Friends 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. Donate now.
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, Audrey Smerkanich (609-924-9529 ext.1227). To help with our events, contact Stephanie Oster (609-924-9529, ext.1280).
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 email@example.com.
Council Members 2021
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.”
Melissa Urias Mercuro