Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Is there a cost to attend?
    No, the Festival is free.
  2. What time does the Festival start?
    The Festival begins at 11 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. before the Festival opens, join Patrick McDonnell, creator of the 2020 Princeton Children’s Book Festival poster, for a special storytime on the third floor of the library.
  3. Where is the Festival located?
    The Festival is held on the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Plaza, which is adjacent to the library. Parking may be available at the Spring Street Garage next to the library as well as in town. For more information about parking in Princeton, click here.
  4. Which authors and illustrators will be attending the 2020 Festival?
    Stay tuned for more information on participating authors and illustrators!
  5. How does the Festival work?
    Authors and illustrators are seated at tables on the Plaza and are eager to meet you – their books will be available for purchase and personalization. After selecting your books and having them signed, make your way to the jaZams registers where you will be able to purchase your books. Cash and credit accepted.
  6. Can I purchase books?
    Yes, books will be on sale for you to purchase and have signed by the authors and illustrators attending the Festival. We do our best to offer a wide variety of titles. jaZams, the local independent bookstore, is our book vendor and co-sponsor of the Festival. jaZams generously donates 20% of the proceeds of book sales back to the Princeton Public Library.
  7. Can I bring books from home for authors to sign?
    While you may bring a favorite book from home for an author or illustrator to sign, please understand that on-site book sales are critical to the success of the Festival. By purchasing books on the day of the Festival, you support our independent bookstore jaZams as well as the Princeton Public Library and the authors and illustrators who travel from near and far to attend this event.
  8. Do you offer book suggestions by age group?
    Yes, we do! Please visit the Library Table on Hinds Plaza during the Festival – we will have book lists, Festival maps, and other information available. Our staff will be on hand to give you recommendations and answer any questions that you might have.
  9. Does the library have a code of conduct?
    Yes, the Library’s Code of Conduct can be found here.