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The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents our second annual Adult Summer Reading Club! The program kicks off on June 21, 2014, with a registration and give-away party from 1 to 3pm.

Read or listen to books of your choice or books related to this year’s “Science” theme. Astronomy, geology, and botany are just some of the possible topics. Each book review submitted online or in-person will be entered into our bi-weekly drawings for prizes.

The library will host multiple science based events. There will be lectures on local landforms, constellation movements, and the history of jewelry. Workshops include using herbs as alternative remedies and daily household products and examining fossils close-up. To top it off, there will be science fiction movies on select nights over the course of the program. Download a calendar of events here.

The basic rules of this program are as follows:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate.
  • Every book review you submit between June 21 and August 15, 2014 will be entered into a bi-weekly drawing (one bi-weekly prize per person). Bi-weekly drawings will be done on July 3, July 18, August 1 and August 15.
  • Reviews of print, eBooks, and/or audio books all qualify.
  • Approved reviews will be published on the Reading Program Home Page and will be visible to anyone who visits that website without the need to log in.
  • All entries are eligible for the grand prize drawing, which will be held on August 15. The more you read, the better your chances are to win! Winners will be notified by phone or email.
  • All prizes must be claimed by August 29, 2014.
  • Employees and Trustees of the New Brunswick Free Public Library are not eligible to participate in the drawings.

Patrons can register in person at the library or download and print registration forms from this link here or en español aquí. Registration can also be completed entirely online here using the handy "evanced" system. Reviews can also be submitted online using the "evanced" system. Additional details about book reviews can be found below.

The Grand Prize this year is a $150 gift card for Barnes & Noble at Rutgers! Other prizes are courtesy of New Brunswick local businesses including 7-Eleven (358 George Street), Maoz Vegetarian, Panico's Brick Oven Pizza, and Barnes & Noble at Rutgers. This year's program is also sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.

* THANK YOU to all of these generous sponsors! *

Constellation     Barnes&Noble

Maoz      Panicos     7eleven

Elemental Events!

Download a calendar of events here. For more information about any of these events, please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Register for the Summer Reading Club and, if you are one of the first 25 people there, get a free goody bag! We'll also have free books and other prizes to give away, so don't miss out!
Saturday, June 21 from 1 - 3 PM in the Main Lobby.

Movie Night: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Read the book by Douglas Adams then come see the movie with us! This movie is rated PG.
Monday, July 7 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Secrets of Earth's Neighbors
Explore the secrets of the Sun and the Moon, and learn about the constellations of the night, in this presentation by Ocean County College Planetarium.
Wednesday, July 9 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Movie Night: The Lego Movie
Let your imagination delight in this family-friendly film! This movie is rated PG.
Monday, July 14 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

The Rocks and Dirt We Stand On: A Gentle Introduction to General and Local Geology
Dr. Lauren Neitzke-Adamo from Rutgers University will present an introduction for non-specialists to the science of Geology and the history of local area landforms. As an experienced educator of all ages, Dr. Neitzke-Adamo is an ideal teacher for those of us who are curious about the rocks and dirt we stand on but not ready for intensive study. From her we will be able to discover how the land forms of New Brunswick evolved over time to the present formations. How has that history had an impact on the present day community and land use?  How will rising ocean levels affect New Brunswick? Bring your questions and even your rocks for identification!
Tuesday, July 15 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This presentation is also part of the library’s NJ350 observance.

Journey Through the History of Jewelry
Learn about different styles of jewelry through time from this entertaining and educational presentation by Venus Jewelers.
Saturday, July 19 @ 10:30 AM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Herbs 101
A hands-on workshop of using herbs as alternative remedies and other household products.  Participants will receive samples to take home: To ensure that enough samples will be available, please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or stop by the Reference Desk to sign up!
Tuesday, July 29 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Over Time on the Raritan River
The Raritan Riverkeepers will talk about Raritan River’s toxic industrial past, polluted present, and possibilities for the future.
Wednesday, July 30 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This presentation is also part of the library’s NJ350 observance.

Fossils and Meteorites!
Come enjoy hobbyist Bill Ward’s show-and-tell of his collection of fossils and meteorites from around the world. The presentation will include a layman’s discussion of the items, which include fossils from the Silurian Period, over 400 million years ago!
Thursday, August 7 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Movie Night: The Invisible Man (1933)
Read the book by H.G. Wells then come see the movie with us!
Monday, August 11 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Book Review Submission Deadline
This is the last day to submit a book review for the Adult Summer Reading Club!
Friday, August 15.

Drop-in Fun with LED Lights
Make simple handcrafts with simple technology. For all ages. Beginners welcome.
Monday, August 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Reference Room.
This is a Makerspace program.

End-of-Summer Sci-Fi Shindig
Join us for some science-fiction-inspired fun to celebrate the conclusion of our second annual Adult Summer Reading program. There will be games, crafts, and some themed snacks!
Thursday, August 21 @ 7 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Movie Night: Jurassic Park
Read the book by Michael Crichton then come see the movie with us! This movie is rated PG-13.
Monday, August 25 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

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Book Reviews

After you have read (or listened to) a book, fill out and submit a book review. As stated above, each review you submit will be entered into our bi-weekly drawing, as well as into the final drawing for the Grand Prize. The more you read and review, the better your chances of winning!

You can pick up a review form in person at the library (beginning at the Kick-Off event), download one to print out here o en español aquí, or use the evanced system to complete and submit one online.

Once reviews are submitted, they will need to be approved before being published online. Selected ones may be posted on our Facebook page as "Notes". (Individual names will not be used: only initials will be listed, if necessary.) Click here to see some of the reviews we received last year, collected in one PDF document!

Literary Elements

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Suggested Reading

Looking for books that fit in with this year's "Literary Elements" Summer Reading theme? Download a list of suggested titles! These lists also provide summaries of the books, and some information about where to find a copy.

Click ~here for nonfiction~ or ~here for fiction~.

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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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