New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick Free Public Library


The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents our fifth annual Adult Summer Reading Program in 2017! The theme this year is "Build a Better World!" Any adult (at least 18 years of age) may participate in this program, regardless of residency.
~ (Information about the youth Summer Reading programs can be found on the Kids' Events Page and the Teen Events Page.) ~

Build a Better World

The Adult Summer Reading Program runs from June 24 through August 18, 2017. No specific registration is required, only participation -- and participation is easy! This year, we're doing something different: the adult and young adult departments are challenging the Children's Room to see which department gets the largest number of books read during the summer. All you have to do is fill out a bookmark (available at the Main Circulation Desk) with the number of books you have read: you can do this as many times as you would like, any time you have finished reading some books, beginning on or after the Summer Reading Kick-Off on 6/24. These bookmarks will not only keep track of the number of books read, but will also serve as entries into our Prize Drawing on Friday, August 18!

The library will also host multiple events during the summer: See below for details!

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, as well as the following sponsors:

Constellation     Barnes&Noble

Help "Build a Better World" with these Events!

All of these Summer events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of these events, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or email

Download a calendar of events here.

*Please note that the Consumer Fraud Workshop originally scheduled for Wednesday August 16 has been rescheduled to Friday August 25.*

Adult Coloring Club
Come join other coloring enthusiasts at the library! Bring your favorite crayons, markers, or colored pencils, or borrow ours for the afternoon. The library will supply different coloring pages ranging from easy to intricate that you can take home afterwards.
Thursday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House (next to the library).
Registration suggested: stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext.20.

Submit all Summer Reading Bookmarks by the end of the day Thursday August 17 to be eligible for the End-of-Program Prize Drawing the following day!

~ Family Event (Not on the Adult Summer Reading events calendar.)
Feelin’ stressed? Come Relax! Learn how to feel calm with yoga and mindfulness. Why practice yoga and mindfulness? It helps train the brain to pay attention, it teaches us to handle stress better, it helps us choose kindness, and it makes us feel great!
Thursday August 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to families and/or all ages. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible, as mat supplies are limited.

Consumer Fraud Workshop - RESCHEDULED!*
A representative from NJ Consumer Affairs will be present to help you protect yourself against consumer fraud. Learn about IRS phone scams, lottery scams, email and text messaging scams, and identify theft.
*NEW DATE= Friday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Register by visiting the Reference Desk or calling 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Build a Better World

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