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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. Children's and Teen programs have their own pages.
Welcoming Week is an annual event sponsored by Welcoming America. Every year, communities around the country celebrate the contributions of immigrants and new citizens to our country during this time. The New Brunswick Free Public Library will celebrate this year from September 19 to 23 with events all week. Sign up for a fun program passport: Participate in each event to fill your passport with stamps.
Return completed passports to the main circulation desk with at least 3 stamps to receive a prize!
(Please note that these events include some regularly scheduled programs that are open to everyone for this week only: for the Citizenship Class and ESL Groups, registration would be necessary for attendance during times other than Welcoming Week. See below for more details on those programs.)
- Monday 9/19, 5:30 p.m. — Citizenship Class:
Jewish Family Services offers free classes at the library. Students learn about U.S. government, history, and improve their English language skills to prepare for the Citizenship Exam. The class also offers assistance on immigration and Citizenship applications.
- Tuesday and Thursday 9/20 & 9/22, 7 p.m. — ESL Conversation Groups:
Students improve their English language skills with a literacy curriculum and real-life materials. Students must be over the age of 18 and able to speak some English.
- Wednesday 9/21, 6:30 p.m. — Makerspace Night:
Make salsa from crops harvested from our community garden.
- Friday 9/23, 6 p.m. — Proclamation Reception:
The public service organizations of New Brunswick are proud to make a proclamation welcoming immigrants and refugees, and offer information about our services. Refreshments will be served.
Download a Welcoming Week calendar here, or aquí para español.
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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. Check out the NBFPL Makerspace webpage for exact schedule and full details!
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 2016! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-745-5108 x20.
Computer Skills Tutoring
Appointments are only during Rutgers semesters, September - April.
Looking for help with learning to use a computer? We have volunteers who offer one-on-one tutoring sessions (by appointment) to go over skills such as keyboarding and mouse fundamentals, basic word processing, and Internet and email essentials. Ask at the Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20, to schedule a tutoring session.
Volunteer tutors are sponsored by the Rutgers Student Volunteer Council, and are only available by appointment.
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 fill out this editable PDF on a computer to then print or email.) You may also download a PDF of the schedule for 2016 Summer-Fall, listing the dates for the two different groups (one meets on Tuesdays, one meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at email@example.com or 732-745-5108 x20.
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.
There will be two English Conversation Cafés in the Fall/Winter of 2016, one on Wednesday mornings and one on Friday mornings. Details for this next session will be posted soon!
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.
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. Cycle 3 is May 23 through August 29, 2016. The next cycle will begin September 19 and continue through December 19 (please note the library is closed on October 10). In 2017, the dates will be January 9 – April 10 and May 1 – August 31 (again, with the exception of holidays).
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.
The 2016 fall session will have a registration date of September 17 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and classes will meet September 24 - December 17, 2016. The session will resume January 7 and continue through June 24, 2017. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Registration and assessment are required: download a general interest form here to then fill out and submit to LNJ.
For more information about this program, patrons must directly contact the LNJ office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at email@example.com. Download a flier here.
~ Download a listing of all the different ESL groups offered at the library here. ~
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