works by Handel, Boyce, Stanley, Arne and others. The lecture is in celebration of “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University,” Princeton University Art Museum’s special summer exhibition. Tea and scones will be served. Community Room

 

 

Neighborhood Fun Picnic

Tuesday, July 18, 5 p.m.

Pack a picnic and bring your family to a party at Redding Circle. The library will provide watermelon and drinks. Redding Circle

 

Co-sponsored by the library, the Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Police Department Send Hunger Packing Princeton and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 4 p.m.

RobotScience

This fun and interactive program for children 4 and older features robots ranging from simple and funny to complex and humanoid. Children will learn how robots “know” what to do and explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts that bring robotics to life. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Wondergy.

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Tech Meetup

Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Most meetings include startup demos, a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing.  Registration required at www.meetup.com/princeton-tech/.  Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tech Meetup.

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish. Quiet Room

 

Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Student Film Festival

Original short films, created by filmmakers ages 14-25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 14th year, the event features films chosen from local and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions after the screenings, which are for teen and adult audiences. Refreshments follow in the cafe. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 20, 10 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 20, 4 p.m.

LEGO: Build a Better World Summer Challenge Series

Budding architects, engineers, builders and all LEGO enthusiasts in grades 1-5 are invited to "Build a Better World" through a series of LEGO challenges. DUPLO blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Story Room

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 20, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

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

 

Karl Dentino with Bo Child

Sunday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Dentino performs Tin Pan Alley songs in the Ragtime Blues tradition. Part of the Sounds of Summer Series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room

 

 

Job Seekers Session

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

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Concert: The Great American Folk Song Revival with Caroline Doctorow

Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow presents a tribute to songwriters of the ‘60s that includes the work of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger and John Hartford. She will also perform some of her original compositions and discuss the songwriting process and what it was like growing up with her late father, world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Community Room

 

Monday, July 24, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.

S?SI Concert

Students participating in S? Percussion’s Summer Institute perform. The S? Percussion’s Summer Institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of S? Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsals and performances. This concert will feature new works composed during the institute as well as percussion pieces commissioned from past years. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and S? Percussion.

 

 

Coral Reefs Go Live Session 1: How to Grow Corals

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Coral Reefs Go Live Session 2: What Makes the Lionfish the Perfect Invader?

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.

Speaking through a live video feed, scientists from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute present a live and interactive program about the importance of corals and why we should be concerned that coral reefs are in decline around the world. Viewers will learn how scientists are restoring the reefs by growing and planting corals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions including whether endangered corals can be grown in a laboratory, what makes the venomous lionfish the perfect invasive species, and what is it like to dive over a 6,000-foot drop.

 

This special event of the Princeton Enviromental Film Festival is co-sponsored by the library and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

 

Write Space

Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Led by local author Christina Paul, these drop-in workshops focus on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers are welcome. Quiet Room

 

 

High School Social Justice Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 4 p.m.

High school students are invited to participate in a series of workshops regarding social justice issues. Topics will include implicit bias, the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, white privilege, feminism, bystander intervention, racial literacy and much more. Among our speakers are Not in Our Town members, psychologists, psychiatrists, professors, and other community leaders. Community Room

 

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

 

Thursday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursday, July 27, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card. There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional info, see www.laldef.org. Quiet Study Room

 

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

 

Thursday, July 27, 2 p.m.

Full STEAM Ahead!

Makers, creators and thinkers ages 5 and older are invited to participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math)-related activities and games. Teen volunteers will select the activities with staff supervision. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to the Writing Workshop to receive helpful, constructive critique aimed from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. Stephen Arnold will be leader if Donato is absent. Quiet Room

 

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, July 28, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

 

Job Seekers Session

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

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Meet the Mayor

Friday, July 28, 8:30 a.m.

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

 

Film: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Monday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.

Inspired by the J.K. Rowling book of the same name, and written and produced by Rowling, this 2016 fantasy film is a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. The film is set in 1926 New York and chronicles the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in a secret community of witches and wizards. 2 hours, 13 minutes. Community Room

 

Monday, July 31, 11 a.m.

Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements combines yoga movement, stories and mindfulness exercises to engage young children in literacy development, fine motor skills and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or towel if you wish and be ready to do some gentle movements and poses. For children 3 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m.

Summer Debate Camp

Rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders from the Princeton region get the chance to build debating confidence and skills in a fun and constructive environment under the guidance of Princeton High School Debate Club members. Participants will do public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments and compete for prizes in a mock tournament. Visit tinyurl.com/SummerDebateCamp to register and for additional information.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Events at Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library

Sands Library Building

65 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ  08542

609.924.9529

www.princetonlibrary.org

 

Friday, July 1, 6 p.m.

Family Game Night

Teen volunteers will help set up various board games in the Story Room for a night of family fun. Story Room

 

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

Film: “The Finest Hours”

Walt Disney Pictures chronicles the story of the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton in this drama based on “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. 1 hour, 57 minutes. Part of the First Friday Feature series. Community Room

 

Tuesday, July 5, 4 p.m.

Physics with a Bang

David Maiullo from Rutgers returns with his popular physics program for children who are in kindergarten and older. Learn about the principles of physics and see some demonstrations. Please be aware this program is extremely loud and not suitable for very young children. Community Room

 

Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m.

Screening and Q&A: “Jaco: The Film”

The life and death of jazz musician Jaco Pastorius, whose “singing” bass style is said to have redefined the role of the bass in modern music, is examined in this documentary. Following the screening, producer and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will participate in a Q&A via Skype. Part of the Summer Documentaries series. 1 hour, 50 minutes.  Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and 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.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m.

Writers Room

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.

 

Wednesdays, July 6 and 20; and Thursdays, July 7 and 21; 1 and 2 p.m.

The Writing Project

The Writing Project is designed to help students improve their writing skills. Using the writing process, students will learn to think critically about how to read and write ? to read with a writer’s pen and write with a reader’s eye. Participants will also have an opportunity to begin thinking about their college application essays. Intended for rising 11th- and 12-graders, the one-hour sessions will be led by John Anagbo, retired supervisor of English and Social Studies at Princeton High School. Register for any or all sessions at https://bit.ly/1SI8w1L. Story Room

 

Thursday, July 7, 3 p.m.

Summer Crafternoon: Let’s Color Patterns

Sarah Lewis Smith joins this coloring session of some of the patterns she created in her interactive guide “Visual Patterns, Princeton.” The patterns were inspired by the architecture, art and nature of Princeton. Sarah will answer questions about the project and tell us more about the inspiration for the patterns. For all ages. Community Room

 

Thursday, July 7, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 4 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.

Taste of the Market: Plant-Strong Cooking Demonstration

Vegan chef, culinary student and yoga instructor Matt Spewak, who writes a blog as the Plant Based Yogi, shares his passion for healthy cooking and a variety of recipes for balanced plant-based dishes made from local, in-season and sustainable produce. Hinds Plaza, or Community Room in the event of rain

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Farmers Market.

 

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

Mercer County ID Program

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed card with the sponsorship of various community organizations who form the One Community Coaliton. The 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 at 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 $10 charge ($5 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional information, visit www.laldef.org.  Christopher Reeve Room

 

 

Summer Reading Soiree

Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m.

Library Live at Labyrinth welcomes authors Sarah Pekkanen and Hannah McKinnon in a special evening for book lovers. Featuring casual conversation between the authors, bubbly beverages, summer appetizers and desserts, the event will take place at Labyrinth Books with library staff joining in the fun.

 

Pekkanen’s seventh novel, “The Perfect Neighbors” publishes on July 6. Previous works of the the internationally bestselling author include “The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat,” “These Girls,” “The Best of Us,” “Catching Air,” and “Things You Won’t Say.”

 

McKinnon’s second novel, “Mystic Summer,” is being released in June. Her first book was “The Lake Season.” Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.

Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Night

Techies of all skill levels are invited to bring their laptops and join the hacking at this monthly meeting of Code for Princeton. Newcomers are encouraged to attend an orientation session at 6:30 p.m. RSVP on the Code for Princeton Meetup page, www.meetup.com/codeforprinceton/. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Code for Princeton and the Municipality of Princeton.

 

 

 

Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Dancing Under the Stars

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing.  Continues twice monthly through September. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.

Family Game Night

Teen volunteers will help set up various board games in the Story Room for a night of family fun. Story Room

 

Friday, July 8, 9:45 a.m.

Job Seeker Sessions

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Friday, July 8, 4 p.m.

LEGO

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

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Judy David.

 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Film: “Very Semiserious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists”

Filmmaker Leah Wolchok offers an unprecedented look at the creative process behind the iconic cartoons of The New Yorker. Part of the Summer Documentaries series. 1 hour, 23 minutes. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and 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.

 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m.

The Write Space

Led by local author Christina Paul, this group focuses on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers welcome for these drop-in workshops.

 

Origami Club for all Ages

Wednesday, July 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. Third Floor

 

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.

The group discusses “The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind” by Claudia Rankine.

 

Thursday, July 14, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 4 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

 

Thursday, July 14, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

Mercer County ID Program

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed with the sponsorship of various community organizations who form the One Community Coaliton. The 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 at 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 $10 charge ($5 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional information, visit www.laldef.org.  Christopher Reeve Room

 

 

Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.

Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of  "Ordinary Light: A Memoir,” by Tracy K. Smith. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s poetry will also be discussed.

 

 

Thursday, July 14, 2 p.m.

World Records Party

Join us for a chance to participate in world record-inspired challenges. The challenges will be selected by our teen volunteers, and all of the materials needed will be provided. For those 5 and older. Community Room

 

Tuesday, July 14, 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.

 

Friday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.

Bungee Jumpers Team Show

The jump-rope team from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, presents a high-energy performance that showcases their skills. After the show, children and teens can try single long-rope and double-dutch skipping to classic rhymes and songs. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton YMCA.

 

Friday, July 15, 6 p.m.

Family Game Night

Teen volunteers will help set up various board games in the Story Room for a night of family fun. Story Room

Friday, July 15, 9:45 a.m.

Job Seeker Sessions

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Friday, July 15, 7 p.m.

The Lifters Band

The band plays a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and swing. Members are Mike Testa, Bill Linderman, Jim McClurken, Jeff Brown and Brian Helriegel.  Part of the Listen Local Series.  Hinds Plaza, or Community Room in the event of rain or extreme heat

 

 

 

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

Story Time with Casey Lew-Williams

?After our regular story time, Casey Lew-Williams, co-director of the Princeton Baby Lab, will hold a Q&A on child development and talk about the lab. Lew-Williams investigates how babies learn language. He is interested in several key ideas: that babies are capable of learning complex patterns, that toddlers can efficiently process what their parents say, that language experience shapes learning, and that some children learn more easily than others. Story Room

 

 

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

QuickBooks on the Cloud

Bala Subramanian, owner and CEO of Synergism Inc., conducts a workshop providing basic training in the use of QuickBooks accounting software on the cloud for small business owners. Participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop and download QuickBooks Online via a free 30-day trial from www.intuit.com to get hands-on experience during class. Seating is limited and registration is required at princeton.score.org. Quiet Room

 

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

 

Monday, July 18, 7 p.m.

S?SI Concert

Students participating in S? Percussion’s Summer Institute perform. The S? Percussion’s Summer Institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of S? Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsals and performances. This concert will feature new works composed during the institute as well as percussion pieces commissioned from past years. Hinds Plaza or Community Room in the event of rain

 

Co-sponsored by the library and S? Percussion.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Film: “Heart of a Dog”

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on life and death in this film that centers around her remembrances of her beloved dog Lolabelle. Part of the Summer Documentaries series. 1 hour, 16 minutes. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and 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.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Writers Room

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.

 

Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m.

Princeton Student Film Festival

Original short films, created by filmmakers ages 14-25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 11th year, the event features films chosen from local and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions after the screenings, which are for teen and adult audiences. Refreshments follow in the cafe. Community Room

 

 

Thursday, July 21, 3 p.m.

Summer Crafternoon: Memory Book

We’ll make all-occasion cards to say thanks or hello at this intergenerational crafting event led by Janie Hermann and Linda Willimer. For those 10 and older. All adults must be accompanied by a child. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Where?

 

Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 4 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

 

 

Thursday, July 21, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

Mercer County ID Program

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed card with the sponsorship of various community organizations who form the One Community Coaliton. The 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 at 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 $10 charge ($5 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional information, visit www.laldef.org.  Christopher Reeve Room

 

 

Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Dancing Under the Stars

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing.  Continues twice monthly through September. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

 

Friday, July 22, 6 p.m.

Family Game Night

Teen volunteers will help set up various board games in the Story Room for a night of family fun. Story Room

 

Friday, July 22, 9:45 a.m.

Job Seeker Sessions

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Friday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Toddler Drive-In

Toddlers (ages 2-5) are invited to decorate their own cardboard-box car. Then, we’ll drive around and park our cars to watch a short drive-in movie. Limited to 30 children. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Community Room

 

 

 

Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m.

Harp Music Around the Globe

This concert celebrates the diversity of the folk harp around the world and features three performers who are in New Jersey to take part in the Somerset Fold Harp Festival. From Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Kathleen Loughnane began playing the harp at an early age and is a skilled harpist in the Celtic tradition that so many know and love. Meric Donuk is from Mersin, Turkey, and is known for her innovative exploration of jazz-folk fusion on the harp that derives inspiration from the music of her country.  At home in two cultures, Nicolas Carter was raised in Minnesota and in Asuncioin, Paraguay, where he learned to play and excel at the Paraguayan harp. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Somerset Harp Festival.

Tuesday, July 26, 3 p.m.

“The Greatest Sports Heroes A-Z”

Bright Star Theatre presents a funny, fast-paced production where the audience

will meet everyone from Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth to Jackie Joyner-Kersey and Jackie Robinson. Community Room

 

Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m.

Film: “Above and Below”

Filmmaker Nicolas Steiner examines the lives of three homeless people in Las Vegas, a man who lives in a military bunker in the California desert and a woman at a Utah research station that simulates life on Mars. Part of the Summer Documentaries series. 2 hours. Community Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library and 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.

 

 

Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m.

The Write Space

Led by local author Christina Paul, this group focuses on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers welcome for these drop-in workshops.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.

Reading Getaway

Grab a book and a blanket or chair  - and maybe even a picnic basket - and join friends, neighbors and library staff for an hour of silent reading at Community Park North. This is the first of three Reading Getaways designed to promote Princeton's love of reading, the beautiful park and the importance of gathering as a community. All ages are welcome. Community Park North, near the amphitheater; Elm Road and Route 206

 

Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m.

Princeton Farmers Market

Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 4 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza

 

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.

Taste of the Market: Spice Up Your Fruits and Veggies

Jon Hauge of Savory Spice Shop shares some creative and innovative ways to use spices and seasonings to enhance the produce that is in season in New Jersey during the second half of summer. Hinds Plaza, or Community Room in the event of rain

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Farmers Market.

 

Thursday, July 28, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

Mercer County ID Program

All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed card with the sponsorship of various community organizations who form the One Community Coaliton. The 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 at 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 $10 charge ($5 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.  For additional information, visit www.laldef.org.  Christopher Reeve Room

 

 

Thursday, July 28, 2 p.m.

Summer Reading Midway

All participants in our Summer Reading programs are invited to take a walk on the "boardwalk" and play carnival-style games created by our teen volunteers. Community Room

 

Tuesday, July 28, 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.

 

Friday, July 29, 6 p.m.

The library is closing at 6 p.m. for a teen volunteer event. Regular hours resume Saturday at 9 a.m.

 

Friday, July 29, 9:45 a.m.

Job Seeker Sessions

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room

 

 

Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.

Harry Potter Release Party

Muggles and wizards are invited to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday and the release of the official script book for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented on stage. Come dressed as your favorite character or just wear your Hogwarts house colors. There will be games, prizes, butterbeer, and more. As the night progresses, we will move the party to Labyrinth Books and jaZams in anticipation of the midnight release of the two-part script. For all ages.

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and jaZams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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