PRINCETON — On April 15, 1913, the Matson Public Library Building on Courthouse Square was dedicated. This marked a culmination of efforts to establish a free public library in the city of Princeton that began in 1885 with a bequest in the will of Nehemiah Matson.
The library was located on South Main Street until the decision was made to build a permanent library facility on the main square, facilitated by a gift by Samuel P. Clarke. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Matson Building, Ron McCutchan and Margaret Martinkus will present a program on the history of the Matson Public Library building at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Princeton Public Library.
Later in the week, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Joan Marella will lead an Advanced Writer’s Critique Workshop at the library. Writers must bring a piece of writing — either a finished poem or at least two pages of finished prose (something you’ve already done some work on). For more information, contact Joan Marella at 815-875-3127 or call the library at 815-875-1331.
The Friends of the Library annual book sale is also beginning on April 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both the meeting room and the book sale room. The sale continues on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 is Bag Day, with $5 for bagged books and half-price on all books with price marks. The library’s fourth annual community art show, “The Architecture of Art” also continues through April 27 in the main lobby of the library.
All programs at the library are free and open to all. The library is at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. For information, call the library or visit www.theprincetonlibrary.org.