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September 2019

Job Seekers Session: Building a Career

Friday, September 20, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Keith Bogen presents on building a career rather than looking for a job. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Korean Lotus Flower Lantern-Making Workshop

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be on hand to help attendees make lovely traditional lotus flower lanterns using colored paper and wire frames. All materials will be provided and participants can choose the color of their lotus flower. In addition, we will hand out complimentary books on Korean history and culture. After the class, a few short films about Korea will be shown and traditional Korean refreshments will be served. This workshop is designed for…

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Author Talk: Marc Brackett on “Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Monday, September 23, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Marc Brackett, professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, speaks on his new book "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive." According to Brackett's website, the book is meant to inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives. Using science, passion, and lively storytelling, this book serves as a guide for understanding our own and…

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Film: “Le Brio”

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

This French film features Neïla Salah, who dreams of becoming a lawyer and registers at the great Parisian university of Assas. In order to redeem himself after he publicly humiliates her, Neïla’s professor, Pierre Mazard, agrees to prepare her for a prestigious speech. NR. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Co-presented with Alliance Française de Princeton.

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Joyce Carol Oates: “My Life as a Rat”

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

Labyrinth Live at the Library presents celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates discussing her new novel, "My Life as a Rat." A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, or the child who is theirs? — Joyce Carol Oates, "My Life as a Rat" Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying…

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Job Seekers Session: Career Coach Panel Discussion

Friday, September 27, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

A panel of career coaches will host a Q&A session about job searching and career development. 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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Staged Reading: “amethyst.”

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

A  staged reading of EveryLibrary's 2019 Artist in Residence Brandon Monokian's new post-apocalyptic library play "amethyst." will be presented at this special after-hours performance. “The world has ended. Vodka is now made from seashells and the only music to have survived the apocalypse is Tchaikovsky and Britney Spears. The survivors must begin to build a new life. Step one: build a library?” The EveryLibrary AIR program invites artists from diverse backgrounds to reflect on the role of libraries in modern life…

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Book Brunch: Nicole Dennis-Benn, “Patsy”

Sunday, September 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The Jamaican-American author discusses her acclaimed new novel, “Patsy,” at the latest event in the quarterly Book Brunch series. Hailed by reviewers as a brave and brilliant second novel, "Patsy" touches on themes of motherhood, migration and race in telling the story of a working class Jamaican woman whose dreams of moving to New York to be reunited with a childhood friend don't match reality. Dennis-Benn is the author of the award-winning debut, "Here Comes the Sun," a New York…

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Ray Kamalay’s Musical Flea Market

Sunday, September 29, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The guitarist and singer covers a wide variety of historical styles, including Elizabethan, bossa nova, Delta blues, yodeling, ragtime, jazz, cowboy songs, gypsy guitar, Irish music and even a few originals. A Detroit native, Kamalay has been a professional musician since 1974.  He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Interlochen and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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October 2019

Animal Protection Initiatives in New Jersey

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Brian Hackett, director of the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey, joins a panel of experts to discuss animal protection efforts in New Jersey and important statewide initiatives for 2019 and 2020. Hear about the progress being made on a wide range of legislative issues related to animal protection. A Q&A will follow. Co-presented with the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey.  

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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: Ageism

Friday, October 4, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Marc Miller presents on identifying and dealing with ageism. Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Raising Backyard Chickens: An Information Session

Saturday, October 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Princeton residents who keep poultry, local farmers and other chicken enthusiasts answer questions about raising chickens at home. This event includes live chickens. Co-presented by the library and the Princeton Environmental Commission.  

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, October 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The second of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Incarceration," a presentation by Wilma Solomon. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.  

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Labyrinth Live at the Library: Richard E. Miller: “On the End of Privacy: Dissolving Boundaries in a Screen-Centric World”

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

Author Richard E. Miller discusses "On the End of Privacy: Dissolving Boundaries in a Screen-Centric World," his book that explores how literacy is transformed by online technology that lets us instantly publish anything that we can see or hear. Miller examines the 2010 suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after he discovered that his roommate spied on him via webcam and maps out the changing norms governing privacy in the digital age. Presented by the…

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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 homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government beginning in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian.…

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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, 7:00 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

Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 5:00 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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Panel Discussion: “The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis”

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

Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang will lead a presentation and discussion on "The Power of Faces," their global photojournalism project that humanizes the plight of refugees and illuminates their experiences. In collaboration with the Princeton-Trenton Area United Nations Association, Menders and Huang will discuss how "The Power of Faces" developed, share their multimedia work, and highlight key takeaways and experiences from this ongoing project. Afterward, they will be joined by two panelists representing civil society organizations for an open…

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Alex Counts in Conversation with Sam Daley-Harris

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Counts discusses his book, “Changing the World without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship,” with Princeton author and activist Sam Daley-Harris. Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its president and CEO to continue his work in microfinance and poverty reduction.  Daley-Harris is the author of “Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.” Presented in partnership with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

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Martin Koenig: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria and the Balkans: Photographs and Recordings”

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

Ethnographer and cultural specialist Martin Koenig discusses his half century of research into traditional music and dance of the Balkans. More than 50 years ago, Koenig embarked on a trip to Bulgaria armed with letters of introduction from anthropologist Margaret Mead and folklorist Alan Lomax. On this trip, as well as on numerous subsequent visits, he sought to research and document the traditional music and dance forms in their original settings. Working in villages throughout the area, he filmed, recorded, and…

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

Thursday, October 24, 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 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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Here Be Monsters (and Poetry and Music and Film)

Sunday, October 27, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This fun, immersive, multimedia experience examines literature and poetry that embody the Halloween season. The event blends the spoken word with live music, film and theatrical effects. Costumes are strongly recommended and will be provided at the door for those who don't have one. This is a family-friendly event but may not be suitable for very young children. Presented in partnership with the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative.

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Author Talk with Nora Krug on “Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home”

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

Award-winning author and illustrator Nora Krug speaks on her graphic novel "Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home," an illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir on a German family's memory of WWII. Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in the world's leading publications. She  is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service.  She teaches at Parsons School…

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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon 1”

Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

A misfit Viking teen befriends a dragon, despite his tribe's beliefs and history of dragon slaying, in this 2010 Dreamworks Animation adaptation of the children's fantasy book by Cressida Cowell. Rated PG. 1 hour, 38 minutes.

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Author Caroline Maguire: “Why Will No One Play with Me?”

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

  Parenting expert Caroline Maguire discusses her book, "Why Will No One Play with Me? The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive" in which she shares her decade-in-the-making protocol – The Play Better Plan – to help parents of children struggling with social skills connect with others and make friends. Co-presented with CHADD of Mercer County.

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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

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

Hiccup and Toothless must save the day when the villainous Drago plots a massive invasion. Meanwhile, Hiccup meets a dragon who shows him the world from a different point of view. PG. 1 hour, 45 minutes. 2014.

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Author Arthur I. Miller: “The Artist in the Machine”

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

The Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London discusses his book, which examines questions of creativity in the age of machines. While computers can compose music like Bach or turn photographs into paintings in these style of Van Gogh, Miller reviews the creative process and interviews people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence to discuss whether  computers are already as creative as humans and if one day they will surpass us. His other books…

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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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Author Danny Gregory: “Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are”

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

Artist and author Danny Gregory discusses his book, an inspirational guide for aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but can't find the time. With encouraging words and motivating illustrations, the book teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art. Danny Gregory is the co-founder of  Sketchbook Skool, a video-based art school designed to inspire creative storytelling through illustrated journaling. Sketchbook Skool encourages its global community of over 15,000 students to…

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, November 4, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The third of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "The New Jim Code: Intersection of Technology and the Carceral System," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.    

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Labyrinth Live at the Library: Emmet Gowin, “The Nevada Test Site”

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

The acclaimed photographer returns to Princeton for a discussion of his latest book, which includes stunning aerial photography of the Nevada National Security Test Site, where the U.S. tested nuclear bombs between 1951 and 1992. Gowin, the retired professor of photography at Princeton University, remains the only photographer granted official and sustained access to the Nevada Test Site. Gowin revisited his original negatives, made in 1996 and 1997. for the new book; about three-quarters of the images featured have never been published…

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Research Your Roots: Exploring New Jersey Genealogy Resources

Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Regina Fitzpatrick, genealogy librarian at the New Jersey State Library reviews genealogy basics and strategies for collecting information before visiting a repository such as the State Library or State Archives. She will also discuss great resources to discover your ancestors in records at these locations and how to use them. This program is ideal for those new to genealogy research as well as more experienced family historians.

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Fall Matinee Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets”

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

Two mismatched mutts get lost in New York City and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity. PG. 1 hour, 30 minutes. 2016.

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Poetry and Music: Mi Jialu:“Deep Breaths”

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

Mi Jialu, associate professor in the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures at the College of New Jersey, reads from "Deep Breaths," his recent bilingual book of poetry, with Chinese music accompaniment. The reading will be accompanied by the "Welcoming Tides" rock band led by Dr. Yingchao Zhang and English voiced by alto Dee Dee Miles. "Deep Breaths," a collection of poems written during the past 37 years, was published in Taiwan and is divided into three parts…

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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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Fall Matinee Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Friday, November 8, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. His owner is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which elevate Max’s anxiety. PG. 1 hour, 26 minutes. 2019.

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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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Shrink the Ecological Footprint of Your Home

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Whether you rent or own, there are things you can do to lighten your home's load on our warming planet. Learn about building a greener home, reducing energy usage and encouraging smart buildings within our community. This program is the first of four in Sustainable Princeton's 2019-20 Great Ideas series focused on practical, actionable, and evidence-based steps to reduce the footprint of our daily lives. Presented in partnership with Sustainable Princeton.

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Curating “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” with Kate Lemay

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Historian Kate Clarke Lemay of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery speaks about organizing a major exhibition on the history of women's suffrage. In organizing this major exhibition, Lemay faced several critical problems, including how to create a more inclusive narrative, and how to find appropriate objects that would tell this history. During this lecture, Lemay will relate how she addressed these issues, and guide members of the audience through the process of curating a major exhibition at the Smithsonian as part…

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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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Quilting Bee

Saturday, November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Everyone 8 and older is invited to drop in to help us create a community quilt that tells a story. The workshop will be led by Marisa Simon. Part of the Fall Storytelling series.  

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Poetry Brunch Featuring No River Twice

Sunday, November 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

No River Twice presents an improvisational poetry reading during which the poets and audience collaborate to decide the direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem. By the end of the event, a new poem will be created that tells the story of the reading and those who were present to guide it. No River Twice is an experiment in how to bring playfulness, surprise and communal participation into the realm of poetry readings. Doors open at…

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Author Rebecca Thompson: “Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones”

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

The author discusses her book, which explores the science behind George R. R. Martin's fantasy world, touch on its climatology, astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry and biology. Thompson turns a scientist's eye on “Game of Thrones,” exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families and the biology of beheading. Thompson is a physicist and author of the popular Spectra series of comic books about physics. She heads of the Office of Education and Public…

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Author Christine Coulson: “Metropolitan Stories”

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

The author  discusses her novel a series of vignettes that takes readers into the backrooms, hallways, conservation rooms and offices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alternating between history and fantasy, the vignettes add up to love letter to art and artists. Coulson began her career at the Met in 1991 as a summer intern and returned in 1994 to begin a 25-year career in museum administration and in department of European sculpture and decorative arts. She left the Met this year to…

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Gould Lecture: Michael S. A. Graziano: “Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience”

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University, discusses his book, "Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience" in which he puts forward a ground-breaking new theory of the origin of consciousness. Graziano is also the author of four previous neuroscience books and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Aeon. He lives in Princeton. This is the sixth annual lecture endowed by the family of Dr. Kenneth Gould.  

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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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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Friday, November 29, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The citizens of Berk face a dragon trafficker who threatens their peace, dragons and friendships in the final installment of the fantasy trilogy. PG. 1 hour, 50 minutes. 2019.

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December 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The last in a series of four sessions on racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Prison Abolition and the Long Freedom Struggle," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.

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“Person Place Thing” featuring Deborah Amos

Tuesday, December 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Randy Cohen interviews Deborah Amos for "Person, Place, Thing," his public radio program during which guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves. Deborah Amos is an award-winning international correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the United States is regularly featured on NPR’s "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," and "All Things Considered." She previously reported for ABC’s "Nightline" and PBS’s "Frontline." She…

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