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September 2018

PSO Soundtracks: Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

New York Philharmonic Archives Manager Gabryel Smith presents a multimedia exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s ground-breaking music directorship and legacy at the New York Philharmonic. Special emphasis will be placed on the Bernstein treasures found in the Philharmonic’s archival collections. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Job Seekers: Tapping into Your Best Self, Debbee Jeter

September 28 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Debbie Jeter gives a presentation about discovering personal strengths following job loss. This presentation is in collaboration with PSG of Mercer County and the Princeton Public Library.

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October 2018

Love Stories with Denise McCormack

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Adapted and told by Denise McCormack, "Love Stories" is a storytelling program for adults featuring a selection of captivating and memorable stories, literary and traditional. Each poignant and thought-provoking chronicle relates to women's issues and relationships. Stories include the literary tales "The Story of an Hour" and "A Pair of Silk Stockings," by Kate Chopin. The story of Philamandre, "One, My Darling," is a Haitian folktale. It was collected by Diane Wolkstein. Denise McCormack is a professional storyteller whose story selections…

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Community Play Reading: Selected Excerpts from Dominique Morisseau’s “The Detroit Project” and Other Plays

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In October, McCarter Theatre Center presents Dominique Morisseau’s "Detroit ’67"—the first work in her three-play cycle known as The Detroit Project. In advance of the production, join in a community play reading of selected excerpts from her other two cycle plays, "Paradise Blue" and "Skeleton Crew", and works by playwrights who have influenced her artistically:  Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun"), August Wilson ("The Piano Lesson"), Ntozake Shange  ("For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf"),…

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Film Screening: “War of the Worlds”

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This PBS American Experience documentary examines the famous 1938 radio dramatization of “War of the Worlds.” Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. Featuring interviews with film director and cinema historian Peter Bogdanovich, Welles’s daughter Chris Welles Feder and other authors and experts, as well as dramatizations of some of the thousands of letters sent…

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Job Seekers: David Schuchman: What to Do When You Can’t Do What You Used to Do

October 5 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

It may be that your former job function or industry has changed and requires professional skills you do not have. Or, you cannot keep up with the physical rigors of your old job. In these cases, you may not easily be able to find the job that you have previously done for so long. David Schuchman discusses why you can’t do what you used to do and ways to leverage your professional expertise in order to move forward in your…

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Fall Family Movie: “Wonderstruck”

October 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Based on the novel by Brian Selznick, this is the story of two children separated by 50 years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father. Rated PG. 1 hour, 56 minutes.

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Claudia Johnson on Jane Austen’s “The Beautifull Cassandra”

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Claudia Johnson, a leading Austen scholar, discusses "The Beautifull Cassandra: A Novel in Twelve Chapters," 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. Community Room

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Author: Sue Hallgarth on “Death Comes: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery”

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Author Sue Hallgarth will discuss "Death Comes," the second book in her Willa Cather mystery series.

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Raconteur Radio: “War of the Worlds”

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play of “The War of the Worlds,” loosely adapted from the H.G. Wells classic. The 55-minute production features theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials. The War of the Worlds series includes multiple programs marking the 80th anniversary of the broadcast. Additional events include: 10/4 Film Screening: “War of the Worlds” 10/10 Raconteur Radio: “War of the Worlds” 10/18 Author Talk: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of…

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Film and Discussion: “Eyes on Mississippi”

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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 and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Newsweek and other 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. From Fentress's website: "As the southern struggle for civil…

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Friday Feature Film: “Hearts Beat Loud”

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

During the summer before she is set to start a pre-med program at UCLA, a music career becomes a possibility for Sam when a song she recorded with her widowed father goes viral. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Part of the Friday Features series. Community Room

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LGBT Teen Fall Forum

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In celebration of LGBT History Month, the library and HiTOPS have teamed up to create a special event for area high school students that will include screening short documentaries, discussions, activities, food and more. Led by HiTOPS Teen Council and the library’s Teen Advisory Board, this day will be fun and interactive as well as informational. Registration not required and students from all high schools in the region are welcome. The day will culminate with a community screening for all…

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Book Brunch with Diane Chamberlain

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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. Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of numerous novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include "Necessary Lies", "The Silent Sister", "The Secret Life…

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“Call Me William”: Willa Cather: Her Life and Loves

October 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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. Brilliant and supremely confident, Cather once said “Being a woman never damaged my ambition to become Pope or Emperor.”…

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Author Talk: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News”

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A. Brad Schwartz speaks on his book "Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's 'War of the Worlds' and the Art of Fake News." Schwartz, also a Princeton University doctoral student, explores what Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast can teach us about the "fake news” that threatens our democracy today. Eighty years ago, Welles’s infamous “panic broadcast” made West Windsor’s Grovers Mill ground zero for an imaginary Martian invasion, as well as the center of a supposedly nationwide hysteria. But as…

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Onstage Seniors: “The Road I Travel: Choices and Chances that Shape Our Lives”

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Onstage Seniors, A Community Program of McCarter Theatre is back at the Princeton Library with a new original documentary theater performance, "The Road I Travel: Choices and Chances that Shape Our Lives" highlighting senior memories and experiences. The ensemble - all over the age of 55 - is known for their performances of stories based on interviews with the local community in theaters, libraries, schools, senior centers and communities, and schools across New Jersey. Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter…

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PSO Soundtracks

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents a free lecture series in the library. Please check back for lecture topics and speaker information. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Concert: War of the Worlds.80

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Members of the Einstein Alley Musician’s Collaborative blend spoken word, live music and an assortment of sound, theatrical and lighting effects to bring the story of the broadcast of “War of the Worlds." The original radio script will be adapted into a series of vignettes in between which musicians will perform a piece which reflects the mood of the story. Diverse genres - jazz, bluegrass, grunge, gospel, classical, hip-hop and electronica –will be used to create an organic soundscape of…

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Makerspace Nights at the Library

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Join Princeton University’s Council of Science and Technology to build a maker project on the last Tuesday of the month. Check https://princetonlibrary.org/tech-classes/ at the beginning of the month to see what we are building and if the project is suitable for children. Community Room

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Frankenfrenzy Movie Marathon

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Stop in the Community Room any time to watch a Frankenstein movie. Noon - "Young Frankenstein" Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes 2:30 p.m. - "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" Runningtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes 4:15 p.m. - "Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" Running time: 1 hour, 19 minutes 6 p.m. - "Frankenstein: A Man Who Made a Monster"  Running time: 1 hour, 11 minutes 7:30 p.m. - "Bride of Frankenstein" Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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November 2018

Knit for Others – Hat Session and Class

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Join us for a special Knit for Others session to knit hats. Patterns and yarn will be available, but feel free to bring your own as well as your own knitting needles. Basic knitting skills are required. At 4 p.m., instructors from Pins and Needles will offer a Learn to Knit class for teens and adults. Registration is required for the class only. Community Room The library is collecting hand-knit and crocheted winter items from Monday, Oct. 1 through Monday,…

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Fall Family Movie: “Paddington”

November 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. Rated PG. 1 hour, 35 minutes.

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Fall Family Movie: “Paddington 2”

November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. Rated PG. 1 hour, 43 minutes.

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Fall Family Movie: “Peter Rabbit”

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:35 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The stubborn and naughty Peter Rabbit causes chaos in the home and garden of an irritable human named Mr. McGregor. However, their rivalry grows even more heated when they both fall in love with a new neighbor who adores animals. Rated PG. 1 hour, 35 minutes.

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Fall Family Movie: “The Incredibles”

November 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Known to the world as superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island…

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Fall Family Movie: “A Wrinkle in Time”

November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Meg meets three supernatural beings who transport her through the universe to rescue her father, who mysteriously disappeared and is being held captive by an evil force. Rated PG. 1 hour, 49 minutes.

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PSO Soundtracks

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 24, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents a free lecture series in the library. Please check back for lecture topics and speaker information. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Preschool Fair

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Representatives from Princeton area preschools provide information about school programs, curriculum, philosophy and the admission process at this two-hour annual event.

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December 2018

Intro to Mac Computers

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Learn the basics of Apple’s operating system as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Mac. This class is also helpful for users switching from PCs to Macs. Instructor: Laura O’Neil

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