New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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Special Events

NJ350 Celebration

In cooperation with New Jersey 350, the New Brunswick Free Public Library is having 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 here as well as our Google Calendar for upcoming events!

The library will present two basic genealogy sessions in November in conjunction with NJ350.
- Beginning Your Family Research
This will be basic introduction to genealogy, including a review of resources and methods for finding information about relatives now gone. Our experienced librarian Jackie Oshman will show you how to get started and where to look as you begin to unravel the family unknowns and mysteries. Basic approaches and tips will be demonstrated to launch your search and you will go home with a handout to help you continue on your own.
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Jacquelyn Oshman, Senior Librarian, specializes in Local History at the Reference Desk here at the NBFPL. Her interest in her own family history has coupled with the needs of a host of patrons trying to locate obituaries, graves, and pieces of family history to produce our very own "Genealogy Specialist." Jackie has been employed at the New Brunswick Public Library since 2006. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Ramapo College and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. One of her more interesting tasks included an inventory of headstones located in the Willow Grove Cemetery Complex for a new library website. She has been actively working on her own family tree and volunteering for the website for the past six years.
- Researching your African American and Native American Ancestors
On this evening, Jackie will delve into more specialized resources and focus on finding information about African American and Native American ancestors.
Monday, November 24, 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

~ Collecting Memories of New Brunswick: Photographs to Celebrate NJ350
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!

Mango Day

Come and try Mango, a language learning database! We will have plenty of giveaways to celebrate the library's newest online resource.
Wednesday, December 17, between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium/Main Lobby.
Mango Languages provides real conversation skills for practical communication through fun and interactive online lessons. For people who are learning English, there are ESL courses for speakers of over 15 languages. For English speakers there are over 60 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Icelandic and even Pirate.

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Ongoing Programs

Monday Movie Mania!
Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free! Showtime for all movies is 6:30 PM, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

  • November 17: Beetlejuice
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • December 1: Gremlins
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • December 8: Maleficent
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • December 22: The Polar Express
    This movie is rated G. Visit this page for more information.

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!

NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace
The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace is now open for workshops and craft nights, etc. The library's community room will function as the maker-space every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm, starting September 17 and running until December 17, as well as on other event dates. Check out the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace webpage for full details!

Knitting/Crocheting Club
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're new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is a self-run group, and not a strictly instructional class.)
The Knitting/Crocheting 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.
*The November meeting will be a special "outing" as it will be held in the Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, 100 Somerset Street instead of the library. Click here for a flier especially for this special meeting!
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 may receive a Certificate of Attendance by attending most of the sessions.
Download an application here.
Beginning on September 10, meetings are every Wednesday (except November 26) at 6:30pm and every Friday (except November 28) at 11am. A new Wednesday morning session begins on October 1, meeting from 11am-12:30pm. This fall schedule runs through December 5 2014. Attend on Fridays or Wednesdays, or both! 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 Conversation 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 PD opportunity description for more information if you are interested in participating in the Fall 9-week Professional Development series and being trained as a Conversation Facilitator.

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. Registration and assessment are required.*
*A new session will begin on January 17th. To join the Winter/Spring 2015 Saturday morning ESL Group, patrons must come in person to sign up on the registration date, December 13th, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 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.

Download a listing of all 4 of the different ESL groups offered at the library here.

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