Friends Fundraising Events


Throughout the year, the Friends of the Princeton Public Library host a series of fundraising events, from luncheons to private evenings to our annual benefit and auction. Tickets are required for each; all proceeds from these events support the library’s collection of books and materials.


Evenings with Friends 2020-21

This series of small events, traditionally hosted in private homes throughout the winter and spring, will be hosted mainly by Zoom for 2020-2021. The series features award-winning authors and other leaders in their fields. Tickets are $65 each and now available.

2020-2021 speakers will include: Dr. Richard Besser, Former Chief Justice of New Jersey Deborah Poritz, Sam Wang, Eddie Glaude Jr., Winnie Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Juda Bennett and Piper Kendrix Williams, and James A. Peebles and Suzanne Staggs.


Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Message For Our Own

January 25, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom

Featuring Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, in conversation with Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. All participants will get a copy of Begin Again.

Sponsored by Kiki Jamieson and Will Dove 

Tickets are $65 each and available here


Restoring Civility and Bringing Social Justice to American Life: A virtual brunch and talk

January 30, 2021 at 11am on Zoom

Tickets are $65 each and available here

Featuring Richard Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, and Ralph Nader, legendary consumer advocate, in conversation with Carl Mayer. Special guest Andy Shallal will prepare dishes from Mr. Nader’s recently released cookbook. Read more


The Toni Morrison Book Club

February 28, 2021, 11am via Zoom

Featuring Winnie Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Juda Bennett and Piper Kendrix Williams in conversation

All participants will get a copy of The Toni Morrison Book Club.

Tickets are $65 each and available here


The Next 100 Years of the Universe

March 21, 2021, 11am via Zoom

Featuring James Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University and 2019 Nobel Prize recipient for Physics, in conversation with Suzanne Staggs, Henry DeWolf Smyth Professsor of Physics at Princeton University

Tickets are $65 each and available here

Sponsored by McCaffreys