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CONNECTIONS The Princeton Public Library Magazine WINTER 2016-’17

CONNECTIONS The Princeton Public Library Magazine

connections The Princeton Public Library Magazine



e are on the verge of a new season, a new year, a new presidential administration; it feels as if we are on the precipice of a turning point. This is the sensation I associate with living in the future, this collective inhale before we plunge into what will soon be our everyday. As we approach and inhabit 2017, calling something “21st century� has become quaint rather than celebratory: 1984, the futuristic setting for the Orwell novel, is one of the more common birth years for parents in our story times and 2001, the impossibly sci-fi setting for the Kubrick film, is a typical birth year for the members of our Teen Advisory Board. How can this be the future? I want my jetpack and flying car, every book and the answer to every question available instantly, vacations on Mars. Instead, much of this future we have shaped for ourselves emphasizes egalitarianism, accessibility and safety, sustainability, comfort and quiet, and readily available information and communication. The way we travel, either on roads, rails, or through the skies, is safer and cheaper than it was when I was a child, the cabins are quieter, and we are now able to remain connected to the rest of the world, at least virtually, whether we are passengers in a car or on an airplane. What has barely changed is the aerodynamics of our motorized tubes and boxes, or the roads, airports, train stations and the speeds at which we travel.

Photo by A. Wilkinson

There are people who expected libraries to have become obsolete by now, just like airplanes and automobiles. Instead, they are constantly being reimagined rather than replaced. It seems inevitable that our cars will drive themselves, that they will be powered by sunlight, that they will get us where we are going following the most efficient available route, that they will connect us to each other more safely. Ultimately, we want to find one another, to communicate and experience life in person, because being there is always the highest bandwidth and most rewarding way to interact with each other and our world. We are pleased that you are frequently here with us and with each other at the Princeton Public Library, and we are constantly reimagining ways to make your experience richer and more rewarding, on the second floor and throughout the building. We are on the precipice of a turning point. We look forward to experiencing that future with you.



Detail from Hygge illustration by David Sankey, commissioned by Princeton Public Library.

Winter warmth

Looking to Denmark to find comfort in the simple pleasures of hygge By AMY HIESTAND Connections Staff Writer

we’ll all be looking for the warmth and comfort our hygge-inspired programs will provide.”

uring the gloomy days and frosty nights of winter, it helps to savor the things at home that bring pleasure and joy to life. A glowing fire, a soft couch, quiet time with family and friends: These are the things that will see us through until spring.

On Monday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m., Hermann will lead a book discussion of “The Year of Living Danishly” and give an overview of other books about hygge that have been published recently. Additional programs are on Page 4.


Here in the community’s living room, you’ll find some winter comfort, too, with a number of delightful programs inspired by the Danish concept of hygge. Pronounced “HUE-gah,” the hard-totranslate term applies to anything that conveys a feeling of coziness, warmth and serenity. “With so many books about hygge being published this year, the time felt right to make the concept the theme of our winter programming,” said public programming librarian Janie Hermann. “Being from Canada, I know a thing or two about surviving long winters, and I know that as the season progresses,

DECEMBER Learn to Crochet Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Designer and teacher Anastasia Popova will have you well on your way to creating warm and cozy items for yourself and others after this class on the basics of crocheting. Limited to 12 participants. Register at Quiet Study Room Crochet a Pokemon Amigurumi Monday, Dec. 18 and Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. In this fun two-part class, Anastasia Popova will teach 12 participants original designs of tiny, cute Pokemon amigurumi to give a little one in your life for the holidays. All levels welcome, prior experience is not required. Materials will be provided. Register at Quiet Study Room CONNECTIONS I 3


Dancer Nic Gareiss and harpist Maeve Gilchrist perform Jan. 8.

Holiday Winter Market Thursday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Glowing candles, delectable treats and cozy items for your home – it would be hard to name anything at our winter markets that isn’t hygge. December’s market features items for gift giving. Winter markets will also be held on Jan. 12 and Feb. 9. Community Room

Memoir Writing Workshop Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. Through inspiring examples, guided activities, interactive exercises and constructive feedback, Donna Atkins, aka The Life Story Lady, will help participants create a written record of their life to share with family and friends. Register through the library’s events calendar. Quiet Study Room

Solstice Shorts Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. We’ll welcome winter, the high season of hygge, by gathering together on the shortest day of the year to watch short films, eat shortbread and sip some hot mulled cider and herbal teas. Community Room

Cozy Mystery Afternoon Sunday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m. We’ll spend a winter afternoon figuring out “whodunnit” like the amateur sleuths featured in any number of “cozy mysteries.” A subgenre of crime fiction, cozy mysteries downplay violence, are usually set in small intimate communities and often include thematic elements like cooking, needlework or antiques. Community Room

JANUARY Icebreaker Night Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. Connecting with people is at the heart of hygge. In this fun, interactive evening led by librarian Janie Hermann and networking expert Ed Tseng, participants will learn ways to break the ice and get conversations started. Those who lead retreats, business meetings and other events will especially benefit. Community Room Needlework Nights Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Jan. 4, Feb. 1 Bring your latest yarn or thread project to the library for a cozy night in front of the fireplace where you can see what others are making, swap craft wisdom and work on your project. Designer and crochet instructor Anastasia Popova and fiber artist Diana Weymar are among the special guests who will appear. Fireplace Area Pajama Story Time Thursday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m. Children and parents are invited to wear their favorite pajamas, slippers and bathrobes to the library and cuddle up for a special winter edition of our popular pajama story time. Story Room Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss Sunday, Jan. 8, 3 p.m. The percussive dance and harp duo will delight your senses with music, movement, rhythm and improvisation. Community Room


Winter Campfire for Grown-ups Sunday Jan. 22, 4 p.m. Gather around the campfire projected on the large screen and enjoy some cookies, s’mores, cocoa and some good old-fashioned storytelling by the Garden State Storytellers. Community Room Song Circle Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. This event will be a supportive, safe, and casual environment for strumming and singing. Bring your guitar, ukulele or other acoustic instrument if you’d like to play along. In this musician guided group we will be performing classic folk songs from the “Rise Up” songbook and others upon request. All levels of acoustic instrumentalists and singers are welcome. Community Room SOUP-er Bowl Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m. A panel of local chefs share their tips for making the ultimate comfort food - homemade soup. Each chef will prepare and share samples of one of their signature soups and discuss its essential elements. Members of the community are encouraged to share the recipe for their favorite soup at so that we may compile a community cookbook to share online. Participating chefs will be Anita Constantine, of Tastefully Yours Personal Chef Services; Phensri Francis of Fantastic Thai Cuisine; Vance Slocum, Mrs. G’s Appliance Chef; and Will Mooney of The Brothers Moon. Community Room Chill Out Sunday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m. See Page 17 for details.


“On the Hudson at Newburgh” by Gifford Beal, left, and “Henry Howard Houston Woodward” by Violet Oakely are part of “World War I and American Art” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition is the subject of a Jan. 12 lecture.

Except where noted, all programs in the Community Room. Reading Filibuster: “A Christmas Carol” Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. In anticipation of the premiere of McCarter Theatre Center’s reimagined production of the beloved holiday tale, we will read the Dickens masterpiece aloud from start to finish. All are invited to attend and participate by reading a portion of the book. Readers of all reading levels are invited to sign up for a time slot at Lobby Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center. Performance: Writers Block Short Comedies Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. The ensemble of Princeton writers and actors returns to the library to present a program of short comedies including original plays and adaptations by Lillian Israel and Mary Greenberg, as well as plays by Murray Schisgal and Ethan Coen. Directed by Laura Huntsman with Sound by Ken Greenberg. Lecture in Song: “All Over the Map: Circling the Globe in Song” Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Singer and pianist Fred Miller presents a musical and anecdotal travelogue featuring American popular songs that came of age at a time when travel was a luxury and faraway places were exotic and strange. Lecture: “WWI and American Art with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts” Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Laurel McLaughlin from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will lecture on PAFA’s exhibition “World War I and American Art.” Coinciding with the centenary of America’s involvement with the war, this is the first major exhibition

devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War. Nearly all of the era’s major American artists interpreted their experiences, opinions, and perceptions of the conflict through their work. This lecture will explore Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibition themes and images as well as discuss the artists who chronicled their experiences of the unfolding war as it crept closer to home and then involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official war artists. PAFA may be visited using our Museum Pass program: Community Room 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. PSO Soundtracks: Music and Cultural Identity Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Princeton University professor Simon Morrison examines markers of identity in compositions by Shostakovich. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Performance: Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m. The “electro-country” performer and recording artist presents a Valentine’s Day concert. Cookies and punch will be served. Part of the Listen Local series. Performance: Westminster Conservatory Student Showcase Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. Students from Westminster Conservatory present a special concert, curated by Esma Pasic-Filipovic, featuring the works of Mozart, Chopin, Bach, Stravinsky and other composers. Part of the Crescendo: Musicians on the Rise series.


HUMANITIES All 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. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in the Community Room.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE HUMANITIES: RELIGION IN AMERICAN LIFE Lecture and Discussion: “American Muslims: 500 Years of History” Wednesday, Dec. 7, noon In 2016, America mourned the passing of one of its heroes, boxing champion Muhammad Ali. His funeral service gave public light to the long history of Muslims in America, and the deep impact Muslims have on popular culture. In this talk, speaker and educator Hussein Rashid takes on an exploration of that history, focusing on literature and the contemporary political environment.

Hussein Rashid

Albert J. Raboteau

Timothy Powell

Lecture and Discussion: “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice” Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon Albert J. Raboteau, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, will discuss and read from his new book “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and their Struggle for Social and Political Justice.” This will be followed by a discussion centering on the question of what role religion plays in American politics. Lecture and Discussion: “What Native American Spirituality Can Teach Us about Working on Climate Change” Wednesday, Feb. 8, noon Timothy Powell, a religious studies scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his work with Ojibwe Indian communities in northern Canada to explore Native people’s knowledge of maintaining the environment. The talk will focus on the important intersections of scientific knowledge and traditional Ojibwe knowledge in the era of climate change.

LECTURES Author Talk: Robert Strauss Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. The author discusses his book “Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents,” an account of the presidency widely regarded as the worst in United States history.

Robert Strauss


Kathleen McCleery: “Credit or Blame? Assessing the Media in 2016” Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. The Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University offers a postmortem on the media’s performance during the 2016 presidential campaign and will look ahead at how this election could affect the world of journalism. In particular, she will focus on how Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight early on and how media outlets took the bait. McCleery recently taught a seminar at Princeton on

for complete information on all library programs, please visit “Politics and the Media: Covering the 2016 Campaign.” She is a member of the Class of 1975 where she was the first female news director for WPRB-FM. Her four-decade career as a broadcast journalist included 18 years at PBS NewsHour where she was deputy executive producer. Now, she’s a special correspondent for the program reporting occasional stories.

BOOK DISUCSSION Timothy Boyce on “From Day to Day” by Odd Nansen Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. The retired attorney and writer gives a talk and leads a discussion of the World War II diary “From Day to Day,” a concentration camp diary secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. The diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate. Boyce devoted years to getting the book back into print with full annotations. Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St. Co-sponsored by Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Princeton Clergy Association.


Kathleen McCleery

“The Loving Story” Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. This documentary uses found footage and interviews with the family, friends and lawyers of Mildred and Richard Loving to tell the story of the couple whose interracial marriage led to the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial relationships. Following the screening, Christopher Fisher, history professor at The College of New Jersey will lead a discussion.

POETS AT THE LIBRARY Poets read for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative. Kathe L. Palka and Abena Busia Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Palka’s most recent book is “A Path of Desire,” a collection created with poet Peter Newton in the collaborative Japanese form of tan renga. Her latest book of free verse is “Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems.” Busia is a Ghanaian writer, poet, feminist, and lecturer; chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers New Brunswick; author of two poetry collections, and codirector and co-editor of the Women Writing Africa Project.

“The Loving Story”

Monday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Please check for details. Bill Wunder and Elizabeth “Mimi” Danson Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Wunder is the author of two volumes of poetry, “Hands Turning the Earth,” finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards; and “Pointing at the Moon,” as well as a chapbook “Kingdom of Heaven.” Danson has taught English, worked in publishing, and administered an art center. Her book of poems is “The Luxury of Obstacles.”

Kathe L. Palka

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he author talks about “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living,” in which she distills the insights she has gleaned from a career discussing faith, science and spirituality. Tippett is the Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s “On Being.” In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Joining Tippett in conversation will be Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy and past Chair of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St. General admission is $20 and includes a paperback copy of the book; a limited number of $12 tickets will be available for students and seniors. Tickets go on sale Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. through Co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.

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BOOKS & AUTHORS AUTHORS All events are in the Community Room. Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. The authors and Princeton University professors discuss “Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour,” the book they wrote with Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson. Part of the Thinking Allowed series. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press.

Patrick Phillips and Debbie Vermaat

In Conversation: Patrick Phillips and Debbie Vermaat Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Patrick Phillips, author of “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America” discusses his book about events in 1912 Forsyth County, Georgia, when three young black laborers were accused of the rape and murder of a white girl. After the lynching of one of the young men and public execution of the other two, bands of white “night riders” drove all 1,098 black citizens from the county through a coordinated campaign of arson and terror. Following Phillips’ talk, he and Debbie Vermaat, grandniece of Mae Crow, whose murder sparked the violence, engage in a moderated conversation. Phillips, who grew up in Forsyth County, is an award-winning poet whose 2015 “Elegy for a Broken Machine” was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. He teaches at Drew University. Vermaat is a consultant and adjunct trainer for Beyond Diversity Resource Center on topics around Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, Social Justice and Cross Cultural Communication. She also was raised in Forsyth County. Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton. 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. Daniel Moran Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. The author talks about his book “Creating Flannery O’Connor” in which he examines the development of O’Connor’s literary reputation. He will also discuss how readers, publishers, filmmakers and others affect literary reputations. Howard C. Stevenson Jr. Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. As part of the Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege series, Howard C. Stevenson Jr. discusses his book, “Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference.” The book focuses on how educators, community leaders, and parents can emotionally resolve face-to-face racially stressful encounters that reflect racial profiling in public spaces, fuel social conflicts in neighborhoods, and undermine student emotional wellbeing and academic achievement in the classroom. Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton.

Daniel Moran

Howard C. Stevenson Jr.


for complete information on all library programs, please visit Daniel Ladinsky and Patrick McDonnell Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. The author and illustrator talk about their collaboration on and sign copies of “Darling, I Love You: Poems from the Hearts of Our Glorious Mutts and All Our Animal Friends.” McDonnell is the creator of the Mutts comic strip; Ladinsky is an internationally acclaimed poet and translator. The book has been called “a heartwarming collection of short verse celebrating our beloved pets and the wonder of life.” Community Room

BOOK DISCUSSIONS Book Discussion: “Promoting Racial Literacy” Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. Howard C. Stevenson Jr.’s book “Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference” will be discussed in advance of his visit to the library on Feb. 6. Quiet Study Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton.

Patrick McDonnell

Love Stories in Short Tuesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 10:30 a.m. Library staff lead discussions of short stories with the theme of love. Stories to be discussed will be available at the Welcome Desk after Jan. 15. Quiet Study Room Timothy Boyce on “From Day to Day” by Odd Nansen Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. See Page 7.

BOOK GROUPS MYSTERY BOOK GROUP Led by librarian Gayle Stratton; Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Quiet Study Room Dec. 5, “The Female Detective” by Andrew Forrester Jan. 2, “The Other Woman” by Hank Phillippi Ryan Feb. 6, “Ghost Month” by Ed Lin FICTION BOOK GROUP Led by librarian Kristin Friberg, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Quiet Study Room Dec. 8, “Thirteen Ways of Looking” by Colum McCann Jan. 12, “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich Feb. 9, “Mothering Sunday” by Graham Swift BLACK VOICES BOOK GROUP Thursdays, 7 p.m., Story Room Dec. 8, “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America” by Patrick Phillips The author is appearing at the library Dec. 13. Jan. 12, “Loving Day” by Mat Johnson Feb. 9, “Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom” by Catherine Clinton


FILM FIRST FRIDAY FEATURE SERIES All events are in the Community Room. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. 1 hour, 41 minutes. “Southside with You” Friday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. Barack and Michelle Obama’s daylong first date, which began at the Art Institute of Chicago and ended with a kiss outside of an ice cream parlor, is recounted in this 2016 film. 1 hour, 24 minutes. “Little Men” Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. Even as a feud between their parents escalates, two teens in Brooklyn develop a growing friendship in this 2016 drama. 1 hour, 30 minutes.


“Harry and Snowman,” Dec. 27 “Gleason,” Dec. 29

All events are in the Community Room. “Florence Foster Jenkins” Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. Meryl Streep stars as the 1940s socialite who, oblivious to her lack of talent, dreamed of becoming a great opera singer. 1 hour, 51 minutes. “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call” Friday, Dec. 30, 6 p.m. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones star in a remake of the 1984 blockbuster about three parapsychologists who start a ghost-removal service. 1 hour, 56 minutes. “Maggie’s Plan” Sunday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m. Three years after a woman (Greta Gerwig) falls in love with a married man (Ethan Hawke) and has his child, she realizes his ex-wife (Julianne Moore) is much better suited for him than she is. 1 hour, 38 minutes.

DOCUMENTARIES All events are in the Community Room. “Harry and Snowman” Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. This 2015 documentary is the story of international show jumping rider Harry deLeyer and his famous horse Snowman. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory. In less than two years after his rescue, they were show jumping champions and had become national celebrities. 1 hour, 24 minutes.


“Gleason” Thursday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m. This 2016 documentary chronicles five years in the life of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason who, at age 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given two to five years to live. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Film and Q&A: “Newtown” Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, this documentary tells the story of the aftermath of the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, CT. Through testimonials of teachers, parents, first responders, emergency room staff, and others, the film reveals a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Director Kim A. Snyder will participate in a post-screening Q&A. 1 hour, 25 minutes.

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“Newtown,” Jan. 26

“Our Little Sister,” Jan. 12

“Sonic Sea,” Feb. 10


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. Princeton University ID holders, library cardholders and Garden Theatre members may purchase tickets at $6. 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.

Film and Discussion: “The Loving Story” Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. See Page 7 Film and Talk: “Sonic Sea” Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. The impact of commercial, industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life that rely on sound to hunt for food, find mates and detect predators is examined in this film that was first screened at the library during the 2016 Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Our increasing ocean presence has transformed the acoustic environment of these creatures, disrupting their behavior and ability to thrive. Following the screening, scientist, author and whale expert Scott McVay will discuss the film and his research about whales. 1 hour. This is a special event of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. “Limited Partnership” Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. This documentary shows the 40-year struggle of Tony Sullivan and Richard Adams, a binational gay couple who fought to have their relationship recognized so they could legally stay together in the United States. Theirs was the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.

“The Idol” Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program “Arab Idol.” In Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles. 1 hour, 40 minutes. “Our Little Sister” Thursday, Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m. Three sisters who haven’t seen their father in 15 years meet and decide to raise their 14-year-old half sister after his death. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2 hours, 8 minutes. “Fire at Sea” Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. This 2016 documentary captures life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis. In Italian with English subtitles. 1 hour, 48 minutes.



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NO WEEKDAY STORY TIMES DECEMBER 19 — JANUARY 5 All events in the Story Room

MONDAYS 11 a.m. Letra Pequeña Ages 18 months and older

TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS 10 a.m. Storytime! Ages 18 months and older

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

11:30 a.m. Baby Playgroup Violeta Manzanares leads the post-story craft session at Letra Pequeña

Wide world of stories By AMY HIESTAND Connections Staff Writer


ittle speakers of Spanish, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese can hear stories in their own language at the library’s World Language story times. Important early literacy skills are built during the sessions where songs and rhymes also help grow vocabulary and get children ready to read. Intended for children 2 and older with a parent or caregiver, story times in each language are held once a month on Saturdays. All storytellers are native speakers, including library associate Violeta Manzanares, who speaks Spanish, and French-speaking librarian Caroline Mechinaud. Storytellers in the other languages volunteer their time. Manzanares, who coordinates the library’s World Language story times, knows first-hand how vital it is for non-English speakers to find support in their community. Arriving in Princeton from Spain four years ago, she spoke not a word of English. “But I found English Conversation classes at the library,” she said. “And just by talking, I began to learn.” The library began offering story times for the community’s large Spanish-speaking population a decade ago. As speakers of other languages began requesting story times, the program grew to include the six additional languages represented today. This year, the


program is expanding again with the addition of story times for babies in Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. Another benefit of attending story times in their language is that families also learn about the library’s World Language literature collection and the chapter books, movies, audiobooks and picture books that are available for check out. Librarian Amanda Chuong recently began managing the collection, which includes materials in Italian, Korean, Hebrew and other languages, in addition to the ones represented by story times. On Mondays, Letra Pequeña (Little Letter), is an opportunity for children and adults to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Led by Manzanares, the sessions are conducted in Spanish and feature books, crafts and other activities. Letra Pequeña is attended mainly by Spanish speakers, but Manzanares said Americans who wish to expose their children to the Spanish language and culture also often attend the program. Manzanares is grateful for the efforts of “the amazing volunteers” who do so much to promote their programs and make them a success. “Princeton is an international community,” she said. “And it’s wonderful to be a part of connecting people from so many different backgrounds to the library.” World Language story times are held in the Story Room on the library’s third floor.

Ages 0-17 months

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

SUNDAYS 3 p.m. Sunday Stories Ages 2 and older

SATURDAY WORLD LANGUAGE STORIES Ages 2 and older (except where noted). Under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Brazilian Portuguese 11:30 a.m. (Babies 11 a.m.) Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4

Chinese 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 French 11 a.m. Dec. 10, Jan. 21, Feb. 18

German 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 Italian 4 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 19

Japanese 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4

Russian 3:30 p.m. (Babies 4:30 p.m.) Jan. 7, Feb 4 Spanish 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17, Jan. 14, Feb. 11

SPECIAL FAMILY STORY TIMES Dec. 27-29, 10:30 a.m.

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Spotlight: New books and games The Gift of Books Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.

The Gift of Games Saturday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a special story time featuring​a curated selection of new picture books to read with your child or give as gifts. A list of new books for children and teens will be available to take home. Story Room

A​ ll ages are welcome at this fun event as staff from jaZams share a selection of new and entertaining games for the whole family. After the presentation, families are invited to try out some the games. A list of new games for children and teens will be available to take home. Story Room

SPECIAL EVENTS The Magic of Mother Goose Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Mother Goose (aka Marilyn Scanlon) helps us mark the 100th anniversary of the publishing of Blanch Fisher Wright’s classic “The Real Mother Goose.” Stories and rhymes will be presented using puppets, props, audience participation and a little magic. In honor of this literary milestone, the library’s entry in this year’s Festival of Trees at Morven Museum and Garden has a Mother Goose theme. Community Room Early Coding with LEGO Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Celebrate the Hour of Code in this session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM club. Children in grades 2-5 will learn the basics of coding language in a hands-on activity using LEGO. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School’s SiSTEM Club. Bravo Brass Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Princeton Symphony Orchestra musicians perform and teach the audience about their brass instruments during this family-friendly program. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Family Story Time Tuesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. A special family story time features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room


Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams.

Noon Year’s Eve Friday, Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m. Too young to stay up until midnight? Join us at the library for a celebration the day before New Year’s Eve. As we countdown to noon, we will have music, dancing and crafts. For children ages 2 and up. Story Room Pajama Story Time Thursday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m. Join us for a special winter edition of our popular Pajama Storytime. Children and parents are invited to wear their favorite pajamas, slippers and bathrobes to the library and cuddle up for an early evening story time. Story Room This Is Why We Heart You Thursday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m. Children are invited to show their family and friends how much they love them by crafting a valentine. Members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board will be on hand to help out and to inspire creativity. Story Room Inventors Day Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. Princeton University’s Michael Littman kicks off a two-hour celebration with a talk for kids of all ages. Electromagnetism, the fundamental force behind what makes a car’s speedometer work and a roller coaster stop, will be highlighted at the event, which features hands-on science activities, games, prizes and more. We’ll also learn about the scientists behind some important discoveries, including the university’s Joseph Henry. Third Floor





All screenings are in the Community Room.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are in the Story Room. Reading Treehouse Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 This reading group for early chapter book readers (kindergarten to second grade) meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month during the school year. Stories, read alouds, crafts, games and more that reflect a different theme each month are featured.

A scene from “The Wild Life,” to be shown Dec. 30

“Zootopia” Monday, Dec. 26, 3 p.m. This 2016 Disney animated feature tackles themes of discrimination and social stereotypes through the story of how a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist team up to uncover a conspiracy. 1 hour, 48 minutes. “Finding Dory” Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3 p.m. In this sequel to Pixar’s 2003 “Finding Nemo,” lovable, amnesiac Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) decides to go off in search of her long-lost parents with the help of Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks). 1 hour, 37 minutes. “The Secret Life of Pets” Wednesday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m. This animated comedy answers the question of what our pets do all day when we’re not home. For the critters living in a Manhattan apartment building, the answer is: whatever they want! 1 hour, 27 minutes. “The Jungle Book” Thursday, Dec. 29, 3 p.m. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. This 2016 Disney live action animated film borrows elements from the 1967 animated film of the same name. 1 hour, 46 minutes. “The Wild Life” Friday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m. In this computer-animated adventure comedy, Mak the parrot, Scrubby the goat, Carmello the chameleon and the rest of the wildlife that inhabit a tropical island have their idyllic life upended when a mysterious creature washes up on shore. He’s a sailor named Robinson Crusoe, the only human survivor of a terrible storm that destroyed his ship. 1 hour, 30 minutes.


Acting Out Fridays, 4 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20; Feb. 3, 10, 24 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. Cover to Cover Book Group Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 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 in BiblioCommons. Registration is not required. Suggested for third, fourth and fifth graders. Letra Pequeña (Little Letter) Mondays, 11 a.m., Dec. 5, 12; Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 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., Dec. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 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. Build with LEGO and DUPLO Thursdays, 4 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23 Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in a noncompetitive community-based LEGO session, including building time and round-table discussion. DUPLO blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Judy David.

LEGO DRIVE Help us build our collection Loose bricks and sets accepted


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TEENS SPECIAL EVENTS Hour of Code Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. During this one-hour session led by Princeton High School’s SiSTEM Club, students in grades 5-8 will explore the principles of coding and write code of their own. Some minimal experience with programming language is helpful but not required. Bring a laptop or one will be provided. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School’s SiSTEM Club. A Cappella Night Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. This annual teens-only event features vocal groups from Princeton’s high schools and is only open to students who attend Princeton high schools. Chaperoned by library and Corner House staff. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Corner House. Funding is provided by the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance through the Mercer County Office on Addiction Services and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Teen Poetry Night Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. The library’s Teen Advisory Board brings Princeton’s teen poets and spoken word artists together to showcase their talents. If you are interested in performing, please e-mail Community Room Jerry Spinelli Monday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. The award-winning author visits the library to talk about his new book, “The Warden’s Daughter,” about a motherless 13-year-old girl growing up in an apartment above the entrance of a prison where her father is the warden. Spinelli won the Newbery Medal for his novel “Maniac Magee” and has written many other popular books, including “Stargirl,” “Love, Stargirl” and “Wringer.” Community Room Sponsored by the Princeton Kids’ Events Coalition, a partnership of Princeton Public Library, jaZams Toys & Books, Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Public Schools. STEaM Rising: Unsung Heroes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. Princeton High School students will share their character sketches and essays about the lives and sociological contexts that produced some of the greatest multicultural



thinkers over the last 200 years, many of whom remain hidden figures in the academic and artistic landscape. In addition to student performances, Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson will present a short lecture to share insights about why it is important to study biography in a range of disciplines and the role of interdisciplinarity in creating a more scientifically literate society. For teens but all ages are welcome. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School. Chill Out Sunday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m. Relax after midterms by spending some time reading, playing board games, crafting, knitting, and swapping books with other teens while enjoying hot chocolate on a cold winter night. Community Room

MORE EVENTS Go Between Club Saturdays, 2 p.m., Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 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. VOICES Saturday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. Meet other teens who are passionate about activism at these moderated discussions about hot topics such as racial profiling, global warming and international politics. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library, Redefy and Not in Our Town Princeton. To Be Discussed (TBD) Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Feb. 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 Middle School Math Circle Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 12, 19; Jan. 9, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 27 Princeton High School math enthusiasts show students in grades 6-8 how fun and fascinating math can be. Lesson plans will focus on applied mathematics and statistics. Study Room 354 Mercer County Math Circle Advanced Group Saturdays, 2 p.m., Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 High school (and advanced middle school) students hear talks on a wide range of topics such as probability and how computers work. These talks will be geared toward making students think about math in a different way than they’re taught in school. Teen Center Mercer County Math Circle Recreational Group Saturdays, 3 p.m., Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 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. Teen Center Mercer County Math Circles are co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton University Math Club. CONNECTIONS I 17


The library is collecting hand-knit items for local organizations through Dec. 31. Knit for Others creations are on display at the Welcome Desk.

CIVIC LIFE Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege Mondays, 7 p.m., Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6 Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation. Newcomers to the group are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton. Meet the Mayor Friday, 8:30 a.m., Dec. 16, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert. Lobby Beyond Recycling: Building the Circular Economy in New Jersey Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. The Circular Economy is a growing business movement that uses a life-cycle approach to rethink materials and systems to keep resources in use for as long as possible, reduce waste, and avoid pollution. Learn how the concept is being brought to life in Princeton and across the state. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Sustainable Princeton. Watch the Presidential Inauguration Friday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. The community is invited to watch the presidential inauguration on the big screen in the Community Room. 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.


AARP Tax Help Mondays, 9 a.m., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 Seniors and people of low and moderate income can get free help preparing and filing their federal and New Jersey electronic tax returns by appointment on Monday mornings through April 10. Help is available for non-complex, individual returns only. Participants should bring a copy of their 2015 return and documentation for 2016 income and expenses that may be deductible. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609) 924-9529, ext. 1220. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP. Mercer County ID Program Thursdays, noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed card with the sponsorship of various community organizations who form the One Community Coalition. The ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification at check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. Quiet Study Room The card is issued by the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. There is a $15 charge ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses. For additional information, visit

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MISCELLANY Knit for Others Through Saturday, Dec. 31 The library is collecting hand-knit and crocheted items through the end of December as part of our seventh annual Knit for Others program. Donated items will be displayed on a clothesline behind the Welcome Desk and distributed to local organizations. Items of all kinds may be dropped off at the Welcome Desk and will be gratefully accepted. A Taste of Suppers: Diabetes: Improving the Odds of Success Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Dr. Adi Benito, an integrative endocrinologist in Princeton, discusses strategies for preserving beta-cell function in those with diabetes and prediabetes. A panel will follow, featuring members of The Suppers Programs who manage their blood sugar with whole natural foods. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and The Suppers Programs. Job Seeker Sessions Fridays, 9:45 a.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 The library and Professional Services 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 Origami Club for All Ages Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 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. Story Room Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Princeton High School Mandarin language teacher ShwuFen Lin and the school’s Chinese Club Chinese language classes with the Princeton Chinese Language School host a celebration of Chinese New Year with traditional music and instruments, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, dance, games and crafts. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Chinese Club.


Meetup Mixer and Holiday Networking Event Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. Members of the Princeton Tech Meetup, Code for Princeton and Princeton Design Thinking Meetup host a networking event for current members and others who are interested. If you are a techie, entrepreneur, creative or investor, this is a chance to meet like-minded people in the Princeton area. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton Tech Meetup, Code for Princeton and Princeton Design Thinking Meetup. Holiday Tech 2016 Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Technology consultant Doug Dixon returns to the library for his annual demonstration of the latest tech devices. He’ll also take a look back at the innovation that brought us to where we are with mobile digital products and forward to the possibilities of the future. Community Room Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Night Tuesday, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. Techies of all skill levels are invited to bring their laptops and join the hacking at this monthly three-hour meeting of Code for Princeton. RSVP on the Code for Princeton Meetup page Community Room


QuickBooks on the Cloud Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. Bala Subramanian, owner and CEO of Synergism Inc., conducts a workshop providing basic training in the use of QuickBooks accounting software on the cloud for small business owners. Participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop and download QuickBooks Online via a free 30-day trial from to get hands-on experience during class. Seating is limited and registration is required at Quiet Study Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chapter of SCORE. Digital Marketing Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. Digital marketing refers to the tools available to marketers using internet technology and channels. These include website design, SEO, paid search, content, social media, email, local search, directory services, and mobile technology. In this workshop we will present an overview of these topics and show how to make important decisions as to which digital marketing channels your business should be using, how to use them most effectively, and how to measure the return on your marketing investment. Register at Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton chapter of SCORE. ENRICHMENT CONTINUES ON PAGE 20


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Winter Market Thursdays, 10 a.m., Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 Local vendors offer a variety of goods including Jersey Fresh organic produce, free-range beef, poultry, pork and eggs; cheese, pickles, honey and baked goods. Candles, jewelry and other items for gift giving will also be featured during this five-hour event. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.

GROUPS FOR WRITERS The Write Space Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 13, 27; Jan. 10, 24; Feb. 14, 28 Led by local author Christina Paul, this group focuses on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers welcome for these drop-in workshops. Quiet Study Room Writing Workshop Thursdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 8, 22; Jan. 12, 26; Feb. 9, 23 Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. Quiet Study Room Writers Room Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 20; Jan. 3, 17; Feb. 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. Quiet Study Room

AUTHORS WANTED Apply to participate in the Saturday, March 25, LOCAL AUTHOR DAY Application available Jan. 2