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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
 
 
4 p.m.
Summer Movie Matinee: "WALL-E"
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. 1 hour, 43 minutes. G. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
6:30 p.m.,   Introduction to Vue.js
 
FROM THE BLOG: EDUCATED AGAINST ALL ODDS
Kristin Friberg talks about "Educated" by Tara Westover and the Sept. 18 book discussion of the acclaimed memoir.
 
FRIDAY, AUG. 9
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session
Ken Sher presents "Surviving and Thriving After a Job Loss When You're +/- 50 Years Old." Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 10
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.,   Film: "Bisbee '17"
   
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.,   End-of-Life Planning
 

Thursday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.,     Film: "Woodstock"
 
Friday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.,    Friday Feature Film: "Fighting with My Family"
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.,    Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JULY 29
 
 
6:30 p.m.
Film: "First Man"
Based on the book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James R. Hansen, this biographical drama follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong. PG. 2 hours, 21 minutes. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
 
TUESDAY, JULY 30
 
 
1 p.m.
Introduction to Android
Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world. This class will guide users through connecting their devices to Google services and configuring the interface by customizing widgets and the home screen. Tips and tricks for making your phone more secure, useful and easier to use will be provided. Instructor: Matthew Parker. Technology Center
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop
 
 
SPOTLIGHT: Book It: For Personalized Reading Suggestions
 
If hiding from this summer heat has you running out of books to read, we can tailor you a recommended reading list using the Book It feature on our website. All you need to do is provide us with a bit of information about books, movies, TV shows or podcasts that you are into and let us know about any that you've disliked. We will send you a list of at least 10 personally selected books!
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
 
3 p.m.
Afternoons with Austen: "Pride and Prejudice" (2005)
"Pride and Prejudice" depicts five sisters from an English family of landed gentry as they deal with issues of marriage, morality and misconceptions. Keira Knightley stars in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet; Matthew Macfadyen plays her romantic interest, Mr. Darcy.  PG. 2 hours, 8 minutes.
Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
6:30 p.m., Crochet a Bookmark
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 1
 
 
4 p.m.
Summer Movie Matinee: "Space Jam"
This live action/animated comedy stars Michael Jordan who is enlisted by Looney Tunes characters to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
 
Andre Levie shares a reminder about our Book Drop locations.
 
FRIDAY, AUG. 2
 
1 p.m.
Create a Movie with iMovie
Learn how to edit video clips and add photos you have on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to make a movie or movie trailer in the iMovie mobile app. This class is only for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad users. You should download the free iMovie app onto your device from the App Store before you arrive and have several video clips and/or photos on your device if you would like to create a short movie or trailer during the class. Instructor Robin Birkel. Technology Center
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 3
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, AUG. 4
 
4 p.m.
Voyage ESL
Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these 90-minute sessions. Conference Room

 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m.,  Continuing Conversations on Race
   
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m.,   Joint Effort Safe Streets Community Discussion
 
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.,     Stargazing Night at Mountain Lakes House

Thursday, Aug. 8, 4 p.m.,    Summer Movie Matinee: "WALL-E"
 
Saturday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JULY 22
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Richard Zoglin: "Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show"
In his book about Elvis Presley's milestone July 31, 1969, show at the International hotel in Las Vegas, the author challenges the conventional wisdom that Las Vegas destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. Zoglin, a theater critic for Time magazine, argues the concert is where Presley resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer and changed the nature of Vegas entertainment. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
1 p.m.,   Creating with Canva
 
TUESDAY, JULY 23
 
 
7 p.m.
S?SI Concert
Students participating in S? Percussion's Summer Institute perform. The S? Percussion's Summer Institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of S? Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsals and performances. This concert will feature new works composed during the institute as well as percussion pieces commissioned from past years. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with S? Percussion.
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m., Writers Room
 
 
SPOTLIGHT: Book It: For Personalized Reading Suggestions
 
If hiding from this summer heat has you running out of books to read, we can tailor you a recommended reading list using the Book It feature on our website. All you need to do is provide us with a bit of information about books, movies, TV shows or podcasts that you are into and let us know about any that you've disliked. We will send you a list of at least 10 personally selected books!
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
 
1 p.m.
Google Earth and Maps
Learn how to use Google Earth to virtually explore the world. Also we will be discussing useful features of google maps. Instructor Kelsey Ockert. Technology Center
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
THURSDAY, JULY 25
 
2 p.m.
UFO, Oh No!
Join us for an out-of-this-world adventure where aliens have taken over the Community Room! Activities will be selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. For ages 7 and up. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
 
Kim Dorman checks in with our community partner PSG of Mercer County. 
FRIDAY, JULY 26
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session
Kenneth Lang discusses LinkedIn. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, JULY 27
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, JULY 28
 
1:30 p.m.
Discover Drone Flying
Learn the basic rules and regulations that all drone operators, whether amateurs or professional, should follow. This course shares important advice to ensure you stay safe as you explore the world from the clouds. Professional photographer and FAA-certified drone pilot Saed Hindash also will share the tips and tricks he uses to make eye-catching images and videos from the sky. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
4 p.m., Voyage ESL
UPCOMING
 
Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.,    Film: "First Man"
   
Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m.,     Intro to Android
 
Wednesday, July 31, 3 p.m.,    Afternoons with Austen: "Pride and Prejudice" (2005)

Thursday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m.,    Summer Movie Matinee: "Space Jam"
 
Friday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m.,   Create a Movie with iMovie  
Saturday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
Sunday, Aug. 4, 4 p.m.,   Voyage ESL
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JULY 15
 
 
7 p.m.
Lecture: "Anticipating Apollo: The Military Origin of American Space Science"
During the 50th anniversary week of NASA's historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, space historian and Princeton University postdoctoral fellow Jordan Bimm presents a lecture on the military origin of the U.S. space program. The talk will focus on the pre-NASA history of Air Force "space medicine," the field responsible for solving the biological problems of spaceflight. Bimm will also discuss how studies, simulations, and far-flung expeditions conducted between 1949 and 1959 resulted in surprising early visions of the American astronaut and the places they might go - particularly Mars. The lecture explores the nearly-forgotten period of military space science in the 1950s, and how it set the stage for NASA's Space Race in the 1960s. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
6:30 p.m., SCORE Seminar
 
TUESDAY, JULY 16
 
 
2:30 p.m.
Introduction to Computers and the Internet
This class will introduce the novice computer user to basic computer terminology, how to navigate the desktop, and how to use popular software on a PC computer. Students will also become familiar with searching the internet and how to improve basic search skills. Instructor: Kelsey Ockert. Conference Room, second floor
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m.,    Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,      Writing Workshop
 
SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVER OUR TRAVEL COLLECTIONS
 
Whether your summer travels send you around the world or keep you closer to home, our travel collections have something for everyone. In the Travel neighborhood on the first floor, you will find guidebooks from favorite publishers such as Lonely Planet, Fodor's, Eyewitness, and Frommers for individual cities, countries, and regions around the globe. You can also find a list of our newest travel books in the catalog under New at the Library/Travel.
 
Don't want the extra weight of paper while traveling? Checkout a travel guide from our ebook collections and download them to your phone or mobile device for sightseeing on the go. To get started, you will need to download the Libby and/or hoopla app and create an account using your library card number.  Need help? Contact us.
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
 
6:30 p.m.
Princeton Student Film Festival Opening Night
Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 16th year, the event features films chosen from local, national and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions that follow the screenings. This event is suggest for a mature teen and adult audience. Refreshments will be served each evening. Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
7 p.m.,
Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
 
THURSDAY, JULY 18
 
6:30 p.m.
Princeton Student Film Festival
Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 16th year, the event features films chosen from local, national and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions that follow the screenings. This event is suggest for a mature teen and adult audience. Refreshments will be  served each evening. Community Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
 
Kim Dorman checks in with our community partner PSG of Mercer County. 
FRIDAY, JULY 19
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Storm Boy"
Based on the beloved Australian children's book by Colin Thiele, "Storm Boy" is the story of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia who forms a close bond with three orphaned pelicans he rescues and raises. Finding himself at odds with his fisherman father, the boy's life takes a new and unexpected turn. PG. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
8:30 a.m.,  Meet the Mayor
9:45 a.m., Job Seekers Session
 
SATURDAY, JULY 20
 
3 p.m.
Film: "Apollo 11"
This documentary focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon. Produced without narration or interviews, the film features previously unreleased archival footage. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, JULY 21
 
4 p.m.
Voyage ESL
Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these 90-minute sessions. Conference Room, second floor
 
UPCOMING
 
   
Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m.,     S?SI Concert
 
Wednesday, July 24, 1 p.m.,   Google Earth and Maps

Thursday, July 25, 2 p.m.,   UFO, Oh No!
 
Friday, July 26, 7 p.m.,   Dancing Under the Stars
  
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
Sunday, July 28, 1:30 p.m.,   Discover Drone Flying
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JULY 8
 
"Minding the Gap" trailer
6:30 p.m.
Documentary: "Minding the Gap"
Bing Liu's debut film is coming-of-age documentary about three skateboarding friends in their industrial Midwest hometown. In attempting to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores gaps between fathers and sons, discipline and abuse and, ultimately, between childhood and adulthood. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year's Academy Awards and received a Peabody Award in April. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS.
ALSO ON MONDAY

 
 
TUESDAY, JULY 9
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Talk
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins: "Four Rabbis at Lunch: Candid Conversations Among American Clergy"
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins gives a talk about his book in which one Orthodox, two Conservative and one Reformed rabbi meet for lunch once a week to discuss problems they have in their congregations. The fictional book is based on many conversations the author has had during decades as a spiritual leader and features what he calls "an attempt at replicating some of these intimate, no-laypersons-present conversations."
 
The internationally known Elkins, recipient of the Jewish Book Award, is rabbi emeritus at the Jewish Center of Princeton, author of more than 30 books and co-editor of the best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul."
Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,     Writers Room
 
SPOTLIGHT: FLY ME TO THE MOON WITH ACCESS VIDEO ON DEMAND
 
As we look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, take advantage of the library's subscription to Access Video on Demand, which features over 30,000 videos, including footage of the launch, landing, and Neil Armstrong collecting rocks on the moon. Three collections, Arts & Humanities; Social Sciences; and Archival Films & Newsreels, comprise this extraordinary database that delivers history to your home. Whether it's a documentary of Janis Joplin or footage of 54 boys stuffing themselves into a VW Bug in Holland, or episodes of "The Twilight Zone," find it in Access Video on Demand. 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
 
7 p.m.
Author Talk
Charles Fishman: "One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon"
The acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his book, the remarkable story of the trailblazers and ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. Fishman is also the author of "A Curious Mind" (with Brian Grazer), "The Wal-Mart Effect" and "The Big Thirst." He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism. Labyrinth Books will provide books for signing. Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
 
 
THURSDAY, JULY 11
 
10:30 a.m.
Book Group: Listen to This
The group listens to and discusses a short story from The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. Quiet Room
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
6 p.m., Space Camp
 
FRIDAY, JULY 12
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: "101 Lessons They Never Taught You in College"
Mark Beal as he discusses the importance of branding, networking, and cultivating a mindset to developing one's career at every stage. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
SATURDAY, JULY 13
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, JULY 14
 
6 p.m.
Shakespeare in Community Park: "Coriolanus"
The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the second of the summer's two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be in the Community Room.
 
Coriolanus, Rome's best soldier, has conquered Rome's enemies. When Rome seeks another consul, Coriolanus seems to be just the person for the job - but will her pride and disdain for the people get in the way? This epic tale of war, politics, honor and revenge is set in a rough, primitive Amazonian outpost with an all-female cast.
ALSO ON SUNDAY
4 p.m., Voyage ESL
 
 
UPCOMING
 
   
Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m.,  Writing Workshop
 
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.,  Princeton Student Film Festival

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.,  Princeton Student Film Festival
 
Friday, July 19, 6:30 p.m.,  Friday Feature Film: "Storm Boy"
  
Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m.,  Film: "Apollo 11"
 
Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m.,  Voyage ESL
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JULY 1
 
6:30 p.m.
Robert J. Vanderbei: "Photographing the Night Sky and Things Therein"
Modern computers and digital cameras have made it much easier to take long exposure photographs of very dim objects. Astrophotographer Bob Vanderbei will describe some of the challenges and how they are addressed using modern tools. Technology Center
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
 
TUESDAY, JULY 2
 
 
7 p.m.
"Saving 1968" - Preview of Episode from "Chasing the Moon" on PBS
In advance of its PBS debut later this month, "Saving 1968," an episode of the six-hour documentary series "Chasing the Moon" about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in1969 and beyond will be shown. Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
10:30 a.m.,  Princeton Sketchers
7 p.m.,    Writing Workshop
 
SPOTLIGHT: POPULAR AUDIOBOOKS AVAILALBLE 
ON HOOPLA - NO WAIT TIME
 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
 
10:30 a.m.
Zoom to the Moon!
"Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We're going to the Moon!" Preschoolers are invited to take a trip to the moon with activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Story Room
 
THURSDAY, JULY 4
 
The library is closed for Independence Day.
 
Dana Treichler shares her enthusiasm for our  Creativebug database.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
 

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m., Book Group: Listen to This
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JUNE 24
 
7 p.m.
Art Talk: Artist Fran Eber and Astrophotographer Robert J. Vanderbei
The artists whose works are on display on the library's second floor through Sept. 6, give a talk about their work. Eber describes her work as "channeling the forces of fluid dynamics." Vanderbei, a professor at Princeton University, takes long-exposure astrophotographs of star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.
 
Also discussing her work will be local high school student Alex Erickson whose collection of portraits will be on display in the STEAM Studio. Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 25
 
 
7 p.m.
Film: "The Shop Around the Corner"
This 1940 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. The musical "She Loves Me" is an adaptation of the play and this movie. 1 hr, 39 min. Not Rated. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
7 p.m.,   Writers Room
 
SPOTLIGHT: DISCOVER CREATIVEBUG
 
 
Are you interested in cake decorating, picking up crochet or honing your drawing skills? You can now access 1,000+ award-winning online art and craft classes taught by experts. Additional subjects include sewing, quilting, paper arts, home decorating, jewelry arts, holiday/seasonal and kids crafts. Visit the Databases A-Z page on our website for all of this, plus a pattern library, inspiration feed, blog, and more!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
 
4 p.m.
Animals are Out of this World!
This live-animal program will explain how animals have been instrumental in our understanding of space and its effect on living organisms. Intended for children of all ages accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. 
Community Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
10 a.m.,  Musical AstroTots
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
 
 
6 p.m.
Family Fort Night
Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a night of fort building. We will use blankets to transform library furniture and shelving into fantastical forts. Then, we'll snuggle into our forts with books and a flashlight for some cozy reading time. We will have a limited number of blankets and flashlights available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you are also welcome to bring your own. Third Floor
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m., Mercer County ID Card
4 p.m., Girl Code
 
Nora Walsh shares ideas for Summer Reading for adults.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session
Mark Beal presents a session for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
8:30 a.m.,  Meet the Mayor
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
 
10:30 a.m.
Saturday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
 
3 p.m.
Fred Miller Lecture in Song: "Heaven, I'm in Heaven"
Pianist, singer and library favorite Fred Miller presents a lecture in song covering music from  the early days of Tin Pan Alley to the sophisticated heights of American Pop's mid-twentieth-century heyday. Part of the "Universe of Stories" summer reading program. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.,    Photographing the Night Sky and Things Therein
   
Tuesday, July 2, 1 p.m.,   iPad Basics and More
 
Wednesday, July 3,  10:30 a.m.,   Zoom to the Moon

Thursday, July 4, The library is closed.
 
Saturday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
  
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, JUNE 3
 
7 p.m.
Continuing Conversations on Race
Racial Literacy: Tell Me Who You Are
Students and adults enrolled in racial literacy classes at Princeton High
School will share insights gained from participation in reflexive activities that explore systems of racial domination and racial progress. Following short presentations, racial literacy scholars will facilitate small group discussions that continue conversations with Not in Our Town audiences. Community Room
 
Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
 
 
7 p.m.
Women in American Musical Theater
From Maria in "The Sound of Music" to Elphaba in "Wicked" to Angelica Schuyler in "Hamilton," vibrant women characters have sung and danced their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. These characters are also in conversation with U.S. society, both reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Stacy Wolf, professor of theater at Princeton University, will lead a journey through musical theater history from the 1950s until today -including 1963's "She Loves Me" - to examine what women do in musical theater and why it matters. Community Room
Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival.
ALSO ON TUESDAY
 10:30 a.m., Princeton Sketchers
SPOTLIGHT: CUE THE MUSIC
 
Feeling sad that "Game of Thrones" has come to an end? Why not listen to the Season 8 soundtrack on your commute? With hoopla, you can stream or download a mix of musical theater, film, and television movie soundtracks, and albums from a wide range of contemporary recording artists. From Mavis Stapes to Ben Platt to Sting to Cardi B, and the Zac Brown Band, with your library card and hoopla, we've got you covered. 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
 
 
7 p.m.
Workshop: Declutter and Streamline Your Life
Certified clutter coach and author Patricia Diesel presents a workshop on decluttering and finding a peaceful balance between what to let go and what to keep. The workshop will cover understanding the root cause of your clutter, strategies for decluttering without becoming overwhelmed or stressed, and approaches to maintenance plans to avoid repeating the cycle of clutter.
Diesel has published three books on living a decluttered life that will be available for purchase following the presentation.
Community Room
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
1:30 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
 
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
 
 
7 p.m.
Princeton Festival Preview
Artists will perform scenes from The Princeton Festival's upcoming opera, "Nixon in China," and musical, "She Loves Me,"  and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
4:30 p.m.,    Girl Code
 
Martha Liu has some great ideas for the littlest library visitors.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "Arctic"
A researcher stranded in the Arctic must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in the hope of making it out alive. PG-13. 1 hour, 38 minutes. Community Room

ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
 
11 a.m.
Knit in Public
Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day - and the library's 10th anniversary of being an official host site - at a fun and friendly gathering on Hinds Plaza. Drop in any time during the four-hour event to meet other knitters, socialize and work on your knitting or crochet projects for as long as you like. Volunteer instructors will be on site to get beginners started. No registration is required.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the Community Room.
 
World Wide Knit in Public Day began in 2005 with the idea of getting knitters out of their homes and into the fresh air and changing what is usually a solitary pursuit into one that can be enjoyed among others. More details about World Wide Knit In Public Day at the library can be found on the official web site.
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
 
 
6 p.m.
Shakespeare in Community Park: "As You Like It"
The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the first of the summer's two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater.
 
After being banished and threatened with death, Rosalind flees persecution of her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. But things are not always what they seem in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jon Ciccarelli,  The Hudson Shakespeare Company is known for utilizing some of the best young and experienced actors, directors and crew from around the tri-state area.
 
The summer's second Shakespeare in the Park performance will be on July 15 when the company presents "Coriolanus."
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
3 p.m., Sunday Stories
4 p.m., Voyage ESL
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, June 10, 7 p.m.,  Poets at the Library
   
 
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.,   Open Archive: On the Delaware & Raritan Canal

Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m.,   Introduction to Online Genealogy
 
Friday, June 14, 4 p.m.,   Up, Up and Away ... Into Space!
  
Saturday, June 15, 4:30 p.m.,   Teen Book Bash
 
Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m., Sunday Stories 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, MAY 27
 
The library is closed for Memorial Day.
 
TUESDAY, MAY 28
 
 
7 p.m.
Author Linda J. Barth: "New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More"
retired 
Community Room
ALSO ON TUESDAY
 1 p.m.,  All Things Google
7 p.m.,  Writers Room
 
SPOTLIGHT: MUSEUM PASS RESERVATIONS
 
You can plan your visit around a date or interest in a specific museum, and review your reservations at any time. Visit 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
 
 
7 p.m.
Film: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
This documentary examines the life and guiding philosophy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers. PG-13. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Community Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
1:30 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
 
 
THURSDAY, MAY 30
 
11 a.m.
Princeton Farmers Market
Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available through 3 p.m. at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza
 
Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
6:30 p.m.,   Princeton Tech Meetup
 
 
Andre Levie shares a list of popular outdoor cooking titles.
FRIDAY, MAY 31
 
7 p.m.
Music Under the Stars: A Musical Revue (at the Community Park North Amphitheater)
Young Artists from the casts of Princeton Festival's 2019 opera "Nixon in China" and musical, "She Loves Me," perform audience favorites including familiar songs from Broadway and beyond. The scenic setting will be the Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater located in the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve.
 
Presented in partnership with  The Princeton Festival.
ALSO ON FRIDAY
8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
 
10 a.m.
International Tabletop Day 2019
The library is celebrating International Tabletop Day with a full day of fun and games featuring classic, easy-to-learn games, demonstrations and more. Since 2013, International Tabletop day has served as a day to meet new people and enjoy tabletop games. From simple dice and card games to epic role playing games, there are tabletop games for every type of gamer. Community Room
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
 
4 p.m.
Voyage ESL
Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these 90-minute sessions. Conference Room
 
ALSO ON SUNDAY
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, June 3, 7 p.m., Continuing Conversations on Race
   
Tuesday, June 4 , 
 
 7 p.m.,   Women in American Musical Theater 
 
Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.,  Declutter and Streamline Your Life

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m.,   Princeton Festival Preview 
 
Friday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.,  Friday Feature Film: "Arctic"
  
Saturday, June 8, 11a.m.,    Knit in Public
 
 

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, MAY 20

6:30 p.m.
Nancy L.  Rosenblum, co-author of "A Lot of People are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy"
The author discusses her book, co-written with Russell Muirhead, that shows how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Filled with vivid examples, "A Lot of People Are Saying" diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today's politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat. Community Room
 
ALSO ON MONDAY
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
TUESDAY, MAY 21
 
 
7 p.m.
Lecture: Robert Stengel: "Project Apollo: Origins, Missions and the Legacy"
As the 50th anniversary of the July 1969, Apollo moon landing approaches, Robert Stengel, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, gives a talk. The talk will examine Project Apollo from the viewpoint of his time spent at the Draper Laboratory from 1968-73 where he was principal designer of the Apollo Project Lunar Module manual control logic used for all moon landings and where he went on to create a preliminary design for the Space Shuttle atmospheric flight control system. Community Room
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
SPOTLIGHT
Using Bibliocommons to Manage Your PPL Account Online
 
Now that you have your Princeton Public Library card, the next step is to create an account within Bibliocommons, the library's online catalog, so that you can view your checked-out items, renew items, manage holds and pay account fees.
 
Go to the library's catalog website and enter your barcode number (all 14 digits, no spaces) and your PIN (most likely the last 4 digits of the phone number on your account). Verify your name, email, and birth date.
 
Create a public username, which will allow you to login in with this name and your PIN in case you don't have your card number with you.This username is the one that will be connected to you if you create lists that you wish to share, use to add reviews or comments about book titles, and follow other readers if you like. More on list creation and posting reviews in later Spotlights.
 
After checking the box accepting the Terms and Conditions, take a quick look at Settings. This is where you will go to update your email, change your PIN, enable your borrowing history, or change your privacy settings.  
 
Now you are ready to keep track of your account, 24/7.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
 
 
7 p.m.
The Practitioners of Musick: "The Grove or Rural Harmony"
The Practitioners of Musick present a program celebrating "Gainsborough's Family Album," the exhibition of the works of 18th-century British artist Thomas Gainsborough on view at the Princeton University Art Museum through June 9. Gainsborough was known to have a particular leaning toward musicians (his daughter, Margaret, recorded that her father was "much led into the company of musicians"). This concert will feature works by Gainsborough's musical friends including John Christian Bach, John Stanley, Thomas Linley and Charles Frederick Abel. Community Room
Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Art Museum.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
1:30 p.m.,  Ask the Mac Pros
3 p.m., Homework Help
 
THURSDAY, MAY 23
 
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. STEAM Studio
 
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
3 p.m.,  Homework Help
4:30 p.m.,  Code It
 
 
Kim Dorman checks in with Richard Tang Yuk, artistic director of The Princeton Festival.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday Feature Film: "On the Basis of Sex"
The life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the focus of this drama starring Felicity Jones. PG-13. 2 hours. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY
 
SATURDAY, MAY 25
 
11 a.m.
Musical Theater Workshop: "Making of a Musical"
Led by teaching artist Gail Blanche-Gill and lecturer Shari Gill, this three-part program provides high school students with an introduction to the tools needed to succeed in musical theater. This first session focuses on being a professional singer in musicals, with topics including vocal health, selecting repertoire, the audition process and the business side of theater. The session runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.
 
Open to high school students only. Registrants must attend all three sessions; other session dates are June 1 and June 7.  For more information on the other sessions and to register, please visit the Princeton Festival website.
 
Co-sponsored by the Library and the Princeton Festival.
 
ALSO ON SATURDAY
10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
11:30 a.m.,  French Stories
3:30 p.m.,  Portuguese Stories
 
SUNDAY, MAY 26
 
3 p.m.
Sunday Stories
Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room
 
UPCOMING
 
Monday, May 27, The library is closed.
   
Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m., Film: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Thursday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.,  Princeton Tech Meetup
 
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m., Meet the Mayor
  
Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.,   Saturday Stories
 
Sunday, June 2, 4 p.m., Voyage ESL
  

This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, MAY 13
 
7 p.m.
Lynne Olson in Conversation with William Storrar
The New York Times bestselling author discusses her book "Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led the Largest Spy Network Against Hitler." Joining Olson in conversation will be Willian Storrar, director of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. "Madame Fourcade's Secret War" is the dramatic, little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamor, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson "our era's foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy." Community Room
ALSO ON MONDAY
TUESDAY, MAY 14
 
Catherine McCabe
 
7 p.m.
Is New Jersey's Water Safe to Drink?
Ingrid Reed is joined by a panel of experts, including Commissioner Catherine McCabe of the NJDEP,  to discuss whether the water in New Jersey is safe to drink. While having clean water to drink has not been a concern for most people in the state, aging infrastructure and climate-change issues are raising new concerns. Community Room
 
ALSO ON TUESDAY
SPOTLIGHT: JOBNOW
 
Whether you're a student looking for summer employment, or someone with a bit more job experience, the library offers access to JobNow, free online career assistance for all stages of job hunting, powered by BrainFuse. Get resume templates, prepare for an interview, search for a job, take career assessments, or get personalized feedback from a live job coach all from the comfort of your home. What are you waiting for? The possibilities are endless.
 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
 
Far from the Tree - Official Trailer I HD I Sundance Selects
Far from the Tree - Official Trailer
7 p.m.
Film: "Far from the Tree"
Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Columbia University psychology professor Andrew Solomon, this documentary explores the lives of four unconventional offspring and their parents who faced challenges in raising them. 1 hour, 33 minutes. May 15 is recognized as International Day of Families. Community Room
 
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY
1:30 p.m., Ask the Mac Pros
 
THURSDAY, MAY 16
 
6 p.m.
Library Live at Labyrinth
Hilary Plum in Conversation with Deborah Amos
Hilary Plum
Hilary Plum, author of "Strawberry Fields," winner of the 2018 Fence Modern Prize in Prose, engages in conversation with Princeton University Professor of Journalism Deborah Amos. "Strawberry Fields" reveals the inner lives of journalists through glimpses of stories set all around the world including the Iraq War, the Arab Spring, Hurricane Katrina, drone warfare and others. Plum's other books are the nonfiction "Watchfires" and the novel "They Dragged Them Through the Streets."  Amos is an award-winning international correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the United States is regularly featured on NPR's "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," and "All Things Considered." Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. 
Co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
Noon and 5 p.m.,  Mercer County ID Card
4:30 p.m., Girl Code
Dana Treichler's celebration of the season.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
 
7 p.m.
Dancing Under the Stars
Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza (weather permitting) or Community Room.
Presented in partnership with Central Jersey Dance.
 
ALSO ON FRIDAY