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Upcoming library programs will focus on writers, writing and computer skills

PRINCETON — May brings a focus on writers and writing, as well as computer skills to the Princeton Public Library.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, local writer Trey R. Barker celebrates the publication of his newest Barefield novel, “Exit Blood,” with a reading at the library.

Barker’s writing comes straight from the streets he patrols as a county deputy. From drugs to fraud, sex abuse to bar fights, much of what he deals with during the day goes into the stories he writes at night. He spent many years as a journalist before getting into law enforcement, and still occasionally blogs non-fiction in between writing short stories and novels. Barker also teaches at the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois and is the crisis negotiator for the Illinois Valley Special Response Team.

The Barefield series is a loosely linked pile of novels set in and around Barker’s beloved west Texas. If you aren’t familiar with Barker’s fiction, some advanced feedback from Craig Johnson (author of the Walter Longmire mystery series) gives an idea of his style: “Exit Blood is quintessential, bite-your-lip Trey R. Barker with just enough nitrous thrown into the literary stream to make most thrillers seem like Keystone Cops. There’s enough guns, gore and grit to make you hang on for the whole ride, just make sure you keep your arms and legs inside the novel at all times.”

Barker will also lead a writing workshop at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at the library. The workshop is open to all levels of writer and will focus on strong story beginnings and openers.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the library will present “Dan Brown at Lincoln Center: An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets “ a Livestream broadcast with international best-selling author Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code).

Brown will speak from Lincoln Center in New York City about his new novel Inferno (on sale Tuesday), plus a range of topics including science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making and a few surprise topics. This will be his only public appearance.

Princeton Public Library’s own Pam Schabow will offer workshops on specific e-reader devices each Wednesday in May between 2 and 3 p.m. On May 15, she will help patrons with the Kindle Keyboard; on May 22, the Nook WiFi (First Generation); and on May 29, the Kindle Fire. Patrons should bring their fully-charged device, Princeton Public Library card and (for Kindle users) their Amazon user name and password information. Patrons unable to meet at these times (or with other devices) can make an appointment to get one-on-one help by calling the library at 815-875-1331.

For Princeton Public Library patrons just starting out with computers, Ken Schroeder will be offering a two-part introduction to computer basics for absolute beginners, from turning it on, navigating, creating files, word-processing and email. The first class will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the second a week later, at 6:30 p.m. May 23. Patrons should sign up for both classes if possible. There is no charge for the classes, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the library or stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up.

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, visit www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.

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