New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library

Kids' Events

Spaces at all events are given on a first-come first-served basis. Register for programs at the Children's Circulation Desk or by calling 732-745-5108 x16. For more information about any of these events, contact the library at 732-745-5108 x15 or email Ms. Karen, Children's Librarian, at For details about Tween programs, you may also contact Ms. Chelsea at

Download a PDF of the Kids' Events Calendar:
October (o Octubre) | November (o Noviembre)

~ Recurring Events:

Ask Ms. Chelsea about our new program premiering this school year, designed to help manage stress, improve concentration, and strengthen comprehension before starting on your homework!
Every Monday and Thursday from September 12 to December 12 (excluding 10/10, 10/13, 10/31 & 11/24). First session meets 3:30-3:45 p.m., second session meets 3:45-4:00 p.m.
Presented in a bilingual format on the following dates: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, & 12/15 (all Thursdays).
For grades K-6.

Readers Club
Come read with your friends every Tuesday! This fall we will be reading Becoming Naomi León by Pamela Muñoz Ryan.
Every Tuesday (unless otherwise noted) at 4:00 p.m.
Open to kids in grades 4-8.

Read and Play
Parents and other caregivers: bring your little ones for storytime and play at the library!
Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted) at 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Open to ages 0-4.

On the 'Zine
Do you like to write, draw, take photographs, or do any other kind of art? Do you want to share your voice and viewpoint with the world? Come to our regular meetings for our library magazine, On the 'Zine @ the NBFPL! (See past issues on the Teen Home Page.)
Fridays 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, & 12/2, from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Open to ages 10-18.

Young Athletes
The Special Olympics Young Athletes program is an inclusive program that promotes social development and offers an opportunity for children and parents to come together in a guided play experience. Download a flyer here (o aquí para Español).
Every Monday from October 17 until December 5, at 4:00 p.m.
For children aged 2-7: pre-registration required! *As of October 24, registration is now full!

~ Short-term Recurring:

Chinese Classes
Through different themed classes, children will learn to speak Chinese words with fun activities like paper cutting, coloring, and singing.
This program is provided by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU).
Fridays: September 30, October 14 & 28, November 11 & 18, and December 2 & 16; from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Please sign-up in the Children's Room, or email Download a flier here.

October Events:

Scary Story Fest
Kids and families are invited to our "Haunted House" for this annual library tradition!
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
For all ages: Registration required! Please sign up in the Children's Room (or call 732-745-5108 ext. 16.)

Day of the Dead Celebration / Fiesta del Dia de los Muertos
Take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar.
The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of tamales (Mexican appetizers) and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink).
Sunday, October 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.
This program is free and open to all ages!
New Brunswick Free Public Library's Day of the Dead program includes collaborations with: Lazos America Unida, Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, New Brunswick 4H Club, Unity Square, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and The Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.
Please call Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or e-mail with any questions or to schedule school visits.

November Events:

Election Extravaganza Week
The Children's Room will have a week of activities running from November 1 until Election Day (11/8) to help kids learn about the electoral process.

Lego Club
Have fun and hone skills with everyone's favorite building blocks! Each month the Lego Club is presented with a new challenge. November's theme is Parachuting Lego People! In addition to building with Lego blocks, we will make parachutes for our Lego people (and creatures)!
Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m.
For grades K-6.

Garden Closing
It's time to put the library garden to bed for the winter! After producing tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkins all summer, it deserves a rest. Join Ms. Karen and New Brunswick 4-H as we pull out the plants, till the soil, and cover the garden boxes with straw. Come spring, our garden will be well-rested and ready for planting!
Wednesday, November 9 at 4 p.m.
For all ages.

4-H Dance Day
Join the New Brunswick 4-H dance instructor for some fun grooves and moves!
Friday, November 11 at 2 p.m.
For kids of all ages.

Listen to a story from a different country each month, then become the characters, using scripts to re-enact the story! This month, we will be "visiting" Germany and listening to the story The Bremen Town Musicians.
Wednesday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.
For grades K-6.

See our Google Calendar for all library events.

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