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January 2020

Job Seekers Session: The Breakthrough Roadmap

Friday, January 24, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Doug Berger presents on self-empowerment through a shift in mindset and the skills to transform aspirations into bold and practical action steps. 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: “The Farewell”

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

Partially based on director Lulu Wang's experiences, this 2019 dramatic comedy follows a family who, rather than tell their grandmother that she is dying, plans a large gathering instead. PG.1 hour, 40 minutes.

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The Songs and Sounds of Robert Burns

Saturday, January 25, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Singer Fiona Tyndall and a five piece band that includes fiddlers and a harpist performs a program featuring Scottish poetry and songs from Robert Burns.  

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Back-to-Back Beethoven

Sunday, January 26, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Pianists and other musicians from the community perform a wide variety of works by Ludwig van Beethoven during this three-hour event. Kristin Cahill of The New School for Music Study will open the event, which marks the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth, with a brief lecture about his life and compositional periods. Musicians of all ages and levels of proficiency are encouraged to perform. Please register below. Presented in partnership with The New School for Music Study.    

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Raconteur Radio presents “The Hobbit”

Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents "The Hobbit," a staged radio play recreating J.R.R. Tolkien's famous story. The 55-minute production features theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials. In the early 1930s, the English philologist and university professor, J.R.R. Tolkien, wrote the words, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." And so began one of the world's most beloved books. Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of…

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“Chernobyl” Episode 4

Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The fourth episode of "Chernobyl," a five-part miniseries which dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, is screened. In this episode, "The Happiness of All Mankind," Legasov and Shcherbina consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris, while Khomyuk faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion.1 hour, 4 minutes. The final screening of the series,…

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Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen: “To Have and Have Not”

Wednesday, January 29, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of six classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. Loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel of the same name,  "To Have and Have Not" features Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film centers on the World War  II romance between Bogart's freelancing fisherman and Bacall's beautiful American drifter which is complicated by the growing French resistance. 1 hr, 40 min. Additional films in the series include: Feb. 5: "The Philadelphia Story" with…

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Author Jeffrey Colvin: “Africaville: A Novel”

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

The author gives a talk about his debut novel, a family saga set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by formerly enslaved people. Publisher's Weekly calls "Africaville: A Novel,"  which explores concepts of racial identity, passing, interracial relationships and the meaning of home, "a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants." Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University and Columbia University…

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Talk and book signing with David Shulkin

Thursday, January 30, 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

David Shulkin, the ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, will share insights about his service to two very different Presidents and the current state of public service as he discusses his book It Shouldn’t Be This Hard To Serve Your Country. For further information, please visit this link. This event is being coordinated in collaboration with Rutgers University as well as James Barrood, Princeton Tech Meetup and Scarlet Startups. The first 100 registered attendees get a copy…

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Job Seekers Session: Making Stress Work for You

Friday, January 31, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Cathy Kreyche presents on positive ways to respond to stress and discusses how taking action cultivates resiliency and creates new pathways in your life. 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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Chill Out

Friday, January 31, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Teens are invited to relax after midterms by spending some time reading, playing board games, crafting, knitting and swapping books with other teens while enjoying hot chocolate.

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February 2020

African American Read-In

Saturday, February 1, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The African American Read-In, an event dedicated to diversity in literature, is presented in partnership with Princeton Public Schools. Please check back for updates and more events as the month approaches. 11 a.m.: Poet: Khalil Murrell Noon : Performance: ACT-SO 1:15 p.m. : Books Transform | An Inter-generational Presentation on the books that have been meaningful and/or transformative to members of our community.   This program is presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Schools and in collaboration with the…

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“Fistful of Popcorn” Oscars Road Show

Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Film reviewers Roger Brown, Marilyn Campbell, Janet Stern and Carol Welsch of Princeton Community Television's long-running "Fistful of Popcorn" offer their take on the 2020 Oscars season including opinions about this year's Academy Award-nominated films. Members of the audience will also be invited to share their opinions. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

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Concert: The Songs of Billie Holiday

Sunday, February 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Demetria Joyce Bailey performs the songs that Billie Holiday loved to sing including hits such as "God Bless the Child" and "Lover Man" and lesser-known selections from Lady Day including "Gloomy Sunday" and "Did I Remember." Bailey, an actress on the stage and screen, possesses a powerful vocal range and sings old-school jazz and blues in the tradition of  Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, inspired by jazz instrumentalists,…

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, February 3, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Continuing Conversations on Race: The Green Book: An American Journey Through White Racism

Monday, February 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. Tonight's presentation, "The Green Book: An American Journey Through White Racism," covers how the denial of equal accommodation for all Americans stimulated resistance, initiated lawsuits, created a travel guide and nurtured an entrepreneurial class that built new businesses to provide those accommodations. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.

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“Chernobyl” Episode 5

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The final episode of "Chernobyl," a five-part miniseries which dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, is screened. In the episode, "Vichnaya Pamyat," Legasov, Shcherbina and Khomyuk risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl. 1 hour, 11 minutes. Following the final episode screening of the "Chernobyl" mini-series, Dr. Robert Goldston, Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University, will answer…

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Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen: “The Philadelphia Story”

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

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. The 1940 romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story" features Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. On the eve of the wedding of a Philadelphia socialite (Hepburn), her ex-husband (Grant) shows up with tabloid journalists in tow. 1 hr, 52 min. Additional films in the series include: Feb. 12: "I Love You Again" with Myrna Loy and William Powell Feb. 19:…

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Shrink Your Footprint: What You Buy

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

Learn about sustainable consumption and how the goods we buy and the services we use contribute to climate change. Ways to reduce our carbon footprint will be discussed along with how buying less does not necessarily imply a lower quality of life. Presented in collaboration with Sustainable Princeton.

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Film: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

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

In this 2018 documentary film, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson presents never- before-seen footage of World War I and shares the stories of men who were there. Using groundbreaking computer restoration technology on archival footage that is more than 100 years old, Jackson's team creates a moving depiction of WWI in restored, vivid color and retiming of film frames. The footage is drawn from the BBC and British Imperial War Museums' archives. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Presented with support from the…

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Job Seekers Session: Does Social Media Matter for the Job Seeker?

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

Glenn Pasch presents on leveraging your online presence during your job search. 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: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

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

This biographical drama, based on the confessional memoir of the same name by Lee Israel, stars Melissa McCarthy and follows Israel's attempts to revitalize her failing writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights. 1 hour, 47 minutes.    

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 8, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, with Princeton High School's Mandarin classes and Chinese Club. Geared toward participants of all ages, the celebration features a traditional Chinese lion dance, Chinese painting, calligraphy, music and paper cutting. There will also be origami stations and martial arts performances.   Presented in partnership with Princeton High School's Mandarin classes and Chinese Club.

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, February 10, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills: “A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Areas”

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

Co-authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills will speak on the research for and contents of their book, "If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey." Based on over a decade's worth of research, the authors present a history of the cemetery and a unique window into African-American history in New Jersey. According to James McPherson, professor emeritus at Princeton University:  "Rooted in an amazing amount of research, and…

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Author Raphaël Liogier: “Heart of Maleness: An Exploration”

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

Sparked by the #metoo movement, philosopher and sociologist Raphaël Liogier examines the underlying causes of gender inequality and how it can be fought. Liogier is a professor at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and teaches at the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. He is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Council for European Studies.  

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Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen: “I Love You Again”

Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. The 1940 romantic comedy "I Love You Again" features William Powell and Myrna Loy. Based on the novel by Octavos Roy Cohen, the film tells the story of Larry, a wealthy but boring businessman who discovers he's actually a con artist and that he loves his soon-to-be ex-wife. Additional films in the series include: Feb. 19: "Top Hat" with…

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Donna Rifkind: “The Sun and Her Stars: “Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood”

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

The author discusses her biography of unsung Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel whose fascinating and complex life and career took her from prewar Vienna to Hollywood. In the 1930s and ‘40s, Viertel hosted salon-like gatherings that were a refuge for a multitude of writers, actors, composers and musicians who had escaped the worsening political situation in Europe and World War II.

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Job Seekers Session: Strategic Research-Based Approaches for Linked-In

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

Lynne Williams discusses using research-based philosophy and strategies with keywords to create your LinkedIn profile. The presentation also covers the role of cognitive neuroscience and how people skim online content. 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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Book Brunch Featuring Kelly Simmons, Amy Impellizzeri and Kate Moretti

Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Three award-winning authors who are part of the Tall Poppy Writers group converse with the audience and each other about their most recent books, life, publishing and more. Writers include: Kelly Simmons:  "Where She Went"  Amy Impellizzeri: "Why We Lie" Kate Moretti: "In Her Bones" Doors open for this event at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Snow date will be Feb. 23.

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, February 17, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen: “Top Hat”

Wednesday, February 19, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. The 1935 musical comedy "Top Hat" pairs longtime partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a story of dance, love and mistaken identity. 1 hr, 41 min. Additional films in the series include: February 26: "It Happened One Night" with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert March 4: "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara

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Job Seekers Session: The Personal Power Pyramid

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

Marc Strano presents on building a strong foundation during transition through professional development, new tools, new people, and well being. 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: “Judy”

Friday, February 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Renee Zellweger stars as as Judy Garland in this 2019 biographical drama that tells the story of Garland's run of sold-out shows in 1968 London. 1 hr, 58 min. PG-13. 1 hour, 58 minutes.

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Author Marjan Kamali: “The Stationery Shop”

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author speaks at the paperback release of her acclaimed novel, a love story about a young couple living amidst the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran. When violence erupts on the eve of their marriage, a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future, the couple is separated it and it seems they will never see each other again. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Marjan Kamali studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia…

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, February 24, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Cinematic Duos of the Silver Screen: “It Happened One Night”

Wednesday, February 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. Featuring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, the 1934 romantic comedy "It Happened One Night" is the story of a runaway heiress who gets more than she bargained for when she teams up with a down-on-his-luck reporter in an attempt to get back to her new husband. 1 hr, 45 min. The final film in the series,"The Quiet Man"…

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Job Seekers Session: Why Are Video Interviews So Important?

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

Alex Freund presents on improving performance in video interviews to best highlight employment achievements. 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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March 2020

Mini Robot Soccer Tournament

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Teams of teens engage in a RoboCup Junior-style tournament with robots they build and program to autonomously play soccer. Teams consist of two-four teens and the competition takes place on an 8-by-6-foot field. Gameplay will follow the 2018 RoboCup Junior rules. Teens interested in competing may register here. Spectators welcome. Co-presented by the library and Princeton Soccer Robots.    

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, March 2, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Continuing Conversations on Race

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

Presenter Nathalie Edmond explores the common hindrances to owning our own personal relationship with racism, particularly as white identifying people, based on Ruth King's book "Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out." Edmond served as director of Princeton House’s women’s trauma partial hospital/intensive outpatient program for several years. A clinical psychologist, she is now in private practice and also works at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. 

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Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen: “The Quiet Man”

Wednesday, March 4, 3:00 pm - 5:10 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Unforgettable Duos of the Silver Screen is a series of classic films featuring legendary Hollywood couples. Tea and cookies will be served. "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, is the final film in the series. The 1952 romance is the story of a boxer who finds love when he returns to his native Ireland after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring. 2 hours, 9 minutes.  

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Author Zachary Norris: “We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just and Inclusive Communities”

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Author Headshot: Zachary Norris

Norris, executive director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, discusses his book in which he presents a vision for how the United States can achieve safety and security for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of society. Using data and personal stories from interviews to support his claims, Norris provides a persuasive argument and strategies for moving from a fear-based model to a "culture of care."   Norris is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York…

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Film: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Thursday, March 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon television series "Dora the Explorer," Dora moves from the jungle to high school but soon leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

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Demonstration: “Herr Bach and His Instruments”

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

An introduction to the Baroque instruments Bach included in his St. John Passion is provided by members of the Dryden Ensemble who will demonstrate the instruments. Instruments include the viola d'amore, oboe da caccia, viola da gamba and the orbo. The Dryden Ensemble will perform Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14 at All Saints' Church in Princeton. Presented in partnership with the Dryden Ensemble.

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Job Seekers Session

Friday, March 6, 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: Tamarra Causely Robinson Presented in partnership with PSG of Mercer County.

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Celebrate Inventors Day

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Ever wonder how a race car’s speedometer works? Or how a roller coaster stops? Come learn about electromagnetism - the fundamental force behind these inventions - and the scientists and engineers who made these discoveries. This Inventors Day program, an afternoon of hands-on science activities, begins with a brief talk by Princeton University Professor Michael Littman.

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Michael Marissen on the Musical Aims of Bach’s St. John Passion

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Michael Marissen explores Bach's incisive musical reading of the Passion Story from the Gospel of John in advance of the Dryden Ensemble's performances of  Bach's St. John Passion March 13 and 14. Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor Emeritus of Music at Swarthmore College, where he taught from 1989 to 2014. He has also been a visiting professor on the graduate faculties at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. His most most recent book is "Bach & God." The…

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, March 9, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Poets at the Library

Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Vida Chu and Susan Gerardi Bello read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. A Princeton resident, Vida Chu grew up in Hong Kong. She came to America to attend the Universityof Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in biology, and stayed. Her poems have appeared in many journals. She has two books of poems: "The Fragrant Harbor" and "The Thirteenth Lake." She ha published children's stories in .Cricket Magazine and “Fire and Wings,”…

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Film: “Arctic Dogs”

Wednesday, March 11, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

An arctic fox works in a mailroom but longs to become one of the top sled dog couriers in this computer-animated comedy. After coming across an unusual package, he decides to steal a sled and deliver the package to prove himself. PG. 1 hour, 35 minutes.

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Labyrinth Live at the Library: Michael D. Gordin: “Einstein in Bohemia”

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Einstein in Bohemia

The author and Princeton University professor discusses his book on the 16 months Albert Einstein spent living with his family in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he was a professor of theoretical physics. The book is a portrait of both the city that touched Einstein’s life in unexpected ways, and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature, and politics of Prague. Shedding light on a transformative period of Einstein’s life and career, it brings…

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Film: “African Cats”

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

A pride of lions and a family of cheetahs try to survive in the African savannah in this Disneynature documentary. G. 1 hour, 29 minutes.

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Job Seekers Session: Who Am I, Anyway?

Friday, March 13, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Amy Raditz presents on discovering, communicating, and leveraging your unique talents, qualities, and interests that set you apart in your career search. 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: “Ford v Ferrari”

Friday, March 13, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the 2019 film based on the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles. Together, they  built a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company to take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. PG-13. 2 hours, 32 minutes.

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Ceol agus Cairde – Music and Friends

Saturday, March 14, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Helen O’Shea and Shenanigans, her band of Celtic musicians and singers, return for the fifth consecutive year in honor of St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish. The collaborative group of area musicians and singers present a traditional "kitchen party" inspired by Ireland's tradition of music, songs and stories.  

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A Musical Celebration of Colors

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Join us for a musical celebration of colors influenced by the colors, sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent. Piano students from The New School for Music Study will present a recital of Indian music and dance, including selections from Bollywood movies and books.

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, March 16, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Screening of “IQ” and Open Archive

Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In honor of Pi Day, we will screen the film "IQ," most of which was filmed in Princeton. Following the hour-and 35-minute screening, there will be an Open Archive displaying items from the production. Filmed in 1994, "IQ" is a romantic comedy set in the 1950s featuring Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein playing matchmaker for his niece played by Meg Ryan. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its…

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Labyrinth Live at the Library: Monika Zgustová: “Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag”

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Dressed for a Dance in the Snow - Women's Voices From a Gulag

The author discusses her book, a collection of interviews with former female prisoners that chronicles the hardships of Stalin's forced labor camps, but also reveals tales of the love, art and friendship that persisted in times of tragedy. Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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PSO Soundtracks with Composer Julian Grant

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

Julian Grant, composer of 五代同堂 (Five Generations, One House), talks about life, travels and musical adventures in China and Central Asia. This presentation is in given in advance of PSO's March 21-22 concerts, which feature Grant's composition in addition to violinist V. Jackiw performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. The PSO Soundtracks series of lectures is intended to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony…

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Job Seekers Session

Friday, March 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 June 6, 2020

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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Documentary: “Normie”

Friday, March 20, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this documentary, a young woman seeks independence and intimacy while she grappling with the illusion of normal and the realities of living with Down syndrome. The film is being shown in advance of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.

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Maker Day 2020: Making a Difference for Our Community and Planet

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Celebrate the maker movement by learning new skills and being creative while making a difference to our planet. Workshops will include upcycling materials such as towels and t-shirts to create t-shirt totes and patchwork dog beds that can be used by local food banks and animal shelters. Participants can also learn about endangered species and make a piece of art that will be on display during the library's annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival. 11 am - 2 pm, Make a…

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, March 23, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Documentary: “The Silence of Others”

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

This award-winning documentary by filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. The film is a cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. Bahar will give opening remarks prior to the screening and participate in a Q&A afterward.

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Art Talk: Wetland to Woodland

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

 Princeton-based eco-artists, Mary Waltham and Susan Hoenig discuss "Wetland to Woodland," the  exhibition of their selected recent works on view on the library's second floor. The exhibit, on display March 1 to May 30, asks viewers to consider afresh these two distinctly different but interrelated ecosystems, each of which combats climate change. The artists present works reflecting a connection to and inspiration from wetland and woodland respectively, using a range of visual media and methods.   Materials collected from selected sites, such as…

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Lecture: “Cultivating Creativity”

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

Don Campbell draws on more than 30 years experience as a sculptor and lessons learned from great artists and innovators throughout history to show artists and non-artists that creativity is a learned skill than anyone can develop. Among other topics, the talk includes how to stimulating the flow of creativity through a process of "deep listening" and how to overcome obstacles that stop most people from following their creative impulse.

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Author and Panel Discussion: “Global Education in Higher Ed”

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: A Dirt Road to the Future - Education on the Global Front Lines

What roles should a university play in the wider world? How should American undergraduates be exposed to global cultures and challenges? If internationalization is a means to an end, what exactly is the end? Ethan Casey, author of "A Dirt Road to the Future: Education on the Global Front Lines," and a panel of practitioners from Princeton, Rutgers and Texas Christian University examine these questions. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

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Job Seekers Session: Your Professional Assessment

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

Presenter: Tony Calabrese. 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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Readings from “The Bookshop on Lafayette Street: A Collection of Stories and Poems”

Friday, March 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Numerous contributors to the "The Bookshop on Lafayette Street" will read their work from this volume inspired by Classics Books in Trenton. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Read Local Weekend: Local Author Day 2020

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

The library will hold its tenth Local Author Day featuring workshops for writers and an afternoon Author Fair offering visitors a chance to meet local authors and buy copies of their work.  A detailed schedule will be available closer to the event date. The application is open to authors from Central New Jersey and Bucks County PA, with preference given to those who reside within 20 miles of Princeton Public Library. Additional criteria is available on the application page. The…

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US1 Poets Book Launch

Sunday, March 29, 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative launches Volume 65 of its poetry journal "US 1 Worksheets." The annual poetry journal has been produced since the early 1970s attracting fine poets, not only from the Cooperative, but from throughout the United States. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Readings by contributors to the journal  begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presented in partnership with US1 Poets' Cooperative. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations…

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, March 30, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Adrienne Raphel: “Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords”

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Adrienne Raphel blends first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with a delightful telling of its rich literary history. From the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament to the home and office of Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's official "Puzzlemaster," the author goes behind the scenes to discover how the world's gold standard of puzzles is made and used.

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April 2020

Shrink Your Footprint: On Your Plate

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Our food choices contribute to our carbon footprint and have an impact on greenhouse gas emissions globally. Learn what changes you can make to combat climate change. This program is the last 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. Complimentary light refreshments and snacks are provided. Presented in partnership with Sustainable Princeton with support from NRG Energy Inc.

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Job Seekers Session: Best Responses to Out-of-Bounds Interview Questions

Friday, April 3, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Hanan Isaacs and Alex Freund present an interactive session on recognizing and handling application and interview questions that may be discriminatory. 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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Unruly Sounds: Spring Edition

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

Mika Godbole, founder of the annual Unruly Sounds Music Festival that takes place each fall in Princeton, curates an afternoon of music by local musicians who compose and perform original pieces. Cellist Dan Kassel, local indie duo Damsel and others will all perform sets at this three-hour mini-marathon.

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Book Brunch featuring Paul Muldoon

Sunday, April 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Frolic and Detour

Irish poet and Princeton University professor of poetry Paul Muldoon reads from and discusses "Frolic and Detour," his 13th major collection of poetry. Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is also an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist and translator. He has been described in The New York Times Book Review as "one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems - word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with…

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Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Jazz at Princeton University celebrates Jazz Appreciation month with a concert by student ensembles under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa.

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, April 6, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Endangered! Animals on the Edge

Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Wildlife educator Travis Gale returns to the library with a presentation for the whole family featuring live animals. We will discuss what factors contribute to animal extinction and meet animals that are threatened or endangered in the wild. Entertaining, high-energy and educational, the program highlights the importance of protecting the wildlife of the world. For children ages 4 and older with an adult.   Co-presented  by the library and Eyes of the Wild.

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, April 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

NIOT member Dr. Avery Ince is presenter.   Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.

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What’s Up with the Weather?

Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This dynamic show reveals the science of weather — to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We will discuss the water cycle, explore thunder and lightning and even make a cloud. A stormy ending to this show is promised as the presenters demonstrate how tornados are formed. Co-presented by the library and The Franklin Institute.

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Spring Break Film: “Abominable”

Wednesday, April 8, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this 2019 computer-animated adventure film by DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio, a teen and her friends must outwit some evil villains in order to take a lost Yeti home. PG. 1 hour, 37 minutes.

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Spring Break Film: “Penguins”

Thursday, April 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this 2019 DisneyNature film, a penguin must fight off the harsh cold and deadly predators to build a life for his family.  G. 1 hour, 16 minutes.

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

Friday, April 10, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

David Schuchman presents on ways to leverage your professional expertise to move forward in your career. 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: “Knives Out”

Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this fun, modern-day murder mystery, everyone is a suspect when renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate Harlan's dysfunctional family and devoted staff, sifting through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth. PG-13. 2 hours, 10 minutes.

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AARP Tax Help

Monday, April 13, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 14, 2020

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

AARP tax volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and New Jersey individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low to moderate income. Participants should bring a copy of their most recent return and documentation for the previous year’s income and expenses that may be deductible. Proof of identification is required. Help is available on Mondays, Feb. 3 through April 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m., by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling (609)…

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Author Wenfei Tong on “Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds”

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

The author, a biologist and Princeton University alum, will discuss the light and dark sides of bird family life, from the benefits of long-term monogamy to sibling rivalry and parental parasitism featured in her new book "Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds." The bonds between birds are often variable and full of inherent contradictions involving both cooperation and conflict. Alongside stunning photography, "Bird Love" (publishing March 10) explains and celebrates the global diversity of bird reproductive strategies, exploring all…

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Author Elaine Weiss: “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”

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

Author and journalist Elaine Weiss discusses her book "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote." The book is the story of the multi-faceted 1920 struggle to get the state of Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. From the publisher's website: Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state – Tennessee – is needed for women’s voting rights to be the…

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PYC Social Pioneers Pitch Night

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

Teens who have participated in the PYC Social Pioneers program pitch ideas for improving their communities at this event. During the 16-week program, the teens have worked to develop their leadership and skills to turn their project plans into action. Sponsored by the Princeton Youth Program for Civic Engagement with support from the library, PYC Social Pioneers is an accelerator program for youth who have an idea to improve and strengthen their Princeton-area community.    

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Job Seekers Session: 101 Lessons to Achieve Job Search Success

Friday, April 24, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Presenter: Mark Beal. 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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Staged Play Reading: “After the Dust Settles”

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

A staged reading of the latest play by emerging New Jersey  playwright Jason Immordino is followed by an audience discussion with the playwright, director and actors. The play is an ensemble drama featuring three stories of the unresolved grief, healing and renewal of characters impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on The World Trade Center. The reading will be followed by a talk-back session with the playwright, director and actors. Co-presented with Magic Lantern Productions.

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McCarter Live at the Library: Handel’s Rodelinda

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Bill Lockwood, McCarter Theatre Center  Special Programming Director and Wendy Heller, Scheide Professor of Music History and Chair, Department of Music at Princeton University discuss Handel's masterpiece Rodelinda in advance of the May 5 performance by The English Concert orchestra at McCarter Theatre Centre. The event will open with a lecture delivered by Professor Heller, "From Costrato to Countertenor: Time, Affect and Virtuosity in Handel’s Rodelinda." Heller is a renowned scholar, author and lecturer on the music of the baroque era,…

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May 2020

Continuing Conversations on Race

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

"Internalized racism is the situation that occurs in a racist system when a racial group oppressed by racism supports the supremacy and dominance of the dominating group by maintaining or participating in the set of attitudes, behaviors, social structures and ideologies that undergird the dominating group's power."  — Donna Bivens  Kani Illangovan and Joyce Trotman-Jordan, members of the NIOT board, describe some of the forms internalized racism takes and discuss efforts to overcome it.    Presented in partnership with Not in…

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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, May 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 17, 2020

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

In advance of The Princeton Festival's June 21 and 28 performances of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the 1982 miniseries that dramatizes the composer's life will be screened. Verdi was born in 1813 and lived until 1901, his life spanning nearly a century of political and considerable personal turmoil. In addition to La Traviata, he is known for the operas Rigoletto, Aida and Requiem. The series, which aired as part of "Great Performances" on PBS,  will be screened for seven consecutive…

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Author Josiah Osgood (“How to be a Bad Emperor”) in Conversation with Robert Kaster

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

Josiah Osgood, professor and chair of classics at Georgetown University, will speak on his new book "How to be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders." He will be joined in conversation by Robert Kaster, Professor of Classics and Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin at Princeton University. Josiah Osgood is professor and chair of classics at Georgetown University and the author of many books, including "Rome and the Making of a World State," "150 BCE–20 BCE." He lives…

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Job Seekers Session: Ageism Exists! The Elephant in the Room

Friday, May 8, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Marty Latman discusses what you need to know about ageism and how to strengthen your position in your job search. 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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Spring Science Day/Dia de la Ciencia

Saturday, May 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Join Princeton University's scientists and engineers to learn more about the exciting new research currently going on in materials science. Visit the many table top activities and hands-on demonstrations, engage the scientists and engineers, ask plenty of questions (either in Spanish or English), and have fun with your entire family. Intended for children 5 and up with their families. Presented in partnership with the Princeton University Center of Complex Materials and National Science Foundation, MRSEC.

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