National Endowment for the Humanities at
Princeton Public Library
Princeton Public Library is committed to sustaining and growing humanities programs and projects to enrich the lives of our patrons through thought-provoking public programs, collections development, and broader access to all things humanities related. Humanities programs at the library support the library’s mission to serve as the community’s living room, connecting people through words and ideas to enrich their lives.
The Humanities at Princeton Public Library
The driving force behind humanities programs at the library is a Challenge Grant received in 2007 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment created through the grant and local fundraising efforts provides funding for humanities programs, collections development, and other projects now and into the future.
Princeton Public Library Humanities Advisory Group
This group of volunteers advises the library and helps helps guide and evaluate humanities-based programs and projects. This group includes scholars, practitioners, educators, and community members who help build and maintain relationships between the library and local institutions, offer suggestions for community partnerships, and provide ideas and feedback on programs and projects.
What are the humanities?
The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.
Upcoming Events Spotlight
Tuesday, December 3, 6-7:30pm, Discovery Center at Princeton Public Library
The monuments and memorials found throughout Princeton take various forms — from trees to sculptures to green ovals on buildings. Stop by the Discovery Center to explore documents and artifacts that reveal the history behind these commemorations.
The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions, and be the historian themselves. HSP’s curator of collections and research will be on hand to share information and answer questions.
Presented in partnership with the library and the Historical Society of Princeton. Photo courtesy of Historical Society of Princeton.
Tuesday, December 17, 6pm, Community Room at Princeton Public Library
Randy Cohen interviews Deborah Amos for “Person, Place, Thing,” his public radio program during which guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.
Deborah Amos is an award-winning international correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the United States is regularly featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition,” and “All Things Considered.” She previously reported for ABC’s “Nightline” and PBS’s “Frontline.” She is the author of two books and has won several major journalism honors, including a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, a George Foster Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy.
The Challenge Grant from the NEH makes all these things possible
Both print and digital collections are continually enhanced to keep up with new releases and to build collections on specific themes.
The goal of the project is to collect, share, and archive stories and memories of Princetonians. Voices of Princeton is a collaborative oral history project between the Princeton Public Library, the Historical Society of Princeton, the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, and the Arts Council of Princeton.
This program provides cardholders with free access to 19 local and regional cultural destinations.
Kanopy provides access our new video streaming service which offers a broad selection of quality documentaries, feature films and training videos from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, Music Box Films, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, and many more.
Access Video on Demand is an online digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences.