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Vol. LXIV, No. 39
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Library Gears Up for Centennial Weekend; Individuals Recognized for Achievements

Ellen Gilbert

“Pete Bromberg — the two most important words in my vocabulary,” said Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger of the new Assistant Director in her summer report to the Board of Trustees. “After close to a year of running both the operational and administrative side of the library along with our endowment campaign, I breathed a sigh of relief on August 2 when Pete walked into the library.”

While the director lauded Mr. Bromberg, Board of Trustees President Katherine McGavern had words of high praise for Ms. Burger. Describing the flurry of fund raising preliminary to the library’s centennial celebration in October, Ms. McGavern said that Ms. Burger’s “heroic effort” was “amazing to watch.” The library hopes that its endowment will reach $10 million by October 10 (10/10).

Trustee Ira H. Fuchs, who recently won this year’s EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, was also recognized at the meeting. The former vice president and program officer for research in information technology at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, effective September 1, the executive director of Next Generation Learning Challenges, was hailed as a “futuristic leader” whose foresight has “initiated a new era of collaboration and cooperation among information technologists across all segments of higher education.”

President Ellen Pitts described the Friends of the Library’s “busiest season ever” as they prepared for the centennial weekend celebrations, which include a sold-out Saturday, October 9 evening gala featuring NPR interviewer Terry Gross, and a day-long party on Sunday, October 10. Ms. Pitts showed a sample from “In Their Own Hand,” unique documents created by local writers and artists that will be sold during a silent auction on Saturday evening.

Sunday, October 10 activities on Hinds Plaza include a 5K Fun Run at 9 a.m.; the Princeton High School Studio Band performing at 1 p.m.; an appearance by children’s entertainer Joel Frankel at 1:45 p.m.; a live broadcast from WPST-FM at 2:30 p.m.; and a birthday cake cutting at 4 p.m. Chris Harford and His Band of Changes will perform at 4:15.

Performances on the “unplugged stage” (second floor fireplace area) include the Princeton Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble at 1 p.m.; members of The American Boychoir at 2 p.m.; Princeton High School a cappella groups at 3 p.m.; and, at 4 p.m., the Princeton Girlchoir. 

From 1 to 5 p.m. favorite children’s book characters, including Pat the Bunny and The Very Hungry Caterpillar will visit “Character Lane” (first floor fireplace area). Photographers are welcome.

“Century Tours” by Princeton Tour Company, Community Partners and Sponsor Tables, and a Book Art exhibit at the Arts Council of Princeton will also be available throughout the afternoon.

Full information about the gala weekend can be found at

The library will be a hub of activity again when it holds its annual book sale from October 22 through 24. “We’re adding a tent and anticipate that it will be twice as large as before,” reported Ms. Pitts.

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