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Library programs will focus on architecture

PRINCETON — To accompany the Princeton Public Library’s fourth annual community art show, “The Architecture of Art,” which continues through April 27, the library will present several programs centering on architecture.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, architect Scott Neeley will speak, via Skype, on “Renewing the Austin Bryant House.”

This 1856 farmhouse located south of Princeton was about to be razed when Judith and David Peterson bought it in 2006. They were told that the house just couldn’t be heated. Scott Neeley’s architectural firm provided options for renovation that would accommodate for the original, uninsulated brick walls.

Neeley will discuss current thinking about architectural “best practices” with respect to historic preservation, his particular approach as an architect, the house’s history and the specifics of the renovation. It should be an informative evening for those interested in historic Princeton, in architecture as a career, and in the challenges and joys of owning an older or historical home.

Neeley has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and construction. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in studio art from Brown University and his Master of Architect from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a University Fellow. He worked first as a design/build contractor, then as a project architect with William Turnbull Associates of San Francisco. He has taught architecture at the University of Nebraska and the University of Arizona and is active in professional and community affairs.

The library’s digital photography show for April was “Beyond the Blueprint: Architecture in Photography.” Photos submitted for the digital show are posted on the Library Cafe’s Facebook page, and a slideshow and reception for the photographers and the general public will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the library. The theme for the library’s next digital photo show will be announced on April 11.

In addition to an architectural focus, the library is celebrating April as National Poetry Month with a book spine poetry competition. Until April 13, patrons are encouraged to stop and browse the shelves to assemble a short poem from the spine titles of books in the collection. The books need to be checked out to display at the circulation desk. Several poems composed by library staff are already on display at the library, and all the completed book spine poems will be exhibited during the week of April 15.

All programs at the Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. The library is located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. For more information, call 815-875-1331 or visit www.theprincetonlibrary.org.

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