Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports, enhances and promotes the work of the library.

The Friends contribute more than $250,000 annually to the library for materials, public programming, community outreach, and staff development. The Friends raise these funds by organizing events such as the Beyond Words Benefit, Evenings with Friends, Excursions with Friends, and the Annual Book Sale. They also operate the used book store on the first floor of the library.

The Library Council oversees the work of the Friends. This group has won several national honors for its work, including the Gale Cengage Library Development Award; the 2011 Baker & Taylor/ALTAFF Friends of Library Award; and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates and Friends Best Friend Award.

Become a Friend of the Princeton Public Library

Anyone who contributes to the Library’s Annual Appeal or buys a ticket to an event sponsored by the Friends automatically becomes a Friend of the Princeton Public Library. Friends who give $50 or more receive free admission to the Annual Book Sale preview and the opportunity to purchase presale tickets to events sponsored by the Friends.

Those who give $100 or more receive mail delivery of Connections, the library’s award-winning quarterly magazine. 


The Friends welcomes new volunteers to become involved in their activities. Opportunities include working on the Friends Book Sale, the Beyond Words Annual Benefit, and Evenings with Friends. Individuals who volunteer their time and talents can make a valuable contribution to the library and the community. For more information, contact the Friends at 609.924.9529 ex.1280 or by email:



Melanie Stein
Dana Molina
First Vice President

Eric Monberg
Second Vice President

Kate Baxter

Peter Ham

Helen Heintz
Assistant Treasurer
Priya Madan Brooke
Claire Bertrand
Jessica Deutsch
Audrey Egger
Mara Franceschi
Melissa Grzymala
Heather Howard
Michele Kolb
Seva Kramer
Jessica Mathewson
Betsy Sauder 

Joan Stolpen
Richard Trenner
Zachary White
Ex Officio:
Brett Bonfield
Library Director

Sherri Garber
Former President
Kevin Royer
Board of Trustees
Erin Metro
Princeton University Liaison
Renee DePinto
Friends Administrator