LMxAC Bingo runs from June 15 to August 15, 2106. You can pick up a Bingo Card at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, and get it stamped at the Reference Desk. You must then visit other libraries within the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium to get more squares on your Bingo Card stamped: collect six stamps in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally to be eligible for a prize. Fill out the entire card to be eligible to win a larger prize! Visit this page for the complete rules and directions.
*NEW!* Hoopla Digital
New Brunswick Free Public Library patrons can take advantage of a new service through the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC).
As of June 20, 2016, thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks are available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. LMxAC library patrons can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit www.lmxac.org/info and select hoopla to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.
As of June 2015, library users have access to IndieFlix with the LMxAC subscription. Use the same account you created for Zinio, or create a login if you are new to the RBdigital services. "This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can't get anywhere else."
Downloadable Library Materials!
The New Brunswick Free Public Library as well as other libraries in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC) have downloadable magazines at no cost through Zinio. With a library card you have unlimited simultaneous access to digital magazines that can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. You can browse the complete magazine including full color picture and ads. Additional features allow resizing of text and keyword searching.
Library patrons have access to over 1,000 popular magazines, everything from art to yoga. Titles include Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Science, and Rolling Stone. There are many specialty magazines in the fields of sports, health, technology, business, cars, and food. There are several titles available for children and in Spanish.
Search for, check out, and download eBooks and/or electronic audiobooks using your library card at eLibraryNJ! The New Brunswick Free Public Library, as part of the LMxAC, is a Member Library of this handy service: Select "Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium" as "your library" when prompted, then simply log in with your library card and PIN! (Call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 if you do not know your PIN).
Download classic books from OneClickDigital! After a quick one-time account set-up process, requiring only simple information and your New Brunswick Free Public Library card number, NBFPL patrons can access 200 Classic e-audiobook titles and 85 Classic e-Book titles using this new library subscription.
Driver's Education Program
The library has signed up for a free Driver's Education Program from Driving-Tests.org. This site provides free practice tests and more. No log-in required: just click and learn!
Mobile Library App
LMxPRESS is a mobile app designed to keep you connected to your library wherever and whenever you need us!
With LMxPRESS you can search our collection, place holds, renew items, check the status of items and seamlessly access eLibraryNJ to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download LMxPRESS by searching for LMxPRESS at your mobile device's App Store or pointing your mobile browser to lmxac.boopsie.com. LMxPRESS is provided at no cost to library users.
This project is sponsored by the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium. Some funding for this project has been provided by LibraryLinkNJ. LibraryLinkNJ and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.
Follow the Library on Twitter - @NBFPLNJ - to keep up to date on library events, library-related news, and local items of interest!
Find out all about our Handcrafting Makerspace here! Launched in September 2014, this is an exciting expansion of the library's services!
Local Radio Stories
The library now has digitized copies of the WDHN radio program "Magic Carpet" from 78 rpm phonograph records that were donated to the library. Local residents Virginia Bogan and her daughter Debby Bogan hosted the program which recounts their global travels, observations, and incidentals of life in New Brunswick. WDHN was a New Brunswick radio station owned and operated by the Daily Home News and the Boyd family during the mid-20th century. The recordings have been digitized by Safe Sound Archives with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Excerpts can be found on our Archive website and the discs can be accessed in our Reference Room.
Past programs, exhibits, and similar:
"Freedom: Capture your World!" was the theme for the library's 2016 Photography Contest and Exhibit. The contest ran from February 1 to May 21, and the exhibit opened on June 10. Download a slideshow of all submitted photos here. View pictures of the reception and workshops on our Flickr page.
The library's Photography Contest, Exhibit, and related workshops have been an annual tradition for 9 years now. Grant funding was provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.
The 2015 Photography Contest and Exhibit had the theme "Take Your Best Shot." View winning photographs on our Facebook Page here, and pictures of the photography workshops on our Flickr page: view the first workshop here; the second workshop here; and third workshop here. Download the PowerPoint presentation which includes all submitted photos here. As with preceding years of the Photo Contest and related events: Grant funding was provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
"New Brunswick: Our Town" was a collaborative theme for the library's 2014 Photography Contest and Exhibition, inspired by and in cooperation with the Hub City's celebration of the 75th annivesary of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Winners of the contest were announced at a reception on April 24. View pictures of the reception here, and the presentation showing all submitted photos here.
The library presented its first ever Adult Summer Reading program in 2013. We had a total of 43 registrants and 112 book reviews submitted. Our Adult Summer Reading Page is updated each year with details about the current program: Check back each summer to see what we're doing!
The library's 2013 Photography Contest was themed "New Brunswick: My City." Submitted photos were taken between April 8 and June 21; winners were announced at the Exhibit Reception on July 12, 2013. View the slideshow of all submissions here! See pictures of the reception on Flickr.
The library participated in The Fertile Crescent project in the Fall of 2012. Check out our Fertile Crescent web page for more details!
The traveling exhibition Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War was at the library from August 15 until September 28, 2012. The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. View this web page to find out more about the exhibit and the events the library presented to accompany it, in observance of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War!
"New Brunswick in Motion" was the theme of the library's 2012 Photography Contest, which was held in the Spring instead of the Summer this year. View a PDF slideshow of all submissions, starting with the winners! Also see pictures of the Photography Contest Reception (held on June 8) on our Flickr account.
Check out our Sendak exhibit page to see pictures and videos of, and information about, the "In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak" traveling exhibit the library hosted from September 7 until October 13, 2011.
Our Summer 2011 Photography Contest was themed "New Brunswick Unique." View a PDF slideshow of the submitted photos to see how that theme was captured!
The library hosted the traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate" during the summer of 2010. Visit our Fires of Hate exhibit page to see videos from our Closing Reception for that exhibit.
By popular demand, here is a PDF version of Ms. Thompson's "From New Brunswick to Uganda" presentation, which she presented in October 2009.
Visit our New Brunswick Stories page to hear New Brunswick residents' stories captured by StoryCorps, "an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate lives through listening."
Check out a newspaper article about when our historic doll house was refurbished in 2011. The dollhouse is now located in the hallway next to the Children's Room (near the Community Room) and can be viewed by anyone, any time the library is open.
This "user-friendly redesigned site provides those in need with quick access to the agencies, information and comprehensive information they need and complements the NJ 2-1-1 call line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year long and serves the hearing impaired through its TTY services. Both the NJ 2-1-1 call line and website provide services in multiple languages."
The New Jersey State Library created the NJ Works @ Your Library website to provide access to resources useful in job searching, skill improvement, self-education and more!
Check out this helpful website from the New Jersey State Library, designed to provide assistance through difficult economic times! With links to resources under the headings Financial Tools, Housing Tools, Health Tools, and more, this is a useful collection of information.
Check out the Snapshot Day website to learn about a "day in the life of New Jersey libraries" in 2009. Snapshot Day is a great way to capture the importance of libraries.
Click here to see some NBFPL patron comments and statistics from Snapshot Day 2012!