Beyond Words 2021

Celebrating Community and the Library

Beyond Words, the annual benefit of the Friends of Princeton Public Library, begins this year on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 p.m., with an event on Hinds Plaza. Featuring live music, a curated beer and wine selection and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Occasions by Cintron, the event is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends and neighbors while supporting the library.

Beyond Words 2021 will continue with two virtual events:

Nov. : A thought-provoking virtual conversation featuring journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad, author of the recently-released “What Strange Paradise” and the award-winning 2017 novel “American War.”

Friday, Dec. 3: A lively virtual conversation featuring novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of “The Plot,” “You Should Have Known,” which was made into the acclaimed HBO mini-series “The Undoing,” and “Admission,” which was made into the popular 2013 movie of the same name.


Beyond Words 2021 promises to cultivate your curiosity while supporting our Princeton Public Library. This year we celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our library staff in keeping our community connected, informed and entertained. In addition, the Friends celebrate the generous support of our loyal donors. We hope you will join us at Beyond Words 2021 for a night of connections, community and celebration.

Stay tuned for more details. Beyond Words 2021 tickets go on sale Aug. 16.


Benefit Committee

Beyond Words 2021 Co-Chairs
Michelle Baxter, Julia Benedict, Jane Fransson, and Beth Leman

Beyond Words 2021 Committee
Andrea Bradley
Rachel Castaldi
Lindsay Casto
Julie Cho
Audrey Egger
Jen Eident
Dawn Frost
Melissa Grzymala
Janie Hermann
David Hill
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Nicky Katz
Seva Kramer
Patricia Meyer
Ruth Miller
Rosalind Muir
Shalu Naso
Jane Nieman
Stephanie Oster
Jennifer Podolsky
Tim Quinn
Jenna Ross
Dina Shaw
Amanda Slater
Yamile Slebi
Audrey Smerkanich
Christa Smith
Melanie Stein
Emily Szurek
Pam Wakefield
Wendy Wilton
Karen Zemble