New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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All events are free and open to the public.
Please read each event description on our Google Calendar or in our "Special Events" &/or "Ongoing Programs" sections below for possible age limits and registration details.

Special Events

NJ350 Celebration

In cooperation with New Jersey 350, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will have a year-long celebration of New Jersey’s sesquitricentennial. The library will feature displays and programs throughout the year, highlighting different elements of history. Check our Google Calendar for exciting upcoming events! Some are also listed below:

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. Dr. Neitzke-Adamo teaches introductory Geology at Rutgers and also docents at the Rutgers Geology Museum to people of all ages. In 2007-8 she was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow. As an experienced educator of all ages, she 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.
Also part of our Adult Summer Reading program!

Over Time on the Raritan River
Bill Schultz of Raritan Riverkeepers will present a discussion of some of the historical eras the Raritan River has gone through; settlements and city building, the Industrial Revolution, the abandonment of the area by heavy industry, and the legacy remaining. He will cover the uses the river has had, including transportation, farming, fishing, commercial ports, industrial garbage can, and a recreational haven.
In 1991 Bill began environmental work as a volunteer water quality monitor with the NY/NJ Baykeepers. He founded the Baykeeper Boat Auxiliary in 1993 and the Riverkeeper program in 1999. Riverkeeper does conservation advocacy by stopping pollution, championing public access, and influencing land use policy decisions. Riverkeeper pursues opportunities for land preservation, habitat restoration, and advancing knowledge of the environmental and biological importance of this valuable recreational and cultural resource. Bill will bring information about Riverkeepers for those wishing to join the effort to clean and preserve the Raritan River.
Wednesday, July 30 @ 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Also part of our Adult Summer Reading program!

~ Collecting Memories of New Brunswick: Photographs to Celebrate NJ 350
The library is looking for photographs of New Brunswick that were taken from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Photographs tell stories, both those which were intended -- such as the first communion picture -- and those that were not -- such as the street scene behind the picture of the family’'s first car after World War II. To preserve the history and memories for future generations, the New Brunswick Free Public Library is making a Community Photobook to celebrate New Jersey'’s 350th birthday.
If you have family photographs, whether in albums or loose, the library wants the opportunity to look at them and scan some of them. The library will return all original photographs. They can range from, for example, a portrait of your grandparents in front of People’s National Bank, to the interior of St. John'’s Church, to a Burnet Street flood. Especially helpful are pictures that can be identified as to time and place, for example, in front of a house on Hardenberg Street about 1955.
Some of the scanned photographs will be used for an exhibition in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. If the photographs have already been scanned, the library will need 600dpi images. Interested participants should contact the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or download a submission form here.
Please download a flier here if you would like to spread the word!

Summer Reading!

June 21 - August 16
All three of our 2014 Summer Reading programs -- for Children, Teens, and Adults -- are in full swing! Check out each page for their respective event details.
Kids can visit the Kids' Events Page for "Fizz Boom Read" program information.
Teens can visit the Teen Events Page for the "Spark a Reaction" program information.
Adults can find all the "Literary Elements" program and event details on our Adult Summer Reading page.

"Centsible Living" Financial Literacy Workshops

In partnership with the Piscataway Public Library, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will host two financial literacy workshops:
"How Are You Doing? Give Yourself a Financial Check-up" on Thursday, July 24.
{Originally scheduled for June 12.}
This workshop will discuss 20 ways that people can assess their personal financial progress and identify areas of their financial life that need improvement. Topics covered include financial quizzes, financial goal-setting, income and expense statements, net worth, debt ratios, marginal income tax brackets, retirement planning, investment performance metrics, investment risk tolerance, insurance needs, estate planning, government financial statistics, and more!
7 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
      ~ and ~
"Investing For Long Term Financial Goals" on Monday, September 22.
{Date changed from September 11.}
This workshop will focus on two common long-term investing goals: retirement and post-secondary education. Topics to be covered include IRAs, employer retirement savings plans, annuities, retirement plans for self-employment persons, retirement savings calculation tools, sources of retirement income, college savings plans, and investment tips for people at different ages and life-stages.
7 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Each of these programs will conclude with suggested action steps to put the workshop content into practice.
These programs are made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. To register for any of the workshops, and for additional information, please visit this webpage.

Do You Know Your Rights?

Tuesday, August 5
Can police officers stop your vehicle because of your previous violations? Does the Second Amendment allow all people to own guns? How does the Constitution protect your freedom? Come join a presentation lead by an attorney from the NJ State Bar Association to learn more about your rights and the roles of courts.
7 - 8 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

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Ongoing Programs

Monday Movie Mania!
Showtime for all movies is 6:30 PM, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

  • August 11: The Invisible Man (1933)
    Read the book by H.G. Wells then come see the movie with us!
  • August 25: Jurassic Park
    Read the book by Michael Crichton then come see the movie with us! This movie is rated PG-13.
  • September 15: Toy Story of Terror!
    This is a rated TVG short.
  • September 29: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    This movie is rated PG-13.

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

Sci-Fi Book Club
Come to our brand new science-fiction book club! Volunteer Paul Rando, a Senior at Rutgers University, will lead the group in discussing different SF books on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room unless otherwise indicated, and will be from 6:30 to 8 PM.
For more information, contact Jackie Oshman or the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x.20. Download a flier here.

Knitting/Crochet Club
Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from those who've never picked up needles to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you're new to knitting, a willingness to learn. Participants exchange knitting/crochet ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is a self-run group, and not a strictly instructional class.)
The Knitting/Crochet Club regularly meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (with some exceptions): click here for a flier showing the dates for 2014! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30pm.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at or 732-745-5108 x20.

ESL Conversation Café
The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group which welcomes all levels of English speakers over the age of 18. Participants have opportunities to improve their English through one-on-one or small-group conversations with English speakers discussing a variety of topics, based on the needs of participants. English conversation partners are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through a course offered at the Graduate School of Education. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance if they attend at least 6 sessions.
The new Summer schedule for the ESL Café will begin June 20: Meetings will be every Friday (except July 4) until August 15 and every Wednesday until August 13. (Attend on Fridays or Wednesdays, or both!) Download an application here. You may also download a flier with schedule here.
This program is made possible through a partnership of 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, and the New Brunswick Free Public Library.
The Fall 2013 Conversation Café was a huge success: View photos here! Two Conversation Cafés met in the beginning of 2014, one on Wednesday evenings and one on Friday mornings. The current Café is also providing a Professional Development (PD) opportunity for volunteers interested in learning how to support adult learners of English in the Conversation Café. Please read this document for more information.

ESL Conversation Groups
The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring ESL Conversation Groups which meet 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.
To join the ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the Library. You may also download a PDF of the schedule for the Summer-Fall, listing the dates for the two different groups (one meets on Tuesdays, one meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30pm.) For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20.

Free ESL/Citizenship Classes
Do you need help preparing for your Naturalization interview? Learn what you need to know in order to pass your exam. The Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers free 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 JFVS office at 732-777–1940 to register and for more information on classes and immigration services. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30-8:30, starting in January of 2014. Students can attend any of the classes. Download a flier here.

LiteracyNJ ESL Conversation Group
Brought to you by the Literacy New Jersey – Middlesex County Programs, the goal of this adult ESL program is: To provide English language instruction, to help adults gain motivational skills and knowledge to pursue further education and training. The group provides a comfortable setting for the practice of spoken English language skills. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
Meetings will be held every Saturday from September 20th to December 13th, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
*In order to attend this ESL program you MUST ATTEND a Registration AND Testing Date!
Registration Date is August 18th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Testing Date is September 3rd from 3-7 p.m.
LNJ staff will be testing the students' level of English in order to determine whether they are beginner, intermediate or advance level and help them accordingly.
(Once those dates have passed, interested patrons can get a "general interest form" from the library’s reference desk. All completed interest forms will be sent to the Office of Literacy NJ. You will be contacted by the Office of LNJ once space is available.)
For more information about this program, patrons should directly contact the LNJ office at 732-432-8000 or email Melissa Cohen at Download a flier here.

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Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)