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 Flier:
August (o agosto) > September (o septiembre) > October (o octubre).

Summer Hours
Children's Room Summer hours began June 27 and end on September 2. Summer Hours are as follows:
~ Monday through Thursday = 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ~
~ Friday and Saturday = 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~
{Closed on Sundays May 22 - September 4.}
(Only the Children's Room closes at 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday during the Summer: the rest of the library remains open until 9 p.m. on those days.)

Summer Reading Program Feedback Welcome!

Please let us know about your experience with our Summer Reading Program by filling out one of these Google Forms:
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~ Short-term Recurring Events:

Chess Club
For younger children who have never played chess before, here is your chance to learn! Get to know how each piece moves and how to set up the board. Enjoy different activities to learn how to play and practice playing against other beginners.
Tuesdays August 2 - August 30 at 6 p.m.
Open to kids in grades K-3.

~ Recurring Events:

Readers Club
Come read every Tuesday with your friends! For June, July, & August, enjoy One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. This fall we will be reading Becoming Naomi León by Pamela Muñoz Ryan.
Every Tuesday (unless 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 noted) at 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Open to ages 0-4.

Garden Club
Listen to garden-related stories, learn about worms and insects, and get some hands-on gardening experience — both indoors and outdoors!
Every Thursday (unless noted) at 4:00 p.m.
Open to kids in grades K-6.

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 3:30 to 3:45 p.m., and again from 3:45-4:00 p.m., from September 12 to December 15 (excluding 10/10, 10/31 & 11/24).
For grades K-6.

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 9/16, 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.

August Events:

Family Garden Harvest Day
Gather a variety of peppers, tomatoes, and herbs grown in the library garden, in coordination with New Brunswick 4-H and Esperanza Neighborhood Project!
Saturday August 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Open to all ages.

September Events:

Happy Birthday, America's National Parks!
Come celebrate the 100th birthday of America's National Parks! Have some birthday cake, do a fun scavenger hunt, find your "spirit animal," and talk to a real National Park Service Employee!
Wednesday September 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
For Grades K-6. Pre-registration required, sign-up in the Children's Room.

Roald Dahl Day
It's Roald Dahl's 100th birthday! We will celebrate with snacks, games, and activities exploring the author's famous works, including Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG!
Tuesday September 13 at 4:00 p.m.
For Grades K-6.

September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month!
Answer a Hispanic American Heritage trivia question each day to win a prize!

October Events:

Lego Club
Have fun and hone skills with everyone's favorite building blocks! Each month the Lego Club is presented with a new challenge. October's challenge is to create a balloon-powered Lego car.
Tuesday October 5 at 4:00 p.m.
For Grades K-6.

Listen to a story from a different country each month, then become the characters, using scripts to re-enact the story! In October, we will read a traditional and well-known Swedish folk tale called Stone Soup.
Tuesday October 5 at 4:00 p.m.
For Grades K-6.

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.
Mondays starting on October 17 at 4:00 p.m.
For children aged 2-7: pre-registration required! Please contact the Children’s Librarian for registration instructions.

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.

See our Google Calendar for all library events.

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