YouthCampus

Welcome to YouthCampus, Princeton University’s listing of community youth programming.

The University offers a variety of quality programs in the arts, sciences, literacy, and more for ages pre-K to high school. Be amazed by a faculty science lecture, explore the University’s green spaces, listen to a children’s concert, or come and relax in the gallery of our children’s library. There’s plenty for families to do at Princeton University.

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Cotsen Children's Library Presents: The BiblioFiles with Nadia Hashimi 

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The Cotsen Children’s Library is delighted to present a free webcast and podcast with Nadia Hashimi! Born to Afghan parents who immigrated to American in the 1970s, Hashimi began her career as a medical doctor, but also wrote stories about the rich and complex experiences of Afghan culture. This resulted in a number of  bestselling international novels for adults and the two books for children we will be discussing today – One Half From the East, and The Sky at Our Feet.

One Half from the East is the story of Obayda the youngest daughter of an Afghan family living in Kabul. When her father loses his leg in a car bombing, the family moves to a remote village. As her father retreats further into depression, it becomes increasingly more difficult for the family to live. This is when Obayda first hears the term bacha posh, which is the practice of turning a girl in the family into a boy by cutting her hair, dressing her in boy’s clothing, and changing her name. Ohbayda, now Obayd navigate this completely different world.

In The Sky At Our Feet, we meet Shah, whose American name is Jason. On his mother’s birthday, Jason learns that his father did not die in a car accident as his mother has always told him. His dad is a murdered Afghan journalist, and his mother has been living on an expired visa, terrified she will be discovered, deported, and separated from her son. When her worst nightmare happens, Jason is left alone. His only hope, he believes, is to find his mother’s friend in New York City and ask for help.

Hashimi writes with richness, emotion, and empathy, enfolding the reader into her characters’ lives and families. Difficult topics such as violence, racism, poverty, and misogyny are handled deftly, clearly, and with compassion. She applies the same powerful brushes to her beautiful themes as well, like friendship, identity, inclusion, and acceptance. The result is an intimate and uplifting reading experience.

Ready to check out the interview?
https://cotsen.princeton.edu/youth-programs/bibliofiles/nadia-hashimi

Questions?
Dana Sheridan
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Cotsen Children's Library
Princeton University Library
danas@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2697


Cotsen Children's Library Presents: One to One

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The Cotsen Children's Library is delighted to introduce a new virtual offering, One to One, a program that proudly mentors and encourages young writers to explore their voices!

The idea builds on First Draft, our writing feedback program. One to One adds an additional resource...now, instead of receiving your edits from Dr. Dana through email, you can choose to connect via Zoom to discuss face-to-face. You can reconnect with us as many times as you like - to talk writing, receive prompts, rework your story, or start an entirely new one.

We look forward to mentoring your relationship with the written word!

Please note that like First Draft program, One to One is recommended for writers ages 9-17. We accept submissions of creative writing, works of fiction, and personal essays. We do not offer feedback on school assignments, college essays, or academic writing.

Information about One to One:
https://cotsen.princeton.edu/youth-programs/one-one

Information about First Draft:
https://cotsen.princeton.edu/youth-programs/first-draft

For a complete listing of our current virtual offerings:
https://cotsen.princeton.edu/youth-programs/virtual-resources

Questions?
Dana Sheridan
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Cotsen Children's Library
Princeton University Library
danas@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2697


Resources for Virtual Learning

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Princeton University Library complied a list of resources for students of all ages and their parents. View the PDF of virtual resources


Coloring Book

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Download this free coloring book of Princeton University landmarks. Illustrations by Laura Ann Elbogen '07. View the Coloring Book (.pdf).