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November Events @Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library

Sands Library Building

65 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ  08542



October 26, 2023



Tim Quinn, Communications Director

(609) 924-9529, ext. 1258






Jhumpa Lahiri and Zahid Chaudhary

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and translator discusses "Roman Stories," her newest collection of short stories, with Princeton's Zahid Chaudhary at McCarter Theatre Center. Tickets are required.


Angus Deaton in Conversation with Matthew Desmond

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton is joined by Matthew Desmond to discuss his recently released book "Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality." Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.


Melvin Rogers in Conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Brown University political science professor Melvin Rogers is joined by Princeton University's Eddie Glaude Jr. to discuss his recently released book "The Darkened Light of Faith." Community Room


Camilla Townsend and Nicky Kay Michael

Tuesday, Nov, 14, 7:30 p.m.

The authors discuss their new book, “On the Turtle’s Back: Stories the Lenape Told Their Grandchildren,” the first collection of Lenape folklore. Virtual on Zoom. Register for link.


Nancy Malkiel with David Cannadine

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.

The professor emeritus of history at Princeton University is joined by her colleague and fellow historian David Cannadine to discuss her recently published biography of William G. Bowen. Community Room


Thomas Swick

Monday, Nov, 27, 6 p.m.

The travel writer talks about history and self discovery and signs copies of his memoir, “Falling into Place: A Story of Love, Poland and the Making of a Travel Writer.” Community Room


Natasha Lance Rogoff

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.

The journalist and television producer is joined by scholar Deborah Kaple to discuss her book "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia." Community Room


Ewa Gorniak Morgan in Conversation with Yuri Leving

Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

Poet, writer and translator Ewa Gorniak Morgan is joined by Yuri Leving of Princeton University to discuss her latest book "Profession: Venice" and her passion for the city she calls home. Community Room





Drop in and Knit

Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, 10 a.m. to noon,

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


Film and Panel: “Rebuilding Resiliency; Reclaiming Connection”

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m.

A panel presentation and discussion will follow the screening of the documentary "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope." Part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St.


Film and Panel: “Killers of the Flower Moon”

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

Indigenous student groups from Princeton University host a screening of Martin Scorsese's adaptation of the book about the Reign of Terror among the Osage Nation. Rated R. 3 hours, 26 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre


Arts and Health Month Kickoff

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local nonprofits and the library host interactive workshops, a keynote speaker and a reception to celebrate the start of Arts and Health Month. RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, Hamilton. See website for schedule.


Open Acoustic Jam

Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.

At this inclusive and open jam for local musicians, chord charts and lyrics for songs will be provided. Bring your acoustic guitar, uke, violin, resonator, tambourine or your voice to join the fun. Community Room


Gente y Cuentos/People & Stories

Sunday, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 3-5 p.m.

This series features readings and discussions in Spanish of Latin American short stories. Registration required at


“Earth Song Refrain” Exhibit Opening and Reception

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

A presentation and opening reception for “Earth Song Refrain: BIPOC Artists On the Climate and Environment" that is currently on display on the library's second floor. Hosted by Art Against Racism. Technology Center and other second floor locations


Create a Gratitude Journal

Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Instructors from HomeFront’s ArtSpace lead a workshop where participants 16 and older will upsycle a variety of materials to createa “junk journal.” Community Room


Correspondence Chess and the Impact of AI

Saturday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m.

ICCF Grandmaster Jon Edwards talks about chess and Artificial Intelligence, reviewing some fun games from the pre-AI era as well as some others from the new AI era. Community Room


“U.S. 1 Worksheets” Launch

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

A gathering to mark the publication of the 68th volume of "US 1 Worksheets," the journal of DVP/US 1 Poets Collective. Community Room


Storytelling: “Food, Glorious Food”

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Storyteller Maria Lo Biondo presents folk and fairy tales from around the world on the joys of growing, cooking and eating food. Story Room


Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m.

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


Parent and Baby Support Group

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

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


Meet the Human Services Department

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 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


Presentation: Elder Fraud: A Guide for Seniors and Families

Thursday, Nov, 16, 2 p.m.

In person and virtual. Registration required. Community Room


Film: “Lakota Nation vs. United States”

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

This 2022 documentary explores how indigenous citizens of the Lakota nation have struggled to reclaim rights of stewardship for the sacred Black Hills. PG-13. 2 hours. Newsroom


Film and Q&A: “Sugar House Yantra: Life Is a Canvas”

Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Filmmaker Jared Flesher's latest work is screened followed by a Q&A with Flesher and the film's subject, Charlize Katzenbach, a transgender woman and artist who produces maple syrup on her N.J. farm. Community Room


Lecture: Peter Singer

Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.

The Australian philosopher and Princeton bioethics professor discusses the new edition of his book "Ethics in the Real World" as part of the annual Kenneth and Audrey Gould lecture. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Community Room


Film: “Alpha Go” with the Princeton Go Club

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m.

In this documentary, a Google AI learns to play Go and then squares off against world champion Lee Sedol. Unrated. 1 hour, 30 minutes. After the film, the Princeton Go Club teaches how to play. Community Room


Bard at the Gate Watch Party

“Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light”

Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Community Room





Ask the Mac Pros

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Apple expert Laura O'Neill will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice while attendees reorganize and declutter their email folders. Registration requested but not required.

Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session. Technology Center


ChatGPT and AI for Your Industry

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m.

Stay on top of industry trends by learning how AI is being used and incorporated into business sectors. Registration required.


A Guide to iCloud

Thursday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.

Technology Center


Get It Done Together: Organize Your Digital Photos

Monday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

Apple expert Laura O'Neill will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice while attendees sort and organize their digital photos. Registration requested but not required. Technology Center


Handy Kitchen Gadgets

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.

Discover the wide array of tools and gadgets that can be helpful in your kitchen. Register for Zoom link. Part of the Morning Tech Series


Managing Digital Files

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


Get It Done Together: Organize Your Email

Monday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.

Apple expert Laura O'Neill will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice while attendees reorganize and declutter their email folders. Registration requested but not required. Technology Center


Creating with Canva – Holiday Edition

Monday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m.

Technology Center


Beyond Your Business Card

Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

Learn how to use social media and technology to effectively promote your business, yourself and your brand. Registration required. Technology Center






Gun Violence Awareness Book Group

Monday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

The group discusses “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Facilitated by author and gun violence prevention advocate Sue Repko. See website for upcoming titles. Registration required. Newsroom


Mystery Book Group

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

The group discusses "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone" by Benjamin Stevenson. Virtual on Google Meet. See website for link.


Fiction Book Group

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

The group discusses "Groundskeeping” by Lee Cole. Newsroom


Historical Fiction Book Group

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

Kristy Kelly of Drexel University leads a discussion of the historical context of Nguy?n Phan Qu? Mai's "The Mountains Sing," a multigenerational tale set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Newsroom


Mayors Wellness Book Discussion

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.

"Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle" by Amelia Nagoski, DMA is discussed as part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign book discussion series.

The discussion will be led by the library's manager of adult services, Laura Bishop, and Eboni Gadson, a senior clinician from The Princeton Center for MindBody Healing. Newsroom





Beginner Python Series

Princeton High School students lead a series of intro-level Python coding classes for teens. Registration required.


Economics Made Simple

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

Students in grades 6-11 learn about topics in economics and finance. Presented by Princeton High School students. Technology Center


Little Thinkers Kit Play Shop

Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.

Discover Little Thinker Kits featuring Tonies at this demonstration. A new addition to our Library of Things, the kits offer screen-free stories, songs and more to help develop early literacy skills. Outside of the Story Room


Cartooning Workshop with Mike Dawson

Friday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

The award-winning cartoonist conducts an interactive comic-making workshop for kids 8-12., Registration required.


Drop-in Chess Sessions

Saturday, Nov. 11, 18, 25, 3:30 p.m.

For youth in grades 2-6 who are beginners or have some chess experience.

Story Room


Build with Lego

Monday, Nov. 6, 20, 4 p.m.

Drop-in, non-competitive sessions including building time and sharing. STEAM Studio


“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Community Room


Go Between Club

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

All sixth, seventh and eighth graders are welcome to participate in a fun discussion of books and other interests. Conference Room


STEM Circle

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Students in third through sixth grade participate in STEM challenges at these monthly sessions. STEAM Studio





Writers Room

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 20, 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. Registration required. Conference Room


Writers Room Poets

Monday, Nov. 13, 27, 7 p.m.

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


Writers Room Online

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Register at Via Zoom



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