New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901
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New Brunswick Free Public Library

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All events are free and open to the public.
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.


Special Events

Star Wars Day

May the Fourth Be With You! Come in your favorite costume from a galaxy far, far away... or just visit the library on this special day to enjoy a low-key celebration of this universal fandom! Enter our trivia contest to win a free poster. Choose the Light Side or the Dark Side while selecting a design for your own pin-back button. Get your photo taken with (librarians dressed as) Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and/or Rey!
Wednesday May 4, 2016:
Button making and trivia contest in the Main Lobby from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
Photo ops from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., for all ages.
Kids in grades K-6 can make Origami Yoda, Darth Paper, and other crafts in the Children's Room starting at 3:30 p.m.

Don't miss our Star Wars Monday Movie Nights on May 2nd and 9th!

Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza

In cooperation with Lazos América Unida, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, and the Rutgers Center for Latino Arts & Culture, the library will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican culture with a community event open to all ages. A highlight of the fiesta will be storytelling by re-enactor Domingo Camarillo as Benito Juárez, President of Mexico, which will begin the festivities in the library's community room. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, and an outdoor piñata at the library. The celebration will then move (via parade!) to Boyd Park, where there will be food vendors as well as music and dance performances. Please click here for a flier to see names of performers.
Saturday, May 7, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the library. Parade to Boyd Park at 12:30 p.m. Celebration ends at 6 p.m.
Free parking will be available at the Rutgers Public Safety Building at 55 Commercial Avenue on the day of this event. (Click here for a Google Map of this parking location.) To see the parade route, please click here for a PDF of walking directions from the library to the park.
Additional program sponsors are Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) Family Harmony Success Center, and Professional Latino Firefighters of Central New Jersey: New Brunswick Chapter. This program is part of the Latino American: 500 Years of History grant, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Photography Contest

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 9th Annual Photography Contest! The contest theme this year is "Freedom: Capture Your World." Everyone’s world is different. Show us what it looks like from your perspective!
Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken. Submitted photos must be taken between February 1, 2016 and May 14, 2016.
The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download an editable PDF which you can fill out on a computer before printing or emailing with your submissions. (O haga click aquí para bajar el PDF cual puede llenar en la computadora antes de imprimir o mandarlo por correo electrónico con su submision.)
Please read and follow all submission requirements listed on the submission form. Email submissions to nbphotocontest@gmail.com. Call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or email kavita@lmxac.org with any questions.
Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the George Street Playhouse, the New Brunswick Cultural Center in Crossroads Theater, and the New Brunswick Free Public Library. A panel of professional photographers and library staff will judge the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners will be announced at the Photography Contest Exhibition Reception on Friday, June 10th, at 6 PM at the library.
Photos will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre from June 10th through June 30th, 2016 and at the Library from June 10th to July 30th, 2016.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public. This contest is open to all ages! There will also be three Photography Workshops, detailed below. Feel free to download a flier here.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.
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1st Photography Workshop
Topic: How to Get Great Prints from Your Photos Either Online or from Your Local Lab
Have you ever visited a photo exhibit and wondered, "What process did they use to achieve that look and feel?" Today’s print technologies make it easy and affordable to find outside photo labs and print service bureaus. In this workshop, award-winning photographer and consultant Andrew Darlow will reveal many printing processes and provide step-by-step advice to help you turn your photos into printed works of art. Each attendee will receive a printed handout and a test print to help you match your computer screen or tablet to your prints.
What will be covered:
• An overview of some different print processes, including samples of canvas, paper, wood, satin, and metal print options;
• How to find the right companies to print your work (each participant will receive a list of hand-picked suppliers that Andrew uses or highly recommends);
• How to quickly and easily see if your monitor or tablet is the right brightness and color;
• How to inexpensively test any print process;
• Hanging and display options for different print processes;
• How to protect your work for shipping or transportation.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library's Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State).

2nd Photography Workshop
Topic: The Art of Seeing - Thinking Outside of the Box
Awarding-winning local NJ Fine Art Photographer Danielle Austen will take you on a journey with a presentation on how to see your surroundings from a different perspective, by using design, color and composition. A great photograph reveals something extraordinary from the ordinary simply by the way it is visualized by the photographer. Learn how to see our surroundings from a place of openness and a meaningful point of view without words.
(Please note the change of topic and presenter. The library thanks Ms. Austen for stepping in after our originally planned speaker, Jack Howard, had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.)
Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library's Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.

3rd Photography Workshop
Topic: Intermediate Photography
Come and learn from professional photographer and speaker Nat Clymer about photography. In today’s world of newer and constantly changing technology, anyone can take a well exposed photo just about all the time. But how do you transcend taking "average" pictures by using average, computer generated exposure algorithms? Well, quite simply, you can’t! You have to take your camera off Automatic or Programmed exposure and use the Manual exposure settings!
This workshop will revolve around the simple concept of taking your camera off Auto and thinking more about what you are trying to say with your photos. Mr. Clymer will discuss the exposure triangle of f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISOs. Then he’ll get into some of the principles of composition and how to break some of those "rules", to say what YOU want to say in your photos, and how to make your photos more about the way that YOU see the world around you!
Wednesday, May 4th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library's Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department 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 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

These movies are being shown pursuant to a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public 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 most Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as on other event dates. Check out the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace webpage for exact schedule and 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 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 joye@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.

Computer Skills Tutoring
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. Appointments are only during Rutgers semesters.

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 Winter-Spring, 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 kavita@lmxac.org 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.
Sessions resume in February 2016.

  • The Wednesday morning session, which includes programming for kids presented in coordination with PRAB, runs from February 10 to April 20, with no meeting on March 16. Meetings are 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Download a registration form for this specific session by clicking here.
  • NEW! There will now be a Wednesday evening session, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., from February 24 to April 20, with no meeting on March 16.
  • The Friday morning session runs from February 26 to April 22, with no meetings on March 18 and 25. Meetings are 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Click here to download a description and schedule for all three Cafés. Click here to download a registration form. For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 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. Class cycle 2 starts on February 1 and runs through May 2, 2016.

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 current Saturday morning ESL Group sessions end June 25, 2016. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 mbernstein@literacynj.org. Download a flier here.

~ Download a listing of all 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)