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Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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May 2020

VIRTUAL 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. This presentation can be accessed with Zoom for audio and video or by phone for audio only. The session can be joined at 9:45 am, and the presentation will begin at 10 am. See below for connection details. The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new employment and contracting opportunities throughout…

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Poets at the Library

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

Featured poets Wanda Praisner and Paul Sohar read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Praisner, a recipient of fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Dodge Foundation, PFAWC, and VCCA, has been published  in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her books include "Natirar" and "To Illuminate the Way." A resident poet for the state, she’s received 15 Pushcart Prize nominations, the Egan Award, Princemere Prize, Kudzu Award, First Prize in Poetry…

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Screening and Panel Discussion: “My Beautiful Stutter”

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

This documentary follows five children who stutter, who after experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at an interactive, arts-based program. 1 hour, 30 minutes. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of professionals from the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association. The second week in May is recognized as National Stuttering Awareness Week. Presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association.

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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, May 13, 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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PSO Soundtracks: Topic Pending

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

The library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra present the Soundtracks series of lectures to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. The topic and presenter will be announced closer to the event date. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Job Seekers Session: ABCs of Success

Friday, May 15, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Keri Zoumas presents on productivity, building rapport, and communication for job seekers. 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, May 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Teens are invited to relax after AP Exams by spending some time reading, playing board games, video games, crafting, and swapping books with other teens. Refreshments will be served.

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Poetry Brunch with Juditha Dowd and Maxine Susman

Sunday, May 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Local poets Juditha Dowd and Maxine Susman read from their works centering women's history. Dowd’s verse biography, "Audubon’s Sparrow," will be released in April. She is the author of a full-length collection, "Mango in Winter," three poetry chapbooks, short fiction and lyric essays. She has been published in Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Florida Review, Rock & Sling, Spillway, Aji, Leaping Clear and elsewhere.     Susman has written seven poetry books and has been published in Fourth River,…

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Math Carnival

Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Can you read the following secret message: SDRAWKCAB DAER UOY NAC? (Hint: Read in a different direction.) Would you like to know what math has to do with soap bubbles, magic tricks, space missions and sending secret messages? Learn more at this fun and interactive math festival for children 6 and older, teens and adults. Co-sponsored by the library and The Institute for Advanced Study’s 2020 Women and Mathematics (WAM) program.

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Author Amy Jo Burns: “Shiner: A Novel”

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

The author discusses her book about Wren, a 15-year-old girl who lives in a cloistered mountain cabin with her parents. They have no car, no mailbox, and no visitors except for her mother’s lifelong best friend. Every Sunday, Wren’s father delivers winding sermons in an abandoned gas station, where he takes up serpents and praises the Lord for his blighted white eye, proof of his divinity and key to the hold he has over the community, over Wren and her…

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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, May 20, 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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Friday Feature Film: “Little Women”

Friday, May 22, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writer-director Greta Gerwig's adaptation draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott to tell the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms. PG. 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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The Princeton Festival: Making of a Musical

Saturday, May 23, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

“Making of a Musical” is a pre-professional workshop for high school singers designed to help young people learn how to take care of their voices, understand what is required to be a professional singer, and show how their goal can be achieved. Space is limited to 15 students, and registration is required. Click here to register through the Princeton Festival website. The program has three components, and participants are required to attend all three to earn a certificate of participation.…

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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, May 27, 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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Job Seekers Session

Friday, May 29, 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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The Princeton Festival: Appreciating Musicals for High School Audiences

Saturday, May 30, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This two-part program helps high school students explore this popular art form based around The Princeton Festival’s production of Steven Sondheim’s "Into the Woods." Registered students are required to attend both sessions. The first component is May 30 at the Princeton Public Library, where students will explore the musical. Students will then attend the final dress rehearsal performance of the 2020 Festival production of "Into the Woods" on Thursday, June 4. Students may register at the Princeton Festival website. Co-sponsored…

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June 2020

Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, June 3, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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Job Seekers Session

Friday, June 5, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, June 10, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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Lecture: John Burkhalter: “Even More About Baroque Music”

Monday, June 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Early music expert and performer John Burkhalter, artistic director of The Practitioners of Musick, discusses Baroque music and instruments with a focus on pieces being performed during the The Princeton Festival’s 2020 season. The Baroque era is a period or style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1730. It is a period when composers and musicians made changes in musical notation and developed new instrument playing techniques.   Presented in partnership with The Princeton Festival.

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Screening: “The Life of Verdi”

Wednesday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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October 2020

Performance: From Mao to the Met, Hao Jiang Tian

Saturday, October 24, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this retrospective performance, Hao Jiang Tian will sing and talk about his life as a first-generation Chinese-American opera singer, from his exhilarating arrival in 1983 at John F. Kennedy Airport from Beijing, through a two-decade career at the Metropolitan Opera that represented the fulfillment of a dream. Hao Jiang Tian has sung over 1400 performances of 50 operatic roles worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years in 26 operas. He is the founder and artistic director of the iSING!…

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