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

This series of small events hosted in private homes throughout the winter and spring feature award-winning authors, musicians, and other leaders in their fields. Our 2019-2020 series offered an array of salon-like discussions across the Princeton area. Ticket sales were launched at the annual Beyond Words benefit. The 2019-2020 events have now concluded.

2019-2020 speakers included: Kevin Kruse, Bob Carr, Vicky Riskin, Christine Coulson, Jim McPherson, Anne Case and Sir Angus Deaton, Matias Zaldarriaga, Jeff Nunokawa, Jill Margaret Shulman, Mara Isaacs and Jodi Hauptman. If you  would like to host an evening for 2020-2021 season, email

Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit the Princeton Public Library

Due to Covid-19, the event is on hold

The annual benefit evening includes a Benefactor’s Reception, author talk, seated dinner and silent auction for 400 guests at everyone’s favorite place in Princeton – the Princeton Public Library.

The 2019 benefit (held November 2) featured the acclaimed novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith in conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate (2017-2019) Tracy K. Smith.

Find out more and view photos from the 2019 benefit

Book Lovers Luncheon, featuring Dani Shapiro – VIA CROWDCAST

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thanks to those of you who joined us for such an insightful discussion between Dani Shapiro and Lauren Davis.

Enjoy a 10% discount and free shipping from Labyrinth Books on “Inheritance” and all our staff Summer Reads selections when you reference Book Lovers Luncheon:
Labyrinth Books, (609) 497-1600 #1  (Tu-Sat 11AM-4PM)



Sunday with Dorie

Sunday, July 12 via Zoom

Thanks to all our friends who joined us and the five-time James Beard Award winner and New York Times  bestselling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. A fun hour learning tips and tricks on how to make the fluffiest shortcakes!