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.
You may direct questions to
Yesenia Hernandez, President
Marilyn Herod, Secretary
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer
Cecilia Claflen (1922 - 2015)
Friends of the Library Events
George Washington’s Nemesis by Christian McBurney
Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Christian McBurney will speak on his book, George Washington’s Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee, on Saturday, June 17, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the New Brunswick Historical Society, and is free and open to the public.
Lee was in command of half the Continental Army at the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse in June 1778. Afterwards, he was convicted for failing to attack the enemy and for an unwarranted retreat. McBurney holds that Lee actually saved a good part of the army from probable destruction. The first court-martial sessions, which included Lee dramatically interrogating Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens, were held in New Brunswick.
Christian McBurney has authored six books on the Revolution. His latest book is Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade. He is President of The George Washington American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia, and is the founder and publisher of Rhode Island’s leading history blog at smallstatebighistory.com.
*Come early to join in on the annual meeting of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library! Contact
Friends' Board Meetings
First Monday of each month (except January) through June, at 5:00 p.m.
These meetings are open to the public. The meetings may take place in the Community Room or the Henry Guest House, next to the library. Please call ahead or ask at the Reference Desk for exact location.
The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, 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 and other materials must be in good condition with no water damage, mildew, underlining or similar marring.
- All books must have covers.
- 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.
- DVDs and CDs must be commercially issued and in good condition.
The Library and the Friends thank you for your continued support!