Please note that masks are recommended while attending events in the library's community room.
Appointment slots: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Call or visit the library to register.
Patrons can schedule a one-on-one session to learn about specific computer-related topics. Subjects include computer and internet basics, Microsoft Office, and Windows operating system. Appointments are required: Call the library at 732-745-5108 x22 to register for an appointment.
The curriculum for these appointments has been provided by Northstar Digital Literacy.
Thursdays, December 14 and 28, at 6:00* p.m. via Zoom.
Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- via Zoom on your own device! 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 at tinyurl.com/KnitCrochetNB; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, with some exceptions. (*Meeting at 6:00 p.m. instead of 7:00, as of 11/11/2023.) Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-745-5108 x20.
Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Stitch something special with local sewing expert Pam Brooks. This is a recurring program, on the first Wednesday of each month in 2024, and we'll have a different project each month; January's project is an infinity scarf. Minimum age to attend is 10 years old. Please arrive on time to participate.
Registration is required: register at https://forms.gle/rd1vgjfomSvhKx4N8 or call 732-745-5108 x20 to sign up. Please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at email@example.com with any questions.
New Year: Fresh Start Through Meditation
Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Meditation is an effective technique to help us feel more balanced in our lives. As we close out the 2023 holiday season, we have an opportunity to reflect on the things we want to continue to experience and those we don’t. Join Markus Schramm for this powerful program and learn a simple meditation technique to bring joy, peace, positivity and relaxation into your daily routine.
Registration is required: register at https://tinyurl.com/meditateJan2024 or call 732-745-5108 x20 to ask to attend by phone.
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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. Find more information about these programs on our English Language Programs page.
Virtual English Conversation Groups
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 12 through December 19, 2023, via Zoom.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, September 14 through December 21, 2023, via Zoom.
~ No session on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day).
Register here / Regístrese aquí.
These conversation groups are for adult language learners (over age 18) who are able to speak some English. Each week the group will discuss a topic in English to help improve their conversational skills. Advance registration is required to get the Zoom link for these virtual programs.
English Conversation Cafés
In person: Mondays, October 16 - December 4, at 6:30-8:00 p.m.; and Fridays, October 20 - December 8 (no session on November 24), at 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Register here / Regístrese aquí.
Virtual: Tuesdays, October 17 - December 5 (no session on November 21) at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Register here for virtual only.
Are you interested in practicing English and meeting new people? Join one or more of our English Conversation Cafés! The Conversation Café is an informal conversation practice group for adult language learners with all levels of proficiency. Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics. Advance registration required to get the Zoom link for the virtual program. Download a calendar listing all our cafés here.
The English Conversation Cafés are made possible through a partnership with 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.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library has again partnered with The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County to offer in-person Citizenship Classes in 2023.
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, October 5 - December 21 (excluding November 23), 2023.
Do you need to improve your English and pass the Citizenship Test? Do you need help with your Naturalization Application? This free 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). The class will take place in the library's community room or, on some dates, in the Henry Guest House next to the library. Feel free to call librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x29 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
¡Cuentos y Canciones!
Mondays / Lunes a las 11:00 a.m.
Join Ms. Linda Stork for an all-Spanish story time with books, songs, and other activities for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. /
Únase a la Sra. Linda Stork para disfrutar de cuentos en español con libros, canciones y otras actividades para niños de 0 a 4 años y sus cuidadores. Regístrese en tinyurl.com/NBcuentos.
Read and Play
Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. at the library.
Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun during this bilingual program. Registration suggested here. Contact Karen Stuppi at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.
Wednesdays, October 4 - December 13 (excluding Nov. 22), at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
Reading Buddies is an after-school mentorship program run by the Rutgers University Youth Empowerment Club. Rutgers students guide K-5 children in reading, arts and crafts, games, and other activities. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Thursdays, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the library.
Children in grades K-6 are welcome to drop by the Children's Room between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays for help with their homework. This service is provided by a Rutgers School of Social Work student. For more information, call 732-745-5108 x31 or email kstuppi@Lmxac.org.
Ignite: Youth Inventors
Thursdays, November 30 - January 18, at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
Ignite: Youth Inventors is an 8-session curriculum that inspires girls and gender-expansive youth to become inventors who change the world! It is open to girls and gender-expansive youth in grades 3-5. This program is sponsored by Techbridge Girls. Register at tinyurl.com/IgniteNB.
Holidays Around the World
Saturday, December 16, at 2:00 p.m.
K-6 children are invited to join us at the library for a program of crafts, snacks, and fun to celebrate holidays around the world! Register at tinyurl.com/HolidaysNB.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
K-6 children are invited to create with a variety of Lego materials. Their creations will then be displayed in the library for a month. The Lego Club will meet once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions), from October through April. Register at tinyurl.com/ClubLego.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. through December 7, 2023.
The library, through a partnership with Rutgers' Office of Pre-College Initiatives & College Success, offers tutoring for any students in grades Pre-K through 12 who need help with their homework assignments. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome when time allows. To schedule an appointment or for any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or the Teen Room at 732-745-5108 x22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, visit our Tutoring Page.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library celebrates Chinese New Year with Patricia Shih, multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter! Join us for a morning of festive programs including folk dances, a presentation on Chinese New Year traditions, Chinese music and crafts! All ages are welcome. Please register at: https://forms.gle/EDLjEYHXePtKZkxSA.
Free Vision Screening
By appointment, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
These free eye clinics are offered in partnership with Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) and Project Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment (BEST), and is for people with no insurance or limited vision insurance. Trained medical professionals will be in the Community Room providing free vision screening. Glasses can be prescribed on site if needed.
Registration is required; call 732-745-5108 x28 and leave a voicemail with your full name and phone number, stating what you are calling about. Someone will call you back when we have an opening* to ask you some screening questions before scheduling your appointment. (*At this time, we have a waiting list.)
Check back for details on upcoming events! You can view photos from past events on our Flickr page.
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.
Second and fourth Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 6:00* p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- 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 at tinyurl.com/KnitCrochetNB; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, with some exceptions (check the Zoom registration link or our calendar for exact dates). *Meeting at 6:00 p.m. instead of 7:00, as of 11/11/2023. Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at email@example.com or 732-745-5108 x20.
The first Wednesday of each month starting 1/3/2024, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stitch something special with local sewing expert Pam Brooks. We'll have a different project each month. (January's project is an infinity scarf.) Registration is required: register at https://forms.gle/rd1vgjfomSvhKx4N8 or call 732-745-5108 x20 to sign up.
Minimum age to attend is 10 years old. Please arrive on time to participate; we reserve the right to deny participation to anyone arriving after 6:30. Please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
During the summer of 2023, the library presented three genealogy workshops, cosponsored by the New Jersey Library Association History and Preservation Section.
An Introduction to Starting your Genealogy Research was held on June 6th; it covered tips of how to start a new genealogy project, including how to use popular websites such as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com. Download the presentation slides here.
An Introduction to Starting your African American Genealogy Research was held on July 11th, and covered an introduction to African American Genealogy records. Download the presentation slides here.
The final workshop was held on August 1st, and went over genealogy resources in and out of the library. The presentation slides for this workshop are available to download here; please note that the file is too large to preview, as it contains a lot of photos.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library and the New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. presented their latest Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the library. The celebration featured various crafts, displays, music, dance, and food from different cultures. View professional photographs by Events Now USA at this link, and/or view the library's Flickr album here. This project is supported in part by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Poetry Month Celebration
Visit our Poetry page for information about our annual anthology and reading to commemorate National Poetry Month (April). The most recent anthology is embedded in the page, and there are links to view the recording of the most recent reading, as well as to view past years' anthologies and readings.
Visit our Holi page for information about our annual Holi festival. The page includes links to photos and videos from previous Holi celebrations.
Visit our Photo Contest page for information about this popular annual program. The page includes links to previous years' Photography Contest presentations, starting with 2018.
Visual Arts Contest
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.
Multicultural Festival: New Year Celebrations Around the World
Available to watch on YouTube here.
Originally held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 2:00 to 4 p.m.
In-person in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room and Virtual via Zoom
All were welcome to join us -- either in person or online -- for a vibrant, fun-filled hybrid Multicultural Festival, presented in collaboration with New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. The festivities included cultural displays, music and dance performances, crafts, and international food. We showcased cultural celebrations from several countries such as Mexico, Hungary, India, China, Caribbean, and many more.
This program was free and open to all ages. 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 included Events Now USA, Holy Family Parish, Navrang Dance Academy, and American Hungarian Foundation.
Virtual Holi Festival
Available to watch on YouTube here.
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 email@example.com or 732-745-5108 x20. You can also watch our promo video here!
This project was 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 were 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.
You can also view photos from past events on our Flickr page.