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The Annual Report Issue An interview with Library Director Leslie Burger Financial Statements Thanks to our donors

Selected “Three Cups of Tea� is the 2009 Princeton Reads book Spring 2009

Greg Mortenson to make two appearances in fall

SUMMER READING Clubs for all ages with a variety of events focusing on the fine arts

Be Creative: Make your own opera / listen to the didgeridoo / discover the actor within / direct a film or commercial Plus: Films about art and artists / talks by artists, curators and designers / go to museums for free / hear five jazz trios



Free pass Under this new program, your library card will get you into one of 10 museums from New York to Philadelphia


pending the day in a museum can be an expensive undertaking. With the price of admission up to $20 in some institutions, some art-lovers are begging off – at least until the current economic crisis improves. Princeton Public Library cardholders, however, don’t have to wait. A new program called Museum Pass will allow free admission to several well-known cultural institutions in New York, Philadelphia, and areas of New Jersey. “This program has been very popular in Massachusetts,” says Technology Initiatives Librarian Romina Gutierrez, who spearheaded Museum Pass at the library. “We are one of the first

useum JUNE

1 Mystery Book Group , 7:30 p.m. p.14 2 Tuesday Tech Talk, 7 p.m. p.18 3 Senior Care Options 7 p.m. p.18 Ask a Lawyer, 7 p.m. p.18 Behavior Based Interviewing, 7 p.m. p.18 4 Volunteering Seminar, 7 p.m. p.18 Princeton Festival Preview, 7:30 p.m. p.13 6 Go-Between Club,10 a.m. p.6 Teen Advisory Board, 11 a.m. p.6 8 Noodle Talk, 7 p.m. p.17 10 Film: “Life.Support.Music ,” 7 p.m. p.8 Thinking Allowed: Phillip Lopate, 7:30 p.m. p.14 11 Contemporary Fiction, 10:30 a.m. p.14 Interviewing Skills Workshop, 7 p.m. p.18 14 Scrapbooking Circle, 2 p.m. p.17 16 Princeton Festival Preview , 7:30 p.m. p.13 17 Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band, 7 p.m. p.4 18 SCORE seminar, 6:45 p.m. p18 Spanish authors: Rivas, Chibes, 7 p.m. p.14 21 Opera NJ Preview , 3 p.m. p.13 22 Art Talk: Debbie Reichard, 7 p.m. p16 23 Princeton Festival Preview, 7:30 p.m. p.13 Socrates Café, 7 p.m. p.17 24 U.S. 1 Poets Invite, 7:30 p.m. p,15 26 SCORE seminar, 6:45 p.m. p18 27 The Russian Duo, 3 p.m. p.13

29 Film: “Surviving Picasso,” 7 p.m. p.7

The Chekhov is in the mail

libraries in New Jersey to offer it to our customers” Cardholders can sign up for the program in the library, or from home by computer. Cardholders may sign up for one pass a day and up to five passes per month. Participating museums are the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, the American Folk Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Frick Collection, all in New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Stickley Museum and the Garden State Discovery Museum in New Jersey. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Garden State Discovery Museum are members of the Association of Children’s Museums and participate in its reciprocal museum program allowing entry, either discounted or free, into hundreds of participating children’s museums.

Library by Mail takes PPL from our place to yours


Princeton Public Library 609.924.9529

s much as Princeton Public Library customers enthuse about the 5-year-old building and its many attributes, there are those who, in a perfect world, would probably be happy if they could sometimes use the library without actually walking through its doors. Their wish has now come true. Meet Library by Mail, one of PPL’s newest innovations. Funded by a grant, this program will allow cardholders who may be homebound, or not be able to get to the building during regular hours, to make use of its services. All books, audio books, music and DVDs are now available through an online reservation system or by telephone request, and will be delivered to customers free of charge. The only exception is feature films, which are not part of the initiative. “We are very excited about this new program,” says Leslie Burger, library director. “Especially during these tough economic times, we are happy that the library can offer one more way to take advantage of our wealth of resources.” Here’s how it works: Cardholders register with the program by using a simple form available in the library, online, and through the community outreach programs to senior citizens. No computer? No problem. Call the library and ask to have an item delivered. Each mailbag delivered will include comment cards, on which customers can not only provide feedback, but also request particular titles or mention areas of special interest. Return mailers will be provided. Cardholders can mail material back to the library at no cost to them. Library by Mail packages can also be returned through drop boxes, including one planned for the Princeton Dinky rail station. Library by Mail makes using PPL more convenient than ever. For those unable to reach the building, this new delivery service provides an easy way to receive materials and get them back on the shelves.


1 Magician Mark Zacharia, 4 p.m. p.5 Film: “Beautiful Losers,” 7 p.m. p.8 6 Film: “Vincent and Theo,” 7 p.m. p.7 8 Make Your Own Opera, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. p.4 7 Tuesday Tech Talk, 7 p.m. p.18 9 Jazz Trios, 7:30 p.m. p.5 12 Scrapbooking Circle, 2 p.m. p.5 13 Noodle Talk, 7 p.m. p.5 Artists on Film ,7 p.m. p.7 15 Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon, 7 p.m. p.6 16 Drop in Teen Programs, 3:30 p.m. p.6 Jazz Trios, 7:30 p.m. p.13 17 MoMA Highlights, 7 p.m. p.16 19 Card making Workshop, 1 p.m. p.17 20 Pre-School Parade, 11 a.m. p.5 Pre-School Concert, 1 p.m. p.5 Fresh Flower Fun, 7 p.m., p.17 21 Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m. p.15 22 Student Film & Video Festival, 7 p.m. p.6 23 Drop in Teen Programs, 3:30 p.m. p.6 Student Film & Video Festival, 7 p.m. p.6 27 Film: “Who the Bleep is Jackson Pollock?,” 7 p.m. p.7 28 Friendship Bracelets Workshop, 3:30 p.m. p.5 Socrates Café, 7 p.m. p.17

29 Film: “Back Home Again,” 7 p.m. p.8 30 Drop in Teen Programs, 3:30 p.m. p.6 Jazz Trios, 7:30 p.m. p.13

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Interior Decorating seminar, 7 p.m. p.17 Didigeridoo Down Under, 11 a.m. p.4 Film: “New Jersey: The Movie,” 7 p.m. p.8 Drop in Teen Programs, 3:30 p.m. p.6 Paper Airplanes Workshop, 4 p.m. p.5 Readers’ Theatre Workshop, 3:30 p.m p.5 Monopoly Tournament, 3 p.m. p.6 Scrapbooking Circle, 2 p.m. p.17 Film: “Frida,” 7 p.m. p.7 Noodle Talk, 7 p.m. p.18 Sidewalk Chalk Art , 3 p.m. p.5 Film: “Woodstock,” 7 p.m. p.8 Drop in Teen Programs, 3:30 p.m. p.6 Readers’ Theatre Workshop, 3:30 p.m. p.5 Film: “George Segal: American Still Life,” 7 p.m. p.7 Build It!, 5:30 p.m. p.5 Film: “Basquiat,” 7 p.m. p7 Film: “Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice,” 7 p.m. p.7 Socrates Café, 7 p.m. p.18 McCarter Live at the Library, 7 p.m., p.15 Film: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” 7 p.m. p.7 Story Time schedule p.5 Philippa Gregory, Greg Mortenson, Calvin Trillin, Children’s Book Festival / See our fall preview p.19


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Creative energy Summer Reading Clubs shine the spotlight on all things artistic


Entering Grades 1-6

Entering Grades 7-12


rinceton Public Library’s popular Summer Reading programs get off to a rousing start with a kickoff con‑ cert Wednesday, June 17 by Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, on the plaza at 7 p.m. The family-oriented party ushers in the summer reading season, when the library’s four Summer Reading Clubs begin to challenge members with special rewards and incentives. From certificates for delicious ice cream to state-of-the-art techno gadgets, club members of all ages can win prizes according to just how much they read. Participants will notice one difference this year: Summer Reading is going green. “We’re using recycled paper for everything this year, and we’re using environmentally friendly awards,” says Allison Santos, Children’s Librarian. “We are becoming environmentally sustainable.” Each club has a theme. Wee Reads, for infants to 4-year-olds, encourages even the youngest library patrons to participate in a Summer Reading Club. With their parents in tow, kids who register for this year’s “Smart Start” activities can read books about colors, dancing shapes, music, poetry, or construction. They can create a finger paint picture, sculpt with Play-Dough, create with building blocks and create collage pictures. Little readers will also learn new songs, dances and finger plays, attend story times, and take part in other fun events. Complete 25 activities and win an ice cream sundae coupon from Thomas Sweet Ice Cream. Kids win a board book at the end of the program. Those entering kindergarten through grade 5 can take part in their own club with “Be Creative” as a theme. Kids receive a bookmark and time chart upon registering. Kids who read to 25 hours will win the ice cream certificate; they will get the medal for completing the 50 hours. Related activities will include making  friendship bracelets, doing sidewalk art, creating paper airplanes, attend‑ ing magic shows and playing board games. For teens in grades 6-12, this year’s theme is “Express Yourself.”  A Monopoly tournament, short video contest, and many drop-in activities are planned.Teens who read for 25 hours will win an ice cream sundae coupon from Thomas Sweet Ice Cream. Star readers who get to 50 hours are eligible for a raffle for an Ipod Nano. For adults, the theme is “Master the Art of Reading.” Sign up at the Welcome desk to receive a reading log and bookmark. The first 25 people to register will receive an extra incentive. Read as many books as you like. Attend our special Monday night programming and be entered in a prize drawing. Return your reading logs and submit reviews by Sept. 6 to be entered into the final drawing for a prize.

Summer Reading Club kickoff concert June 17, 7 p.m., Hinds Plaza

‘Tea’ for you and me Greg Mortensen’s ‘‘Three Cups of Tea” is the Princeton Reads book for 2009; author to make two appearances in fall

Greg Mortenson will make two Piinceton Reads appearances this fall.


itting at the Princeton Public Library’s Wel‑ come desk over the last several years, librari‑ an Kristin Friberg noticed a certain enthusiasm among patrons for “Three Cups of Tea,” the bestseller by Greg Mortenson. With an original volume published in 2006, additional versions for young adults and a picture book, this extraordinary account of one person’s unstoppable drive, faith and spirit has captured the attention of readers everywhere, and PPL readers are no exception. So it makes sense that when Friberg was ap‑ proached by Princeton Reads Committee member Janie Hermann on behalf of community members Ad‑ nan Shamsi and Sumeera Baig about the possibility of bringing Greg Mortenson to Princeton, the commitee decided “Three Cups of Tea” would be this year’s choice for the annual Princeton Reads program. As the highlight of Princeton Reads, Mortenson will visit Princ‑ eton in October, making two appearances – one for local schools; the other for the community at large. This is the fourth Princeton Reads effort launched by the library. Previous authors in the program were Chinua Achebe, James McBride, and Chang-Rae Lee. “The goal of Princeton Reads is and has been an

effort to unite the community through great literature,” says Friberg. “This book is something else, entirely. It is remarkable how many people have commented about this book. It has taken on a life of its own. Hopefully, it will also inspire people to take a look at what they can do to help someone else who may need a helping hand.” Mortenson’s story began in 1993. Attempting to scale mountain K2, he lost his way and found himself in a remote village in Pakistan. Touched by the people who took him in to care for him until he was strong enough to move on, he promised he would return and build a school for them. “That is a nice sentiment, but how many people do you know, who, by the way, are not by any means

wealthy, would actually follow through with such a proposition?,” asks Friberg. Mortenson returned to the States, sold all that he owned, slept in his car, and spent his time writing over 500 letters to famous people, request‑ ing monetary assistance to fulfill his goal. He was given a check for $623.45 from the students at the school where his mother was a teacher after they spontaneously initiated a fund drive, Pennies for Pakistan, when they heard what he wanted to ac‑ complish. Famed TV newsman Tom Brokaw heard of Mortenson’s goal and sent him a check for $100. And a wealthy former climber and scientist helped fund the initial school, getting the dream off the ground. Since establishing his first school, Mortenson has built 78 schools, in the process enduring an armed kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and extended separations from his wife and children. Mortenson’s efforts continue. The library is hoping to have its own Pen‑ nies for Peace program in place to aid in his goals to bring education to children, especially girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the non-profit or‑ ganization he co-founded, the Central Asia Institute. As in past years with Princeton Reads, copies of the book will be left at cafes around town, encour‑ aging people to read it. Supplementary programs and a resource guide will be available. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity,” says Friberg. “Greg Mortenson’s story is extraordinary.”



CHILDREN Make Your Own Opera

Paul Chapin

What goes into the creation of an opera? Kids ages 5-8 can learn the basics and put them to work in this workshop led by Paul Chapin, choral music teacher at Princeton’s Riverside School, who will focus on the opera made to Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” In the evening, there will be a showing of a film version of the opera by Oliver Knussen, followed by a discussion, “From Book to Opera to Sendak,” open to children and adults. At the workshop, kids will explore the construction of Sendak’s book through summary, acting and discussion. They will compose and perform music to fit the drama of the story, and compare the music to that of a professional composer who took on a similar project. In addition, they will compare and contrast the work of an author with that of a composer. The workshop is two hours; the screening is about 45 minutes. July 8, 3:30 p.m. (workshop) 7:30 p.m. (screening and discussion)

GETTING THE PARTY STARTED — Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band will perform a special family concert to kick off Summer Reading Clubs on June 17 at 7 p.m. on Hinds Plaza outside the library.

Didgeridoo Down Under The unusual instrument of Australia is the centerpiece of this high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, art, puppetry, comedy, environmental education, character building and lots of audience participation. Children ages 3 and up and adults will enjoy this program and learn about world music, indigenous art, and maybe even how to play the “didg!” Aug. 4, 11 a.m.

Mark the Magician Mark Zacharia brings laughs, gags, and world-class magic to the library in “Be Creative at Your Library,” a special program geared to families. An entertainer for family parties, companies and several libraries, Mark the Magician has brought his magic to Pfizer, Inc., Rutgers University, conventions and gatherings. He taught magic at Camp Horizons for two years and performed in numerous venues throughout New Jersey. July 1, 4 p.m.


Readers’ Theatre Workshops Discover the actor within by reading and performing scripts. In the first session, young participants play theater games and review a script to take home. In the second, they rehearse the script and then deliver a performance for family and friends, who are invited. Aug. 7 ,14, 3:30 p.m. Ages 9-12.

Afghans for Afghans

Be a

Join fellow humanitarians in this project that sends hand-knit and


crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan. As part of the Princeton Reads program, participants can stop by the

at Princeton Public Library

Youth Services department to knit or crochet a square that will eventually become part of an afghan. Anyone who wants to also knit or crochet

Preschool Parade and Junior Jam concert

afghans, hats, scarves, sweaters, or other items is welcome to do so and

Little ones aspiring to stardom can join the fun at the “Be a Rock Star at Princeton Public Library” parade, followed by a concert geared to children ages 3-7 by Junior Jam. Jeff Eisenberg and singing partner Elayne Kessler use a lively blend of catchy songs and creative props to entertain and educate. July 20, 11 a.m. (parade); 1 p.m. (concert)


donate them through the library as part of the Afghans for Afghans project. June 18-Sept. 30

Story Room, third floor






Newborns to 15 months

Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

June 22 to Aug. 17

Must attend

Mother Goose Time

15 months to 2 years

Tuesdays, 10:20 a.m

June 21 to Aug. 17

Must attend

Toddler Stories

2 to 31⁄2 years

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

June 24 to Aug. 19

Must attend

Preschool Stories

31⁄2 to 6 years

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

June 25 to Aug. 20

Must remain in the library

Saturday Stories

2 to 8 years

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

June 20 to Aug. 16

Must attend if child is 5 or under

Sunday Stories

2 to 8 years

Sundays, 3:30 p.m.

June 20 to Aug. 17

Please note that there will be no Story Times on July 4

Must attend if child is 5 or under

Hands-on activities

Kids can have fun with handson activities this summer, inside the library and out. Get creative making friendship bracelets. At Sidewalk Chalk Art (Scrivener’s) Day, budding artists will start outside the library’s front door and make their way up Witherspoon Street, across Wiggins Street and beyond. At “Build it!” day, individuals or family groups will get a chance to build their own structures. And a Paper Airplanes Workshop emphasizes another kind of creativity. Friendship Bracelets Workshop July 28, 3:30 p.m. Ages 9 and older Paper Airplanes Workshop Aug. 6, 4 p.m.Ages 9 and older Sidewalk Chalk Art Day Aug. 11, 3 p.m. (raindate Aug. 13) All ages

Build It! Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m. Ages 6 and older




Princeton Student Film & Video Festival The sixth annual festival will spotlight original films with running times of 20 minutes or less by high school and college-age students (or up to age 24). Filmmakers will be invited to attend and talk about their work to an audience of teens and adults. July 22 and 23, 7 p.m.


Film submission deadline: June 15 Details, entry form and submission guidelines:


I Love the Library Video Contest “We interrupt this program for a commercial message: I love the library!” Submit a short (two minutes or less) original video telling us what you love about the library, and win a prize. For details, go to

Monopoly Tournament Calling all Monopoly game fans! Join fellow players for a tournament, open to teens and all others interested in the buying, selling and mortgaging of this classic real estate board game. Aug. 8, 1 p.m.

Teen-Adult Event

Dark Side of the Rainbow

Drop-In Programs for Teens

Looking for something interesting to do this summer? Drop in at the library on Thursday afternoons July 16-Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m. for special programs geared to teens. Crafts, games, improvisation, music, and poetry are planned for these afternoon sessions. Come in, cool off, and be creative. July 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, 3:30 p.m.


This special summer encore program for teens and adults features the collision of two classics from different eras. Watch the cinema classic “The Wizard of Oz” with a replacement soundtrack of the legendary rock album “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd, which spent 14 consecutive years on the Billboard chart of top-selling albums. We play the film while running through the album twice; then pick up the last 10 minutes of the movie with its own soundtrack. Wear your Pink Floyd- or Ozthemed outfits to add to the fun. July 15, 7 p.m.

Teen Advisory Board Participants in grades 8-12 meet monthly at the library to make suggestions for the library’s collection and have a say in library services and programs. Healthy snacks are provided and new people are always welcome. June 6, 11 a.m

Go-Between Club The club for students in grades 6-7 provides an opportunity to talk about reading and other interests, help with library events and plan programs. New people are always welcome. June 6, 10 a.m.

Conference Room, second floor

Conference Room, second floor.


Art on screen



Documentaries on Artists and Art

Caroline Harris shares insights on the cinematic portrayal of artists

By ANNE LEVIN Connections Staff Writer With a roster of films about art and artists on the schedule this summer, PPL has invited Caroline Harris, curator of education and academic programming at the Princeton University Art Museum, to talk about how Hollywood portrays the art world and its unique personalities. “Artists on Film: Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso” will focus on two of the most significant artists of the 20th Caroline Harris century and their portrayal in such films as “Vincent and Theo” and “Surviving Picasso,” both of which will be screened this summer. “Artists’ lives have long been a powerful source for the production of myths and legends,” Harris says. “Film proves a persuasive medium to perpetuate those myths, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction.” Invariably, Harris says, the true stories of artists’ lives are more complicated than a director could ever portray. How close did the writers and directors of these films come to the real story? Audience members need not have seen the films to follow the lecture. Prior to joining the Princeton University Art Museum six years ago, Harris served as staff lecturer in charge of academic affairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of Virginia. She lectured at the Princeton Public Library last fall on the work of architect Frank Gehry. Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Films and screening info The series begins June 29 with “Surviving Picasso,” the 1996 Merchant/Ivory telling of the tempestuous affair between Pablo Picasso (Anthony Hopkins) and Francoise Gilot, the only one of his mistresses strong enough to stand up to his cruelty and move on with her life. Next, on July 6, is “Vincent and Theo,” directed by Robert Altman in 1990. This biographical look at Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo stars Tim Roth and Paul Rhys. On July 27, the documentary “Who the Bleep is Jackson Pollock” tells the often hilarious story of the 73-year-old former long-haul truck driver who purchased a painting for $5 at a thrift store, and spent the next 15 years battling the art world over its origins. The series continues Aug. 10 with “Frida,” a dramatization of the life of artist Frida Kahlo. The film earned Salma Hayek an Oscar nomination for her portrayal. “Basquiat,” to be shown Aug. 24, is a documentary by artist Julian Schnabel about Jean-Michel Basquiat, who introduced the graffiti art form to the art scene. Basquiat died in 1988 at only 28. Finally, on Aug. 31, Woody Allen’s recent “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” starring Scarlett Johannson and Javier Bardem, tells the story of two young women who fall in love with the same artist. All screenings are 7 p.m.

“Surviving Picasso” June 29, 7 p.m.

A scene from “Beautiful Losers.”

“Beautiful Losers”

“Vincent and Theo” July 6, 7 p.m.

This documentary by Sidetrack Films celebrates the independent and “D.I.Y.” spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists, including Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen and Harmony Korine, who emerged from the underground youth subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock and hip-hop. The film tells the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal training and almost no conception of or interest in the inner workings of the art world ended up having a huge impact on the worlds of art, fashion, film, music and pop culture. Rich Lim, one of the producers of the film, will appear at the screening to talk about the film. July 1, 7 p.m. 1 hour, 30 minutes

“Who the Bleep is Jackson Pollack?” July 27, 7 p.m.

“Frida” Aug. 10, 7 p.m.

George Segal

“George Segal: American Still Life”

Amber Edwards of New Jersey Network directed this documentary about the famous sculptor, using interviews with family members and colleagues as well as archival footage to tell his story. Aug. 18, 7 p.m. 1 hour

“Basquiat” Aug. 24, 7 p.m.

Ben Shahn

“Ben Shahn, Passion for Justice” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Aug. 31, 7 p.m.

This 2002 documentary by New Jersey Network examines the social realist artist, who lived in Roosevelt, and came to prominence in the 1930s with his painting “The Passion of Sacco & Vanzetti.” Aug. 25, 7 p.m. 58 minutes




A friend’s recovery inspires a filmmaker


n Aug. 4, 2004, guitarist Jason Crigler was in the middle of a concert in New York City when a brain hemorrhage struck him like a lightning bolt. The 34-year-old musician stumbled into the wings and was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital. He had suffered a near-fatal stroke. Crigler’s family was told that he’d be lucky to make it through the night. If he did, the prognosis for the future was ghastly. But the family, especially his pregnant wife, Monica, refused to give up hope, once that first hurdle was crossed. And nearly five years later, his life is just about back to normal. It is the determination of Crigler’s clan and his own amazing drive that inspired filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar, a friend of Crigler, to make “Life.Support.Music.” The acclaimed documentary about this grueling journey back will be shown June 10, 7 p.m. at Princeton Public Library, in advance of an airing on the PBS television series “POV” on July 7. Metzgar will be on hand for the screening and will answer questions following the film. His company, Merigold Moving Pictures of Brooklyn, N.Y., premiered the movie a year ago. It has since played at numerous film festivals around the world.

When Eric Daniel Metzgar visited guitarist Jason Crigler in the hospital, a film began. ‘Life.Support.Music’ screens June 10, prior to broadcast on P.O.V. Metzgar will speak at the screening. “I knew Jason before his brain injury, and I was up to speed on the progress of his recovery but from a distance,” says Metzgar, who spoke at the library at a screening of his first film, “Chances of the World Changing,” at the 2007 Princeton Environmental Film Festival. “When he had just come home and was kind of out of the woods, he and his family called me. I hadn’t heard his voice in over a year. He asked me if I wanted to make a documentary about the whole thing. I had secretly thought about it, but didn’t want to ask. Of course, I said yes.” The hospital where Crigler had spent several months had filmed Crigler during the recovery process, for training purposes. So footage of this difficult time existed. “There was such a rich backlog of footage that I thought I could represent what had already happened and conclude there, but he still seemed to be progressing,”

Metzgar says. “So I followed them for another year or so, and Jason just continued to progress. His surgery, his getting back to music, bonding with his baby daughter his wife had while he was unconscious – it’s all there.” Footage shows Crigler completely incapacitated, even seven months after the hemorrhage. He is still in the hospital, and his body is twisted into what his sister, Marjorie, calls “a human knot.” His sister, parents and wife visit him in the hospital every day, stimulating him in every way they can imagine. The camera is there to record his achievements, from the simplest nod of his head to his first performance on the guitar for a large crowd, much later, a scene one critic called “sob-inducing.” “The essential thing people pull away from the film is the unwavering commitment of his family,” Metzgar says. “He was very lucky to have such an extensive and generous family, but they really came together in a way that most of us have trouble imagining our own families doing. In their refusal to accept the limited prognoses of the doctors, they essentially defined how much he was going to progress. That was kind of revolutionary. They kept pushing him further and further, and the doctors were saying, ‘Wow, this is amazing

Eric Daniel Metzgar will speak at the screening of his film “Life.Support.Music.” on June 10 at 7 p.m. and you’re proving us wrong.’ Nobody knows how far we can come. It’s the final frontier, brain injury.” “Life. Support. Music” was a prizewinner at the Rome International Film Festival and the Aspen Film Festival. Metzgar’s most recent film, “Reporter,” follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof through Congo, and it premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. He is now at work on a screenplay. — Anne Levin

June 10, 7 p.m. “New Jersey: The Movie”

This film written and directed by Steve Chernoski examines the cultural divide between the two New Jerseys: north and south. The film is mak‑ ing the festival circuit and is scheduled for wider distribution later this year. Chernoski will appear at the screening to an‑ swer questions and talk about the film. Aug. 5, 7 p.m. 38 minutes

“Back Home Tomorrow”

This documentary highlights the work of the Italian organization EMERGENCY Life Support for Civilian War Victims, which has treated more than 3 million patients. Its medical team intervenes with humanitarian initiatives in favor of victims and provides medical and surgical assistance to civilians in war zones. It will be playing at the Walter Reade Theater in New York this summer and was recently screened in London. Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Paolo Santolini made the film in Italy last year. Chiara Megighian Zenati of Emergency USA will speak following the screening. July 29, 7 p.m. 1 hour, 30 minutes Co-sponsored by the library and Dorothea’s House, the Italian-American cultural institution.


This landmark 1970 documentary about the famous rock festival, which 40 years ago this month drew hundreds of thousands to Yasgar’s Farm in Bethel, N.Y. was a classic of its era. Who knew that a young Martin Scorsese was among the editors? Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 1hour, 24 minutes

Save the Date and Call For Entries

Princeton Envionmental Film Festival: Jan. 2-17, 2010 Entry deadline: Sept. 1 Details: Updates of film programs:

Teen-adult film programs on the Teen Page — Student Film & Video Festival — “Dark Side of the Moon”/“Wizard of Oz” event

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With the library looking back on a successful 2008 and planning to celebrate its centennial, the emphasis remains what it’s always been: helping people in good times and bad. By ANNE LEVIN Connections Staff Writer

At the end of 2009, Princeton Public Library will begin celebrating its centennial. While this major milestone comes at a time of economic uncertainty, the library is committed to keeping its eye on the community and how best it can be served. “In thinking about the future, it seems appropriate to focus on our past,” says Library Director Leslie Burger. “This library is about our books and varied resources, but it is mostly about our focus on people. From our very beginnings, we were a community-based library, trying to match our offerings with the demands of the community. Now, having reached 100 years, we are still focusing on people – helping them in good times and bad.” New programs such as Library by Mail and the Museum Pass, not to mention continuing innovations in technology and resources, have made PPL a popular refuge for people looking for jobs or free “This library is about entertainment and enrichment. The library’s cultural our books and varied offerings continue and programs for those seeking advice on coping with the economic downturn are resources, but it is expanding all the time. “Certainly the economic situation has touched mostly about our people in unexpected ways,” says Burger. “We’ve been focus on people.” working with other community-based organizations to help people through these difficult times, whether it is to learn new skills or just enjoy themselves without spending a lot of money.” The continuing generosity of foundations and individual donors has allowed the library to extend its services and programs. The extraordinary gifts of the late George H. and Estelle Sands, who died on Nov. 27, 2007 and this past March 6, respectively, have helped strengthen the link between library and the community. Look for news about events marking the library’s centennial in the pages of Connections, and on the library’s e-newsletter. Mark your calendars now for 10/10/10, the community-wide celebration Marking 100 Years of Great Library Service in Princeton. “We have been here for the community since 1910, and we will continue to serve the community,” says Burger. “That’s what we are here to do.”

Leslie Burger with Henry Louis Gates Jr. in the Princeton Room prior to the historian’s February program at the library.

2008 Financial Reports

2008 Statistics

Princeton Public Library INCOME Municipal Appropriation State Aid Friends of the Library Gifts and Grants Other Income

$3,795,827 $38,922 $267,500 $140,929 $502,650



Friends of the Library EXPENSES Compensation $3,275,831 Library Materials $377,490 Other Expenses $325,235 Building and Grounds $490,705 Technology $164,816 Total $4,734,077

INCOME Annual Appeal Annual Benefit Book Sales Other Income

$175,854 $92,160 $46,400 $5,247



EXPENSES Library Contributions Other Expenses Total

$267,500 $50,657 $318,157

Door Count Gate Count Total Cardholders Population (Princetons) Items Checked Out Internet Sessions Programs Program Attendance Questions Answered Study Rooms Used Faxes Sent

846,694 596,770 32,842 30,230 573,287 225,165 1,474 45,016 95,907 11,551 842


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The Princeton Festival 2009

Trios for Thursdays Jazz fans are in luck this summer. Five trios are coming to the library for evening concerts, each with its own distinctive sound and style. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Kaczorowski-Valosin Band

Modern jazz standards, classics, and original compositions are the specialty of bassist Dave Kaczorowski and drummer Adrian Valosin, joined here by pianist Jim Desalvo. July 9, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Night Jazz

This in-demand combo, featuring Ewing High school juniors Tom Zmuda (saxophones), Joel Nygren (keyboards) and Tommy Heutmaker (drums), won U.S. 1’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2006. They perform a blend of blues, funk, and contemporary tunes. July 16, 7:30 p.m.

Steve Hiltner and the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble

Environmentalist Hiltner is also a longtime jazz saxophonist and composer. He teams here with Rider University pianist/composer Phil Orr and bassist Jerry D’Anna in a program of original jazz. July 30, 7:30 p.m.

Tara Buzash Trio

Jazz pianist/composer Buzash is joined by bassist Craig Thomas and drummer Joe Falcey in this program melding three strong individual styles. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Antonow Trio

This trio features guitarist Dave Antonow, electric and acoustic bass player Steve Varner, and drummer Tom Sayek , all well-known artists, in this original program. Aug.13, 7:30 p.m.

The library is proud to be a sponsor of the Princeton Festival by hosting a series of previews and lectures that complements the festival’s 2009 theme of “Midsummer Magic.”

Princeton Festival Musical Preview

Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk and stage director Steven LaCosse will be joined by artists from the Princeton Festival for a musical preview of the season. “Midsummer Magic: Dreams and Deception” will focus on Benjamin Britten’s opera “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which is among the productions. June 4, 7:30 p.m.

“The Magical Music in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’“

Timothy Urban, a local scholar with graduate degrees in music performance, early music performance practice, and music theory, and a doctorate in musicology, will examine Britten’s score in this special lecture about the opera. Urban is an adjunct professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and is also on the faculty of Westminster Conservatory. June 16, 7:30 p.m.

“A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy”

Woody Allen’s 1982 comedy about a wacky inventor and his wife who invite two other couples to their country home for a weekend in the early 1900s explores themes of love, fate and immortality. The film stars Allen, Mia Farrow, and Jose Ferrer. June 23, 7 p.m.

Opera NJ Summer Preview

Get a preseason sample of this company’s roster of operas, to be presented July 10-26 at McCarter Theatre. With Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio,” Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operetta “The Mikado” on the schedule, this is sure to be a rich, varied season. The seven-year-old opera company based in Princeton recently announced a collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which will accompany the singers at McCarter this summer. June 21, 3 p.m.

The Russian Duo Concert pianist Terry Boyarsky and balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov make their audiences want to dance and sing along as they play and sing com‑ positions originally written for the three-stringed, triangular balalai‑ ka as well as traditional and classical works. The duo takes audi‑ ences on a journey across the span of Russian culture, ranging from humorous pieces, folk songs, gypsy melodies and dance music to pieces like the 1918 ragtime piece, “Russian Rag,” based on the famous prelude by Rachmaninoff. They also include favorites from other countries across the globe. June 27, 3 p.m.




Thinking Allowed Spanish Authors in America This series brings best-selling Spanish authors to the library to share their works and writing experiences with the public in Spanish language discussions. It is sponsored by Spain’s Ministry of Culture, the New York Public Library, and the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds and coordinated by America Reads Spanish and the Instituto Cervantes.

Manuel Rivas and Rafael Chirbes

Philip Lopate “Notes on Sontag” Noted essayist Philip Lopate was fascinated by fellow writer Susan Sontag. The late author’s work, influence and personality inspired him to write “Notes on Sontag,” a frank, witty reflection on Sontag, her significance to him and to the culture over which she loomed. Despite admiring and being inspired by Sontag’s essays, Lopate admits a persistent ambivalence to her through a series of wry personal anecdotes of their encounters over the years. The Brooklyn-born Lopate is the author of personal essay collections, novels, poetry collections, a memoir, movie criticism, and other works. He has edited numerous anthologies and was the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and elsewhere. Lopate teaches at Hofstra University, Columbia University, Bennington College, and the New School. June 10, 7:30 p.m. Fireplace area, second floor

Rivas is considered a revolutionary in contemporary Galician literature. He has won more than a dozen major Spanish literary awards and is also known for his environmental activism as a founding member of Greenpeace Spain. Rivas began his career in newspapers and some of his works have been adapted for film. Chirbes wrote literary and film reviews before beginning his prolific career as a novelist. Among his books are “Mimoun,” “Los disparos del cazador” and “Los viejos amigos,” titles which have earned him a reputation as an outstanding literary chronicler of Spain. June 18, 7 p.m.

Rafael Chirbes

Manuel Rivas

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Contemporary Fiction

“Why Shoot a Butler?” by Georgette Heyer In this English country house murder mystery with a twist, it’s the butler who gets murdered. But when detective Amberley starts investigating, he finds out things he doesn’t really want to know. June 1, 7:30 p.m.

“The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle The controversy over illegal immigration is confronted head-on in this novel, which tells of two couples who live in close proximity in Southern California’s Topanga Canyon, yet are worlds apart. A chance, violent encounter brings these couples – one living in comfort, the other on the edge of starvation – to a harrowing confrontation. June 11, 10:30 a.m.

Led by librarian Gayle Stratton

Conference Room, second floor

Led by Kristin Friberg

Conference Room, second floor


McCarter Live at the Library “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” McCarter Theatre celebrates artistic director Emily Mann’s 20th anniversary season with a revival of “Having Our Say,” written by Mann and adapted from the book by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. The play was a hit in Princeton before transferring to the Broadway stage for an award-winning run. Mann will return to the library to talk about this new production being staged at the intimate Berlind Theatre Sept. 11 through Oct. 18. In the play, Sadie and Bessie Delany, daughters of a man born into slavery, tell their stories and talk about their childhood in the segregated South. One is strong willed; the other is an obedient mama’s child. Both are determined and intelligent. The play was made into a TV movie starring Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee, earning a Peabody Award for Excellence and a NAACP Image Award nomination. Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.

U.S. 1 Poets Invite “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Princeton Theatre Experiment presents a reading of Steve Martin’s play about a fictional meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, in a bar at the turn of the century. Directed by Todd Reichart, the play is a humorous collision of the sublime and the ridiculous. Vincent Canby of the New York Times described it as “a very engaging 75-minute shaggy dog of a comedy.” July 21, 7:30 p.m. The reading is part of the library’s summer reading club for adults.

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

Patricia Goodrich and Rita Williams

Goodrich is a recipient of several U.S. and European fellowships and was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in poetry and fiction. She has six collections of poetry, including “Clapping Hands in the Dark,” published last spring. Williams is a doctoral candidate in American literature at the University of Delaware. She received a master’s degree from Villanova University in 2006. Williams has published poetry in U.S. 1 Worksheets and Kelsey Review and received second place in the 2004 Edith Garlow Poetry Contest. June 24, 7:30 p.m.

Patricia Goodrich

Rita Williams




MoMA Highlights Explore highlights of the history of modern art drawn from the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, including works by Cezanne, Seurat, van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock, and others in this slide talk. A member of the MoMA staff will present this lecture, which is part of our summer Monday night series. Aug. 17, 7 p.m.

Art Talk

Debbie Reichard uses a lot of found and unconventional objects in her sculpture – garden hoses, cast sawdust, milk cartons, toast, popcorn – and a lot of sentimental images. Hear her talk about her process and where her ideas come from, and examine some of her pieces. Reichard is currently the artist in residence at the Digital Stone Project in Hamilton. June 22, 7 p.m.

“A Torrent of Pleasantries (in Plaid)” by Debbie Reichard

“Lawn Order, Newark ” by Debbie Reichard


Fresh Flower Fun

Flowers, beautiful on their own, can be breathtaking when arranged with an artful eye. Rosemary of Design Inspirations will demonstrate how to create six separate summer tablescapes at this session. Participants will be inspired to play with bunches of flowers and gain the confidence to come up with their own arrangements. Six lucky people will go home with the tablescapes created at the session. July 20, 7 p.m.

Afghans for Afghans Join fellow humanitarians in this project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens and socks to the people of Afghanistan. As part of the Princeton Reads program, participants can stop by the Youth Services department to knit or crochet a square that will eventually become part of an afghan. Anyone who wants to also knit or crochet afghans, hats, scarves, sweaters, or other items is welcome to do so and donate them through the library as part of the Afghans for Afghans program. June 18-Sept. 30

Card-Making Workshop

Linda Willimer of “Stampin’ Up!” demonstrates the art of making cards for art-lovers and book-lovers. Participants, who should be aged 16 and up, make four cards with matching envelopes using stamp sets and supplies, one with a special treat attached. Learn rubber-stamping techniques, the latest stamping and scrapbooking trends, and take home some handcrafted cards. July 19, 1 p.m. Registration is required; $5 materials fee payable at time of workshop.

Scrapbooking Circle Assembling a scrapbook takes time and space to spread out. Both are offered at the monthly meetings of the Scrapbooking Circle. The library supplies a cropping station; scrapbookers bring their own books, photos and other supplies. Some sessions will have a consultant on hand. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, 2 p.m. Registration is recommended. Call 609.924.9529, ext. 220

Socrates Café

In the spirit of Socrates’ belief that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” participants ask questions of each other and listen to responses, raise challenges, and consider alternative answers. Everyone is invited. June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Quiet Room, first floor

Noodle Talk

There are no right or wrong answers in these inspiring discussions; just the truth of experience. June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Quiet Room, first floor

Interior Decorating

Color, Pattern, Texture and Light When it comes to interior decorating, there are those who have “the knack.” Then there are the rest of us, who need advice when it comes to choosing colors, patterns, and making decisions about what pieces of furniture to place where. Carrie Oesmann of Bailiwick Designs in Mt. Olive, N.J. is among the former, and she will bring her expertise to the library with a special seminar touching on a range of topics. Do-ityourselfers, those interested in putting a home up for sale, or others wanting advice on working with a professional designer can all benefit from this program. Oesmann , ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) has clients in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other parts of the East Coast. Her work has appeared in the pages of Design NJ, New Jersey Home and Style, and other publications. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Carrie Oesmann




Behavior Based Interviewing In this difficult job market, being prepared for the questions an interviewer might pose is especially important. Mary Anne Kennedy, a senior human resources consultant specializing in career coaching, will lead this session on behavior based interviewing, which teaches job-seekers how to provide specific examples of their experience when asked. Participants will learn by interviewing each other during the workshop. June 3, 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of U.S. 1 newspaper/Craig Terry

Mary Anne Kennedy

Useful Interviewing Skills

SCORE Counseling and Seminars Counseling Service The 27 mostly retired executives and small business owners comprising the Princeton Chapter are available by appointment for counseling sessions four days each week for individuals who are considering starting a new business or are in business and are seeking advice. All counseling is free and confidential. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9: 30 a.m. Tower Room, second floor. Call 609.393.0505 to schedule a session.

How To Hire, Motivate and Retain Great Employees SCORE counselor Jude Rich shares his experience in hiring, training and motivating. Author of numerous articles and a former executive with Johnson & Johnson, RCA and AT&T, he was formerly a partner with McKinsey and Co. and CEO of Sibson Consulting. June 18, 6:45 p.m. Tower Room, second floor Quick Books to Help Your Business Grow Business and tax professionals Alfred Stephens and Stacy Svendor of Home Tax Pros teach the basics of Quick Books. This seminar is suited to both new and existing businesses. June 25, 6:45 p.m.Tower Room, second floor

Alex Freund of Landing Expert Career Coaching will lead this workshop on interviewing techniques for job-seekers. A veteran of major Fortune 500 com‑ panies, Freund believes in the in‑ dividualized approach and helps clients customize their searches and job-search tools. June 11, 7 p.m.

Volunteering: Building a Resume for an Encore Career

Are you retiring from one career and thinking about starting another? Have you been laid off, making you think about entering a different field? Join experts from The Princeton Senior Resource Center for this workshop about acquiring new skills to re-enter the job market. Volunteering can help develop and demonstrate new skills, and the workshop will also help participants connect with volunteer organizations that will value individual talents. June 4, 7 p.m. Conference Room Second floor

Community Options for Seniors

Tuesday Technology Talks Wonderful Web Sites

According to a new search engine known as Cuil (pronounced “cool”), there are more than 124 billion Web sites on the Internet. Some of these are wonderful; others are just plain weird. Joel May probably wastes more time than most of us searching out the standout sites. In this presenta‑ tion, he will introduce about a dozen of the “weird,” and another dozen of the “wonderful,” and demonstrate how to seek them out. May, who has taught at the University of Chicago and the School of Public Health of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, has been using computers since 1961. June 2, 7 p.m.

Crafting and Scrapbooking Sites Online

Librarians Janie Her‑ mann, a scrapbooking devotee, and Cynthia Lambert, knitting en‑ thusiast, will share their expertise about the best sites online for these two pursuits as well as other popular crafts. Come discover the plethora of sites on the web and unleash your creativity. July 7, 7 p.m.

Adult day care programs, home health care, housing options and geriatric care management are the topics covered in this program featuring Jill Jaclin of Secure at Home, an initiative of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County; Hilary Murray of Buckingham Place Assisted Living & Adult Day Services and Buckingham Home Health Services; and Susan Hoskins, executive director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center. June 3, 7 p.m. Quiet Room, first floor

Ask a Lawyer Lawyers will be at the library for free private consultations on immigration law as well as general legal issues. No appointments necessary; service on a first-come, firstserved basis. Spanish translators will be available. June 3, 7 p.m. Conference Room Second floor

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, the Latin American Task Force, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, the Housing Authority of Princeton and the Mercer County Bar Association. For more information, call Lucia Acosta at 609.924-9529 ext. 316.





Philippa Gregory

Greg Mortenson

Calvin Trillin

New book: “The White Queen”

Princeton Reads

Friends Annual Benefit

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November November 20

Plus: These great annual events Friends Annual Book Sale October 2–4 Saturday September 12, 2009

Mark you calendar for winter

Princeton Envionmental Film Festival: Jan. 2-17, 2010 Details:


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Library Director: Leslie Burger Assistant Director: Elba Barzelatto Programming Coordinator: Janie Hermann Youth Services Manager: Jan Johnson Public Information Director: Tim Quinn Program Committee: Lucía Acosta, Leslie Burger, Elba Barzelatto, Susan Conlon, Kristin Friberg, Pamela Groves, Romina Gutierrez, Janie Hermann, Jan Johnson, Terri Nelson, Tim Quinn, Allison Santos, Barbara Silberstein, Margaret Sieck (Friends of the Library) Illustrations: Jenna Garrison Staff Writer: Anne Levin Editing and design: Tim Quinn


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From the Friends President Pam Wakefield Susan Conlon, left, and Allison Santos were named Movers and Shakers in American Libararies by Library Journal magazine.

For the benefit of the library Please come see the best re‑ cycling in Princeton ‑‑ the Friends’ ongoing used book sale, now in newly expanded space. We have moved into the space previously occupied by the Library Store. We are bigger, brighter and better than ever. Behind the scenes, books are tossed or saved, sorted, discussed and priced, and finally, shelved. And the prices are just right. By reading previous Connec‑ tions, you know that we have a strong book sale committee in place under the able direction of Friends Council member Eve Nie‑ dergang and with the invaluable guidance and footwork of Book Sale Director Stuart Mitchner. So if you are looking for mystery or history, you will find those books sorted and ready. Cooks and gardeners and travelers will find spaces just for them. Want to es‑ cape with a novel? We have them ready and waiting. Kids can sit and browse in their own section. Plus, there is our new arrivals area, un‑ sorted and just waiting for you to spot a treasure. And there is more good news. We have a date for our annual benefit: Nov. 20. And here is the really good news, Calvin Trillin, novelist, humorist and journalist, has accepted our invitation to be the speaker. Our annual benefit is extraordinary: a terrific speaker, dining in the library and one of New Jersey’s best auctions. Save Nov. 20 for “An Evening with Calvin Trillin” and watch the library Web site for more news These are happy events and opportunities being designed and prepared by the Friends who love this library, are willing to work hard to support it and want your help to make it succeed. All the profits from Friends efforts go to keep the astonishing programs coming and the shelves fully stocked. And, that’s what Friends are for.

Third floor Movers and Shakers

The old adage that children should be seen but not heard certainly doesn’t apply on the library’s third floor, where Susan Conlon and Allison Santos work. Despite a virtually continuous stream of “Allison, can you . . . “ and “Susan, I need . . . ” from the kids who seem so at home here, over the last several years Susan and Allison have introduced a number of new and innovative programs. In fact, they’ve done such an outstanding job that they were recognized this year by the Library Journal as “Movers & Shakers,”   innovators who are shaping the future of libraries. Susan and Allison were two of only 50 such Movers and Shakers in the United States and Canada, so this honor places them near the top of their profession, a placement from which Princeton’s children and teens clearly benefit. Among other achievements, Susan was recognized for starting the Student Film & Video Festival in 2004 and the Environmental Film Festival in 2007, both of which have been hugely successful and have spurred similar festivals at other libraries.  “Film is not a big leap from books,” Susan says, “Films have a story to tell, too.” Both festivals have seen a dramatic increase in submissions and in audience size as news of the festivals has spread. This year’s Student Film & Video Festival is July 22-23 ,7 p.m. each night. The Children’s Book Festival, established by Allison, is now in its fourth year and is growing, too. The first year, authors were exclusively local, but now come from as far away as Canada, Florida, and California.  Authors contact her now, Allison points out, adding “authors like to meet their readers and welcome their criticism and their praise.”  A new program Allison is starting, “What’s the Big Idea?,” introduces math and science concepts to preschoolers through story time books. Kids enjoy the stories, she points out, but learn a lot as well. Both Susan and Allison stress that they are part of a larger team, working to bring the best programming and services to Princeton.  Part of that team, of course, is the Friends of the Library.  — Eve Niedergang

SAV E T H E DATE An Evening with

Calvin Trillin The Friends of the Library Annual Benefit

Nov. 20

Steven Fuchs

Fuchs triple crown benefits library Steven Fuchs, a senior at Princeton High School, took on as his Eagle Scout Leadership project the digitizing of the first 10 years of Town Topics. This project, which benefits both the library and the community, will make content just as it appeared in the news readily available via the Web to researchers and those curious about what life was like in Princeton during the ‘40s and ‘50s. Fuchs organized a crew of volunteers to photograph every page of the paper, even as it grew from eight pages to 32 in those first10 years. Using an Optical Character Recognition program to index the content by key word and a search program to pinpoint specific informa‑ tion, the results of this effort will soon be avail‑ able on the library’s Web site and easily acces‑ sible from home or on one of the library’s 100 public access computers. Prior to this, the library staff had developed a homegrown, paper based index for the news‑ paper which is somewhat difficult to use. The model Steven developed for the first 10 years will be used to complete the digitization of the remaining volumes. The library also has the Town Topics available on microfilm. “Our librarians have struggled for a long time on how best to capture the history of our com‑ munity in a way that makes it easy for current and future researchers to understand more about the life and times of Princeton,” Library Director Leslie Burger said in a letter of com‑ mendation. Steven comes naturally to his service to the library. His mother, Karen Fuchs, joined the Friends Council in 1998 and even after completing two three-year terms, continues to volunteer for the library. Steven’s father, Ira Fuchs, is the treasurer of the library’s Board of Trustees. Recently, he was elected to a second five-year term. — Margaret Sieck

Profile for Princeton Public Library

Connections Summer 2009  

Connections is the quarterly magazine of news and events of the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ.

Connections Summer 2009  

Connections is the quarterly magazine of news and events of the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ.