New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents our third annual Adult Summer Reading Program! The theme this year is "Escape the Ordinary" and ties in with the overall "hero" theme which encompasses the Children's and Teen programs as well. Any adult (at least 18 years of age) may participate in this program, regardless of residency.

The Adult Summer Reading Program runs from June 8 through August 21. No specific registration is required, only participation!

This year we're doing something a little different. We have "Bingo Cards" with simple activities for participants to complete in order to be eligible for a prize at the end of the program. Get Bingo Cards at the Reference Desk or download one here (o en español). An individual may complete and submit up to three Bingo Cards during the program. There will be one prize drawing, with multiple prizes to be won, on Monday August 24th.

The library will also host multiple events during the summer: See below for details or download a calendar here!

* The library thanks these generous sponsors for making this program possible! *

Constellation     Barnes&Noble

Extra-Ordinary Events!

Download a calendar of events here.

All of these Summer events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of these events, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at

(Attendance at any of the following events will count toward the first bonus box on your Bingo Card.)

August Events

3rd Photography Workshop
Topic: Basics of Digital Photography and Composition

Come learn from professional photographer Mr. Bill Blanchard about basic tips of digital photography which includes setting up the camera from the Menu settings. He’ll go over the basics of good composition; take a look at the camera's shooting modes with an emphasis on the Manual (M) and Program (P) settings; and discuss how ISO, Shutter Speeds and f-Stops all work together to make a well balanced image.
Thursday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. This event is being presented in conjunction with the library's Photography Contest: see more here.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Superhero Trivia Fest
Come test your knowledge of different superhero universes, from the pages of comic books to the big or small screen! Compete with others for prizes and just have fun with some super trivia!
Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please note that this event is for adults, but mature teenagers are also welcome.

Extra-Ordinary Handmade Cosmetics
Expand your handmade beauty and skin care with custom bath fizzes, bath salts, and body scrubs. Learn from the "Handmade Soap Coach" how to make these simple treats with basic ingredients from your kitchen. Participants need to bring an apron or wear an old t-shirt.
Monday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Minimum age to attend this event is 8 years old. Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20.

Be a Handcrafting Hero: Sew in Swirls
Join us at the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace with volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks to learn how to sew a coaster, rug, and/or medallion necklace with the same techniques. (Please note that this is a change from the originally planned project.)
Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20.

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Helpful "What to Read" Search Tools

Visit our online catalog for Recommended Reading links and Best Sellers lists, as well as to search the library's collection (or the collections of other libraries in our consortium!)

Use Novelist (access limited to in library use, or accessed through to search for read-alikes, titles by genre, etc.

Goodreads is a readers' social network where you can keep track of what you've read, see what your friends are reading, and get personalized book recommendations.

FreshFiction is "a web site designed to provide easy, accessible, and informative data to popular fiction readers on current authors and their available books."

Check out our Mobile App!

With LMxPRESS you can search our collection, place holds, renew items, check the status of items and seamlessly access eLibraryNJ to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download LMxPRESS by searching for LMxPRESS at your mobile device's App Store or pointing your mobile browser to LMxPRESS is provided at no cost to library users.
This project is sponsored by the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium. Some funding for this project has been provided by LibraryLinkNJ. LibraryLinkNJ and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.

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