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November Events at Princeton Public Library

Mercer County Community ID Card Program

Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, 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. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card, which may be used as a form of ID in public and commercial establishments. Fee is $15 per-card ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65). Princeton Room

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


Little Pandas

Mondays, Nov. 6 and 13, 10 a.m.

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


Create, Design and Build 

with Lego and Duplo

Mondays, Nov. 6 and 20, 4 p.m.

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


Mystery Book Group

Monday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Quiet Room

“Death in the Off Season” by Francine Mathews


Assimilation vs. Acculturation: 

Oh the Myths We Bought Into       

Monday, Nov. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Caroline Clarke and Roberto Schiraldi facilitate a discussion contrasting assimilation (adopting the norms of the dominant culture often at the expense of unique backgrounds and traditions) and acculturation (adapting to the norms of the dominant culture while maintaining and honoring unique backgrounds and traditions) and how the pressure to conform impacts us all. Community Room


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


PSG Workshop 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.

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

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



Tuesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 4 p.m.

Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess Club members. Story Room

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



Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Night

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

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


Caldecott Club

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.

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




Origami Club for All Ages

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 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. Quiet Room



PSO Soundtracks Movie Night: “Amadeus”

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

The 1985 Best Picture Academy Award-winner about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be shown. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. 2 hours. Free popcorn. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.



Contemporary Fiction Book Group

Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m., Conference Room

“The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes


Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Princeton Room

 “Brother, I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat


Princeton Farmers Market

Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16, 10 a.m.

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 (rain or shine)

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.




Friday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Fans of the Broadway smash “Hamilton: An American Musical” are invited to sing along to music from the show. Participants are encouraged to wear period costume. Potential featured singers should register at the online events calendar at Note: Lyrics contain profanity. The event is open to all ages, but children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Community Room


Job Seekers Sessions

Fridays, 9:45 a.m., Nov. 10-24

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

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



Go Between Club

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

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


Folktales: Your Passport to the World

Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.

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

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


Letra Pequeña (Little Letter)

Monday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.

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



Donna Clovis

“Six Doors Down: A Journey Through Synchronicity” 

Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.

The award-winning journalist and author discusses the sequel to her book “Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place.” The book tells the stories of Princeton from the 1960s to the present through the eyes its oldest citizens by means of interviews, diaries and articles. The synchronicity of being at the right place at the right time for the interviews, locations, and journals plays a major role in the construction of the book. Clovis has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a first-place feature-writing award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Community Room


Cool Women Poets

Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.

Several poets from Cool Women Poets read their work. Cool Women Poets is a Central Jersey-based, nine-member poetry critique and performance group, which has been meeting for 23 years. Newsroom

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


Historical Fiction Book Group

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road

Scholars participate in discussions of the fictional elements and the nonfictional local and regional context of selected books in events at the headquarters of the Historical Society of Princeton. During this session, participants will discuss “Burr” by Gore Vidal with Paul Clemens, history professor at Rutgers University.


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


Cover to Cover Book Group

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m.

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



Food Waste and Food Insecurity in Princeton

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 

Learn how reducing food waste can shrink our carbon footprint and lessen the food insecurity of members of the Princeton community. Community Room

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


Princeton Tech Meetup

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Members of the Princeton area tech community, are welcome to attend these meetings, which bring tech-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and time for networking and socializing. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tech Meetup.


Amanda Lucidon

“Chasing Light: Michelle Obama through the Lens of a White House Photographer”

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

The former White House photographer presents a slide show and talks about her book, a collection of 150 color photographs along with personal reflections and stories. From 2013–’17, Lucidon documented life at the White House as well as the First Lady’s domestic and overseas travel. Newsroom

From Nov. 16 to Dec. 3, photographs from the book will be exhibited in the Reading Room.  The images will be displayed just as photos are in the White House: printed at 20 by 30 inches, mounted and hung in simple black frames without glass.



Acting Out

Friday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.

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




Friday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Set during World War II, this film is told from three perspectives — the land, sea and air — during a fierce battle in which Allied soldiers were surrounded by the German army. 2 hours. Community Room



VOICES (Voices on Important Conversations Engaging Students)

Saturday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.

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. Conference Room

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




Girls Who Code Club

Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.

Girls in grades 6-12 are invited to explore the core concepts of coding while building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends. Activities for all levels of experience will be included. Register through the events calendar at (limited to 18) or bring your own device.

Technology Center

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



Mercer County Math Circle

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

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



Danielle Allen

“Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. 

The author discusses her critique of the American prison system and memoir of the life of her cousin Michael, who was tried as an adult and served 11 years in prison for an attempted carjacking he committed at age 15. Despite the devotion of Allen, who became a dean at the University of Chicago at 32, Michael did not survive the brutal realities encountered by newly released young men on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

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



Sew and Craft for the Holidays

Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. Children in grades 4-6; 

Noon, seventh grade and up; 1:30 p.m., adults

Instructors from Pennington Quilt Works provide sewing machines and a variety of fabrics and trimmings for many holidays for these one-hour sessions. Participants can create a fabric gift bag, a personalized card, a vase with paper flowers or a coaster using upcycled items. Space is limited and registration through the events calendar at is requested but walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Pennington Quilt Works.




SCORE Seminars

Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

The Princeton chapter of SCORE presents seminars on a variety of topics related to small businesses. For details, visit the library’s events calendar or Newsroom



Fred Miller: An American Thanksgiving

Sunday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m.

Singer and pianist Fred Miller presents a lecture in song featuring selections about gratitude. Community Room


Downsizing and Organizing

Monday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.

Professional organizer John Odalen shares easy techniques for getting and staying organized. New ways to think about possessions will be discussed along with options for disposing of items you no longer want or need. Newsroom

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



To Be Discussed (TBD)

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.

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, take group trips to see current films, and do group-reads. Story Room



Ask a Lawyer

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

Lawyers will be at the library for free, private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. Sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not necessary. Spanish translators will be available. Referrals will be made when necessary. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force and the Mercer County Bar Association.









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








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