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Fishman “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon” Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m. The acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his book, the remarkable story of the trailblazers and ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. From digital pioneer Charles Draper, who created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women wove computer programs with copper wire, “One Giant Leap” captures the achievement of the people who made possible what is arguably the greatest success story of the 20th century. Fishman is also the author of “A Curious Mind” (with Brian Grazer), “The Wal-Mart Effect” and “The Big Thirst.” He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism. Labyrinth Books will provide books for signing. Community Room

“Anticipating Apollo: The Military Origin of American Space Science” Monday, July 15, 7 p.m. During the 50th anniversary week of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, space historian and Princeton University postdoctoral fellow Jordan Bimm presents a lecture on the military origin of the U.S. space program. The talk will focus on the pre-NASA history of Air Force


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“space medicine,” the field responsible for solving the biological problems of spaceflight. Bimm will also discuss how studies, simulations, and far-flung expeditions conducted between 1949 and 1959 resulted in surprising early visions of the American astronaut and the places they might go, particularly Mars. The lecture explores the nearly-forgotten period of military space science in the 1950s, and how it set the stage for NASA’s Space Race in the 1960s. Community Room


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NINE DOCUMENTARY “Apollo 11” Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. This documentary focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon. Produced without narration or interviews, the film features previously unreleased archival footage. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Community Room

“First Man” Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. Based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen, this biographical drama follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong. 2 hours, 21 minutes. Community Room



FILM “Woodstock” Thursday, August 15, 6 p.m. The Academy Award-winning documentary chronicling the legendary, three-day counterculture celebration of music and art is screened on the 50th anniversary of the festival’s first day. 3 hours, 4 minutes. Community Room Presented in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre and Princeton Record Exchange.

Programs related to the Summer Reading program theme, “A Universe of Stories,” can be found throughout this isssue of Connections magazine. COVER: Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2019 poster by John Parra

PERFORMANCE Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert Saturday, August 17, 5 p.m. Local bands and singers from the Einstein Alley Musician’s Collaborative perform highlights from Woodstock on the same weekend of the original concert 50 years ago. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner, wear your tie-dye and enjoy the music that defined an era at this family-friendly event. Community Park North Amphitheater Co-sponsored by the library and the Einstein Alley Musician’s Collaborative, Princeton Record Exchange and the Princeton Recreation Department.


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We read every day Summer Reading Programs offer something for everyone


hether you’re just discovering the joy of reading or have a lifelong appreciation for books, you can be part of Summer Reading at the library. Our fun, incentivebased programs are divided by age group, including preschoolers, children in kindergarten through fifth grade, teens in grades six through 12, and adults. Registration begins Friday, June 14, and runs through Aug. 17. “The aim of our summer reading program is to encourage children and teens to read, and to read every day,” said Susan Conlon, head of Youth Services. “The programs also provide additional incentives for them to come to the library often.” After completing at least 20 minutes of reading a day for 20 days, consecutive or not, participants can check in at the library to receive a book and a certificate to redeem for Thomas Sweet ice cream. Additional prizes will be awarded for each 10 days of reading after that. The last day to pick up prizes is Sept. 5.

The library’s Youth Services staff has created booklists for all ages and is ready to make recommendations for what to read next. These include titles by authors and illustrators whom kids can meet at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival on Saturday Sept. 14, including John Parra, who created the poster for this year’s festival. (The cover features the poster.) “Summer reading helps to build excitement for the book festival,” said Conlon, “And both programs, by design, promote engagement with books and reading.” The theme of this year’s Summer Reading programs is “A Universe of Stories,” and many programs for all ages reflect astronomy and other sciences. Non-astronomythemed programs are also planned throughout the summer. To register for Summer Reading, visit the Youth Services Information Desk. Additional information can be found at or by calling 609-924-9529, ext. 1240.


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Rutgers University presents “That Astronomy Show!” June 20.

SPECIAL EVENTS Musical AstroTots Wednesdays, 10 a.m., June 5-26 Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation. Learn how to make a piano sound like it is in outer space to blast off your summer reading. Enjoy creative activities with bubbles, castanets and scarves, and experience a musical liftoff. All four sessions are led by pianist and faculty member Kristin Cahill of the New School for Music. Story Room SUMMER READING KICKOFF

Up, Up and Away … into Space! Friday, June 14, 4 p.m. Launch into summer reading on the first day of registration for this year’s “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading program at this exciting and educational show. Presented by Mad Science of West New Jersey, the hands-on program features the fantastic world of astronomy, planets and space flight and includes floating planets, rockets, a hovercraft and much more. Community Room

“That Astronomy Show!” Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. David Maiullo from Rutgers University returns with his popular hands-on and interactive science program for children who are in kindergarten and older. Learn all about astronomy, space and intergalactic surprises during this educational and entertaining program. Please be aware this program is extremely loud and not suitable for very young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Community Room Sharpen Your Chess Skills Monday, June 24, 3 p.m. This 75-minute session for 6- to 12-year-olds familiar with the basics of chess is conducted by local chess instructor and US Chess Federation National Master Ben Johnson. Strategies and tips will be featured and there will be time for supervised play. Participation is limited to 20 and registration is required through the library’s events calendar. STEAM Studio Chess for Beginners Tuesday, June 25, noon This 75-minute session for 6- to 12-year-olds who want to learn to play chess is intended for children who can identify the pieces and how they move. It will be conducted by local chess instructor and US Chess Federation National Master Ben Johnson. Children will be taught the basics and basic strategies and have time for supervised play. Participation is limited to 20 and registration is required through the library’s events calendar. Community Room


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Build a reading fort on Family Fort Night, June 27.

library furniture and shelving into fantastical forts. Then, we’ll snuggle into our forts with books and a flashlight for some cozy reading time. We will have a limited number of blankets and flashlights available on a first-come, firstserved basis, and you are also welcome to bring your own. Third Floor

Animals Are Out of this World! Wednesday, June 26, 4 p.m. Long before the first man landed on the moon, a multitude of our animal friends had already made the trip to space. This live-animal program will explain how animals have been instrumental in our understanding of space and its effect on living organisms. Intended for children of all ages accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Community Room Family Fort Night Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a night of fort building. We will use blankets to transform


Zoom to the Moon Wednesday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers are invited to take a trip to the moon with activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. Story Room Apollo 50 – the Next Giant Leap Tuesday, July 9, 4 p.m. NASA Solar System Ambassador Tom Timko presents a program about the Apollo moon landings and the future of space exploration. The audience will see lunar meteorites, planet and moon globes and several Apollo mission models including a 4-foot see-through Saturn V rocket at this informative program for children 4 and older accompanied by an adult. Community Room

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Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, pictured here at a previous program on Hinds Plaza, will be at Mountain Lakes House on Aug. 7.

Space Camp Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. Experience hands-on astronaut training and see what it’s like to prepare for an interstellar mission with activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. For ages 7 and up. Community Room

UFO, Oh No! Thursday, July 25, 2 p.m. We’re hosting an out-of-this-world adventure where aliens have taken over the Community Room. Activities will be selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. For ages 7 and over. Community Room Scratch Camp for Kids Aug. 5-9, 2 p.m. Children entering grades three to five put their creativity to the test using block-based programming. Step-bystep walk-throughs of scripts, animations, and sprites will help students acquire the skills and knowledge to build masterful projects within Scratch and extend these concepts into coding in the future. Camp is limited to 18 participants who should attend all five sessions. Register on the library’s events calendar. Technology Center

Discover Life in Space Friday, July 12, 3 p.m. Embark on a trip to space with scientists from the Franklin Institute and explore the scientific and engineering challenges of getting to space, living and working in orbit and safely returning to Earth. Scientific concepts that will be explained and explored include gravity, orbit, action-reaction and air pressure. Ages 5 and older. Community Room Passport to the Planets Friday, July 19, 2 p.m. Travel the solar system as our third floor transforms into a galactic road map. Activities will be selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. For ages 5 and up. CoLab

Stargazing Night at Mountain Lakes House Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. The library is teaming with several organizations for a night of stargazing on the lawn of Mountain Lakes House. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences will bring telescopes for all to share and several astronomers will be on hand to guide participants in finding celestial objects visible with the naked eye. The Friends of Princeton Open Space will also be at the event to guide young naturalists on short walks to listen to the sounds of the night. Cookies and lemonade will be provided by the library. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave. Presented in partnership with Friends of Princeton Open Space, AAAP and Princeton University.


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES For details and a listing of all library events, visit Dog Man Party Tuesday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. Children ages 5-12 are invited to celebrate the release of the new Dog Man book, “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls,” with crafts, games and activities inspired by the part-human, part-canine hero of the Dav Pilkey series. Pilkey is also the creator of the Captain Underpants series. Community Room Toddler Drive-In: Rocket Ship Edition Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult will create their own rocket ship out of a cardboard box and other crafting supplies. Then, they’ll land their rocket ship on the “nearest planet” and settle in to watch a short movie. Limited to 30 children accompanied by an adult. Register through the library’s events calendar. Community Room

RECURRING PROGRAMS Saturday Stories June 1-Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Stories June 2-30, 3 p.m. Stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Adults must accompany their children. Story Room Storytime! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., June 4-Aug. 29 Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children 18 months and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room Baby Storytime Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m., June 4-Aug. 29 Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children up to 17 months. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Room Baby Playgroup Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., June 4-Aug. 29 Following Baby Storytime at 11 a.m., parents, caregivers and children up to 17 months old are invited to stay for our play group. No big kids allowed. Story Room


Origami Club for all Ages Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., June 12, July 10, Aug. 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 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SUMMER MOVIE SERIES Screenings are 4 p.m. Thursdays in the Community Room. Aug. 1, “Space Jam” Aug. 8, “WALL-E” Aug. 22, “Guardians of the Galaxy” Aug. 29, “Star Trek”

Roary the Library Lion is getting two new friends! Narwhal and Llama join Roary on June 1 and will be available to check out at the Youth Services Desk with a library card. Our library stuffed animals encourage children to read, write, and engage in creative play.

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TEEN BOOK BASH Saturday, June 15, 4:30 p.m.

Claire Legrand

Kacen Callender

Alex London

Panel Discussion

A panel of five authors discuss and sign copies of their newest books followed by a teens-only party with the authors after library hours. Led by author Claire Legrand (“Furyborn,” “Some Kind of Happiness,” “Foxheart” and others), the panel includes Kacen Callender (“This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story”), Alex London (“Black Wings Beating”), Mark Oshiro (“Anger is a Gift”) and Swati Teerdhala (“The Tiger at Midnight”). Readers of all ages are welcome to attend the panel discussion in the Community Room starting at 4:30 pm. Legrand will moderate the panel and there will be time to ask the authors questions. A book signing will follow the panel discussion with Labyrinth Books on hand to sell books by all the authors.

Mark Oshiro

Swati Teerdhala

After-Hours Party

Starting at 6 p.m., the authors and library staff will host an after-hours party on the third floor. Rising seventh graders and above will get a chance to hang out and chat with the authors while enjoying a make-your-own-sundae station and other treats. We will host a variety of activities with each author leading a team. An author selfie station along with other surprises and games will round out the event. Registration, on the library events calendar, is required for the after party, which is limited to 40 participants. Third Floor

Summer Debate Camp Aug. 12-16, noon Rising eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders from the Princeton community get the chance to build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments and debate in a mock tournament. Each session is three hours. The camp is free and attendees are expected to attend all five days of camp. Register on the events calendar. Community Room


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One giant leap for adults


dults can have their own interstellar reading adventures this summer, exploring “A Universe of Stories” from June 14 through Aug. 31. Lift off by registering at the library or online and receive your moon log, your entry hatch to prizes for reading. For the first two drawings we’ll be giving away two “Out of Print Library Card” tote bags, packed with advance review copies and a signature red library mug. Everyone who registers is automatically entered into our first prize drawing on July 10. Attend any of our summer programs listed in the moon log to be entered into a second prize drawing on Aug. 10. To be entered in the drawing for

our top prizes, an Individual Plus Pass to Grounds for Sculpture or a $150 gift card for Witherspoon Grill, you’ll need to read a book from at least four phases of the moon. With each additional phase completed, you will receive a bonus entry; the more phases you complete, the greater your chances of winning. Moon logs are due back Aug. 31 and only one log may be submitted per person. Share your #booklove on Instagram. Tag us @princetonpl with your summer book-related photos for the opportunity for a prize. Winners will be chosen randomly throughout the summer. If your Instagram account is set to public, we’ll regram pictures we love.






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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR ADULTS For details and a listing of all library events, visit AUTHOR TALKS Summer Reading Soiree Featuring Juliet Grames and Sally Koslow Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. The fourth annual event will focus on historical fiction, featuring Juliet Grames discussing her debut novel, “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” and a return visit from Sally Koslow, who will speak about the paperback release of her novel “Another Side of Paradise.” Attendees will enjoy sparkling punch and fresh lemonade from the Salad and Smoothie Market, appetizers from Princeton Soup and Sandwich Co., desserts and sorbet from the Bent Spoon, all under an awning on Hinds Plaza, before the talks begin. All who attend can enter a drawing to win some great prizes, including books by the authors. Community Room Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

Four Rabbis at Lunch: Candid Conversations Among American Clergy

Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m. Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins gives a talk about his novel, which chronicles the weekly luncheons of an Orthodox rabbi, two Conservative rabbis and a Reformed rabbi who meet for lunch once a week to discuss problems they have in their congregations. The book is based on many conversations the author has had during decades as a spiritual leader and features what he calls “an attempt at replicating some of these intimate, no-laypersonspresent conversations.” Recipient of the Jewish Book Award, Elkins is rabbi emeritus at the Jewish Center of Princeton, author of more than 30 books and co-editor of the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul.” Community Room

SPECIAL SUMMER BOOK GROUPS Listen to This Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. The group listens to and discusses a short story from The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. Quiet Room Speed Reads Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. Select an advance review copy of a recently published or forthcoming book to sample within the course of an hour and give us a thumbs up or thumbs down. Conference Room

BOOK GROUPS Black Voices Book Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Princeton Room June 13, “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin. July 11, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi. Aug. 8, “Real American: A Memoir” by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

Contemporary Fiction Book Group Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Conference Room June 13, “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza. Mystery Book Group Monday, 7:30 p.m., Quiet Room June 3, “The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton.


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All events are co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival and held in the Community Room.

“Women in American Musical Theater” Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m. From Maria in “The Sound of Music” to Elphaba in “Wicked” to Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton,” women characters have sung and danced their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. These characters are also in conversation with U.S. society, reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Stacy Wolf, professor of theater at Princeton University, will lead a journey through musical theater history from the 1950s until today — including 1963’s “She Loves Me” — to examine what women do in musical theater and why it matters.


PERFORMANCE Princeton Festival Preview Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. Artists will perform scenes from The Princeton Festival’s upcoming opera, “Nixon in China,” and musical, “She Loves Me,” and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions.

“20th Century Music: John Adams’ ‘Nixon in China’” Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m. Stephen Arthur Allen, professor of music at Rider University, investigates how the music of John Adams’ opera, although technically described as minimalist,



actually allows the audience a rich experience in sound. He will highlight how the music connects with European neoclassicism and other traditions as well as the flow of musical events within American music. WORKSHOP “Music that Tells a Story” Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. This two-part program combines a two-hour opera workshop with an opportunity to attend a full professional opera performance of John Adams’ masterpiece,“Nixon in China.” It will be led by Kyle Masson, a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at Princeton. Among other activities, workshop participants will learn about and perform 20th-century musical styles, and also observe and discuss live performances of arias from “Nixon in China” with Festival singers. Participants who attend the workshop will receive a ticket for the opening performance of the opera on June 23, underwritten by a grant from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Register at The Princeton Festival website. Registration required. LECTURE “Pingpong

Diplomacy” Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m. Was it a pingpong ball that led Nixon to China? Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum docent, will review and illustrate events which led to Nixon’s unprecedented 1972 trip.

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at Rider University, presents on how understanding the many musical styles and their relationship to the story will greatly enhance appreciation of one of the finest examples of this American opera.

“Harmonic Structure and Characterization in John Adams’ ‘Nixon in China’” Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m. Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’ opera, “Nixon in China.” Adams’ harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical figures portrayed in the opera. Johnson is author of the book “John Adams’ Nixon in China.”


“‘Nixon in China’: Much More than Minimalism” Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. Just as Puccini did in his greatest operas, American composer John Adams wrote music that gives local color (big band, neo-classicism, electronic synthesizer sounds, minimalism, lush late-romanticism) to his “Nixon in China” score, while also propelling forward the drama of the historic meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong. Timothy Urban, professor of music


POETRY READING Xue Di: “Across Borders” Sunday, June 23, noon Award-winning Chinese poet Xue Di presents a multimedia, bilingual poetry reading and casual talk. Coming of age under Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-77), which suppressed all literary works, Xue Di came across forbidden poems and became determined to be a poet as a young boy. His strikingly intense lyricism is deeply connected to a yearning shared by all humanity. The poet will read his poems in the Chinese original, followed by English translations read by American poet Jonathan Wells. Xue Di will take questions from the audience and will offer comments and perspectives in English to heighten understanding about China and its people, and poetry in Asia. Refreshments will be served after the reading, and Xue Di will sign copies of his books which will be available for purchase. FILM “The Shop Around the Corner” Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m. This 1940 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. The musical “She Loves Me” is an adaptation of the play and this movie. 1 hour, 39 minutes.


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“Minding the Gap,” July 8


All screenings are in the Community Room. “Minding the Gap” Monday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. Bing Liu’s debut film is a coming-of-age documentary about three skateboarding friends in their industrial Midwest hometown. In attempting to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gaps between fathers and sons, between discipline and abuse and, ultimately, between childhood and adulthood. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award. Presented in partnership with POV.

“Brian Cox: Life of a Universe” Monday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. Robert Vanderbei, the library’s scientist-in-residence, will host a screening of both episodes of this two-part documentary followed by a discussion about the universe and night sky. Drawing inspiration Robert Vanderbei


“Brian Cox: Life of a Universe,” Aug. 14

from the southern sky as he travels around Australia, renowned physicist and television personality Brian Cox ponders the big questions about the universe. Exploring how the universe began, how it could end and when, Cox examines the work of Australia-based astrophysicists Katie Mack and Brian Schmidt and speaks to cosmological luminaries such as Neil Degrasse Tyson and Brian Greene. Each episode runs about 30 minutes. “Bisbee ’17” Monday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. This film combines documentary and scripted elements while following members of the close-knit former mining community of Bisbee, Arizona, as they commemorate the centennial of the forced deportation of immigrant miners. During the Bisbee Deportation, 1,200 immigrants were violently removed from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die. Presented in partnership with Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice and POV.


All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. June 7, “Arctic,” 1 hour, 38 minutes July 19, “Storm Boy,” 1 hour, 39 minutes Aug. 16, “Fighting with my Family,” 1 hour, 50 minutes Aug. 30, “A Dog’s Way Home,” 2 hours, 17 minutes

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“Bisbee ’17,” Aug. 12

AT THE PRINCETON GARDEN THEATRE “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Monday, June 24, 7 p.m. This science fiction classic, directed by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences with extraterrestrials. Free tickets may be picked up in advance at the theater box office. 2 hours, 17 minutes. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street Presented in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre.


Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Enjoy a cup of tea and a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel on Wednesday afternoons this summer when the library presents Afternoons with Austen. For true Austen fanatics, “Addicted to Austen” calling cards will be distributed at each screening to be stamped by staff. Those who attend three or more screenings will be entered in a drawing to win a prize pack of copies of all of the films shown in the series.

“Pride and Prejudice” (2005) Wednesday, July 31, 3 p.m. Five sisters from an English family of landed gentry deal with issues of marriage, morality and misconceptions.  2 hours, 8 minutes.


“Emma” (1996) Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m. A year in the life of a congenial but naïve young woman who thinks of herself as a romantic matchmaker in her small community in early-19th century England. 2 hours “Love & Friendship” (2016) Wednesday, Aug. 14, 3 p.m. Based on Austen’s “Lady Susan,” the film follows recently widowed Lady Susan in her intrepid and calculating exploits to secure suitably wealthy husbands for her daughter and herself. 1 hour, 33 minutes. “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) Wednesday, Aug. 21, 3 p.m. Two sisters, suddenly destitute members of a wealthy English family, are forced to seek financial security through marriage. 2 hours, 16 minutes.  “Persuasion” (2007) Wednesday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.  A British television adaptation of the story of a second, well-considered chance at love. 2 hours. Princeton Student Film Festival Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 16th year, the event features films chosen from local, national and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions that follow the screenings. This event is suggested for a mature teen and adult audience. Refreshments will be served each evening. Community Room 15

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Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Community Park Ampitheater June 9 and July 14.

PERFORMANCE “As You Like It” Sunday, June 9, 6 p.m. Jersey City-based Hudson Shakespeare Company performs Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about the daughter of the powerful duke who must show her courage and inventiveness to be with the man she loves. Community Park North Amphitheater


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“Heaven, I’m in Heaven!” Sunday, June 30, 3 p.m. Pianist, singer and library favorite Fred Miller presents a lecture in song covering music from the early days of Tin Pan Alley to the sophisticated heights of American Pop’s mid-20th-century heyday. Part of the “Universe of Stories” summer reading program. Community Room

Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. Students participating in So- Percussion’s Summer Institute perform in this annual event. The SoPercussion’s Summer Institute is an intensive twoweek music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of So- 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. Community Room


LIVE RADIO PLAY “An Evening with Gertrude Stein” Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. Raconteur Radio recreates Gertrude Stein’s famed Left Bank salon featuring conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali and Alice B. Toklas. With theatrical lighting, period costuming, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and extensive sound effects. Community Room

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“Coriolanus” Sunday, July 14, 6 p.m. Led by Artistic Director Jon Ciccarelli, Hudson Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare’s tale



EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR ADULTS For details and a listing of all library events, visit LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS/WORKSHOPS Continuing Conversations on Race “Racial Literacy: Tell Me Who You Are” Monday, June 3, 7 p.m. Students and adults enrolled in racial literacy classes at Princeton High School will share insights gained from participation in reflexive activities that explore systems of racial domination and racial progress. Following short presentations, racial literacy scholars will facilitate small group discussions that continue conversations with Not in Our Town audiences. Community Room Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton. ADDITIONAL SESSIONS OF CONTINUING CONVERSATIONS SERIES WILL BE 7 P.M., JULY 1 AND AUG. 5

“Declutter and Streamline Your Life” Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m. Professional organizer and author Patricia Diesel presents a workshop on finding a peaceful balance between what to let go and what to keep. The workshop will cover understanding the cause of clutter, strategies for decluttering without becoming overwhelmed and approaches to avoid the cycle of clutter. Diesel has published three books on living a decluttered life. Books will be available for purchase following the presentation. Community Room

SCORE WORKSHOP Branding and Marketing Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. This workshop will answer questions about brands and branding and explain why small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs need to work on their brand from day one. Marketing professional Tina Tuccillo is presenter. For more information, and to register, visit Newsroom Presented in partnership with SCORE Princeton.

“What Is a Changing Climate Doing to Princeton’s Natural Resources?” Monday, June 17, 7 p.m. Representatives of Sustainable Princeton discuss what must be done to reduce stress on the natural resources that provide environmental benefits to Princeton while lessening the impact of the town’s carbon emissions. Community Room Presented in partnership with Sustainable Princeton.

Side Income from Online Arbitrage Monday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. Retail arbitrage, the act of buying products from websites and then selling those same products through online marketplaces for a profit, is a great way to start a side business that could lead to a full-time business.  Luis Ramirez, founder of the e-commerce business development company S3 Global WW, will outline four practical steps for getting started with retail arbitrage. Ramirez has more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing e-commerce strategies, with an emphasis on e-retail development and mentoring. Please register with SCORE Princeton. Newsroom


Presented in partnership with SCORE Princeton.

Wiebke Martens

Jennifer Jang

Walking Princeton’s Campus Sunday, June 9, 4 p.m. Explore Princeton University’s historic campus on a walking tour with photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang, authors of “Discovering Princeton.” Martens and Jang will talk about the university’s rich history, share their views of its iconic architecture and point out some whimsical details along the way. This program is recommended for adults and high school students. The group will leave from the library at 4 p.m. Register on the library’s events calendar. Community Room

Joint Effort Safe Streets Community Discussion Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m. Joint Efforts Safe Streets, a community organization based in Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, leads a community discussion on police-community relations, affordable housing, public education, race relations, marijuana and what Princeton will look like in year 2050. Participants include elected officials from Princeton municipal government, county freeholders, the state assembly and Princeton Public Schools as well as business owners, community advocates, non-profit/ community organizations leaders and concerned citizens. Community Room SCORE SEMINAR Supply

Chain Strategies Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on strategies and solutions for bringing products and services to market while assessing and mitigating supply chain risks. Led by Michael Brisebois, vice chairman of SCORE Princeton, this interactive session will provide expertise and support for


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On the D&R Canal Princeton’s 185-plus-year history with the Delaware & Raritan Canal will be the topic of a June 12 Open Archive program presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton, which provided these photos.

participants looking to solve business challenges. Topics include product sourcing, inventory management and local and global supply chains. Brisebois is a mentor to small business owners and professionals transitioning from corporate life to entrepreneurship. He has held leadership positions in supply chain management and logistics for several Fortune 500 companies. Please register with SCORE Princeton. Newsroom   Presented in partnership with SCORE Princeton.

MISCELLANY Knit in Public Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day (and the library’s 10th anniversary of being an official host site) at a fun and friendly gathering on Hinds Plaza. Drop in any time during the four-hour event to meet other knitters, socialize and work on your knitting or crochet projects for as long as you like. World Wide Knit in Public Day began in 2005 with the idea of getting knitters out of their homes, changing what is usually a solitary pursuit into one that can be enjoyed among others. Hinds Plaza (weather permitting) or Community Room OPEN ARCHIVE “On the Delaware & Raritan Canal” Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. The Historical Society of Princeton brings documents and other materials from its collection related to the


Delaware & Raritan Canal, a fixture in Princeton since it opened in the 1830s. Dug mostly by hand by Irish immigrants, the canal was a key transportation corridor carrying goods between New York and Philadelphia, including coal from the anthracite fields of Pennsylvania. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from the Historical Society’s vast collection. HSP’s curator of collections and research will be on hand to share information and answer any questions. Discovery Center Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton.

Redding Circle Picnic Tuesday, June 25, 6 p.m. Bring yourself and, if you would like, your family to a party at Redding Circle. The library will provide food and drinks. Rain date is June 27. Redding Circle Presented in partnership with Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Police Department, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, the Committed and Faithful Princetonians, and Princeton Housing Authority.

Meet the Mayor Fridays, 8:30 a.m., June 28, July 19, Aug. 23, Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert in the library lobby through 10 a.m. Lobby Presented in partnership with Municipality of Princeton.

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SUMMER OF 69 SERIES Author Richard Zoglin Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show July 22, 7 p.m. In his book about Elvis Presley’s milestone July 31, 1969, show at the International hotel in Las Vegas, the author challenges the conventional wisdom that Las Vegas destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. Zoglin, a theater critic for Time magazine argues the concert is where the Presley resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer and changed the nature of Vegas entertainment. Community Room

Please register on the library’s events calendar. Classes limited to 16. Create Celestial-Themed Greeting Cards Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Alicia Vincelette of Inked Edge Paper Art leads a workshop where greeting cards with a starry theme will be created. The one-of-a-kind cards for any occasion will be created using rubber stamped images and some remarkable folding and layering techniques. Paint a Starry Night Vase Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. Upcycle a wine bottle to create a unique vase featuring elements from Van Gogh’s famous painting “The Starry Night” at this class for adults. All supplies, including the bottle, will be provided, and you will be guided step-bystep through the process, Crochet a Bookmark Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. Crochet a “worm hole” bookmark as part of our craft series for adults. This project is great for everyone from novice to accomplished crocheters. The easy pattern features corkscrew-style stitching, single stitches and a simple tassel. Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own supplies; a 2.5 mm needle is recommended.

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Create an Infinity Scarf Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to upcycle a T-shirt to create an infinity scarf. No sewing skills are needed to make an attractive scarf that you can wear any time of the year. Bring a T-shirt of your own or one will be provided.

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Princeton Public Library Connections Magazine Summer 2019  

The Princeton (NJ) Public Library Magazine features information about the summer reading program, Summer of 69 events and The Princeton Fest...

Princeton Public Library Connections Magazine Summer 2019  

The Princeton (NJ) Public Library Magazine features information about the summer reading program, Summer of 69 events and The Princeton Fest...