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 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!

~ Exhibit in Main Lobby
The New Brunswick Free Public Library in conjunction with New Brunswick Sister Cities, Inc. has "New Brunswick Sister Cities: A Global Connection" on exhibit until August 30. The exhibit presents the history of New Brunswick's earliest connection to Fukui, Japan and the relationships that have developed over time to all four sister cities -- Fukui and Tsuruoka in Japan, Debrecen in Hungary and Limerick County in Ireland. The exhibit showcases the variety of activities, especially of children, that the sister cities organization provides for global understanding and cultural experiences. The exhibit has been curated by Michael Tublin, Director, and Jane Tublin, Director Emeritus, of the Sister Cities organization in New Brunswick. The exhibit is part of the library’s observance of NJ350 the celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.

~ 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!

African American Heritage Film Screenings

Last February, the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee hosted the Created Equal movie series with panel discussions focused on the issues of civil rights in America. The audiences consistently requested more quality programming on African American history and culture. The group of films to be shown at the library on August 14, 20, and 28 is the result of those discussions.

  • Thursday, August 14 - The Lovings.
    As a couple, “The Lovings did not see themselves as activists. They were a quiet married couple—he was white, she was black and Native American—living in the Virginia countryside. They were not involved in the events of the civil rights movement. Until they were roused from their bed by flashlight-bearing policemen and banished from the state, they were not likely to become symbols of that fight. But as the Lovings went from court to court to overturn state laws banning interracial marriage, their story proved symbol enough."
  • Wednesday, August 20 - Slavery by Another Name.
    In the words of W. Fitzhugh Brundage, “For African Americans after the Civil War, the abolition of slavery in 1865 was a landmark in human history. But blacks came to recognize that while slavery had been abolished, their newly secured freedom was at risk despite the Reconstruction-era constitutional amendments. New forms of coerced labor proliferated in the post-Civil War South, as trumped-up criminal charges were used as a pretext for the virtual re-enslavement of thousands of able-bodied southern black men and women. The origins of these exploitative practices lay in a toxic confluence of postwar economic dislocation, weak state institutions, and white racism. Impoverished southern state governments had to contend with the expense of a new class of state charges—black criminals. Previously, slaveholders had punished black criminals privately. Now the costs of criminal justice ballooned. With state governments desperate to offload the expenses associated with convicts and white landlords eager to secure cheap labor, state and local authorities began to lease out convicts to contractors who paid the convicts’ legal fees.
  • Thursday, August 28 - Unable to be announced.
    Come watch a special movie by Spike Lee.

The full length films will be shown in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room beginning at 6:30 PM each evening. Refreshments will be served.

Makerspace Kickoff

Come celebrate the launch of the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace! Check out the new tools and supplies for all community members to make use of in creative ways. Bring a t-shirt or canvas bag to customize using our new heat press. Many other crafts will be featured at this all-day, free event. Stop in any time!
Saturday, September 13
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

*Open to ALL AGES!* See more about the makerspace here.

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. Come to this first meeting to discuss American Gods by Neil Gaiman and help plan future meetings!
September 17, 6:30 PM in the Henry Guest House.

For more information, contact Jackie Oshman or the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x.20.

"Centsible Living" Financial Literacy Workshops

The New Brunswick Free Public Library will host the second of two financial literacy workshops in partnership with the Piscataway Public Library. ("How Are You Doing? Give Yourself a Financial Check-up" was held on Thursday, July 24.)
"Investing For Long Term Financial Goals" on Monday, September 22.
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. The program will conclude with suggested action steps to put the workshop content into practice.
7 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
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.

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Ongoing Programs

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

  • September 15: Toy Story of Terror!
    This is a rated TVG short. Visit this page for more information.
  • September 29: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.
  • October 6: Pulling Strings (Spanish Language)
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • October 27: Godzilla (2014)
    This movie is rated PG-13. 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!

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.
*We are planning something special for the November meeting -- details to be posted soon!
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.
The Fall schedule begins on September 10 and runs through December 5 2014; Meetings are every Wednesday (except November 26) at 6:30pm and every Friday (except November 28) at 11am. Download a flier with schedule here. (Attend on Fridays or Wednesdays, or both!)
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.
*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)