Event Details

  • ESL

    Our library is proud to offer many opportunities to improve English language skills. A list of our ESL programs can be downloaded with this link. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    ESL Conversation Groups

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

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring ESL Conversation Groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The goals of this adult ESL program are: To provide English language instruction, to help adults gain motivational skills and knowledge to pursue further education and training, and to enhance the parenting skills of adult participants. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." Students must be over the age of 18 and be able to speak some English.

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

    To join an ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the library.


    English Conversation Café

    Wednesday mornings, February 7 – April 18, 2018 (with no meeting March 14) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Wednesday evenings, February 21 – April 18, 2018 (with no meeting March 14) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Fridays, February 16 – April 20, 2018 (with no meeting March 16 or 30) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    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.

    To join a Conversation Café, please fill out a registration form and return it to the library.

    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.


    JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

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

    February 26 - May 21, 2018 and June 11 - September 10, 2018 (with no class on 9/3).

    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.


    New! ESL for Teens

    Teen English Conversation Café

    Saturdays, January 27, 2018 to April 28 (with no sessions on March 10 or 17) from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    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 10 sessions.

    *Please note that the grade levels now include grades 7 and 8! (Previously it was for grades 9-12.)

    To join, please complete a registration form at the library or download one here. For more information, please contact Teen Librarian Trevor Hotalen at thotalen@lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20. This program is possible thanks to a partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

  • Kids Events

    Our programs for kids are diverse and cover a wide range of interests. Register for our programs by calling (732) 745-5108 ext. 16. If you have any questions about our events for kids, please send us your messages! Call us at (732) 745-5108 ext. 15. Email our Children's Librarian, Karen, at: kstuppi@lmxac.org. Or email our Middle-Grade Librarian, Chelsea, at: chelsea@lmxac.org


    A.S.K. Club

    Mondays, February 26 through April 16, at 4:00 p.m.

    Beat the winter blues with hands-on science & math fun! The A.S.K. (After School Kids') Club explores science and math concepts in fun ways!

    For grades 4 and up. Parents are also welcome: see your student build the critical thinking skills they need, and have some fun yourself! Please register at the Children's Circulation Desk.


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays, through June 26, 2018 (with no meeting on February 6), at 4:00 p.m.

    Are you in grade 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you a resident of New Brunswick, and interested in making your community a better place? Are you free on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to attend meetings? If you answered yes to all of these, come join the Kids' Community Council! We are New Brunswick kids who meet once a week to discuss issues important to us and help take care of the library. Snacks provided!

    Please fill out the registration form at this link, or pick up a copy in the Children's Room. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Parents and other caregivers: bring your little ones for storytime and play at the library!

    Open to ages 0-4


    More Play Time

    Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

    Join Ms. Luz from The Children's Center of Middlesex County for some additional play time immediately after the library's Read & Play Story Time. (Come to either or both!)

    Open to ages 0-4


    Young Athletes

    Thursdays, March 1 through April 5, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

    This free, inclusive sports play program helps children ages 2 - 7 to improve gross motor skills, improve social and language skills, and develop skills for future participation in sports.

    All children must participate with a parent or adult guardian. All participants must wear athletic shoes. Siblings and friends are encouraged to participate!

    Registration is required and is to be done online here.


    * Check out other tabs on this page to see what else the library has to offer, such as Annual Events, Movie Nights, and Makerspace programs!

  • Teen Events

    We offer events just for teens, including programs involving gaming, coding, and more.


    Speak Up, Speak Out!

    Workshops on Thursdays, February 8, March 1, and March 29; Community Showcase on April 25; all from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

    Join The New Jersey Orators as they host a series of workshops to help young adults with public speaking at the library! (Registration/Orientation date was January 25, but you can still register at the February 8 workshop.) Open to those in middle and high school.


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays, through June 26 (with no meeting on February 6), at 4:00 p.m.

    Are you in grade 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you a resident of New Brunswick, and interested in making your community a better place? Are you free on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to attend meetings? If you answered yes to all of these, come join the Kids' Community Council! We are New Brunswick kids who meet once a week to discuss issues important to us and help take care of the library. Snacks provided!

    Please fill out the registration form at this link, or pick up a copy in the library. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Wednesdays at 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's video games.

    Open to tweens and teens. Please see calendar for dates.


    Hour of Code

    Thursdays between 2:30 & 6 p.m. in the Teen Room

    Learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. Just come to the Teen Room during its open hours on Thursdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students in grades 7 - 12.


    Teen English Conversation Café

    Saturdays, January 27, 2018 to April 28 (with no sessions on March 10 or 17) from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    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 10 sessions.

    To join, please complete a registration form at the library or download one here. For more information, please contact Teen Librarian Trevor Hotalen at thotalen@lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20. This program is possible thanks to a partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    * Check out other tabs on this page to see what else the library has to offer, such as Annual Events, Movie Nights, and Makerspace programs!

  • Adult Events

    Our events for adults span a broad range of interests and information. To register for these events or ask for more info, please call us at (732) 745-5108 ext. 20. We can also be reached by email at: nbfpl@lmxac.org


    Black History Month Program

    Keynote on Saturday, February 3, at 1 p.m.
    Collection Day on February 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    The New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee, Inc. presents their annual Black History Month Program, "Telling Our Stories: Collecting and Preserving for Truth and Social Justice", at the library. The keynote speaker will be Deborah Salahu-Din, Curator for the African American History Museum at the Smithsonian. An exhibit highlighting New Brunswick African American issues will be on display in the library's Community Room for the entire month. Come on Saturday the 24th to take part in collecting family history, photos, and interviews!

    Download a flyer here.


    Parent Workshop: Immunizations

    Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend this Parent Workshop about immunizations, presented by the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium!

    Download a flyer here.


    Job Search Workshop: Path to Employment

    Thursday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    At this month's Path to Employment Workshop: Learn how to start your job search, set your career goals, and organize your job search.

    This workshop is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections.


    Calling All Poets!

    Submission deadline: Friday, March 16.

    Poetry Reading: Monday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 20th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2018.

    The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16. All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Poetry Reading at the New Brunswick Free Public Library on Monday, April 23.

    For details on submitting poems, a Poetry Submission Form is available at the Library’s Reference Desk or it can be downloaded here. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com or call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information.


    Career Assistance

    Mondays & Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.;

    Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

    Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (when the library is open).

    Stop by our Reference Room and get assistance from our career counselors. They offer help with resume writing, career searching, and referral services. This program is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections.

    Open to everyone. No registration is required.


    Computer Skills Tutoring

    By appointment only during Rutgers semesters, October - May.

    Looking for help with learning to use a computer? We have volunteers who offer one-on-one tutoring sessions to go over skills such as keyboarding and mouse fundamentals, basic word processing, and Internet and email essentials. Stop by or call the Reference Desk to schedule a tutoring session.

    Volunteer tutors are sponsored by the Rutgers Give Where You Live Program.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    2nd Thursday of each month

    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)

    For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org


    * Check out other tabs on this page to see what else the library has to offer, such as Movie Nights, Makerspace programs, and events presented by the Friends of the Library!

  • Annual All-Ages Events

    The library has several special, annual events open to all ages. As with most other events, please feel free to call the Reference Desk at (732) 745-5108 ext. 20 for more information, though most of these events have specific contact people to whom questions may be addressed.


    Chinese New Year Celebration

    Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library will ring in the Year of the Dog with an afternoon of crafts and performances. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, this festive program will feature Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, paper cutting, colorful folk dancing, and music performances led by the students and teachers from the Edison Chinese School. Delicious food will also be served. Bring the whole family to learn about Chinese culture and celebrate the New Year with us!

    This event is free and open to all. For more information, please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at 732-745-5108 or htang@lmxac.org.


    National Poetry Month Celebration

    Anthology Submission deadline: Friday, March 16.

    Poetry Reading: Monday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 20th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2018.

    The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16. All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Poetry Reading at the New Brunswick Free Public Library on Monday, April 30.

    For details on submitting poems, a Poetry Submission Form is available at the Library’s Reference Desk or it can be downloaded here. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com or call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information.


    Holi Festival

    Saturday, April 7, from 1:00 to 3 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room;
    Color Play begins at 3 p.m. on the library's front lawn, weather permitting.

    The library will celebrate its 9th annual Indian Holi Festival in cooperation with Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Hindu Students Council, and South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI). Please join us for a vibrant, fun-filled celebration of the Indian Festival of colors! This program is free and open to all ages.

    The festivities begin with Mehndi (Indian henna tattoo), a display of regional dresses and jewelry, and crafts for children. There will be music and dance performances, delicious Indian food, and a free raffle.

    Weather permitting, join us on the library’s front lawn after the performances if you wish to participate in the Holi Color Festivity (dry and wet colors). Please make sure to wear old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and please understand that you will not be allowed back in the building after color play.

    For more information, please contact librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.

    Funding provided in part by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Folklife Program for New Jersey, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Our additional program sponsors are New Brunswick Cultural Center, Kalyanni Performing Arts Education, Taalim School of Indian Music, Music Souls, Indo- American Festivals Inc., TV ASIA, WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Radio, Radio Zindagi 1600 AM, Mirchi Restaurant in North Brunswick, and Bollywood Tadka restaurant in East Brunswick.

  • 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.

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


    Sewing Night: Travel Neck Pillow

    Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. On this evening, come make a neck pillow to make your travels more comfortable!

    Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate. Registration is suggested.


    Makers Day

    Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    We'll be celebrating the fourth annual NJ Makers Day on this day. The NBFPL Makerspace will be open almost all day with different maker stations, including sewing, fabric painting, sugar scrubs, button making, and more! Stop on by to create something special!


    Sewing Night: Travel Tissue Cover

    Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. On this evening, make an attractive cover/case for tissues that you can easily take with you on the go!

    Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate. Registration is suggested.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    2nd Thursday of each month

    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)

    For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org

  • Monday Movie Nights

    Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! Showtime for all movies is 6:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

    These movies are being shown pursuant to a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Check back for additional dates and titles for the library's Monday Movie Nights!

  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented by the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    The Friends' Book Club

    The book club usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month (with some exceptions) at 1:30 p.m. next door in the Henry Guest House. (Occasionally the meetings will be in the library's Community Room instead; please check at the Reference Desk if you have questions.) The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it.

    Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2017-2018 here.

    • Sept. 25 - Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett:
      Conversations with people whose insights kindle a sense of wonder and courage.
    • Oct. 23 - Moonglow (A Novel) by Michael Chabon: 
      A memoir of the author's grandfather.
    • Nov. 27 - Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom:
      Based on two separate conversations between the author and two clergy, a New Jersey rabbi and a Detroit minister.
    • Dec. 18 - When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson:
      A crime novel that explores how the past can affect the future and how choices have lasting implications.
    • Jan. 22, 2018 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:
      A novel that explores the foundational sins of America.
    • Feb. 26 - Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal:
      The author, a Dutch-American primatologist, shows there is no clear behavioral division between animals and ourselves.
    • Mar. 26 - Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life Amy E. Herman:
      A guide to seeing what others do not.
    • Apr. 23 - The Sellout by Paul Beatty:
      A satirical novel about a narrator who tries to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
    • May 21 - Lost In The City by Edward P. Jones:
      A collection of 14 short stories about African Americans in Washington D.C. in the 20th century.
    • June 11 - All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones:
      A continuation of the lives described in Lost In The City.

    Saturday Program

    On Saturday, March 3, at noon, the Friends will present the Cool Women Poets. For more information, visit their website here.