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May Events @Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library

Sands Library Building

65 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ  08542

609.924.9529

www.princetonlibrary.org

 

AUTHORS

 

Eric Cline and Glynnis Fawkes with Miguel Centeno

Monday, May 6, 6 p.m.

The authors discuss the publication of Cline's "After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations" and Fawkes' "1177 BC.: A Graphic History of the Year Civilization Collapsed," a graphic novel adaptation of Cline's previous bestseller, "1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed." With Miguel Centeno, sociology professor at Princeton University. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Michelle Weinfeld

Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Michelle Weinfeld discusses her book, "From Generation to Generation: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity in the Aftermath of the Shoah." Historical Society of Princeton

 

Anne Lester with Gus Canzano

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.

The author discusses her book “Your Best Financial Life: Save Smart Now for the Future You Want” with local small business owner Gus Canzano. Community Room

 

Author Panel: “Weaving Identity: South Asian Authors on Telling Our Stories”

Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m.

A panel featuring local South Asian authors discusses the complexities of identity and the power of storytelling. Moderated by Ambreen Ali of news outlet Central Desi. Authors include Pooja Makhijani, Namrata Patel, Priyanka Taslim and F.S. Yousaf. Community Room

 

Monika Zgustova

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.

The author discusses and reads from "A Revolver to Carry at Night," an historical novel based on the life of Véra Nabokov and her marriage to Vladimir Nabokov. Community Room

 

Judith Lindbergh

Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.

The author is joined by Colby Cedar Smith to discuss her recently released novel, "Akmaral" at this Book Brunch event. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries; talk begins at 11 a.m. Community Room

 

I Augustus Durham with Kinohi Nishikawa

Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m.

The author discusses his book, “Stay Black and Die: On Melancholy and Genius” with Kinohi Nishikawa, associate professor of English and African American studies at Princeton University. Registration required. Virtual on Zoom and in-person at Princeton Theological Seminary

 

MOVIES

 

“Americanish”

Friday, May 3, 3 p.m.

This 2021 comedy follows the lives of three Pakistani women as they navigate the often-turbulent waters of romance, culture, career and family. PG-13. 1 hour, 31 minutes. Community Room

 

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”

Saturday, May 4, 3 p.m.

Screened as part of Free Comic Book Day. PG. 1 hour, 39 minutes.

 

“Petite Maman”

Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Part of the International Cinema Series at the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets required.

 

“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.

Part of the Family Matinee Series. Princeton Garden Theatre

 

“Arthur the King”

Wednesday, May 29, 3 p.m.

Adapted from "Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find A Home" by Mikael Lindnord and and Val Hudson. PG-13. 1 hour, 47 minutes. Community Room

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

Drop in and Knit

Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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

 

Neurodivergent Crafts and Games

Thursday, Thursday, May 2, 16, 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

 

Open House: Hinds Plaza Concept Design

Thursday, May 2, 5 p.m.

The Municipality of Princeton hosts an open house for public input on a concept design for Hinds Plaza. Community Room

 

Historical Fiction Book Group

Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.

A discussion of the historical context for Lauren Groff's "Matrix" is facilitated by Sucharita Ray, lecturer in art and archaeology and history, Princeton University. Newsroom

 

Exploring Korean Culture

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Korean games and treats are followed by musical performances. Registration requested. Community Room

 

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m.

Giveaways and activities followed by a 3 p.m. screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” Community Room

 

Performance: “ABC-XYZ”

Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.

Lucilla Trapazzo and Alessandro Olla perform “ABC-XYZ” and explore the connections between contemporary music and poetry during this brunch event. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Festival. Community Room

 

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.

Princeton University professor, Lorgia García-Peña, gives a presentation. This program will be in person and virtual. Register through the events calendar for Zoom link.

 

Virtual Workshop: Moms Returning to the Workplace

Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Sara Madera of Plan Creatively conducts a virtual workshop providing coaching, tools and strategies to help working mothers thrive professionally. Register for Zoom link.

 

Open Mic Night on the Plaza

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m.

Local musicians perform at this after-hours event hosted by the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative. All are welcome to sign up to perform or just come to listen. Hinds Plaza

 

Lecture Recitals by the New School for Music Study

Saturday, May 18, 25 and June 8, 2 p.m.

Faculty from the New School for Music Study (NSMS) in Kingston present a series of three lecture recitals, in which they play and discuss historic repertoire for the piano. Community Room

 

McCarter Live at the Library

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

Playwright Winnie Holzman discusses the inspiration behind her new play, "Choice," with director Sarah Rasmussen, members of the cast and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater at Princeton University. Newsroom

 

Princeton Go League

Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Players in the League will play in-person games of Go against people of a similar rank. This event allows beginners to gain tournament experience without affecting their official ratings. Community Room

 

Princeton Community Pride Picnic

Friday, May 31, 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Princeton's LGBTQ+ community on "Pride Eve" with music, games, activities, giveaways and more at this family-friendly event featuring local nonprofits, businesses, and community groups. Hinds Plaza and Community Room

 

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

 

The AI Disruption

Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m., An Overview of AI

Part 2: Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m., The Impact of AI on Society

Registration required; Technolocy Center

 

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required; Technology Center

 

Librarian Bootcamp

Tuesday, May 14, 2 p.m.

Registration required; Technology Center

 

Beyond Cable

Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m.

Learn about switching from cable television to streaming services. Register for Zoom link.

 

Nature Photography with Your Phone

Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.

Registration required. Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave.

 

KIDS AND TEENS

 

Teen Volunteer Information Session

Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.

Rising eighth- to 12-th grades are invited to learn about summer volunteering at the library. STEAM Studio

 

Kids and Teens: The Art of Wood Block Printing

Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Learn the art of wood block printing with hand carved wood blocks crafted by block makers from India. Registration required. STEAM Studio.

 

Screen-Free Week Events for Kids 5 and Up, Third Floor

Monday, May 6, 3 p.m., Community Cardboard Village

Tuesday, May 7, 3 p.m., Create a Bookmark

Wednesday, May 8, 3 p.m., “I Spy” Challenge

Thursday, May 9, 3 p.m., Memory Magic

Friday, May 10, 10:30 a.m., Spring Puppet Show for ages 2 and up performed by early childhood faculty from the Waldorf School.

 

Crafts and Games for Neurodivergent Youth

Thursday, May 9, 4 p.m.

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

 

Parent and Baby Support Group

Friday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.

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

 

Chemistry for Kids

Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.

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

 

Teen Mental Health Fair

Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m.

Fun and easy ways to relieve stress including games, arts & crafts and more led by Aligned Minds. Community Room

 

 

 

 

May Events @Princeton Public Library

PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY MAY EVENTS

 

AUTHORS

 

Carol Graham with Anne C. Case

Monday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.

Economists Carol Graham and Anne C. Case discuss Graham's recently released book "The Power of Hope" and examine why hope matters as a metric of economic and social well-being. Community Room

 

Landon Jones in Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates

Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m.

Lanny Jones discusses his recently published book "Celebrity Nation: How America Evolved into a Culture of Fans and Followers" with Joyce Carol Oates. Book signing to follow. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Kate Clancy with Catherine Clune-Taylor

Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m.

Kate Clancy is joined by Catherine Clune-Taylor to discuss her book "Period" which offers a bold and revolutionary perspective on the science and cultural history of menstruation. At Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

 

Joan Maloof

Monday, May 22, 7 p.m.

The author of "Nature’s Temples: A Natural History of Old-Growth Forests," explores the science and alchemy of old-growth forests and makes a compelling case for their protection. Community Room

 

 

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

 

Ask the Mac Pros

Tuesday, May 2, 9,16, 23, 30, 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

 

Getting Started with Google Drive

Monday, May 1, 2 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Video Editing with Final Cut Pro for Beginners

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

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Librarian Bootcamp

Tuesday, May 9, 2 p.m.

Registration required; Technology Center

 

Computer Organization with Windows

Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m.

Learn some ways to organize and better manage your computer and digital files on your Windows computer. Via Zoom; register for link.

 

Video Editing with Final Cut Pro: Advanced

Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

Computer Organization for Mac

Wednesday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Virtual via Zoom; register for link.

 

Coding for Everyone

Tuesday, May 30, 6 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center

 

BOOK GROUPS

 

Fiction Book Group

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

The group discusses, “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. Conference Room

 

Black Voices Book Group

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

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

 Via Google Meet. See events calendar for link.

 

Mystery Book Group

Monday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

The group discusses "What is Yours is Not Yours" by Helen Oyeyemi.

Via Google Meet

 

Historical Fiction Book Group

Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.

Jennifer Sessions, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, leads a discussion of "Tomorrow They Won’t Dare To Murder Us" by Joseph Andras. Virtual only via Google Meet

 

JOB SEEKERS SESSIONS

 

Friday, May 5, 9:45 a.m.

Build Your Interview Skills

Community Room

 

Friday, May 12, 9:45 a.m.

Branding for Landing

Community Room

 

KIDS AND TEENS

 

Screen-Free Week

May 2-5, 3-5 p.m.

Self-directed activities and challenges in the Youth Services Department. Third Floor

 

Build with Lego

Monday, May 1,15, 4 p.m.

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

 

 

Craft a Butterfly

Sunday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.

Pop in for a self-guided activity to create yarn and felt butterflies for a fun and colorful community art display celebrating the arrival of spring. Part of the community-wide “Yarn Blooming: A Fiber Arts Display.” STEAM Studio

 

Teens: Go Between Club

Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m.

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

 

“Pioneering a Century of Innovation in Electricity”

Professor Michael Littman of Princeton University presents a program highlighting Joseph Henry, a 19th century Princeton resident and professor of at the College of New Jersey. He was one of the early contributors to the science of electromagnetism and inventor of early electric motors and more. The presentation will be followed by an interactive demonstration of electrical devices. CoLab Space

 

Teen Volunteer Information Session

Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m.

Community Room

 

Math Circle

Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Young mathematicians in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on math challenges and activities in these collaborative monthly sessions designed by high school students. CoLab Space

 

Sensory Storytime

Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.

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

 

Drop-in Chess Sessions

Saturday, May 13, 27, 3-4:30 p.m.

For children in grades 2-6. Story Room

 

Cover to Cover Book Group

Tuesday, May 23, 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Read & Craft Book Group

Wednesday, May 17, 4 p.m.

For K-2. Story Room

 

Women in the Lead Book Club

Tuesday, May 9, 23, 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Outdoor Storytime at Princeton Shopping Center

Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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

 

Calligraphy for Kids with Michael Shiue

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m.

Master calligrapher Michael Shiue will introduce kids ages 10 and over to the art of calligraphy in this hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Community Room

 

 

WRITERS GROUPS

 

Writers Room

Tuesday, May 2, 16, 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, May 8, 22, 7 p.m.

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

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.

Benjamin Saulsberry of the Emmet Till Interpretive Center engages in conversation with NIOT board member Joyce Trotman Jordan about Till's 1955 lynching and ways to respond to racial injustice today. Via Zoom; register for link.

 

Mercer County Community ID

Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4-7 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. Princeton Room

 

AAPI Curriculum One Year Later

Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m.

Panelists give an update about implementation of New Jersey's AAPI curriculum mandate, AAPI curriculum professional development opportunities, and tips on educational advocacy. Via Zoom; register for link.

 

Presentation: Third World Problems? Lessons from Pakistan in a Climate-Changing World

Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.

This moderated discussion will focus on the impact and lessons learned from the recent floods in Pakistan and raise important questions about climate justice in the United States and globally. Community Room

 

McCarter Live at the Library: How to Plan a Season

Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

McCarter Theatre's Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen and Director of Special Programming Paula Abreu talk about their work building on McCarter’s legacy and evolving the organization in new ways. Community Room

 

Bangra Dance

Friday, May 5, 4 p.m.

At this family-friendly event, learn about the history and origins of Bhangra followed by a performance and a chance to try Bhangra yourself. Community Room

 

Sustainable Jazz Duo

Saturday, May 6, 3 p.m.

Steve Hiltner and Phil Orr perform original compositions ranging in style from jazz to samba to funk, combining fresh melodies, inventive arrangements and improvisation. Community Room

 

Workshop: Knit/Crochet a Flower

Sunday, May 7, Noon

Create a flower for a fun and colorful community art display celebrating the arrival of spring. Patterns and yarn will be supplied; bring your own needles/hooks if possible. Registration requested. Community Room

 

Concert/Lecture: More Musical Gems from the Yiddish Theater

Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m.

Diane Cypkin will feature songs made famous by legends like Molly Picon and Menasha Skulnik and also focus on the great Yiddish songwriters. Community Room

 

What Our Kids Need Now: More Empathy and Empowerment Skills

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.

This interactive workshop teaches youth, parents and families how to nurture empathy and empathic action. Community Room

 

Reception: Jewish Voices of Princeton

Wednesday, May 10, 3 p.m.

Celebrate the launch of the collection of Jewish Voices of Princeton, an oral history project produced with Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer. Registration requested. Community Room

 

Film: “5000 Blankets”

Thursday, May 11, 3 p.m.

When her husband has a breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion toward those in need and inspiring a city. Community Room

 

Steve Kramer Quartet

Friday, May 12, 6 p.m.

The Steve Kramer Quartet perform jazz standards from a wide array of eras, influences and styles in this after-hours performance. Community Room

 

 

Meet the Human Services Department

Wednesday, May 17, 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

 

Amplifying Asian American and Pacific Islander History

Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m.

In this session, participants will explore the influences and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in U.S. History from the 19th through mid-20th centuries. Community Room

 

Art Talk and Reception with Michael Shiue

Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.

Master calligrapher Michael Shiue will talk about his art and demonstrate calligraphy techniques in the Community Room followed by a reception and tour of his exhibit on the second floor. Community Room and Newsroom

 

Calligraphy Class with Michael Shiue

Saturday, May 27, 1 p.m.

Master calligrapher Michael Shiue will introduce participants to the art of calligraphy in this hands-on workshop intended for high school students and adults. Registration required. Community Room

 

 

Film and Q&A: “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”

Tuesday, May 30, 6 p.m.

A screening of the award-winning documentary is followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Christine Choy. Community Room

 

Meet the Superintendent

Monday, May 8, 4:30-6 p.m., Lobby

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

 

Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, May 9,10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 31, 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

 

Tabletop Game Night

Thursday, May 18, 6 p.m.

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

 

Medicare Workshop

Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m.

Representatives from Senior Advisors outline how Medicare works and how to avoid common mistakes. In-person and virtual. Community Room

 

Talk: Pnina Lahav on “Golda Meir and Her Path to Power”

Wednesday, May 31, 7 p.m.

Pnina Lahav discusses "The Only Woman in the Room," her biography of Golda Meir's political rise to prime minister of Israel. Presented in partnership with the Phyllis Marchand Leadership Lecture Fund. Community Room

 

 

 

May Events Princeton Public Library

Sunday, May 1, 2-4 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

 

Monday, May 2, 7 p.m.

Continuing Conversations on Race

Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation. Newcomers to the group are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Story Room

 

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

 

 

Monday, April 11, 11 a.m.

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Conducted in Spanish, sessions are intended for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Story Room

 

 

Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Author Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

The author discusses and signs copies of his book "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul." In the  book, Glaude argues that America's race problem is not solved and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Glaude is the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and at Princeton University. Community Room

 

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Classes

This series of eight classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Due to construction at the library, these classes will be offered off-site.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

“The Big Short”

Based on the book by the same name by Michael Lewis, this film traces the roots of 2008’s financial crisis through the eyes of four opportunists who predicted and profited from it. 2 hours, 10 minutes. Community Room

 

Friday, May 6, 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, May 6, 1 p.m.

Spotlight on the Humanities:  Public Policy in America

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler discusses his new book “Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword.” In this book, Shipler focuses on recent free speech controversies across the nation to highlight the importance of our First Amendment right to free speech. David Shipler has reported for The New York Times, is the author of six previous books, and has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has taught at Princeton, American University and Dartmouth.

 

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.

Cover to Cover Book Group (C2C)

This reading group for fourth- and fifth-graders meets the first Saturday of every month to discuss books, short stories and other interests related to books. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and learning to post booklists in Bibliocommons. Registration is not required. Study Room 354

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 9, 11 a.m.

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Conducted in Spanish, sessions are intended for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Story Room

 

 

Monday, May 9, 4 p.m.

Reading Treehouse 1

This reading group for developing readers in kindergarten and first grade meets monthly on the second Monday during the school year.  Stories, reading aloud, crafts, games and more that reflect a different theme each month are featured. No registration required. Third floor

 

 

Tuesday, May 10, 10 a.m.

Learn to Download Digital Books and Audiobooks

Princeton Public Library staff will help you learn how to download material from the library's electronic collection. Bring your device, sit down with us and let us help you get started. Help is available by appointment. Please call 609.924.9529, ext.1220. Princeton Senior Resource Center

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

 

 

Wednesday, May 11, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

 

 

Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Classes

This series of eight classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Due to construction at the library, these classes will be offered off-site.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses “Haiti: The Aftershocks of History” by Laurent DuBois. Christopher Reeve Room.

 

Thursday, May 12, 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, May 12, 7 p.m.

Film and Discussion: “Elementary Genocide: The School to Prison Pipeline”

A screening of the documentary produced by award-winning journalist/filmmaker Raheim Shabass examines the systemic cultural, social and ecomonic forces that contribute to the startling mass incarceration n among African-American and Hispanic youth. The film features candid interviews and voice-narration culled from original interviews by professors, teachers, authors, children and parents.

 

Following the screening, there will be a discussion of the film led by local entrepreneur, community activist and author Tracey Syphax. Syphax is the president and CEO of Capitol City Conracting Inc. and the Phax Group, LLC. He is also the founder of Minding Our Business (M.O.B.), a successful community outreach program of Rider University, which promotes the advancement and vocational development of Trenton youth through entrepreneurship, education and mentoring. He is the author of the best-selling autobiography, “From the Block to the Boardroom.” Community Room

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Thursday, May 12, 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, May 13, 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, May 13, 4 p.m.

Rock & Rhythm

Music and movement are important at every stage of a child’s development, particularly so for babies and preschoolers. Rock & Rhythm blends music, movement, rhymes, read alouds, fingerplays and other interactive activities, while enhancing early literacy skills. This program is intended for children 2 to 5 years old. Parent or caregiver must attend with child. Community Room

 

 

Saturday, May 14, 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

 

Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m.

Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. 2 hours, 16 minutes. Community Room

 

Monday, May 16, 11 a.m.

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Conducted in Spanish, sessions are intended for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Story Room

 

 

Monday, May 16, 4 p.m.

Reading Treehouse 2

This reading group for developing readers in kindergarten and first grade meets monthly on the second Monday during the school year.  Stories, reading aloud, crafts, games and more that reflect a different theme each month are featured. No registration required. Story Room

 

 

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Harness the Power of Mobile

Speaker Reina Valenzuela presents a webinar on using mobile technology for self promotion and to drive more business. Please register at princeton.score.org. Community Room

 

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

 

Wednesday, May 18, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Classes

This series of eight classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Due to construction at the library, these classes will be offered off-site.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 10:30 a.m.

Fiction Book Group

Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of  "The Turner House" by Angela Flournoy, Conference Room

 

 

Thursday, May 19, 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, May 20, 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.

 

Saturday, May 21, 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. Christopher Reeve Room

 

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

 

 

Saturday, May 21, 3 p.m.

VOICES: Voices on Important Conversations Engaging Students

Meet other teens who are passionate about activism at these moderated discussions of hot topics in the news such as racial profiling, global warming and international politics. Story Room

 

Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.

TAB Spring Fever

Teens are invited to take a break from studying and gather for live music, food and more. Hinds Plaza

 

 

 

Monday, May 23, 11 a.m.

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, children and adults improve Spanish language skills. Conducted in Spanish, sessions are intended for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Story Room

 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m.

To Be Discussed (TBD) and Knitting

All high school students are welcome to participate in this monthly discussion of great books, films, music, non-fiction, poetry, and all things cultural. Participants may also help create book displays and reading lists for the library. Knitters are welcome to bring their latest project and join in on the discussion. Meets on the Fourth Tuesday every month. Teen Center

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 4 p.m.

Acting Out

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Classes

This series of eight classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Due to construction at the library, these classes will be offered off-site.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, May 26, 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, May 26, 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

 

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