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 June 2015}
Monica Tarver, President
Yesenia Hernandez, Vice President
Carlos Fernandez, Secretary
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer

Robert Belvin    Deborah Celey    George Dawson    Marilyn Herod
Gerarda Pizzarello    Nicole Tracy

Jennie Fischer, Honorary

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The New Brunswick Free Public Library would like to honor Mrs. Cecilia Claflen, who passed peacefully Sunday morning, June 7, 2015. Mrs. Claflen, in her twenty-six years as a member of the library's board of trustees and four more as a trustee emerti, served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the board. She served as a one-person public relations department ensuring that those who helped mold opinion in New Brunswick were informed of the library's successes and progress. Mrs. Claflen's record of good works is extensive. Beyond her other work in the community, she was active in the Friends of the Library that she helped found thirty years ago and of which she had served as President.


"Brown Bag Lunch" Programs
These monthly programs are held on the first Wednesday of each month, from September through June, at 12:15 p.m. in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Admission is free; coffee and tea will be served. Details about each upcoming event are posted as timely as possible.

October 7, 2015
The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library present the Trident Trio with music by Antonin Dvorak and Carlos Franzetti. The program will feature Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor ("Dumky"), B. 166 (Op. 90) by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), along with Serenata, Battery Park, and Scherzo by Carlos Franzetti (b. 1948).
Originally formed as a faculty ensemble in Fall 2014 for the Extension Division at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University New Brunswick, TRIDENT has already established itself as faculty ensemble presenters for ASTA Chamber Music Institute and featured performers on the CD, "Franzetti Plays Franzetti" on Amapola Records. They are presenting master classes and performances during the 2015-2016 season and will be recording American compositions for saxophone and piano trio with renowned saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen.
TRIDENT is comprised of violinist Brennan Sweet, associate concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; cellist Mira Kang, artistic director of the Veritas Orchestra; and pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program and Director of Adult Chamber Music at the Extension Division. All three are exciting, emotive, energetic and educational performers/pedagogues/recording artists in their own right and bring these qualities together to create outstanding chamber music performances.

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The Friends' Book Club
Usually held on the last Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room or next door in the Henry Guest House. 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 2015-2016.


Sept. 28 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
A blind French girl and a young German boy cross paths during WWII. 2015 Pulitzer Prize. - or -
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places on Earth by Eric Weiner. A travel memoir by an NPR correspondent.

Oct. 26 - Redeployment by Phil Klay.
A compelling depiction of the Iraq War by a Marine Captain.

Nov. 16* - The Quartet: Orchestrating a Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis.
Ellis writes about the years between the revolution and the formation of a federal government.

Dec. 14* - I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti.
Michele discovers a boy held prisoner in the Italian countryside and risks his life to help him.

Jan. 25, 2016 - The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
A novel based on the 200,000 abandoned children sent West from 1854 to 1929 to find new families and provide labor.

Feb. 29 - Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman.
A love story with the backdrop of Hungarian Jewish history and the theft of property during WWII.

Mar. 28 - Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner.
Based on records of slave escapes, Foner tells of how over 3,000 slaves escaped from the South through the eastern corridor between 1836 and 1860.

Apr. 25 - A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
A poignant story of family life.

May 16* - A Legacy by Sybille Bedford.
A chronicle that examines the legacy of the 19th Century and how it changed intolerant and divided societies into places that condoned mass murder.

June 13* - The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.
During the Depression, nine American working class boys rowed together for the University of Washington, then went on to the Olympics. Their story is juxtaposed against Nazi preparations for the games.

(* means the meeting date is not the last Monday of the month.)

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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!! The dates for the next Book Sale are scheduled as follows:
Friday, April 15, 2016 | 1:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 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 p.m. 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)