New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public 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 as a PDF here) and mail it in or visit the Library. To view the by-laws of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, download the PDF here.


Executive Board {revised May 2015}
Monica Tarver, President
George Dawson, Treasurer

Robert Belvin    Deborah Celey    Carlos Fernandez    Yesenia Hernandez
Marilyn Herod    Linda Hrycenko    Gerarda Pizzarello    Nicole Tracy

Cecilia Claflen, Honorary
Jennie Fischer, Honorary

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"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.

June 3, 2015
This month, there will be no "Lunchtime Program." Instead, the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library Annual Meeting will begin at Noon. Light refreshments will be provided. All current members are invited to attend. If you are not up to date with your dues, you are welcome to attend and renew your membership before the meeting.
Highlights of the meeting include the election of board members; review and approval of changes to the bylaws; and presentations on the Friends and Library activities during 2014 - 2015.
A summary of the proposed amendments and an edited version of the bylaws can also be reviewed online by visiting the following links:

Also the proposed nominations for both Board and Officers are as follows:
  • Friends of New Brunswick Free Public Library Directors
    Position    Term Ends    Nominations
    Director    2020    Monica L. Tarver
    Director    2020    George Dawson
    Director    2018    Linda Hrycenko
    Honorary Director        Marie Borbely

  • Friends of New Brunswick Free Public Library Officers
    President    Monica L. Tarver
    Vice President    Yesenia Hernandez
    Treasurer    Linda Hrycenko
    Secretary    Carlos Fernandez
As per our by-laws, any member can nominate a person for the Board during the annual meeting.

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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 2014-2015.


Sept. 29  Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
A novel of five families against the backdrop of the events of the early 1900s.
~OR~ Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark.
The story of an heiress whose last twenty years are spent in a hospital room with her mansions empty.

Oct. 27  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
How we love, how we take care of one another, and choices cascade through generations.

Nov. 17*  New Brunswick and the Civil War by Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi.
Accounts of the Civil War by men who answered the call of duty.
{*Date changed from Nov. 24.}

TUESDAY Dec. 9*  The Ransom of Russian Art by John McPhee.
The story of an economics professor who collected 8,000 works of Russian dissident art and eventually donated them to Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum.
{*Date changed from Dec. 15. Also, this meeting will take place in the lobby of the Zimmerli Museum instead of at the library.}

Feb. 9, 2015* Swimming Across by Andrew Grove.
A memoir of the author's childhood in Hungary with Nazis, Russians, and his eventual arrival in the United States.
{*This meeting was postponed from January 26, due to inclement weather.}

Feb. 23 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A love story and a social critique of a young Nigerian couple facing difficult choices.

March 30  The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer.
A nonfiction book which portrays a superpower coming apart at the seams.

April 27  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
A novel based on Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist and women's rights crusader that begins with the gift of a slave on her 11th birthday.

May 18  Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The story of Indian brothers who come of age in the ’60’s and follow different paths. One emigrates and the other stays and joins a revolutionary movement.

June 15  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
A true account of eight women meeting every week for two years to discuss forbidden Western literature.

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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 DVDs, CDs, and more!! This year, the dates are:
Friday, April 15, 2016 | 1:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 | 10:00 am - 4:00 p.m.

In the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Please note that the library closes at 5 p.m. on Friday -- only the Community Room will remain open until 7 pm on April 15.

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Quick Links:

Membership Brochure

Book Club Schedule


Bylaw Amendment Summary

NBFPL Website

Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)