New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


The New Brunswick Free Public Library was thrilled to present our first Adult Summer Reading Club between June 22 and August 17, 2013. Participants were asked to read or listen to books of their choice or topics relating to the "Groundbreaking Reads" theme, and to submit book reviews of the books they read to be eligible for prizes.

The basic rules of this program were as follows:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and have a library card valid at the New Brunswick Free Public Library in order to participate.
  • Every book review you submit between June 22 and August 17, 2013 will be entered into a weekly drawing (one weekly prize per person).
  • Reviews of print, eBooks, or audio books all qualify.
  • Selected reviews will be posted on the library’s Facebook page and/or website. (Individual names will not be used.)
  • All entries are eligible for the grand prize drawing. 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 31, 2013.
  • Employees and Trustees of the New Brunswick Free Public Library are not eligible to participate in the drawings.

Patrons could register at the library, or download a registration form here to print, fill out, and bring in to the library.

Each week, there were drawings for some amazing prizes: books, gift cards, etc. All entries were then also entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize -- a Nook HD Tablet!

Nook HD

These prizes were courtesy of New Brunswick local businesses including Panera Bread, Fiesta Mexicana Restaurante, New Brunswick Pharmacy, 7-Eleven (358 George Street), Maoz Vegetarian, Panico's Brick Oven Pizza, and Barnes & Noble @ Rutgers.

* THANK YOU to all of these generous sponsors! *

Book Reviews

Click here to see some of the reviews we received, collected in one PDF document!

*The program has ended, and we are no longer accepting book reviews. Below are the guidelines we had in place during the program. *

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 weekly drawing, as well as into the drawing for the Grand Prize. The more you read and review, the better your chances of winning the grand prize!

You can download the review form here. Fill it out and bring it in to the library to be entered! You may also email your review, following the format of this form, to the Reference Desk at

As reviews are submitted, selected ones will be posted on our Facebook page as "Notes". (Individual names will not be used: only initials will be listed to indicate who the reviewer is.)

Each Weekly Prize Drawing will be done on Friday afternoon, so the deadline for that week's review submissions will be 12 noon on that Friday (the first one being June 28, the second being July 5, etc.) Any reviews submitted after noon on a Friday will be kept for the following week's drawing. After the drawing, the winner will be contacted and may pick up his/her prize as early as the same day (before the library closes at 5pm) or as late as the August 31.

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Reading Suggestions

Here are some "Recommended Reading" lists, related to the "Groundbreaking" theme in different ways. (Unless otherwise noted, the titles were suggested in the 2013 Collaborative Summer Library Program Adult Manual.)

If you're interested in "breaking some ground" to plant a garden, check out this list of Gardening Books found in our library's collection! It does not list every title the library owns related to gardening, but it lists a wide selection and is divided into categories including container gardening, edible gardens, etc. (The list was inspired by our Gardening in Containers program on July 10.)

Who breaks ground more than Zombies? Here's a list of zombie-related books in our (adult) library collection!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for book reviews from your fellow Summer Readers!

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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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Ground-breaking Events!

Register for the Summer Reading Club and have fun playing the Summer Reading Challenge game. Each game card with correct answers returned during this Kickoff event will get you a chance to win one of the goody bags filled with prizes and coupons!
Saturday, June 22
2 - 4 PM in the Main Lobby
Download a copy of our flier here.

Gardening in Containers
Come learn some tips on successful gardening in all kinds of containers. On a patio or balcony; in sun or shade; annuals, perennials, herbs, or vegetables; fancy purchased containers or recycled coffee cans. Whatever you want to grow in whatever container you have, Master Gardener Christine Rose will give you some advice on how to grow a successful garden even if you don't have a vast yard or a staff to do the heavy labor. This program is for the experienced gardener or the novice!
Christine Rose is a Certified Master Gardener in Middlesex County. She has lived in central Jersey for over 30 years, gardening in a variety of conditions and growing a variety of plants. Her specialties include roses, perennials, and shade gardening.
Wednesday, July 10
7 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

For more information, please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at or 732-745-5108 x20. Download the flier here.

Dig Into Your Roots: Researching Your Family Tree with Library Databases
We will teach you how to use Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, and digitized New Brunswick historical newspapers to find information about your ancestors.
Wednesday, August 14
7 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

For more information, please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at or 732-745-5108 x20. Download the flier here.

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