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THE PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY MAGAZINE Winter 2012-’13

EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION Special events to mark a milestone


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Story Room, third floor

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 KIDS Dec. 1, 2 p.m.

Princeton Symphony’s Bravo! Wind Trio The instruments of the orchestra’s woodwind section will be explored in the latest of this acclaimed series of interactive program for families. Members of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra will showcase instruments such as the oboe, bassoon and clarinet in a program suitable for all ages. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Community Forum: Consolidation Members of the Consolidation Transition Task Force for Prince­ ton will present and discuss their final report and take questions from the audience. Community Room Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “Wicked Autumn,” G. M. Malliett’s story of a suspicious death at the Harvest Fayre that piques the interest of ex-MI5-agent-turnedvillage-vicar Max Tudor. Quiet 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

Dec. 3, 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 of relevance to our community and nation. Princeton Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not In Our Town Princeton.

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Dec. 4, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club lead these afterschool sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Some instruction will be available in addition to matches. The library provides the chessboards. Teen Center Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Film: “Lady Kul El-Arab” This 2008 documentary tells the story of Duah Fares, a young Druze beauty pageant contestant

and fashion designer who finds herself caught in the middle of differing perspectives on culture and feminism when she makes bold efforts to choose her own way of life. 56 minutes. Community Room

“The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society” is a partnership of the library and nine other regional arts and education institutions. Made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; the Artis Foundation; and the Harris Finch Foundation. Several programs were made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dec. 4, 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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Dec. 5, 10 a.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 Dec. 5, 11 a.m. The Buzz At these weekly discussions, library staff members discuss new books, recordings and downloadable content available at the library and learn what our customers are reading, listening to and watching. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #PPLBuzz. Welcome Desk. CALENDAR CONT IN UES ON PAG E4


Princeton Environmental Film Festival COVER STORY

A place for us

hard to protect a special place like the Sourlands from harm. They’re fighting for a friend. “One of the stars of ‘Sourlands,’ a young farmer named Aubrey Yarbrough, makes an interesting comment in the film,” Flesher continued. “She says, ‘I think that not having a sense of home is really dangerous for the land.’ I think she’s right about that.” In addition to the sense of place the Sourlands inspires in its residents, the capacity crowds where the film has been shown since its debut indicate many others in the region feel strongly about the forest, too. “I’ve been thrilled by the reception for the film, because packed conference rooms and theaters mean that lots of people are learning more By AMY HIESTAND about the story of the Sourlands,” said Flesher. “And I believe storytellConnections Staff Writer ing is a crucial part of any conservation movement. Am I surprised? ach year, while selecting films for the Princeton Environmental Surprised is not the right word. Being a storyteller of any sort requires Film Festival, librarian Susan Conlon, founder and director of faith that someone out there is waiting to hear your story. But I’m the festival, discovers that many seem to have a common thread. humbled and gratified that people have responded positively.” This year is no exception. Passion is also ignited by sense of place in “Cape Spin! An AmeriBroad environmental concerns including climate change, reckless can Power Struggle,” another selection from this year’s festival. development and green energy re-emerge in the nearly 30 films being Produced by The Press & the Public Project and Rebirth Productions, screened over three consecutive winter weekends as part of the seventh the documentary tracks the ongoing firestorm over annual festival. But Conlon observed that several fothe proposed installation of 130 wind turbines in cus on how these and other environmental issues afNantucket Sound. fect the people who live in, and care deeply about, a “The Battle for Brooklyn,” a chronicle of the long particular area. struggle between residents fighting to preserve their “It’s a mindset called ‘sense of place,’ ” said Conlon neighborhood and the developer of the Barclays about the force that drives many of those featured in sports arena, and “Detropia,” a look at the devastathis year’s films. “And it has to do with how we feel tion of the city of Detroit also feature sense of place about and relate to both the natural and built enviat their core. ronments of our individual homes and communities.” Evoking a sense of place as strongly as any of the Sense of place features prominently in “You’ve documentaries being shown this year is the feature Been Trumped,” the film that is slated to open the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The critically festival that’s become one of the most well-known of acclaimed dramatic film, with elements of fantasy, its kind worldwide. Directed by Anthony Baxter, the revolves around a 6-year-old girl in an isolated documentary is the story of how townspeople band southern Delta community and her struggle to together when billionaire developer Donald Trump survive. begins construction of an elaborate golf resort on a For Conlon, the underlying thread of sense of fragile piece of wilderness in Scotland. place in many of the 2013 Princeton Environmental Closer to home, the effects of climate change and Film Festival selections echoes her vision and that human-created imbalance on the central New Jersey of others on the committee for the festival itself. forest known as the Sourlands are explored in a film “Maintaining a balance between expanding the by Jared Flesher being screened for the second time Jared Flesher’s “Sourlands” will be screened on Feb. 9. reach of the festival and preserving its character as a at the library on Feb. 9. The film, “Sourlands,” had its special local event is vital to its sustainability,” she said. film festival premiere before a standing-room-only crowd in July. “Hosting a major event that brings a lot of people into town durDuring the making of his film, Flesher found that his subjects’ sense ing the quiet days and nights of winter is also a way for the library to of place was what sparked their passionate reaction to environmental give back to the community, and support our neighboring busichanges in the Sourlands. nesses” Conlon continued. “After watching these films, people can go “I believe that feeling a connection to a sense of place can be almost out to one of our local restaurants to talk about what they’ve seen, as powerful and important as having a connection to another person,” thereby expanding the experience into the wider community.” said Flesher. “In life, it sure seems that our relationships to other people – family, friends, lovers, colleagues – are what give us a sense of belongPrinceton Environmental Film Festival I Jan. 24-27; Jan. 31-Feb. 3; Feb. 7-10 ing, happiness, and purpose. But in telling the story of the Sourlands For a complete list and full descriptions of films and other events to forest and the farms surrounding it, I’ve met people who have such be presented at the 2013 Princeton Environmental Film Festival, visit an intimate connection with land or soil or local ecology that all these community.princetonlibrary.org/peff. The site features an archive of things can feel like an old friend. And that’s why people will fight so events from past festivals.

While selecting the 30 films featured at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, a theme emerged: a sense of place

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“You’ve Been Trumped”

“Detropia”

“Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

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4 Dec. 5, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Led by Beth Plankey, this group encourages and supports creative writers through group and individual discussion sessions. Quiet Room

Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Holiday Centerpieces and Floral Arranging Georgianne Vinicombe and staff from Monday Morning Flowers show how to make simple but effective centerpieces and floral arrangements to make your home look its best for the holidays. The evening will end with a raffle for the finished creations. Community Room

The annual teens-only A Cappella Night will be Friday, Dec. 7, The library will close at 6 that night for the event.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

The library will close at 6 tonight for a teens-only event.

Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet speaks to students, parents and teachers about how students with disabilities can make a successful transition from high school to college. Seven steps for success will be featured. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Dec. 6, 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; please call 609.252.2362 to register. Quiet Room

Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Career Resources Learn about resources for jobseekers at Princeton Public Library and other public libraries in New Jersey. Resume and cover letter assistance, online skill-building and software tutorials, job opening databases, pre-interview company research and more will be covered. Community Room

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 KIDS Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on science, engineering and technology activities. Third Floor

community and offers an experiential model beyond the “melting pot” theory of the American immigrant experience. Director Teju Prasad participates in a Q&A following the screening. Part of the Emerging Filmmakers series. 1 hour. Community Room

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

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

TEENS Dec. 7, 7 p.m. A Capella Night This annual event features vocal groups from Princeton’s four high schools and is open only to those who attend the schools. This teens-only event is 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.

Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Film and Discussion: “Not a Feather, but a Dot” This documentary examines the history, perceptions and evolution of the Indian-American

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Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Princeton Writers Block This ensemble of Princeton writers and actors presents a reading of short adult comedies featuring plays by David Ives and Shel Silverstein. Community Room CALENDAR CONT IN UES ON PAG E 4


Emancipation Proclamation SPOTLIGHT

The meaning of Emancipation Author events, film screenings and book discussions explore the legacy of Lincoln’s proclamation By AMY HIESTAND

Connections Staff Writer

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an. 1, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declaring that millions of slaves being held in Confederate states “henceforward shall be free.” Months earlier, bolstered by the desperately-needed Union victory at Antietam, Lincoln had issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, publicly declaring his intention to make the abolition of slavery a goal of the Civil War. To mark the anniversary, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the library is presenting a series of programs examining the proclamation’s historical significance from a variety of perspectives. Including scholar-led book discussions, film screenings and an appearance by author Daniel Stashower to discuss his book about a thwarted plot to assassinate Lincoln before the war, the programs culminate in a community event being held at Princeton High School featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians James McPherson and Douglas Blackmon. “Through the library’s initiative to obtain the NEH endowment, we are pleased to offer this broad array of programs in honor of the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Janie Hermann, public programming librarian. “These programs feature an impressive line-up of esteemed historians, authors and lecturers, and advance the library’s mission of promoting lifelong learning.” Scholar-led book discussions taking place in the library’s Quiet Room in January and February include “The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views” by Harold Holzer, Edna Medford, and Frank Williams on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.; “Slavery by Another Name” by Douglas Blackmon on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.; and “Abraham Lincoln” by James M. McPherson on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. On Feb. 12, acclaimed biographer Daniel Stashower will talk about his book “The Hour of Peril: the Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War.” In his book, the two-time Edgar Award winner relates the race-against-the-clock story of how Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye, detected and thwarted an 1861 plot to assassinate Lincoln as the president-elect traveled to Washington for his first inauguration. Film screenings that are part of the library’s Emancipation Proclamation programs include: “Looking for Lincoln” on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and “Slavery by Another Name” Feb. 22, 7 p.m. The observance culminates with a special event, the Emancipation Proclamation Community Commemoration, Feb. 28 at Princeton High School. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians James M. McPherson and Douglas Blackmon will join Princeton High School students and community members during the event for an examination of the historic significance of the Emancipation Proclamation. McPherson is professor emeritus of United States history at Princeton University and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book “Battle Cry of Freedom.” Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book is “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.” Readings and songs by PHS students will be part of the program, and the authors will sign copies of their books. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center. For details of all Emancipation Proclamation events, please see the calendar.

Douglas Blackmon

James McPherson

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Gail Fishman Gerwin

James Arthur

Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Poetry in the Library Featured poets James Arthur and Gail Fishman Gerwin read from their works for 20 minutes followed by an open-mic session. Arthur is a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review and more. His first book of verse is “Charms Against Lightning.” Fishman Gerwin, a Paterson native, is a former educator and founder of inedit, a freelance writing/editing firm based in Morristown. She is the author of two collections of poetry, “Sugar and Sand” and “Dear Kinfolk,” and the play “Bella’s Family,” which tells the story of a Jewish immigrant family in the early 20th century. Fireplace Area, Second Floor

Co-sponsored by the library, US 1 Poets Coop and Delaware Valley Poets.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Dec. 11, 10 a.m. Flavors of Princeton The folks from Small World Coffee will demonstrate what transpires from bean to cup. Brewing demonstrations will be featured and baristas and roasters will provide personal tutorials. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library, Jessica Durrie and Small World Coffee.

Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Dec. 12, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk

Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean discusses his book “Up On the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces” on Dec. 12 at noon. Dec. 12, noon Architecture Talk and Book Signing: Alex MacLean Pilot and photographer MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from agricultural patterns to geometric city grids. In his new book, “Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces,” he directs his lens at the rooftops of New York City, showing the great complexity and life of the roofs of its buildings. Part of the Spotlight on the Humanities: Architecture series. Community Room

Funded by a grant 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.

Dec. 12, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

KIDS+ Dec. 12, 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

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Ask a Lawyer Lawyers will be at the library for free private consultations on immigration and general legal issues. Consultations are on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment necessary. Spanish translators will be available. For more information, call Lucia Acosta at 609.924.9529, ext. 245. Conference Room and Tower Room

Co-sponsored by the library, the Latin American Task Force, Lutheran Social Ministries, The Princeton Housing Authority and the Mercer County Bar Association.

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. “The Holiday Pines” Take a break from holiday preparations and stress to join members of the Writers Room Group as they read excerpts from “The Holiday Pines,” a fictional family newsletter. Writing as individual members of the Pine family, each member will present a typical holiday newsletter entry contrasted with what really happened during the past year. The Writers Room meets at the library on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. Community Room

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Librarian Kristin Friberg leads this discussion of “The Forgotten Waltz” by Anne Enright, winner of the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature. Told through the eyes of Gina, a young married woman involved in an adulterous

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affair, the book has been called a portrait of the journey of the human heart. Conference Room Dec. 13, 11 a.m. Princeton Farmers and Crafters Market Local farmers and crafters present edible and decorative delights, handmade jewelry and more. The market will be ongoing through 6:30 p.m. to accommodate holiday shoppers. Community Room. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group This group meets monthly to discuss works by African-American authors. All are welcome. Princeton Room.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Dec. 14, 10 a.m. Social Media for Career Transitioning For those seeking employment or contemplating a career change, career coach Alex Freund focuses on the importance of using social media effectively. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 TEENS Dec. 15, 11 a.m.

Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly at the library. Talk about books and other interests, help with library events, plan programs with the staff and have a say in library services. New members are always welcome; participation is limited to 25. Register on the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Conference Room CALENDAR CONT IN UES ON PAG E 8


Youth Services Redux SPOTLIGHT 7

Third floor makeover

Come see what’s new in the Youth Services Department By AMY HIESTAND

Connections Staff Writer

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f you’ve been to the library’s third floor lately you’ve noticed that a lot of sprucing up has taken place. But freshly painted walls and new upholstery are only the beginning Additions including an interactive Nano science and technology exhibit, a renovated activity room and a revamped teen center are all part of what children’s librarian Allison Santos says has made the space “more magical than ever.” There’s even a fun new book club to join and a science series – both for children in elementary school. “Let’s start with the new color scheme,” Santos wrote recently on the library’s blog. “The new, vivid colors add energy to an already dynamic space. Our comfy furniture has been reupholstered in shades to match the newly painted walls, making our seating areas great places to snuggle up with a good book or just hang out with a group of friends.” The most obvious change on the third floor is the addition of the nanoscience and technology exhibit that will be housed at the library through next October. “Nano – Imagine and Discover a World You Can’t see,” an interactive mini-exhibit intended for family audiences, presents the basics of nanoscience and engineering and introduces some real-world applications of this new technology. Princeton University’s Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), a developer of nanomaterials, secured the exhibit with the library and the New Jersey State Museum from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network as part of its education and outreach mission. It will rotate from the library, where customers have been the first in the area to experience the

A reimagined playroom is one of the new features on the third floor Youth Services Department.

exhibit, to the New Jersey State Museum where it will be on view for another year. After that, it will travel to PCCM. Another big change has taken place in the playroom for prereaders where new paint and carpeting set the stage for some exciting new additions. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, the room has been equipped with engaging activity tables and interactive wall panels designed specifically for libraries by the Burgeon Group to develop early literacy skills. A playhouse with a kitchen and a submarine to climb in have been capturing little imaginations and making learning fun since the room reopened in October. The third floor Teen Center has also undergone a transformation. Bookshelves were moved from in front of windows providing a better view of Hinds Plaza and Witherspoon Street. Comfortable, movable furniture was placed throughout the area where teens are encouraged to arrange the space to suit their needs. “We saved the best space for them,” Santos said of the bright and spacious center. “Whether for chess club, open mic night or just reading fiction

or one of the many graphic novels on our shelves, the space has a nice energy and lends itself to being used.” Teens and toddlers aren’t the only ones benefiting from thirdfloor changes this winter. Two new programs for elementary school children are also getting under way. Starting Dec. 8, and meeting once a month thereafter, All SET (Science, Engineering, Technology) is a new series designed for children in grades 1 through 5. Each session will include a different fun activity intended to boost children’s curiosity and increase their understanding of science and its applications through technology and engineering. Parents are welcome to stay and participate in the age-appropriate activities intended to spark the desire in children to learn more. All SET continues on Jan. 12 and Feb. 9. Activities begin at 2 p.m. To register, visit the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Also meeting monthly at the library will be the Explorers Club, a reading club for students in grades 2-5. “While our story times reach younger audiences and our groups for middle-schoolers (Go Between

Club) and high-schoolers (Teen Advisory Board) are very popular, we were lacking a bridge program for children just able to read books on their own, one that would help encourage and nurture a love of reading,” said Aaron Pickett, a children’s librarian who is coordinating the club. “Building on the popularity of our Geo Bee program that challenges children’s knowledge of geography, and recognizing that Princeton is an amazingly diverse community with families from all around the globe, we were inspired to create the Explorers Club.” The Explorers Club will allow children to gain a deeper understanding of a particular country and its culture at its monthly meetings. Pickett plans to highlight a variety of library resources including nonfiction books but also fictional stories about the country, folk tales to be read aloud, music, artists and illustrators and perhaps even crafts or foods from the country. “Each month, I hope the children will leave the library with books and music that inspire them to learn even more on their own, said Pickett. “I hope that the Explorers Club will nurture and foster the growth of the innate curiosity about the world that is in the hearts of so many children and do so in a way that will also equip them with a better understanding of the different cultures and communities that exist here in Princeton.” France will be the topic of the first meeting of the Explorers Club on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Pickett will be joined by Youth Services’ Caroline Mechinaud, a visiting children’s librarian from France. The club will meet again on Feb. 23, also at 2 p.m. Registration, through the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org, is suggested.


8 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 The library will be closed today. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 KIDS+ Dec. 26, 11 a.m. discusses her second book, “The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, From Cairo to Brooklyn,” a memoir in which she reveals the unexpected and heartbreaking arc of her own life. Community Room

Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Film: “In the Land of Blood and Honey” Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, this film is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War and tells the story of two people on different sides of the brutal ethnic conflict. 2 hours, 7 minutes. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton High School STAND.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Jersey Transit Holiday Concert The a cappella ensemble Jersey Transit performs unique arrangements of holiday songs using complex vocal harmonies augmented by claps, grunts and Aboriginal clicking noises in this concert that includes a singalong. Community Room

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

“The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society” is a partnership of the library and nine other regional arts and education institutions. Several programs were made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Dec. 18, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers receive feedback from their peers. For full description, see Dec. 4 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Dec. 19, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group A semimonthly meeting for widows only. For full description, see Dec. 6 entry. Quiet Room Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Author Lucette Lagnado The author of the bestselling “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit,” an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal,

Dec. 20, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Join old friends and make new ones at these monthly knitting sessions. 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 knitters with all levels of experience are welcome. Quiet Room

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 Dec. 21, 10 a.m. Holiday Networking Professional Services Group of Mercer County presents a networking get-together where networking for shy people will be discussed and speed networking will take place. Bring a plate of food to share. Tradition is that those who have “landed” bring cookies. Bring a wrapped gift, under $5, if you would like to participate in a networking holiday gift exchange. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County.

KIDS+ Dec. 21, 4 p.m. Let’s Dance Join the fun as we spin favorite tunes from the ‘60s through today to get the preschool set (and their parents) moving at this popular monthly program. Community Room

KIDS+ Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

Snowflake Cutting Stop by the Youth Services Dept. through 1 p.m. to create a paper snowflake in what’s become a library tradition. Snowflakes can be taken home or left behind as a decoration. Third Floor

KIDS+ Dec. 26, 2 p.m. Film: “Snow Day” Chevy Chase, Schuyler Fisk and Chris Elliott star in this 2000 film about a group of students who hijack a plow to keep their upstate New York school closed. 1 hour, 29 minutes. Community Room Dec. 26, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 KIDS+ Dec. 27, 11 a.m. Snowflake Cutting See Dec. 26 entry for details. Third Floor KIDS+ Dec. 27, 2 p.m. Film: “Arctic Tale” This 2007 animated film illustrates the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic by following the lives of a mother walrus and her calf and a polar bear and her cubs. Queen Latifah, Katrina Agate and Zain Ali provide voices. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Community Room

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 KIDS+ Dec. 28, 11 a.m.

Family Movie Night: “The Polar Express” In this computer-animated fantasy based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book, a doubting boy boards a magical train on Christmas Eve and takes a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Community Room

Snowflake Cutting See Dec. 26 entry for details. Third Floor KIDS+ Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Film: “Eight Below” Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival. Paul Walker, Jason Biggs and Bruce Greenwood star. 2 hours. Community Room

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

The library will close at 1 p.m. today. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 9 a.m.

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The library will close at 1 p.m. today. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m.


9 TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 The library will be closed today. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 Jan. 2, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk Jan. 2, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3 Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group A semimonthly meeting for widows. For full description, see Dec. 6 entry. Quiet Room

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 Jan. 4, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County (PSG) co-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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

Jan. 6, 3 p.m. Concert: The George Quinntet Composer and bassist George Quinn leads an ensemble featuring members of Princeton High School’s top jazz groups. Part of the Crescendo series, featuring young and emerging musicians. Community Room

“Les Choristes” kicks off the French Cinema series on Jan. 7.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7 Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Flavors of Princeton: Chef Evan Blomgren The chef from the Rocky Hill Inn visits during National Soup Month to demonstrate how to make hearty and delicious soups to keep you warm all winter. Samples will be provided. Community Room Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Film: “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus”) A new teacher at a boarding school for troubled boys works to positively affect the students’ lives through music. Part of the French Cinema series. In French, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Community Room Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “Zoo Station” by David Downing about a British journalist who, despite his efforts to maintain a low profile in 1939 Berlin, gets drawn into a web of espionage. Quiet Room Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race A monthly discussion of race-related issues. For full description, see Dec. 3 entry. Princeton Room

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Jan. 8, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Estate Planning and Surrogate Decision Making Attorney Rebecca Esmi discusses wills, durable powers of attorney and advanced directives. Part of the Next Step Speaker Series. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 Jan. 9, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk

Jan. 9, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room KIDS+ Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Origami Club Monthly paper-art program for children and adults. For detailed description, see Dec. 12 entry. Third Floor

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Librarian Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff. The novel follows the life of the first baby born at a back-tonature commune, through the commune’s destruction, and his struggle to learn to live in the outside world. Conference Room Jan. 10, 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 Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group This group meets monthly to discuss works by African-American authors. All are welcome. Princeton Room.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Jan. 11, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, please see Jan. 4 entry. Topics updated on the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Community Room

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

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KIDS Jan. 12, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in hands-on science, engineering and technology activities. Third Floor KIDS+ Jan. 12, 2 p.m. Family Game Day Families are invited to play “unplugged” board games through 4 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. Third Floor

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Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Film: “Le Pacte Des Loupes” (“The Brotherhood of the Wolf”) In 18th-century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani are sent by the king to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. Based on a true story. In French, with English subtitles. 2 hours, 22 minutes. Community Room

Wendy Heller, a professor of music at Princeton University, will discuss Mozart at a Princeton Symphony Sountracks program on Jan. 16. Governor’s Award in Arts Education twice, and an alumna award for distinguished achievement in arts education from Carleton College. She is the author of two books of poetry and four books of prose. Her latest book of verse is “The Day After I Drowned.” Fireplace Area, second floor

Co-sponsored by the library, the Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets Cooperative.

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Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. Poetry in the Library Poets Betty Lies and Carolyn Foote Edelmann read from their works followed by an open mic session. Co-founder of Princeton’s Cool Women Poets, Edelmann was one of the first community members to be accepted into Princeton University’s creative writing program. Her second collection of poetry, “Between the Dark and the Daylight,” won the i.e. press prize. Lies has taught English and creative writing for many years to students ranging from kindergarten-age to adults. She was awarded the state

Jan. 15, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Scholar-led Book Discussion: “The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views” by Harold Holzer, Edna Medford and Frank Williams This book examines the Emancipation Proclamation in three distinct respects: the influence of and impact upon African-Americans; the legal, political and military exigencies; and the role pictorial images played in establishing the document in public memory. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, Williams is the author of

Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. ­– Princeton Future, “Planning Our Future, Part 1: The Region” Community Room

many works on the subject of Abraham Lincoln, most recently “Judging Lincoln.” Holzer has written extensively on the political culture of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Era. Medford is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History at Howard University. Quiet Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press. Funded by a grant 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.

Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Drupal vs. WordPress Members of the Princeton Tech Meetup group detabe the merits of these content management systems to help individuals and businesses decide how to manage their web presence. Community Room Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers receive feedback from their peers. For full description, see Dec. 4 entry. Princeton Room

Jan. 16, 7 p.m. Princeton Symphony Soundtracks: “The Two Worlds of Mozart” As a prelude to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 27 Classical Series concert, “A Mozart Interlude,” Wendy Heller, professor of music at Princeton University and opera specialist, discusses the relationship between Mozart the opera composer and Mozart the symphonist. To what extent do we hear the comedy, drama, and pathos of operas such as “The Marriage of Figaro” in Mozart’s symphonies? How might an understanding of the complex representation of humanity in “Figaro” (conflicts involving class, gender, and politics) help us better penetrate the seemingly abstract world of the symphonies? Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. Circulo de Lecutura: “Norte,” por Edmundo Paz Soldan En la última novela del escritor boliviano, se hace alpable el sentimiento de abandono y de desarraigo que aqueja a un trío de inmigrantes latinoamericanos extraviados en las tierras de Norteamérica. Princeton Room

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Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group A semimonthly meeting for widows only. For full description, see Dec. 6 entry. Quiet Room

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 Jan. 16, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk

Jan. 16, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

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the Princeton campus balances innovation with an enduring sense of place. Part of the Spotlight on the Humanities: Architecture series. Community Room

The library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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Funded by a grant 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.

Jan. 22, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

Jan. 17, 6:45 p.m. Marketing for Service Businesses Seminar leader Avdi Hamit provides an overview of marketing servicebased businesses as opposed to products. A native of Australia, Hamit has served in senior leadership roles in public and private equity companies in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Registration required at www.scoreprinceton.org. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton chapter of SCORE.

Jan. 17, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Monthly public knitting sessions; all levels welcome. For full description, see Dec. 20 entry. Quiet Room

Kenneth Hiltner, a Princeton University professor and environmental writer, is part of the Green Careers panel on Jan. 22. Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Film: “An American in Paris” Three friends struggle to find work in Paris and face complications when two of them fall in love with the same woman in this 1951 musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room

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Jan. 18, 1 p.m. Film: “Top Hat” This 1935 musical comedy features Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and songs by Irving Berlin. Astaire plays an American dancer who comes to London where he meets and attempts to impress a model played by Rogers. 1 hour, 41 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room

KIDS+ Jan. 18, 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

Jan. 19, 11 a.m. Film: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Jane Powell and Howard Keel star in this 1954 musical about a backwoodsman who brings a wife home to his Oregon farm, prompting his six brothers to decide they want to get married, too. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room TEENS Jan. 19, 11 a.m. Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly. For full description, please see Dec. 15 entry. Conference Room Jan. 19, 1 p.m. Film: “West Side Story” Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer star in this 1961 multiple Academy Award-winning musical about two youngsters from rival New York City gangs who meet and fall in love.

2 hours, 32 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room Jan. 19, 4 p.m. Film: “Newsies” This 1992 musical, based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899, stars Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duval. 2 hours, 1 minute. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room

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Jan. 20, 1 p.m. Film: “Grease” Olivia Newton-John as good girl Sandy and John Travolta as greaser Danny fall in love over the summer but face scrutiny from their peers when they wind up attending the same high school in this romantic musical from 1978. 1 hour, 50 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room Jan. 20, 4 p.m. Film: “Mama Mia” Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried star in this 2008 story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father. The musical features hit songs by the popular ‘70s group ABBA. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Part of the Musicals Through the Decades Weekend. Community Room

Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Books on Tap Join librarian Kristin Friberg for a discussion of “Room” by Emma Donoghue. The book is narrated by 5-year-old Jack, who has spent his life in a room where his mother is being held captive, and tells what happens when she realizes she can no longer allow the room to contain them. 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 Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Panel Discussion: Green Careers Careers that solve or educate the public about environmental issues are the focus of this panel, which includes Michelle Liu, Princeton University student and president of its chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and Kenneth Hiltner, Princeton University professor and environmental writer. Community Room

Co-sponsored by the library and JobTalk4All.

Jan. 22, 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. Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 Jan. 23, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk Jan. 23, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room CALENDAR CONT I N UES ON PAG E 12


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Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards Individuals are recognized for enhancing the community’s sustainability in areas such as green building, healthy eating, buying local, changing consumer habits and more. Fireplace Area, Second Floor Co-sponsored by the library and Sustainable Princeton.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Opening Night For details on this and other PEFF events, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 Jan. 25, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, please see Jan. 4 entry. Community Room

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

Jan. 25, 4 and 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 Jan. 26, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

“Detropia” will be featured Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. This year’s festival is Jan. 24-27; Jan. 31-Feb. 3; and Feb. 7-10, with screenings and other events. For a full schedule, visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff or look for a printed schedule in the library in January.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 Jan. 27, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 Jan. 29, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

KIDS Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Explorers Club This new 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 KIDS Jan. 26, 2 p.m.

Build It Day Children 5 and older and their families are invited to build and create together using old-fashioned blocks, K’Nex, playing cards and tangrams. Story Room

a healing approach to bullying. Martin’s program will focus on the bullies, examining ways to help them change by recognizing what has led them to bully. Community Room

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

Jan. 29, 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, JANUARY 30 Jan. 29, 6:45 p.m. Bullying: Changing the Culture Presented by Jane Martin, a psychotherapist at Volition Wellness Solutions, this program for adults and teens explores

Jan. 30, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk Jan. 30, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop Princeton Room

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 Jan. 31, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Feb. 1, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff Feb. 1, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, please see Jan. 4 entry. Topics updated on the online events calendar at princetonlibrary.org. Community Room

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

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Filmmaker Matthew Pillischer discusses “Broken on All Sides,” his feature length documentary about race and the criminal justice system, at a special screening Feb. 6.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Feb. 3, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Feb. 4, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides 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 15. Help is available for noncomplex, 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. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 220 Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and AARP.

Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Film: “8 Femmes” (“8 Women”) This is the story of eight women who are all suspects in the death of a man with whom they live. In French, with English subtitles. Part of the French Cinema series. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Community Room Feb 4, 7:30 p.m. Mystery Book Group Librarian Gayle Stratton leads a discussion of “The Moving Toyshop” by Edmund Crispin, considered one of the best mysteries of the 20th century. Late at night, Richard Cadogan finds a dead body in an unlocked toy shop. But when he returns with the police, the toyshop is gone. Oxford Don Gervase Fen steps in to solve the crime. Quiet Room Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race A monthly discussion of race-related issues. For full description, see Dec. 3 entry. Princeton Room

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Feb. 5, 4 p.m. Chess Club After-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Scholar-led Book Discussion: “Slavery by Another Name” by Douglas Blackmon A discussion of the Pulitzer Prizewinning historical expose that examines the forced labor and involuntary servitude that replaced slavery for tens of thousands of black people following the Civil War. Part of a book discussion series to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Quiet Room. Funded by a grant 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.

Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers receive feedback from their peers. For full description, see Dec. 4 entry. Princeton Room

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Feb. 6, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk Feb. 6, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Film and Discussion: “Broken on All Sides” This feature length documentary by Matthew Pillischer centers on the intersection of race and poverty within the criminal justice system and the belief that mass incarceration of blacks has become today’s version of Jim Crow segregation. Pillischer will lead a post-screening discussion. 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.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Feb. 7, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Flavors of Princeton Private chef and caterer Erika Elizabeth demonstrates some simple vegan dishes. Community Room Feb. 12, 4 p.m. Chess Club Members of the Princeton High School Chess Club and other volunteers lead these after-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Feb. 9, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. QuickBooks Oria Gonzales, a certified QuickBooks trainer, provides free basic training in the use of QuickBooks. Class is limited to eight participants. Registration for the monthly workshop is required at www.scoreprinceton.org. Technology Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

KIDS Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

All SET Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in handson science, engineering and technology activities. Third Floor

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Feb. 10, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Princeton Environmental Film Festival Events For details, look for the printed schedule in the library or visit community.princetonlibrary.org/peff

Author Daniel Stashower discusses his book “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War” on Feb. 12.

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Feb. 11, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Help with federal and state returns. For full description, see Feb. 4 entry. Community Room Feb. 11, 6 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. Please register at www.meetup.com/pug-ip. Community Room Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Poetry in the Library Featured poets Ellen Foos and James Richardson read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Foos is a senior production editor for Princeton University Press. She is the founder and publisher

Ellen Foos

James Richardson

of Ragged Sky Press and was the recipient of a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Her first collection of poems, “Little Knitted Sister,” was published in 2006. Richardson was awarded the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize. His most recent books are “By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms,” a finalist for the National Book Award, “Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays.” He is professor of creative writing at Princeton University. Fireplace Area, second floor Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets Cooperative.

Feb 12, 7 p.m. Author Daniel Stashower The narrative historian and award-winning novelist discusses his book “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War,” which details how a plot to assassinate a newly elected Abraham Lincoln was thwarted by Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye. Community Room Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Talk: “Starting a Home-Based Business as an Encore Career” Business owner and SCORE counselor Janet R. Pickover discusses starting a home-based business as a second career. Part of the Next Step Speaker Series. Conference Room

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

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Feb. 13, noon Michael Graves The renowned architect discusses his work as part of the Spotlight on the Humanities: Architecture series. Community Room

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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.

Feb. 13, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Origami Club Monthly paper-art program for children and adults. Third Floor Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Film: “Looking for Lincoln” Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. pieces together Lincoln’s complex life with input from re-enactors, relic hunters, past presidents, Lincoln scholars and historians. 2 hours. Community Room

Made possible by a grant from 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.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. Fiction Book Group Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of ”Homer & Langley,” E.L. Doctorow’s fictionalized account of the lives of New York’s reclusive and eccentric Collyer brothers. Conference Room Feb. 14, 11 a.m. Winter Farmers and Crafters Market For description, see Jan. 10 entry. Community Room Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Black Voices Book Group This group meets monthly to discuss works by African-American authors. All are welcome. Princeton Room

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Feb. 15, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, please see Jan. 4 entry. Community Room

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

Architect Michael Graves appears Feb. 13 in the Spotlight on the Humanities series.

KIDS+ Feb. 15, 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 Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Film: “Moonrise Kingdom” Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray star in the story of the search for two 12-year-olds who have run off into the wilderness and the effect it has on an entire town. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Community Room SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 TEENS Feb. 16, 11 a.m. Go-Between Club This club for middle school students meets monthly. For full description, please see Dec. 15 entry. Conference Room

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to live in the suburbs of Paris. 1 hour, 35 minutes. In French, with English subtitles. Community Room

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Chess Club After-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor

Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Book Discussion: “Abraham Lincoln” by James McPherson This book follows Lincoln’s life and career from his early years in Kentucky through his presidency and assassination. His lasting legacy as a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery is also examined. Quiet Room

Feb. 17, 3 p.m. Concert: Kaitlin Overton The self-taught ukulele player and composer has written music for Brandon Monokian’s staged reading of “The Arabian Nights” for the Page to Stage series, as well as Monokian’s original play “Grimm Women,” which starred Style Network’s Briella Calafiore and played at The Kraine Theatre in New York this past December. Community Room

Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Writers Room Group Writers receive feedback from their peers. For full description, see Dec. 4 entry. Princeton Room

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Feb. 18, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Help with federal and state returns. For full description, see Feb. 4 entry. Community Room Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Film: “La Haine” (“The Hate”) This gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive film looks at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France. The film tells the story of three young friends and their struggle

Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. ­– Princeton Future, “Planning Our Future, Part 2: Information” 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.

Feb. 20, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk

Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Circulo de Lectura: “La tejedora de sombras” por Jorge Volpi Retrato de una mujer que se empeñó en confrontar el universo masculino de su época, y el inquietante recuerdo de una obsesión llevada hasta

Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. Widows Support Group A semimonthly meeting for widows only. For full description, see Dec. 6 entry. Quiet Room Feb. 21, 6:45 p.m. Talk: “New Rules for LLCs” This seminar will discuss New Jersey’s “Revised Limited Liability Company Act,” which takes effect in March. The act’s key components and significant business-friendly updates will be reviewed. Please register at scoreprinceton.com. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Area Chapter of SCORE.

Feb. 21, 7 p.m. The Knit Nook Monthly public knitting sessions; all levels welcome. For full description, see Dec. 20 entry. Quiet Room

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Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Programs for Job Seekers For full description, please see Jan. 4 entry. Community Room

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

Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Film: “Slavery by Another Name” This documentary, based on the book by Douglas Blackmon, challenges the belief that slavery in America ended with the Emancipation Proclamation and sheds light on the practice of forced labor that existed into the 20th century. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Community Room

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Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Explorers Club This new 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 Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration Community Room CALENDAR CONT IN UES ON PAG E 16


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Jersey Transit A Cappella Concert The a cappella ensemble Jersey Transit uses complex vocal harmonies augmented by claps, grunts and Aboriginal clicking noises. Community Room

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Feb. 25, 9 a.m. AARP Tax Aides Help with federal and state returns. For full description, see Feb. 4 entry. Community Room Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Talk: “Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity” Carol King of the Princeton Senior Resource Center discusses matching volunteer opportunity to the personal and professional goals of seniors, and how volunteering leads to new skills and relationships. Part of the Next Step Speaker Series. Conference Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Careers Program.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Feb. 26, noon Author Siobhan Roberts The author talks about and signs copies of “Wind Wizard,” her book about Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the

father of modern wind engineering. Davenport investigated how wind navigates the obstacle course of the earth’s natural and built environments and how, when not properly heeded, wind causes buildings and bridges to teeter, sway and even collapse. Community Room

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Feb. 26, 4 p.m. Chess Club After-school sessions for young people of all ages and abilities. Third Floor Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Tech Startups” Moderator Suzanne Kaplan and a panel including entrepreneur Jim Medalia, Health Options Worldwide founder David Goldstein, Mapsaurus CEO Alice Zheng and medical technology entrepreneur AnneMarie Maman focus on software and medical technology startups. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and JobTalk4All.

Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Books on Tap Kristin Friberg leads a discussion of “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff. The book follows the life of the first baby born at a back-to-nature commune, through the commune’s destruction, and his struggle to learn to live in

the outside world. 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 Feb. 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. Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Feb. 27, 11 a.m. The Buzz Weekly discussions with library staff. For a full description, see Dec. 5 entry. Welcome Desk

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Feb. 27, 5 p.m. Wednesday Writers Workshop See Dec. 5 entry for description. Princeton Room

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Emancipation Proclamation Community Commemoration Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians James M. McPherson and Douglas Blackmon join Princeton High School students and community members in an examination of the historic significance of the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years after its enactment by Abraham Lincoln. McPherson is professor emeritus of United States history at Princeton

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University and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book “Battle Cry of Freedom.” Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book is “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.” The event will feature readings and songs by PHS students and the authors will sign copies of their books. Princeton High School Performing Arts Center

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Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Princeton Symphony Soundtracks: Mahler’s “Song of the Earth” Music Director Rossen Milanov discusses Mahler’s song symphony, “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”). This majestic setting of ancient Chinese poetry about nature, rejuvenation, and the earth’s mysteries will be performed by Princeton Symphony Orchestra at its March 10 Classical Series concert, Mystical Poetry. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.


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