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This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JANUARY 20
 

The library is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

 

TODAY'S STORY TIMES

Presenter Amulya K. Gargantuas, chairman of SCORE Princeton, discusses 2020 market and customer trends including demographics, technology, marketing and social media and more. Registration required through the SCORE Princeton website.  Newsroom

ALSO ON TUESDAY

10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers

6:30 p.m., "Chernobyl" Episode 3

7 p.m.,   Writers Room

 

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: TAX HELP AT THE LIBRARY

 

Beginning in February, AARP tax volunteers are once again offering free tax services for the preparation and electronic filing of federal and/or state personal income tax returns which will be completed and submitted by the end of the appointment. This program, for seniors and people of low to moderate income, takes place on Monday mornings through April 13, and is by appointment only. Please contact the 2nd floor Information Desk by calling (609) 924-9529, ext 1220 to schedule your appointment. You do not need to have a PPL library card to participate. 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22

 

10 a.m.

Resume and LinkedInHelp Desk

Volunteers from Bloomberg Financial review and edit resumes and LinkedIn profiles for free at these drop-in sessions held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. First come, first served. Please bring a printed copy of your resume. Technology Center

 

Presented in partnership with Bloomberg Financial. 

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY

10 a.m.,  Drop in and Knit 

10 a.m.,  Musical Tots Storytime

1:30 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros

3 p.m.,  Homework Help

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

 

TODAY'S STORY TIMES

 

6:30 p.m.

Open Archive: World War II on the Princeton Homefront

Explore artifacts and archival materials that illustrate how Princeton residents participated in World War II from the homefront through civil defense, rationing and foreign relief efforts. If you've visited the WWII on the Princeton Homefront exhibit on view in the Princeton Room through Feb. 20, this Open Archive is a chance to see the original materials from the exhibit in person. Discovery Center

 

Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton.

ALSO ON THURSDAY

Noon and 5 p.m.,    Mercer County ID Card

3 p.m.,  Homework Help

4 p.m.,  Girl Code - Level 1

5 p.m.,     Girl Code - Level 2

6:30 p.m.,   Russian Conversation Class

6:30 p.m.,   Technology for a Healthy Lifestyle

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
 

6:30 p.m.

Friday Feature Film: "The Farewell"

Partially based on director Lulu Wang's experiences, this 2019 dramatic comedy follows a family who, rather than tell their grandmother that she is dying, plans a large gathering instead. PG.1 hour, 40 minutes.

 

ALSO ON FRIDAY

9:45 a.m., Job Seekers Session

3 p.m.,   Homework Help

 

 

 

Kim Dorman checks in  with Princeton University Press director Christie Henry.

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

 

3 p.m.

The Songs and Sounds of Robert Burns

Singer Fiona Tyndall and a five-piece band that includes fiddlers and a harpist performs a program featuring Scottish poetry and songs from Robert Burns. Community Room

ALSO ON SATURDAY

10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories

11 a.m.,    French Stories

2:30 p.m.,    Italian Stories

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

 

1:30 p.m.

Back-to-Back Beethoven

Pianists and other musicians from the community perform a wide variety of works by Ludwig van Beethoven during this three-hour event. Kristin Cahill of The New School for Music Study will open the event, which marks the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth, with a brief lecture about his life and compositional periods. Musicians of all ages and levels of proficiency are encouraged to perform. Please registerCommunity Room

 

Presented in partnership with The New School for Music Study.

ALSO ON SUNDAY

3 p.m., Sunday Stories

4 p.m., Voyage ESL

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING

  

 

Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Raconteur Radio presents "The Hobbit"

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.,     "Chernobyl," Episode 4

  

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.,    Author Jeffrey Colvin: "Africaville: A Novel"

   

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.,  Lecture: "Palmer Square: A History"

 

Friday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.,   Chill Out

 

Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.,   African American Read-In

 

Sunday, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m.,   "Fistful of Popcorn" Oscars Road Show

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JANUARY 13
 

10 a.m.

PSG Workshop: Getting Started with Today's Job Search

Linda Young of PSG of Mercer County leads a workshop on topics relevant to job seekers. Technology Center

 

Presented in Partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

ALSO ON MONDAY

10 a.m.,  Little Pandas

3 p.m.,  Homework Help

4 p.m.,  Maker Mondays: Make a Thank You Card

4 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14

 

TODAY'S STORY TIMES

Illustrator and author Chen Jiang-Hong leads a workshop featuring a craft/maker activity based on the technique of Chinese painting. Chen won the 2019 Prix Albertine Jeunesse for his book "The Tiger Prince." 

 

A Chinese-born French painter, Chen has illustrated 22 books, 12 of which he also wrote. His work combines traditional Chinese techniques with a modern conception of storytelling. Book sale and signing to follow. For children 8 and older with an adult. Story Room

 

Co-sponsored by the library, jaZams and Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

ALSO ON TUESDAY

4:30 p.m.,  Microsoft Excel for Beginners

6:30 p.m., "Chernobyl" Episode 2

7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop

 

SPOTLIGHT: ENHANCE YOUR JOB SEARCH

 

Start the decade with a goal that is easy to keep. Our JobNow database provides comprehensive, personalized feedback to update and improve your resume. Powered by Brainfuse, JobNow offers free online career assistance for all stages of job hunting including personalized feedback from a live job coach and more - all from the comfort of your home. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

 

 

7 p.m.

PSO Soundtracks with Maria LoBiondo

"Scheherazade and Tales from One Thousand and One Nights"

Storyteller and writer Maria LoBiondo gives a talk in advance of the orchestra's Jan. 18-19 concert "Scheherazade" featuring clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.

 

The Soundtracks series of lectures is intended to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself.

 

Presented in partnership with the  Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY

10 a.m.,  Drop in and Knit 

10 a.m., Musical Tots Storytime

1:30 p.m., Ask the Mac Pros

3 p.m., Homework Help

7 p.m.,  Preparing Students with Disabilities for Transition to College

7 p.m., Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16

 

TODAY'S STORY TIMES

 

6 p.m.

Tabletop Game Night

Everyone 16 and older is invited to enjoy an evening of playing tabletop and strategy games. The library will provide several games to choose from, but you're also welcome to bring your own. Community Room

ALSO ON THURSDAY

Noon and 5 p.m.,   Mercer County ID Card

3 p.m.,  Homework Help

4 p.m., Code It - Level 1

5 p.m.,    Code It - Level 2

6:30 p.m.,  Russian Conversation Class

6:30 p.m.,  Apple Watch

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
 

9:45 a.m.

Job Seekers Session

Presenter Ashley Owens provides practical tips and tactical takeaways to enhance your networking activity and achieve results. Community Room

 

Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

 

ALSO ON FRIDAY

3 p.m.,  Homework Help

Kristin Friberg reminds  us that books can be a way out of the winter doldrums.

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

 

2 p.m.

Chemistry Saturdays

Children in grades first through fifth grades are invited to join graduate students from the Princeton Chemistry Department in conducting fun and exciting chemistry experiments and hands-on science activities. Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. STEAM Studio

 

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Chemistry Department.

ALSO ON SATURDAY

10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories

11 a.m.,   Girls Who Code Club

11:30 a.m.,   Portuguese Stories

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

 

3 p.m.

Sunday Stories

Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room

 

UPCOMING

  

 

Monday, Jan. 20, The library is closed.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.,    SCORE Seminar: 2020 Small Business Trends

  

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.,   Resume and LinkedIn Help Desk

   

Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m.,    Open Archive: World War II on the Princeton Homefront

 

Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.,  Friday Feature Film: "The Farewell"

 

Saturday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m.,  The Songs and Sounds of Robert Burns

 

Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.,    Back-to-Back Beethoven

 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JANUARY 6
 
7 p.m.
The last in a series of four sessions on racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Prison Abolition and the Long Freedom Struggle," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Community Room
 
"Internalized Racism," the program originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed.
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m., Little Pandas
3 p.m., Homework Help
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group
 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
 
6:30 p.m.
Epiode 1 of "Chernobyl,"  a five-part miniseries which dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, is screened. In this first episode, "1:23:45," plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control the explosion. 1 hour, 2 minutes.
 
Screenings of the series, a co-production of HBO and Sky, continue Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m., Writers Room
 
SPOTLIGHT: HIGH DEMAND TITLES WITH NO WAIT
 
There is never a wait period for e-books, audiobooks, comics and music albums via the library Hoopla service. If you have never tried to access Hoopla and would like to learn how, our library staff members are eager to assist you. Please stop by a library service desk or give us a call at (609) 924-9529 ext. 220.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
 
 
7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Steve Kornacki: "2020: What We Can Expect"
As the Iowa caucuses approach, Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, looks at how the Democratic race is shaping up, how long it is likely to last and what the landscape will look like for whoever emerges to take on Donald Trump.
 
Kornacki is the author of "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism." His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call and the New York Times among other outlets. He is a native of Groton, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Community Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m., Drop in and Knit 
1:30 p.m., Ask the Mac Pros
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
 
 
5:30 p.m.
When a young ramen chef from Japan finds his late Singaporean mother's journal, he takes it with him to her native country, hoping to put together the story of his family and his life. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.
 
Presented in partnership with the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis International Center and the Princeton Garden Theatre.
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Wild Rose"
Recently released from prison, a mother of two and aspiring country singer from Glasgow dreams of becoming a star in Nashville. R. 1 hour, 41 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
Martha Liu shares her monthly round-up of events and books for little ones.
 
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
 
3 p.m.
Life coach Tracey Gates leads a workshop where participants will write a letter of appreciation and praise to a deserving person in their life. Conference Room
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
2 p.m.,  Go Between Club
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
 
3 p.m.
Film: "Downton Abbey"
Join us for tea and a screening of the 2019 film based on the popular British historical period drama. The film follows the aristocratic Crawley family and their household staff as they prepare for a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. PG. 2 hours, 2 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,  Sunday Stories
 
UPCOMING
  
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.,  PSO Soundtracks with Maria LoBiondo
   
 
Friday, Jan. 17, 9:45 a.m.,    Job Seekers Session
 
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.,     Chemistry Saturdays
 
Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.,   Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament
 
 
 DONA

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
 
3 p.m.
Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story 4"
Woody, Buzz and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Community Room
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
 
The library closes at 1 p.m.
 
11:30 a.m.
Noon Year's Eve
Too young to stay up until midnight? Join us  for a celebration on New Year's Eve. As we countdown to noon, we will have music, dancing and crafts. For children ages 3 and up. Story Room
SPOTLIGHT: NEW YEAR, NEW SKILLS
 
The first technology classes of the new year are available to view online. Be sure to check to see how we can help you reach your 2020 technology goals.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1
 
The library is closed for New Year's Day.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
 
 
4 p.m.
Code It - Level 1
Drop in for an hour to learn how to code in the programming language Python. In each session, a core concept will be covered along with an exercise to put newfound skills to the test. No previous coding experience necessary. Intended for grades 4 to 8. Sign up to receive class updates. Technology Center
 
Co-presented by the library and Code Equal.
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session
David Schuchman presents on leveraging your professional expertise in order to move forward in your career when you can't do what you used to do. Community Room
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
Nora Walsh encourages readers to share their thoughts with the community. 
 
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
 
11 a.m.
Girls Who Code Club
Girls in grades 6 to 12 are invited to explore core concepts of coding while building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends. Activities for all levels of experience will be included. Join the Girls Who Code Club mailing list for more information and class updates. Technology Center
 
Presented in partnership with Princeton High School Girls Who Code.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Saturday Stories
3:30 p.m., Russian Stories
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
 
3 p.m.
McCarter Live at the Library Featuring Emily Mann and Rachel Bonds: "Art, Life, Mentorship and Motherhood"
McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann and playwright Rachel Bonds engage in conversation. They will discuss their lives in the theater, working motherhood and their collaboration on Bonds'  plays            "Goodnight, Nobody," premiering at McCarter Jan. 10 through Feb. 9, and "Five Mile Lake." Mann will reflect on her artistic legacy as a champion for new voices, the work of women, and the next generation of playwrights in the American theater and about her special connection with and mentorship of Bonds. Bonds will talk about how new motherhood and other aspects of her life inspired the writing of both "Goodnight, Nobody" and her essay "Working Like a Mother" for HowlRound Theatre Commons at Emerson College. A Q&A with the audience will follow the discussion. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center.
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,  Sunday Stories
 
UPCOMING
   
 
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m.,  "Chernobyl" Episode 1
  
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Steve Kornacki: "2020: What Can We Expect?"
   
 
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.,    Podcast Discussion: "Anniversary" by Rachel Bonds
 
Sunday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.,  Film: "Downton Abbey"
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
 
3 p.m.
Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story"
This 1995 Pixar Animation Studios buddy comedy focuses on the relationship between an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll named Woody and an astronaut action figure, Buzz Lightyear, as they evolve from rivals competing for the affections of their owner to friends who work together to be reunited with him. 1 hour, 21 minutes.
 
Winter Break screenings of sequels to "Toy Story" include "Toy Story 2" on Dec. 26, "Toy Story 3" on Dec. 28 and "Toy Story 4" on Dec. 30. All screenings are at 3 p.m. in the Community Room.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
 
The library closes at 1 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT: RECIPES AT YOUR FINGERETIPS
 
Need a recipe for last-minute holiday requests? Take a look at the library's digital magazine collection which features many of your favorite cooking titles, such as Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, Bake from Scratch, Bon Appetit, Food Network Magazine and Clean Eating as well as the Southern Living Bookazine which includes the special cooking issues from Better Homes and Gardens in addition to Southern Living. New titles added this year includes Olive, a British cooking magazine (great for fans of The Great British Baking Show) and Taste, from Australia, home of avocado toast. 
 
Available 24/7, access is through the RBDigital app on your mobile device or via the library's website on your computer.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
 
The library is closed for Christmas Day.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
 
 
6 p.m.
Tabletop Game Night
Everyone 16 and older is invited to enjoy an evening of playing tabletop and strategy games. The library will provide several games to choose from, but you're also welcome to bring your own.
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
 
3 p.m.
Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story 3"
With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys find themselves headed for the attic but mistakenly wind up on the curb with the trash. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Community Room
 
Winter Break screenings of sequels to "Toy Story" conclude Dec. 30 with "Toy Story 4."
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
 
3 p.m.
Alan Kitty: "The Mark Twain Experience"
Mark Twain interpreter Alan Kitty delivers his latest show, based on 40 years of research, on writer, humorist, riverboat pilot and inventor, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. A leading Twain impersonator, Kitty will share the wit and wisdom that Twain offered on all facets of American life. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m.,   Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story 4"
 
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m., Noon Year's Eve
  
Wednesday, Jan. 1, The library is closed for New Year's Day.
   
Thursday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.,  Code It - Level 1
 
Friday, Jan. 3, 9:45 a.m.,  Job Seekers Session
 
Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.,   Girls Who Code Club
 
 
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
 
Noon
Bring your lunch, and, if you'd like, a book to exchange with others, to this informal, drop-in event based on the annual Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod. Library staff will be on hand to share some of their favorite recent books, buzz about upcoming titles and advice for finding your next book to read or give as a gift. Participants can take home one of the gently used books that will be available, and, in keeping with another tradition of Jolabokaflod, hot cocoa will be served.
The event runs through 1:30 p.m. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,  Little Pandas
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
 
6 p.m.
Randy Cohen interviews Deborah Amos for "Person Place Thing" his public radio program during which guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.
 
Amos is an award-winning international correspondent for NPR News.  She previously reported for ABC's "Nightline" and PBS's "Frontline." She is the author of two books and has won several major journalism honors, including a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation, a George Foster Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy. Cohen won multiple Emmy awards as a writer for "Late Night with David Letterman" and is the author, most recently, of "Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything." Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop
 
SPOTLIGHT: MUSEUM PASS
 
Grounds for Sculpture will be discontinuing its participation in the library's Museum Pass Program as of August, 2020. Library cardholders, however, are being offered a 10 percent discount on new memberships to the sculpture park and museum. The discount applies to any level of new membership, purchased online by Dec. 31, using the code GFSLIB2019. The discount is not available in person at Guest Services or the Museum Shop.
 
 
The library's Museum Pass Program features free access to several area museums and sites including the recently added Eastern State Penitentiary.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
 
7 p.m.
Lecture and Workshop: "Illuminating Incarceration in Antiquity through Digital Humanities"
Historians, archaeologists and other scholars have traditionally thought that no prisons existed in antiquity, and that prisons began with modernity in Europe and the United States. However, a closer look at the material and textual data indicates otherwise. Professors Matthew Larsen in Religion and Caroline Cheung in Classics will guide audiences into the history of incarceration in conjunction with the use of digital humanities. Community Room
 
This program is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities supported by the Princeton University Humanities Council.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
 
1 p.m.
Selling Things Online: Advanced
Those familiar with online selling online will learn ways to make extra money, declutter or both. This class takes a closer look at business strategy and etiquette for online sellers. Instructor: John Elliot. Technology Center
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,   Mercer County ID Card
 
 
FROM THE BLOG:  DISCOVER OUR ENGAGE PRINCETON SITE
Kim Dorman gives an overview of the Engage Princeton website and how the site's  Community Resources Guide can help Princeton residents learn about local organizations and volunteer opportunities.
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
 
6:30 p.m.
Films: Solstice Shorts
On the eve of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, we will watch and discuss a selection of short films, curated by library staff from festival circuits, while enjoying shortbread cookies, mulled cider and tea. We hope you'll join us at this cozy event to celebrate the arrival of winter. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
4 p.m., Movie: "Planes" 
 
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
 
2 p.m.
Indoor Snow Day
The library's Teen Advisory Board will transform the Community Room into a winter wonderland and lead an afternoon of games and other winter-themed activities, including an indoor snowball fight. Community Room
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
 
3 p.m.
Sunday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Dec. 23, 3 p.m.,   Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story"
 
Tuesday, Dec. 24, The library closes at 1 p.m.
  
Wednesday, Dec. 25, The library is closed for Christmas Day.
   
Thursday, Dec. 26, 6 p.m.,    Tabletop Game Night
 
Saturday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m.,     Winter Break Movie: "Toy Story 3"
 
Sunday, Dec. 29, 3 p.m.,    Alan Kitty: "The Mark Twain Experience"

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
 
7 p.m.
Featured poets Edwin Romond and Lavinia Kumar read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Newsroom
 
Presented in partnership with the US1 Poets' Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets.
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m., Little Pandas
3 p.m., Homework Help
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
 
1 p.m.
WordPress for Website Building
WordPress is a free online tool used to build websites. Learn to create a website or blog and utilize the many features of this program. No coding required. Instructor: Stephen Millett. Technology Center
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m., Writers Room
 
DATABASE SPOTLIGHT:  GET PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONS WITH BOOK IT
 
'Tis the season to be jolly for books! While most of the major media entities have announced their top book picks of the year, remember that our staff is always available to offer suggestions of books to read by the fire, on a plane, or to give to others. Looking for a tailored list of recommendations? Try our personalized service, Book It and we'll offer ideas for you or for the readers on your holiday shopping list.
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
 
 
THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT.
 
 
 
6 p.m.
Library Live at Labyrinth
Adam Higginbothan: "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster"
The author discusses his years-in-the-making book - a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy and myth have obscured the story of one of the 20th century's greatest disasters. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
 
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
 
7 p.m.
Lecture
In this talk, Joseph Benatov discusses the history of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust. In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia (Macedonia). At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. Benatov offers an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events and focuses on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials and politicians in the rescue of Bulgaria's Jewish population. Benatov will also discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered and commemorated. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Claire Legrand recommends reading outside of your comfort zone.
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
 
6:30 p.m.
Frida Feature Film: "Blinded by the Light"
Based on the experiences of British-Pakistani journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, this film follows a Muslim teenager in 1980s Britain as he discovers the life-altering music of Bruce Springsteen. PG-13. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Community Room
 
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
 
2 p.m.
Frankenstein Materials Science Day
This fun and interactive event features maker activities related to robotics, genetic engineering and electricity. By teaching a robot how to draw, experimenting with simple machines, or even bringing their own "creature" to life, participants will confront the same questions and ideas that bedeviled the fictional Victor Frankenstein. Come create your own monstrous creatures, masks, speak with Mary Shelley herself and much more. The NSF-funded Princeton Center for Complex Materials believes that these activities provide today's science learners with important tools for exploration, discovery, and critical thinking. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton University Center of Complex Materials and National Science Foundation, MRSEC.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
 
3 p.m.
Writers Block Presents Short Comedies
Writers Block, the ensemble of Princeton writers and actors that includes Julia Poulos, Mary Greenberg, Lillian Israel, John Weeren and Kenneth Greenberg, presents a program of short adult comedies including an original play. Directed by Laura Huntsman with sound by Nate Greenberg. Community Room
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,   Sunday Stories
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Dec. 16, noon,  Book Flood (Jolabokaflod)
 
  
Thursday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m.,   Selling Things Online: Advanced
  
Friday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m.,    Craft and Movie: Aviation Afternoon
 
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.,    Indoor Snow Day
 
Sunday, Dec. 22, 3 p.m.,   Sunday Stories
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
 
7 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
The last in a series of four sessions on racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Prison Abolition and the Long Freedom Struggle," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
ALSO ON MONDAY
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
 
7 p.m.
What is morality and what is the source of our moral ideas? This book presents a multi-disciplinary discussion of the topic, revealing a common thread among seemingly diverse fields of study. Moseley posits that morality is rooted in evolutionary forces that optimize human welfare, and, given that no species lasts forever, it is at our peril that we neglect our evolved moral values of cooperation, altruism, truthfulness and empathy.
Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
DATABASE SPOTLIGHT: HOLIDAY MUSIC IN HOOPLA
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
 
3 p.m.
Shrink Your Footprint On the Go
Learn how you can help Princeton reduce emissions by exploring transportation options.
 
This is the second of four programs in Sustainable Princeton's 2019-20 Great Ideas series focused on practical, actionable and evidence-based steps to reduce the footprint of our daily lives. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Sustainable Princeton.
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,  Drop In and Knit
 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
 
7 p.m.
Borrowing from his new book, David Price offers a new perspective on the "Ten Crucial Days" of the American Revolution - the period from December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777 - in which George Washington's army won its first three significant victories. Price's latest work provides a unique interpretation of this critical period in American history by emphasizing the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek on Jan. 2, 1777. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Hannah Schmidl suggests books to read in advance of making New Year's resolutions.
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
 
The library closes at 6 p.m. for Teens-Only A Cappella Night.
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session
Bill Amirault presents on jump starting your job search and expanding your options to find your next job or career quickly. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
3 p.m.Homework Help
7 p.m., Teens-Only A Cappella Night
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
 
2 p.m.
Usher in the spirit of the season and the return of McCarter Theatre Center's production of the beloved holiday tale by participating in the fourth annual public community reading of Dickens' 1843 novella. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beloved Victorian masterpiece which Dickens wrote to be read aloud.
 
We will read the entire story from start to finish by the first-floor fireplace. All are invited and encouraged to attend - individuals, families, book clubs and groups - and to participate by reading a portion of the book. All reading levels are welcome. There will be three to five readers per slot and each will read for seven to 10 minutes. Festive attire encouraged but not required.
 
Please sign up to read through the library's events calendar. Drop-ins also welcome.
 
Presented in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
 
1 p.m.
Friends of the Library Children's Book Sale
A variety of gently used books for young readers will be available through 5:30 p.m. at this sale presented by the Friends of Princeton Public Library. Community Room
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,  Sunday Stories
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.,   
 
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Winter Craft: Air Plant Containers
  
  
Friday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.,    Friday Feature Film: "Blinded by the Light"
 
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.,   Frankenstein Materials Science Day
 
Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.,  Writers Block Presents Short Comedies
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25
 
7 p.m.
Affordable Housing in Princeton: Opportunities and Challenges
Ed Truscelli, executive director of Princeton Community Housing and Maureen Fullaway, affordable housing manager for the Municipality of Princeton, present a short history of affordable housing in Princeton, the scope of current availability, application and eligibility criteria and a look toward the future of housing in Princeton. Newsroom
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Senior Resource Center.
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,    Little Pandas
4 p.m.,     Maker Mondays: Make a Light-Up Card
4 p.m.,   Ask the Mac Pros
6 p.m.,  Insure Jersey: Health Insurance Information

 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
 
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. Quiet Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
 
The library closes at 6 p.m.
 
3 p.m.
Movie: "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"
Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery. PG. 1 hour, 45 minutes. 2019. Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
DATABAST SPOTLIGHT: GrantStation
 
GrantStation is a new, frequently updated database with information on private and government grant-giving organizations that accept unsolicited requests, as well as resources for writing and securing grant awards. Please note that it can only be used for free within the library. 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28
 
The library is closed for Thanksgiving Day.
 
Kim Dorman talks to jaZams owners Joanne Farrugia and Dean Smith about their partnership with the library.
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
 
The library closes at 6 p.m.
 
3 p.m.
Fall Movie Matinee: "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
The citizens of Berk face a dragon trafficker who threatens their peace, dragons and friendships in the final installment of the fantasy trilogy. PG. 1 hour, 50 minutes. Community Room
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
 
3 p.m.
Fred Miller: "Sentimental Journey: WWII and the Big Bands"
Library favorite Fred Miller delivers a "Lecture in Song" examining the era of 1938-1945, the time of big bands and the Second World War. The popular culture, lingo, new inventions, crazes, commercial products and songs of this distinct American era will be covered. Community Room
 
Be sure to visit the related exhibit, "World War II on the Princeton Homefront," on the second floor of the library before or after the show.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.,
  Continuing Conversations on Race
 

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.,  Shrink Your Footprint on the Go
 
 
Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.,   Teens-Only A Cappella Night
 
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.,  "A Christmas Carol" Read-Aloud
 
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.,  Julia Robinson Math Festival
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
 
 
7 p.m.
The author discusses her book, which explores the science behind George R. R. Martin's fantasy world. Touching on its climatology, astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry and biology, Thompson turns a scientist's eye on "Game of Thrones," exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families and the biology of beheading.
 
Thompson is a physicist and author of the popular Spectra series of comic books about physics. She heads the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research facility near Chicago. She served as director of public engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,   Little Pandas
3 p.m.,   Homework Help
4 p.m.,    Maker Mondays: Let's Lego!
4 p.m.,   Ask the Mac Pros
6:30 p.m., SCORE Seminar: Social Media Marketing

 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
 
6:30 p.m.
Historical novelist and screenwriter Jeff Heller presents the stories of Marie Chouteau, Elizabeth Freeman and Molly Brant, three 18th-century women who found their voices and rose above their circumstances in very difficult times.
Newsroom
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Princeton Sketchers
1 p.m., Facebook for Business
7 p.m.,      Writing Workshop
7:30 p.m., The Story Lounge
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
 
7 p.m.
Author Christine Coulson: "Metropolitan Stories"
The author discusses her novel, a series of vignettes that takes readers into the backrooms, hallways, conservation rooms and offices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alternating between history and fantasy, the vignettes add up to love letters to art and artists.
 
Coulson began her career at the Met in 1991 as a summer intern and returned in 1994 to begin a 25-year career in museum administration and in the department of European sculpture and decorative arts. She left the Met this year to write full time. Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
Did you ever wonder what life was like in Princeton during World War II? With many men serving overseas, what was daily life like for those left behind? Find out by visiting the "World War II on the Princeton Homefront," exhibit in the Princeton Room. The exhibit, on view through Feb. 6, explores how Princeton residents engaged in civilian defense activities, faced rationing and contributed to foreign relief efforts. It also asks big questions about democracy, safety and intervention.
 
You'll have another opportunity to learn about local history during the next Open Archive program, "Memorializing Princeton's History," on Dec. 3.
 
Both "World War II on the Princeton Homefront" and "Memorializing Princeton's History" are presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
 
 
7 p.m.
Gould Lecture
Michael S.A. Graziano: "Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience"
The author and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University, discusses his book,  "Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience" in which he puts forward a ground-breaking new theory of the origin of consciousness. Graziano is also the author of four previous neuroscience books and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Aeon. He lives in Princeton. This is the sixth annual lecture endowed by the family of Dr. Kenneth Gould. Community Room
 
Support for this event is provided by Labyrinth Books. A book signing will follow the talk.
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
1 p.m., Canva
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
 
Dana Treichler reflects with gratitude on formative books and more.
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
 
8 p.m.
Five diverse, unscripted storytellers share first-person tales that honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience as The Moth Mainstage makes its McCarter Theatre debut. For ticketing information, please visit the McCarter Moth Mainstage page.
 
The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green, who, after moving to New York City wanted to recreate the summer nights he and a circle of friends spent sharing spellbinding tales on his Georgia back porch where moths were attracted to the light. From Green's living room, where the first New York Moth event was held, events soon moved to larger venues throughout the city, then to other areas of the country and beyond. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
9:45 a.m.,   Job Seekers Session
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
ALSO ON SATURDAY
11 a.m.,   French Stories
2:30 p.m.,   Italian Stories
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
 
3 p.m.
Sunday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
   
 
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.,   Writers Room

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 3 p.m.,   Movie: "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"
 
Thursday, Nov. 28,  The library is closed for Thanksgiving Day.
   
Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
 
7 p.m.
Jean Hollander
Poets at the Library: A Celebration of Poet Jean Hollander
This special edition of Poets at the Library is a tribute to poet Jean Hollander who died in April. Friends and fellow poets will offer opening remarks and read selections of her poems and translations. The evening will close with an open-mic exclusively of Jean's poems. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership by the library, US1 Poets' Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets.
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,   Little Pandas
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
4 p.m.,   Maker Mondays: Secret Spy Messaging!
4 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros

 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
 
6 p.m.
Labyrinth Live at the Library
Steve Schapiro, Eddie Glaude Jr. and Daniel Baldwin in Conversation on "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin
Celebrated photographer Steve Schapiro, known for his evocative images of the Civil Rights movement and iconic film and pop culture photography, will discuss the new edition of James Baldwin's classic "The Fire Next Time," with Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. and Baldwin's nephew, Daniel Baldwin.
 
In a new edition from Taschen Books, Baldwin's powerful prose about the black experience in America is enhanced with photography by Schapiro, who accompanied the author through the South during the '60s for Life magazine.
 
Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of  "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul" and "In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America." His upcoming book is  "James Baldwin's America, 1963-1972."
 
Daniel Baldwin, nephew of the renowned photographer, will join the conversation to share some personal stories and memories. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
 
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books and the Paul Robeson House of Princeton.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
1 p.m.,  Mail Merge for Gmail
7 p.m.,     Writers Room
7 p.m., Shrink the Ecological Footprint of Your Home
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
 
6:30 p.m.
Origami Club for All Ages
Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes to work on new origami projects, many of them seasonal. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 8. Quiet Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,       Drop In and Knit
1:30 p.m.,     Ask the Mac Pros
3 p.m.,    Homework Help
 
SPOTLIGHT: FIND A WILL AND A WAY WITH GALE LEGAL FORMS
 
Still haven't made a will? Gale Legal Forms, accessible from home with your library card, features a wide array of templates specific to New Jersey law. Customizable for your situation, forms range from wills for people who are married, single, with children or without, and more. Don't delay. Check out Gale Legal Forms today. 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
 
 
6 p.m.
Library Live at Labyrinth
Suzy Hansen and Daphne Kalotay
The library and Labyrinth Books host authors Suzy Hansen ("Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World") and Daphne Kalotay ("Blue Hours") for a reading from and conversation about their latest works.
 
Kalotay teaches creative writing at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts and is the author of "Calamity and Other Stories," "Russian Winter," and "Sight Reading."
 
Hansen is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. "Notes on a Foreign Country" is her first book and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. 
 
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
Janice Painter discusses e-books and how we grow our collection.
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Yesterday"
This 2019 British romantic comedy is the story of  a struggling musician who, finding himself the only person who remembers The Beatles, becomes famous after taking credit for writing and performing their songs. PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
9:45 a.m.,  Job Seekers Session
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
 
11 a.m.
Quilting Bee
Everyone 8 and older is invited to drop in through 3 p.m. to help us create a community quilt that tells a story. Everything needed, from fabric to sewing machines, will be supplied; just bring your creativity. The workshop will be led by Marisa Simon. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Pennington Quilt Works.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
 
11 a.m.
Poetry Brunch Featuring No River Twice
No River Twice presents an improvisational poetry reading during which the poets and audience collaborate to decide the direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem. By the end of the event, a new poem will be created that tells the story of the reading and those who were present to guide it. Doors open at 11 a.m. when coffee, tea and pastries will be served. Readings begin at 11:30 a.m. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.,  Lecture: Jeff Heller: "Frontier Feminists"

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.,  Author Christine Coulson: "Metropolitan Stories"
 
 
Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m.,    The Moth Mainstage at McCarter Theatre Center
 
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m.,   Sunday Stories
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4
 
7 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
The third of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "The New Jim Code: Intersection of Technology and the Carceral System," a presentation by Ruha BenjaminCommunity Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,  Little Pandas
3 p.m., Homework Help
4 p.m.,  Maker Mondays: Let's Lego!
4 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
1 p.m., Introduction to Online Genealogy
7:30 p.m.,  Mystery Book Group

 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
 
7 p.m.
Labyrinth Live at the Library
Emmet Gowin: "The Nevada Test Site"
Renowned photographer Emmet Gowin gives a presentation about his photographic study of the land that served as the main testing site for American nuclear devices for four decades. More nuclear bombs have been detonated in America than in any other country in the world. Between 1951 and 1992, the Nevada National Security Test Site was the primary location for these activities, withstanding more than a thousand nuclear tests that left swaths of the American Southwest resembling the moon. In "The Nevada Test Site,"  Gowin presents staggering aerial photographs of this powerfully evocative place. Community Room
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books and Princeton University Press.

ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,    Writing Workshop
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
 
7 p.m.
PSO Soundtracks: "The New American Canon: Broadway, Film, Jazz and Pop"
John Devlin, music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and former assistant conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, discusses "The New American Canon" of Broadway, film, jazz and pop music.
The library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra present the Soundtracks series of lectures to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
SPOTLIGHT: PPL PARTNERS WITH THE TBBC TO OFFER BOOKS FOR EVERYONE
 
Do you, or someone you know, have trouble reading due to a physical impairment, reading disability, or vision challenge? The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) provides books in Braille, cassette, and digital formats to eligible New Jersey residents. The TBBC collection includes tens of thousands of audiobooks, Braille files and dozens of periodicals.  Machines for playing the recorded materials are provided by the TBBC for long term loan. Approved users can also download the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) app to play files on a mobile phone or tablet.  As a partner library, librarians at the Princeton Public Library are available to demonstrate the player and assist you in applying for the service as well as with downloading books. Please call or visit the library for more information (60) 924-9529, ext.1220.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
 
 
7 p.m.
Mi Jialu, associate professor in the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures at the College of New Jersey, reads from "Deep Breaths," his recent bilingual book of poetry, with Chinese music accompaniment. The reading will be accompanied by the "Welcoming Tides" rock band led by Dr. Yingchao Zhang and English voiced by alto Dee Dee Miles.
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
Kristin Friberg reflects on the changing season.
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
 
3 p.m.
Fall Movie Matinee: "The Secret Life of Pets 2"
Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. His owner is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which elevate Max's anxiety. PG. 1 hour, 26 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
 
11 a.m.
Members of the community, municipal entities and some local non-profits will be on site through 2 p.m. to share how those who are interested can collaborate with them. Check the link above or click here for a list of participating boards, commissions, task forces and non-profits. Community Room
 
Government participants include:  11 a.m. - Staff from district offices of state and federal officials; noon - Mayor Liz Lempert and members of the municipal council; 1 p.m. - Board of Education members. Lobby
 
Additional Engage Princeton programs include: 
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
 
3 p.m.
In their annual performance at the library, OnStage Seniors presents "In or Out: Stories of Belonging and Exclusion," an array of stories, funny and sad, about moments of feeling accepted or left out. Community Room
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
   
 

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Origami Club for All Ages
 
 
Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.,  Friday Feature Film: "Yesterday"
 
Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.,  Quilting Bee
 
Sunday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.,  Poetry Brunch with No River Twice

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, OCT. 21
 
7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: "The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis"
Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang will lead a presentation and discussion on "The Power of Faces" their global photojournalism project that humanizes the plight of refugees and illuminates their experiences. In collaboration with the Princeton-Trenton Area United Nations Association, Menders and Huang will discuss how "The Power of Faces" developed, share their multimedia work, and highlight key takeaways and experiences from this ongoing project. Afterward, they will be joined by two panelists representing civil society organizations for an open discussion and Q&A with the audience about "The Power of Faces," how civil society is working to address the refugee crisis, and how local citizens can be engaged. Community Room
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,    Little Pandas
4 p.m.,   Maker Mondays: Let's Lego!
4 p.m.,   Ask the Mac Pros
6:30 p.m.,  SCORE Seminar: Funding Sources for Small Businesses

 
TUESDAY, OCT. 22
 
7 p.m.
Author Alex Counts introduced by Sam Daley-Harris
Counts discusses his book,  "Changing the World without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship," after being introduced by Princeton author and activist Sam Daley-Harris. Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its president and CEO to continue his work in microfinance and poverty reduction. Daley-Harris is the author of  "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government." Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop
7 p.m., TBD (To Be Discussed)
7:30 p.m., The Story Lounge at McCarter Theatre Center

 
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
 
6:30 p.m.
Ethnographer and cultural specialist Martin Koenig discusses his half century of research into traditional music and dance of the Balkans. More than 50 years ago, Koenig embarked on a trip to Bulgaria armed with letters of introduction from anthropologist Margaret Mead and folklorist Alan Lomax. On this trip, as well as on numerous subsequent visits, he sought to research and document the traditional music and dance forms in their original settings. His historic recordings, photographs, and films portray villagers, especially musicians and dancers, and a way of life that has been transformed by modernization, globalization and emigration. Community Room
This is a Smithsonian Folkways Recording Project made possible in part by The American Research Center in Sofia Foundation.
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,     Drop In and Knit
1:30 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
3 p.m.,   Homework Help
 
SPOTLIGHT: OCTOBER IS FAMILY HISTORY MONTH!
 
To help with researching your family's history, the library offers access to two databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Ancestry Library Edition includes thousands of databases for census records as well as church, immigration, and court records and billions of names for the United States and the United Kingdom as well as Canada and Europe. It is available for use only while in the library. HeritageQuest, available from home with a PPL library card, also provides census records but includes many other resources including city directories and the US Freedman's Bank Record, an essential resource for African American genealogy. Links to both databases are listed under Research/Research a Topic/Databases By Subject/Genealogy on our website.
 
Join us for two upcoming related programs: Research Princeton History on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., and Research Your Roots: Exploring New Jersey Genealogy Resources with New Jersey State Library's genealogy librarian, Regina Fitzpatrick, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 24
 
 
7 p.m.
The author speaks about his new book, a personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes. The book follows Fishman's Jewish family from 1945 Belarus to 2017 Brooklyn. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
6 p.m.,   Tabletop Game Night
 
Kim Dorman talks to our community partner.
 
FRIDAY, OCT. 25
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Rocketman"
This 2019 biographical musical film, based on the life of musician Elton John, follows the artist's transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar. R. 2 hours. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
 
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
 
11 a.m.
Preschool Fair
Representatives from area preschools provide information about school programs, curriculum, philosophy and the admission process at this two-hour annual event. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,     Saturday Stories 
11 a.m.,    French Stories
2:30 p.m.,    Italian Stories
 
SUNDAY, OCT. 27
 
 
3 p.m.
Here Be Monsters (and Poetry and Music and Film)
This fun, immersive, multimedia experience examines literature and poetry that embody the Halloween season. The event blends the spoken word with live music, film and theatrical effects.
 
There will be a costume contest, so wearing one is strongly encouraged. Masks will be provided for those who don't have a costume. Intended for adults, this is a family-friendly event. It may not be suitable for very young children or those who scare easily. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
4 p.m.,   Voyage ESL
 
UPCOMING
   
 
 
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.,  Princeton Farmers Market
 
Friday, Nov. 1, 9:45 a.m.,  Job Seekers Session
 
Saturday, Nov. 2, The library is closed for the Beyond Words Benefit
 
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, OCT. 14
 
7 p.m.
Featured poets Katherine Falk and Winnie Hughes read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Falk was the 2017 Bucks County Poet Laureate. She is the recipient of the H. MacKnight-Black Poetry and Literature Prize and winner of the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve's poetry contest and her poems have been published in multiple journals.
 
Hughes is the author of "Frost Flowers," which won honorable mention in the 2018 New Women's Voices chapbook competition and was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in multiple journals and she has been the recipient of two independent artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Newsroom
 
Presented in partnership with the US1 Poets' Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets.
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
1 p.m., Social Media Strategy Bootcamp
4 p.m.,  Maker Mondays: Build a Derby Car!
4 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
6:30 p.m.,  Intro to GitHub Part 1: Open Source Collaboration and Website Hosting
7 p.m.,  Gente & Cuentos
6:30 p.m., Film: "Dakota 38"

 
TUESDAY, OCT. 15
 
7 p.m.
New Jersey's General Assembly: What You Need to Know
Ingrid Reed, retired director of the New Jersey Project of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, moderates a panel discussion about the challenges of being in New Jersey's General Assembly. Panelists include New Jersey State Senator Linda Greenstein, former New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck and former New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony "Skip" Cimino. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Newsroom
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m., Writers Room
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16
 
7 p.m.
From Revolution to Solutions: Informed Cinema and Conversations About Newark
The complex and rich history of Newark is explored through clips from three award-winning documentaries by filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. The films, "Revolution '67" (about the 1967 Newark Riots/Rebellion), "The Rule" (examining urban school reform using the model of St. Benedict's Prep), and "Rust" (an investigation of solutions to intergenerational poverty including prisoner reentry) allow a look at the past, present, and future of Newark. Participants will be able to learn about and discuss the opportunities and challenges of urban environments by examining Newark as a microcosm. Community Room
SPOTLIGHT: TUTORING, TEST PREP AND MORE 
 
Whether at home or on site, we've got resources for students of all ages. Use your library card to log onto Brainfuse, which features online homework help from certified tutors for elementary through college levels daily from 2-11 p.m. Standardized tests in your future? SAT and ACT practice tests, as well as GED prep are also available. Need someone to proofread your writing? Upload your document and get personal feedback. Brainfuse also includes resources for U.S. citizenship test prep, resume writing and more.  
THURSDAY, OCT. 17
 
 
7 p.m.
PEFF Special Event
Journalist Gilbert M. Gaul discusses his book "The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Cost of America's Coasts " with John E. Miller, a coastal floodplain expert who was involved in Superstorm Sandy recovery issues. Gaul's book looks at the development of the modern coast and the extraordinary risks of building on barrier islands and coastal floodplains. A large portion of the book focuses on the New Jersey Shore and especially Ocean County and Long Beach Island, which were Ground Zero in Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
 
 
Nora Walsh gives an overview of programs related to "The Power of Faces," the exhibit on view on the library's second floor.
 
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: The Memory Switch
Presenter Matthew Goerke discusses techniques for improving memory and recall, essential skills in any profession. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
SATURDAY, OCT. 19
 
1 p.m.
Afternoon of Knitting
Join us for an afternoon of knitting or crocheting. Drop in any time during this four-hour event to meet other knitters, socialize and work on something for Knit for Others - or any other project. We will have patterns and yarn to share and will be giving demonstrations of the library's newest database, Creativebug. Volunteer instructors will be on site to get beginners started. No registration is required. Community Room 
 
Learn more about this and other knitting programs at the library here.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,    Saturday Stories 
11 a.m.,   Girls Who Code Club
 
SUNDAY, OCT. 20
 
 
3 p.m.
Neil Pederson: "Dendrochronology: Accessing the Memories of Trees"
Neil Pederson, a forest researcher at Harvard University, discusses how tree rings have provided centuries worth of precise, annual and seasonal details of climate, ecology, and competition. Pederson is a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, an ecological research area of 3,000 acres owned and managed by Harvard University and located in Petersham, Massachusetts. The property, in operation since 1907, includes one of North America's oldest managed forests. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and Marquand Park.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,     Sunday Stories
4 p.m.,  Voyage ESL
 
UPCOMING
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.,    Author Alex Counts introduced by Sam Daley-Harris
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.,    Preschool Fair
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, OCT. 7
 
7 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
The second of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Incarceration," a presentation by Wilma Solomon. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,    Little Pandas
4 p.m., Maker Mondays: Let's Lego!
6:30 p.m., Copyright 101
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group
7:30 p.m., Film and Discussion at the Garden Theatre: "Mary Shelley"

 
TUESDAY, OCT. 8
 
7 p.m.
Writing Workshop
Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique 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. Don Donato leads the workshop. Quiet Room
 
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9
 
6:30 p.m.
Origami Club for All Ages
Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes to work on new origami projects, many of them seasonal. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 8. Quiet Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,    Drop In and Knit
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
SPOTLIGHT
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2019 LONGLIST SELECTIONS: Check them out today on Hoopla
 
 
THURSDAY, OCT. 10
 
 
7 p.m.
Labyrinth Live at the Library
Richard E. Miller: "On the End of Privacy: Dissolving Boundaries in a Screen-Centric World"
Author Richard E. Miller discusses his book that explores how literacy is transformed by online technology that lets us instantly publish anything that we can see or hear. He will be joined by David J. Sherry, chief information security officer at Princeton University, in a moderated discussion about the issues of privacy raised in his research. In his book Miller, a professor at Rutgers University, examines the 2010 suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after he discovered that his roommate spied on him via webcam, and maps out the changing norms governing privacy in the digital age Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
Martha Liu shares upcoming events for preschoolers.
 
FRIDAY, OCT. 11
 
7 p.m.
Documentary: "The Lavender Scare"
This documentary chronicles the little-known story of how homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government beginning in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. With the United States gripped in the 1950s Cold War, President Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be "security risks" and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Over the next four decades, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation.1 hour, 17 minutes. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with HiTOPS for LGBT History Month.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
9:45 a.m.,    Job Seekers Session: "Time"
 
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
 
3 p.m.
Science Circle
Budding scientists in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on science activities designed by high school students at PRISMS. Important concepts, focusing on a different scientific discipline each month, will be explored. Co-Lab Space, third floor
 
Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,    Saturday Stories 
11 a.m.,   Girls Who Code Club
2 p.m.,   Go Between Club
 
SUNDAY, OCT. 13
 
 
3 p.m.
Author William Bryant Logan: "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees"
The author discusses his latest book, "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees," a rediscovery of the lost traditions of tree pruning that sustained human life and culture for thousands of years. Logan is a certified arborist and the author of  the acclaimed books: "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," "Oak: The Frame of Civilization," and "Air: The Restless Shaper of the World." He is a faculty member at New York Botanical Garden. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and Marquand Park.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,    Sunday Stories
4 p.m., Voyage ESL
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.,
     Poets at the Library
 
 
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.,   Author Gilbert Gaul: "The Geography of Risk"
 
Friday, Oct. 18, 9:45 a.m.,   Job Seekers Session
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.,   Afternoon of Knitting
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, SEPT. 30
 
7 p.m.
Gente & Cuentos
In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants recount their personal experiences and how they relate to the characters in the story. Conference Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
10 a.m.,   Little Pandas
TUESDAY, OCT. 1
 
7 p.m.
Animal Protection Initiatives in New Jersey
Brian Hackett, director of the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey, joins a panel of experts to discuss animal protection efforts in New Jersey and important statewide initiatives for 2019 and 2020. Hear about the progress being made on a wide range of legislative issues related to animal protection. A Q&A will follow. Community Room
 
Co-presented with the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,       Writers Room
 
 
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2
 
7 p.m.
Nov. 5 County Executive and Freeholders Election: Why Does It Matter to Princeton?
Hear from panelists who know Mercer County well: Scott Sillars, chair of Princeton's Citizen Finance Advisory Committee that studied New Jersey county finances and duties; Irene Goldman of Ewing, a leader in reforming New Jersey elections which are administered by counties; and Jeffrey Laurent of Trenton, a keen analyst of both state and international policies and the role the county plays in its largest city. The discussion will be moderated by Ingrid Reed, retired director of the New Jersey Project of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics. Additional panelist to be announced. Newsroom 
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,   Drop In and Knit
SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVER OUR NEW PLAYAWAY LAUNCHPADS!
 
Playaway Launchpads are learning tablets that are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps and games that provide hours of interactive learning and play. They can be accessed anytime, anywhere with no need for WiFi.
 
Launchpad content is grouped by subject area, theme, grade level and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, the apps span subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity.
 
Launchpads help build digital literacy and can be borrowed and returned just like a book. Visit the Youth Services Department and check one out today!
 
THURSDAY, OCT. 3
 
 
7 p.m.
Performance: Brian Herrera: "I Was the Voice of Democracy"
"I Was the Voice of Democracy," is an hourlong, solo performance written and performed by Brian Herrera, associate professor of theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. It recalls the true story of a 17-year-old who is briefly thrust into a peculiar kind of fame when a patriotic speech he writes on a whim ends up winning a national contest. Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-person, multimedia event offers a mix of analysis and anecdote, both hilarious and heartbreaking, as Herrera puzzles through the memories, mementos and artifacts that comprise the archive of his own teenage experience. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
 
Hannah Schmidt gives an overview of Banned Books Week and encourages readers to consider challenged books.
 
FRIDAY, OCT. 4
 
Noon to 5 p.m.
"Frankenstein" Filibuster: A Community Read-Aloud Event
In anticipation of McCarter Theatre Center's presentation of Lookingglass Theatre Company's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," we will read Shelley's breakthrough and groundbreaking novel - in its original 1818 uncensored version - from start to finish. All are invited and encouraged to attend - individuals, groups, families, teachers and students, and book and drama clubs.
 
Readers are invited to sign up for a time slot online or by calling the library's Welcome Desk at (609) 924.9529, ext.1218. Drop-in readers and listeners are welcome. Lobby
 
"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," written and directed by David Catlin, runs Oct. 15 to Nov. 3 at McCarter.
 
Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theater Center.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
SATURDAY, OCT. 5
 
10:30 a.m.
Raising Backyard Chickens: A Information Session
Princeton residents who keep poultry, local farmers and other chicken enthusiasts answer questions about raising chickens at home. This event includes live chickens.Community Room
 
Co-presented by the library and the Princeton Environmental Commission.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,    Saturday Stories 
11 a.m.,  Flu Shot Clinic
2 p.m.,  Japanese Stories
3:30 p.m., Russian Stories
SUNDAY, OCT. 6
 
1 p.m.
Festival Cultural Latino: Mercado on the Plaza
The rich cultural life of Princeton's Latino community is celebrated with an afternoon of music, dance, food, and crafts. The plaza will be transformed into a mercado during the four-hour event with local artisans and restaurants on site along with family-friendly activities and free entertainment.
The featured dance group will be Grupo de Danza Folklorica La Sagrada Familia. Other dance groups include Más Flow (from Princeton University), Lisa Botalico (flamenco dancers) and Princeton Capoeira. Between dance performances, DJ Brian Soto will play Latin American music. Vendors will display authentic arts, crafts and other goods and artists will be painting on the plaza. Authentic food will be available from El Sabor Oaxaqueno.  
Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library, the Arts Council of Princeton and Mi Pueblo Lindo.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m.,   Sunday Stories
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.,
    Continuing Conversations on Race
 
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.,     Writing Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.,    Chinese Book Group
Saturday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m.,   Science Circle 
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, SEPT. 23
 
6 p.m.
Author Talk: Marc Brackett on "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive"
Marc Brackett, professor in Yale University's Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, speaks on his new book "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive." Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
7 p.m.,  Gente y Cuentos
7 p.m., Medicare: Make Informed Choices
 
TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
 
7 p.m.
Film: "Le Brio"
This French film features Neïla Salah, who dreams of becoming a lawyer and registers at the great Parisian university of Assas. In order to redeem himself after he publicly humiliates her, Neïla's professor, Pierre Mazard, agrees to prepare her for a prestigious speech. NR. 1 hour, 35 minutes.
 
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Screening begins a 7 p.m.
 
Co-presented with Alliance Française de Princeton.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,      Writing Workshop
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
 
7 p.m.
Labyrinth Live at the Library
Joyce Carol Oates: "My Life as a Rat"
Celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates discusses her new novel, "My Life as a Rat." The book follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age 12, about the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. Community Room 
 
Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,  Drop In and Knit
SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVER OUR NEW PLAYAWAY LAUNCHPADS!
 
Playaway Launchpads are learning tablets that are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps and games that provide hours of interactive learning and play. They can be accessed anytime, anywhere with no need for WiFi.
 
Launchpad content is grouped by subject area, theme, grade level and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, the apps span subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity.
 
Launchpads help build digital literacy and can be borrowed and returned just like a book. Visit the Youth Services Department and check one out today!
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
 
 
4 p.m.
Getting Looped In: A Demonstration of the Library's New Hearing Loop Technology
An expert from Audio Directions, designer of the library's newly installed hearing loop technology, gives a demonstration of how the system works.
Hearing loops work with telecoils in hearing aids and cochlear implants to improve clarity for hearing impaired-patrons at library events. Telecoil listeners will be available for those without hearing aids. Newsroom
 
RSVP (requested, not required) to Stephanie Oster, development administrator, soster@princetonlibrary.org or(609) 924-9529 ext.1280.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
 
Kim Dorman puts the spotlight on our community partner.
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Amazing Grace"
This 2019 concert film features Aretha Franklin recording her best-selling gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. G. 1 hour, 27 minutes. Community Room
ALSO ON FRIDAY
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
 
7 p.m.
Staged Reading: "amethyst."
A staged reading of EveryLibrary's 2019 Artist in Residence Brandon Monokian's new post-apocalyptic library play "amethyst." will be presented at this special after-hours performance.
 
The EveryLibrary AIR program invites artists from diverse backgrounds to reflect on the role of libraries in modern life - especially at the intersection of politics and the arts. This year, AIR Producers Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore asked Monokian to create a new play to comment on these ideas. "amethyst." premiered earlier this month as a staged reading at the Philly Fringe Fest.
 
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the 60-minute performance will be followed by an audience discussion with the cast and playwright. Community Room
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories 
11 a.m., French Stories
 
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29
 
11 a.m.
Book Brunch Featuring Nicole Dennis-Benn
The Jamaican-American author discusses her acclaimed new novel, "Patsy" at the latest event in the quarterly Book Brunch series. Hailed by reviewers as a brave and brilliant second novel, "Patsy" touches on themes of motherhood, migration and race in telling the story of a working-class Jamaican woman whose dreams of moving to New York to be reunited with a childhood friend don't match reality. Dennis-Benn is the author of the award-winning debut, "Here Comes the Sun," a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. Community Room
 
Doors will open at 11 a.m. for coffee, tea and pastries with the reading set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Book signing to follow.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
4 p.m., Voyage ESL
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.,
   Gente & Cuentos
 
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.,    Animal Protection Initiatives in New Jersey
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m.,  Raising Backyard Chickens: An Information Session
 
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.,    Festival Cultural Latino: Mercado on the Plaza
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, SEPT. 16
 
6:30 p.m.
SCORE Seminar: Competitive Advantages for Small Business
In this workshop you will learn strategies for creating a competitive advantage and examples of companies that used some of those strategies. Amulya K. Garga, chairman of SCORE Princeton, will present. Garga mentors small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. He has developed game-changing technologies ranging from predictive analytics to smart sensors to immersive collaboration and decision support tools. He served in various leadership roles in the defense industry and is currently the President of KAPI Group, a business and technology consulting company. Register through princeton.score.orgNewsroom
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
7 p.m.,  Gente y Cuentos
TUESDAY, SEPT. 17
 
6:30 p.m.
Open Archive: Princeton School Days
As a new school year begins, stop by to explore report cards, diplomas and other archival materials from historic local schools, both public and private.
 
The Historical Society of Princeton's Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions and be the historian themselves. HSP's curator of collections and research will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Discovery Center
 
Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton. 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,     Writers Room
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18
 
7 p.m.
PSO Soundtracks: The Piano We Know and the Mysteries of Mozart's 'Pianos'
Like no other instrument, a piano melds the magic of music with the magic of engineering - and the modern piano is bigger and more powerful than the instruments of Mozart's time. In anticipation of the all-Mozart concerts that will open the Princeton Symphony's 2019-2020 season, James Barron will look into the mysteries of Mozart's "pianos" and at how a modern concert grand comes into being at the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, Queens, not far from La Guardia Airport. Barron is a New York Times reporter and the author of "Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand," which followed the creation of one piano from start to finish. Newsroom
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
SPOTLIGHT: KNIT FOR OTHERS 2019
 
On Oct. 1, the library begins its 10th year of the Knit for Others program. Each year, we collect newly hand-knit or crocheted winter items, such as hats, mittens and scarves, that are donated to area organizations in early January. To date, we have collected and donated over 2000 items! 
 
Donations may be dropped off at the Welcome Desk where they will be on display, through the end of the year, on a clothesline behind the desk. This is a great way to use up extra yarn from your stash and keep someone warm this winter. 

For more about the program, and news about other knitting events, see the Knitting at the Library page on our website.
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19
 
 
6 p.m.
Ruha Benjamin in Conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr.
Ruha Benjamin, associate professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University, and Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the department, engage in conversation at the launch of  Benjamin's new book, "Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code." In the book, Benjamin  cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.
 
Also discussed will be  "Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life," which Benjamin edited. "Captivating Technology," Benjamin writes, "brings together an incredible set of scholars to explore the interplay between innovation and containment across a wide array of social arenas, past and present." Community Room
 
Registration is full for this this event. There is no wait list. At 5:55 p.m., those waiting in a standby line will be seated if seats become available. Additional seating for those in line on standby will be set up in the cafe area, and the event will be streamed to the Newsroom on the second floor.
 
Copies of the books will be available for purchase from Labyrinth Books.
Presented in partnership with the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,     Mercer County ID Card
 
Dana Treichler recommends some happy, upbeat books.
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20
 
6 p.m.
Welcoming Week: Cultural Exchange Night on Palmer Square
As part of National Welcoming Week (Sept. 13-22) Princeton hosts a cultural exchange event on Palmer Square. The event features music, dancing, kids activities, arts and crafts, and displays representing the many countries and regions represented by members of our diverse community. All are welcome.
 
Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 22, noon
 
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Human Services Department.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, SEPT. 21
 
2 p.m.
Chemistry Saturdays
Children in grades first through fifth grades are invited to join graduate students from the Princeton Chemistry Department in conducting fun and exciting chemistry experiments and hands-on science activities. Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. STEAM Studio
 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Chemistry Department.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Saturday Stories 
 
SUNDAY, SEPT. 22
 
4 p.m.
Art Talk: Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang
The photographers whose work is on display on the second floor of the library through Nov. 30 discuss the images that are part of "The Power of Faces," a global photojournalism project featuring portraits of individuals and families in refugee camps around the world.
 
Realizing that most of the nearly 69 million people displaced to refugee camps lost treasured family photos when they fled their homes, Menders and Huang bring photo printers into refugee camps where they distribute portraits for individuals to keep. The context of refugee camps is intentionally cropped out of the images to focus on individuals, and not merely their label as "refugees." Newsroom
 
Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Princeton.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.,   Film: "Le Brio"

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.,  Author Joyce Carol Oates: "My Life as a Rat"
 
 
Friday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.,  Meet the Mayor and the Municipal Engineer
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Staged Reading: "amethyst."
 
Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.,   Book Brunch Featuring Nicole Dennis-Benn
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, SEPT. 9
 
7 p.m.
Author James Williams: "Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy"
In parallel with Princeton University's incoming Class of 2023, engage in an exploration of the key themes and questions raised in President Christopher Eisgruber's 2019 Princeton University Pre-read selection, "Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy."
 
Author James Williams, who worked as a Google strategist for 10 years before pursuing a philosophy Ph.D. at the University of Oxford will discuss how digital technologies, and their many distractions, fragment our attention - individually and as a society - in ways that inhibit our ability to lead purposeful lives and, ultimately, threaten the future of education and democracy.
 
Free copies (while supply lasts) of "Stand Out of Our Light" are available for those who register for the event at the Welcome Desk on the first floor. 
 
Registered community members will be given preference in case of standing room only. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Princeton University.
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
7 p.m., Gente y Cuentos
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group
TUESDAY, SEPT. 10
 
6:30 p.m.
Author Talk with Eric Weitz on "A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States"
Professor and author Eric Weitz speaks about his book, "A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States," a global history of the fate of human rights in a world of nation-states. The book also explains the origins of many of today's crises, from the existence of more than 65 million refugees and migrants worldwide to the growth of right-wing nationalism. Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,    Writing Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
 
 
10 a.m.
Happy Hands Story Time
Happy Hands teaches American Sign Language vocabulary, speech, and expression through multi-sensory learning. Signing helps promote verbal communication and encourage reading skills and can have amazing results with children who have speech and communication challenges. This program will empower communication by teaching a broad base of ASL vocabulary that can be used immediately. Children, including babies, have the capacity to understand, learn, and communicate before they develop the ability to speak. For ages 6 months to 5 years old. Story Room
 
Co-presented by the library and Happy Hands.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,  Drop In and Knit
 
SPOTLIGHT: TRY NOVELIST PLUS!
 
 
What kind of book are you in the mood for? While our librarians are always ready to offer suggestions in-person, or through Book It, our personalized reading suggestion service, library cardholders of all ages can now search for fiction and nonfiction recommendations from any location. Featuring read-alike lists, reviews, audiobook suggestions, book discussion guides, and more, try NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus.  
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Mort Zachter: "Red Holzman"
Princeton author Mort Zachter discusses his book "Red Holzman: The Life and Legacy of a Hall of Fame Basketball Coach," his biography of the winningest coach in the history of the New York Knickerbockers NBA franchise.  Zachter is a former tax attorney and tax professor at New York University. His first book, "Dough: A Memoir," won the 2006 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Book Prize for nonfiction. Newsroom
 
Copies of "Red Holzman" will be available for purchase and signing. All proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit the library.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,    Mercer County ID Card
 
Martha Liu shares ideas for keeping little ones entertained.
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: Body Language for Job Seekers
Eileen Sinett will present on body language and non-verbal communication skills for job seekers. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
 
11 a.m.
Princeton Children's Book Festival
Over 80 acclaimed authors and illustrators in children's literature gather on Hinds Plaza to meet, interact with and sign books for young readers at this annual event. Book sales are handled by jaZams with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the library's Youth Services Department. Hinds Plaza, rain or shine.
 
Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
 
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
 
4 p.m.
Author Gina Rippon: "Gender and Our Brains"
Author Gina Rippon will discuss her book, which explores how recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology research have helped debunk long-held beliefs that there are biological distinctions between female and male brains. Drawing on cutting edge research, Rippon presents the latest evidence which indicates that brains are like mosaics comprised of both male and female components, and that they remain plastic, adapting throughout the course of a person's life. Newsroom
  
Presented in partnership with HiTOPS.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m.,  
  Microsoft Excel for Beginners Part 1 
 
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.,  Open Archive: Princeton School Days
 
 
Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.,   Welcoming Week Cultural Exchange Night
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.,    Chemistry Saturdays
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, SEPT. 2
 
The library is closed for Labor Day.
 
TUESDAY, SEPT. 3
 
7 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
The first in a series of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Policing," a presentation by Caroline Clarke. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4
 
 
10 a.m.
Drop In and Knit
Bring your knitting or crochet project and join us for these drop-in sessions. Participants must provide their own supplies. Sessions will not include instruction. Quiet Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
SPOTLIGHT: CELEBRITY NARRATORS FOR YOUR COMMUTE
 
 
Looking for a combination of literature and popular entertainment?  How about listening to one of the many audiobooks in our Hoopla collection narrated by celebrity actors?
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
 
 
6:30 p.m.
Introduction to Python Programming Part 1
This course will teach the fundamentals of coding in the Python programming language, a beginner-friendly language that's powerful yet easy to pick up without prior experience. Students must be comfortable using a computer. Please attend all classes within the series and consider bringing a laptop.
The class is limited to 30 students, 15 years and older. Registration is required. The series continues Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26. Technology Center
 
Presented in partnership with Bloomberg Financial. 
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
10 a.m.,    Princeton Farmers Market
Noon and 5 p.m.,    Mercer County ID Card
 
Nora Walsh provides an education about books set in schools.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: How to AI-Proof Your Career
George Pace is presenter. Community Room
ALSO ON FRIDAY
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
 
11 a.m.
Festomato
We're celebrating the Jersey tomato with a daylong event featuring activities, cooking demonstrations, presentations, children's programs, three live bands and more. Food and drink selections made with tomatoes will also be available. Hinds Plaza and Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey.
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
2 p.m., Japanese Stories
 
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
 
2 p.m.
Tony Tobias: "Journey from Johannesburg"
Songwriter Toby Tobias presents a musical/theatrical/visual arts performance featuring original songs and vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg and Jerusalem before moving to New York. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding and acceptance of other cultures and religions. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
UPCOMING

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.,   Best Practices for Website Design
Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.,   Princeton Children's Book Festival
 
Sunday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.,    Author Gina Rippon: "Gender and Our Brains"
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

TUESDAY, AUG. 27
 
7 p.m.
McCarter Live at the Library Featuring Emily Mann and Mary McConnell
McCarter Theatre Center's artistic director and resident playwright Emily Mann will be joined in conversation by stage, film and television actor Mary McDonnell who plays the role of Gloria Steinem in McCarter's upcoming production of "Gloria: A Life," written and restaged by Mann. The two will
speak about their decades-long friendship and artistic reunion on "Gloria: A Life." Mann will discuss how she came to adapt Steinem's life for the theater, their resulting friendship, and the choices she made to shape and tell Steinem's story. McDonnell ("Execution of Justice," "Dances with Wolves," "Passion Fish," "Major Crimes," "Battlestar Galactica") will talk about her
celebrated career as a performer, what drew her to this project, and her approach to playing Steinem. A Q&A with the audience will follow the discussion. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
 
 
3 p.m.
Afternoons with Austen: "Persuasion"
Sally Hawkins stars as the protagonist Anne Elliot and Rupert Penry-Jones plays Frederick Wentworth in this British television adaptation. Eight years prior to the film's beginning, Anne was persuaded to reject Wentworth's proposal of marriage. Now 27 and unmarried, she re-encounters Wentworth, who has made his fortune in the Napoleonic Wars and is looking for a wife - anyone but Anne, whom he has not forgiven for rejecting him all those years ago. Community Room
 
 
SPOTLIGHT: GET A FREE COPY OF THE 2019 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRE-READ SELECTION IN ADVANCE OF THE AUTHOR'S  SEPT. 9 TALK
 
Author James Williams, whose book "Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy" is the 2019 Princeton University Pre-Read selection for the Class of 2023, will be at the library to talk about his book on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. 
 
Free copies (while supply lasts) of the book are available now for those who register for the event at the Welcome Desk on the first floor. Registration is encouraged but not required.
 
Williams worked as a Google strategist for 10 years before pursuing a philosophy Ph.D. at the University of Oxford. He will discuss how digital technologies, and their many distractions, fragment our attention - individually and as a society - in ways that inhibit our ability to lead purposeful lives and, ultimately, threaten the future of education and democracy.
 
This program is being presented in partnership with Princeton University.
 
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 29
 
 
4 p.m.
Summer Movie Matinee: "Star Trek"
The 11th film in the "Star Trek" film franchise features the original characters from the television series. Aboard the USS Enterprise, James T. Kirk and Spock combat Nero, a Roman from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. 2 hours, 8 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
10 a.m.,    Princeton Farmers Market
Noon and 5 p.m.,    Mercer County ID Card
 
In keeping with our Summer Reading theme, Claire Legrand suggests some out-of-this-world films to borrow from our DVD collection.
FRIDAY, AUG. 30
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "A Dog's Way Home"
A lost dog goes on an epic 400-mile journey to be reunited with her owner. Along the way she meets a host of new friends, both human and otherwise. Based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. PG. 2 hours, 17 minutes. Community Room
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 31
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, SEPT. 1
 
3 p.m.
Sunday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
   
Monday, Sept. 2, The library is closed for Labor Day.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.,   Continuing Conversations on Race

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m.,   Drop In and Knit
 
Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m.,   Introduction to Python Programming, Part 1
 
Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.,  Festomato
 
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m.,   Toby Tobias: "Journey from Johannesburg"
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, AUG. 19
 
"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" trailer
7:30 p.m.
Film at the Princeton Garden Theatre
"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"
This documentary examines the life of American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University Toni Morrison who died this month at the age of 88. Morrison was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is known for her nuanced discussion of race in America. Through the use of archival material, art and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis and Morrison herself, the film presents pieces of Morrison's life, from her childhood in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to her journey as a novelist and public intellectual. 1 hour, 59 minutes.
 
Co-presented with the Princeton Garden Theatre.
ALSO ON MONDAY
 
TUESDAY, AUG. 20
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Talk: John Calu: "In the Name of Grace"
Novelist John Calu, the author of more than a dozen books, will speak about his recently released memoir,  "In the Name of Grace," in which he tells the story of his mother who he describes as "both confident and humble, kind to a fault and fueled by compassion, selflessness personified." Community Room
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,     Writers Room
 
SPOTLIGHT: MAKE A FRIEND
 
If you have young children, you may have already met Roary the Library Lion, the friendly little plush lion available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk.  Now, Roary has new friends, Nori the Narwhal and Amall the Llama, ready to go home with you for up to three weeks. These three happy critters each come with their own carrying case and a journal where you can record and share the animal's adventures with your child. Need book recommendations? Roary, Amall, and Nori have booklists in the library's catalog and if all animal friends are checked out, you can place a hold. If you have questions, visit the Youth Services desk or call  (609) 924-9529, ext. 1240, for assistance.   
 
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
 
Feminists: What Were They Thinking? | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
"Feminists: What Were They Thinking?" trailer
7 p.m.
Film and Discussion: "Feminists: What Were They Thinking?"
McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann attends a screening of Johanna Demetrakas' 2018 documentary followed by conversation and story sharing. The film revisits Cynthia MacAdams' "Emergence," a landmark collection of portraits of second-wave pioneering feminists including Gloria Steinem, Kate Millett, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and has many of the original subjects and their third-wave successors reflecting on the portraits, their identity as feminists, and their own experience as women in the Movement. Community Room
 
This event is in advance of the Sept. 6 opening of "Gloria: A Life," at McCarter Theatre Center.
 
Co-sponsored by the library, the Princeton Garden Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 22
 
4 p.m.
Summer Movie Matinee: "Guardians of the Galaxy"
This 2014 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. In the film, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial criminals who are on the run after stealing a powerful artifact. 2 hours, 5 minutes. Community Room
 
Matinees continue on Aug.  29 with "Star Trek."
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,   Mercer County ID Card
6 p.m.,   Tabletop Game Night
 
In keeping with our Summer Reading theme, Claire Legrand suggests some out-of-this-world films to borrow from our DVD collection.
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
 
8:30 a.m.
Meet the Mayor
Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert through 10 a.m. Lobby
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
9:45 a.m.,   Job Seekers Session
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
 
10 a.m.
Author Patrick Pun: "Peng Nei Peng Wai" ("Inside/Outside the Dubbing Studio")
The author, son of famous dubbing actress Guangning Liu, will make a comprehensive introduction about foreign film dubbing and distribution history during the past 70 years in Mainland China, combining the social development background in China and personal life of famous dubbing professionals during that period, especially during the cultural revolution. Newsroom
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, AUG. 25
 
4 p.m.
Pop-Up Book Club: "Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road"
Explore "Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road," the author's most recently published memoir, in which she shares candid stories of what she has learned on the road as a self-described "modern nomad," and how those lessons have informed her life's work as a leading activist for equality. Please register at this link as space is limited for this event. Newsroom
 
This event is in advance of the Sept. 6 opening of  "Gloria: A Life," at McCarter Theatre Center.
 
Presented in partnership with the library, Labyrinth Books and McCarter Theatre Center.
 
UPCOMING
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m.,  Toddler Drive-in Rocket Ship Edition

Thursday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m.,  Summer Movie Matinee: "Star Trek"
 
Friday, Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.,  Friday Feature Film: "A Dog's Way Home"
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
Sunday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.,  Sunday Stories

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, AUG. 12
 
 
6:30 p.m.
Film: "Bisbee '17"
This film combines documentary and scripted elements while following members of the close-knit former mining community of  Bisbee, Arizona, as they commemorate the centennial of the forced deportation of immigrant miners. During the Bisbee Deportation, 1,200 immigrants were violently removed from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die. Community Room
 
Presented by the library and the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice in collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS.
ALSO ON MONDAY
 
TUESDAY, AUG. 13
 
 
3 p.m.
Dog Man Party
Children ages 5-12 are invited to celebrate the release of the new Dog Man book, "Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls," with crafts, games and activities inspired by the part-human, part-canine hero of the Dav Pilkey series. Pilkey is also the creator of the Captain Underpants series. Community Room
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,    Writing Workshop
 
 
SPOTLIGHT: Tie Up Loose Ends with Gale Legal Forms
 
Whether you're a new landlord or someone who has yet to formally make a will, Gale Legal Forms can help. The library now subscribes to this valuable resource featuring thousands of legal forms for the state of New Jersey. Divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, roommate or house sitting agreements, you name it, chances are you'll find it in Gale Legal Forms. Look for a link to it on our database page.     
 
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14
 
6:30 p.m.
Screening and Discussion: "Wonders of the Solar System"
Join Robert Vanderbei, the library's summer scientist-in-residence, for a screening of the first episode of this award-winning BBC series, hosted  by physicist Brian Cox, followed by a discussion about the universe and night sky.
"Wonders of the Solar System" explores some of the most amazing features of our solar system - how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space; how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system; and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth. Community Room

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 15
 
6 p.m.
Film: "Woodstock"
The Academy Award-winning documentary chronicling the legendary, three-day counterculture celebration of music and art is screened on the 50th anniversary of the festival's first day. 3 hours, 4 minutes. Community Room
 
The screening is in advance of the Aug. 17 Woodstock Concert featuring musicians from the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative that is being held at the Community Park North Amphitheater. The concert is  presented in partnership with the Princeton Recreation Department and Princeton Record Exchange. 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,   Mercer County ID Card
 
Janice Painter shares impressions of a favorite podcast and highlights other chances to hear personal stories. 
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Fighting with My Family"
This biographical comedy-drama tells the story of English WWE champion Raya Knight who grew up in a professional wrestling family and uprooted herself as a teenager to pursue WWE glory in Los Angeles. PG-13. 1 hour, 50 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
9:45 a.m.,   Job Seekers Session
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
 
5 p.m.
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert
Local bands and singers from the Einstein Alley Musician's Collaborative perform highlights from Woodstock on the same weekend of the original concert 50 years ago. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner, wear your tie-dye and enjoy the music that defined an era at this family-friendly event.
In case of rain, this event will move to the library's community room. Community Park North Amphitheater, 1 Mountain Ave.
 
Co-sponsored by the Einstein Alley Musician's Collaborative, Princeton Record Exchange and Princeton Parks and Recreation.
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m., Learning Python with Turtle Graphics
   
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Author Talk: John Calu
 

Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Tabletop Game Night
 
Friday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m., Author Talk: Peng Nei Peng Wai: 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, AUG. 5
 
 
6 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
Join Not In Our Town Princeton for their annual community gathering starting at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the film " '63 Boycott" will be screened followed by group discussions led by Not In Our Town Princeton facilitators. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
 
TUESDAY, AUG. 6
 
 
5:30 p.m.
Joint Effort Safe Streets Community Discussion
Joint Efforts Safe Streets leads a community discussion on police-community relations, affordable housing, public education, race relations, cannabis, what Princeton will look like in year 2050 and more. Participants  include elected officials from Princeton Municipal Government, County Freeholders, NJ Assembly and Princeton Public Schools as well as business owners, community advocates, nonprofit/community organizations leaders and concerned citizens. Community Room
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,   Writers Room
 
 
SPOTLIGHT: Use Our Online Catalog to Discover Your Next Read!
 
Use our online library catalog to discover staff created book lists, award winning books, and newly acquired materials at our library. After you have searched for an item from our homepage, you will be brought to our library catalog. At the top of the catalog there are menu options (below our logo), and above the cataloged items. Click on the downfacing carrot by each menu option for more specific book lists. Looking for something to read on the beach? Check out our staff-made summer reading lists and consider joining our Adult Summer Reading Program.
 
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7
 
7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Night at Mountain Lakes House
The library is teaming up with several organizations for a night of stargazing on the lawn of Mountain Lakes House. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences will bring telescopes for all to share and several astronomers will be on hand to  guide participants in finding celestial objects visible with the naked eye. The Friends of Princeton Open Space will also be at the event to guide young naturalists on short walks to listen to the sounds of the night. Cookies and lemonade will be provided by the library.
 
Please bring a blanket or lawn chair (and a picnic if you'd like). Restrooms will be open in the Mountain Lake House throughout the evening. Gather starting at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy an evening for all ages in the great outdoors. Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave.
 
Presented in partnership with Friends of Princeton Open Space, AAAP and Princeton University.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 8