Friends and Foundation: Evenings and Events


Evening with Jinwoo Chong, “Flux”

In Conversation with Laura Spence-Ash

Community Room, February 22, 2024 at 6:30 PM

Join PHS ’13 alum Jinwoo Chong as he discusses his debut novel, “Flux,” a compelling story exploring grief, intricacies and the nuances of Asian American identity. In conversation with writer Laura Spence-Ash, Chong will delve into the surreal journey through time, blending neo-noir crime drama with science fiction. Copies of “Flux” will be provided at the $75 ticket level. Talk-only tickets are available for $30. There will be a book signing at the end of the event.


Evening with Jean Hanff Korelitz

Hosted in a private home on April 11, 2024

Join us for an enchanting luncheon with celebrated author Jean Hanff Korelitz, known for her captivating storytelling. During this event, the author will discuss her latest release, “The Latecomer,” and you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in her literary world. A copy of the book is included, and a book-signing will follow.


Evening with Alyssa Sharkey and Andrea Graham

Hosted in a private home on May 9, 2024

Join us for cocktails and conversation to discuss one of the most pressing issues in global health today: vaccines. Dr. Andrea Graham is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She works in immunoparasitology to understand the evolutionary ecology of host defenses and parasite transmission strategies. In 2020, she was elected as a Fellow of AAAS. Dr. Alyssa Sharkey is a Lecturer in the School of Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she is affiliated with both the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Office for Population Research. Over the past 25 years, Alyssa has worked as a health policy analyst, program officer, and policy researcher within a variety of academic, research, and non-governmental settings, both internationally and in the United States.


Donate toward a Train Table for the Youth Services Department

Through the addition of a train table to the third floor Early Literacy Area, we aim to increase the number of opportunities we can offer a child to make the meaningful play-literacy connections that are critical for building early literacy skills. The variety of locomotives, buildings and scenery will inspire endless storytelling and spark imagination. The table itself is large enough to allow multiple children to play at the same time, facilitating peer interactions and social skills development. Surrounded by the Picture Book and Independent Reader collections, the table’s placement will allow for easy reinforcement of what is learned at the table through books, connecting concepts to words on the page. Most of all, the train table will delight our youngest patrons, bringing an additional element of excitement to every library visit!

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