Event Details

  • Adult Events


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    Virtual Photography Contest & Workshops

    Workshop 1: "How to Take Better People Portraits with ANY Camera" led by Andrew Darlow; Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.

    Workshop 2: "From Minor League to the Olympic Games; Ron Wyatt's Journey through the World of Sports Photography" led by Ronald Wyatt; Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.

    Workshop 3: "Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Pets and Wild Animals with ANY Camera" led by Andrew Darlow; Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m.

    Contest Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020.

    Virtual Opening Reception: November 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its first ever Virtual Photography Contest and Workshops, after our plans for our 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020 were disrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown. See full details on the Photo Contest page. Use this link to register for the photography workshops. Use this link to submit photos.

    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.


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m. (All ages welcome.)

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form.
    For the September 25 Friday Fun Day, we will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by playing a game of Jeopardy. How much do you know about Hispanic Heritage? The categories will be Food, Hispanic Firsts, Sports, Entertainment, Holidays, and Books & Authors.


    Virtual Painting Workshop by Above Art Studios

    Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 p.m.

    This workshop, led by artists Charles Wilford and Dontae Muse, will teach you how to make a masterpiece right at home. Registration is required for the workshop: register here. All materials will be provided. Please call at 732-745-5108 x20 or email kavita@lmxac.org to arrange a time to pick up painting materials.

    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.


    Planning to Garden: Your Healthy Produce in an Urban Setting

    Tuesday, October 13, at 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for a noontime conversation in conjunction with Elijah’s Promise Agriculture and Garden programs. Garden Coordinator Brian Gardner will discuss what types of produce to garden, when to begin to garden, where to garden (indoors, outdoors, area zones), and techniques on how to garden.

    Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Harvesting Your Crops in an Urban Setting

    Tuesday, November 17, at 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for a noontime conversation in conjunction with Elijah’s Promise Agriculture and Garden programs. Garden Coordinator Brian Gardner will discuss when to harvest (times, locations, area zones), what to do with your crops after harvesting (cooking, freezing, preserving), how to harvest your crops, use of tools and helpful techniques.

    Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • English Language Programs

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

    English Language Programs at the New Brunswick Free Public Library are made possible in part by the Community Library Adult Literacy & Career Pathway Grant Program from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    Virtual English Conversation Group

    Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. from September 21 - December 21.

    UPDATE: Our English Conversation Group is not meeting in person until further notice. However, you are welcome to join us virtually 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. Please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or email kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or requests for more information. This program is intended for adults who know some English and want to improve their language skills.

    **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.


  • Kids Events


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

    Our beloved Read & Play program is BACK, now virtually 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.


    ¡Cuentos y Canciones!

    los jueves al mediodía (1 de octubre & fechas por anunciar).

    Acompañanos de la plataforma Zoom para una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas y sus guardianes. ¡Registrate ahora! Llamando al 732-745-5108 con preguntas.


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form.
    For the September 25 Friday Fun Day, we will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by playing a game of Jeopardy. How much do you know about Hispanic Heritage? The categories will be Food, Hispanic Firsts, Sports, Entertainment, Holidays, and Books & Authors.


    Outdoor Story Time

    Friday, September 25 (rain date October 2) at 11:00 a.m.

    Bring a blanket, wear a mask, and join Ms. Karen in front of the Henry Guest House (next to the library) for an outdoor story time!
    Call 732-745-5108 x13 with any questions.


    Mars Base Camp!

    Thursday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Learn how scientists are planning a mission to land on Mars with hands-on activities. Children ages 8-14 are invited to register for this virtual event and receive a Mars Rover kit that will be used during the event.

    Register here: The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge - Mars Base Camp!


    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


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form.
    For the September 25 Friday Fun Day, we will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by playing a game of Jeopardy. How much do you know about Hispanic Heritage? The categories will be Food, Hispanic Firsts, Sports, Entertainment, Holidays, and Books & Authors.

  • 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.


    VIRTUAL Photography Contest & Workshops

    Workshop 1: "How to Take Better People Portraits with ANY Camera" led by Andrew Darlow; Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.

    Workshop 2: "From Minor League to the Olympic Games; Ron Wyatt's Journey through the World of Sports Photography" led by Ronald Wyatt; Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.

    Workshop 3: "Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Pets and Wild Animals with ANY Camera" led by Andrew Darlow; Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m.

    Contest Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020.

    Virtual Opening Reception: November 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its first ever Virtual Photography Contest and Workshops, after our plans for our 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020 were disrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown. See full details, including links to register for the workshops and to submit photos, on the Photo Contest page. You can also use the following link: Workshop Registration *and* Photo Submission form.

    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.


    Virtual Painting Workshop by Above Art Studios

    Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 p.m.

    This workshop, led by artists Charles Wilford and Dontae Muse, will teach you how to make a masterpiece right at home. Registration is required for the workshop: register here. All materials will be provided. Please call at 732-745-5108 x20 or email kavita@lmxac.org to arrange a time to pick up painting materials.

    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.


    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.

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


    As of March 14, 2020, the library is closed to the public until further notice. Please check back for updates.

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

    Please note: as of March 12, 2020, Movie Nights are suspended until further notice.

    Please check back for additional dates and titles for the library's Movie Nights.

  • Friends of the Library Events

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


    Book Club

    The book club meets one Monday per month (except during the summer) at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Guest House, next to the library. (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.

    Please download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2019-2020 here.
    As of March 14, 2020, the library is closed to the public until further notice. Please check back for updates.


    Book Sale

    The Friends sell a wide array of items at incredibly low prices; books of all kinds, for all ages, as well as DVDs, CDs, and more! Proceeds benefit the library. Only cash and checks are accepted.

    The next Book Sale has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for exact dates.