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Poet-in-Residence Dara-Lyn Shrager celebrates poetry everywhere


Princeton Public Library FALL 2018



War of the Worlds and fake news Children’s Book Festival illustrator Angela Dominguez Planned giving made easy Ken Norman in the Gould Lecture

FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRETT BONFIELD Read Brett Bonfield’s weekly column in This Week at Princeton Public Library


elcome to the new Connections, the Princeton Public Library’s first major redesign for our marquee quarterly publication in five years.

Why did the library redesign Connections? Connections has steadily grown over time as the library has sponsored an increasing number and array of events, lectures and classes, currently an average of well over six per day. For too long, we have generally limited ourselves to programs that we can organize and schedule more than four months in advance because our implicit promise was that Connections would be comprehensive. In order to offer even better programming, we need to accommodate programs that cannot conform to a quarterly print publication schedule. The new Connections will continue to highlight scores of upcoming events, offer insightful features and promote additional library communications tools that include a comprehensive schedule. Connections is shorter. Is the library hosting fewer events, lectures and classes? No, the library is not hosting fewer programs. We will continue to offer as many programs as we have been offering, and the quality will be as good or better as we take greater advantage of opportunities to respond more frequently and in a more timely way to unforeseen news events or other community needs, and also to schedule more programs with authors and experts who become available between Connections releases. If an event or class is not in Connections, where is it publicized? We share comprehensive listings in the library’s weekly email newsletter (which reaches 22,000 subscribers), on the library’s website, which is now far faster and easier to navigate than ever before, and in the library’s new app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. We also make extensive use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we share flyers and handbills on-site at the library. Our goal is to make sure you know about every program that may interest you, because effective publicity is every bit as important as sponsoring great events, lectures and classes. The new Connections is an important step toward providing even better programs and more effective publicity.

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Poetry, indoors and out As the library’s first poet-in-residence, Dara-Lyn Shrager’s programs will make poetry accessible to everyone everywhere By AMY HIESTAND Connections Staff Writer


rom 2005 to 2006, Dara-Lyn Shrager wrote her master’s thesis in what was then the new Sands Library building. “I would sign up for one of the Study Rooms, haul my MacBook computer, notebooks, books of poetry and good luck charms to the library and write,” she remembers. “It was one of the happiest periods of my life.” After earning her master’s from Bennington College, Shrager published the chapbook “The Boy From Egypt,” saw her work appear in many journals, became the cofounder and editor of Radar Poetry and recently released “Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee,” a collection of her poems. This fall, she will be the library’s first poet-in-residence. As part of the residency, which she sees “as a chance to demonstrate my gratitude,” Shrager will give readings, lead poetry-writing workshops and attend off-site events, including the dedication of a new poem along the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail at D&R Greenway. Shrager felt that it was important that the fall poetry calendar be inclusive of all ages and all levels of writing experience. “Everyone should feel welcome to attend a class or event,” she said. “Poetry is so much more interesting when new voices blend with more seasoned voices. What I love most about poetry is that, when it’s authentic, it works some sort of magic. My goal, this fall, is to open that experience to as many people as possible.”


To celebrate Dara-Lyn Shrager’s residency, the library has a variety of poetry, outdoor and film events, including special Princeton Environmental Film Festival screenings, exploring the power of words and nature. Highlights are listed here. For a full listing of all events, please visit Poetry and Visual Art: A Perfect Pair Sept. 20 through Dec. 1 The library, with support from The Arts Council of Princeton, presents a curated exhibition of paired poems and artwork. The exhibition demonstrates how the image and the written word can be in conversation with each other. Drawings by South Korean artist Mi Ju. Poems by John Clare, Rita Dove, Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), and Dara-Lyn Shrager. Technology Center

Art Talk: Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura with Dara-Lyn Shrager Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Artist Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, who creates portraits out of the important documents of her subjects’ lives, discusses “Out of Character,” the exhibit of her works on view on the library’s second floor. Dara-Lyn Shrager will discuss the works on display in the technology center and how she pairs poetry with art in her online journal Radar Poetry. Newsroom Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton.

New Poem Dedication Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m. The library, Room to Read and Dara-Lyn Shrager will take part as the D&R Greenway dedicates a newly installed poem on the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail. Gather in the barn at 1:30 p.m. before setting off on a short hike to the location on the trail where the new poem will be unveiled and read. Reception on the terrace to follow. D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place Poetry Walk for Young Voices Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. Dara-Lyn Shrager will lead this program that begins by looking at the poems and illustrations in “The Lost Words” by Robert MacFarland and Jackie Morris. Participants will learn about instances where nature words disappeared from dictionaries, then will walk the D&R Greenway Poetry Trail. During the walk, words and phrases that connect to nature will be noted. Finally, the collected words will be made into poems and artwork will be created to accompany them. D&R Greenway Land Trust,  1 Preservation Place



For details and a listing of all library events, visit Advanced Poetry Workshop Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 10, 17, 24 Dara-Lyn Shrager conducts a three-part workshop for writers. Poetry basics will be reviewed, then creating and sustaining tension in a poem will be discussed. Participants will write the first draft of a poem in the first session. Early and radical revision will be discussed in the second session and editing techniques will be practiced in the third session. Pencil/pen and paper are required. Limited to 10 adults who have prior writing experience. Please register on the library’s events calendar. Princeton Room Poet-Tree Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. In this family friendly program, participants of all ages spend an afternoon with Dara-Lyn Shrager learning about some poetic forms, including the haiku, the epistle and the elegy. Examples of these forms will be given and then participants will write their own poems. Each poem will then become a leaf on the Poet-Tree. Pen/pencil and paper required. STEAM Studio Poetry Workshop for Novices Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. This class, led by Dara-Lyn Shrager, will focus on the fundamentals of writing poetry. General tips for writing will be given and some poems will be read aloud. A generative exercise to develop a “list of loved words” will be conducted, and, using the words, the first draft of a poem will be written. Conference Room An Evening of Poetry Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Dara-Lyn Shrager, along with three special guest poets, read from their latest works in this culminating event of Shrager’s residency. The featured guest poets are Timothy Liu, Peter Covino and Martha Rhodes. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. Community Room

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Walking Princeton’s Campus Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. With photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang, authors of “Discovering Princeton.” Meet in the Community Room The Mayor’s Bike Ride Sunday, Sept., 23, 11 a.m. Ride with Mayor Liz Lempert, members of the Princeton Bike Advisory Committee and other community members. Community Park South Yoga Hike and Forest Bathing Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. With Gemma Farrell. Community Park North Co-sponsored by the library and Gratitude Yoga.

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Featured poets read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative. 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.

Lynn Levin and David Herrstrom Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Newsroom Laura Boss and Jim Gwyn Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Newsroom Lois Harrod and Tony Gruenwald Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Newsroom MORE POETS Joyce Lott Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Community Room Danny Shot Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Newsroom Walk With Me” Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. The daily routine inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh is captured in this documentary about members of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions to practice the art of mindfulness. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. “The Silver Branch” Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. This film about farmer-poet Patrick McCormack explores his relationship with the wilderness area of western Ireland known as the Burren, where his family has lived for generations. McCormack becomes part of a battle to halt construction of a tourist interpretive center. 1 hour, 15 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St. Film and Q&A: “The World Before Your Feet” Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. For reasons he can’t explain, Matt Green has been walking every block of every street in New York for about six years, a journey of more than 8,000 miles. His unusual personal quest is a journey of unexpected discovery and wonder. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Green and filmmaker Jeremy Workman. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Community Room “Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy” Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Sixteen years after “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time,” the acclaimed documentary about the life and work of the Scotland-based environmental artist, this film reflects how he has evolved. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Community Room


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Of War and Fake News A. Brad Schwartz’s book shows that 80 years later, we’re still learning lessons from The War of the Worlds


ue to the unusual nature of this occurrence, we have arranged an interview with noted astronomer Professor Pierson, who will give us his views on the event. In a few moments we will take you to the Princeton Observatory at Princeton, New Jersey. We return you until then to the music of Ramón Raquello and his orchestra…”

cans to confront a problem that still bedevils us today: the media’s power to blend truth and fiction,” Schwartz said. “We all know about the supposed panic caused by Welles’s broadcast, but that story is itself a kind of fake news – a media myth that has persisted for 80 years. Learning the truth behind the myth can help us navigate today’s treacherous media landscape, where the persuasive powers of the Internet and social media far exceed that of radio at its peak.” Author Talk: A. Brad Schwartz Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Community Room


Of course, there was no Professor Pierson — or Ramón Documentary: “War of the Worlds” Raquello, for that matter — but with these words, broadThursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. cast on CBS radio on the night of Oct. 30, This PBS American Experience documentary 1938, Princeton was indelibly linked to what explores how Welles’s ingenious use of radio was, at the time, the greatest example of fake struck fear into an already anxious nation. news the nation had known, the Mercury 51 minutes. Community Room Theatre dramatization of “The War of the Raconteur Radio performs “The War of Worlds.” the Worlds” Princeton’s role didn’t end with the mythWednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. ical Professor Pierson’s breathless reporting This troupe presents a staged radio play of from nearby Grover’s Mill. The real-life Princ“The War of the Worlds,” loosely adapted eton Radio Project, co-founded by actual psyfrom the H.G. Wells classic. The 55-minute chology professor Hadley Cantril, spread its production features theatrical lighting, periown kind of fake news: lending credence to od costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, the popular, but never fully proven, notion of sound effects and vintage commercials. widespread hysteria during the broadcast, parCommunity Room A. Brad Schwartz ticularly among those who tuned in late and thought the country was under attack. Open Archive: “War of the Worlds” Fan (and Hate) Mail Cantril is just one of the fascinating real-life characTuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. ters populating A. Brad Schwartz’s acclaimed re-examSpecialists from the University of Michigan will present firstination of the broadcast and its aftermath, “Broadcast hand archival material related to the “War of the Worlds” Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the broadcast. This event will feature access to original letters Art of Fake News.” sent from Princeton and across New Jersey in response to Schwartz, a doctoral student at Princeton University the broadcast, as well as digital access to additional letters who appears Oct. 18 at the library, reaches far more nusent from across the country. Historians from the Universianced conclusions about the aftermath of the broadcast, ty of Michigan and Princeton University will be on hand to based on his examination of the surviving listener letters, speak about the material and answer questions. Newsroom including nearly 1,400 letters written by listeners to Orand Discovery Center Co-sponsored by the library and the University of Michigan Special son Welles. Once thought lost to history, these letters, Collections Library. now part of the University of Michigan’s Richard Wilson-Orson Welles Papers, are featured for the first time in Concert: War of the Worlds.80 Schwartz’s book. Several of these letters, including some Sunday, Oct 28, 3 p.m. written in Princeton, will be on display in an Oct. 23 The original radio script will be adapted into a series of Open Archive program. vignettes, between which musicians from the Einstein Alley “Although ‘fake news’ may seem like a recent invenMusicians Collaborative will perform a piece which reflects tion, Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ forced Amerithe mood of the story. Community Room

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Alice McDermott Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. The National Book Award-winner gives a talk at the paperback release of her critically-acclaimed “The Ninth Hour.” Moderated by Lauren B. Davis, the talk will be followed by a book-signing session. Tickets are $15 and include a copy of the newly released paperback edition of “The Ninth Hour.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. McDermott is the author of seven previous novels including “After This,” “Child of My Heart,” and “Charming Billy,” winner of the 1998 National Book Award. She is Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Reserve tickets at Stockton Education Center at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St.

Cheryl Finley Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. The author and Cornell University associate professor of art history discusses her book about one of the most iconic images of slavery: a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. Community Room

Sunday Book Brunch Featuring Diane Chamberlain Sunday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. The New York Times bestselling author discusses “The Dream Daughter,” her genre-spanning novel about a young widow who learns that her unborn daughter has a heart defect. When her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, suggests a way to save the baby, it shatters all of her preconceived notions and requires an unimaginable leap of faith. The doors on Hinds Plaza will open at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The author talk begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a book signing. Community Room Conversations on Creativity: An Evening with Susan Orlean Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. The award-winning journalist and acclaimed author of “Rin Tin Tin” and “The Orchid Thief” gives a talk at Grounds for Sculpture. Orleans’s latest work, “The Library Book,” reopens the unsolved mystery of the catastrophic 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and showcases the crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Tickets are $35 and include park admission beginning at 4 p.m. and a hardcover copy of “The Library Book.” There will be a limited number of $30 tickets for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved at Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton

Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press.

Ken Krimstein The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. The author discusses his graphic biography of Hannah Arendt, best known for her landmark 1951 work “The Origins of Totalitarianism.” Newsroom Claudia L. Johnson and Leon Steinmetz The Beautiful Cassandra: A Novel in Twelve Chapters by Jane Austen Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Johnson, a leading Austen scholar, discusses the “novel in miniature” written by Jane Austen when she was a young girl. Johnson edited and wrote an afterword for the book. Joining Johnson in the talk will be Leon Steinmetz who created the watercolor drawings featured in the book. Newsroom Helena Rosenblatt The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. The author, professor of history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, discusses her book, which challenges our most basic assumptions about a political creed that has become a rallying cry — and a term of derision — in today’s increasingly divided public square. Taking readers from Ancient Rome to today, the book traces the evolution of the words “liberal” and “liberalism,” revealing the heated debates that have taken place over their meanings. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press.

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For details and a listing of all library events, visit Rosina Lozano An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. The author discusses her book, a political history of the Spanish language in the United States from the Mexican cession in 1848 through World War II, with some discussion of the following decades and present-day concerns. Community Room Keith Whittington Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech Monday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. In his new book, the author and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University argues that universities must protect and encourage vigorous free speech in order to fulfill their most basic, fundamental, and essential purposes, including fostering freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Press.

Sue Hallgarth Death Comes: Willa Cather Mystery Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. The author discusses the second book in her Willa Cather mystery series. Community Room Brian W. Kernighan Million, Billions, Zillions: Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. The computer scientist and Princeton University professor discusses his new book in which, using examples from journalism, adverstising and politics, he demonstrates how numbers can mislead and misrepresent. Community Room

Sayu Bhojwani People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. The author, political scientist and immigrant of Indian descent shares the stories of a diverse and persevering range of local and state politicians from across the country who are challenging the status quo, winning against all odds, and leaving a path for others to follow. Community Room


A collaborative reading series between the library and Labyrinth Books. All events begin at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated, in the lower level of the book store at 122 Nassau St. Wednesday, Oct. 10 Fred Lepore, “Finding Einstein’s Brain” Tuesday, Oct. 16 A.M. Homes, “Days of Awe” Saturday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Eric Vuillard, “The Order of the Day” Wednesday, Nov. 14 Anthony Appiah, “The Lies that Bind” Thursday, Nov. 29 Stephen Greenblatt, “Tyrant”

PANEL DISCUSSION AT LABYRINTH BOOKS Joyce Carol Oates Introduces Debut Books by Princeton University Alumni Authors Friday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.


Thursdays Princeton Room

Sept. 13, 7 p.m., “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah; Oct. 11, 6 p.m.,“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas; Nov. 8, 7 p.m., “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue


Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Conference Room

Sept. 13, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan; Oct 11, “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones; Nov. 8, “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott


Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Updike Farmstead

Sept. 27, “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore Led by Michael G. Littman, Princeton University Nov. 15, “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles Led by Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University


Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Quiet Room

Sept. 10, “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn; Oct. 1, “The Deep Blue Good-By” by John D. MacDonald; Nov. 5, “Snowblind” by Ragnar Jonasson

The Historical Fiction Book Group is co-sponsored by the library and Historical Society of Princeton.



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All screenings are in the Community Room. Film and Discussion: “Eyes on Mississippi” Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. The life of influential journalist Bill Minor, who covered the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for seven decades, is the subject of this documentary. Minor was the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Mississippi correspondent to national publications. Producer and director Ellen Ann Fentress will lead a post-screening discussion with Errin Whack, National Writer on Race and Ethnicity for the Associated Press. 56 minutes. Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town Princeton and Princeton University Journalism.

Film and Panel Discussion: “Let There Be Light: The 100 Year Journey to Fusion” Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. This documentary tells the story of scientists from 37 countries who are building the most complex machine ever attempted in the hope of producing clean, cheap, abundant energy for millions of years. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Princeton Plasma Physics Lab scientists Charles Swanson, David Johnson and Shannon Greco. The panel will be moderated by scientist Brian Krause, producer of the radio program “These Vibes are Too Cosmic.” 1 hour, 20 minutes. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.

PERFORMANCES AND LECTURES Motown Tribute for “Detroit ‘67” Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Members of the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative featuring The Beagles perform Motown songs from before, during, and after the Detroit riots of 1967, including music originally recorded by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. This show is presented in advance of opening night for McCarter Theatre’s production of “Detroit ’67.” Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room Co-sponsored by the library, McCarter Theatre Center and the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative.

Love Stories with Denise McCormack Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. In this storytelling program for adults, professional storyteller Denise McCormack adapts and tells a selection of captivating and thought-provoking tales related to motherhood, family, love and relationships. Community Room “Call Me William: Willa Cather: Her Life and Loves” Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Written and performed by Prudence Wright Holmes, this one-woman show is the story of the personal life of the


Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The show traces her humble beginnings in a small prairie town in Nebraska, through her career as an acclaimed journalist and friend of Mark Twain, to becoming the second woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1923. Community Room Princeton Triangle Club Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Princeton University’s oldest performing arts organization performs original, student-written songs and sketches from their latest production, “Night of the Laughing Dead,” which will premiere at McCarter Theatre November 9-11. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Triangle Club.

Princeton University Concerts Lecture: Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. In advance of their Nov. 8 “Beijing Meets Banjo” performance at Princeton University, banjo virtuoso Abigail Washburn and guzheng master Wu Fei give a talk about their show. Newsroom Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Concerts.

Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Under the leadership of Karl I. Megules, the group will perform selections from the 1400s to the present day including special jazz arrangements and repertoire including ragtime, Disney, show tunes, and music for brass quintets. Community Room

FRIDAY FEATURE FILMS All screenings are in the Community Room. “Chappaquiddick” Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. 1 hour, 41 minutes. “Hearts Beat Loud” Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. 1 hour, 37 minutes. “Tully” Friday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. 1 hour, 36 minutes. “Lean on Pete” Friday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.. 2 hours, 2 minutes.

Stop in any time to watch a Frankenstein movie, culminating with a 6 p.m. screening of the classic 1931 Boris Karloff “Frankenstein”

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Learn English at the library Grant provides opportunities to expand language learning


his fall at the library, members of our community are getting new opportunities to improve their English skills. A portion of the $10,000 grant secured by the library provided the funds for a 14-week course that will teach the English skills needed to fill out forms, understand locations and directions, write checks, count money and other language skills for navigating everyday life in the United States. The grant is part of the American Dream Literacy Initiative of the American Library Association made possible through funding from the Dollar General

WELCOMING WEEK In partnership with the Princeton Human Services Department and other community organizations, the library takes part in a communitywide celebration of diversity and inclusion, reflecting Princeton’s designation as a Welcoming Community by Welcoming America. Naturalization Ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m. In celebration of Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, the library and its community partners host a Naturalization Ceremony. Community Room

KNIT FOR OTHERS Oct. 1-Dec. 31

For a ninth consecutive year, we will collect handmade winter items for donation through local social services agencies. Items may be dropped off at the Welcome Desk, where they will be displayed on a clothesline.

Special event Nov. 4, 1 p.m. Knit hats for donation

We have patterns and yarn to share; feel free to bring your own and your own knitting needles. Basic knitting skills required. At 4 p.m., instructors from Pins and Needles will offer a Learn to Knit class for teens and adults. Registration required.

Literacy Foundation. The funding will also allow the library to expand its language-learning collections, provide resume and interview workshops and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations. In addition, the grant will fund Learn English Together: A Family ESL Program as well as classes that teach English through the universal language of food. These new and expanded services will help build community connections and encourage contribution to local civic discourse and engagement. Additionally, they will help the library fulfill its mission to bridge cultural divides and offer opportunities for everyone.

Potluck Monday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. All ESL and LiteracyNJ students, friends and teachers are invited to a potluck dinner hosted by the library. Please bring a dish of any kind to share (to serve 6-8). Drinks, plates, cups, utensils and music will be provided. Community Room Welcoming Week Cultural Fair Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. Displays representing the diverse cultures, nationalities and traditions that make up our community will be on view. Residents are encouraged to bring items and share stories that represent their tradition. To reserve a display table, email Hinds Plaza Mercer County Community ID Card Program Thursdays, noon-2 p.m. and 5-6:45 p.m., Sept. 6, 13, 27; Oct. 5-26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Princeton Room Ask A Lawyer Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Conference Room Citizenship Preparation Classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Oct. 3-Nov. 14 Conference Room Voyage ESL Sundays, 4 p.m., Sept. 30-Nov. 11 Conference Room



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A big stack of inspiration A childhood library memory sparked Angela Dominguez’s book festival poster


ward-winning author/illustrator Angela Dominguez, who created the poster for this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival, will be among the nearly 80 top names in children’s literature interacting with young readers at the 12th annual event. Reached by email recently, Dominguez shared her thoughts about creating the poster and other insight about her work.


How did you approach the poster for the Princeton Children’s Book Festival? What did you want the poster to convey? First of all, I was flattered when I was asked to create the poster. There have been many amazing posters and each masterfully conveyed a love of reading. As I brainstormed that concept, I thought of my childhood memories at the library grabbing as many books as I could fill my arms with. Then I thought of giraffes, naturally. (I’ve written a few books with giraffe characters.) Imagine how many books a giraffe could carry!


Speaking of giraffes, your books “How Do You Say” and “How Are You” are such a wonderful way to introduce young speakers of either language to Spanish and English. Can you say a little bit about the concept for the books? Thank you! The inspiration for those books came from two paintings I created for my niece’s nursery room. My brother’s wife wanted a giraffe theme for the room, so I painted two identical giraffes for her room. The only difference was one said ‘baby’ and the other said ‘bebé’. I hoped that those paintings might inspire a curiosity about her Latino heritage from an early age. Years later, I was toying with the idea of creating a fun bilingual book. I knew I wanted there to be a narrative, but I wanted to avoid animals that were cliched for Spanish language books. Then I remembered the giraffes and the stories fell into place. I wanted to teach Spanish with the books, but conceptually I wanted to illustrate a bigger message; friendship is universal. We are all essentially the same. I wish all people, especially now, remembered that.




What was it like to create a book for an older audience? What prompted you to write “Stella Diaz Has Something to Say”? I never had intended to write a middle grade novel. It originally began as an idea for a picture book. It was a simple story of a little girl at an aquarium learning to overcome her shyness, but it didn’t quite work. The critiques I received all asked this question: why was Stella so shy? Without a publisher interested, I gave up on Stella.  Still, the story stuck with me. I even had one of the drawings of Stella hanging over my art desk for months. I empathized with her. I too was painfully shy growing up.  Luckily, I began illustrating chapter books. Those books gave me the inspiration to expand Stella into a narrative filled with my own experiences. I realized much of my shyness originated from struggling with speaking English and feeling caught between two worlds and two cultures. As I developed the story with my editor Connie Hsu, I began to realize the potential impact this book might have on kids. There are many kids in this country who can relate to being shy and/or come from a multicultural background. And for those who may not identify with Stella’s experiences, I hope if they read the book, they might empathize with someone who


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STORY TIMES TUE SDAY–THURSDAY Sept. 11–Nov. 1; Nov. 27-29 No weekday Story Times Nov. 6-22. 10 a.m. Storytime! (18 months and older) 11 a.m. Baby Storytime (newborn to 18 months) 11:30 a.m. Baby Playgroup (newborn to 18 months)

​S ATURDAY AND SUNDAY Sept. 1–Nov. 25 10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories (2 years and older) 3 p.m., Sunday Stories (2 years and older)

WORLD LANGUAGE STORIE S French, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 27 Japanese, Saturdays, 2 p.m., Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 Korean, Fridays, 11 a.m., Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 comes from a different place. Even better, realize that immigrants are not outsiders and instead see them as potential friends. 


What is it like to meet your young readers? Is there one who stands out in your memory? I adore meeting my young readers. They’re unpredictable and wonderfully unfiltered which has led to many funny anecdotes, but I think my favorite most recent memory was at the Virginia Book Festival. I was doing a school visit and the librarian introduced me to a group of girls who were going to be attending my presentation. When the five girls saw me, they flipped out and rushed to hug me. It turns out many of them had my same last name and they had never met a Latino author. To be that person they can identify with, and also show them that they can grow to be whatever they want to be, even a children’s book author, was truly a rewarding moment.

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Hinds Plaza, rain or shine. The festival is co-sponsored by jaZams, which provides a percentage of the proceeds of books sold to benefit library materials, programs and resources for youth.

Portuguese, Saturdays, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 Russian, Saturdays, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 Baby Russian, Saturdays, 4:30 p.m., Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 Spanish Stories, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 13, Nov. 10

LANGUAGE E NRICHME NT Little Pandas, Mondays, 10 a.m., Oct. 1-29; Nov. 26  Letra Pequeña, Mondays, 11 a.m., Sept. 17-Oct. 29; Nov. 26

Angela Dominguez

Story Time The illustrator of the 2018 Princeton Children’s Book Festival poster kicks off the festival with a special event in the Story Room.

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Princeton University graduate students work with kids ages 3-13 at Chemistry Saturdays programs in September and November.

Origami Club for All Ages Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 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 8. Quiet Room Chemistry Saturdays Saturdays, 1 p.m., Sept. 15, Nov. 17 Graduate students from Princeton University’s chemistry department conduct exciting hands-on experiments that make science fun. For children 3-13 years old; children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. STEAM Studio Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Chemistry Graduate Student Organization.

Maker Mondays: Build with Lego Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15; Nov. 5, 19 Children in grades 1-5 are invited to participate in a noncompetitive community-based Lego session, including building time and round-table discussion. Duplo blocks will be available for younger children. Story Room Go Between Club Saturdays, 2 p.m., Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 All sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. Conference Room To Be Discussed (TBD) Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 All high school students are welcome to participate in this monthly discussion of great books, films, music, non-fiction, poetry, and all things cultural. Participants may also help create book displays and reading lists for the library, take group trips to see current films, and do group-reads. Story Room

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Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Author and Columbia University learning consultant Elizabeth Hamblet explains how the system for accommodations works at college and outlines students’ rights and responsibilities within that system. She also shares what the research says are the skills students should develop while they’re in high school to ensure success when they reach college. Story Room

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Princeton International School of Science and Mathematics co-sponsors Science and Math Circles in October and November.

Math Circle for Middle Schoolers Saturdays, 3 p.m., Oct. 6, Nov. 3 Students in grades 6-8 engage in hands-on activities and solve puzzles designed by high school students at Princeton International School of Science and Mathematics. Important math concepts, including functions, geometry and combinatorics, will be explored. Co-Lab Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science.

Make Your Own Chess Set Friday, Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. Children in first through fifth grade will design and make their own chess set. Materials will be provided. The program is limited to 15 participants accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the workshop will be available at the Youth Services Desk beginning at 4 p.m. STEAM Studio

Maps, Maps and More Maps! Friday, Nov. 9, 4:30 p.m. This workshop will introduce children in grades 1-5 to maps and mapping. We will examine a range of maps from different historical times, paying attention to how they convey information. Using what they learned, participants will create their own maps. Participation is limited to 15 children accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the workshop will be available at the Youth Services desk beginning at 4 p.m. STEAM Studio Science Circle Saturdays, 3 p.m., Oct. 13, Nov. 10. Budding scientists in grades 3-6 are invited to participate in hands-on science activities designed by high school students at Princeton International School of Science and Mathematics. Important concepts, focusing on a different scientific discipline each month, will be explored. Co-Lab Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science.

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Preschool Fair Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. Representatives from area preschools provide information about school programs, curriculum, philosophy and the admission process at this twohour annual event. Community Room

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You can’t take it with you How estate planning and planned giving can help you support people and places you love


ou can have it all, but you can’t take it with you. The second part of that compound cliché is the title of a special event on legacy giving sponsored by the library Development Office on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Stanley Katz, professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, will moderate a panel discussion featuring financial planner Michael Petrone, attorney Fiona Van Dyck and CPA Michelle Everman. “The Tax Act of 2017 made significant changes in the taxation in charitable giving and it is never too late to think about your estate plan and planned personal giving,” said Katz, a co-founder and editor of the History of Philanthropy Blog. “We have put together a group of experts whose charge is to explain a non-expert audience about what the changes are and to suggest certain kinds of strategies and considerations for their planned giving and overall estate plans.” Petrone joined Petrone Associates as a certified financial planner in 2004 after practicing law for a decade with Princeton area law firms Jamieson, Moore, Peskin & Spicer and Pepper Hamilton. He counsels clients on retirement planning, investments and insurance. Petrone is the former chairman of the Princeton Recreation Board and served as a board member of the Financial Planning Association of New Jersey. Van Dyck is an estate planning attorney with her own practice in Princeton who frequently presents seminars concerning estate planning and elder law, including Medicaid and Veterans Administration and Attendance benefits. She instructs New Jersey Attorney General’s Office lawyers on estate planning, estate administration and elder law as part of the office’s continuing legal education program. Van Dyck is an accredited Veterans Administration attorney and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel. Everman, managing director of the individual services and family office group for the Mercadien Group, provides tax, estate, financial and strategic


Clockwise from top left, Michael Petrone, Fiona Van Dyck, Stanley Katz and Michelle Everman present a program on planning giving titled, “You Can’t Take it With You” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

planning to high-net-worth families and individuals. She serves as a “financial quarterback” for her clients, ensuring tax compliance, coordinating with their advisers and converting numbers to visuals so they can easily understand their financial matters. Prior to joining Mercadien, Everman worked in the audit and tax departments of a Big Four firm. Katz is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Barak Obama in 2011. The panel will be introduced by attorney Amy Smith Rogers, a member of the library’s Planned Giving Committee. You Can’t Take it With You, a panel discussion moderated by Stanley Katz, will be Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room.


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Exploring the science of memory Ken Norman to present Frontiers of Memory Research in the fifth annual Kenneth and Audrey Gould Lecture


enneth Norman, professor of psychology and the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, will present a lecture titled “Frontiers of Memory Research” at the fifth Kenneth and Audrey Gould Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Norman is chair of the psychology department at Princeton and heads the Computational Memory Lab, where researchers study the neural mechanisms of human memory. “In the Norman lab, we use computational models to explore how the brain gives rise to learning and memory phenomena, and we test these models’ predictions using neuroimaging studies where we decode people’s thoughts as they learn and remember,” according to Norman’s page on the Princeton University website. “Currently, students in the lab are investigating questions like: What are the ‘learning rules’ that govern how memories are modified in the brain? How does sleep contribute to learning? How are memories time stamped? How can we intentionally forget memories?” This work has the potential to improve everyday learning and memory performance, and to help researchers develop treatments for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Dr. Kenneth Gould, a Princeton psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, was a strong believer in lifelong learning and had a desire to perpetuate learning in others. Dr. Gould and his wife, financial adviser Audrey Gould, endowed the annual Kenneth and Audrey Gould Lecture to Princeton Public Library. The series features speakers on topics relating to the mind and the development and well-being of children. Dr. Gould died in December, 2014, just a few months after author and New York Times columnist Benedict Carey delivered the inaugural lecture of the series. Subsequent lectures have featured teen development specialist Dr. Frances Jensen, neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegal and former Princeton University President Harold Shapiro. “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gould,” Norman said, “but I know that he was concerned with learning and other subjects that are consistent with what we study in my lab. I look forward to presenting in November!”

Kenneth Norman presents the fifth annual Kenneth and Audrey Gould Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The event is free.


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This series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from the Historical Society of Princeton’s vast collection.

All screenings at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.

Princeton Votes Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Learn about campaigns of the past by exploring ballots, canvassing books and other materials related to Princeton voters. Newsroom, Discovery Center Farming the Garden State Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Ledgers, bills and ephemera illustrate Princeton’s important agricultural past. Newsroom, Discovery Center Co-sponsored by the library and the Historical Society of Princeton.

EXHIBITION The Princeton Plan: 70 Years of School Integration Oct. 2-Dec. 21 Presented in partnership with the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society and the Historical Society of Princeton, this exhibit explores the local impact and national reverberations of the 1948 merger of Nassau Street School and the Witherspoon School for Colored Children, a landmark in school integration. Princeton Room

The series is a collaboration of the library, the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis International Center and the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets – $11 general admission, $8 for seniors, $6 for Princeton University ID holders, library cardholders and Garden Theatre members – may be purchased online at or at the door. The library will also offer a limited number of free tickets while supplies last for each screening. Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1220.

“Zama” Thursday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. An officer of the Spanish Crown who finally receives a longsought-after transfer joins a party of soldiers in pursuit of a dangerous bandit. Argentina. 1 hour, 55 minutes. “Of Fathers and Sons” Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. Award-winning filmmaker Talal Derki tells the story of 12- and 13-year-old brothers being groomed by their father to be Jihad fighters. Syria. 1 hour, 38 minutes. “I Am Not a Witch” Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m. Sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp, 8-year-old Shula must decide whether to resign herself to life in the camp or take a risk for freedom. Zambia. 1 hour, 33 minutes

Open Archive Series and The Princeton Plan exhibit are presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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