THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
The Friends of New Brunswick Free Public Library encourage library awareness, promote use of the library, and encourage reading and life-long learning. They publicize library activities, enrich the presentations of the library, donate equipment, and raise funds. Become a Friend, and with your annual membership enable the library to share with the community the wealth of knowledge in a speaker or a book.
To become a Member of the Friends, or simply make a donation, fill out the Friends brochure (available for downloading in English and en español) and mail it in or visit the Library.
Marilyn Herod, President
Jennie Fischer, Vice-President
George Dawson, Treasurer
Robert Belvin Marie Borbely Cecilia Claflen Ann Gordon Joan Lyons
Harvey Schrier Pam Sheinman Peggy Sica Teresa Vivar
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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY EVENTS
"Brown Bag Lunch" Programs
Wednesdays (the first Wednesday of the month) at 12:15 pm in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Admission is free; coffee and tea will be served.
September 4, 2013
Music of The Beatles will waft from the New Brunswick Free Public Library Wednesday, September 4 from 12:15 until 1:00pm as three members of the “Hey Bulldog” band serenade the audience. Gerry Rosenthal and Tommy Strazza on acoustic guitars and Jeff Fernandes on percussion are part of the “Hey Bulldog” band, a group that first got together to play Beatles songs on John Lennon's birthday, Oct. 9, in 2004 and have continued playing together ever since.
October 2, 2013
This program is titled Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart. Monica Hoffman will present a one-woman show based on the life of the famed woman aviator. In her performance, Monica recalls events from Amelia’s life — from her earliest years until her final, tragic flight.
Monica Hoffman studied acting at Philadelphia’s Walnut St. Theater, performed in regional theaters, and created a 2010 documentary Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby.
November 6, 2013
Dr. Ann Gordon, the editor of the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, will speak on "A Post Election Story: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Voting Rights".
Ann Gordon is a graduate of Smith College and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has written numerous articles on women’s history and biography and edited African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965. Ann was a program consultant for the Ken Burns and Paul Barnes film "Not for Ourselves Alone: the Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" and her essay "Taking Possession of the Country" appears in the documentary’s companion volume.
Come to the library on November 6 and learn about two courageous women who led the way to women’s suffrage in America.
December 4, 2013
A performance by musicians from Mason Gross School of the Arts. The Classical String Trio consists of violinist Elena Chernova-Davis, violist Michael Davis, and cellist Jordan Enzinger.
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The Friends' Book Club
Mondays (usually the last Monday of the month) at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it.
Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2013-2014.
2012-13 BOOK CLUB LIST:
Sept. 30 Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.
A poignant work based on the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.
Oct. 28 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
A tragic and life affirming novel about the lives of ordinary people in wartime.
Nov. 25 The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich.
The story of how 46 women researchers brought a lawsuit against Newsweek in 1970 for discrimination in hiring, and won.
Dec. 16 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.
A satirical tale about a young reporter who covers a civil war in Africa with calamitous results.
Jan. 27, 2014 Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon.
A witty novel about fatherhood, taking its title from the street in California where Oakland and Berkeley meet.
Feb. 24 Silent House by Orhan Pamuk.
An annual visit to a grandmother who lives in an aging mansion in a Turkish town is the background for this novel of intergenerational tension.
March 31 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.
The first Hispanic and third female Supreme Court Justice began life in a Bronx housing project.
April 28 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.
A true story of the poorest families of India who eke out their lives in the shadow of luxury hotels.
May 19 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
A "fantasy of second chances" which allows Ursula Todd to die and be reborn multiple times.
June 16 After Long Silence by Helen Fremont.
The author tries to discover her parents' history in this "part detective story, part literary memoir and part imagined past."
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2-Day Book Sale
The Library's Book Sale is an annual event, usually held in mid-April. The Friends organize a wide array of items and sell them at incredibly low prices! There are always thousands of books as well as videos, DVDs, CDs, and more!!
The 2014 Book Sale is tentatively scheduled for April 11 from 1:00 to 7 PM and
April 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM.
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