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.


Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit the Princeton Public Library
Saturday, November 2, 2019

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 features the acclaimed novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith in conversation with award-winning photographer, Deana Lawson.

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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 2018-2019 series had over 350 guests taking part in salon-like discussions across the Princeton area. Ticket sales for these evenings are launched at the Beyond Words benefit and then continue online. Limited seats are available.

Speakers from the 2018-2019 series included: Jamie Bernstein, Joe Stephens, Jane DeHart, Shirley Tilghman, Cheryl Wall, Kristen Miglore of Food52, Robert George, Stanley Katz and Patricia O’Toole. The 2019-2020 schedule is being planned; if you would like to host an evening, email friends@princetonlibrary.org or phone 609-924-9529 ext.1280.


Book Lovers Luncheon

This annual luncheon brings together a community of readers to celebrate the written word. Our 2019 speaker was bestselling author, Judith Viorst. An American writer, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher, she is known for her humorous observational poetry and for her children’s literature including, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

Judith’s wisdom and wit delighted and entertained us all. Her comments about aging with grace and laughter were artfully interwoven with selected poems from her recently published volume of poems “Nearing Ninety.”

View photos from the 2019 luncheon

Check back for information about our 2020 event date and speaker.


Other events

The Friends have hosted other community-building events such as a Dance Party and Trivia Night, usually during the month of February. Check back for our next event!

(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)