Event Details

  • 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


    Meditation for Peace and Well Being

    Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Many people all over the world are turning to meditation to help them lead a more peaceful and healthy life-style. Scientific studies have proven that the practice of meditation reduces stress and anxiety, as well as decreases the risk of disease. Many doctors recommend meditation to their patients, and those who practice meditation attest to its healing power in their lives.

    Please join Jim Rose, long time meditator, for this engaging and informative workshop and learn to incorporate a simple yet powerful technique into your life.


    Career Connections Workshop: Top Notch Resumes

    Tuesday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Join us in an interactive resume workshop to learn step-by-step tools and tips to write the most effective resume! Free and open to the public.

    This workshop is possible thanks to the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


    Career Assistance

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

    Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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.


    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


    Computer Skills Tutoring

    By appointment only during Rutgers semesters, October - April.

    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.


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

  • 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; a schedule of the programs can be downloaded here, in both English and Spanish. We also have an English Conversation Café for teens: please see below for more details. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    English for Beginners

    Information Sessions were held on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. - & - Saturday, April 13 at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

    Next cycle: April 29 - June 22.

    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 nbenglishforbeginners@gmail.com 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 visit this page for current opportunities, or email Jessica at Jessica.nbfpl@gmail.com or Akisha at akisha.nbfpl@gmail.com or call/text 732-659-4359 with questions.


    English Conversation Groups

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

    (January 15 - May 23, 2019.)

    ~ No meeting on April 25.

    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

    Summer 2019 dates and times to be announced soon!

    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, though the Tuesday Café is specifically for novice English speakers.

    To join a Conversation Café, please fill out a registration form and return it to the library. You may also e-mail conversationcafes@gmail.com or call/send a text to 732-659-0590. Download a schedule of all Spring 2019 Conversation Cafés here.

    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, February 2 – May 4 (*no sessions on April 20 & 27), 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 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 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. Download a flyer (in English and en español) for more information.



    Also available

    JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

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

    Currently scheduled dates: February 7 – May 9, 2019; May 30 – August 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.

  • 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


    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.


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays, January 8 - May 21 (with no meeting on 4/16 & 5/7), 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, available in the Children's Room. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    Garden Club

    Thursday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m.

    Kick off the garden season at the library! Using materials we received as a Kids Gardening grant winner, we will make paper pots and plant sunflower and squash seeds. Come join us!

    For children in grades K-6.


    Lego Club

    Friday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m.

    This month, build a volcano out of Legos. Then create lava to make it erupt!

    For children in grades K-6.


    Live Broadcast

    Tuesday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m.

    As part of the In Search of Earth's Secrets exhibit, a scientist currently working on board the JOIDES Resolution will Skype to the library and give us a live tour of the ship as it sails near the southern tip of South America.

    Children, teens, and adults are all welcome.


    Garden Club

    Thursdays, May 9 & 23, at 4:00 p.m.

    On 5/9: Listen to some garden stories. Then plant tomato and bean seeds, some for the library garden and some to take home!

    On 5/23: Let's put together a mobile garden wall! And, weather permitting, we can begin planting outdoors in the library garden!

    For children in grades K-6.


    Lego Club

    Friday, May 31, at 3:30 p.m.

    Play a Lego board game. Your goal: to have the tallest tower at the end of the game!

    For children in grades K-6.


    ~ 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.


    Manga Club

    Tuesday, April 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Room.

    A place for children and teens grades 4 through 12 to talk about their favorite manga titles and what makes these books so great. On special occasions we will watch anime episodes through the Library’s Crunchyroll account.


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays, January 8 - May 21 (with no meeting on 4/16 & 5/7), 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 a registration form, available in the Children's Room. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    Teen Zone

    Every other Wednesday -- May 1, 15, & 29 -- from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

    This will be a place and time for teens to try different activities and hang out with friends.

    This program is for teens in grades 7 - 12.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Wednesdays, April 24, May 8 & 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 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.


    Hour of Code

    Thursdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours

    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.


    Friday Afternoon Magic

    Fridays, April 26 and May 3, 17, 24, & 31, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Room.

    This is a time for anyone interested in playing Magic the Gathering to meet up and play a few games.

    This program is open to young adults in grades 6 through college, of all levels of experience.


    Teen English Conversation Café

    Saturdays, February 2 – May 4 (*no sessions on April 20 & 27), 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 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 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. Download a flyer (in English and en español) for more information.


    ~ 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!

  • 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.


    Photography Contest and Workshops

    Workshop 1; Expanding Your Approach to Landscape by professional photographer & author Joel Simpson: Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

    Workshop 2; The Fine Art of Black & White Photography by professional photographer & speaker Michael S. Miller: Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.

    Workshop 3; The Essentials of Digital Photography by Princeton Photo Workshop: Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.

    Deadline for contest submission: May 10th, 2019.

    Photography Contest Exhibition Reception: Friday, June 14th, at 6:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its 12th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit! The theme this year (2019) is "Love and Unity." The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy (o aquí en español.)

    Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a joint exhibition at the New Brunswick Free Public Library and Above Art Studios. A panel of professional photographers and library staff will judge the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners will be announced at the Reception. For more details, please visit the Photo Contest page here.

    Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State.


    Poetry Month Celebration Anthology Reading

    Monday, April 29 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 21st annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2019. 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 was extended to Monday, March 11. (It was originally March 1.)

    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 29, at 7:00 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

    For details on submitting poems, a Poetry Submission Form can be downloaded here. Please note the submission limit of one poem per person. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com or call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information.


    Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza

    Saturday, May 4, 2019, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
    (Rain date: Sunday, May 5.)

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library, in collaboration with Lazos America Unida and Rutgers Center for Latino Arts & Culture, presents their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Some highlights of the fiesta will be re-enactor Domingo Camarillo as Benito Juárez, President of Mexico, and dance performances by Ballet Folklórico LAU and Kalpulli Tlalhuitzilli. The event includes family entertainment that promotes Mexican culture, such as sombrero crafts, face painting, piñata, Mexican folk music, and ethnic refreshments.

    A parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. from the library to Joyce Kilmer Park, where festivities will continue with music and dance performances as well as food vendors until 6:00 p.m.

    Additional program sponsors include Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB), Professional Latino Firefighters of Central New Jersey: New Brunswick Chapter, New Labor, Cosecha, and Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

    Funding provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


    Visual Arts Contest

    View the submissions to our first Visual Arts Contest, held in 2018, in this PowerPoint presentation.


    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.

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


    Sewing 101

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks.

    Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. - Come make a drawstring backpack!

    Wednesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. - On this evening, we'll be making beach blankets!

    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! Open to appropriate ages according to movie rating (movie ratings are listed below).

    Movie screenings are courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.

    Showtime is 6:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    • June movies TBA
      Movie titles for our "Juneteenth Monday Movie Nights" will be announced soon.

    Dates and titles are subject to change. Please 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. (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.

    Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2018-2019 here.

    • Sept. 24 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:
      A heartwarming story of what happens when a couple with two young children moves next door to a cranky old man.
    • Oct. 22 - The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:
      A New York Times notable book for 2004, it is a history of the Dutch founding of Manhattan.
    • Nov. 26 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee:
      The story of a Korean family, first in Japanese occupied Korea and then in Japan from before WWII to the late 80s.
    • Dec. 17* - Soul of America by Jon Meacham:
      A perspective on American history when we have chosen kindness over paranoia and rancor. (*Date changed from Dec. 10.)
    • Jan. 28, 2019 - Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout:
      A collection of short stories.
    • Feb. 25 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:
      The Man Booker 2017 winning novel about Lincoln's grief at the death of his son Willie.
    • Mar. 25 - Grant by Ron Chernow:
      Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant's career will learn something from this.
    • Apr. 22 - The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
      In 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in India. They explore the nature of joy, obstacles to joy, and their daily joy practice.
    • May 20 - Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday:
      A comedy of manners set in Manhattan as well as a tragedy about an Iraqi-American family which poses deep questions about free will, fate and freedom, the all-powerful accident of one's birth and how life is alchemized into fiction.
    • June 10 - The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:
      A set of philosophical essays expressing a deep humanity.

    Book Sale

    The library's Book Sale is an annual event, usually held in mid-April. The Friends sell a wide array of items at incredibly low prices: There are always thousands of books as well as DVDs, CDs, and more!!
    Only cash and checks are accepted.

    This year's Book Sale was held on the following dates/times:
    Friday, April 12, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. &
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.