In honor of the Township’s year-long centennial celebration, the Plainsboro Public Library will sponsor programs through which residents can share their memories and their experiences of community:
1. Journal Workshops for Adults and Children
In this casual and friendly workshop, start a journal to record your memories! Follow prompts by sketchbook journal artist Paula Ridley on any number of topics – food, traditions, family, where you are from, or your special memories. Besides recording memories, you can begin to reap the many health benefits of regular journal writing. Write, sketch, or scribble… it’s up to you, and the journals are yours. Later in the workshop you will take one page you are willing to share and recreate it on archival paper. Signed or anonymous, these pages may be simply written or may be combined with visual content, like drawings, photos, decorative touches, or sketches. They will be bound with other participants’ pages in a special book, “A Community of Stories” (see below).
No writing or art experience needed. All supplies, including journals, will be provided.
ADULT WORKSHOPS — There are 3 choices of workshops, each composed of (3) 2-hour sessions:
Wednesdays, May 15, 22, and 29; 1:15 – 3:15. This is for Plainsboro Seniors, and will be held at the Plainsboro Recreation Department. Online or call-in registration is open for this session. Click here for printable flyer for Seniors workshop.
Saturdays, May 18, 25, and June 1; 11am – 1pm. This is for all Plainsboro adults (18 an up) and will be held at the library.
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, and 19; 11am – 1pm. This is for all Plainsboro adults (18 an up) and will be held at the library. Click here for printable flyer for adult library workshops.
Online registration for the adult library sessions will open April 12.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT WORKSHOPS — There are 2 choices of workshops, each composed of (4) 2-hour sessions:
Wednesdays, June 26, July 10, 17, and 24; 11am – 1pm. 4th – 12th grade
Wednesdays, June 26, July 10, 17, and 24; 2 – 4pm. 4th – 12th grade
Online registration for the youth workshops will open June 12.
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNAL KEEPING FOR THE YOUNGER WRITER
Saturday, July 13, 11am – 12pm. 2nd and 3rd grade
Online registration begins June 29.
2. “A Community of Stories” collaborative book composed by Plainsboro Residents
Maria Pisano, award-winning printmaker and bookbinding artist, will bind your final journal page with the others to create a collaborative journal, “A Community of Stories”. The book will be part of the library’s collection, and will showcase the vibrant Plainsboro community. It will be exhibited in the library’s gallery in December 2019, and contents will be accessible through the library’s website. Again, the pages can be signed or anonymous, but either way, they will provide a unique and eclectic record of the individuals that make up our town.
3. May Art Gallery: Interactive Centennial Exhibit
The library’s interactive gallery exhibit will feature index cards on which residents may jot down favorite memories – of their hometowns, or of interesting Plainsboro experiences. The library is also inviting patrons to submit both vintage and modern photos of the township, either through email or in person. (Original photos will be returned, or you can email an image to email@example.com.) Cards are now available at the 1st floor circulation desk and at the Recreation Department. They will be available all May right next to the gallery. Fill one out and tack it on the gallery wall! In November, the index cards from the interactive exhibit will be loaded into a township time capsule for future generations to enjoy.
In addition, two of the library’s millennium exhibits from 1999 — “Flying High Over Plainsboro”, a collection of aerial photographs of the town by photographer Captain Jessica R, Stearns; and “Plainsboro Then and Now,” a compilation of historical photos of Plainsboro – will adorn the gallery walls. The exhibit runs through May 29.
A kick-off reception will be held Friday, May 3, 1-3 pm. Snacks will be served. Come and share a memory!
“A Community of Stories” Grant Funding has been provided by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State.