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 offers an array of salon-like discussions across the Princeton area. Ticket sales were launched at the annual Beyond Words benefit and limited seats are available.

2019-2020 speakers include: 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 are interested in tickets or would like to host an evening for 2020-2021 season, email friends@princetonlibrary.org or phone 609-924-9529 ext.1280.


Book Lovers Luncheon, featuring Dani Shapiro – NOW VIA CROWDCAST

Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:30am

In light of the current situation, we have decided to host the Book Lovers Luncheon virtually with acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist, Dani Shapiro. Her most recent book, “Inheritance,” is a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.

She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast series, “Family Secrets.”

Ms. Shapiro will share her story of discovery in conversation with local author Lauren Davis. Register for the livestream ($20 per person).


Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit the Princeton Public Library
SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2020

Featuring Garry Trudeau, Creator of “Doonesbury” and Social Observer

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