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.


    Option Green 2021 Programs

    January 13 at 7:30 p.m. = Documentary Discussion: "Decoding the Weather Machine" with Dr. David A. Robinson (recording available to watch now!)

    February 9 at 7:00 p.m. = Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe with Dr. Tait Chirenje, Stockton University (recording available to watch now!)

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

    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.


    Meditation for Stress Reduction

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

    Register in advance here.

    We are living in a high-anxiety world, where peace seems like an elusive commodity. Yet, waiting within you is a 'portable paradise,' a lush garden of personal peace and joy that you can visit at will, 24/7 – simply by sitting in meditation! John Bednarik will offer simple, effective techniques, and will demonstrate the most practical methods of controlling and calming the mind for better meditations and many other health benefits. As a result, stress is reduced, and that permanent place of peace and joy is found within. There will even be a short meditation sitting.
    John Bednarik has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and has been giving presentations on this topic for decades at numerous public libraries and other venues. He brought meditation into his life to help with his own personal stress relief and, experiencing its many benefits, now helps others to do the same. John is also an assistant director of a children’s meditation camp in Virginia.
    Register for this program here; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Presented in collaboration with Alisha Cook, Associate Dir. of Senior Services, New Brunswick Tomorrow.


    Friday Fun Day!

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

    Register in advance here.

    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 -- advance registration is required.
    Join us on March 5 when we will celebrate Women's History Month with a game of Jeopardy!


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 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. For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org


    Book Club

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library Book Club will discuss the second half of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates via Teleconference phone call. This Book Club is free and 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.


    Calling All Poets!

    Submission Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will compile its Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2021. For the first time ever, the Anthology will be virtual. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets - from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Zoom Poetry Reading in late April. More information will be available in early April.

    For details on submitting poems, download a Poetry Submission Form 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.


    Virtual Holi Festival

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 5 p.m.

    The Library is celebrating its 12th annual and 1st virtual Indian Holi Festival in partnership with New Brunswick Cultural Center. Please join us for a vibrant, fun-filled celebration of the Indian Festival of colors virtually via YouTube/Facebook. This program is free and open to all ages. There will be several music and dance performances, a delicious Indian food demonstration by Majwani restaurant, a painting tutorial, and an opportunity for Holi color play! We will be collecting photos from participants for an online display to show community involvement.

    Register for the program here. All supplies for the painting tutorial as well as dry Holi colors will be provided; please schedule a pick-up time in advance when registering.

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


    ~ Check out other tabs on this page -- under "Event Details" -- to see what else the library has to offer! ~

  • 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


    Virtual English Conversation Group

    Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., from January 25 to May 3, 2021.

    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. 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

    Mondays 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom from January 25 to March 15, 2021.

    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. For questions, feel free to call librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x29 or email at kavita@lmxac.org

  • Kids Events


    Lego Challenge

    March Lego Challenge: Build a bridge!

    Join our monthly Lego Challenge on Facebook! A new challenge will be posted on the library's Facebook page at the beginning of each month. After you build your creation, post a picture of it in the comments below the Lego Challenge post!
    Don't have Legos at home? Contact Ms. Karen at kstuppi@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 ext. 13 to make arrangements to pick up a small bag of random Legos.


    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.


    ¡Cuentos y Canciones!

    los jueves a las 4 p.m.

    Acompañanos de la plataforma Zoom para una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas y sus guardianes. ¡Registrate ahora! Llame 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; advance registration is required.
    Join us on March 5 when we will celebrate Women's History Month with a game of Jeopardy!


    Heroes Making History

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

    Celebrate Women’s History Month with today’s leaders! Listen to stories written by Vice President Kamala Harris and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Also hear the stories of activist Dolores Huerta and child activist Jennifer Keelan. Hear how you can be a superhero just like these living legends! This virtual event is for children ages 5-12. Register here to receive the Zoom link.


    Makers Day

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

    Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to register for our virtual Makers Day program! (Children under 8 are also welcome but may need assistance from an adult or older sibling.) We will be doing 3 different activities with common items you may have at home: 2 short cardboard tubes, 3 long cardboard tubes, 2 rubber bands, 1 pencil, 1 pom pom (or cotton ball), 1 paper plate, 1 plastic cup, 1 marble (or small ball), 1 balloon, and 1 piece of mylar (or empty chip bag with silver lining). If you would like to pick up a kit with all of these items, just contact Ms. Karen at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 ext. 13 to arrange a time. Participants will also need their own scissors and tape. Register here to receive the Zoom link.


    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


    Teen Tuesdays

    March 2, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. - What are you reading?
    March 9, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. - How's it going?
    March 16, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. - Book vs. Movie
    March 23, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group

    You can register for one or all of these February Teen Tuesdays! (Each date 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 3/2: 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 3/9: This program is a chance for teens to meet up virtually and discuss everything going on in the world today.
    • Register for 3/16: This session we will be picking which book and movie we will be discussing at April's meeting and what we all look for when comparing a movie to the book it was based on.
    • Register for 3/23: 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.

    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; advance registration is required.
    Join us on March 5 when we will celebrate Women's History Month with a game of Jeopardy!

  • 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.


    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; advance registration is required.
    Join us on March 5 when we will celebrate Women's History Month with a game of Jeopardy!


    Calling All Poets!

    Submission Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will compile its Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2021. For the first time ever, the Anthology will be virtual. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets - from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Zoom Poetry Reading in late April. More information will be available in early April.

    For details on submitting poems, download a Poetry Submission Form 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.


    Virtual Holi Festival

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 5 p.m.

    The Library is celebrating its 12th annual and 1st virtual Indian Holi Festival in partnership with New Brunswick Cultural Center. Please join us for a vibrant, fun-filled celebration of the Indian Festival of colors virtually via YouTube/Facebook. This program is free and open to all ages. There will be several music and dance performances, a delicious Indian food demonstration by Majwani restaurant, a painting tutorial, and an opportunity for Holi color play! We will be collecting photos from participants for an online display to show community involvement.

    Register for the program here. All supplies for the painting tutorial as well as dry Holi colors will be provided; please schedule a pick-up time in advance when registering.

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


    "On Demand"

    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.


    "Escape the Library" Challenge

    Ongoing virtual program.

    We've created a virtual "Escape Room" for you to have a little fun with while testing your knowledge of the NBFPL. See if you can successfully Escape the Library! (Answer each question correctly to move on to the next one until you've completed the challenge.)



    Past Programs

    Please visit the Photo Contest page to see information about, as well as photos and the presentation from, the New Brunswick Free Public Library's 2020 Virtual Photography Contest, as well as previous year's presentations.

    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.

    ~ As of March 14, 2020, the library is closed to the public until further notice. 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.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Second Thursday of the month (upcoming dates: March 11, April 8, May 6) 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. For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org


    Makers Day

    NJ Makers Day Live! = Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20

    NJ Makers Day is a state-wide celebration of STEM, makers, and makerspaces. Due to circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events are not feasible this year; therefore, the NJ Makers Day organization presents NJMD Live! 7th Annual New Jersey Makers Day events will be live streamed to this page, and will be available on-demand for 30 days.

    NBFPL Kids' Makers Day

    Saturday March 20, 2 - 3 p.m.

    Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to register for our very own virtual Makers Day program! (Children under 8 are also welcome but may need assistance from an adult or older sibling.) We will be doing 3 different activities with common items you may have at home: 2 short cardboard tubes, 3 long cardboard tubes, 2 rubber bands, 1 pencil, 1 pom pom (or cotton ball), 1 paper plate, 1 plastic cup, 1 marble (or small ball), 1 balloon, and 1 piece of mylar (or empty chip bag with silver lining). If you would like to pick up a kit with all of these items, just contact Ms. Karen at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 ext. 13 to arrange a time. Participants will also need their own scissors and tape. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

  • 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

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library Book Club will discuss the second half of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson 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.


    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 dates.