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 in English and en español) and mail it in or visit the Library.


Executive Board
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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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!!
Friday April 11 from 1 PM to 7 PM
and April 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Download a flier here.

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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.

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.

January 8, 2014
Start off the new year with a talk by Dr. Cheryl Wall. Dr. Wall is the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a literary critic specializing in Black women’s writing, gender and sexuality. She received her B.A. from Howard University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her publications include Women of the Harlem Renaissance, Their Eyes Were Watching God: a Casebook, Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage and Literary Tradition, and she was editor of Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara. Courses that she has taught at Rutgers include “Black Narrative,” “Black Women Writers,” and “Topics in Black Literature and Culture.”

{Originally scheduled for February 5} *POSTPONED to September 3.*
Musician and actor Dennis Kobray will present a program on Scott Joplin.
Born in 1868 to former slaves, Scott Joplin grew up in the post-Reconstruction South where African Americans were denied basic civil rights and economic opportunities. Nevertheless, he helped to create a form of music called Ragtime that combined the polyrhythms and syncopation of West Africa with the harmonies of Europe and North America. His music became popular in the mid-seventies with the film "The Sting" and remains so today. Dennis Kobray enjoys acquainting his audiences with the music of beloved famous musicians. He has appeared on National Public Radio and NBC’s “Today Show” and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

March 5, 2014
Come meet John Hulme, a Highland Park author who, with Michael Wexler, has created a children’s fantasy novel series, The Seems. In its fictional world, The Seems are responsible for all that is happening in our own world. This series includes three books for children aged 10 and up: The Glitch in Sleep, The Split Second, and The Lost Train of Thought. The Glitch in Sleep was an Amazon’s Best Books of 2007 for middle readers and 20th Century Fox has acquired its film rights.
John Hulme is also a filmmaker. His first feature length film Unknown Soldier was a documentary about his search for his father who was killed in the Vietnam War.

April 2, 2014
Bernadette M. Rogoff, the curator of collections at the Monmouth County Historical Association, will give a talk on New Jersey folk art painter Micah Williams (1782–1837).

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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.


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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Quick Links:

Membership Brochure

Membership Brochure en español

Book Club Schedule

NBFPL Website

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