Princeton Public Library Connections Magazine Summer 2016

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CONNECTIONS The Princeton Public Library Magazine SUMMER 2016

connections The Princeton Public Library Magazine






here is a quote that is attributed to Gloria Steinem: “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” We have been living this quote every day since I began working at the Princeton Public Library in January, and, it is clear to me, we had been living it for a considerable amount of time prior to my start date. When I look at the design for the library’s second floor, created by Andrew Berman Architect, one of the winners of the 2016 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, I see a manifestation of the possibilities a library can offer to the people who use and rely on it. After all, what is 2Reimagine, the umbrella term we use for all the planning that is going into creating a new second floor in the Princeton Public Library’s Sands Library Building, if not a shared dream about what a library can be? Where we currently have stacks of shelves and private offices in the heart of the building, we will soon have a quiet room for contemplation and study, collaboration rooms in which small groups can work together and a resource hub where librarians will work side-by-side with the people we are assisting.


We will be lining the second floor’s newly created walls with “neighborhoods” of books, grouped by subject according to a unique system that takes the best of the classic, 140-year-old Dewey Decimal System and combines it with the best of the BISAC system that most bookstores use to organize their bookshelves. We are making plans about moving the library’s collection offsite for safekeeping and about the steps required to revitalize the second floor efficiently and safely with a minimum of disruption. We are also planning for what comes after the project is complete. Concurrent with all the planning that is going into reimagining the library’s second floor, we are working with the library’s leadership to plan our objectives for 2017, and laying the foundation for a strategic plan for 2018-2020. We are planning because we never stop dreaming about what we can be for you, about the leaps of imagination you can enjoy, about the possibilities for excitement and inquiry and discovery and connection that we can help you realize. We are allowing our imagination to soar, holding onto the excitement of possibility. And we are planning, constantly planning, because planning, after all, is a form of dreaming.


Inside the Blue Tent at last year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival. This year’s festival will be Sept. 24.

Read the books this summer, meet the authors in September at the Princeton Children’s Book Fest


eading a book from the following list will be its own reward. Written and/or illustrated by some of the most celebrated names in children’s literature, these selections will become fast favorites. But there’s something else that will enhance the experience of reading these books this summer. All of the authors or illustrators who created them will be present at the 11th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 24. So, in addition to discovering some wonderful stories, young readers can look forward to actually meeting the people behind them face to face. For updates on all of the authors who will be appearing at the festival, keep an eye on

PICTURE BOOKS “Rules of the House” by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Matt Myers Barnett and Myers have created a winning tale of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, loyalty. Barnett’s trademark dry humor appears in full force, and Myers’ illustrations are wonderful. “Good Night Owl,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He’ll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what’s going on! “Tad and Dad,” written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein Stein, a Caldecott Honor winner, has created an expressive tale about familial love that is full of funny, tender family dynamics that will evoke nods of recognition and lots of laughs. Comically expressive, deftly conveying the energy of the wee frog and the exasperation of his dad. “Gator Dad,” written and illustrated by Brian Lies In this book, the best-selling author of the Bats series celebrates some of the inventive, and sometimes unorthodox, ways that dads do things. These gators demonstrate an energetic and loving style of parenting, one that embraces each day to the very fullest. “Swap!,” written and illustrated by Steve Light A child sets out to help his captain repair his ship and barters one item for another until, SWAP! He secures sails, anchors, a ship’s wheel and a new friend.

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Summer reading, freestyle


n the spirit of the freedom that summer brings, the library’s Summer Reading programs are offering some new freedoms, too. Participating young readers will decide their own goals and how to track progress throughout the summer The library will be following the theme suggested by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, but we’ve made a few changes to allow more flexibility. Readers will be allowed to establish their own goals and track their progress by number of books read or number of hours they read. Incentive prizes will be awarded to those who meet their goals and check in with us. There will be additional opportunities for prizes for readers who show us that they have read every day during the summer. Prizes include gift certificates for books, Thomas Sweet ice cream and more. Upon registration, readers may enter a drawing to win four tickets to the July 14 Trenton Thunder game vs. the Reading Fightin’ Phils including post-game fireworks. The theme of Summer Reading this year is Wellness, Fitness and Sports with the slogans “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” for children in grades K-5 and “Get in the Game: Read” for sixth- through 12thgraders. Many of our summer events also reflect the theme. Summer reading at the library includes our youngest children, too. Parents and caregivers of infants and preschoolers who complete 25 early literacy activities will receive a book of their choice and other rewards. Reading every day is also encouraged and these youngest readers are also eligible for prizes. Activity lists will be provided at registration. Books read during the summer will also count toward a child’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading goal. Registration for summer reading begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17, at the third floor Youth Services desk. The program concludes Sept. 4 and participants will have until Sept. 10 to claim their prizes. For additional details, see⁄summerreading.


GRADES 1-3 “The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial,” by Susan E. Goodman; illustrated by E.B. Lewis In diverse settings, through diverse characters, and embedded in diverse experiences, E.B. Lewis offers us his lens on the landscape of human emotions. “Dragon was Terrible” by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Greg Pizzoli What a terrible dragon! He scribbles in books, steals candy from baby unicorns and burps in church. Who does that? Dragon, that’s who! “Marta! Big and Small” by Jen Arena; illustrated by Angela Dominguez Marta is una nina, an ordinary girl … with some extraordinary animal friends. As Marta explores the jungle, she knows she’s bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is sabrosa — tasty, very tasty! But Marta is ingeniosa, a very clever girl, and she outsmarts the snake with hilarious results. “Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split,” written by Anika Rissi; illustrated by Meg Park Meet Anna and her beloved weiner dog Banana in this start to a charming illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships. “The Real Poop on Pigeons,” written and illustrated by Kevin McCloskey Did you know a pigeon can fly faster than a car and farther than a small airplane? Or that they have something unusual in common with penguins, flamingos, and even the dodo? With his trademark mix of humor, wellresearched facts and artistry, McCloskey delivers the straight poop on these humble creatures.

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Claire Legrand at last year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival. The author’s “Some Kind of Happiness” is recommended for Young Adults this summer.



“The Smek Series, Book 2 Smek for President!,” written and illustrated by Adam Rex In this much anticipated sequel to “The True Meaning of Smekday,” Tip and J.Lo are back for another hilarious intergalactic adventure.

“Jessica Darling’s It List,” series by Megan McCafferty Preteen Jessica Darling tries her best to remain true to herself even if that means not being cool.

“The Gallery,” by Laura Marx Fitzgerald This lively and inventive mystery successfully incorporates history, art, and literary classics. Inspired by true events described in a fascinating author’s note, “The Gallery” is a 1920s caper told with humor and spunk that readers today will love. “The Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Largest Animals,” by Jeff Campbell, illustrated by Adam Grano Campbell’s’ explorations of these annihilated species are complex and perceptive and these timely, important, and fascinating stories will encourage readers to save all life, no matter its size.

“Some Kind of Happiness,” by Claire Legrand Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel about a girl who must save a magical make-believe world in order to save herself. “Soar,” by Joan Bauer A boy who can’t run gives a town wings in this outstanding and tender exploration of courage and the true meaning of heroism. Sports, friendship, tragedy and a love connection are all wrapped up in one heartwarming, page-turning story.

“The Mighty Odds: Book One,” by Amy Ignatow From the renowned author/illustrator of the Popularity Papers series, comes the first installment in a new series about a diverse crew of middle school kids who develop very limited superhero powers after a strange accident and manage to become unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime.



The Bungee Jumpers Team Show will be Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m.

SUMMER READING EVENTS Summer Reading Registration Begins Friday, June 17, 9 a.m. Registration begins for Summer Reading programs for preschoolers, children and teens. Third floor Reading Filibuster Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. Community members and library staff read “The Aurora County All-Stars” by Deborah Wiles aloud from start to finish in the lobby of the library. Readers are invited to sign up for a time slot at the Youth Services Desk or by calling (609) 924-9529, ext. 1240. Lobby


June 21–Aug. 18 All events in the Story Room



Ages 18 months and older

Ages 0-17 months

11 a.m. Baby Storytime


10 a.m. Storytime!

Ages 0-17 months

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


11:30 a.m. Baby Playgroup 10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories Ages 2 and older

Sunday Stories and World Language Stories resume in the Fall

World Records Party Thursday, July 14, 2 p.m. Participate in some world-record-inspired challenges. Teen volunteers will select the challenges and all materials will be provided. Ages 5 and older. Community Room Bungee Jumpers Team Show Friday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. The jump-rope team from Bucks County, PA, presents a high-energy performance that showcases their skills. After the show, children and teens can try single long-rope and doubledutch skipping to classic rhymes and songs. Hinds Plaza Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Family YMCA. “The Greatest Sports Heroes A-Z” Tuesday, July 26, 3 p.m. Bright Star Theatre presents a funny, fast-paced production during which the audience will meet everyone from Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson to Michael Jordan and Jackie Joyner-Kersey. Community Room Summer Reading Midway Thursday, July 28, 2 p.m. All participants in our Summer Reading programs are invited to take a walk on the “boardwalk” and play carnival-style games created by our teen volunteers. Community Room Sports Trivia Monday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Go head to head with other sports fans in a “Jeopardy”-style trivia contest. Intended for children and teens. Community Room

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SUMMER FUN Author/Illustrator Hervé Tullet Monday, June 13, 5 p.m. The best-selling children’s book author/illustrator presents his latest book “My Stencil Kit,” an imaginative activity book that encourages aspiring young artists – and all children – to express themselves with art. He will also demonstrate his craft and answer questions. Copies of “My Stencil Kit” will be available for purchase and signing. Ages 2-10. Third floor Sponsored by the Princeton Kids Events Coalition (Princeton Public Library, Princeton Public Schools, jaZams and Labyrinth Books). “Two Marys, Five Jacks & One Very Big Shoe” Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. Audience members, acting as the children of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, recite, sing and finger-play many nursery rhymes in this silly, engaging and fun Youth Stages presentation. Community Room Please note that there will be no Story Times this day. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m. Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, this stop-motion animated comedy is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers and events that are set in motion when he is discovered. 1 hour, 27 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Free tickets available at the box office for Princeton Public Library cardholders and Garden Theatre members. Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Garden Theatre. Physics with a Bang Tuesday, July 5, 4 p.m. David Maiullo, from Rutgers University Physics Department, returns with his popular physics program for children who are in kindergarten and older. Learn about the principles of physics through demonstrations. Please be aware this program is extremely loud and not suitable for very young children. Community Room

“Two Marys, Five Jacks & One Very Big Shoe”

Toddler Drive-In Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. Toddlers (ages 2-5) accompanied by an adult will decorate their own cardboard-box car. Then, they’ll drive around and park their cars to watch a short drive-in movie. Limited to 30 children. Registration required through the library’s events calendar. Community Room Harry Potter Release Party Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m. Muggles and wizards are invited to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of the official script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. The play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented on stage. Come dressed as your favorite character or just wear your Hogwarts house colors. There will be games, prizes, butterbeer, and more. As the night progresses, we will move the party to Labyrinth Books and jaZams in anticipation of the midnight release of the two-part script. All ages. Co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and jaZams.

Toddler Drive-In


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Stuffed Animal Sleepover Saturday, Aug. 6, 5 p.m. Children ages 3 and older are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to a special story time after which they can leave their animals overnight at the library. Animals, along with photographs showing what kind of fun they had and mischief they made, can be picked up anytime after the library opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Story Room Bach2Rock: The Science of Sound Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m. Caryn Lin transforms sound through the use of her five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology in this fun, interactive multi-media presentation. Community Room Stuffed animals will spend the night in the library on Aug. 6.

MORE FUN Cover to Cover Book Group (C2C) Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. This reading group for fourth- and fifth-graders meets the first Saturday of every month during the school year to discuss books, short stories and other interests related to books. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and learning to post booklists in Bibliocommons. Registration is not required. Study Room 354 Reading Treehouse 1 and 2 Monday, June 6, 4 p.m. Reading Treehouse groups 1 and 2 gather together to celebrate the final meeting of the year in a session that includes reading suggestions, fun activities and a special end-of-the-year surprise. Story Room Acting Out Wednesdays, 4 p.m. June 1 and 8 Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room Family Game Nights Fridays, 6 p.m., June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22; Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Teen volunteers will help set up various board games in the Story Room for a night of family fun. Story Room

Caryn Lin performs her Science of Sound program Aug. 10.


LEGO/Duplo Fridays, 4 p.m., July 8, Aug. 26, 4 p.m. Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in a noncompetitive, community-based LEGO session, including building time and round-table discussion. LEGOs provided by Judy David. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children outside the Story Room. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library and Judy David.

for complete information on all library programs, please visit Language Leap Wednesday, Aug. 10 to Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. Language Leap is an eight-day immersion program intended to foster a love of learning language and to build language skills for first- through sixth-graders. Led by high school students, it focuses on beginning grammar, vocabulary, and culture skills for Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Limited to 25 students per language. Registration required at Teen Center Monopoly Tournament Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m. Children in first through fifth grades are invited to play the classic board game. Winners in the first round will compete with each other in a final round. Suggested for those who have some experience playing the game. Story Room

SUMMER CRAFTERNOONS Thursdays, 3 p.m. Janie Hermann and Linda Willimer lead intergenerational crafting events for those age10 and older. Please register through the events calendar at Adults must be accompanied by a child. Community Room June 23, Memory Book We’ll make a memory book in the shape of a flip-flop. July 21, Cards We’ll make all-occasion cards to say thanks or hello. Aug. 18, Book Wreath We’ll make a book wreath for your door or wall. July 7, Special Summer Crafternoon: Let’s Color Patterns Graphic designer Sarah Lewis Smith joins this coloring session of some of the patterns she created in her interactive guide “Visual Patterns, Princeton.” The patterns were inspired by the architecture, art and nature of Princeton. Sarah will answer questions about the project and tell us more about the inspiration for the patterns. For all ages.

Language Leap returns on Aug. 10.

FOR PARENTS Q&A with Casey Lew-Williams ​Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. After our regular story time, Casey Lew-Williams, codirector of the Princeton Baby Lab, will hold a Q&A on child development and talk about the lab. Lew-Williams investigates how babies learn language. He is interested in several key ideas: that babies are capable of learning complex patterns, that toddlers can efficiently process what their parents say, that language experience shapes learning, and that some children learn more easily than others. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Baby Lab.

Casey Lew-Williams answers questions about child development on July 16.


TEENS SPECIAL EVENTS Opera Workshop: Music that Tells a Story Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. Rochelle Ellis, adjunct professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, leads a twohour workshop that includes an orientation to English opera and the Princeton Festival’s production of “Peter Grimes.” Singers from area schools will perform arias from the English opera repertoire. Workshop attendees are invited take a backstage tour of McCarter Theatre and attend the final dress rehearsal of “Peter Grimes” on Thursday, June 16. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Young people, 14 and older, are particularly encouraged to attend along with family and friends. Grandparents are also encouraged to attend with younger family members. Registration required through Community Room

fun and that there are other girls who share the same interests. In this session, participants will learn how to design their own mini webpage using HTML and CSS code. For ages 12-17. Bring a laptop or one will be provided. Limited to 10; registration required. Story Room

Rochelle Ellis leads an opera workshop June 8


Princeton Student Film Festival Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. Original short films created by filmmakers ages 14-25 are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 11th year, the event features films chosen from local and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions after the screenings, which are for teen and adult audiences. Refreshments follow in Terra Libri café. Community Room

Girls Can Code Monday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. This program is designed to inspire girls to pursue opportunities in computer science and engineering by showing them that they can code, that coding is useful and


The Shakespeare Scene Monday, Aug. 8, noon. He may have died 400 years ago, but William Shakespeare remains a cultural icon. In this four-hour program, students in grades 9-12 will discuss the text of “Romeo and Juliet” while considering why we study Shakespeare’s works and whether his plays are relevant. After watching several film clips from adaptations of “Romeo and Juliet,” participants will create their own movie trailer based on their interpretation of the play. Participants should have familiarity with “Romeo and Juliet.” Story Room

The Writing Project Wednesdays, 1 and 2 p.m., July 6 and 20; Thursdays, July 7 and 21; 1 and 2 p.m. Students will learn to think critically about how to read and write — to read with a writer’s pen and write with a reader’s eye. Participants will also have an opportunity to begin thinking about their college application essays. Intended for rising 11th- and 12th-graders, the one-hour sessions will be led by John Anagbo, retired supervisor of English and Social Studies at Princeton High School. Register for any or all sessions at Story Room

OTHER EVENTS Go Between Club Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m. All sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. Story Room VOICES: Voices on Important Conversations Engaging Students Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. Meet other teens who are passionate about activism at these moderated discussions of hot topics in the news such as racial profiling, global warming and international politics. Story Room


Summer highlights, from left: Princeton Festival, previews its summer season June 2; collegiate percussionists perform at the So¯SI Concert on July 18; and Nicolas Carter is part of an international group of harpists performing July 24.

SPECIAL EVENTS Princeton Festival Preview Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from “Peter Grimes” and “A Little Night Music.” Discussion with the directors will follow. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival. For Princeton Festival lectures, please turn to Page 18. S¯ oSI Concert Monday, July 18, 7 p.m. Students participating in the S o¯ Percussion Summer Institute perform. The institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of S o¯ Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsals and performances. This concert will feature new works composed during the institute as well as percussion pieces commissioned from past years. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and So¯ Percussion. Harp Music Around the Globe Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m. This concert celebrates the diversity of the folk harp around the world and features three performers who are in New Jersey to take part in the Somerset Fold Harp Festival. From Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Kathleen Loughnane began playing the harp at an early age and is a skilled harpist in the Celtic tradition that so many know and love. Meric Donuk is from Mersin, Turkey, and is known for her innovative exploration of jazz-folk fusion on the harp that derives inspiration from the music of her country. At home in two

cultures, Nicolas Carter was raised in Minnesota and in Asuncioin, Paraguay, where he learned to play and excel at the Paraguayan harp. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Somerset Harp Festival.


Performances will be on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or in the Community Room. Singer/Songwriter Showcase Sunday, June 5, 4 p.m. Rich Bozic of Bozic Voice Studio hosts this showcase, where local favorites, including Helen O’Shea, Garry Pearsall, Faith Chambers and the acoustic duo Autumn Dragonfly, will perform original songs and covers. Sustainable Jazz Ensemble Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. The Princeton-based ensemble featuring Steve Hiltner, Phil Orr and Jerry D’Anna performs (mostly) original jazz. The Lifters Band Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. The band plays a mix of rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues and swing. Members are Mike Testa, Bill Linderman, Jim McClurken, Jeff Brown and Brian Helriegel. Ragtime Relics Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. The band performs its signature brand of American Roots Music – a blend of the traditions that helped shape American music in the early 20th century. Founding members Karl Dentino and John Sudia will be joined by special guests.


FILM FIRST FRIDAY FEATURE SERIES All screenings are in the Community Room.

“The Lady in the Van” Friday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years. 1 hour, 44 minutes. “The Finest Hours” Friday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. Walt Disney Pictures chronicles the story of the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton in this drama based on “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. 1 hour, 57 minutes. “45 Years” Friday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. Based on the short story “In Another Country” by David Constantine, this British romantic drama is the story of a couple whose 45-year marriage is rocked when the body of the husband’s long-dead first love is discovered. 1 hour, 35 minutes.



SUMMER DOCUMENTARY SERIES All screenings are in the Community Room.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Jaco: The Film” Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m. The life and death of jazz musician Jaco Pastorius, whose “singing” bass style is said to have redefined the role of the bass in modern music, is examined in this documentary. 1 hour, 50 minutes. “Very Semiserious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists” Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m. Filmmaker Leah Wolchok offers an unprecedented look at the creative process behind the iconic cartoons of The New Yorker. 1 hour, 23 minutes. “Heart of a Dog” Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m. Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on life and death in this film that centers around her remembrances of her beloved dog Lolabelle. 1 hour, 16 minutes.



“Above and Below” Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m. Filmmaker Nicolas Steiner examines the lives of three homeless people in Las Vegas, a man who lives in a military bunker in the California desert and a woman at a Utah research station that simulates life on Mars. 2 hours. “Art House” Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, including Frederic Church, Paolo Soleri, George Nakashima and Henry Mercer. 1 hour, 27 minutes. “Noma: My Perfect Storm” Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. This film profiles renowned chef René Redzepi, the man behind the Copenhagen-based restaurant voted four times to be the best in the world. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

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“Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art” Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. This documentary examines how, in the 1960s and ‘70s, renegade New York artists created monumental earthworks in the American Southwest. 1 hour, 12 minutes. “Iris” Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Documentarian Albert Mayles presents a portrait of flamboyant 93-year-old style maven Iris Apfel. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

MORE FEATURE FILMS Film and Q&A: “Six by Sondheim” Monday, June 6, 6 p.m. Directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Steven Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this HBO documentary is a profile of the composer told through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs. Stacy Wolf, theater professor at Princeton University’s Lewis Center and



director of the Princeton Atelier, will lead a post-screening discussion. 1 hour, 20 minutes. The Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Co-sponsored by the library, The Princeton Festival and The Princeton Garden Theatre. “He Named Me Malala” Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m. The story of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for the rights and education of girls, is told in this documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim. In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Malala Fund. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. In the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” film series, a new threat arises decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire. When the First Order attempts to rule the galaxy, only a ragtag group of heroes, with the help of the Resistance, can stop them. Feel free to come in costume. 2 hours, 15 minutes. Community Room



A literary soirée

Authors and readers celebrate summer on July 7 at Labyrinth


he Summer Reading Soirée, a fun and festive evening for book lovers, takes place Thursday, July 7, at Labyrinth Books. Appetizers, sparkling beverages, door prizes and giveaways will be part of the fun, but the highlight will be the chance to meet popular authors Sarah Pekkanen and Hannah McKinnon, whose latest books have all the elements of perfect summer reads. Pekkanen will discuss her new book “The Perfect Neighbors,” which publishes July 6. The story of the secrets behind the carefully maintained façade of a bucolic town has been called “a compelling and suspenseful tale” by Kirkus Reviews, and is the


internationally bestselling author’s seventh novel. Pekkanen’s past books include “The Opposite of Me,” “Skipping a Beat,” “These Girls,” “The Best of Us,” “Catching Air,” and “Things You Won’t Say.” McKinnon’s latest book, publishing in June, is “Mystic Summer: A Novel.” It is the story of a young woman who returns home to seaside Mystic, Conn., during a period of upheaval in her life. Events unfold during the course of the summer that change her perspective on life and help her discover what matters most. McKinnon is also the author of “The Lake Season” and several novels for young adults. “We’re excited to present this chance for readers to hear these

wonderful authors talk about their new works,” said public programming librarian Janie Hermann. “The gathering will also be a great way to mix and mingle with library staff and other book lovers in the area and share what you have been reading. It will also be an opportunity to get ideas about what you might want to read this summer while on vacation, at the beach, or just sitting on your own patio.” The evening begins at 7 p.m., and a list of summer reading recommendations will be provided. Registration not required. Labyrinth Books is at 122 Nassau St. This event is co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and Coffee Talk Mercer, NJ Entrepreneur & Professional Network.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. The author discusses his book, which explores the criminalization of black males in America. Muhammad is executive director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and a professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Registration required. See the events calendar at 101 Friend Center, Princeton University, William and Olden streets. Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town: Princeton; Princeton Human Services Commission; Arts Council of Princeton; Campaign to End the New Jim Crow; Coalition for Peace Action; Corner House; Labyrinth Books; Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Princeton Family YMCA; Princeton Police Department; and YWCA Princeton. Poets at the Library Monday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist and literary critic Vijay Seshadri reads from his works. Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at The New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Summer Reading Soiree Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS MYSTERY BOOK GROUP Led by librarian Gayle Stratton; Mondays, 7:30 p.m. June 6, “Girl Waits with Gun” by Amy Stewart

Vijay Seshardi

FICTION BOOK GROUP Led by librarian Kristin Friberg, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. June 9, “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Frederik Backman SUMMER PAGE TURNERS Led by librarian Kristin Friberg; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. July 14, “Ordinary Light: A Memoir,” by Tracy K. Smith. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s poetry will also be discussed. Aug. 11, “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald. Participants are invited to share summer reading recommendations with the group. BLACK VOICES BOOK GROUP Organized by library associate Kim Dorman, Thursdays, 7 p.m. June 9, “Of Africa” by Wole Soyinka July 14, “The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind” edited by Claudia Rankine Aug. 11, “Jam on the Vine” by Lashonda Katrice Barnett.



Farmer returns to market after harvesting an award By AMY HIESTAND Connections Staff Writer

Niederer was one of four farmers recently selected as a winner at the 60th annual National Outstanding Young he return of the Princeton Farmers Market to Hinds Farmers Awards Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio. The award Plaza is one of our favorite things about summer is based on progress in an agricultural career, extent of soil at the library. There’s nothing better than having and water conservation practices and contributions to the a variety of locally grown, vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, well being of the community, state and nation. flowers and more available “It was an honor to receive right outside our door. the award,” said Niederer even The farmers who deliver if she found all the resulting their crops to the market each attention a little embarrassing. week provide the community “One of the things I think we with fresh, high-quality, were recognized for is putting a sustainably grown products positive face on agriculture which that are mostly all certified has been somewhat under fire organic. And they also offer recently. Farming practices that people the chance to learn are good for the land and good for more about where their food people. That’s also what was being comes from. celebrated.” “They’re very discerning,” Chickadee Creek Farm said Jess Niederer of Chickadee Jess Niederer, of Chickadee Creek Farms in Pennington, a 13th generation sells a large variety of produce Creek Farm of the customers farmer, was one of four winners of a national award for young farmers. Chickadee throughout the growing season she and her staff meet at the Creek has been a Princeton Farmers Market Vendor since 2011. including strawberries, snap peas, farmers’ market. “They want spinach, beans, beets, arugula, to know about soil tests and tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and sprays and how we grow our much more. The farm offers a food. We encourage questions selection of somewhat unusual and are always happy to salad greens including tatsoi which answer.” has a flavor Niederer describes as somewhere between broccoli and Chickadee Creek Farm is spinach. in Pennington and has been part of the Princeton Farmers At the market, the Chickadee Market since 2011. Niederer Creek stand is always staffed by started the certified organic people who work on the farm. (and certified transitional “They are people who know organic) vegetable, flower and everything there is to know about herb farm in 2010 on part of how these crops were grown her family’s farm. A graduate and brought to the market,” said of Cornell University with a degree in natural resources, she Niederer. “They also love to cook and eat and can share the is the 13th generation of Niederer farmers. best ways to prepare the food. The people we have working on the farm are absolute gems.” “From the farmer’s perspective, we love that the middleman is cut out,” Niederer said in discussing the The Princeton Farmers Market takes place Thursdays, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. appeal of farmers’ markets. “For consumers, there’s to 4 p.m. on Hinds Plaza. In addition to produce, the market offers free-range practically no wait between harvest and availability. The poultry, beef and eggs; baked goods, a juice bar, crepes, pickles, jams and more food we’re selling on Thursday has been harvested the day Live music is featured from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The library has planned lectures and before. You won’t find that at a supermarket.” programs that show how to use or enhance the items you’ll find there.



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FARMERS MARKET EVENTS Princeton Farmers Market Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 2 to Nov. 10 Seasonal produce from local farmers, flowers, and a variety of edibles are available at this weekly event. Live music from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza, rain or shine Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market.


Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Farmers Market. John Holl

June 2, “Dishing Up New Jersey” Book Launch John Holl, who covered the Garden State for The New York Times and The Star Ledger, discusses and signs his newly released cookbook that features recipes from all of the state’s 21 counties. Included in the book is a recipe by LiLLiPiES owner/chef Jen Carson, who will be at the event to hand out samples. June 23, Grilling with the Big Green Egg Chef Mary Beth Madill and others from Mrs. G in Lawrence use Princeton Farmers Market ingredients to demonstrate the Big Green Egg ceramic cooking system and how to get creative with your summer grilling. There will be a raffle to enter to win a Big Green Egg. Hinds Plaza, rain or shine July 7, Plant-Strong Cooking Demonstration Vegan chef, culinary student and yoga instructor Matt Spewak, who writes a blog as the Plant Based Yogi, shares his passion for healthy cooking and a variety of recipes for balanced plant-based dishes made from local, in-season and sustainable produce.

Mary Beth Madill

Matt Spewak

July 28, Spice Up Your Fruits and Veggies Jon Hauge of Savory Spice Shop shares some creative and innovative ways to use spices and seasonings to enhance the produce that is in season in New Jersey during the second half of summer. Aug. 4, Cookbook Author Deborah Smith The founder of talks about the recipes and restaurants featured in her cookbook “The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond.” Waypoint622’s Watermelon Salad will be prepared and sampled.

Deborah Smith

Jon Hauge



All events are co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival and held in the library’s Community Room. Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford: Musical Relations, Apocalyptic Outcomes Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m. Stephen Arthur Allen, Rider University professor of music and international authority on composer Benjamin Britten, explores the characters Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford from the opera “Peter Grimes” and provides insight to understanding Britten’s life’s work.

A scene from a previous Princeton Festival production.

Peter Grimes vs. the Masses Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. Timothy Urban, professor of music at Rider University, discusses Benjamin Britten’s powerful “Peter Grimes,” a timeless tale of misunderstanding and persecution, and what makes it a masterpiece of contemporary opera. The Enduring Tale of Peter Grimes Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m. Princeton University Art Museum Docent Marianne Grey talks about the origins of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” and the composer’s return to his native England to rejoin his countrymen to face the impending war. The talk will include literary and artistic examples of how WWII changed the arts of the mid 20th century.


Stephen Arthur Allen

Timothy Urban

Job Seeker Sessions Fridays, 9:45 a.m.; June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 8, 15, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Please check the library’s website for specific topics. Community Room QuickBooks on the Cloud Saturday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. Bala Subramanian, owner and CEO of Synergism Inc., conducts a workshop providing basic training in the use of QuickBooks accounting software on the cloud for small business owners. Participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop and download QuickBooks Online via a free 30-day trial from to get hands-on experience during class. Seating is limited and registration is required at Christopher Reeve Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chapter of SCORE. SCORE: Employment Law Seminar for the SmallBusiness Owner Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. Attorney Nancy Mahony gives a presentation on avoiding common mistakes made by employers with respect to hiring, promoting and terminating employees. Q&A will follow presentation. Register at


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The second Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon is June 10-12.

MISCELLANY Mercer County ID Program Thursdays, noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Sundays, 2-4 p.m., June 5, Aug. 7 All Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information. This is a privately distributed card with the sponsorship of various community organizations. The ID may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices and libraries for purposes of access to basic municipal or health services and as a form of identification at banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the cards. A charge of $10 ($5 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card covers expenses. For additional information, visit Christopher Reeve Room

Continuing Conversations on Race Mondays, 7 p.m., June 6, Aug. 1 Members of Not In Our Town, the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation. Newcomers to the group are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Story Room Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton. Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon Friday, June 10, 6–9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is once again partnering with the Municipality of Princeton and Code for Princeton for a Civic Hackathon as part of National Day of Civic Hacking. For details and registration, see Community Room



The local celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day will be June 18.

Knit in Public Day Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. Bring your knitting and crocheting projects and join this four-hour celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Drop in any time and knit for as long as you please. We suggest bringing a chair. PLEASE NOTE: Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Pins & Needles and library staff will help beginners get started, but no formal instruction is planned. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room


Code for Princeton Hack and Learn Night Fridays, 6 p.m., July 8, Aug. 12 Techies of all skill levels are invited to bring their laptops and join the hacking at this monthly meeting of Code for Princeton. Newcomers are encouraged to attend an orientation session at 6:30 p.m. RSVP on the Code for Princeton Meetup page, Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, Code for Princeton and the Municipality of Princeton.

Writers Room Tuesdays, 7 p.m., June 7, 21; July 5, 19; Aug. 2, 16 Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish.

Reading Getaways Wednesdays, 6 p.m., June 29, July 27, Aug. 31 Grab a book and a blanket or chair ­— and maybe even a picnic basket — and join friends, neighbors and library staff for an hour of silent reading at Community Park North. These events are designed to promote Princeton’s love of reading, the beautiful park and the importance of gathering as a community. All ages are welcome. Community Park North Amphitheater, Bayard Lane and Mountain Avenue Origami Club for all Ages Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 Anyone interested in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding is invited to meet for 90 minutes of new, often seasonal, folding. Beginners are welcome. Adults must accompany children younger than 7. Third Floor


Dancing Under the Stars Fridays, 7:30 p.m., June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug. 12, 26. Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing. Continues twice monthly through September. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

The Writing Workshop Thursdays, 7 p.m., June 9, 23; July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25 Writers who are working on book-length work are invited to the Writing Workshop to receive helpful, constructive critique aimed from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Workshop leader is Don Donato. The Write Space Tuesdays, 7 p.m., June 14, 28; July 12, 26; Aug. 9, 23 Led by local author Christina Paul, this group focuses on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice, and the producing of words through guided prompts and other writing exercises. All levels of writers welcome for these drop-in workshops.


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Scenes from last year’s Beyond Words benefit, clockwise from top: Frank Rich speaking at Nassau Presbyterian; Melanie Stein, Friends Council presdient; and cocktails by the Checkout Desk.

Beyond politics Planned Gifts to Princeton Public Library create a legacy for tomorrow. If you’d like to learn how to make a planned gift to the library, please contact Janet Simon or Dawn Frost in the Development Office: (609) 924 8822, ext. 1251 or 1284.


hen the Friends of the Princeton Public Library met last fall to discuss the speaker for this year’s Beyond Words benefit, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at Nassau Presbyterian Church and at the library, Friends President Melanie Stein said the group decided to forgo politics in favor of the literary and imaginative voice, “the pleasures of literature and vicarious experience.” “Having hosted Frank Rich last year, we thought that in the midst of a contentious presidential election cycle, the Princeton community would enjoy a return to the novelistic form and creative expression,” Stein said. Working with Janie Hermann, the library’s public programming librarian, the Friends were successful in attracting Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Elizabeth Strout, author of “Olive Kitteridge” and the best-selling novels “My Name is Lucy Barton,” and “The Burgess Boys.” Strout’s 6 p.m. talk at Nassau Presbyterian Church will be followed by cocktails and a silent auction in the Community Room and dinner on Hinds Plaza. For more information on the Beyond Words benefit, visit, call (609) 924-8822, ext. 1284 or email



Dewey redux By TIM QUINN Connections Editor


n Mr. Dewey’s Catalog, it’s all about finding one thing. In PPL Neighborhoods, you can still find what you’re looking for — and discover things you might not otherwise have seen. Library users of all ages are familiar with Melvil Dewey’s famous Decimal Classification, the time-honored way of sorting books by numbers so users can look for something in a catalog and find it on a shelf. Princeton Public Library users are now being welcomed to neighborhoods, where Assistant Director Erica Bess has led a staff effort to put a 21st century spin on Dewey. “Our new neighborhoods combine Dewey’s findability and a bookstore’s browsability,” Bess said. “Dewey helps you find a specific title, but there will be other related books you might never see because of how they are sorted by Dewey. So we created 19 neighborhoods to arrange books within related topics to enhance browsability.” The 2Reimagine Project, a six- to eight-month renovation of the second floor that will get under way this summer, spurred the change. “The new design of the second floor rethinks the way library services have evolved, balancing the human needs of space with space for materials,” Bess said. “I know our customers have expressed concerns that we’re downplaying or, worse, getting rid of books, but after the renovation, the books will be more visible than they are now. In a way, this design celebrates the beauty of books as objects.” The ability to find items will not be limited by change, Bess said. Books will appear in the catalog with a neighborhood designation, followed by the traditional Dewey number.

“Think of it as traveling in a city,” Bess said. “You use the neighborhood designation to figure out what part of town you need to go, then the Dewey classification to find the street address.” Part of the challenge for Bess and library staff members is navigating the roadblocks and potholes of Dewey’s 19th century infrastructure: What a reader might reasonably


Temporary neighborhoods on the second floor in anticipation of the 2Reimagine Project.

think should appear under “technology” can actually be shelved in three separate major Dewey classifications (000, 300 and 600). Plays and poetry each have 10 separate Dewey numbers; health and wellness can appear in the 100s, 300s and in 600s; some books related to business and careers are in the 300s, others in the 600s. And don’t get the staff started about where gardening books belong. “It has required us to scrutinize every single book, which has been a very useful exercise,” Collection Development Coordinator Andre Levie said. “Some customers have commented that the shelves look bare. That’s largely the result of relocating certain parts of the collection to the first floor. Additionally, we decided to withdraw items that are in poor condition or contained obsolete information.” Since early spring, customers have had the opportunity to experience the new neighborhoods. In preparing the portions of the second floor collection that will be off-site during the renovation, staff have arranged those books in neighborhoods. This was a massive undertaking that will be refined up until the floor closes. After the initial confusion and with lots of individual help from library staff, customer response has been positive.

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“Once people realize that parts of our collection have been organized in neighborhoods for years — biography and travel are the most obvious — they start to see the logic in this,” Levie said. “All of our staff took a thoughtful, customer-oriented approach in selecting the neighborhoods. We can’t wait to welcome people to the permanent neighborhoods when the renovation is complete.”

Melvil Dewey

NEW NEIGHBORHOODS Arts Biography Business & Career Cooking Education Health & Wellness History & Current Events Home Language Learning Literature Local History Performing Arts Philosophy & Religion Poetry Reference Science & Nature Sports & Games Travel Technology




Findability PLUS browsability

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Assistant Director: Erica Bess Marketing & Communications Director: Timothy Quinn Development Director: Janet Simon Public Programming Librarian: Janie Hermann Head of Youth Services: Susan Conlon Head of Adult Services: Janet Hauge Events Committee: Erica Bess, Mimi Bowlin, Katie Bruce Amanda Chuong Susan Conlon, Kim Dorman, Kristin Friberg, Janet Hauge, Shelly Hawk, Janie Hermann, Jocelyn Jimenez, Martha Liu, Violeta Manzanares, Timothy Quinn, Caroline Quinones Hannah Schmidl Staff Writer: Amy Hiestand Editing and design: Timothy Quinn

Frequently Asked Questions About the 2Reimagine second floor renovation project

Q: When will the project start? A: Construction is likely to begin in July. Q: How long will the renovation take? A: The project is expected to take between six and eight months. Q: Why is the library redesigning its second floor? A: The short answer is to serve our customers better. This project addresses customer needs for dedicated quiet space, additional room for technology instruction and programming, faster web access and a browsable collection of books. Q: How is the project being funded? A: About 96 percent of 2Reimagine is funded through private funds. The remaining 4 percent comes from municipal funding previously devoted to library capital improvements.

Q: Will the library be closed during construction? A: No. Other than occasional closures to ensure public safety, the first and third floors of the library will remain open during construction. Q: Where can I find space to work during construction? A: The library is adapting areas of the first and third floors to accommodate additional seating and work space. The Community Room will transform into a collaborative workspace multiple days each week. (Check for a schedule.) Cardholders can also reserve a limited number of passes for Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Q: What’s happening with the books during construction? A: Most of the collections on our second floor will be moved to an offsite storage facility for the duration of the renovation project. We are currently evaluating several working plans for access to our collections during construction. For updates and to learn more, visit



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