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THE PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY MAGAZINE Spring 2013

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March 1, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor presentations for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org for specific topics. Community Room

WHM March 1, 7 p.m.

Film: “Who Does She Think She Is?” Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family while keeping the creative fires burning within. The documentary focuses on the lives of five women trying to balance parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, and economics and art. 1 hour, 24 minutes. Community Room

TEENS March 1, 7 p.m.

First Friday For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Teen Center

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 KIDS March 2, 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday We’ll celebrate the good doctor’s birthday and Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss stories, activities and an appearance by a very special guest. Community Room

WEEKDAYS SCORE Small Business Counseling — By appointment through SCORE: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. Contact scoreprinceton.org to schedule. Tower Room English Language Conversation Groups — Various Venues Call 609.924.9529, ext. 220 for details. Technology Center Classes — Please visit princetonlibrary.org/ explore/technology-center or the library for a schedule of classes. After School Activities — Homework help (Mondays-Thursdays), Chess Club (Tuesdays), Game On! (Fridays). All activities begin at 4 p.m. on days when Princeton Public Schools are in session. Third Floor

READING TO EMMA

Reluctant readers find a good listener in Emma, the therapy dog. MONDAYS, 4 p.m. Third Floor

Co-sponsored by the library and the Dartmouth Club of Princeton.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 March 3, 3 p.m. Performance: “Wilson — That’s All” Bill Bunting, Derry Light and Dick Swain of the Poquelin Players present a program of favorite song hits to celebrate Woodrow Wilson’s presidential centennial. Curated by music scholar John Burkhalter, the program will include “You Made Me Love You,”“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and many others. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Wilson Centennial Committee.

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March 3, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these twohour classes, which continue weekly through May 19. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 March 4, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Seniors and people of low and moderate income can get free help preparing and electronically filing their federal and New Jersey electronic tax returns by appointment on Monday mornings through April 15. Help is available for non-complex, individual returns only. Participants should bring a copy of their 2011 return and documentation for 2012 current year income and expenses that may be deductible. Returns will be filed electronically at the conclusion of the session. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

March 4, 4 p.m. Ask the Mac Pros Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group will offer tips and tricks about Mac OS and iOS and answer questions about all Apple products. Technology Center March 4, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “A Duty to the Dead” by Charles Todd. The book tells the story of a WWII British Army nurse who is drawn into a tangled, dangerous web of mysterious deaths and suppressed secrets when she delivers a dying soldier’s message to his brother. Quiet Room March 4, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues. Princeton Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not In Our Town Princeton.

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Ann Leary COVER STORY

House call

Ann Leary on the shared interests of her latest character By AMY HIESTAND

Connections Staff Writer

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eviewers have widely praised Ann Leary’s “The Good House,” and readers have been lining up at book signings since its January release. Even before the book was published, fans of the author were voicing their anticipation throughout the Internet. But for Leary, who’ll be at the library April 3, nothing compares to the day she found out her second novel had made its way onto The New York Times Best Seller List. “The day I found that out was right up there with the days I learned I was pregnant with each of my children,” she said recently. “I was absolutely ecstatic.” Leary’s enthusiasm is unlike anything readers would expect from Hildy Good, the not-so-recovering alcoholic grandmother who is the protagonist of “The Good House.” Critical, wry and “not much of a hugger,” Hildy usually keeps her feelings to herself. It’s the reader, not the other characters in the book, who are treated to the funny, maddening and ultimately terrifying workings of her mind. Hildy is the top real estate broker in the fictitious coastal Massachusetts town that is the setting for “The Good House,” which isn’t surprising given a certain interest of Leary’s. “I’m fascinated with houses and what they tell us about the people who live inside,” she said. “Actually I’m more than fascinated, I’m a real estate junkie. I usually don’t want to buy the homes I’m looking at, I just find it soothing to see them and fantasize about them.” It was while looking at a run-down house that Leary and her husband (actor/comedian Denis Leary) were thinking of buying that a contractor said something that stayed with Leary. “‘I can walk through a house once and tell you more about the people who live there than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions,’” Leary recalls he said. “That eventually became, more or less, the first sentence of ‘The Good House.’” Leary’s fascination with houses isn’t the only thing she has in common with Hildy. She is also a recovering alcoholic. “I don’t drink anymore, but it’s part of who I am,” she said. “I’m also a writer so it was bound to make it onto the page sooner or later. Still, I really didn’t want to write one of those inflated drinking war stories made popular by so many memoirists. I wasn’t that kind of drunk. I was just a garden variety alcoholic, the kind who had blackouts and liked drinking alone. That’s what I wanted to explore in my novel.” Leary also has some things in common with the narrator of her first novel, “Outtakes from a Marriage.” The book is told from the perspective of the mother of two who is the wife of a famous celebrity. So does she worry about revealing too much about her own life — or that people in her orbit might recognize themselves in her work? “The reason I like writing fiction so much is that you can write very truthfully about people, but not about real people, which means you don’t have to be careful or worried about people being offended,” Leary said. “My characters are always composites of people I have known. None are based on just one individual. I am very aware of ‘types.’ We moved around a lot when I was growing up and I find it easy to create characters once I understand their ‘type.’ Then I must really mold them into an individual, which takes more work and imagination, but I really love that process.” Leary hasn’t been to Princeton for many years, but has “heard wonderful things about (the library) and can’t wait to see it.” She’s also looking forward to meeting more readers.

“I love meeting readers,” she said. “My tour has been so much fun. I have kept an active blog (annleary.com/blog) for the past several years and have met many blog followers at these events in addition to the people who came to hear about my book. Thanks to the Internet, readers have been reaching out to me through my website, Twitter and Facebook, to tell me why they related to the story or just to say how much they enjoyed (the book), and that’s wonderfully gratifying.” Ann Leary I Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m. I Community Room

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8

March 8, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

March 5, 4:30 p.m. Ask the Mac Pros Advice on all things Apple from the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. Technology Center March 5, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers can 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. Princeton Room March 5, 7 p.m. Talk: “Introduction to Your Lifestyle in Retirement” Carol King, director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step programs, offers an introduction to planning for retirement or a major lifestyle change. Options for dealing with change, managing time, identifying passions and volunteering are explored. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 March 6, 10 a.m. Ask the Mac Pros Advice on all things Apple from the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. Technology Center March 6, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Led by Beth Plankey, this group encourages and supports creative writers through group and individual discussion sessions. Princeton Room March 6, 7 p.m. Ask a Lawyer Lawyers will be at the library for free private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. No appointments necessary; service on a first-come, first-served basis. Spanish translators will be available. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force, Lutheran Social Ministries, The Princeton Housing Authority and the Mercer County Bar Association.

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WHM March 8, noon Clara Barton

Pat Jordan portrays Civil War nurse and Red Cross founder Clara Barton. Jordan has interpreted Clara Barton at venues throughout the country, including the American Historical Theatre.YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton. Funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

American Repertory Ballet previews its upcoming performances on March 7. March 7, noon Michael Graves The renowned architect discusses his work as part of the Spotlight on the Humanities series. Graves was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Community Room

March 6, 7 p.m. Barry Millington on Wagner The author, a Wagner scholar and chief music critic of the London Evening Standard, discusses his latest book, “The Sorcerer of Bayreuth: Richard Wagner, his Work and his World.” The book was described by the journal Wagner Notes as “an admirably succinct and thoughtful treatment of Wagner.” Community Room

Funded by 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.

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

March 7, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group Susan M. Friedman facilitates this group, which meets the first and third Thursday of every month. All widows are welcome, but please call 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room

March 7, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin will discuss his world premiere productions of “The Rite of Spring” and “Romeo and Juliet” during this program, which features ARB dancers performing excerpts from each. There will also be a question-and-answer session. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and American Repertory Ballet.

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March 9, 10 a.m. Pi Day Violin Contest Children ages 3-6 are invited to compete in a friendly contest judged by members of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra staff. Participants should come prepared to play one piece for beginning violin. Those who dress like Albert Einstein (who loved children and playing the violin) will get extra credit. Winner receives a prize of $314.15. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and PiDay Princeton.

March 9, 10:30 a.m. QuickBooks Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. Please register online at scoreprinceton.org. Technology Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

March 9, 11 a.m. Einstein Look-Alike Contest Our judges will decide who best resembles Einstein at any given age, with winners vying for $314.15 and a bike. Contestants should enter by sending an email to pidayprinceton@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Tour Company.

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Women’s History Month SPOTLIGHT

Women of the world A month dedicated to a global exploration of women’s history By AMY HIESTAND

Connections Staff Writer

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he library has had Women’s History Month programs in past years, but March, 2013, marks the first time a monthlong series of programs is being presented. “The series is a true collaboration between the library and the Princeton YWCA,” said public programming librarian Janie Hermann. “The programs are a celebration of women both past and present, and range from pioneers to present-day activists.” Films, author appearances, and an a cappella concert are among the events taking place at the library. Lunchtime talks and an American Historical Theatre presentation will be held at the Princeton YWCA. “The theme of the series is ‘A Global Perspective on Women,’ ” Hermann said. “In choosing the programs, we tried to cover as many regions of the world as possible to provide diverse perspectives.” Hermann calls the March 22 appearance by “Some Sing, Some Cry” author Ifa Bayeza “the highlight of Women’s History Month at the library.” Co-written by Bayeza and her sister,

Ifa Bayeza

Key of She

For details of Women’s History Month events, look for the WHM designation in the calendar.

playwright Ntozake Shange (“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf ”), the book “is a nice tie-in with the Emancipation Proclamation programs we’ve been doing this year, at the library” said Hermann. The epic story of the Mayfield family, “Some Sing, Some Cry” begins as recently emancipated slave Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes to Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off the coast of South Carolina. With her granddaughter Eudora in tow, Betty heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. As the story continues, Dora marries and the Mayfield line grows, and perseveres through the watershed events of America’s troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Other Women’s History Month highlights include an appearance by author Shereen El Feki , a series of noontime programs co-sponsored with the YWCA and a performance by the vocal ensemble Key of She.

MORE SPRING AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS Local Author Day This daylong networking event for local authors begins with workshops that both published and non-published writers are invited to attend. Attendance is limited to 25 and registration is required. Visit the April 13 entry in the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org to register. At 10 a.m., author and Star Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno will present “Writing a Novel: Plotting the Story and Finding Your Voice.” Di Ionno’s 2012 novel, “The Last Newspaperman,” was named a finalist in USA Books’ Best Books of 2012. At 11 a.m., New Jersey author Jon Gibbs will lead a workshop called “Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative Voice.” Those who attend this fun, informative session should bring the first 10 pages of a finished manuscript or work-in-progress.

The highlight of the day will be an author fair where more than 40 authors will interact with the public and each other while selling and signing their works. Featured authors who will read from their works at intervals throughout the day include: Meg Cox (“The New Book of Family Traditions”); Jean Hanff Korelitz (“Admission”); John W. Hartmann (“Jacket”); and John P. Calu and David A. Hart (“Spirits of Cedar Bridge”). April 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Shannon K. O’Neil discusses “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States and the Road Ahead”

The author, a senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses her book about the critical and difficult relations between the United States and Mexico. She

argues that, contrary to popular perception, Mexico is well on its way to building a robust economy and resilient, democratic institutions, and that bilateral ties continue to hold great promise. April 18, 7 p.m.

Steve Schirripa discusses “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher than I Look”

The father of two daughters and best-selling author who was a star of “The Sopranos,” and now appears in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” discusses his book about what it takes to raise kids today. With a mixture of bravado and self-effacing humor, Schirripa delivers a call to action for dads to return to commonsense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and older of values to be passed down. May 15, 7 p.m.

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6 March 9, 2 p.m. PiGami Try your hand at the traditional art of Japanese paper folding with members of the Princeton Origami Club and see a demonstration of how to create an origami slice of pie. Like Einstein, origami grandmaster Akira Yoshizawa was born on March 14. Fireplace Area, second floor

WHM March 12, 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the library and Pi Day Princeton.

KIDS March 9, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on experiments in science, engineering and technology. Please register in the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Third Floor

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 March 10, 1 p.m. Pi Recitation Contest The youngest contestant to correctly recite the most digits of Pi receives a prize of $314.15 in this competition for age groups 7-13 and 14-18. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Pi Day Princeton.

March 10, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

The Pi Day Violin Contest is Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. March 11, 6:30 p.m. Python Users Group This monthly meeting is for anyone interested in the Python computer programming language. All age levels and skills levels welcome. Sessions include talks by other members and invited guests as well as interactive sessions. Register at www.meetup.com/pug-ip. Community Room

March 10, 4 p.m. PiSocial Princeton’s Geek Freak Weekend wraps up with a birthday party honoring Albert Einstein. Featuring Pi Fight, the Einstein Alley rock ‘n’ roll band. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and PiDay Princeton.

MONDAY, MARCH 11

March 11, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

March 11, 4 p.m. Ask the Mac Pros Advice on all things Apple from the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. Technology Center

Olson

Katsarou

March 11, 7:30 p.m. Poets at the Library Featured poets Sharon Olson and Vasiliki Katsarou read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Born in California, Lawrenceville poet Olson worked as a librarian for the Palo Alto City Library for 29 years until her 2007 retirement. Sixteen Rivers Press published her book of poems, “The Long Night

of Flying,” in 2006. Olson’s work has appeared in multiple journals, including The Arroyo Literary Review and Cider Press Review. Katsarou is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose first collection “Memento Tsunami” was published by Ragged Sky Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Daily, wicked alice, Press 1, and US 1 Worksheets. She directs the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville. In 2010, she collaborated on a multimedia show with Japanese painter Minako Ota called “Fragments of the Muse” at Swan Creek Gallery in Lambertville. She also wrote and directed an award-winning short film, “Fruitlands 1843.”Fireplace Area, second floor Co-sponsored by the library, the Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

March 12, 4:30 p.m. Ask the Mac Pros Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group will offer tips and tricks about Mac OS and iOS and answer questions about all Apple products. Technology Center

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Author Shereen El Feki The author discusses “Sex and the Citadel,” her book linking sexuality to political, economic, social and religious trends in the rapidly changing Arab World. “Sex might seem a strange lens through which to examine change, but it is a prism that refracts the region’s complex social spectrum, from religion and culture to politics and economics,” she writes. “Sexual attitudes and behaviors not only are a reflection of the conditions that led to the recent uprisings but will be a measure of the hard-won reforms in years to come.” El Feki is a writer, broadcaster and academic whose work has appeared in The Economist, Huffington Post and Prospect. She is vice-chair of the U.N. Global Commission on HIV and Law. Global health consultant, activist and author Regan Hoffman (“I Have Something to Tell You”) will lead a Q&A session following El Feki’s reading. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton.

March 12, 7 p.m. Talk: “Practical Solutions for Aging in Your Home” Heidi Fichtenbaum of Farewell Architects LLC discusses home modifications that make it safer and more comfortable to age at home and increase marketability when it’s time to sell. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 March 13, 10 a.m. Ask the Mac Pros Advice on all things Apple from the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. Technology Center CALENDAR CONT INUES ON PAG E 8

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Friends of the Library SPOTLIGHT 7

Among Friends With Evenings and road trips, the Friends of the Library devise new ways to raise funds By AMY HIESTAND

Connections Staff Writer

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he Friends of Princeton Public Library have two events series under way that offer enlightening and entertaining ways to benefit the library. Evenings with Friends, a series of conversations between acclaimed authors and experts, got off to a very successful start in January with an appearance by Princeton University professor of religion Albert J. Raboteau and his daughter, author Emily Raboteau. Called “A Father-Daugher Conversation,” the sold-out event featured the pair in conversation about Emily Raboteau’s first non-fiction book, “Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora.” On March 15, the series continues with “A Conversation on Climate Change” between Climate Central senior science writer Michael Lemonick and Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Stephen Pacala. Lemonick wrote about science and the environment for TIME magazine for more than 20 years and has written extensively for other publications. He is also the author of four books including the recent “Mirror Earth: The Search for Out Planet’s Twin.” Pacala is also the director of the Princeton Environmental Institute.

When a politician’s breach of ethics is revealed, Cohen acknowledges that it can be personally disappointing to voters who put their faith in them. At the same time, he says, “Democracy doesn’t require saints. We should think of (our politicians) as us – because they are us. Some will be good, some will not, and some will be in the middle.” Cohen drew on his years as “The Ethicist” to write his first ethics book, “The Good, the Bad and the Difference.”  His latest book, “Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything,” was published in the fall.  He is currently the creator and host of “Person Place Thing,” a public radio program produced by WAMC. Tickets for Evenings with Friends are $50 and may be reserved at princetonfriendsevenings.eventbrite.com. Held in the library’s Community Room, Evenings with Friends begin at 6:30 p.m., with light fare and drinks served buffet style. Wine provided by Mark Censits of CoolVines. Conversations begin at 7:30 p.m. and can be enjoyed from your table. The evenings will end with coffee, dessert and more conversation with the featured guests.

Bus Stops

The second series offered by the Friends is called Literary Tours of New York City. Limited to 30 people, the fun and informative tours are led by acclaimed tour guide Justin Ferate. The outings include transportation by bus, museum admission and a three-course lunch. The first tour of the series, “Edith Wharton’s New York,” is sold out. Tickets can still be reserved for “Literary Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance” on May 4 and Randy Cohen “Literary Brooklyn Heights” (including a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge) on Oct. 22. The “Literary Harlem” tour will include various readRush Meets the Ethicist ings of Harlem Renaissance authors and visits to vari“The Ethics of Politics” will be the topic of the April 5 ous sites associated with W.E.B. DuBois, Nella Larsen, closing conversation in the Evenings with Friends series. Wallace Thurman, Ralph Ellison, Claude McKay, CounThe evening will feature writer/humorist Randy Cohen tee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and who for many years wrote “The Ethicist” column for The James Weldon Johnson. There will also be a visit to the New York Times Magazine, and Rep. Rush Holt who has Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhatrepresented central New Jersey in Congress since 1999. tan and the former home of George Washington. The Reached recently to talk about his upcoming appearhouse, built prior to the American Revolution, is one of ance, Cohen recalled how vital his local library was to the most elegant of its era in the nation. The mansion’s his childhood. “The library is such a noble institution,” former owner, Liza Jumel, would inspire the writings of he said. “As governments cut funding, it seems most Charles Dickens. heartbreaking to me that libraries have to raise their The series concludes Oct. 22 with “Literary Brooklyn own money. Heights” and a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge. Since the Rep. Rush Holt “I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and we had a days when young Walt Whitman stayed late after work Carnegie Library. It made a huge difference in my life. to publish his first work, “Leaves of Grass,” Brooklyn Heights has been I remember when I was deemed old enough to take a bus by myself, I noted for its literary harvests. would go to the library and come back with armfuls of books. We were Contemporaries of Whitman in the neighborhood included Henry heavy, regular users of the library. In fact, my mother still is.” Ward Beecher and John Greenleaf Whittier. Subsequent resident auWhen it comes to politics, Cohen believes ideology more than ethics thors have included Richard Wright, Truman Capote, Jane and Paul is the root of much of the country’s ills. And he doesn’t believe that Bowles, John Dos Passos, Thomas Wolfe, W.H. Auden, Carson McAmericans expect their politicians to have higher ethical standards Cullers, Norman Mailer, Hart Crane, Alfred Kazin, and the former than they do themselves. “Congress has never been held in lower esBrooklyn Poet Laureate, Norman Rosten. teem,” he said. “But the chances of an incumbent being voted out are Tickets for the literary tours are $135. For more information and next to nothing. We seem to think that everyone else is a scoundrel reservations, visit princetonlibrary.org/friends/tours. except (our own) representative.”

8 March 13, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

KIDS+ March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Origami Club 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. The club is not just for kids; adults are invited, too, and must accompany anyone under the age of 7. Third Floor March 13, 7 p.m. Circulo de Lectura: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” por Junot Diaz Oscar sueña en convertirse en el J.R.R. Tolkien Dominicano a la vez que busca el amor. Pero finalmente sólo es la última víctima del fukú —una maldición que durante generaciones ha perseguido a su familia, condenándoles a vidas de tortura, sufrimiento y amor desdichado. Leeremos este libro en inglés, y lo discutiremos en español. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

March 14, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “A Personal Matter” by Kenzaburo Oe. How does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has “cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe,” must decide his son’s fate. Conference Room March 14, 11 a.m. Winter Farmers and Crafters Market Locally made products, such as artisanal cheeses and honey from farmers and the works of many craftspeople, are available for purchase during this five-hour event. Community Room March 14, 7 p.m. Talk: “Memory and Meaning: Building a Vision for a Museum at Ground Zero” Alice Greenwald, director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, discusses the challenges of commemorating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and outlines the process of planning the museum.

Also executive vice president for programs at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Greenwald previously served as associate museum director for museum programs for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and executive director of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library, the Public History Initiative (Department of History, Princeton University), the Historical Society of Princeton, and Princeton University’s Program in American Studies.

March 14, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group The group will discuss “A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman,” in which author Charles W. Dryden shares what it was like to serve as a pilot in the Army Air Corp’s 99th Pursuit Squadron during World War II and how, despite an impeccable war record, he and his fellow black pilots and crewmen continued to face racial prejudice in the armed forces and at home. Princeton Room

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 March 15, 8:30 a.m. School Gardens Conference This free workshop is for teachers, parents, administrators and members of the community interested in learning what to plant, how to incorporate homegrown food into lessons, and connecting the garden to the classroom. There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and panels. Among the speakers are David Bosted, policy expert from the New Jersey School Boards Association; Dorothy Mullen, garden artisan-in-residence at Riverside School; and others. Registration is required. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative.

WHM March 15, noon

Talk: “Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?” Win Win Kyi, associate professor and international student counselor at Bergen Community College, discusses Burmese opposition politician Aung San

Suu Kyi’s personal and political journey as a woman, daughter, mother, scholar and leader. YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place

Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton. Funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Pacala

March 15, 6:30 p.m. Evenings with Friends: “A Conversation on Climate Change” The Friends of Princeton Public Library present a discussion about climate change featuring Michael Lemonick, senior science writer with Climate Central, and Stephen Pacala, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University and director of the Princeton Environmental

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Institute. $50 includes food, wine and a tax-deductible donation to the library. Attendance limited to 50. Please visit princetonlibrary. org/friends/conversations for further information and to make reservations. Community Room

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 March 16, 9 a.m. Princeton Future: “Creating a Vision” The second of three sessions in the Plan Our Future series sponsored by the citizens advisory group concerned with planning and development. This session will cover community involvement in planning decisions. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Future.

TEENS March 16, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library to discuss books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs and have a say in library services. New members welcome, but participation is limited to 25. Conference Room

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March 20, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room March 20, 7 p.m. Film: “We Are Legion” Director Brian Knappenberger’s film goes inside the complex culture and history of the radical online community known as Anonymous. Through interviews with members, the film traces the collective’s extraordinary evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Community Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 WHM March 17, 3 p.m.

Performance: Key of She The all-female a cappella quintet performs covers of popular tunes and a few parodies in a tightly harmonized jazz style. Founded in 2001, the group quickly earned national recognition, appearing on The Jane Pauley Show and opening for Ray Charles.  The group, which last year replaced three of the original members, continues to have a strong local following. Key of She is Sue Jaques of Skillman, Amy Raditz of Lambertville, Cheryl Wnek of Hopewell, Carol Heffler of Lambertville, and Sheila Truncellito of Lawrenceville. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton.

March 17, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, MARCH 18

March 18, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

WHM March 18, 7 p.m.

Film: “Veronica Guerin” Cate Blanchett has the title role in this 2003 film about the Irish journalist whose investigations into the drug trade in Dublin led to her murder but turned the tide in the drug war. Community Room

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 March 19, 6:45 p.m. Talk: “HR Means Higher Returns” In this SCORE seminar, speaker Rosemarie LaMar will help small business owners realize the financial and long-term benefits of sound human resource planning. Registration required at scoreprinceton.org. Community Room March 19, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers of all genres receive feedback on their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

March 21, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group All widows are welcome to attend by calling 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room March 21, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly sessions for adult knitters. Bring your own supplies and share your stories and tips in a friendly gathering place for knitters. Quiet Room, first floor

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

WHM March 22, 7 p.m.

Author Ifa Bayeza The author discusses and signs copies of “Some Sing, Some Cry,” the book she wrote with her sister, Ntozake Shange (“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf”). Called “a rich mix of storytelling and AfricanAmerican history,” by The New York Times, the book follows seven generations of black women who, largely through music, are able to survive the violence of their national and personal histories. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 KIDS March 23, 2 p.m.

Explorers Club This book club, open to children in grades 1-5, uses stories, picture and chapter books, and songs to bring the culture of countries around the world to life. Please register at the online calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

March 22, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

WHM March 22, noon

Talk: “Meet FEBA: Women in Congo Transforming Woe to Hope” Elsie McKee, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, talks about her work with Femme, Berceau de l’Abondance (Woman, Cradle of Abundance), an ecumenical organization that supports women, orphans, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Congo. YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton.

March 24, 4 p.m. Film: “From the ’Burg to the Barrio” Director Susan Ryan, who will attend the screening, presents a portrait of the evolution of Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood. Long recognized as the Little Italy of Trenton, famed for Italian restaurants and bakeries, today’s Chambersburg still attracts newly arrived immigrant families, but now they are from Guatemala, Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. 46 minutes. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Global Cinema Café.

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March 24, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

April 1, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 March 25, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

KIDS March 25, 3 p.m.

Bubble Trouble Jeff Boyer mixes comedy, music and magic in this interactive bubble show that will delight children 5 years and older and their families. Part of Spring Break Discovery Week. Community Room

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

KIDS March 26, 3 p.m.

Dragons and Dreams In a mix of science and storytelling, children 5 and older and their families are taken on a journey to save a kingdom. An Ice Sorceress, a dragon keeper and others are encountered along the way in this Piccirillo Sciencetellers presentation about fire and ice. Part of Spring Break Discovery Week. Community Room March 26, 7 p.m. Books on Tap Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “Winter Journal” by Paul Auster. During the winter preceding his 64th birthday, a man’s memories are mapped by his body in this unconventional memoir. Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10 percent discount on an appetizer. Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn

Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

March 30 is Nano Day in the Community Room March 26, 7 p.m. Socrates Café Participants seek wisdom and knowledge through interactive discussion, questioning, and presenting multiple perspectives on topics of interest to the group. Everyone is invited. Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 KIDS March 27, 3 p.m.

WHM March 29, 7 p.m.

Animals from Eggs Naturalist Pam Newitt of Nature by the Yard introduces children 5 and older and their families to some animals that begin their lives in eggs. Part of Spring Break Discovery Week. Community Room March 27, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 KIDS March 28, 3 p.m.

What Big Teeth You Have Children 5 and older and their families learn about creatures who have had to adapt to survive in this live animal presentation from Wallaby Tales. Part of Spring Break Discovery Week. Community Room

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 KIDS March 29, 3 p.m.

Discover Physics David Maiullo of the Rutgers University Physics Department

returns to the library to present his popular demonstration of the laws of physics for children 5 years and older and their families. This popular, fun demonstration is also very loud, so is not suitable for very young children. Part of Spring Break Discovery Week. Community Room

Film: “Oranges and Sunshine” Emily Watson stars as Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia and, against overwhelming odds, reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the YWCA Princeton.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 March 30, noon Nano Day Children, teens and adults explore presentations about the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, the nanoscale and material sciences as part of this four-hour event, which also features fun, hands-on activities. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library,the Princeton Center for Complex Materials and NISE.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31

The library will be closed for Easter Sunday. Regular hours resume Monday, April 1. SPRING 2013

April 1, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate discussions of race-related issues. Princeton Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not In Our Town Princeton.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

April 3, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room April 3, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class First in a series of nine classes offered by the Latin American Task Force to assist in preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes include history and civics lessons and a review of basic English necessary for the citizenship interview. Classes run weekly through May 29. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Task Force.

April 3, 7 p.m. Author Ann Leary The author discusses and signs copies of her latest, “The Good House.” The novel tells the story of Hildy Good, a successful real estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother who is in complete denial about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she’s known all her life. Community Room. See Feature Story, Page 3

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

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Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

April 8, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room

April 5, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

April 5, 6:30 p.m. Evenings with Friends: “The Ethics of Politics” The Friends of Princeton Public Library present a discussion about the ethics of politics between humorist and former “Ethicist” columnist for The New York Times Magazine Randy Cohen and Rep. Rush Holt. $50 includes food, wine and a tax-deductible donation to the library. Attendance limited to 50. Please visit princetonlibrary. org/friends/conversations for further information and to make reservations. Community Room See Feature Story, Page 7

Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

April 8, 6:30 p.m. Python Users Group This monthly meeting is for anyone interested in the Python computer programming language. All age levels and skills levels welcome. Sessions include talks by other members and invited guests as well as interactive sessions. Registration required at www.meetup.com/pug-ip. Community Room

TEENS April 5, 7 p.m.

First Friday For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Teen Center

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Sunday April 7, 2 p.m. Book Launch: “U.S. 1 Worksheets” The U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative will launch the 40th anniversary issue of its journal. Volume 58 is dedicated to Liz Socolow, one of the founding members of the group. Established in 1973, the cooperative has met continuously once a week in members’ homes for critique sessions. With Delaware Valley Poets, the cooperative co-sponsors a monthly reading series at the library. Community Room April 7, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

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April 8, 7:30 p.m. Poets at the Library Featured poets Dave Worrell and Mark Brunetti read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Worrell’s first chapbook, “We Who Were Bound,” was published last August. His poems have appeared in U.S. 1 Worksheets, Mad Poets Review, Exit 13, Wild River Review, Fox Chase Review, Adanna and the Casa de Cinco Hermanas journal. He has performed his music-backed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and The Cornelia Street Café in New York. Brunetti is the publisher of The Idiom Magazine and Piscataway House Publications. His works have appeared in the Patterson and Edison literary reviews and LIPS Magazine. He is set to receive a master’s degree in poetry from William Paterson University this spring. His poetry chapbook, “Airplane Lies Without a Home,” won the 2007 DIY Book Contest. Fireplace Area, second floor Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Coop.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

April 9, 7 p.m. Talk: “Getting Your Papers Under Control” Linda Richter of Personal Paperwork Solutions talks about getting control of all the paperwork we’re inundated with these days. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 KIDS April 10, 11 a.m. Singalong Pete

Classic and contemporary folk songs are featured in this fun, interactive concert for preschoolers and their grown-ups. Community Room April 10, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room April 10, 6:30 p.m. Origami Club 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. The club is not just for kids; adults are invited, too, and must accompany anyone under the age of 7. Third Floor April 10, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Task Force.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 April 11, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” Ben Fountain’s novel about a group of Iraqi war heroes who appear alongside Destiny’s Child during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show. Over the course of one day, Spc. Billy Lynn is thrust into the company of the Cowboys’ owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Conference Room April 11, 11 a.m. Winter Farmers and Crafters Market Locally made products, such as artisanal cheeses and honey from farmers and the works of many craftspeople, are available for purchase during this five-hour event. Community Room April 11, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group The group discusses “Pym” by Mat Johnson. When recently fired professor Chris Jaynes discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that confirms the reality of Edgar Allan Poe’s strange and only novel, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,” he and an all-black crew of six set out to find Tsalal, the remote island that Poe describes. Princeton Room CALENDAR CONT IN UES ON PAG E 12

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responsable de las muertes una a una de sus seres más queridos. En la desesperación recurre a la única persona capaz de adentrarse al universo de Kloster. Princeton Room April 17, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room

April 12, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

April 13, 10:30 a.m. QuickBooks Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. This class is limited to eight participants. Please register online at scoreprinceton.org. Technology Center

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

April 13, 10 a.m. Local Author Day Workshop: “Writing a Novel: Plotting the Story and Finding Your Voice” Author and award-winning Star Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno presents a workshop for published and non-published writers as part of Local Author Day. Participation limited to 25. Register at princetonlibrary.org Community Room April 13, 11 a.m. Local Author Day Workshop: “Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative Voice” Author Jon Gibbs presents a fun, informative hands-on workshop as part of Local Author Day. Attendees should bring the first 10 pages of a finished manuscript or work-in-progress. Open to published and nonpublished writers. Register at princetonlibrary.org Community Room April 13, 1 p.m. Local Author Day Book Fair Area authors display and sign books as part of a daylong event that begins with morning workshops for writers that are open to the community. Four featured authors will read for 1215 minutes each. Ten additional writers, chosen by lottery, will read or speak for 5-7 minutes each. Community Room

KIDS April 13, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on experiments in science, engineering and technol-

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Author Shannon K. O’Neil discusses her book “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead” on April 18. ogy. Please register by visiting the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Third floor

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 April 14, 2 p.m. Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare We join forces with McCarter Theatre Center to celebrate the Bard’s birthday. There will be crafts for all ages, a chance to participate in or watch Princeton’s first-ever Shakespeare Slam, featuring sonnets and soliloquies. And what’s a birthday party without cake? We’ll have some of the cupcake variety. McCarter’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” is April 2-21. Community Room

April 15, 7 p.m. Job Search Strategies for Older Workers Carol King, director of Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers of The Princeton Senior Resource Center, discusses strategies for competing in the new work place, updating your skills, networking, dealing with ageism, job searching on the internet and avoiding job scams. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

April 14, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, APRIL 15 April 15, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and people of low and moderate income. See March 4 entry for details. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

April 15, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “The Expats” by Chris Pavone. Former CIA agent Kate Morgan and her family are settling into the expat life in Luxembourg. But when her husband begins to act suspiciously and some of the Americans she meets are not what they seem, she puts her training to work to find out what’s going on. Quiet Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

April 16, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers of all genres receive feedback about their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 April 17, 7 p.m. Círculo de Lectura “La muerte lenta de Luciana B.” por Guillermo Martínez Luciana sospecha que el misterioso autor Kloster, cuyas novelas transcribió durante diez años, es el

April 18, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group All widows are welcome to attend by calling 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room April 18, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly sessions for adult knitters. Bring your own supplies and share your stories and tips in a friendly gathering place for knitters. Please note: The Knit Nook is not a knitting class, but adult knitters with all levels of experience are welcome. Quiet Room, first floor April 18, 7 p.m. Author Shannon K. O’Neil The author discusses “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead,” her new book about the need for the United States to look beyond the drug violence in Mexico and forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor where growing opportunities for success are creating a stable middle class. Community Room April 18, 7 p.m. Poetry Reading: Lynn Levin The awardwinning poet reads from her fourth full-length poetry collection, the recently released “Miss Plastique.” A poet, writer, and translator, Levin’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s radio show CALENDAR CONT INUES ON PAG E 13

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“The Writer’s Almanac.” She is currently involved in translating the work of Odi Gonzales, a Peruvian Andean poet. Levin teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Fireplace Area, second floor

April 25, 7 p.m. Talk: “Bridging the Gender Gap of Learning” Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart Headmaster Olen Kalkus discusses recent research on gender differences in brain development in children and how these findings apply to education. Part of the Inside a Child’s Mind speaker series. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the Library and Ragged Sky Press.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

April 19, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

KIDS April 19, 4 p.m.

Let’s Dance This popular monthly event for the preschool set (and their parents) features dancing to pop tunes from the ‘60s through today. Community Room

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 April 20, 9 a.m. Princeton Future: “Best Practices” The second of three sessions in the Plan Our Future series sponsored by the citizens advisory group concerned with planning and development. This session will examine which tools and techniques can lead to effective decision-making and implementation. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Future.

TEENS April 20, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library to discuss books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs and have a say in library services. New members are always welcome, but participation is limited to 25. Conference Room

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

April 21, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

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Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Members of Fiasco Theater Company, seen here in their acclaimed production of “Cymbeline,” will discuss their first musical, “Into the Woods,” in a McCarter Live at the Library program on April 23.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 April 23, 7 p.m. McCarter Live at the Library Members of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company discuss next month’s performance of their first musical production, “Into the Woods,” at McCarter Theatre. The program will introduce the company’s signature style of inventive, physical storytelling and include a few sneak-peek numbers from the Sondheim musical. Fiasco Theater made a huge splash in New York last year with their sixperson version of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” “Into the Woods,” which runs May 2-June 2, is the company’s McCarter debut. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

April 23, 7 p.m. Books on Tap Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “The Middlesteins,” Jami Attenberg’s novel about two very different siblings trying to control their mother’s food obsession and massive weight gain after their father walks out. Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10 percent discount on an appetizer. Yankee Doodle Tap room, Nassau Inn April 23, 7 p.m. Socrates Café Participants seek wisdom and knowledge by presenting multiple

perspectives on topics of interest to the group. Everyone is invited. Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

April 24, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for creative writers. See March 6 entry. Princeton Room

April 24, 7 p.m. Princeton Symphony Soundtracks: “Music Lessons: A Guide for Parents” The orchestra’s Bravo program presents a panel of experts to answer questions about developing your child’s musical side. Panelists include cello teacher Lynne Beiler; Amy Glennon, education director at The New School for Music Study; LuAnn Longenecker, head of the Early Childhood Department at Westminster Conservatory; and PSO Executive Director Melanie Clarke. PSO Education Coordinator Carol Burden is moderator. Community Room April 24, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

April 26, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 TEENS April 27, 10 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt Middle-schoolers and teens will compete in groups to find hidden treasures across the community and Princeton University. Please assemble in the Story Room on the third floor.

KIDS April 27, 2 p.m.

Explorers Club This book club, open to children in grades 1-5, uses stories, folk tales, picture and chapter books, and songs, to bring the culture of countries around the world to life. Please register at the online calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room April 27, 11 a.m. Illustrator Olivier Tallec The illustrator of more than 50 children’s books including “Big Wolf and Little Wolf,” “Gus is a Fish,” and “Thumbelina of Toulaba” will discuss his work. Fireplace Area, second floor

KIDS April 27, 3 p.m.

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to the French countryside as Chief Bruno and a young Parisian policewoman work together to solve the murder of an elderly North African ex-soldier. Quiet Room

April 28, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

May 6, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues. Princeton Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

May 1, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for creative writers. Princeton Room May 1, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room

KIDS+ May 1, 6:30 p.m.

Spelling Bee The library’s fourth annual spelling bee features a gameshow format where teams of fourth- through eighth-graders compete. Every participant gets a prize. Please register in the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org Community Room

THURSDAY, MAY 2 May 2, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group Please register for this widows-only group by calling 609.252.2362. Quiet Room May 2, 7 p.m. Gente y Cuentos In discussing Latin American short stories in Spanish, participants offer personal perspectives of characters in the story. Conference Room

FRIDAY, MAY 3

May 3, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

TEENS May 3, 7 p.m.

First Friday for Teens For details, please visit the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Teen Center

SATURDAY, MAY 4 May 4, 10 a.m. SCORE Small Business Fair This six-hour annual event brings together experts in entrepreneurship, financing,

Co-sponsored by the library and Not In Our Town Princeton.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Steve Schirripa of “Sopranos” fame discusses his new book “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher Than I Look” on May 15. web design, marketing and franchising for the benefit of those looking to start a new business or keep an existing one healthy. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, SCORE of Princeton, banking and other industries will be on hand to lend advice and resources. Breakout sessions include “Leveraging Internet Marketing and Social Media to Grow your Business”; “Business Planning Basics: Your Roadmap to Success and Tool for Funding”; “Financial Management Tips and Tools for the Small Business Owner/ Entrepreneur” Please visit scoreprinceton.org for a schedule of breakout sessions. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chapter of SCORE.

May 4, 8 a.m. Bus Tour: “Literary Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance” New York historian Justine Ferate is the guide on this tour of various sites associated with W.E.B. DuBois, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Langstson Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance authors. Presented by the Friends of Princeton Public Library, the tour also includes a stop at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan and the former home of George Washington. During the tour, attention will also be paid to the recent transformations in Harlem. Limited to 30. Reserve

at princetonlibrary.org/friends/ tours. Tickets are $135. Proceeds benefit the library.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 May 5, 1 p.m. Cinco de Mayo The library joins the Arts Council of Princeton in presenting this annual celebration of Mexican culture, featuring family friendly activities, music and dancing. Hinds Plaza. Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton.

May 5, 4 p.m. ESL Class Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul’s Church.

MONDAY, MAY 6 May 6, 7 p.m. Film: “Mondays in the Sun” Set in the Spanish port city of Vigo, this 2002 film by Fernando León de Aranoa’s is a touching drama about a group of working-class men who find themselves unemployed and unwanted in middle age. Javier Bardem stars. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Community Room May 6, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “Bruno, Chief of Police” by Martin Walker. Murder comes SPRING 2013

May 7, 10 a.m. Flavors of Princeton Jon Hauge, owner of Savory Spice Shop in Princeton, returns to the library to present his popular overview of spices, their practical uses and the subtle differences. Community Room May 7, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers of all genres receive feedback for their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

May 8, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for creative writers. Princeton Room May 8, 6:30 p.m. Origami Club 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. The club is not just for kids; adults are invited, too, and must accompany anyone under the age of 7. Third Floor

TEENS+ May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Ask Me Anything: Teen Edition High school seniors will share what they wish they had known about high school as underclassmen. Topics include classes to take or avoid, dynamics of friendships and more. Community Room May 8, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series of classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room CALENDAR CONT INUES ON PAG E 15

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May 9, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt. Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them. Conference Room May 9, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group The group discusses “Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” Ayana Mathis’s debut work of fiction, which tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one family. Captured here in 12 narrative threads is the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Princeton Room May 9, 7 p.m. Gente Y Cuentos Latin American short stories discussed in Spanish from a personal perspective. Conference Room

FRIDAY, MAY 10

May 10, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 May 11, 10:30 a.m. QuickBooks Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. Please register online at scoreprinceton.org. Technology Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

KIDS May 11, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on experiments in science, engineering and technology. Registration required at princetonlibrary.org. Third Floor

SUNDAY, MAY 12 May 12, 3 p.m. Lecture in Song: Fred Miller Pianist and singer Miller presents one of his popular programs about the incomparable team of Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Community Room

MONDAY, MAY 13 May 13, 6:30 p.m. Python Users Group This monthly meeting is for anyone interested in the Python computer programming language. All age levels and skills levels welcome. Sessions include talks by other members and invited guests as well as interactive sessions. Registration required at www.meetup.com/pug-ip. Community Room

Terranova

McDermott

May 13, 7:30 p.m. Poets at the Library Featured poets Elaine Terranova and John McDermott read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Terranova is the author of “Dollhouse,” “Dames Rocket,” and other books of poetry including “The Cult of the Right Hand” which won the 1990 Walt Whitman Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other magazines and publications. Terranova has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. McDermott is an associate professor of English as a Second Language at Union County College and former poetry editor of U.S.1 Worksheets. He has read at the Dodge Poetry Festival and has served as a Dodge Poet, working with teachers and students for many years. His poems have appeared in many journals. Fireplace Area, second floor Co-sponsored by the library, the Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative.

TUESDAY, MAY 14

May 14, 7 p.m. Talk: “How to Outlast Your Retirement Portfolio” Richard Bianchetti, a certified financial planner and wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, discusses ways to make sure your

retirement portfolio lasts as long as you need it to. Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

May 14, 7 p.m. Film: “No Eres Tu, soy yo” Javier wishes only to be happy with Maria, but soon after their wedding, destiny changes their plans. What would a man put himself through in order to accept the loss of the woman he loves and recover confidence in love again? In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Community Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

May 15, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room May 15, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room May 15, 7 p.m. Círculo de Lectura : “Vlad” por Carlos Fuentes Eres feliz. Entonces tu jefe te encarga un trabajo extraoficial, nada muy complicado, se trata solamente de conseguir una casa para un excéntrico conde rumano. Y cuando crees que has terminado con tu labor, te das cuenta que tu pesadilla en esa casa, apenas comienza … Princeton Room May 15, 7 p.m. Author Steve Schirripa The actor, “Sopranos” cast member and New York Times bestselling author talks about and signs copies of his book “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher than I Look.” Schirripa encourage fathers “to return to commonsense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.” Community Room

THURSDAY, MAY 16 May 16, 11 a.m. Princeton Farmers Market The weekly market returns to Hinds Plaza, where it will be held through November. Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza

May 16, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group All widows are welcome to attend by calling 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room May 16, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly sessions for adult knitters. Bring your own supplies and share your stories and tips in a friendly gathering place for knitters. Please note: The Knit Nook is not a knitting class, but adult knitters with all levels of experience are welcome. Quiet Room May 16, 7 p.m. Gente Y 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

FRIDAY, MAY 17

May 17, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

KIDS May 17, 4 p.m.

Let’s Dance This popular monthly event for the preschool set (and their parents) features dancing to pop tunes from the ‘60s through today. Community Room

SATURDAY, MAY 18 TEENS May 18, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library to discuss books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs and have a say in library services. New members are always welcome, but participation is limited to 25. Conference Room

SUNDAY, MAY 19

May 19, 3 p.m. Film: “Rudo y cursi” Stuck working on a banana ranch, two very competitive soccer-playing brothers dream of finding stardom off the farm, Beto as a pro goalie and Toto as a singer, but the effort might break their bond of brotherhood. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Community Room

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MONDAY, MAY 20

May 20, 7 p.m. Voluntourism Carol King, director of Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, talks about volunteering overseas, a different way of seeing the world and meeting people while giving back. Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers Program.

May 20, 7 p.m. Film: “Sin Nombre” Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to the United States. Along the way, she crosses paths with a Mexican gang member who is trying to outrun his violent past and elude his former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey toward the hope of new lives. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Community Room

TUESDAY, MAY 21

May 21, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers of all genres receive feedback for their work. For full description, see March 5 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

TUESDAY, MAY 28

THURSDAY, MAY 23

May 28, 7 p.m. Books on Tap Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “The Fault in Our Stars” John Green’s novel about a 16-year-old cancer patient whose chance meeting with a boy at a support group changes her perspective on love, loss and life. Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10 percent discount on an appetizer. Yankee Doodle Tap room, Nassau Inn May 28, 7 p.m. Socrates Café Participants seek wisdom and knowledge through interactive discussion, questioning, and presenting multiple perspectives on topics of interest to the group. Everyone is invited. Conference Room

May 22, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room May 22, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class Part of a series classes for the U.S. Citizenship test. For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room May 23, 11 a.m. Princeton Farmers Market Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza May 23, 7 p.m. Gente Y 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

SATURDAY, MAY 25 KIDS May 25, 2 p.m.

Explorers Club This book club, open to children in grades 1-5, uses stories, folk tales, picture and chapter books, and songs to bring the culture of countries around the world to life. Please register at the online calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room

MONDAY, MAY 27

The library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

May 28, 7 p.m. Film: “La Engua de las mariposas” Set in 1936, this touching story of the power of friendship explores the relationship between a shy young boy and a compassionate teacher who helps him find his way in an increasingly frightening world. Their lives unexpectedly change when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the Spanish film series. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Community Room

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

May 29, 7 p.m. Citizenship Preparation Class For full description, see April 3 entry. Conference Room May 29, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Support and advice for fiction writers. See March 6 entry. Quiet Room

THURSDAY, MAY 30 May 30, 11 a.m. Princeton Farmers Market Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts and a variety of edibles are available. Hinds Plaza May 30, 7 p.m. Author Ron Berler The author discusses “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools,” his book about Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Conn., and those who populate it: administrators and faculty, students and their parents, the superintendent and local school board. The book chronicles the struggles each of them face over the course of the 2010-11 school term, and the hard, sometimes regretful choices school personnel are forced to make in order to keep themselves and their school afloat. Community Room May 30, 7 p.m. Gente Y Cuentos Discussion of Latin American short stories in Spanish. Conference Room

FRIDAY, MAY 31

May 31, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, see March 1 entry. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.


Connections Magazine Spring 2013