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May 2019

Author Linda J. Barth: “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More”

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This program is rescheduled from Tuesday, February 12. What makes New Jersey so special? In part: innovation. In addition to Bell Labs and Thomas Edison, New Jersey has spawned many innovators and inventors. In this presentation, author and retired teacher Linda Barth will speak about the inventions of Bell Labs and Edison, in addition to other valuable, brilliant, and quirky creations. The work of soldiers at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans—including radar and night vision goggles — helped the United…

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Film: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This documentary examines the life and guiding philosophy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Rated PG-13.

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Princeton Tech Meetup

Thursday, May 30, 6:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Job Seekers Session: Is it Time to Consider a “Plan B”?

Friday, May 31, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 24, 2019 at 9:45 am

One event on May 31, 2019 at 9:45 am

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

Is the time and effort you put in to your job search producing the results you expect and need? If not, it may be time to closely evaluate your job search strategy. Specifically, the skills you will bring to your next employer and the skills your next employer (and the market place) may really need. If there is a gap between those 2 points, or if you no longer enjoy what you have previously done, you may need adjust your…

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June 2019

International Tabletop Day 2019

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Come out for a full day of fun and games at the Princeton Public Library for International Tabletop Day. This a great chance to meet new people and play new games. The library will be featuring classic easy-to-learn games and also having demonstrations all day for anyone looking to learn a new game. Tables will be set up for open gaming for those looking to play and meet new people. Whether you have never played a tabletop game or are…

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Continuing Conversations on Race: Racial Literacy: Tell Me Who You Are

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

Students and adults enrolled in racial literacy classes at Princeton High School will share insights gained from participation in reflexive activities that explore systems of racial domination and racial progress. Following short presentations, racial literacy scholars will facilitate small group discussions that continue conversations with Not in Our Town audiences. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.  

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Women in American Musical Theater

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

From Maria in "The Sound of Music" to Elphaba in "Wicked" to Angelica Schuyler in "Hamilton," vibrant women characters have sung and danced their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. These characters are also in conversation with U.S. society, both reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Stacy Wolf, professor of theater at Princeton University, will lead a journey through musical theater history from the 1950s until today —including 1963's "She Loves Me" — to examine what…

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Workshop: Declutter and Streamline Your Life

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

Certified clutter coach and author Patricia Diesel presents a workshop on decluttering and finding a peaceful balance between what to let go and what to keep. The workshop will cover understanding the root cause of your clutter, strategies for decluttering without becoming overwhelmed or stressed, and approaches to maintenance plans to avoid repeating the cycle of clutter. Diesel has published three books on living a decluttered life that will be available for purchase following the presentation.

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Princeton Festival Preview

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Artists will perform scenes from The Princeton Festival's upcoming opera, "Nixon in China," and musical, "She Loves Me,"  and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions. Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival.

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Job Seekers Session: “The Benefit of Being Overqualified”

Friday, June 7, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Abby Kohut presents on resume and interview strategies for applicants who are "overqualified" for positions and discusses the advantages of being overqualified. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Friday Feature Film: “Arctic”

Friday, June 7, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A researcher stranded in the Arctic must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in the hope of making it out alive. PG-13. 1 hour, 38 minutes.

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Walking Princeton’s Campus

Sunday, June 9, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Explore Princeton University’s historic campus on a walking tour with photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang, authors of “Discovering Princeton.” Martens and Jang will talk about the university’s rich history, share new views of its iconic architecture and point out some whimsical details along the way. This program is recommended for adults and high school students. Registration is required. The group will leave from the library’s Community Room at 4 p.m.  

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20th Century Music: John Adams’s “Nixon in China”

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

Stephen Arthur Allen, professor of music at Rider University, investigates how the music of John Adams's opera, although technically described as minimalist, actually allows the audience a rich experience in sound. He will highlight how the music connects with European neoclassicism and other traditions as well as the flow of musical events within American music. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Opera Workshop: “Music that Tells a Story”

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

"Music that Tells a Story" is a two-part program that combines a two-hour opera workshop with an opportunity to attend a full professional opera performance of John Adams’s masterpiece "Nixon in China." It will be led by Kyle Masson, a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at Princeton. Among other activities, workshop participants will learn about and perform 20th-century musical styles, and also observe and discuss live performances of arias from "Nixon in China" with Festival singers. Registration is required. Participants…

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Was it a ping-pong ball that led Nixon to China? Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum docent, will review and illustrate events which led to Nixon's unprecedented 1972 trip. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Job Seekers Session: “Mastering Change”

Friday, June 14, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Natasha Sherman presents on the challenges of change and strategies for finding focus, discussing topics that include resume building, self-esteem and morale, action plans, and stress reduction. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Up, Up and Away … into Space!

Friday, June 14, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Launch into summer reading on the first day of registration for this year's "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading program at this exciting and educational show. Presented by Mad Science of West New Jersey, the hands-on program features the fantastic world of astronomy, planets and space flight and includes floating planets, rockets, a hovercraft and much more. For ages 5 and up accompanied by parent or adult caregiver.

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Teen Book Bash

Saturday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A panel of five authors discuss and sign copies of their newest books followed by a teens-only party with the authors after library hours. Led by author Claire Legrand (“Furyborn,” “Some Kind of Happiness,” “Foxheart” and others), the panel includes Kacen Callender (“This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story”), Alex London (“Black Wings Beating”), Mark Oshiro (“Anger is a Gift”) and Swati Teerdhala (“The Tiger at Midnight”). Readers of all ages are welcome to attend the panel discussion in…

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Sustainable Princeton: What Is a Changing Climate Doing to Princeton’s Natural Resources?

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

Our trees, vegetation and natural habitats provide invaluable environmental benefits and also reduce our contribution to climate change by storing and sequestering carbon emissions. Find out what Princeton must do to reduce stress on our natural resources and make them more resilient to climate change.   Co-sponsored by the library and Sustainable Princeton.

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Harmonic Structure and Characterization in John Adams’s “Nixon in China”

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

Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’s opera, "Nixon in China." Adams’s harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical…

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Summer Reading Soiree Featuring Juliet Grames and Sally Koslow

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The fourth annual Summer Reading Soiree, an event that kicks of our summer reading program for adults, features Juliet Grames  discussing her debut novel, "The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna," and Sally Koslow who will speak about the paperback release of her novel "Another Side of Paradise." It will be an evening of fiction that focuses on life, loss and love. Attendees will have a chance to enjoy sparkling punch as well as fresh lemonade from The Salad…

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“That Astronomy Show!”

Thursday, June 20, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

David Maiullo from Rutgers University returns with his popular hands-on and interactive science program for children who are in kindergarten and older. Learn all about astronomy, space and intergalactic surprises during this hands-on, educational and entertaining program. Please be aware this program is extremely loud and not suitable for very young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

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Raconteur Radio presents “An Evening with Gertrude Stein”

Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play that recreates Gertrude Stein's famed Left Bank salon and  invites the audience to spend the evening with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Alice B. Toklas, and, of course, the Mother Goose of Montparnasse herself, at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Gertrude Stein will be portrayed by Jane Hardy. The 55-minute production features theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials.  …

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Job Seekers Session: Annual Picnic

Friday, June 21, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

PSG holds its annual summer "picnic" where all are invited to network, eat and have fun. Bring something to share, and PSG will provide the drinks. Presented in partership with PSG of Mercer County.

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“Nixon in China”: Much More than Minimalism

Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Considered an important opera of the 20th century for both its subject matter and its music, John Adams' "Nixon in China" is based on the historic 1972 meeting between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung of the People’s Republic of China. Just as in Puccini’s greatest operas, Adams wrote music that gives local color (1930’s big band, neo-classicism, electronic synthesizer sounds, minimalism, lush late-romanticism) to the score while also propelling the drama forward. Timothy Urban, professor of music…

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Xue Di: Across Borders Poetry Reading

Sunday, June 23, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Award-winning Chinese poet Xue Di (雪迪) (pronounced shway-dee) presents a multi-media, bilingual poetry reading and casual talk. Coming of age under Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-77), which suppressed all literary works, Xue Di came across forbidden poems and became determined to be a poet as a young boy. His strikingly intense lyricism is deeply connected to a yearning shared by all humanity. The poet will read his poems in the Chinese original, followed by English translations read by American poet Jonathan…

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Chess for Beginners

Tuesday, June 25, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This session is for 6- to 12-year-olds who want to learn to play chess. Intended for children who can identify the chess pieces and know how they move, the program will be conducted by local chess instructor and U.S. Chess Federation National Master Ben Johnson. Children will be taught basic strategies and have time for supervised play. Participation is limited to 20 and registration is required through the library's events calendar.  

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Film: “The Shop Around the Corner”

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

This 1940 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. The musical "She Loves Me" is an adaptation of the play and this movie. 1 hr,…

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Animals Are Out of this World!

Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Did you know that long before the first man landed on the moon a multitude of our animal friends had already made the trip to space? This live-animal program will explain how animals have been instrumental in our understanding of space and its effect on living organisms. Intended for children of all ages accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

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Job Seekers Session: “101 Lessons They Never Taught You in College”

Friday, June 28, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Mark Beal presents a session 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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Fred Miller Lecture in Song: “Heaven, I’m in Heaven!”

Sunday, June 30, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Pianist, singer and library favorite Fred Miller presents a lecture in song covering music from  the early days of Tin Pan Alley to the sophisticated heights of American Pop's mid-twentieth-century heyday. Part of the "Universe of Stories" summer reading program.

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July 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, July 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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“Minding the Gap”

Monday, July 8, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Bing Liu's debut film is coming-of-age documentary about three skateboarding friends in their industrial Midwest hometown. In attempting to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores gaps between fathers and sons, discipline and abuse and, ultimately, between childhood and adulthood. The…

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Apollo 50 – the Next Giant Leap

Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Attention space enthusiasts! NASA Solar System Ambassador Tom Timko presents a program about the Apollo moon landings and the future of space exploration. The audience will see lunar meteorites, planet and moon globes and several Apollo mission models including a 4-foot see-through Saturn V rocket at this informative program for children 4 and older accompanied by an adult.

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Author Talk: Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins: “Four Rabbis at Lunch: Candid Conversations Among American Clergy”

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins gives a talk about "Four Rabbis at Lunch: Candid Conversations Among American Clergy," his  book in which one Orthodox, two Conservative and one Reformed rabbi meet for lunch once a week to discuss problems they have in their congregations. The fictional book is based on many conversations the author has had during decades as a spiritual leader and features what he calls "an attempt at replicating some of these intimate, no-laypersons-present conversations."   The internationally known…

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Author Charles Fishman: “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon”

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his book, the remarkable story of the trailblazers and ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. From digital pioneer Charles Draper, who created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, "One Giant Leap" captures the sweeping achievement of the men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it — their leaders, triumphs and…

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Space Camp

Thursday, July 11, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Experience hands-on astronaut training and see what it's like to prepare for an interstellar mission with activities selected by our teen volunteers with staff supervision. For ages 7 and up.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

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

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Discover Life in Space!

Friday, July 12, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

It’s time for liftoff! Embark on a trip to space with scientists from the Franklin Institute and explore the scientific and engineering challenges of getting to space, living and working in orbit and safely returning to Earth. Scientific concepts that will be explained and explored include  gravity, orbit, action-reaction and air pressure. For children ages 5 and up accompanied by parent or adult caregiver.

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Lecture: “Anticipating Apollo: The Military Origin of American Space Science”

Monday, July 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

During the 50th anniversary week of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, space historian and Princeton University postdoctoral fellow Jordan Bimm presents a lecture on the military origin of the U.S. space program. The talk will focus on the pre-NASA history of Air Force “space medicine," the field responsible for solving the biological problems of spaceflight. Bimm will also discuss how studies, simulations, and far-flung expeditions conducted between 1949 and 1959 resulted in surprising early visions of the American astronaut…

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Princeton Student Film Festival

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until July 18, 2019

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

Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 16th year, the event features films chosen from local, national and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions that follow the screenings. This event is suggest for a mature teen and adult audience. Refreshments will be  served each evening.

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Princeton Student Film Festival

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until July 18, 2019

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

Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Now in its 16th year, the event features films chosen from local, national and international entries. Filmmakers are invited to Q&A sessions that follow the screenings. This event is suggest for a mature teen and adult audience. Refreshments will be  served each evening.

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Job Seekers Session: Topic TBD

Friday, July 19, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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: “Storm Boy”

Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Based on the beloved Australian children's book by Colin Thiele, "Storm Boy" is the story of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia who forms a close bond with three orphaned pelicans he rescues and raises. Finding himself at odds with his fisherman father, the boy's life takes a new and unexpected turn. PG. 1 hour, 39 minutes.

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Chinese Culture Fair

Monday, July 22, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

All ages are invited to this hour long event featuring activities centered around Chinese culture and heritage presented by international students visiting our community from China. Activities include storytelling, arts and crafts, games, and music. Co-sponsored by the library and YingHua International School.

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Film: “Apollo 11”

Monday, July 22, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This documentary focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon. Produced without narration or interviews, the film features previously unreleased archival footage. 1 hour, 33 minutes.

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SōSI Concert

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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UFO, Oh no!

Thursday, July 25, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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: Topic TBD

Friday, July 26, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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: “First Man”

Monday, July 29, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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, 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, 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: Topic TBD

Friday, August 2, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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: “Brian Cox: Life Of A Universe”

Monday, August 5, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, August 5, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Joint Effort Safe Streets Community Discussion

Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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.    

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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, 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, 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: Topic TBD

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

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

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community will build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do 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 are expected…

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Film “Bisbee ’17”

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

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community will build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do 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 are expected…

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Dog Man Party

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

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community will build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do 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 are expected…

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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, 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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Summer Debate 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, 08542 United States

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community will build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do 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 are expected…

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Film: “Woodstock”

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 am on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019

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

Rising 6th graders and up from the Princeton community will build confidence in skills that involve debate in a fun and constructive environment. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced debaters from Princeton High School, participants will do 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 are expected…

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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, 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, 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, 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: Topic TBD

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

Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Toddler Drive-In: Rocket Ship Edition

Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Welcoming Week: Naturalization Ceremony

Wednesday, September 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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October 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, October 7, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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Accessing the Memories of Trees: Dendrochronology

Sunday, October 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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November 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, November 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 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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December 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

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