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!

- Architecture in New Brunswick: Past and Present

As part of the library’s NJ350 observance, Morris Kafka will present a talk with images of a variety of historical buildings around town. He will give a general overview of architectural history in New Brunswick focusing on prominent structures from some of the major eras of the past and discuss the style and significance. He will give us a verbal "tour" which will include the Henry Guest House, Buccleuch Mansion, Old Queens, a house of worship, the public library, a remaining old factory or industrial building, an early bank building, and the post office or City Hall. Bring a picture of a building you are curious about and Morris will try to identify and discuss it. This is a rare opportunity to discover more about your community cityscape from one of New Brunswick’s most knowledgeable resources.
Thursday October 30, 6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Morris Kafka has worked locally in historic preservation for more than 30 years consulting for conserving on a number of 19th and early 20th Century structures. He is a charter member of the City of New Brunswick Historical Association appointed by the mayor and a founding member of the New Brunswick Historical Society. Specializing in Architectural History, Morris received a degree in Art History from Rutgers University. He has also published research articles on landmark buildings in New Brunswick.
- Basic Genealogy Sessions
On Monday, November 3 will be an overview and introduction, "Beginning Your Family Research" and Monday, November 24 will be a more specialized session, "Researching your African American and Native American Ancestors". Both sessions will be held in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room starting at 6:30 PM and both are open to everyone without charge.

~ 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!

Party for the Day of the Dead / Fiesta del Día de los Muertos

Saturday November 1, 12-4 p.m.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library in collaboration with Lazos America Unida and Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture is hosting a variety of performances and children’s activities on Saturday November 1 in celebration of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos. This event is free and open to the public of all ages!
Day of the Dead Altar Building / Construccion de Altares 12-1 p.m.
Take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar. Enjoy reading time, papel picado, paper flower making and Sugar Skull workshop as well.
Music and Dance Performances 1-4 p.m.
Celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room with music and Mexican dance performances by Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. The festivities will close with Mexican appetizers and Champurrado (chocolate based Mexican drink) tasting.
Day of the Dead Exhibit Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014
The celebration includes a Day of the Dead exhibit in the library’s Henry Guest House. It will feature a visual history of the Hispanic experience in New Brunswick, Mexican poster art, and altars where the public will be invited to leave mementos and notes for loved ones. To schedule school visits, please call Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or e-mail
This program or service is funded in part by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission with assistance thru a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Dept of State. 

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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 St. Click here for a flier.
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.*
*Now that the Registration Date and Testing Date have both passed, interested patrons will need to fill out a "general interest form" (available at the library’s reference desk or as a PDF here.) 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. 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.
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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