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March 2020

Demonstration: “Herr Bach and His Instruments”

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

An introduction to the Baroque instruments Bach included in his St. John Passion is provided by members of the Dryden Ensemble who will demonstrate the instruments. Instruments include the viola d'amore, oboe da caccia, viola da gamba and the orbo. The Dryden Ensemble will perform Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14 at All Saints' Church in Princeton. Presented in partnership with the Dryden Ensemble.

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Celebrate Inventors Day

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Ever wonder how a race car’s speedometer works? Or how a roller coaster stops? Come learn about electromagnetism - the fundamental force behind these inventions - and the scientists and engineers who made these discoveries. This Inventors Day program, an afternoon of hands-on science activities, begins with a brief talk by Princeton University Professor Michael Littman.

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Michael Marissen on the Musical Aims of Bach’s St. John Passion

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Michael Marissen explores Bach's incisive musical reading of the Passion Story from the Gospel of John in advance of the Dryden Ensemble's performances of  Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14. Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor Emeritus of Music at Swarthmore College, where he taught from 1989 to 2014. He has also been a visiting professor on the graduate faculties at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. His most most recent book is "Bach & God." The…

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Martin Mandelberg: “Richard Wesley Hamming: Man, Mathematician, and Mentor”

Saturday, March 14, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Author Martin Mandelberg discusses his recently published biography of the esteemed computer scientist and educator Richard W. Hamming. Hamming (1915-1998), Mandelberg's doctoral advisor at the Naval Postgraduate School, was a gifted mathematician of international renown and a mentor who encouraged a new generation of mathematicians throughout his career. Hamming's work had many implications for computer engineering and telecommunications. His contributions include the Hamming code, the Hamming window, sphere-packing and the Hamming distance. After completing his doctoral thesis in 1942, Hamming was…

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“IQ” Screening and Open Archive

Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In honor of Pi Day, we will screen the film "IQ," most of which was filmed in Princeton. Following the hour-and 35-minute screening, there will be an Open Archive displaying items from the production. Filmed in 1994, "IQ" is a romantic comedy set in the 1950s featuring Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein playing matchmaker for his niece played by Meg Ryan. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its…

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PSO Soundtracks with Composer Julian Grant

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Julian Grant, composer of 五代同堂 (Five Generations, One House), talks about life, travels and musical adventures in China and Central Asia. This presentation is in given in advance of PSO's March 21-22 concerts, which feature Grant's composition in addition to violinist V. Jackiw performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. The PSO Soundtracks series of lectures is intended to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony…

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Engaged Retirement: Transition to Retirement

Monday, March 23, 7:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This interactive workshop focuses on helping retirees and pre-retirees navigate this important life transition. Both conceptual framework and practical tools will be offered to help attendees make their retirement years as personally rewarding and fulfilling as possible. The workshop will be presented by John George, a licensed psychologist, and David Roussell, care coordinator and HomeFriends coordinator at PSRC.   Presented in partnership with the Princeton Senior Resource Center

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Art Talk: Wetland to Woodland

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

 Princeton-based eco-artists, Mary Waltham and Susan Hoenig discuss "Wetland to Woodland," the  exhibition of their selected recent works on view on the library's second floor. The exhibit, on display March 1 to May 30, asks viewers to consider afresh these two distinctly different but interrelated ecosystems, each of which combats climate change. The artists present works reflecting a connection to and inspiration from wetland and woodland respectively, using a range of visual media and methods.   Materials collected from selected sites, such as…

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Lecture: “Cultivating Creativity”

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Don Campbell draws on more than 30 years experience as a sculptor and lessons learned from great artists and innovators throughout history to show artists and non-artists that creativity is a learned skill than anyone can develop. Among other topics, the talk includes how to stimulating the flow of creativity through a process of "deep listening" and how to overcome obstacles that stop most people from following their creative impulse.

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Author and Panel Discussion: “Global Education in Higher Ed”

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: A Dirt Road to the Future - Education on the Global Front Lines

What roles should a university play in the wider world? How should American undergraduates be exposed to global cultures and challenges? If internationalization is a means to an end, what exactly is the end? Ethan Casey, author of "A Dirt Road to the Future: Education on the Global Front Lines," and a panel of practitioners from Princeton, Rutgers and Texas Christian University examine these questions. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

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April 2020

PEFF: Youth Climate Activism Panel at Princeton University

Saturday, April 4, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McCosh 50, Princeton University Campus NJ 08542 United States

  This event will bring together over a dozen young activists who are engaged with the climate crisis both in their communities and around the globe. Student organizers from Fridays for Future and US Youth Climate Strikes will attend, as will indigenous activists Helena Gualinga and Autumn Peltier. The panel will discuss the diverse range of perspectives at the forefront of tackling climate change. Following the panelists' presentations, there will be a Q&A with the audience. Presented in partnership with…

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Endangered! Animals on the Edge

Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Wildlife educator Travis Gale returns to the library with a presentation for the whole family featuring live animals. We will discuss what factors contribute to animal extinction and meet animals that are threatened or endangered in the wild. Entertaining, high-energy and educational, the program highlights the importance of protecting the wildlife of the world. For children ages 4 and older with an adult.   Co-presented  by the library and Eyes of the Wild.

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What’s Up with the Weather?

Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This dynamic show reveals the science of weather — to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We will discuss the water cycle, explore thunder and lightning and even make a cloud. A stormy ending to this show is promised as the presenters demonstrate how tornados are formed. Intended for children ages 5 and up with parent or adult caregiver. Co-presented by the library and The Franklin…

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PYC Social Pioneers Pitch Night

Thursday, April 23, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Teens who have participated in the PYC Social Pioneers program pitch ideas for improving their communities at this event. During the 16-week program, the teens have worked to develop their leadership and skills to turn their project plans into action. Sponsored by the Princeton Youth Program for Civic Engagement with support from the library, PYC Social Pioneers is an accelerator program for youth who have an idea to improve and strengthen their Princeton-area community.    

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Engaged Retirement: Volunteering in Retirement

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Sharon Hurley, director of social services and volunteer coordinator at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, discusses options for volunteering in retirement including opportunities to give back to your community, learn new skills for an encore career or share talents and skills with others. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

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