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 has featured displays and programs throughout 2014, highlighting different elements of history. Check the Main Lobby to see what's on display!

~ 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!
Collected Memories Photograph Exhibit Opening Reception
The exhibit of collected images from the New Brunswick community will be on display in the library's Community Room throughout the month of January 2015. The library and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission invite the public to the Opening Reception, where light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2pm in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Funding in part of this exhibit has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.
For more information on the exhibition or reception, contact Hsien-min Chen at 732-745-5108, ext. 20 or

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.

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 is open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, and the library is again hosting a program to help those interested in this resource. Join the Community Health Law Project and other Federal Healthcare Navigators for free assistance enrolling in private health insurance or Medicaid. Call 732-745-5108 extension 20 to sign up for an appointment: space is limited!
Thursday, December 18, from 4:30 to 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please note this list of what to bring with you to your appointment:

  • Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone applying for coverage
  • Social Security numbers
  • Document information
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household (pay stubs or W-2 forms, wage and tax statements)
  • Your best estimate of what your household income will be in 2015
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household
  • Notices from your current plan that include your plan ID if you have or had health coverage in 2014.

Download a flier, which includes this list, here.

Financial Planning: Budget, Bank, and Save for Your Future Success

Presented by the Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, and in partnership with the Piscataway Public Library, this workshop will teach you how to create and use a financial plan for your future. Get your finances in gear in 2015! Too many people don’t have a financial plan or know how to create one. This workshop addresses taking control by helping you prepare a savings plan. We will talk about short term and long terms goals and “needs” versus “wants”. We will then discuss some savings tips and set up a budget that you can use. We will also discuss how to manage a bank account and how to avoid fees.
Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 732-745-5108 x20. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This workshop has been made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing@Your Library, a partnership with the American Library Association.

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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.

  • December 22: The Polar Express
    This movie is rated G. Visit this page for more information about the movie.
  • January 5, 2015: Guardians of the Galaxy
    This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.
  • January 26: Hotel Rwanda
    This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.
  • February 2: The Boxtrolls
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • March 2: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    This movie is rated PG. 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 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, as well as on other event dates. Check out the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace webpage for full details!
(*Every Wednesday with some exceptions, mostly due to holidays.)

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 an informal, 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 listing the dates for 2015! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30pm.
*February 2015 only has one meeting date, and it will be a special "workshop" -- click here to download a flier about this special meeting!
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at or 732-745-5108 x20.

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 2015 Winter-Spring, 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.

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.
New sessions to begin in February 2015. Check back for details.
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.

JFS 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 Services 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 JFS office at 732-777–1940 to register and for more information on classes and immigration services. Classes meet on Mondays from 5:30-8:30. 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.
*A new session will begin on January 17, 2015. 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 Meetings will be held every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration and assessment are required. 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)