Community of Stories
Sketchbook Journal Workshops

Art Reception: Thursday, December 12, 4 – 6 pm.

Refreshments will be served.


In celebration of Plainsboro Township’s centennial year, the Plainsboro Library conducted a series of sketchbook journal workshops which were attended by both adults and children. The pages created by these participants are bound into six books. The books will be on display in the gallery December 6 through January 2, and afterwards will become part of the library’s collection. Scroll down to see photos from our workshops, and images of each participant’s page.

Below is a summary of why we did this project, and our thanks to those who made it possible. You will find this information inside the covers of each book. For a sneak preview of this, and of the  pages containing the names of the participants, click here.

Community of Stories celebrates Plainsboro  Township’s centennial year and the vibrant diversity of the place that we call home.

We embrace the differences in culture, origin, and experience, but we recognize that there is more that unites us than that keeps us apart. We each observe our own unique traditions, while we all relish our freedoms and sense of community.

Written by 64 Plainsboro residents, these journals illustrate the variety of  individual experience that exists within the Township, as well as the bonds we all share. It is a slice of the community that is Plainsboro.

Community of Stories was created though a series of workshops led by sketchbook journal artist Paula C. Ridley.

The books were bound by printmaker and book artist Maria G. Pisano.

We wish to thank both Paula C. Ridley and Maria G. Pisano, without whose creative input these books could not have been produced.


Grant Funding has been provided by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State.





Sketchbook Journal Pages

Adult Participants

Aarti Mantri  

Art Lee

Bhagyashri Guhagarkar

Deborah Grosso-Proulx