Event Details

  • ESL

    Our library is proud to serve adult learners with many opportunities to improve their English language skills. A list of our ESL programs can be downloaded with this link. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    English for Beginners

    Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    October 16 through November 20.

    The English for Beginners class will support adults new to English in building communication skills in contexts that are meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. Class activities will be interactive and focus on skills and strategies related to vocabulary, listening, speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar.

    The class is free, with all materials provided. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Space is limited.

    To register, please email the instructor, Jessica Hunsdon, at jhunsdon@gmail.com or call/text 732-993-4505. You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish. You may also download a registration form here.


    ESL Conversation Groups

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring ESL Conversation Groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The goals of this adult ESL program are: To provide English language instruction, to help adults gain motivational skills and knowledge to pursue further education and training, and to enhance the parenting skills of adult participants. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." Students must be over the age of 18 and be able to speak some English.

    One group meets on Tuesdays and one group meets on Thursdays. You can attend one or both of these groups.

    To join an ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the Library.


    English Conversation Café

    Wednesdays, September 27 – December 6 (with no meeting November 22) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Fridays, October 13 – December 8 (with no meeting November 24) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group for adult language learners. Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics. Conversation Facilitators are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through academic courses and professional development offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

    Two ESL Cafés will meet at the library this Fall, on different mornings. Keep a schedule for yourself here. Download a registration form here.

    There are other Conversation Cafés being held in other locations. A Spanish Café as well as an English Café are offered at Youth Empowerment Services, a Mandarin Café is offered at the Rutgers Graduate School Lounge, and another English Café is offered at New Labor.

    This program is made possible through a partnership of the New Brunswick Free Public Library and The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships, a program created by Rutgers Graduate School of Education and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.


    JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

    Mondays from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    October 16, 2017 – January 29, 2018 (with no class on 12/25 or 1/1)

    Do you need help preparing for your Naturalization interview? Learn what you need to know in order to pass your exam. The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County offers Citizenship Classes at the library! These classes provide opportunities to learn about U.S. government and U.S. history and to improve English language skills, while preparing for the Citizenship Exam. Immigration and Citizenship application assistance provided as well.

    Please call the JFS office at 732-777–1940 with any questions and to register.


  • Kids Events

    Our programs for kids are diverse and cover a wide range of interests. Register for our programs by calling (732) 745-5108 ext. 16. If you have any questions about our events for kids, please send us your messages! Call us at (732) 745-5108 ext. 15. Email our Children's Librarian, Karen, at: kstuppi@lmxac.org. Or email our Middle-Grade Librarian, Chelsea, at: chelsea@lmxac.org


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 11:45 am

    Parents and other caregivers: bring your little ones for storytime and play at the library!

    Open to ages 0-4


    More Play Time

    Wednesdays from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Join Ms. Luz from The Children's Center of Middlesex County for some additional play time immediately after the library's Read & Play Story Time. (Come to either or both!)

    Open to ages 0-4


    Tales with Tails

    Mondays, October 2, 16, 23, & 30 and November 13 & 20, at 4:30 pm

    Meet some of the wonderful therapy dogs of Bright and Beautiful right here at the library! Stop by to read them a story and learn more about how therapy dogs can help us. This is a great way to improve your reading or get to know dogs a little better. Dogs are great listeners and love people, and will enjoy meeting all interested attendees!

    For children up to age 12.


    A.S.K. Club

    Tuesdays, from September 26 to November 14, at 5:00 pm

    Get back into the school year with some hands-on learning! The A.S.K. (After School Kids') Club explores science and math concepts in fun ways! Space is limited and registration is now full for this program. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.

    For grades 4 and up. Parents are also welcome: see your student build the critical thinking skills they need, and have some fun yourself!


    Young Athletes

    Thursdays, from September 28 to November 9, at 4 pm

    Children ages 2-7 are invited to participate with their parents in this inclusive sports program sponsored by Special Olympics of New Jersey. Children will improve gross motor skills as well as social and language skills. Registration is now full for this program.

    All children must participate with a parent or adult guardian. All participants must wear athletic shoes.


    Lego Club

    Monday, October 16, at 4:00 pm

    Join us each month for a new building challenge. October's challenge: Build goal posts out of Legos and then play paper football!

    For grades K-6.


    Garden Club

    Monday, October 23, at 4:00 pm

    Join us for garden-related stories and activities indoors, then we will go outside to see how everything is growing in our library garden.

    For grades K-6.


    Spooky Story Fest

    Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 pm

    Celebrate the spooky season with eerie tales, ghostly snacks, and creepy crafts! Don't forget to wear your costume!

    For grades K-4. Registration required: call or stop by the Children's Room to sign up.


    Day of the Dead Celebration

    Sunday, October 29, from 1 to 3 pm

    Celebrate the Day of the Dead / el Día de los Muertos at the library with a free event open to all ages! The day's activities will begin with Altar Building / Construcción de Altares: everyone is invited to take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar.

    The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of Mexican food and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink) donated by area restaurants.

    This Day of the Dead program is presented by the New Brunswick Free Public Library in partnership with Lazos America Unida, and includes collaborations with: Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Unity Square, and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers.

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

    Please contact Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or to schedule school visits.


  • Teen Events

    We offer events just for teens, including programs involving gaming, coding, and more.


    Game Time

    Wednesdays at 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's video games.

    Open to tweens and teens. There will be no Game Time on 8/16 & 8/23.


    Hour of Code

    Thursdays between 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. in the Teen Room

    Learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. Just sign up with the librarian during the Teen Room's open hours to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students entering grades 7 - 12.


    Day of the Dead Celebration

    Sunday, October 29, from 1 to 3 pm

    Celebrate the Day of the Dead / el Día de los Muertos at the library with a free event open to all ages! The day's activities will begin with Altar Building / Construcción de Altares: everyone is invited to take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar.

    The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of Mexican food and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink) donated by area restaurants.

    This Day of the Dead program is presented by the New Brunswick Free Public Library in partnership with Lazos America Unida, and includes collaborations with: Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Unity Square, and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers.

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

    Please contact Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or to schedule school visits.


    Generation Found Documentary Screening

    Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    Come join us for a free screening of the documentary Generation Found, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, people from all walks of life came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

    This screening has been made possible through a partnership with Middlesex Community College and Wellspring Center for Prevention, who provided the public performance rights for this film.

  • Adult Events

    Our events for adults span a broad range of interests and information. To register for these events or ask for more info, please call us at (732) 745-5108 ext. 20. We can also be reached by email at: nbfpl@lmxac.org


    Day of the Dead Celebration

    Sunday, October 29, from 1 to 3 pm, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room as well as outside in the parking lot behind the Henry Guest House (weather permitting).

    Celebrate the Day of the Dead / el Día de los Muertos at the library with a free event open to all ages! The day's activities will begin with Altar Building / Construcción de Altares: everyone is invited to take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar.

    The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of Mexican food and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink) donated by area restaurants.

    This Day of the Dead program is presented by the New Brunswick Free Public Library in partnership with Lazos America Unida, and includes collaborations with: Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Unity Square, and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers.

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

    Please contact Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or to schedule school visits.


    Generation Found Documentary Screening

    Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    Come join us for a free screening of the documentary Generation Found, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, people from all walks of life came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

    This screening has been made possible through a partnership with Middlesex Community College and Wellspring Center for Prevention, who provided the public performance rights for this film.


    Job Search Workshop: Path to Employment

    Thursday, November 16, from 5 pm to 6 pm, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Join us to learn how to effectively set your goals. We'll also discuss the phases of job loss and how you can deal with the changes in your life. This program is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections.


    Career Assistance

    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 4 pm to 9 pm;

    Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm;

    Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.

    Stop by our Reference room and get assistance from our career counselors. They offer help with resume writing, career searching, and referral services. This program is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections.

    Open to everyone. No registration is required.


    Computer Skills Tutoring

    By appointment only during Rutgers semesters, October - May.

    Looking for help with learning to use a computer? We have volunteers who offer one-on-one tutoring sessions to go over skills such as keyboarding and mouse fundamentals, basic word processing, and Internet and email essentials. Stop by or call the Reference Desk to schedule a tutoring session.

    Volunteer tutors are sponsored by the Rutgers Give Where You Live Program.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    2nd Thursday of each month

    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)

    For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org


  • Makerspace Events

    Makerspace

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace provides workshops and craft nights. The library's community room will function as the maker-space during event dates, unless otherwise noted.

    This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    2nd Thursday of each month

    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)

    For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org


    Craft Night: Leaf Art

    Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30 pm

    Come make some art with leaf prints and rubbings!

    For all ages, no registration required.


    Sewing Night: Infinity Scarf

    Wednesday, November 29, at 6:30 pm

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. Sew your own infinity scarf now that Winter is coming!

    Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate. Registration is suggested.


    Craft Night: Gizmo Cozy

    Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 pm

    Keep your electronic gizmos from getting scratched up while also keeping them warm and cozy (and cute!) with a super-easy felt cozy.

    For all ages, no registration required.


    Sewing Night: TBA

    Wednesday, December 20, at 6:30 pm

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. Project to be announced.


  • Monday Movie Nights

    Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! Showtime for all movies is 6:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

    These movies are being shown pursuant to a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Check back for additional dates for the library's Monday Movie Nights!

  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented by the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    Saturday Program: Lakewood Tent City

    Saturday, November 4, at 12 noon

    Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    A photo exhibit and presentation about the Lakewood Tent City, presented by Sherry Rubel and Hank Kalet. View a flyer here for more details.

    Free and open to the public.


    The Friends' Book Club

    The book club usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month (with some exceptions) at 1:30 p.m. next door in the Henry Guest House. The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it.

    Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2017-2018 here.

    • Sept. 25 - Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett:
      Conversations with people whose insights kindle a sense of wonder and courage.
    • Oct. 23 - Moonglow (A Novel) by Michael Chabon: 
      A memoir of the author's grandfather.
    • Nov. 27 - Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom:
      Based on two separate conversations between the author and two clergy, a New Jersey rabbi and a Detroit minister.
    • Dec. 18 - When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson:
      A crime novel that explores how the past can affect the future and how choices have lasting implications.
    • Jan. 22, 2018 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:
      A novel that explores the foundational sins of America.
    • Feb. 26 - Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal:
      The author, a Dutch-American primatologist, shows there is no clear behavioral division between animals and ourselves.
    • Mar. 26 - Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life Amy E. Herman:
      A guide to seeing what others do not.
    • Apr. 23 - The Sellout by Paul Beatty:
      A satirical novel about a narrator who tries to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
    • May 21 - Lost In The City by Edward P. Jones:
      A collection of 14 short stories about African Americans in Washington D.C. in the 20th century.
    • June 11 - All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones:
      A continuation of the lives described in Lost In The City.