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CONNECTIONS The Princeton Public Library Magazine FALL 2017

connections The Princeton Public Library Magazine

SHARON DRAPER Telling a slave’s story

An interview with Book Fest illustrator Brian Biggs The Princeton Public17 Library Magazine — Page


connections The Princeton Public Library Magazine



he American Library Association would like me to tell you that libraries today are less about what we have for you and more about what we do for you and with you. We transform lives and communities, my colleagues and I are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, and libraries are a smart investment. Fortunately, you know that already. You likely would not be reading this message if you did not already appreciate the transformational capacity of the Princeton Public Library. What I want to celebrate is a related kind of transformation, one that goes back to the first principles behind libraries’ first principles. Not the idea of reading or viewing or listening or participating so much as the idea behind engaging in these activities. Not any particular idea that you might find in a book or film or lecture so much as an appreciation that we are transformed when we seek out new ideas, grapple with disquieting truths, allow evidence to change our minds. Our humanity atrophies when we are “right” too often, too comfortable, too dismissive of the new or unfamiliar. This issue of Connections is full of opportunities to engage the parts within our minds that make us human. Sharon Draper, a National Teacher of the Year and a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, will be here to talk about her books, including “Copper Sun,” which deals with slavery in America, and “Stella by Starlight,” which talks about the Depression, the Ku Klux Klan and civil rights. David Henry Hwang, a TonyAward winning playwright, will speak at our Beyond Words benefit on “Being a True Original: Identity and Creativity in America Today.” The 12th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival will be packed with authors who are strengthening synapses and young readers who are thrilling to the ideas with which they have been invited to engage. Those of us who are no longer children need to work even harder at strengthening our synapses and avoiding atrophy. One of the best exercises I have found is strategically planting a few objects in my wallet that remind me to think about thinking: the Euro note that helps me avoid ethnocentricity, the Mercer County ID card that reminds me to be a better neighbor. Since transforming my longstanding practice of carrying a physical library card into carrying a virtual card within the Princeton Public Library app on my phone, I have begun carrying a piece of paper with questions on it instead of the card that used to inspire them. I hope these questions help to inspire your own ongoing transformation.


WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU: • allowed someone else’s creativity to spark your own? • changed your mind about an important issue? • read something that made you laugh out loud? • felt someone else’s hardship tighten your throat? • developed a new skill? • gave yourself over to awe?


Giving voice to a young slave Sharon Draper to connect readers with Amari at library appearance By AMY HIESTAND Connections Staff Writer


s one of the community partners in Princeton University’s Princeton & Slavery Project, the library is presenting a series of programs this fall. An exhibit including reproductions of historical documents revealing the practice of slavery in Princeton will be featured along with an open-archives event, film screenings, a workshop and scholar-led discussions. The centerpiece of the series is an appearance by acclaimed author and educator Sharon M. Draper who will discuss and sign copies of “Copper Sun,” her historical novel for young adults, on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The five-time Coretta Scott King Book Award-winner and 1997 National Teacher of the Year will speak at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. “I am very honored that the library has chosen “Copper Sun” for this project,” Draper said by email. “When I read about the project, I was both amazed and impressed. Amazed that the topic would be discussed so honestly, and impressed that significant value has been placed on acknowledging and understanding the past. I hope that younger readers as well as adults gain an understanding of historical realities.” “Copper Sun” is the story of 15-year-old Amari whose happy life with her family in Ghana is destroyed when she is stolen from her village, imprisoned under horrific conditions and ultimately sold as a slave in America. Despite unspeakable humiliations and grueling labor, Amari finds the strength to survive — and never stops dreaming of escape.

“I hope that young readers learn that slavery is not just a chapter in a history book, but was a horrible reality for actual human beings,” Draper said about the book. “Amari doesn’t start out strong. She is terrified, grief stricken, and doesn’t understand the language of her captors. She has no idea how strong she is until she manages to endure and survive. Others who befriend her and help her are vital to her success. She shows us that being a winner is a journey, a process, not something that comes wrapped in a package.” Draper was inspired to write “Copper Sun” during a visit to Ghana several years ago. “ I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the land and people, as well as the history of the place that hovered just out of reach,” she said. “When I visited the slave castles, where thousands of Africans were housed like cattle before being shipped as cargo and sold as slaves, I felt their spirits crying out to me. When I crawled on my hands and knees through the ‘door of no return,’ which led from the darkness of the prison to the incomprehensible vastness of a beach, I knew I had to tell the story of just one of those who had passed that way.” During her visit to the library, Draper plans to interact with readers of “Copper Sun.” “I usually give a general overview of the background of the book, talk about my visits to Africa, share a short video, and let the audience ask questions,” she said about her presentation. “I think the best learning comes from dialog between author and reader and I love chatting with readers of all ages about their reactions to the book.” Sharon Draper appears Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams. For more on Princeton & Slavery, See Page 4.





he Princeton & Slavery Project investigates Princeton University’s historical involvement with the institution of slavery. Launched in a 2013 undergraduate research seminar and directed by university history professor Martha A. Sandweiss, the project was undertaken by undergraduate and graduate students and received guidance from University Archivist Dan Linke. So that its findings could be shared with the broader community, the project was expanded to include the Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton University’s Center for Digital Humanities, The Princeton University Art Museum, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Public Library and others. “The Princeton and Slavery Project focuses on Princeton University’s historical connections to the institution of slavery,” Sandweiss said. “But inevitably, that story involves the town of Princeton as well, and we’re thrilled to have the Princeton Public Library as a partner in this project, helping us to reach the widest possible audience and start a conversation that brings town and gown together.” Research from the project will be presented in a landmark symposium, Nov. 16-19, on the Princeton University campus. The full schedule of symposium events, including exhibits, public talks, a film screening, walking tours and short plays at McCarter Theatre Center, can be found at

Playwright Nathan Alan Davis leads a writing workshop on Nov. 2.

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EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY Princeton and Slavery Exhibit Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Dec. 15 The exhibit draws on historical documents from the Princeton University Archives and the Historical Society of Princeton to illuminate how deeply ingrained the practice of slavery was throughout the community well into the 19th century. The exhibit will be open to the public any time the library is open and a program is not taking place in the room. Princeton Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton University Library. Sharon Draper Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Please see interview on Page 3. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams. Open Archives: Princeton & Slavery Library Exhibit Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. The kick-off event of the library’s Princeton and Slavery exhibit features the chance to view actual historical documents from the Princeton University Archives and the Historical Society of Princeton that were used in research for The Princeton & Slavery Project. Dan Linke, university archivist, and Stephanie Schwartz, Historical Society of Princeton’s curator of collections and research, will describe the extraordinary glimpses of Princeton’s history the archival collections provide. Among the items on view will be a newspaper from 1766, which features the cold reality of the

All series events are presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Left, a scene from “I Am Not Your Negro,” to be screened Nov. 14, followed by a discussion with Ruha Benjamin.

pt for the purchase of a slave by Mary Bainbridge, from the Historical Society of Princeton collection.

times: an ad that reads, “To be sold...two Negro women, a negro man, and three negro children.” Linke and Schwartz will present on the importance of preserving archival materials, a vital source of perspective and enlightenment for generations to come. Newsroom and Discovery Center Co-sponsored by the library, the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton University Library. Creating Art from Primary Historical Sources Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. Nathan Alan Davis, playwright and lecturer in theater at Princeton University, takes participants on a journey of exploration and expression inspired by selected historical material from the Princeton University archives. This threehour interactive experience will include guided writing exercises and the opportunity for participants to share what they create in the course of the workshop. Davis is one of seven playwrights commissioned by McCarter Theatre for “The Princeton & Slavery Plays.” Limited to 17 participants who register through the events calendar at princetonlibrary. org. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center. Film and Discussion with Ruha Benjamin “I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America”  Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, leads a post-screening discussion of the Academy Award-nominated documentary based on an unfinished manuscript by writer and social critic James Baldwin. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of Baldwin’s close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. In “I Am Not Your Negro,” filmmaker

Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is an up-to-the-minute examination of race in America and a journey through black history that connects the Civil Rights Movement of the past to today’s #BlackLivesMatter. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Community Room “The Princeton & Slavery Plays” A Post-Show Community Conversation with Not in Our Town Princeton Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. On the day following McCarter Theatre’s staging of “The Princeton & Slavery Plays,” facilitators from Not in Our Town Princeton present an opportunity to debrief on the personal audience experience of the plays. The discussion of the seven short plays, based on documents uncovered as part of the Princeton & Slavery Project, is also a chance to further examine the themes and issues underpinning the research and findings of the project that continue to affect the community today. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town Princeton and McCarter Theatre Center. Princeton and Slavery Student Film Screenings and Q&A Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. Join Princeton & Slavery project director Marni Sandweiss and four Princeton University undergraduate student filmmakers to explore the continuing resonance of family stories about slavery through four short films based on research from the Princeton & Slavery Project. Each of the short films will be shown, followed by a discussion with the students about their inspiration, creative process, what they learned in making the films, and what they hope the audience will take away from each one. An audience Q&A will follow. Community Room

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BOOKS & AUTHORS SPECIAL EVENT Conversations on Creativity

An Evening with Isabel Allende Moderated by Maria DiBattista Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

AUTHORS Steven Nadler and Ben Nadler Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. The father and son discuss their graphic book, which tells the story of the most consequential period in the history of Western philosophy and introduces readers to Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Newton and other bold thinkers of the 17th century. Steven Nadler is a professor of philosophy and professor of humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ben Nadler is an illustrator and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Community Room Part of the Thinking Allowed series co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press. Yuri Slezkine The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. The author discusses his epic story of the enormous apartment building where top Communist officials lived with their families and ruled the Soviet state until some 800 of them were evicted and led to prison or their deaths. Slezkine is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. Community Room Part of the Thinking Allowed series. Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton University Press and Labyrinth Books.


uthor Isabel Allende discusses “In the Midst of Winter,� her novel about unexpected love that explores the issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, in a conversation with Princeton University Professor of English Maria DiBattista. Tickets are $30 and include a signed copy of the book and admission to Grounds for Sculpture beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available as of Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. through Eventbrite. A limited number of $25 ticket for students and seniors will also be available. Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Co-sponsored by the library, Grounds for Sculpture and Labyrinth Books.


Emmet Gowin Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. The renowned photographer and emeritus professor of photography at Princeton University discusses his 15-year project to capture the beauty of more than 1,000 species of nocturnal moths in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana and Panama. Community Room This special event of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival is co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and Princeton University Press.

for complete information on all library programs, please visit Pia de Jong in Conversation with Landon Jones Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. The acclaimed novelist and newspaper columnist discusses her memoir about the decision she and her husband made to not subject their newborn daughter to chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of leukemia. She will be joined in conversation by author and editor Landon Jones. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. Part of the Library Live at Labyrinth series, co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books. Joseph Williams The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. The author discusses his book, the first full-length account of the quest for the gold being carried by the HMS Laurentic, which sank to the bottom of the sea when the ship struck two German mines off the coast of Ireland. Community Room Angela Dodson Remember the Ladies Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. The author discusses her book, which documents milestones in the struggle for women’s right to vote and the impact women have had on politics since their hardwon victory. This year marks the centennial celebration of women winning the right to vote, culminating in national suffrage three years later. A contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Dodson has served as senior editor for The New York Times and executive editor of Black Issues Book Review. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. Part of the Library Live at Labyrinth series, co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and the YWCA Princeton. Donna Clovis Six Doors Down: A Journey Through Synchronicity Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. The award-winning journalist and author discusses the sequel to her book “Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place.” The book tells the stories of Princeton from the 1960s to the present through the eyes its oldest citizens by means of interviews, diaries and articles. The synchronicity of being at the right place at the right time for the interviews, locations, and journals plays a major role in the construction of the book. Clovis has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a first-place feature-writing award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Community Room Amanda Lucidon Chasing Light: Michelle Obama through the Lens of a White House Photographer Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. The former White House photographer presents a slide show and talks about her book, a collection of 150 color photographs along with personal reflections and stories. From 2013–’17, Lucidon documented life at the White House as well as the First Lady’s domestic and overseas travel. Newsroom From Nov. 16 to Dec. 3, photographs from the book will be exhibited in the Reading Room. The images will be displayed just as photos are in the White House: printed at 20 by 30 inches, mounted and hung in simple black frames without glass.

Pia de Jong

Angela P. Dodson

Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy

Amanda Lucidon with Michelle Obama


BOOKS & AUTHORS Danielle Allen Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Saturday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. The author discusses her critique of the American prison system and memoir of the life of her cousin Michael, who was tried as an adult and served 11 years in prison for an attempted carjacking he committed at age 15. Despite the devotion of Allen, who became a dean at the University of Chicago at 32, Michael did not survive the brutal realities encountered by newly released young men on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. Part of the Library Live at Labyrinth series, co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.


Featured poets read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an openmic session. Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative. Mahogany Browne and John Browning Monday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Browne is the author of several books including books of poetry and her work has appeared in many literary journals. She is an Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence, founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browning is a member of the U.S. 1 Poets and has published four books of poetry. Newsroom

Danielle Allen

Readings from Forgotten Women Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Several poets read their contributions from the anthology “Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry.” The subjects of the poems in “Forgotten Women” are artists and scientists, sharp-shooters and lighthouse keepers, factory workers, athletes, homemakers, and musicians. Some are historical figures, while others are contemporary women. Community Room Cool Women Poets Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Several poets from Cool Women Poets read their work. Cool Women Poets is a Central Jersey-based, nine-member poetry critique and performance group, which has been meeting for 23 years. Newsroom

Mahogany Browne

John Browning


The Cool Women


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BOOK DISCUSSIONS MYSTERY BOOK GROUP Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Quiet Room Sept. 11, “The Cold Cold Ground” by Adrian McKinty Oct. 2, “Mycroft Holmes” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Nov. 6, “Death in the Off Season” by Francine Mathews CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK GROUP Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Conference Room Sept. 14, “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson Oct. 12, “Shelter” by Jung Yun Nov. 9, “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes BLACK VOICES BOOK GROUP Thursdays, 7 p.m., Princeton Room Sept. 14, “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty Oct. 12, “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family” by Gail Lumet Buckley Nov. 9, “Brother, I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK GROUP Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road Scholars participate in discussions of the fictional elements and the nonfictional local and regional context of selected books in events at the headquarters of the Historical Society of Princeton. Sept. 20, “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, with Mekala Audain, history professor at The College of New Jersey Nov. 15, “Burr” by Gore Vidal with Paul Clemens, history professor at Rutgers University SPEED READS Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. Get a preview of books that haven’t yet been published. Select up to four advanced readers copies to sample within the course of an hour and tell us which has you hooked. Discovery Center GENTE Y CUENTOS Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m., Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, Princeton Room In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants recount their personal experiences and how they relate to the characters in the story.

Mekala Audain


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Paul Clemens



A scene from last year’s Unruly Sounds Music Festival.

Community Play Reading: Cowboys and Con Artists in the Plays of Sam Shepard Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. In advance of McCarter Theatre’s production of “Simpatico” by Sam Shepard, a community play reading of scenes, monologues and dramatic moments from the celebrated playwright’s most notable works (“Buried Child,” “Curse of the Starving Class,” “Fool for Love” and “True West”) will be held. The reading will be in round-robin format where everyone gets a chance to read aloud. No experience or preparation is needed. Community Room PSO Soundtracks Joe Miller of the Westminster Symphonic Choir Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Meet the conductor of the acclaimed Westminster Symphonic Choir at a discussion hosted by Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov. Included in the discussion will be the choir’s 82-year history of orchestral performances, complete with historic photos and recordings. Milanov will also share behind-the-scenes anecdotes from two choir members about keeping up with academic studies, friends, and family while on tour. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Uncle Ho and the HoTet Sunday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m. Led by Dave Homan (aka Uncle Ho) on saxophone, the HoTet fuses funk and the R&B sounds of a full horn section with infectious Latin rhythms to produce a fresh mix that appeals to fans of all ages. Featuring the Psychic Horns and percussionists Chuggy Carter and Nerio Matheus. Hinds Plaza (weather permitting) or Community Room


Unruly Sounds Music Festival Sunday, Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m. Mika Godbole of Mobius Percussion curates the third annual celebration of original music from Princeton University’s graduate music program (and other local musicians). The all-day event features performers on three stages and a wide variety of post classical/contemporary grooves. Hinds Plaza Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Sound Kitchen. Janis Joplin Musical Tribute Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. Singers and musicians from the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative perform versions of the songs of rock legend Janis Joplin and the artists who influenced her, including Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta and Aretha Franklin. Presented in anticipation of McCarter Theatre Center’s Oct. 14-29 production of “A Night with Janis Joplin.” Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative and McCarter Theatre Center. Incantations: Words and Music from the Land of the Jaguar Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, musician John Burkhalter, reader Berthalicia Harvey and poet Carlos Hernandez Peña weave verse and incantations of the ancient Maya. Burkhalter will play the conch shell horn, turtle carapace, gourd rattles and the only known Maya flute made of apple green jade. Community Room

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Malpaso Dance Company

Andre Veloux

Art Talk: Andre Veloux Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. The library’s artist-in-residence, whose works will be on display on the second floor Sept. 22-Jan. 5, discusses his work and its relationship to feminism. Veloux is a Princetonbased artist who uses Lego pieces to create artwork that includes three-dimensional portraits of iconic women, including Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Check for additional events. Newsroom Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton.

OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. The ensemble creates documentary theater performances that explore the stories and issues of our community as gathered by members. Titled “A-Ha Moments,” this performance includes stories of revelation that come suddenly and change us. A 30-minute discussion will follow the performance. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

McCarter Live at the Library: Malpaso Dance Company Thursday, Oct. 19, noon McCarter Theater Center Special Programming Director William Lockwood engages in conversation with Osnel Delgado, artistic director of Malpaso Dance Company in advance of the company’s McCarter debut that evening. Two tickets to the Oct. 19 evening performance will be raffled following the program. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center. PSO Soundtracks Movie Night: “Amadeus” Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. The 1985 Best Picture Academy Award-winner about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be shown. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. 2 hours. Free popcorn. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Hamiltunes Friday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. Fans of the Broadway smash “Hamilton: An American Musical” are invited to sing along to music from the show. Participants are encouraged to wear period costume. Potential featured singers should register at the online events calendar at Note: Lyrics contain profanity. The event is open to all ages, but children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Community Room Fred Miller: An American Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m. Singer and pianist Fred Miller presents a lecture in song featuring selections about gratitude. Community Room


FILM DOCUMENTARIES “Alive and Kicking” Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. As another successful season of Dancing Under the Stars draws to a close, this documentary about swing dancing, its origins in Harlem and its rebirth from the 1990s to today will be screened. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance. “Alive and Kicking”

“4.1 Miles”

“8 Borders, 8 Days”

“Little Girl Blue”

“Heaven in Auschwitz”


DOC UM ENTARIES WIT H S PEAKERS “4.1 Miles” and “From Damascus to Chicago” Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. “4.1 Miles” follows a day in the life of a captain in the Greek Coast Guard who, despite limited resources, attempts to save thousands of migrants from drowning in the Aegean Sea. 24 minutes. “From Damascas to Chicago” examines a Syrian family recently resettled in Chicago as they navigate a new city and country. 24 minutes. Following the screenings, award-winning journalist Deborah Amos of National Public Radio and Tom Charles of Nassau Presbyterian Church’s refugee resettlement team will discuss the global refugee crisis and refugee resettlement locally and around the world. Part of the Syrian Perspectives series. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and American Documentary/POV. DOC UM ENTARY WIT H S PEAKER “8 Borders, 8 Days” Monday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. This documentary chronicles the struggles of a Syrian single mother and her two young children. After being denied resettlement in the United States, they stage a dangerous escape across the sea on an inflatable raft. Presented as part of Welcoming Week and the Syrian Perspectives series. Speaker to be announced. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Film: “Little Girl Blue” Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin. Presented as a companion film to McCarter Theatre Center’s production of “A Night with Janis Joplin,” Oct. 10-29. Free tickets must be picked up at the Garden Theatre box office. 1 hour, 43 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Co-sponsored by the library, the Princeton Garden Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center. DOC UM ENTARY WIT H S PEAKER “Heaven in Auschwitz” Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. The efforts of Fredy Hirsch to ease the suffering of the children in Czechoslovakia’s Terezin Ghetto and the Auschwitz concentration camp are recounted by 13 survivors. Director Aaron Cohen will participate in a Q&A session via Skype. 1 hour, 41 minutes. Community Room

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“Only Yesterday” Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. This animated Japanese film is the story of 27-year-old Taeko whose visit to relatives in the countryside makes her wonder if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. 1 hour, 58 minutes.

FRIDAY FEATURE SERIES Screenings are in the Community Room.

“Chasing Coral” Monday, Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m. This documentary, directed by Jeff Orlowski (“Chasing Ice”), follows a team of divers, scientists and photographers around the world who mount an epic underwater adventure to record the disappearance of coral reefs. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Free tickets are available at the Princeton Garden Theatre box office.

“The Founder” Friday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m. Michael Keaton stars as businessman Ray Kroc in this story of Kroc’s creation of the McDonald’s fast food chain. 1 hour, 55 minutes. “Beauty and the Beast” Friday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. This 2017 Walt Disney Pictures romantic fantasy, based on the 1991 animated film and 18th-century fairy tale of the same name, is the story of an independent young woman who learns to look beyond the hideous exterior of the beast who takes her prisoner and recognize the prince inside. 2 hours, 10 minutes. “Wonder Woman” Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. This 2017 film recounts how the DC Comics character discovered her powers and true destiny to become a superhero. 2 hours, 21 minutes.

DOCU ME N TA R Y W I T H SP EAK ER S “Sustainable” Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. This film, which examines the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system will be followed by a talk by Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey Executive Director Adrian Hyde and local farmers. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Community Room

“The Hero” Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Sam Elliott stars as an aging actor whose cancer diagnosis refocuses his priorities. 1 hour, 33 minutes. “Dunkirk” Friday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. Set during World War II, this film is told from three perspectives — the land, sea and air — during a fierce battle in which Allied soldiers were surrounded by the German army. 2 hours.


Screenings are at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. The series is a collaboration of the library, the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis International Center and the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets — $11 general admission, $8 seniors, $6 Princeton University ID holders, library cardholders and Garden Theatre members — may be purchased online at or at the door. The library will also offer a limited number of free tickets while supplies last for each screening. Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1218 for availability. Free popcorn. “I, Daniel Blake” Thursday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. In this British drama, a 59-year-old carpenter who has suffered a heart attack must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Fall Showcase Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Ten films selected for the 2017 Princeton Student Film Festival will be shown. The lineup includes local, regional and international student filmmakers. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.



Festival Cultural Latino, a celebration of Princeton’s Latino community, returns to Hinds Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 8.

CONTINUING CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND WHITE PRIVILEGE All events are in the Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton. Activism and Allyship Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Are you, or do you want to be, involved in the fight for racial justice? Representatives from SURJ-NJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), which organizes white people for racial justice under the guidance of Black Lives Matter-NJ, will discuss working in solidarity and with accountability to people of color, including local opportunities to support and get involved. Building Greater Understanding of Native American History Monday, Oct. 2, 6:45 p.m. Arla Patch covers the shared history non-native communities have with indigenous peoples in New Jersey in a presentation that includes a video featuring some Native American voices in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Additional co-sponsors: Kidsbridge Tolerance Center and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Assimilation vs. Acculturation: Oh the Myths We Bought Into Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Caroline Clarke and Roberto Schiraldi facilitate a discussion contrasting assimilation (adopting the norms of the dominant culture often at the expense of unique backgrounds and traditions) and acculturation (adapting to the norms of the dominant culture while maintaining and honoring unique backgrounds and traditions) and how the pressure to conform impacts us all.


CIVIC LIFE Naturalization Ceremony Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. Immigrants become citizens of the United States by taking the Oath of Citizenship at this ceremony that is part of Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events during which communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. For more Welcoming Week events, visit the events calendar at Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force and the Princeton Department of Human Services. Mercer County Community ID Card Program Thursdays, noon–2 p.m. and 5:30–7 p.m., Sept. 7–Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder’s personal identifying information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card, which may be used as a form of ID in public and commercial establishments. Fee is $15 per-card ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65). Princeton Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund. Meet the Mayor Fridays, 8:30 a.m., Sept. 22 and Oct. 27 Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert. Lobby

for complete information on all library programs, please visit New Jersey Election Discussion Series Mondays, 5 p.m., Sept. 25-Oct. 23 Ingrid Reed facilitates discussions of the challenges facing the next New Jersey governor and legislature. Issues discussed will be drawn from papers, agendas and statements developed by New Jersey organizations. See the events calendar at for topics and links to papers being discussed. Newsroom Citizenship Preparation Classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Oct. 4– Nov. 15 This series of seven classes is offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history, civics and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Task Force. Festival Cultural Latino Mercado on the Plaza Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. 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 three-hour event with local artisans and restaurants on site along with family-friendly activities and free entertainment. Hinds Plaza and Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Arts Council of Princeton and Mi Pueblo Lindo. Ask a Lawyer Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Lawyers will be at the library for free, private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. Sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not necessary. Spanish translators will be available. Referrals will be made when necessary. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force and the Mercer County Bar Association.

SUSTAINABILITY Stormwater Management for Princeton Homeowners Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Princeton residents are invited to join landscape Huber Thoft Kreiseder architect Carolle Huber, architect Kirsten Thoft, and Stony Brook–Millstone Watershed Association storm water specialist Kory Kreiseder to learn how to best incorporate storm water management on their property. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Princeton Environmental Commission, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

Food Waste and Food Insecurity in Princeton Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Learn how reducing food waste can shrink our carbon footprint and lessen the food insecurity of members of the Princeton community. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Sustainable Princeton with support from NRG Energy Inc.

ENGAGED RETIREMENT All events are in the Newsroom. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Medicare Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. This State Health Insurance Assistance (SHIP) program offers free, confidential and impartial advice on the different parts of Medicare, when and how to enroll and what programs are available to help with its costs. Transitioning to Retirement Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. This interactive workshop will help 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 personally rewarding and fulfilling. Downsizing and Organizing Monday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Professional organizer John Odalen shares easy techniques for getting and staying organized. New ways to think about possessions will be discussed along with options for disposing of items you no longer want or need.

MISCELLANY Job Seekers Sessions Fridays, 9:45 a.m., Sept. 1-15; Sept. 29-Oct. 27; Nov. 10-24 The library and Professional Service Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County. PSG Workshop Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 Professional Service Group of Mercer County presents a series of workshops designed to help those in transition build technical skills to use in their job search. Technology Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County. Origami Club for All Ages Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 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 7. Quiet Room


ENRICHMENT SCORE Seminars Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 The Princeton chapter of SCORE presents seminars on a variety of topics related to small businesses. For details, visit the library’s events calendar or Newsroom

Knit for Others Oct. 1–Dec. 31

The library is collecting hand-knit and crocheted items through the end of December as part of our eighth annual Knit for Others program. Donated items will be displayed on a clothesline behind the Welcome Desk and distributed to local organizations. This year, we are focusing on collecting handmade mittens in all sizes, but we will gratefully accept items of all kinds. Items may be may be dropped off at the Welcome Desk. On Nov. 5, there will be a special Knit for Others session that includes a 1:30 p.m. gathering at the Second Floor Fireplace Area for those who would like to knit or crochet together. In the Conference Room, there will be two classes: beginning to knit at 1:30 and knitting mittens at 2:45 p.m. At 4 p.m., a class on Ravelry, a free social networking site, organizational tool and yarn and pattern database for knitters and crocheters, will be offered in the Technology Center. Co-sponsored by the library and Pins & Needles. Princeton Farmers Market Thursdays, 10 a.m., Sept. 7-Oct. 26; Nov. 9, 16 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 (rain or shine) Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market. Hallowed Ground: Putting the Civil War Dead to Rest Monday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Civil War historian Martin M. Mosho presents a program about the disrespectful burial practices that magnified the tragedy of the deaths of 750,000 men during the Civil War and efforts on the part of federal and state governments, including large numbers of women, to rectify the matter. This program is graphic in nature and not suitable for young children. Newsroom Princeton Citizen Scientist Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. These short workshops are focused on science and democracy. Participants will be able to attend three sessions on nuclear weapons; climate change, Paris and Princeton; sociology of prisons; hacking and elections; health care costs and clean energy programs in New Jersey. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Citizen Scientist.


National Chess Day Challenge Saturday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. In celebration of National Chess Day, this two-hour event is an opportunity for players of any age and skill level to play chess against members of the Princeton High School Chess Club. Hinds Plaza (weather permitting) or Community Room Sew and Craft for the Holidays Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m, Children in grades 4-6; Noon, seventh grade and up; 1:30 p.m., adults Instructors from Pennington Quilt Works provide sewing machines and a variety of fabrics and trimmings for many holidays for these one-hour sessions. Participants can create a fabric gift bag, a personalized card, a vase with paper flowers or a coaster using upcycled items. Space is limited and registration through the events calendar at is requested but walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Pennington Quilt Works.

TECHNOLOGY Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Nights Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 Techies of all skill levels are invited to bring their laptops and join the hacking at this monthly meeting of Code for Princeton. RSVP on the Code for Princeton Meetup page. Technology Center Code for Princeton Social Friday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend this open house social time with members of Code for Princeton and library staff. Learn how you can get involved with a community group focused on using technology to improve civic life and about upcoming activities. Refreshments will be served. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Code for Princeton. Princeton Tech Meetup Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. Members of the Princeton area tech community are welcome to attend these meetings, which bring techminded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and time for networking and socializing. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tech Meetup.



Illustrator Brian Biggs created the poster for this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival. Biggs will present a special story time at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 to kick off the festival.

Biggs news in Tinyville Illustrator imagines a corner of his Tinyville Town series for this year’s poster


rian Biggs could have drawn inspiration from his popular “Everything Goes” series. Instead, it was Tinyville Town, the setting for his second series of children’s books that sparked the creation of the poster for this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival. “A little corner of Tinyville Town was exactly the idea,” he said by email recently. “Since I didn’t want to necessarily make it an unsubtle promotional piece for my series, I decided to use a different color palette and not include the recognizable characters, like the Firefighter, Mayor and Librarian from the series. But that feel of a small-but-busy neighborhood street corner was what I was trying to get across. Of course, not every neighborhood street corner has a robot and a monster hanging out reading books, but in the world of children’s books, everything goes! (Now, there’s another unsubtle plug…)” In addition to writing and illustrating his own series, Biggs illustrates books for other authors, including Jon Scieszka’s “Frank Einstein” series, is making his fourth Princeton Children’s Book Festival appearance this year. He’s looking forward to seeing fellow creators of children’s books, “people who I like very much but don’t see very often. And I’m also looking forward to that one kid I’ve

seen every year who likes to hassle me for information and spoilers on the next ‘Frank Einstein’ book,” said Biggs. “I don’t know his name, but he knows who he is.” “There is always ‘that kid,’ and it’s a big part of what makes this such a great job,” Biggs said. “It’s really important for me to have those readers out there, impatiently awaiting the next ‘Frank Einstein,’ or the next ‘Tinyville Town’ or whatever new thing I’m working on. Otherwise, I’m not sure I’d ever finish anything. They don’t have the same filters that their parents do, thank goodness, so they’ll stare me down and tell me the way it is. In addition, they sometimes squeal and jump up and down, and that’s about as close as I’ll ever get to feeling like a rock star.” Prior to the festival, Biggs will meet young fans and read from his books in the Story Room at a special 10:30 a.m. story time. The 12th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival is Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Hinds Plaza. More than 80 of the most acclaimed names in children’s literature will attend the festival to meet and sign books for fans of all ages. Book sales are coordinated by jaZams with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the library. For a list of the authors and illustrators, please visit



The Fall Science Expo is Oct. 28 in the Community Room.

SPECIAL EVENTS Code It Thursdays, 4 p.m., Oct. 12, Nov. 9 Those in fourth through eighth grades are invited to drop in for an hour to learn to code using the programming language Python. Each session includes a core concept and exercise. Participation limited to 16. Register on the events calendar at Technology Center Family Film: “The Lego Batman Movie” Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. In this computer-animated superhero comedy, Batman deals with the usual suspects trying to rule Gotham City while his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, discovers he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wants to become his sidekick. 1 hour, 44 minutes. Community Room Hometown Halloween Parade Friday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. All are invited to gather in costume on Hinds Plaza for the parade that begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade will pass through downtown Princeton to the YWCA Princeton, where festivities will continue with “trunk or treat,” bounce houses and family-friendly crafts. Hinds Plaza Co-sponsored by the library, the Arts Council of Princeton and the YWCA Princeton.


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The Princeton Storytelling Circle presents Folktalkes From Around the World on Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12.

Fall Science Expo Saturday, Oct. 28, noon This three-hour event for those 5 and older features scientists and engineers from Princeton University sharing their research through hands-on demos. Areas include materials science, chemical, biological, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as chemistry and physics. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Department of Complex Materials. Workshop with artist Andre Veloux: Create Wall Art Using Lego Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Library artist-in-residence Andre Veloux will demonstrate his technique for creating wall art, using Lego bricks to create a sugar skull. During this two-hour workshop, kids ages 8 and older will create a design using a template provided by the artist. Photos will be taken of the finished work and a digital image will be sent to participants via email. Lego bricks and baseplates will be provided. This event is limited to 15 children who register through the events calendar at Community Room

IN THE STORY ROOM All events are in the Story Room. Folktales: Your Passport to the World Sundays, 3 p.m., Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 These special Sunday story times features folktales from around the world with the universal themes of courage, kindness and cooperation. No matter where you were born or what country you call home, come celebrate what we share in common through stories. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Storytelling Circle.

Letra Pequeña (Little Letter) Mondays, 11 a.m., Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 Through engagement with books, activities and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children and adults improve Spanish-language skills. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and are intended for parents/caregivers to attend with babies and toddlers. Chess Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Sept. 12-Nov. 28 Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess Club members. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School Chess Club. Caldecott Club Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 Picture book fans in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to read and discuss some of the best picture books published this year that may be contenders for the coveted Caldecott Medal. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the medal to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book. We’ll explore new art forms, discuss award criteria and learn about publishing. Acting Out Fridays, 4 p.m., Sept. 15-Nov. 3; Nov. 17 Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions.



Weekday Story Times Begin Sept. 11 No Weekday Story Times Nov. 20-30

All events in the Story Room

TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS 10 a.m. Storytime! Ages 18 months and older Baby Talk parent discussion sessions begin Sept. 15.

Create, Design and Build with Lego and Duplo Mondays, 4 p.m., Sept. 18; Oct. 2, 16; Nov. 6, 20 Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in a non-competitive community-based Lego session, including building time and round-table discussion. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Little Pandas Mondays, 10 a.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 2; Oct. 16-Nov. 13 Through engagement with books, songs, rhymes and crafts, these sessions are designed to help children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers improve Mandarin Chinese language skills. Teachers from YingHua International School in Kingston conduct these sessions in Mandarin. Cover to Cover Book Group Wednesday, 4 p.m., Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 This group for readers of chapter books meets the third Wednesday of every month during the school year to discuss chapter books, short stories, graphic novels and other literary interests. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and posting reviews and booklists online. Registration is not required. Suggested for third, fourth and fifth graders.

FOR PARENTS Baby Talk: A Parent Discussion Group Fridays, 10 a.m. Session 1, Sept. 15–Oct. 13 Session 2, Oct. 20–Nov. 17 Using books, podcasts and articles, this group for parents of children up to 24 months old will tackle modern day parenting in a fun, engaging and supportive manner. While parents talk, babies will have the opportunity to socialize and play in a setting that inspires curiosity, creativity and focus. Limited to 10 per five-week session, a parent/ caregiver must have a library card and register on the online events calendar at Led by Princeton parent Clancy August, who draws on her background in behavioral neuroscience and library science to research parenting and educational philosophies that support healthy emotional, social, intellectual and physical development. Story Room Preschool Fair Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Representatives from area preschools provide information about school programs, curriculum, philosophy and the admission process at this two-hour annual event. Community Room

11:30 a.m. Baby Playgroup Ages 0-17 months


10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories Ages 2 and older


3 p.m. Sunday Stories Ages 2 and older

WEEKEND WORLD LANGUAGE STORIES Brazilian Portuguese 11 a.m. Sept. 2, Oct. 7 French 11 a.m. (Babies 11:30 a.m.) Oct. 28, Nov. 25 German 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 25 Italian 4 p.m. Sept. 16, Oct. 1, Nov. 19 Japanese 2 p.m. Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11 Russian 3:30 p.m. (Babies 4 p.m.) Sept. 2, Oct. 7

Mindful Movements

Spanish 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11

Movement, stories and mindfulness exercises for ages 2 and older w/adult

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 9, Oct. 21, Nov. 11


11 a.m. Baby Storytime Ages 0-17 months


Mercer County Math Circle’s fall schedule begins Oct. 21.

Go Between Club Saturdays, 2 p.m., Sept. 9, Nov. 11 All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. Conference Room VOICES (Voices on Important Conversations Engaging Students) Saturdays, 3 p.m., Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 Meet other teens who are passionate about activism at these moderated discussions of hot topics in the news such as racial profiling, global warming and international politics. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library, Redefy and Not in Our Town Princeton. To Be Discussed (TBD) Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 26, Nov. 28 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 Girl Code Middle School Thursdays, 4 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct. 26 Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to attend this hourlong class that explores the programming language Python. In each session, a core concept will be covered, along with an exercise to put your new skills to the test. Limited to 16 participants. Please register through the library’s events calendar. No coding experience necessary. Technology Center

Room to Read Writers and Illustrators Workshop Saturday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Teens and tweens are invited to join Room to Read in a fun and interactive workshop for writers and illustrators. With help and advice from local authors and illustrators, teens will create stories and illustrations and let their creativity run wild. This event will be in partnership with our regularly scheduled book group, Go Between Club. All tweens/teens are welcome to attend. Conference Room Girls Who Code Club Saturdays, 11 a.m., Oct. 7 and Nov. 18 Girls in grades 6-12 are invited to explore the core concepts of coding while building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends. Activities for all levels of experience will be included. Register through the events calendar at (limited to 18) or bring your own device. Technology Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Girls Who Code Club. Mercer County Math Circle Saturdays, 2 p.m., Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16 Designed for students in grades 6-12 who have a basic understanding of algebra, this series will integrate lectures with hands-on activities to illustrate how seemingly simple games and puzzles lay the foundation for many advanced topics in mathematics. These talks will be geared toward making students think about math in a different way than they are taught in school. Talks will be followed by hands-on activities and challenges. Teen Center




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Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.; Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. The library is once again partnering with the Municipality of Princeton and Code for Princeton for a Civic Hackathon as part of National Day of Civic Hacking. Participants will gather to build solutions for the community, using publicly-released data and new technology. For details and registration, see Community Room

GROUPS FOR WRITERS All events are in the Quiet Room.

Writers Room Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 5, 19; Oct. 3, 17; Nov. 7, 21 Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Loretta and Fred Wish lead the group.

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Write Space Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 10, 24; Nov. 14, 28 Led by local author Christina Paul, these drop-in workshops focus on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers are welcome. Writing Workshop Thursdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 14, 28; Oct. 12, 26; Nov. 9 Writers who are working on book-length fiction and nonfiction work are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help each other strengthen characters and story structure. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato; Stephen Arnold will lead if Donato is absent.

Dancing Under the Stars Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. This is the last event this season. Hinds Plaza (weather permitting) or Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

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