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Our Programs

From story times to large-scale events, Cotsen has a variety of programs for you to explore and enjoy! Like Bookscape, our children's gallery, Cotsen's programs are open to the public and free of charge.

Please note that while some programs do not require registration, they are run on a first-come, first-served basis and may have restrictions on class size and age range. Additionally, some programs do require registration and may also have enrollment criteria. Questions? Please contact Dana Sheridan, Education & Outreach Coordinator: danas@princeton.edu; 609-258-2697.


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General Programs

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Tiger Tales

You're invited to join us at our very special, very interactive story time. We begin with a picture book and end with a creative hands-on project to take home!
Every Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm (September - July)
No fee, no registration required

Ages 3 - 5

To Be Continued
Pull up a pillow, relax, and listen! We'll read a chapter book to you over a series of weeks, and celebrate at the end with a cool project or activity. Best of all, you can work your way towards a book of your very own. Five visits = one brand new book of your choice!
Every Wednesday 3:45pm - 4:45pm (September - July)
No fee, no registration required

Ages 6 - 8

Cotsen Critix
Like to discuss books and partake in creative (and sometimes highly unusual) activities related to books and writing? In the past, we’ve met illustrators, queried authors about their books, faced our worst literary fears, written works of historical fiction, learned characterization techniques from an actors, and more! 
Every other Friday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm (October - May)
No fee, enrollment is required.
Now accepting applications! Click here for the form.
Ages 9 - 12

First Draft
Want some constructive feedback on your writing? Try First Draft, our writing resource for authors-to-be. Simply submit your creating writing and personal essays via e-mail, and Princeton University student editors will offer their comments and suggestions. For submission guidelines, click here.
Program runs from October - April
No fee, submission required
Ages 13-17

Special Events
Listen to an original Grimm tale, be amazed at the chemistry behind Harry Potter, craft a custom pop-up book, visit the number mines of Digitopolis, or learn to speak the high language of Tolkien's elves! Our workshops, events, and performances are listed both here and in the Picture Book Press.
Select Saturdays (September - May)

No fee, registration may be required
Ages vary


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Creative Blog

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Pop Goes the Page
Know a teacher, librarian, parent, or friend who is looking for some creative literacy connections? Look no further than Pop Goes the Page, our fantastic outreach blog full of projects, instructions, helpful hints, and new ideas galore!

blogs.princeton.edu/popgoesthepage


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Podcasts

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The BiblioFiles

Dig a little deeper into the books you love to read with the BiblioFiles, our illuminating interviews with children's book authors. From award-winning bestsellers to books you might not have heard of (but should definitely check out), hear what the authors have to say about their creations. Browse our year-round audio archive (which includes a podcast, webcast, and transcript for each interview).

www.princeton.edu/bibliofiles


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School Programs

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Cotsen in the Classroom
Our 6 collections-based educational programs come directly to any K-5 classroom or home school within 10 miles of Princeton University campus. The programs are correlated with state and national curriculum standards, facilitated by a Cotsen staff member, and come with materials for students to see, touch, and take home! For more information, please click here.
Tuesdays (September - May)
No fee, registration is required

Grades K - 5


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Annual Writing Contest

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350 for 50

Polish up those pens! We challenge you to write a short, 350-word story that includes a sentence of our choosing. Winning stories will be published in Cotsen's Picture Book Press, on our creative blog, and the authors will receive a whirlwind $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books. The annual contest is announced both here and in the Picture Book Press. To see our 2015 winners, click here.
Contest occurs in the spring
No fee, registration is required

Ages 9 - 14


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Outreach Publication

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Picture Book Press

Interested in receiving announcements about our programs and special events? Subscribe to the Picture Book Press, our outreach publication! The PBP is delivered to your inbox or mailbox on a quarterly basis. To see our current issue, click here.

To join the mailing list, e-mail cotsen@princeton.edu for the automated form.


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