Upcoming Friends Evenings

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library hosts evenings at private homes throughout the year; tickets are required, and limited seats are available for the following events.  

For questions, call the Friends at 609-924-9529 ext. 1280.

Register Here


A Taste of the Sweet Life: Kristen Miglore and Food52 

Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. At the home of Dina Shaw.

Get a taste of the sweet life with Kristen Miglore and Food52 Genius Desserts! As the creative director and mastermind behind the Genius column at the wildly popular kitchen and home destination Food52, Kristen searches far and wide for the most game-changing recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers. In “Food52 Genius Desserts,” she shares 100 favorite treats from luminaries including Michael Solomonov, Nigella Lawson, Dorie Greenspan, and Marcella Hazan. Join us as Kristen conducts a demo of one of the book’s recipes. Joanna Malkowski, local personal chef with 20 years of expertise in the culinary field, will also recreate several of the deliciously decadent desserts from the cookbook, to the delight and satisfaction of your taste buds! Additional catering provided by D’Angelo Italian Market. This evening includes a copy of “Food52 Genius Desserts.”

There are a limited number of seats available at $150 per person.

Jan Mueller: “What is Populism?” 

Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. At the home of Mara and Gaetano Franceschi.

Virtually every day we read and hear that a populist wave is rolling around the world. In many countries, people are said to be “angry at elites” and to want to register their discontent with “the establishment.” Is this an accurate picture? What is populism, and is it dangerous for democracy? Or is it, perhaps, a corrective for what is ailing particular democracies? Join Princeton University professor Jan-Werner Mueller for an intimate dinner as he clarifies and explores the concept of populism today and its relationship to democracy through his book, “What is Populism?” This evening includes a copy of “What is Populism?”

There are a limited number of seats available at $150 per person.


Jazz Brunch with pianist Philip Orr

Sunday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. At the home of Susan Hockaday and Mait Jones.

Join us for a Mardi Gras brunch with the smooth sounds of local jazz celebrity Philip Orr! Accompanied on cornet and trumpet by Al Harrison, leader of the Al Harrison Jazz Band, pianist Phil Orr will take you on a musical tour of New Orleans! The former pianist for Vic Damone and Sandler & Young, Phil freelances variously between Philadelphia and NYC. He hosts the weekly “Jazz On Broad” series at the Hopewell Valley Bistro, regularly performs with Jason Kravits’ “Off the Top!” in New York, and collaborates with J. Seward Johnson (Sing Along With Sculpture), Jerry Rife (Dixieland Hymns & Spirituals) and Steve Hiltner (Sustainable Jazz Ensemble) in the Princeton area. The brunch, featuring catering donated by Hoagie Haven and Olives, will be held at the home of Susan Hockaday and Maitland Jones, in Hopewell – their barn is the site of the Jazz Nights concert series!

There are a limited number of seats available at $75 per person.

Shirley Tilghman: Science Policy 

Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. At the home of Nicole and Michael Jones.

In the last century the U.S. created the most powerful biomedical research ecosystem in the world – today, new and powerful technologies are further accelerating biomedical research progress, making this one of the most exciting times to be a scientist and medical practitioner. Yet that excitement is not always experienced by medical and graduate students and fellows who are in training to become biomedical investigators. How can the current academic research community work to support and inspire young researchers to aspire to careers in research? Come to one of the oldest Colonial homes in Princeton for an evening of dining and exploration with esteemed molecular biology scholar and Princeton University President Emerita Shirley Tilghman! Gain new insight to the strategies that Professor Tilghman and her colleagues are proposing to ensure that scientific exploration and research in the 21st century can sustain the record of generating benefits to health and well-being.

There are a limited number of seats available at $150 per person.

Art Collection and Garden Tour by Rysia de Ravel 

Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.  At the home of Rysia de Ravel.

Join Lindsay Griffith, International Head of Contemporary Editions at Christie’s Auction house, as she guides you through Rysia de Ravel’s very special contemporary print collection. Two of Rysia’s Frank Stella prints were recently part of the exhibition, “Frank Stella – Unbound” at the Princeton University Art Museum. You will also be introduced to one of Princeton’s architectural and artistic gems – La Maison de la Verre, lovingly updated and expanded. This grand Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home was a collaboration between William H. Short, FLW’s Clerk of the Works for the Guggenheim Museum and William F. Shelman, Princeton Professor of Modern Architecture. The evening will begin outside in the meticulously curated garden, designed by Robert Zion (inventor of the vest-pocket park and designer of Paley Park in NYC), and then continue inside as Ms. Griffith guides you through the home and its extensive and exquisite art collection. This exciting and rare glimpse into this exclusive art collection, and the home that houses it, is not to be missed! A sit-down dinner follows the tour.

There are a limited number of seats available at $150 per person.


 The Friends’ Beyond Words Benefit was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended for your incredible support!






Helen Heintz

Melissa Grzymala
First Vice President

Dana Molina
Second Vice President

Andrea Bradley

Michael Hall

Nicky Katz
Assistant Treasurer


Jimi Ayodele
Audrey Egger
Karen M. Ehee
Peter Ham
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Beth Heaney
Rupert Hinton
Seva Kramer
Patricia Meyer
Jane Nieman
Stephanie Oster
Dina Shaw
Christa Smith
Melanie Stein
Richard Trenner
Karen Zemble

Ex Officio:

Brett Bonfield
Library Director

Sherri Garber
Former Council President

Pam Wakefield
Board of Trustees

Erin Metro
Princeton University Liaison

Friends Administrator

Claire Bertrand
Book Sale Manager