September Programs @ PPL

In memory of the popular and talented artist, Bart Kassabaum, the Prairie Arts Center, the Princeton Public Library and the Bureau County Historical Society Museum will host an exhibit of Bart Kassabuam’s art.  The display will open with a reception on Friday September 3rd  from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Avenue East. The collection will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays the month of September from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 11th the gallery will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. because of the Homestead Parade. 

Monday Night Movies
Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m.

Widmark Wednesday Movies – Movies this month in honor of Bart Kassabaum, being two of his favorite Widmark titles.
Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Sept 15, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Oct. 1 – September marks twenty years since the attack on the twin towers. To recognize that tragic event the library will exhibit “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World,” a series of 14 posters from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum organization. The posters tell the story of what happened that day and how it has affected the country in the last 20 years. This exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. 

Thurday, September 9, 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 16, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 21, 6:00 pm In conjunction with the exhibit, the library will be showing the documentary Nova: Ground Zero Supertower. This film looks at the erection of a memorial suitable for the amount of devastation suffered and the execution of the design. The film examines the engineering hurdles and pitfalls to making this memorial a reality.

Tuesday, September 7, 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm – For Homestead the Princeton Public Library and the Owen Lovejoy Homestead will be showing a movie about one of the greatest heroines of the Underground Railroad. This true story tells of her escape from slavery and how she saved hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad. This film is rated PG-13 and is about 2 hours long.

Tuesday, September 7, 11:00 am and 4:30 pm – In addition, the library will be showing Underground Railroad: The William Still Story about a lesser known hero of the Underground Railroad. Still had to smuggle slaves across the US border to Canada to prevent bounty hunters from legally abducting former slaves living in the so-called free northern states. Still kept detailed records that would provide historians insight into the workings of the underground railroad and facilitated the reunions of many separated family members.

Preschool Storytime on the Princeton Public Library Facebook page will resume on Tuesday, September 9. Videos premier each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and include two stories, songs and rhythm activities, and a take-home craft (to pick up in the Library Café Lobby) or an at-home activity demonstration. We will not resume in-person Storytime at present due to COVID concerns with young children being unvaccinated.

Monday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. – An Evening With Gary Ginsberg First Friends:  The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents Presented on Zoom

Author Gary Ginsberg’s new book examines White House history as told through the stories of the best friends and closest confidants of American presidents such as Lincoln and Joshua Speed, FDR and Daisy Suckley, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan. First Friends is an engaging look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear. Join us on Zoom as Ginsberg provides insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied. Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Blood Drive in the Matson Meeting Room. Sign-up at the library, call the library to reserve a spot, or register on-line at

Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. , Medicare 101 – This an educational program to help with understanding Medicare. It will be presented by Physicians Mutual.

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