English Language Programs

Our library is proud to offer many opportunities for adult emerging bilinguals who are interested in improving their English language skills. A list of our adult English Language Programs can be downloaded with this link o en español aquí. We also have an English Conversation Café for teens during the fall of 2018: please see below for more details. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


English for Beginners

Registration is required.

This class is specifically for those new to the English language and is free, with all materials provided. Pre-registration is required and participants must be age 18 or older. Those interested in attending this class should fill out a registration form and return it to the library before attending the class. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 732-659-4359 with questions. You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish.

Volunteer Opportunity

The English for Beginners program offers regular opportunities for community volunteers to be trained as small group leaders in various English Language Programs. Please email Jessica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Akisha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 732-659-4359 with questions.


English Conversation Groups

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring English Conversation Groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The goal of this program is to provide English language conversation practice to support further education and workplace training. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." Participants must be age 18 or older and have at least an intermediate understanding of and ability to speak English.

One group meets on Tuesdays and one group meets on Thursdays. You can attend one or both of these groups.

To join an English Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and bring it with you on the evening you would like to attend.


English Conversation Café

Fall 2018 dates and times:

Tuesdays *for Novice English Speakers*, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. October 9 - December 4, with no meeting on November 20.

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. September 26 - December 5, with no meeting on November 21.

Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. October 12 - December 7, with no meeting on November 23.

The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group for adult language learners. Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics. Conversation Facilitators are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through academic courses and professional development offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Participants must be age 18 or older. All levels welcome.

To join a Conversation Café, please fill out a registration form and return it to the library. You may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/send a text to 732-659-0590.

This program is made possible through a partnership of the New Brunswick Free Public Library and The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships, a program created by Rutgers Graduate School of Education and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.


Teen English Conversation Café

Saturdays September 22 – December 8 (with no session on November 24) from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

Teens in grades 7-12 can join this English Conversation Café for free! English-speakers of any level are welcome. Receive a Certificate of Attendance if you attend at least 8 sessions.

To join, please complete a registration form at the library. (You may also download an application here.) For more information, please contact Teen Librarian Trevor Hotalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

This program is possible thanks to a partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.



Also available

JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 4, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2019 (with no class on 12/27 & 1/3); Feb. 7 – May 9, 2019; May 30 – Aug. 29, 2019.

Do you need help preparing for your Naturalization interview? Learn what you need to know in order to pass your exam. The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County offers Citizenship Classes at the library! These classes provide opportunities to learn about U.S. government and U.S. history and to improve English language skills, while preparing for the Citizenship Exam. Immigration and Citizenship application assistance provided as well.

Please call the JFS office at 732-777-1940 with any questions and to register.