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October and November 2022 Princeton Public Library Events



Princeton Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Favorite authors and illustrators of books for children and teen books gather on Hinds Plaza to meet and interact with readers. Book sales provided by jaZams.


Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.

Author: Yiyun Li in Conversation with Idra Novey

The author discusses her new novel, "The Book of Goose," with her fellow writer and Princeton University colleague Idra Novey. The event will be held at Labyrinth with a livestream option available


Friday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m.

Reza Aslan

The writer, producer and scholar of religions launches his new book, "An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville." In-person in the Community Room and virtual. Registration required through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.


Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.

Poetry: Cool Women Volume 7 Publication Party

This lively reading features the 11 poets from the poetry critique and performance group known as Cool Women in celebration of the publication of their seventh volume of poetry. Community Room


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Laurie Lico Albanese

The author discusses and signs copies of the recently published "Hester: A Novel," a reimagining of the woman who inspired the character of Hester Prynne from Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." Community Room


Sunday, Oct. 23, 10:45 a.m.

Book Brunch featuring Akash Kapur

The author discusses “Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia,” a true story that explores the human desire for utopia as it plays out in the lives of Auroville’s founders and their early followers. Book signing to follow. Presented in person and virtually. Registration only required for virtual attendance. Coffee and pastries served at 10:45 a.m. Talk begins at 11 a.m. Community Room



Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Ruha Benjamin in Conversation with Nicole Fleetwood

Ruha Benjamin of Princeton University discusses her new book, "Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want," with Nicole Fleetwood of New York University. In-person and virtual. Community Room


Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Maria DiBattista

The acclaimed author discusses her latest novel "Babysitter," with Maria DiBattista, professor of English at Princeton University. The book is a noir mystery set in 1970s Detroit. Book signing to follow.

This event, co-sponsored by Labyrinth Books, will be held in the Community Room and streamed via YouTube. 


Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Torie Bosch, Claire Evans and Joy Lisi Rankin

The editor and authors discuss their new book, "You Are Not Expected to Understand This: How 26 Lines of Code Changed the World," with a focus on the history of women and early coding. Virtual only. Registration required through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.


Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

Simon Morrison with Pamela Des Barres

The author and Princeton University professor is joined by author and journalist Pamela Des Barres to discuss “Mirror in the Sky,” his recently released musical biography of Stevie Nicks. In person at Labyrinth with livestream option available. Registration required for livestream.



Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.

“US 1 Worksheets” Launch

This in-person gathering to marks the publication of the 67th volume of "US 1 Worksheets," the journal of DVP/US 1 Poets Collective.


Sunday, Nov. 20, 10:45 a.m.

Book Brunch featuring Mathew Quick

The author, a New Jersey native, discusses and signs copies of "We Are the Light," his novel about grief and the daily miracle of love. Book signing to follow.

Doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Enter the Community Room via the doors on Hinds Plaza. The talk will begin at 11 a.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 29

A.M. Homes in Conversation with Laura F. Edwards

The author discusses and signs copies of "The Unfolding," her first novel since the Women’s Prize award-winning "May We Be Forgiven," with legal historian Laura F. Edwards. Community Room


Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

Tommie Shelby in Conversation with James Forman

African American Studies scholar and philosopher Tommie Shelby discusses his new book, "The Idea of Prison Abolition," with James Forman Jr., professor of law at Yale Law School. Virtual only via Zoom. Register for link through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.




Monday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Mystery Book Group – via Google Meet

The group discusses “The Woman in the Library” by Sulari Gentill. Registration required.


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

Fiction Book Group

The group discusses “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura at the Princeton Shopping Center. Please bring a chair if you are able.


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

Fiction Book Group

The group discusses “No One is Talking About This” by Patricia Lockwood. Conference Room


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

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses “If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey” by Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills. Via Google Meet. Registration required.


Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:15 p.m.

Black Voices Book Group

The group discusses “Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want” by Ruha Benjamin. Via Google Meet. Registration required.





Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 11 a.m.

Ask the Mac Pros

Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group help resolve questions about Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session. Technology Center



Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Coding for Everyone

This introductory class provides a basic overview of coding concepts. Registration required through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.


Thursday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.

Tips and Tricks for iPhone/iPad

Registration required through the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.


Tuesday, Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Python for Beginners

Register through the events calendar for this four-week course.


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m.

Scheduling with Google Calendar

Registration required. Technology Center


Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.

Library Resources from Home

Discover the wealth of information Princeton Public Library cardholders can access from home. Via Zoom. Registration required.



Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30 p.m.

Microsoft Excel for Beginners Part 1

Part 2 is Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Registration required. Technology Center


Monday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m.

Wordpress for Website Building

Registration required. Technology Center


Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Google Forms

Registration required. Technology Center


Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.

Apps and Websites for the Princeton Community

Via Zoom. Registration required through the events calendar.


Thursday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.

Using Google Sites

Registration required. Technology Center





Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Continuing Conversations on Race

Register for link at princetonlibrary.org. Via Zoom


Friday, Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; 10:30 a.m.

Power of Words

Participants listen to and discuss short stories in this six-week series facilitated by Ellen Gilbert. No preparation is required; copies of each story will be distributed in class. Conference Room


Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Mayors Wellness Book Discussion

"Together: the Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World," by Dr. Vivek Murthy will be discussed both in person and virtually. Registration required for the in-person program. Conference Room and virtual






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

30 Ways to Get Unstuck


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

Develop Your Marketing Plan


Community Room or virtual. See PSG of Mercer County’s events calendar for connection details.




Art Exhibit Open House

Saul A. Lopez, Sual Lopez and Susan Hoenig, the artists whose work is on display at the library this fall, greet visitors and answer questions about their work. Technology Center


Through Nov. 27, Reading Room

Salvadoran Art: A Father and Son Exhibit featuring paintings by Saul A. Lopez and Sual Lopez


Through Nov. 27, Technology Center

Uprooted Trees, Magicicadas and Climate Change

Paintings by Susan Hoenig depict the life cycle of the cicada and the loss of trees.


Through Oct. 30

First and Third Floors

Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature

This traveling exhibit features artwork created for children’s books.




Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Hinds Plaza

Loose Bricks performs classic rock as part of the Listen Local series.


Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

A Tribute to Stevie Nicks

Local vocalists and musicians perform a selection of Stevie Nick's greatest songs at this special after-hours event. Community Room


Sunday, Nov. 27, 3 p.m.


Faoileán, a local Irish Trad Trio, presents an afternoon of music from their forthcoming debut album. Community Room




Wednesday, Oct. 19, 3 p..m.

“Mr. Malcom’s List”

This regency period-drama is based on the novel "Mr. Malcolm's List" by Suzanne Allain. Tea and biscuits will be served. Community Room







Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday Stories with Patrick McDonnell

Author and illustrator Patrick McDonnell kicks off the Princeton Children’s Book Festival with a special story time. CoLab Space, third floor


Mayors Wellness Campaign: Storytime Shorts

Thursday, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.

This virtual series of special edition Storytime Shorts focuses on mental wellness and emotional literacy for young children and their families. View on the library’s YouTube channel.


Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Trickster Tales from Around the World

Storyteller Maria LoBiondo presents stories about tricksters and pranksters drawn from folktales from around the world. Story Room



Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11,18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:30 a.m. weather permitting

Outdoor Story Time at Princeton Shopping Center

Ages 18 months and older with caregiver. Bring a blanket.


Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 10:30 a.m.


For children 2 years and older with caregiver. Registration not required but space is limited. Story Room


Baby Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:30 a.m.

For children up to 24 months with caregiver. Story Room


Women in the Lead Book Club

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 4 p.m.

Children grades K-3 read and discuss books about the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. Story Room


English Conversation Group

Wednesdays, Oct. 5,12,19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27: Nov. 3, 10, 17,1:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 10, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7 p.m.

Practice English conversation skills via Google Meet. Registration required.


English Conversation Group

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Practice English conversation skills in person at the library. No registration required. Conference Room




Meet the Superintendent

Monday, Oct. 10, 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.


Workshop: Writers Room Poets

Monday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

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


Princeton Sketchers

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m., Conference Room

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


Presentation: The Race to Address Flooding in Princeton

Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.

Learn how the Municipality of Princeton, Princeton University and the Watershed Institute are using history, hi-tech and innovative green infrastructure designs to protect our town from flooding. Community Room


Welcoming Week: Loteria

Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Community Room, Hinds Plaza

This spin on the traditional Mexican bingo game is a chance for community members to get to know each other through fun and interesting questions.


Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Day of Science – Dia de la Ciencia – with Princeton University

A fun afternoon of science activities. Community Room


Monday, Nov. 7, 21, 4 p.m.

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


Tuesday, Nov. 22, 5 p.m.

Craft, Chat and Chill

Teens are invited to do a hands-on project and chat book, movies, podcasts, music and more at this monthly gathering. Teen Center


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