Princeton Public Library February events
The Princeton Public Library has a packed schedule of events for the month of February.
Note: Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original art or poetry for “See the Trees,” an exhibit in association with the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Submissions expressing “why trees matter to you and our world” will be accepted through March 15.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Job Seekers Session – Resume writing and job search. 2 p.m. in the technology center.
Thursday, Feb. 2
Nate Schwerber – The author and award-winning journalist discusses his recent book “This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild.” 7 p.m. in the community room.
Friday, Feb. 3
Job Seekers Session – Essential principles of employment law. 9:45 a.m. in the community room.
Teen Movie Chill Time – High school students are invited to gather to decompress after midterms and watch the movie “Clueless.” 3 p.m. in the community room.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Open Acoustic Jam Session – At this inclusive and open jam for local musicians, chord charts and lyrics for songs will be provided. 3 p.m. in the community room.
Open House with Artist Katelyn Liepins – Drop-in to meet artist Katelyn Liepin whose exhibition “In Between Doodles” is on display in the library’s Technology Center and on the walls of the second floor. 4 p.m. in the technology center.
Monday, Feb. 6
AARP Tax Assistance by Appointment – AARP volunteers help resident prepare and electronically file Federal and N.J. individual, non-complex income tax returns for seniors and people of low and moderate income. Call 609-924-9529 ext. 1220 to register. Every Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the community room.
Build with Lego – Drop-in, non-competitive Lego session including building time and design sharing. 3 to 6 p.m. in the STEAM studio.
Continuing Conversations on Race – Doctoral candidate Kristal Langford, lecturer of Black studies and psychology at William Paterson University, discusses the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project. 7 p.m. , register online for Zoom link.
Mystery Book Group – The group will discuss “The Word is Murder” by Anthony Horowitz. 7:30 p.m. via Google Meet.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Musical Tots – Children ages 3-5 are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation. 10:30 a.m. in the story room. Repeats every Tuesday.
Ask the Mac Pros – Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group help resolve questions about Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the technology center. Repeats each Tuesday.
Writers Room – Writers receive constructive feedback at these twice-monthly group sessions during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. 7 p.m. in the conference room. Repeats Feb. 21.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Writers Circle for Middle Grade Students – In this six-week workshop, aspiring writers in firth to eighth grade take part in creative exercises inspired by popular middle grade novels. Registration required. 4:30 p.m. in the STEAM Studio.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Fiction Book Group – The group will discuss “The Netanyahus” by Joshua Cohen. 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.
Jill Knapp and Neta Bahcall in Conversation with Liz Fuller-Wright – Astrophysicists Jill Knapp and Neta Bahcall discuss their contributions to the anthology “The Sky is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words” with science writer Liz Fuller-Wright. 7 p.m. in the community room.
Black Voices Book Group – The group will discuss “A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars” by Hakeem Oluseyi and Joshua Horwitz. 7:15 p.m. via Google Meet. See library the day of the event for a link.
Friday, Feb. 10
Job Seekers Session – Use the Myers-Briggs test to focus your job search. 9:45 a.m. in the community room.
P.S. I Like You – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with hands-on activities, crafts and a movie. 4 p.m. in the teen center.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Go Between Club – Sixth, seventh and eighth graders discuss books and other interests. 2 p.m. in the STEAM Studio.
Science Circle – Young scientists in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on science activities. Important concepts, focusing on different scientific disciplines each month, will be explored. 3 p.m. in the CoLab space.
Monday, Feb. 13
Sensory Storyime – This program for children ages 2 and older is especially welcoming to those who are differently abled, on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. Registration is required and limited. 10:30 a.m. in the story room.
Finding Health Information Online – Learn to find reliable, up-to-date health information and resources online and through library databases. 1 p.m. in the technology center.
This Is Why We Heart You – Children in elementary school are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with hands-on activities including making Valentine’s cards. 4 p.m.
Meet the Princeton Superintendent of Schools – Parents, students and community members are invited to meet Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Carol Kelley. 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the library lobby.
Screening: “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America” – Season 1 of the Netflix documentary series will be screened at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in the community room preceded by tastings from local chefs. Registration required.
Writers Room Poets – Poets read from works in progress and receive peer feedback at these virtual sessions. Registration required.7 p.m. Repeats Feb. 27.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Princeton Sketchers – Sketchers of all abilities and experience levels meet monthly to sketch, draw and paint together in this social art group. Registration is requested. 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.
Thursday, Feb. 16
Behind the Bookstore – Coffee and a quick tour behind the scenes to learn how volunteers run the library bookstore and whether you might be interested in volunteering. 10 a.m. in the community room.
Tabletop Game Night – Enjoy an evening of playing tabletop and strategy games. The library will provide several games, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Join as individuals or groups. For ages 16 and up. 6 p.m. in the community room.
Friday, Feb. 17
Job Seekers Session – Developing your marketing plan. 9:45 a.m. in the community room.
Stop Motion Movie Club – Students in grades 3-5 learn about and work together to create stop-motion movie projects including figures and props. Registration is required and limited. 4 p.m. in the STEAM studio.
Celebrate Mardi Gras – Area musicians will perform during the “My Big, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Party,” an after-hours multimedia celebration of the music and spirit of New Orleans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Festival begins at 7 in the community room.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Mountain Lakes Guided Bird Walk – Guided bird walk through Johnson Mountain Lakes Preserve geared toward adults. 9 a.m. Register online.
Pi Day Math Circle – Young mathematicians in third through sixth grades are invited to participate in hands-on math challenges and activities in these collaborative monthly sessions designed by high school students. 3 p.m. in the CoLab space.
Drop-in Chess Sessions – For children in grades 2-6. Meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the story room.
“Wuthering Heights” Community Read-Aloud – In advance of the presentation “Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights” at McCarter Theatre, theater and literary lovers are invited to participate in a community reading of Emily Brontë’s magnum opus. Register online. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the community room.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Mountain Lakes Guided Bird Walk – This guided walk is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Meet in the Herrontown Woods parking lot (600 Snowden Ave.) across from Smoyer Park. Herrontown Woods/Veblen House.
Presentation: The Creation of a Frankenstein Opera – Composer and pianist Greg Kallor discusses the process of adapting Mary Shelley’s heartbreaking novel “Frankenstein” into an opera during this multi-media presentation. 3 p.m. in the community room.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Cover to Cover Book Group – Children in grades 3-5 can meet new friends, talk about books, play games and more in this fun book group. 4:30 p.m. in the STEAM Studio.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Preventing Digital Theft – An overview of best practices for securing personal technology. 2 p.m. in the technology center.
Korey Garibaldi in Conversation with Kinohi Nishikawa – The author discusses his book “Impermanent Blackness: The Making and Unmaking of Interracial Literary Culture in Modern America” with Princeton University associate professor of English and African American Studies Kinohi Nishikawa. 7 p.m. in the community room and livestreamed on YouTube.
Thursday, Feb. 23
A Guide to Reference Solutions – Researching U.S. Businesses. 2 p.m. in the technology center.
Cartoonist and Author Patrick McDonnell – Mutts cartoonist and award-winning author Patrick McDonnell talks about “Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet,” his recently published book with the Dalai Lama. 6 p.m. in the community room.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Chinese Flower Festival – The festival will showcase performances, such as a dragon dance followed by hands-on activities including Chinese calligraphy and other Chinese arts. 2 p.m. in the community room.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Film and Discussion: “Hello, Bookstore” – Screening of the award-winning documentary, a tribute to the love of reading and the importance of independent bookstores, will be followed by a discussion with local bookstore owners. 3 p.m. in the community room.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Ashoka Mody – The author and economic historian at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs discusses his recently published book, “India Is Broken A People Betrayed, Independence to Today” an examination of India from its founding in 1947 to the present day. 7 p.m. in the community room.
All events are free and open to the public. The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542.