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Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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July 2019

SōSI Concert

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Students participating in Sō Percussion’s Summer Institute perform. The Sō Percussion’s Summer Institute is an intensive two-week music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of Sō 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 Presented in partnership with Sō Percussion.

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Paint a Starry Night Vase

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Upcycle a wine bottle to create a unique vase featuring elements from Van Gogh's famous painting The Starry Night at this class that is part of the Out of this World craft series for adults.  All supplies, including the bottle, will be provided, and you will be guided step-by-step through the process by Morgan Taylor, head of adult services at the library. Registration, limited to 16, is required so that we can prepare supplies.  

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CANCELED Princeton Tech Meetup

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This event has been canceled. Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing. Register through Princeton Tech Meetup on Meetup.com.

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UFO, Oh no!

Thursday, July 25, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Join us for 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 up.

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Job Seekers Session: Keeping Up With LinkedIn Changes

Friday, July 26, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Kenneth Lang discusses LinkedIn Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Discover Drone Flying

Sunday, July 28, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Learn the basic rules and regulations that all drone operators, whether amateurs or professional, should follow. This course shares important advice to ensure you stay safe as you explore the world from the clouds. Professional photographer and FAA-certified drone pilot Saed Hindash also will share the tips and tricks he uses to make eye-catching images and videos from the sky.

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Film: “First Man”

Monday, July 29, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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. PG. 2 hours, 21 minutes.  

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Afternoons with Austen: “Pride and Prejudice” (2005)

Wednesday, July 31, 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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" depicts five sisters…

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August 2019

Summer Movie Matinee: “Space Jam”

Thursday, August 1, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This live action/animated comedy stars Michael Jordan who is enlisted by Looney Tunes characters to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens. 1 hour, 28 minutes.

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Job Seekers Session: LinkedIn

Friday, August 2, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Ed Han discusses LinkedIn. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, August 5, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Join Not In Our Town Princeton for their annual community gathering starting at 6pm. The Continuing Conversations on Race program will begin at 7pm. We will screen the film '63 Boycott followed by group discussions led by Not In Our Town Princeton facilitators.   Members of Not In Our Town Princeton, an interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation.

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Joint Effort Safe Streets Community Discussion

Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Joint Efforts Safe Streets leads a community discussion on police-community relations, affordable housing, public education, race relations, cannabis, what Princeton will look like in year 2050 and more. Participants  include elected officials from Princeton Municipal Government, County Freeholders, NJ Assembly and Princeton Public Schools as well as business owners, community advocates, non profit/community organizations leaders and concerned citizens.   Moderator: Kevin Wilkes, Chair. Princeton Future and Architect/Principal of Princeton Design Guild. Panelists: Steve Cochrane, Superintendent, Princeton Public Schools David Cohen,…

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Afternoons with Austen: “Emma” (1996)

Wednesday, August 7, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the…

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Summer Movie Matinee

Thursday, August 8, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 29, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Beat the summer heat and view these space themed movies in the cool of the library: Aug. 1 Space Jam;  Aug. 8 WALL-E, Aug. 22 Guardians of the Galaxy; Aug. 29 Star Trek. All movies at 4 p.m. in the Community Room.

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Job Seekers Session: Surviving and Thriving After a Job Loss When You’re +/- 50 Years-Old

Friday, August 9, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Surviving and Thriving After a Job Loss When You're +/- 50 Years-Old presented by Ken Sher. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camp

Monday, August 12, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until August 16, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community are invited to build confidence in skills that involve public speaking and debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced student debaters, participants will practice public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments, and debate in a mock tournament. The camp is free and  runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16, 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Attendees…

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Film “Bisbee ’17”

Monday, August 12, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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 by the library and the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice in collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series…

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Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camp

Tuesday, August 13, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until August 16, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community are invited to build confidence in skills that involve public speaking and debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced student debaters, participants will practice public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments, and debate in a mock tournament. The camp is free and  runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16, 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Attendees…

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Dog Man Party

Tuesday, August 13, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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 Dave Pilkey series. Pilkey is also the creator of the Captain Underpants series.

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Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camp

Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until August 16, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community are invited to build confidence in skills that involve public speaking and debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced student debaters, participants will practice public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments, and debate in a mock tournament. The camp is free and  runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16, 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Attendees…

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Afternoons with Austen: “Love & Friendship” (2016)

Wednesday, August 14, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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. "Love & Friendship" (based on…

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Film: “Brian Cox: Life Of A Universe”

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Join Robert Vanderbei, the library's scientist-in-residence for the summer, for a screening of both episodes of this two-part documentary followed by a discussion about the universe and night sky. Drawing inspiration 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 eminent Australian-based astrophysicists Katie Mack and Brian Schmidt and speaks…

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Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camp

Thursday, August 15, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until August 16, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community are invited to build confidence in skills that involve public speaking and debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced student debaters, participants will practice public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments, and debate in a mock tournament. The camp is free and  runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16, 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Attendees…

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Film: “Woodstock”

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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. The screening is in advance of the Aug. 17 Woodstock Concert featuring musicians from the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative that is being held at the Community Park North Amphitheater. The concert is  presented in partnership with the Princeton Recreation Department and Princeton Record Exchange. 3 hours, 4 minutes.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, August 16, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camp

Friday, August 16, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until August 16, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community are invited to build confidence in skills that involve public speaking and debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced student debaters, participants will practice public speaking exercises, learn how to effectively research and ask questions, construct compelling arguments, and debate in a mock tournament. The camp is free and  runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16, 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Attendees…

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Friday Feature Film: “Fighting With My Family”

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

This biographical comedy-drama tells the story of English WWE champion Raya Knight who grew up in a professional wrestling family and uprooted herself as a teenager to pursue WWE glory in Los Angeles. PG-13. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

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Afternoons with Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1995)

Wednesday, August 21, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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. "Sense and Sensibility" follows the…

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Summer Movie Matinee

Thursday, August 22, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 29, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Beat the summer heat and view these space themed movies in the cool of the library: Aug. 1 Space Jam;  Aug. 8 WALL-E, Aug. 22 Guardians of the Galaxy; Aug. 29 Star Trek. All movies at 4 p.m. in the Community Room.

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Job Seekers Session: Cultivating Calm While in Transition

Friday, August 23, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presenter: Susan Wilk. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Princeton Tech Meetup

Monday, August 26, 6:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing. Register through Princeton Tech Meetup on Meetup.com.

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Toddler Drive-In: Rocket Ship Edition

Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Toddlers (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. Bringing a cardboard box is encouraged. Registration is required:  

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Afternoons with Austen: “Persuasion” (2007)

Wednesday, August 28, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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 the films shown in the series. Sally Hawkins stars as the protagonist Anne Elliot…

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Summer Movie Matinee: “Star Trek”

Thursday, August 29, 4:00 pm - 6:08 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The 11th film in the "Star Trek" film franchise features the original characters from the television series. Aboard the USS Enterprise, James T. Kirk and Spock combat Nero, a Roman from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. 2 hours, 8 minutes.

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Friday Feature Film: “A Dog’s Way Home”

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

A lost dog goes on an epic 400 mile journey to be reunited with her owner. Along the way she meets a host of new friends, both human and otherwise. Based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. PG. 2 hours, 17 minutes.

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September 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Not In Our Town Princeton, an interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation.

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Job Seekers Session: How to AI-Proof Your Career

Friday, September 6, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Presenter: George Pace. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Toby Tobias: “Journey from Johannesburg”

Sunday, September 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Songwriter Toby Tobias presents a musical/theatrical/visual arts performance featuring original songs and vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg and Jerusalem before moving to New York. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding and acceptance of other cultures and religions. Toby Tobias is a South African-born, Huntington, New York-based songwriter who has immersed himself in all genres of American music of the last 50 years. His interest in African rhythms and world music, coupled with his keen…

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Author Talk with Eric Weitz on “A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States”

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Professor and author Eric Weitz speaks about his book, "A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States," a global history of the fate of human rights in a world of nation-states. The book also explains the origins of many of today's crises, from the existence of more than 65 million refugees and migrants worldwide to the growth of right-wing nationalism. From the Princeton University Press website: Once dominated by vast empires, the world is…

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, September 13, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Welcoming Week: Naturalization Ceremony

Wednesday, September 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

As part of Welcoming Week, and in celebration of Citizenship Day, the library hosts a Naturalization Ceremony in the Community Room.   Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Human Services Department.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, September 20, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, September 27, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Friday Feature Film: “Amazing Grace”

Friday, September 27, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 concert film features Aretha Franklin recording her best-selling gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. G. 1 hour, 27 minutes.

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October 2019

Brian Herrera: “I Was the Voice of Democracy”

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

"I Was the Voice of Democracy," is an hour-long, solo performance written and performed by Brian Herrera, associate professor of theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. It recalls the true story of a 17-year-old who is briefly thrust into a peculiar kind of fame when a patriotic speech he writes on a whim ends up winning a national contest. Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-person, multimedia event offers a mix of analysis and anecdote, both hilarious…

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, October 4, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Continuing Conversations on Race

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

Members of Not In Our Town Princeton, an interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation.

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Author Talk: Boris Fishman: “Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table”

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

Author Boris Fishman speaks about his new book "Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table," a personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes. The book follows Fishman's Jewish family from 1945 Belarus to 2017 Brooklyn. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He is also the author of…

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, October 11, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Film: “The Lavender Scare”

Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This documentary chronicles the little-known story of how tens of thousands of homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government during the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. 1 hour, 17 minutes.  

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Author Talk: William Bryant Logan: “Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees”

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses his latest book, "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees," a rediscovery of the lost traditions of tree pruning that sustained human life and culture for thousands of years. Logan is a certified arborist and the author of  the acclaimed books: "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," "Oak: The Frame of Civilization," and "Air: The Restless Shaper of the World." He is a faculty member at New York Botanical Garden. Co-sponsored by the library and Marquand Park. About…

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Film: “Dakota 38”

Monday, October 14, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2012 documentary follows a group of Native Americans, many direct descendants of 38 Dakota men who were hanged on Dec. 26, 1862, on a 330-mile journey on horseback to the site of the execution. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln following the Dakota War of 1862, the event was the largest mass-execution in United States History. The film is the story of the journey, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed the riders along the way, and the…

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From Revolution to Solutions: Informed Cinema and Conversations About Newark

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The complex and rich history of Newark is explored through clips from three award-winning documentaries by filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. The films, "Revolution ’67" (about the 1967 Newark Riots/Rebellion), "The Rule" (examining urban school reform using the model of St. Benedict’s Prep), and "Rust" (an investigation of solutions to intergenerational poverty including prisoner reentry) allow a look at the past, present, and future of Newark. Participants will be able to learn about and discuss the opportunities and challenges of…

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PEFF Special Event: Gilbert Gaul on “The Geography of Risk”

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Journalist Gilbert M. Gaul discusses his book "The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Cost of America's Coasts " with John E. Miller, a coastal floodplain expert who was involved in Superstorm Sandy recovery issues. Gaul's book looks at the development of the modern coast and the extraordinary risks of building on barrier islands and coastal floodplains. A large portion of the book focuses on the New Jersey Shore and especially Ocean County and Long Beach Island, which…

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Job Seekers Session: The Memory Switch

Friday, October 18, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Presenter Matthew Goerke discusses techniques for improving memory and recall, essential skills in any profession. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Knit for Others: It’s Our 10th Anniversary!

Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the library’s Knit for Others program by joining us for an afternoon of knitting or crocheting. Drop in any time during this four-hour event to meet other knitters, socialize and work on your knitting or crochet projects. Or start something new. We will have patterns and yarn to share and will be giving demonstrations of the library’s newest database, Creativebug. Volunteer instructors will be on site to get beginners started. No registration is required.   …

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Accessing the Memories of Trees: Dendrochronology

Sunday, October 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Neil Pederson, a forest researcher at Harvard University, will discuss how tree rings have provide centuries worth of precise, annual and seasonal details of climate, ecology, and competition. Pederson is a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, an ecological research area of 3,000 acres owned and managed by Harvard University and located in Petersham, Massachusetts. The property, in operation since 1907, includes one of North America's oldest managed forests, educational and research facilities, a museum, and recreation trails. studying climate-forest dynamics…

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, October 25, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Friday Feature Film: “Rocketman”

Friday, October 25, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 biographical musical film, based on the life of musician Elton John, follows the artist's transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar. R. 2 hours.  

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Preschool Fair

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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

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November 2019

Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, November 1, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, November 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Not In Our Town Princeton, an interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, November 8, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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OnStage Seniors: “In or Out: Stories of Belonging and Exclusion”

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In their annual performance at the library, On Stage Seniors presents "In or Out: Stories of Belonging and Exclusion," an array of stories, funny and sad, about moments of feeling accepted or left out. Originally founded in 2007, OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre creates documentary theater performances that explore the stories and issues of our community. Our ensemble members—all over 55—perform in theaters, libraries, schools, conferences, hospitals, senior centers, and senior communities, generating delight, insight, and affirmation…

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Poets at the Library: A Celebration of Poet Jean Hollander

Monday, November 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This special edition of Poets at the Library is a tribute to poet Jean Hollander who died in April. Friends and fellow poets will offer opening remarks and read selections of her poems and translations. The evening will close with an open-mic exclusively of Jean's poems. Presented in partnership by the library, US1 Poets’ Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do…

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, November 15, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Friday Feature Film: “Yesterday”

Friday, November 15, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 British romantic comedy is the story of  a struggling musician who, finding himself the only person who remembers The Beatles, becomes famous after taking credit for writing and performing their songs. PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, November 22, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until November 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout the region. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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December 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Not In Our Town Princeton, an interracial and interfaith social action group, facilitate these discussions of race-related issues of relevance to our community and nation.

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