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 and then mail it or bring it in to the library.

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Executive Board

Yesenia Hernandez, President
Marilyn Herod, Secretary
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer

Robert Belvin
Joyce Browning
Deborah Celey

Honorary Board

Marie Borbely
Cecilia Claflen (1922 - 2015)
Jennie Fischer

Friends of the Library Events

"HERSTORIES" Themed Poetry Reading by Cool Women Poets

Saturday, March 7, at 12 noon.

Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members – Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson - have deep New Jersey roots. Since their debut in Princeton on Valentine’s Day 2000, they have given dozens of readings in the tri-state area and as far away as Portland, Oregon. Each of the Cool Women is widely published on her own. Collectively they have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, have won countless prizes, grants, fellowships, and awards, and have written several dozen books. This year they celebrate 25 years as a group and 21 years of performing together.

This program is free and open to the public.

Book Club

The book club meets one Monday per month (except during the summer) at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Guest House, next to the library. (Please ask inside the library if you have questions about the location.) The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it. The library will often have copies of the Book Club book set aside for the upcoming discussion: just ask at the front desk.

Please download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2019-2020 here.

Book Sale

The Friends sell a wide array of items at incredibly low prices at their Book Sale, in order to raise money to benefit the library. Only cash and checks are accepted. The dates and times for the next Book Sale are as follows:

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. &
Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and some other materials. Library staff evaluate all materials to see if the items can be added to the collection. Materials not added to the collection may be sold at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Due to space limitations, the library can only accept a limited amount of donations at a time. Please call ahead (732-745-5108 x20) before bringing in materials.

We hold some guidelines for what is accepted and what is not. Please review them before preparing your donations to us.

  • Books must be in good condition with no water damage, mildew, underlining or similar marring.
  • Paperbacks must have covers.
  • DVDs and CDs must be commercially issued and in good condition.
  • All sets must be complete.
  • Textbooks must be published within the last three years.
  • No case law, condensed, or medical procedure texts.
  • No magazines.
  • No audio or video tapes, or LP records.

The Library and the Friends thank you for your continued support!