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March 2020 Princeton Public Library Events


 “Ford v Ferrari,” 2 hours, 32 minutes

March 13, 6 p.m., Community Room



Friday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

A young woman seeks independence and intimacy while she grappling with the illusion of normal and the realities of living with Down syndrome. The film is being shown in advance of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. Community Room


“The Silence of Others”

Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.

This award-winning documentary by filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. The film is a cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Bahar will give opening remarks prior to the screening and participate in a Q&A afterward. Community Room


 “The Quiet Man”

Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m.

"The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, is the final screening in a series of classic films starring legendary Hollywood duos. The 1952 romance is the story of a boxer who finds love when he returns to his native Ireland after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring. 2 hours, 9 minutes. Community Room

Author Talks

Library Live at Labyrinth

Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson and Piper Kendrix Williams: “The Toni Morrison Book Club”

Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m.

The authors discuss their book, a collection of essays that reflect on the works of the late writer, Princeton University professor and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Colleagues at The College of New Jersey, the four gathered informally for several years to discuss Morrison's novels which became a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about everyday racism and "living whole in times of uncertainty." Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.



Lewis Hyde: “A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past”

Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m.

What if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear but as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth? The author discusses his book which offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche. Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic. He is the author of “The Gift,” “Trickster Makes This World,” and “Common as Air.” A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde taught creative writing and American literature for many years at Kenyon College. Labyrinth Book, 122 Nassau St.




Anne Case and Angus Deaton: “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism”

Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m.

The authors discuss their book, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class and a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline. The book explains the overwhelming surge in deaths from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholism and sheds light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. It demonstrates why, for those who used to prosper in America, capitalism is no longer delivering but also charts a way forward, providing solutions that can rein in capitalism's excesses and make it work for everyone. Case is professor of economics and public affairs emeritus at Princeton University. Deaton, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is professor of economics and international affairs emeritus at Princeton University and presidential professor of economics at the University of Southern California. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.


Michael D. Gordin: "Einstein in Bohemia"

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.

The author and Princeton University professor discusses his book on the 16 months Albert Einstein spent living with his family in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he was a professor of theoretical physics. The book is a portrait of both the city that touched Einstein’s life in unexpected ways, and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature, and politics of Prague. Shedding light on a transformative period of Einstein’s life and career, it brings to life a city in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Gordin is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University. Community Room


Monika Zgustová: “Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag”

Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m.

The author discusses her book, a collection of interviews with former female prisoners that chronicles the hardships of Stalin’s forced labor camps, but also reveals tales of the love, art and friendship that persisted in times of tragedy. Community Room


Zachary Norris: “We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just and Inclusive Communities”

Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Norris, executive director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, discusses his book in which he presents a vision for how the United States can achieve safety and security for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of society. Using data and personal stories from interviews to support his claims, Norris provides a persuasive argument and strategies for moving from a fear-based model to a "culture of care." Norris is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law. He is the co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center and is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end the nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. Community Room


Author and Panel Discussion: “Global Education in Higher Ed”

Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.

What roles should a university play in the wider world? How should American undergraduates be exposed to global cultures and challenges? If internationalization is a means to an end, what exactly is the end? Ethan Casey, author of "A Dirt Road to the Future: Education on the Global Front Lines," and a panel of practitioners from Princeton, Rutgers and Texas Christian University examine these questions. A book signing will follow the panel discussion. Community Room


Swati Bhatt: “The Attention Deficit”

Monday, March 30, 7 p.m.

The author discusses her latest book which explores the unintended consequences of ubiquitous connectivity enabled by digital technology. Weaving together the latest research on economics, psychology, and neuroscience, this book offers an analysis of communications markets and the commercialization of Internet-inspired connectivity. Bhatt, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1986, has been on Princeton’s Economics faculty since 1992, where she has taught courses on The Economics of the Internet, Microeconomics, Industrial Organization and Finance and has been Director of Student Programs at the Bendheim Center for Finance. Newsroom

Readings from “The Bookshop on Lafayette Street: A Collection of Stories and Poems”

Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Numerous contributors to the "The Bookshop on Lafayette Street" will read their work from this volume inspired by Classics Books in Trenton. Community Room


US1 Poets Book Launch

Sunday, March 29, 1:15 p.m.

The U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative launches Volume 65 of its poetry journal "US1 Worksheets." The annual poetry journal has been produced since the early 1970s attracting fine poets, not only from the Cooperative, but from throughout the United States. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Readings by contributors to the journal begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Presented in partnership with US1 Poets' Cooperative.


Poets at the Library

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.

Featured poets Vida Chu and Susan Gerardi Bello read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. A Princeton resident, Vida Chu grew up in Hong Kong. She came to America to attend the University of Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in biology, and stayed. Her poems have appeared in many journals. She has two books of poems: "The Fragrant Harbor" and "The Thirteenth Lake." She has published children's stories in Cricket Magazine and “Fire and Wings,” a children’s book about dragons. 


Susan Gerardi Bello lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her first poetry collection,"Through the Oak Tree" was published in December. Bello served as selecting poetry editor for three years for "U.S. 1 Worksheets." She co-hosts the Bucks County Bards poetry series at the Newtown Library Company and has been published in poetry journals in print and online, including Mom Egg Review, New Verse News, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Community Room

Presented in partnership with the US1 Poets' Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets.



Ceol agus Cairde – Music and Friends

Saturday, March 14, 2:30 p.m.

Helen O’Shea and Shenanigans, her band of Celtic musicians and singers, return for the fifth consecutive year in honor of St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish. The collaborative group of area musicians and singers present a traditional "kitchen party" inspired by Ireland's tradition of music, songs and stories. Community Room

Demonstration: “Herr Bach and His Instruments”

Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.

An introduction to the Baroque instruments Bach included in his St. John Passion is provided by members of the Dryden Ensemble who will demonstrate the instruments. Instruments include the viola d'amore, oboe da caccia, viola da gamba and the orbo. The Dryden Ensemble will perform Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14 at All Saints' Church in Princeton. Community Room
Presented in partnership with the Dryden Ensemble.


Michael Marissen on the Musical Aims of Bach’s St. John Passion

Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.

Michael Marissen explores Bach's incisive musical reading of the Passion Story from the Gospel of John in advance of the Dryden Ensemble's performances of Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14.


Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor Emeritus of Music at Swarthmore College, where he taught from 1989 to 2014. He has also been a visiting professor on the graduate faculties at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. His most most recent book is "Bach & God." The Dryden Ensemble will perform Bach's St. John Passion in Princeton on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at All Saints' Church in Princeton. For tickets, visit Community Room


SCORE Seminar: Franchising

Monday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Jack Armstrong of FranNet presents a seminar on franchising. Registration required through the SCORE Princeton website. Newsroom



PSO Soundtracks with Composer Julian Grant

Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Composer Julian Grant gives a talk in advance of PSO's March 21-22 concerts featuring violinist V. Jackiw performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. The PSO Soundtracks series of lectures is intended 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.



Engaged Retirement: Transition to Retirement

Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.

This interactive workshop focuses on helping retirees and pre-retirees navigate this important life transition. Both conceptual framework and practical tools will be offered to help attendees make their retirement years as personally rewarding and fulfilling as possible. The workshop will be presented by John George, a licensed psychologist, and David Roussell, care coordinator and HomeFriends coordinator at PSRC. Newsroom
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Senior Resource Center.


Art Talk: Wetland to Woodland

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.

Princeton-based eco-artists, Mary Waltham and Susan Hoenig discuss "Wetland to Woodland," the exhibition of their recent works on view on the library's second floor. The exhibit, on display through  May 30, asks viewers to consider afresh these two distinctly different but interrelated ecosystems, each of which combats climate change. The artists present works reflecting a connection to and inspiration from wetland and woodland respectively, using a range of visual media and methods. Materials collected from selected sites, such as wetlands muds and ink derived from tree nuts, are incorporated in some of these works to express and enhance the portraits of site or species. This exhibit is part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Community Room

Lecture: Cultivating Creativity

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Don Campbell draws on his many years of experience as a sculptor and lessons learned from great artists and innovators throughout history to show artists and non-artists that creativity is a learned skill than anyone can develop. Among other topics, the talk includes how to stimulate the flow of creativity through a process of “deep listening” and how to overcome obstacles that stop most people from following their creative impulse. Community Room


Other Events

Continuing Conversations on Race

Mondays, 7 p.m., Community Room


March 2

Presenter Nathalie Edmond explores the common hindrances to owning our own personal relationship with racism, particularly as white identifying people, based on Ruth King's book "Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out."

Edmond served as director of Princeton House’s women’s trauma partial hospital/intensive outpatient program for several years. A clinical psychologist, she is now in private practice and also works at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. Community Room

 Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.


Ask a Lawyer

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Lawyers will be at the library for free, private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. Registration for a private consultation will be between 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Spanish translators will be available. Referrals will be made when necessary. First come, first served. Conference



AARP Tax Help

Mondays by appointment through April 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Community Room

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609) 924-9529, ext. 1220.

 Co-sponsored by the library and the AARP.



Drop in and Knit

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., March 4-May 27

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. For more information about other knitting events, please visit Quiet Room


Job Seekers Workshop: Alex Freund: Four Essential Steps to Your Next Job

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., March 26; April 2,16, 23

Career coach Alex Freund leads this four-part workshop for job seekers. The workshop replicates the step-by-step processes used by leading businesses in the development and launch of a new product. It delves into four key sequential stages - the value proposition, branding, marketing, and advertising - each modified for the job searcher. Registration is required. Newsroom

Princeton Sketchers

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 3, 17, Conference Room

Sketchers of all abilities meet monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at the library before walking to a chosen location in town, on campus or somewhere indoors, to sketch for two hours or so. Everyone shares their drawings with the group at the end of the session. The meetups are a fun way to share or discover a love of drawing, turning a solitary activity into a group event where ideas and tips are shared and new friendships are formed. There are no rules; participants choose their own subjects and mediums. Beginners are welcome, but must be high-school-age or older.


Tabletop Game Night

Thursday, 6 p.m., March 26

Everyone 16 and older is invited to unplug for a while and 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




Meet the Mayor

Friday, 8:30 a.m., March 27

Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert through 10 a.m. Lobby Presented in partnership with Municipality of Princeton.





Code It- Level 1

Thursdays, 4 p.m., March 5, 19

Drop in for an hour to learn how to code in the programming language Python. In each session, a core concept will be covered along with an exercise to put newfound skills to the test. No previous coding experience necessary. Intended for grades 4 to 8. Sign up to receive class updates via the online events calendar. Technology Center


Co-presented by the library and Code Equal. 


Code It – Level 2

Thursdays, 5 p.m., March 5, 19

In this series of advanced sessions, a core concept of Python programming will be covered along with an exercise to put newfound skills to the test. Intended for grades 4 to 8. Sign up to receive class updates via the online events calendar. Technology Center 


Co-presented by the library and Code Equal.


Girl Code – Level 1

Thursdays, 4 p.m., March 12, 26

Girls in grades 4 to 8 are invited to drop in for an hour of an all-female coding class exploring the programming language Python. In this series for beginners, a core concept will be covered, along with an exercise to put new skills to the test. No coding experience necessary. Sign up to receive class updates via the online events calendar. Technology Center

Co-presented by the library and Code Equal.


Girl Code – Level 2

Thursdays, 5 p.m., March 12, 26

In this series of advanced sessions, girls in grades 4 to 8 are invited to drop in for an hour of an all-female coding class exploring the programming language Python. A core concept will be covered, along with an exercise to put new skills to the test. Sign up to receive class updates via the online events calendar. Technology Center 

Co-presented by the library and Code Equal. 


Go Between Club

Saturdays, 2 p.m., March 14

All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. STEAM Studio 


TBD (To Be Discussed)

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., March 24

All high school students are welcome to participate in this monthly discussion of great books, films, music, non-fiction, poetry, and all things cultural. Participants may also help create book displays and reading lists for the library, take group trips to see current films, and do group-reads. Story Room


Mini Robot Soccer Tournament

Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.

Teams of teens engage in a RoboCup Junior-style tournament with robots they build and program to autonomously play soccer. Teams consist of two-four teens and the competition takes place on an 8-by-6-foot field. Gameplay will follow the 2020 RoboCup Junior rules. Teens interested in competing may register here. Spectators welcome. Community Room




Children and Families


 “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Thursday, March 5, 3 p.m.

In this live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon television series "Dora the Explorer," Dora moves from the jungle to high school but soon leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Community Room

 “Arctic Dogs”

Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m.

An arctic fox works in a mailroom but longs to become one of the top sled dog couriers in this computer-animated comedy.  After coming across an unusual package, he decides to steal a sled and deliver the package to prove himself. PG. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Community Room

 “African Cats”

Thursday, March 12, 3 p.m.

 A pride of lions and a family of cheetahs try to survive in the African savannah in this Disneynature documentary. G. 1 hour, 29 minutes.  Community Room

Origami Club for all Ages

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., March 11

Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes of new, often seasonal, folding. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 8. Quiet Room 


Chemistry Saturdays

Saturdays, 2 p.m., March 28, STEAM Studio

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.



Celebrate Inventors Day

Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.

Ever wonder how a race car’s speedometer works? Or how a roller coaster stops? Come learn about electromagnetism - the fundamental force behind these inventions - and the scientists and engineers who made these discoveries. This Inventors Day program, an afternoon of hands-on science activities, begins with a brief talk by Princeton University Professor Michael Littman. Community Room


Maker Mondays: Painting with Worms!

Mondays, 4 p.m., STEAM Studio

March 9

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to read "Carl and the Meaning of Life" by Deborah Freedman, then discover how to paint with "worms."  Don't worry, no real worms will be harmed in this craft. STEAM Studio

April 13 and May 11, projects to be announced. 


A Musical Celebration of Colors

Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.

Join us for a musical celebration of colors influenced by the colors, sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent. Piano students from The New School for Music Study will present a recital of Indian music and dance, including selections from Bollywood movies and books. Community Room

Maker Day 2020: Making a Difference for Our Community and Planet

Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.

Celebrate the maker movement by learning new skills and being creative while making a difference to our planet. Workshops will include upcycling materials such as towels and T-shirts, create T-shirt totes and patchwork dog beds that can be used by local food banks and animal shelters. Participants can also learn about endangered species and make a piece of art that will be on display during the library's annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival. A detailed schedule of workshops will be available as the event date approaches. Community Room








All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.


Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.


The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the borough-operated Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit



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