Several years ago our library was fortunate to receive a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support more humanities-centric programming and resources. The $500,000 challenge grant, matched with $1.5 million in local private support, now provides a steady source of income for the library program team’s effort to provide creative and engaging programs.
Recent program offerings include
- the monthly Spotlight on Architecture noon-time lecture series,
- our Princeton Reads selection, “The History of Love” along with an appearance by author Nicole Krauss,
- last year’s Pi Day author Alan Lightman speaking about his book “Einstein’s Dreams”,
- scholar led book discussion groups,
- and the upcoming series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The library’s popular museum pass program that enables library card holders to borrow one of 13 passes for entry into area museums and the 6,000 title Films on Demand database are also supported with NEH funds.
This recent video documents the development of our NEH funded Page to Stage program. The video captures the spirit behind our humanities programming efforts and beautifully illustrates the changing role of libraries as a place of learning and enjoyment for all ages. Page to Stage will continue in 2013 as will many other exciting humanities themed programs. Watch our This Week at the Princeton Public Library, our email newsletter or Connections for details about Page to Stage and other exciting programs at the library.