Event Details

  • Adult Events


    The NBFPL is proud to be a Libraries to Business advocate. Libraries are playing a vital role in helping NJ businesses and residents recover in the wake of economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many New Jersey libraries have banded together in order to continue to act in the way that they have for centuries: as a conduit for information. The calendar housed on libs2b.com represents combined efforts and expert insights from government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts. Visit the L2B calendar here.


    Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation

    Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m.
    Register for this program here.

    Imagine being able to access a sanctuary within whenever modern life gets too much. Can you imagine contentment and freedom from fear -- whenever you wish it? You are imagining the peace of body, mind, and soul that meditation can bring you. Meditation is the key to reducing stress and living a life of peace and love. Learn how to achieve a state of tranquility during this informative and educational program with long time meditator John Bednarik and Spanish translator John Calderon. There will be a short meditation sitting, too!

    Registration for this virtual program is required in order to get the Zoom meeting link.


    Virtual Zumba for Older Adults and Beginners

    Tuesday, August 3, at 10 a.m.

    Register here

    Brought back by popular demand! Have fun and get fit this summer with Eugenia Chiang of Genie Dance Fitness! This Zumba session will feature slower Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves. By participating in this online Zumba class, participants accept sole responsibility for any injury or other damages incurred, directly or indirectly, as a result of such participation, and waive any and all claims or causes of action against the library related to any such injury or other damages.

    Registration for this virtual program is required in order to get the Zoom meeting link.


    Photography Contest

    Submission Deadline: August 6, 2021.

    Register for these programs here.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 14th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2021! The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy. Two virtual workshops were presented in conjunction with the contest: Long Exposures in Nature Photography led by professional photographer Danielle Austen on June 10, and Street Photography Now and Then: How to Capture the Whole Story led by professional photographer Jim LaSala on June 17. Find more details on our Photo Contest page! Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.


    Easy Embroidery Workshop for Beginners

    Friday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

    Register in advance here.

    Join us for a very simple embroidery project in NBFPL's Virtual Makerspace! (For ages 8 and up.) We will keep the workshop small so register now as space is very limited. We will contact you to pick up the supply kit after you register.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Register in advance for this meeting here.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- now via Zoom! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Work on your current project, or start a new one with tips from other attendees. Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal group and not an instructional class.) Register here; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the second Thursday of each month though is taking a break in July. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


    Jackbox Trivia Night

    Friday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m.

    Register for this program here.

    It's Friday evening so let's have some fun and (virtually) meet new people! Join us on Zoom and play some silly trivia games by Jackbox Games. This program is for adults only. In order to play, you'll need access to two screens - one (often a computer) as your main screen to access our Zoom meeting, and one (often a smartphone or tablet) as your controller. A library souvenir (choose from mugs, earbuds, water bottles, canvas bags, etc.) will be awarded to winners at each round of games. (Prize pickup at the library will be arranged for a later date.) Space is limited to 8 people; first come, first served. Register here to get the Zoom link.


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  • English Language Programs

    Our library is proud to offer many opportunities for adult emerging bilinguals who are interested in improving their English language skills.

    If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    Exploring English through Storytelling

    Thursdays July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. via Zoom.

    Exploring English through Storytelling is a pilot program designed in collaboration with Rutgers Graduate School of Education for adult intermediate speakers of English. Interactive class sessions will explore popular children’s literature in English as we write stories and build vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and grammar skills. We will discuss stories, analyze narrative elements, and develop our storytelling voices.

    Space is limited. Once registered, you will be sent Zoom links to join the sessions. A Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants who attend all 4 sessions. For questions, contact Ana Maria at ama386@scarletmail.rutgers.edu; for general information, contact librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x29 or email at kavita@lmxac.org.


    Virtual English Conversation Group

    Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., from June 7 to August 9 via Zoom.

    This virtual group meets weekly via Zoom. Each week the group will discuss a topic in English to help improve their conversational skills. This program is intended for adults who know some English and want to improve their language skills. Please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or email kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or requests for more information.

    **If you are interested in volunteering to lead or assist our Virtual English Conversation Group, please contact Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org before registering.


    Virtual Citizenship Class

    Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library has again partnered with The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County to offer Citizenship Classes, this time via Zoom. Do you need to improve your English and pass the Citizenship Test? Do you need help with your Naturalization Application? This free virtual Citizenship class is available for beginner and intermediate English learners who are legal Permanent Residents (Green card holders). During the class, you will work with certified teachers and dedicated tutors to improve your English. The teachers are Board Certified to represent you with your citizenship case.

    To register, please call John Tello at 732-777-1940 (se habla Español). Zoom link will be provided once registered for the class. Feel free to call librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x29 or email at kavita@lmxac.org with questions.

  • Kids Events


    Outdoor* Story Time

    Mondays, June 7 - August 9, at 3:00 p.m.

    Enjoy the outdoors while listening to stories! Bring a blanket, wear a mask, and join us on the lawn in front of the Henry Guest House, next to the library. (*Weather permitting. If the weather does not permit us to meet outside, the Story Time will take place in the library's community room instead.)


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

    Our beloved Read & Play program is now virtual, via Zoom! Register using our read-and-play-form to receive a link via email to our weekly Zoom Room.

    For kids ages 0-4 and their caretakers. Call 732-745-5108 x13 with any questions.


    Math And Science Story Time (MASST)

    Thursdays, June 24 - August 12, at 6:00 p.m.
    Register here or call 732-745-5108 x13.

    Our bilingual Math And Science Story Time returns! Register for 8 sessions of stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 2-5 to important math and science concepts! This program will take place outdoors in front of the library. (Weather may cause the program to be held inside, in the library's community room.) /
    ¡Vuelve nuestra hora de cuentos bilingüe de matemáticas y ciencias! ¡Regístrese para 8 sesiones de cuentos, canciones y actividades diseñadas para introducir a los niños de 2 a 5 años conceptos importantes de matemáticas y ciencias! Este programa se llevará a cabo al aire libre frente a la biblioteca.


    Young Athletes

    Fridays, June 25 - August 13, at 10:00 a.m.
    Registration full.

    Children of all abilities ages 2-7 are invited to this outdoor sports program that improves gross motor, social, and language skills. (Weather may cause the program to be held inside, in the library's community room.) All children must participate with a parent/guardian. This program is sponsored by Special Olympics NJ. Registration is required: use this link, or call 732-745-5108 x13, or email kstuppi@lmxac.org.


    Bocce Ball

    Fridays, June 25 - August 13, at 3:00 p.m.
    Register here or call 732-745-5108 x13.

    Children of all abilities ages 8-14 are invited to learn and play Bocce Ball on the front lawn of the library! Improve motor skills while enjoying a fun outdoor game! (Weather may cause the program to be held inside, in the library's community room.) Registration suggested.


    Garden Club

    Mondays, June 28 - August 9, at 10:00 a.m.
    Registration full.

    Children ages 5-12 are invited to listen to stories, learn about gardening, and help grow vegetables in the library garden! (Weather may cause the program to be held inside, in the library's community room.) Registration is already full as of June 10! Please call or email kstuppi@lmxac.org if you'd like to get on the waiting list.


    Easy Embroidery Workshop for Beginners

    Friday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

    Register in advance here.

    Join us for a very simple embroidery project in NBFPL's Virtual Makerspace! (For ages 8 and up.) We will keep the workshop small so register now as space is very limited. We will contact you to pick up the supply kit after you register.


    Live (In Person) Animal Show

    Saturday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m.
    Registration required.

    Join us for our final Tails & Tales summer program event: a live animal show presented by Eyes of the Wild! Meet and learn about a variety of wild animals, such as a porcupine, a wallaby, and an alligator! This event will take place outdoors under a tent behind the library, rain or shine, and is for all ages.

    Registration is required at this link; call 732-745-5108 x13 or email kstuppi@lmxac.org for more information.


    Chalk Doodles

    Would you like to receive a personalized chalk doodle for your child from Ms. Karen? Just send your child’s first name and the name of their favorite animal to kstuppi@lmxac.org and she will email you back a photo of the chalk doodle!

  • Teen Events


    Summer Reading.

    All ages, from 0 to adult, can win prizes by participating in the library’s online summer reading program at nbfpl.readsquared.com. Visit our Summer Reading page for more information.


    Teen Tuesdays

    July 6 at 3:00 p.m. - What are you reading?
    July 13 at 3:00 p.m. - How's it going?
    July 20 at 3:00 p.m. - Book vs. Movie
    July 27 at 3:00 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group

    You can register for one or all of these Teen Tuesdays! (Each program has its own registration link.) When registering, you will need to provide an email address so we can you send the Zoom meeting link. Details and registration links are listed here:

    • Register for "What are you reading?": All teens are welcome to join this virtual program to discuss what books they are reading and what draws them to the titles they pick.
    • Register for "How's it going?": This program is a chance for teens to meet up virtually and discuss everything going on in the world today.
    • Register for "Book vs. Movie": This session we will be picking which book and movie we will be discussing at next month's meeting and what we all look for when comparing a movie to the book it was based on.
    • Register for "Teen Advisory Group": All teens are welcome to attend and discuss the programming and books they would like to see at the library. The library is happy to sign off on these meetings as a form of community service for those who need it.

    Easy Embroidery Workshop for Beginners

    Friday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

    Register in advance here.

    Join us for a very simple embroidery project in NBFPL's Virtual Makerspace! (For ages 8 and up.) We will keep the workshop small so register now as space is very limited. We will contact you to pick up the supply kit after you register.


    Live (In Person) Animal Show

    Saturday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m.
    Registration required.

    Join us for our final Tails & Tales summer program event: a live animal show presented by Eyes of the Wild! Meet and learn about a variety of wild animals, such as a porcupine, a wallaby, and an alligator! This event will take place outdoors under a tent behind the library, rain or shine, and is for all ages.

    Registration is required at this link; call 732-745-5108 x13 or email kstuppi@lmxac.org for more information.

  • All-Ages Events

    As with most other events, please feel free to call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20 for more information.


    Summer Reading!

    June 19 - August 14, 2021.

    Visit our Summer Reading page for more information about the virtual reading program for all ages! Or, go directly to nbfpl.readsquared.com for the reading program platform.


    Towel Sea Creatures Workshop

    Friday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m.

    Follow along via Zoom and learn how to fold towels into sea animals to give your home that 5-star hotel feel! You will need one large bath towel and one medium hand towel. This program is for all ages. Register here.


    Summer Afternoon Movies

    Come cool off in the library's Community Room while watching a fun movie! Showtime is 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

    Movie screenings are courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. For more information, contact Karen Stuppi at 732-745-5108 ext. 15 or email her at kstuppi@Lmxac.org.


    Photography Contest

    Submission Deadline: August 6, 2021.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 14th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2021! The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy. Two virtual workshops were presented in conjunction with the contest: Long Exposures in Nature Photography led by professional photographer Danielle Austen on June 10, and Street Photography Now and Then: How to Capture the Whole Story led by professional photographer Jim LaSala on June 17. Find more details on our Photo Contest page! Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.


    Live (In Person) Animal Show

    Saturday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m.
    Registration required.

    Join us for our final Tails & Tales summer program event: a live animal show presented by Eyes of the Wild! Meet and learn about a variety of wild animals, such as a porcupine, a wallaby, and an alligator! This event will take place outdoors under a tent behind the library, rain or shine, and is for all ages.

    Registration is required at this link; call 732-745-5108 x13 or email kstuppi@lmxac.org for more information.


    "On Demand"

    Virtual Holi Festival

    Available at this link; originally streamed on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 5 p.m.

    The Library celebrated its 12th annual and 1st virtual Indian Holi Festival in partnership with New Brunswick Cultural Center and Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association. This celebration of the Indian Festival of colors was offered virtually via YouTube/Facebook, for free and open to all ages. There are several music and dance performances, a painting tutorial, and a delicious Indian food demonstration by Majwani restaurant! All supplies for the painting tutorial as well as dry Holi colors were provided by registration and appointment.

    For more information, visit this page or contact librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20. You can also watch our promo video here!

    This project is funded with support from the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners, with support from the Folklife Program for New Jersey at the Arts Institute of Middlesex County, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Our additional program sponsors are South Asian Total Health Initiative, Navrang Dance Academy, Sowparnika Dance Academy, Taalim School of Indian Music, Mejwani Indian Restaurant, and WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Radio.


    Option Green 2021 Programs

    Documentary Discussion: "Decoding the Weather Machine" with Dr. David A. Robinson (went live on January 13 at 7:30 p.m.)

    Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe with Dr. Tait Chirenje, Stockton University (went live on February 9 at 7:00 p.m.)

    Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice with Dr. Maritza Jauregui, Stockton University (went live on March 11 at 7:00 p.m.)

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a community partner for the Option Green: Climate Change & Community virtual event series, a partnership between the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Please visit the EBPL's webpage for details.


    Virtual Multicultural Festival

    Available at this link; originally streamed on Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    The Library held a Virtual Multicultural Festival in cooperation with New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. This program was free and open to all ages. The festivities included music and dance performances, arts, crafts, and a free raffle. We showcased cultural celebrations from several countries such as Mexico, Hungary, India, China, Peru, Caribbean and many more. You may still use this link to view this vibrant virtual event!

    Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State. Our additional program sponsors are Navrang Dance Academy, Events USA Now, Holy Family Parish, and American Hungarian Foundation.



    Past Programs

    Please visit the Visual Arts page to see information about, as well as photos and the presentation from, the New Brunswick Free Public Library's 2019 Visual Arts Contest.


    Check back for details on upcoming events! You can view photos from past events on our Flickr page.

  • Makerspace Events

    Makerspace

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace provides workshops and craft nights. The library's community room will function as the maker-space during event dates, unless otherwise noted.

    ~ All programming will be virtual for the time being. Please check back for updates. ~

    This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


    Easy Embroidery Workshop for Beginners

    Friday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

    Register in advance here.

    Join us for a very simple embroidery project in NBFPL's Virtual Makerspace! (For ages 8 and up.) We will keep the workshop small so register now as space is very limited. We will contact you to pick up the supply kit after you register.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Second Thursday of the month *with no meeting in July* at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Register in advance for this meeting here.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- now via Zoom! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Work on your current project, or start a new one with tips from other attendees. Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal group and not an instructional class.) Register here; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    The Knitting/Crocheting Club meets on the second Thursday of each month though is taking a break in July. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented with thanks to the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    Book Club

    Monday, June 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library Book Club will discuss The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides via Teleconference phone call. This Book Club is open to everyone: To register, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. Log-in information will be sent out to registrants before the meeting.