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.


Executive Board {revised March 2015}
Monica Tarver, President
Ann Gordon, Vice-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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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 10, 1:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 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 10.

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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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"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 3, 2014
Musician and actor Dennis Kobray will perform Ragtime music by Scott Joplin.

October 1, 2014
A classical string quartet from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School will perform. This quartet includes violinists Tao Zhang and YuJin Oh, violist OnYou Kim and cellist Hyojin Lee. All four are doctoral students at Rutgers. Their concert is slated to include Josef Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33#2, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #5, Spring Song by Mendelssohn, Schubert’s Serenade and a Humoresque by Dvorak.

November 5, 2014
Dale Caldwell, Head of School and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Village Charter School (VCS), a K-8 public school serving the students of Trenton, will speak.
Dale G. Caldwell is a graduate of Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in finance. Dale also completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is the CEO of Strategic Influence, LLC and the President of Tempus Management Consulting, LLC and the Founder of Residential After-School Program, Inc. and Work for Peace, Inc. Dale's professional experience includes holding the positions of Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, Executive Director of the Newark Alliance, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Director, Employee Service Group of Scholastic, Inc. His volunteer leadership experience includes serving as President of the New Brunswick Board of Education, President of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, President of Crossroads Theatre Company, President of the United States Tennis Association Eastern Section and Commissioner of the Asbury Park Housing Authority.

December 3, 2014
Home-grown singer and songwriter Spook Handy and his Trio will perform a special tribute to Pete Seeger.
Spook had the fortune of performing over 50 concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger between 2003 and his passing in 2014.  As a result, Spook learned many of Pete Seeger’s songs and the stories behind them – and not only songs he wrote but those of Woody Guthrie and many others. In response to Pete Seeger’s passing earlier this year, Spook has put together a program called "Remembering Pete Seeger" and is presenting it in concert halls, theaters, arts centers, libraries, festivals, summer concert series, churches and college classrooms all over the world.

January 7, 2015
Steve DeMicco of Media and Message, a highly successful New Brunswick based political consulting firm, will speak. Mr. DeMicco, who has been profiled in the New York Times as a member of "a low-key political team with a knack for strategy," is an expert in the areas of message development, strategic planning, communications strategies, and campaign management to public and private sector clients. He has served as campaign director for three US Senators and two New Jersey Governors, as well as for initiatives such as Rx4NJ and We Work for Health NJ, a coalition of stakeholders supporting New Jersey’s life sciences industry. Come to the library to hear an insider’s view of New Jersey and national politics!

February 4, 2015
On this day, come enjoy a concert entitled "Paddy Has Gone for a Soldier." This exciting program features Mike Plunkett, a musician specializing in Civil War era songs and ballads who has carefully researched the Union's heroic Irish Brigade, and its role in the bloody Battle of Fredericksburg. Organized in 1861, the brigade was comprised of men from six different units who saw action in numerous battles including Gettysburg, Antietam, and Second Bull Run. "I bring to life the experience of the Irish immigrants who became American patriots through music that's lively and engaging with plenty of audience participation," says Plunkett, who plays the guitar, mandolin, and octave mandolin. "The songs range from old Irish ballads to Civil War era songs, many of which are based on old Irish melodies. The stories are drawn from my research into the daily lives of Irish-American soldiers and reveal the experiences of a typical soldier."
Plunkett, a Woodbury resident, has taught elementary music in the Deptford school system for 34 years. Plunkett has performed at the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center, the National Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg, Pa., the Union League in Philadelphia and the Delaware Museum of History.

March 4, 2015
Abena Busia, a poet, short-story writer, and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, will speak on Nelson Mandela and the Poetry of Social Justice.
Professor Busia, a native of Ghana and a resident of New Brunswick, has taught at Rutgers since 1981, presently teaching courses on African-American and African diaspora literature, as well as feminist and social justice programs and issues. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. She is a director and editor for the Women Writing Africa project at City University of New York (CUNY), publishing a multi-volume anthology of African women’s literature. She is the author of two poetry books: Testimonies of Exile (1990) and Traces of a Life (2008).

April 1, 2015
Come learn about the Thomas Edison Center of Menlo Park and Its Historical Significance.
More than any other inventor in history, Thomas Alva Edison is responsible for the technologies that make modern life modern. By the time of his death in 1931, he held 1,093 patents covering the creation or refinements of devices in telegraphy and telephony, electric power, generation and lighting, sound recording, motion pictures, storage batteries, and mining and cement technology. In this presentation, Kathleen Carlucci, Director of Interpretation at the Thomas Edison Center of Menlo Park, discusses the historical significance of Edison’s work and his legacy.

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