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.


How to survive the college admissions process with Jill Margaret Shulman, January 26, 2020 at 11am, Community Room, Princeton Public Library

So, your child is, or will soon be, a high school junior. You’ve heard other parents talk about the stress and anxiety the college admissions process can cause and how surviving the process with a teenager is daunting. Enter Jill Margaret Shulman, a college admissions coach and empathetic parent, whose new book is a “chill pill, pep talk, and roadmap all in one.” She is a nervous parent’s fiercest ally.

Parents who are about to embark on the college admissions process will not want to miss this event where Shulman will share her insights on what has become a crazy ritual – and answer your burning questions about all aspects of the process.

You will receive a copy of her book, “College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness.”

Registration also includes continental breakfast. $50 per person. 


Trivia Night, Saturday, February 15, 7pm-10pm

Join us for our second after-hours Trivia Night, led by five-time Jeopardy! winner Gilbert Collins. Register as an individual or form a team of 4, 5 or 6. Registration also includes refreshments, beer and wine. All participants must be 21 years old or older. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

(Pictured: 2019 Trivia Night winning team, Tome Raiders. From the left: Owen O’Donnell, Amy Goldstein, Bill Moran, Gilbert Collins (Quiz Master), Mark Badros, Sally Fay, Dennis Boyd)


Book Lovers Luncheon, featuring Dani Shapiro

Thursday, May 7, 2020 at TPC Jasna Polana

This annual luncheon brings together a community of readers to celebrate the written word. Our 2020 speaker is 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.

Ms. Shapiro will share her story of discovery with us at our annual spring luncheon. Tickets available soon.

View photos from the 2019 luncheon


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

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) and Chair of Princeton University’s Lewis Center, Tracy K. Smith.

Find out more and view photos from the 2019 benefit