Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library (“the Friends”) is a volunteer organization that supports, enhances, and promotes the work of the library.

The Friends contribute about $250,000 annually to support the library’s collection of books and materials. We raise these funds through ticketed events, the Friends Bookstore and book sales, sponsorships, and donations.

The highlight of our calendar of ticketed events is the Beyond Words Benefit and auction in the fall. We also organize the Evenings with Friends speaker series hosted in private homes throughout the winter and spring, the Book Lovers Luncheon in the spring, and an annual community-building event in the winter.

In addition to the Friends Bookstore under the library stairs (open daily during library hours), we host the Annual Book Sale, a three-day event in the library’s Community Room in spring, and one-day Pop-Up Sales in the fall or winter.


How you can help

Donate to become a Friend

Anyone who contributes to the Library’s Annual Appeal or buys a ticket to an event sponsored by the Friends automatically becomes a Friend of the Princeton Public Library. Friends who give $50 or more receive free admission to the Annual Book Sale preview.

Those who give $100 or more receive mail delivery of Connections, the library’s award-winning quarterly magazine.  Donate now

Volunteer

We welcome new volunteers throughout the year. Your time and talents can make a valuable contribution to the library and the community. To help with our bookstore or book sales, contact the Friends Book Sale Manager, Jane Nieman (609-924-9529 ext.1227). To help with our events, contact Stephanie Oster (609-924-9529, ext.1280).

Donate books

The Friends are always in need of gently-used book donations to fill the tables at our book sales and keep the Bookstore shelves stocked with treasures.

Host an Evening with Friends

Our Evenings with Friends speaker series is made possible by generous library supporters who open their homes and host dinner for a group of ticketed guests, including an invited speaker. Tickets for these evenings go on sale at the Beyond Words auction, and any remaining tickets are sold on our events page.

If you are interested in hosting, email friends@princetonlibrary.org.


Council Members 2020

The Friends Council oversees the work of the Friends. The group has won several national honors for its work, including the Gale Cengage Library Development Award; the 2011 Baker & Taylor/ALTAFF Friends of Library Award; and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates and Friends “Best Friend Award”.

Officers

Andrea Bradley
President

Dina Shaw
First Vice President

Melissa Grzymala
Second Vice President

Beth Leman
Secretary

Nicky Katz
Treasurer

Audrey Smerkanich
Assistant Treasurer

Council

Michelle Baxter
Julia Benedict
Audrey Egger
Jane Fransson
Michael Hall
Peter Ham
Darren Hammell
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Rupert Hinton
Seva Kramer
Patricia Meyer
Richard Trenner
Karen Zemble

Ex Officio

Helen Heintz
Former Council President

Ruth Miller
Board of Trustees

Affiliates

Erin Metro
Princeton University Liaison

Jane Nieman
Book Sale Manager

Stephanie Oster
Development Administrator