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


    RESET Presentation

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

    Anyone who is suffering directly or indirectly from opioid addiction is invited to this RESET (Recovery Employment Solutions – Education & Training) presentation on: • Finding support • Finding treatment • Training opportunities • Employment


    Empowering Survivors with Yoga

    Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

    Middlesex County Center For Empowerment Arts & Wellness for Survivors of Sexual Violence Program: A light introduction to yoga and breathing with Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center. Learn about the benefits of yoga after trauma and take some time to relax and care for yourself. This event will be in both English and Spanish. We welcome individuals of all genders and gender identities to our groups and workshops.

    Arts & Wellness groups/workshops address how sexual violence impacts overall wellness and explore ways to cope using alternative therapies. Contact 1-877-665-7273 or empowerment@co.middlesex.njj.us for more information or to RSVP. Funded by the Federal VOCA Grant Fund.


    Career Assistance

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Stop by our Reference Room and get assistance from our career counselor. They offer help with resumes and cover letters, interviewing techniques, online job applications, academic advice, career path plans, and more. The counselor is also bi-lingual (habla español).

    This service, supported by the New Brunswick Library Foundation, is open to everyone; no registration is required.


    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.


    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 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 registration form for all adult English Language Programs can be downloaded here to be printed, completed, and returned to the library. A list of our adult English Language Programs can be downloaded with this link o en español aquí. Download a Spring 2020 schedule for all programs here o en español aquí.

    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


    English for Beginners

    Winter/Spring 2020 cycle: February 13 - April 16. Advance registration required.

    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 Group

    Ongoing: Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides a recurring English Conversation Group on Tuesday 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.

    To join the English Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and bring it with you on the evening you would like to attend.


    English Conversation Café

    Winter/Spring 2020: Monday evenings (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.), Feb. 24 - Apr. 27; Wednesday mornings (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), Feb. 19 - Apr. 22; and Friday mornings (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), Feb. 21 - Apr. 24.

    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.

    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. For a schedule of all three Winter/Spring 2020 Conversation Cafés held at the library, download this PDF.

    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.


    English Conversation Café for Children

    Monday evenings (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.), Feb. 24 - Apr. 27, with no meeting March 16.

    The English Conversation Café now has programs for both adults and children between pre-K and 5th grade. Parents who attend the Monday Conversation Café can now bring their kids for the Children’s English Conversation Café. All children are welcome to participate in one hour of educational activities, as long as their parents remain in the library. Our facilitators, who are Rutgers education students, will focus on the English language through games, books, music, and arts.

    To attend these Cafés, adult participants may complete a registration form on the spot. Parents will complete a registration form for their children and will sign them in and out, remaining in the library in the meantime.

    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.



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    Teen Conversation Café

    Saturdays from February 15 to April 25 (no sessions on March 14, 21, nor April 11), at 3:00 p.m.

    Teens in grades 8-12 can join this English Conversation Café for free! English-speakers of any level are welcome. To join, please complete a registration form at the library (or download one here and bring it in with you). 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.


    JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

    January 6 – March 23, 2020; April 6 – June 22, 2020, & July 6 – September 28, 2020.
    Mondays* at 5:30 p.m. (*Some Mondays during these date ranges are holidays for which the library is closed; no meeting will take place on those dates.)

    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

    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

    KCC does DnD: Tuesdays, January 21 - March 3 *except February 11*, at 4:00 p.m.

    KCC Book Club: Tuesdays, March 10 - 31, 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!

    This winter we're exploring a Dungeons and Dragons campaign together.

    In March, we will be reading Farah Rocks Fifth Grade to prepare for our visit from the author, Susan Muaddi Daraj, on April 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.! (Please note: the author visit is open to students in grades 3-8.).


    Young Athletes

    Thursdays, February 13 - March 12, at 4:00 p.m. for ages 6-7.

    This free, inclusive program sponsored by the Special Olympics helps children to: improve gross motor skills, celebrate what your child CAN do, improve social and language skills, learn to play with a purpose, and develop skills for future preparation in sports. All children must participate with a parent or adult guardian. All participants must wear athletic shoes.

    Registration is required; please visit this site to register. For more information, please email kstuppi@lmxac.org.


    ASK Club

    Monday, February 3 & 24 and March 9 & 23, at 4:00 p.m.

    A.S.K. Club returns for Winter 2020! 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!


    Reading Buddies

    Wednesdays, February 5 - March 25, sessions available 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 p.m.

    Students in grades K-5 can practice weekly reading with a “Big Buddy” this winter!

    Registration required. Call 732-745-5108 x16 or visit the Children's room to register.


    ¡Cuentos y Canciones!

    Wednesdays, February 5 & 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    Acompañanos para una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas de 2-4 años y sus padres. ¡Registrate ahora llamando al 732-745-5108 x16 o visita el Salón de Niños!

    Join us for this story time in Spanish for children ages 2-4 and their caregivers. Register now by calling 732-745-5108 x16 or visiting the Children's room!


    Lego Club

    Friday, February 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Build a Lego bridge! How much weight can it hold?!

    This program is for children in grades K-6 and will be held in the library's community room.


    Kids Coding

    Monday, March 16, at 4:00 p.m.

    Play games and use robots to learn the basics of computer coding!

    For children in grades K-3.


    Perler Bead Day

    Saturday, March 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Create or follow a design using Perler beads and a special grid. Your design will then be ironed to melt the beads together into a craft you can take home!

    For kids in grades K-6.


    Lego Club

    Friday, March 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Build a Lego volcano!

    This program is for children in grades K-6 and will be held in the library's community room.


    ~ 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.


    ASK Club

    Monday, February 3 & 24 and March 9 & 23, at 4:00 p.m.

    A.S.K. Club returns for Winter 2020! 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!


    Manga Club

    Monday, March 2 & 23, at 3:30 p.m.

    Children and teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to join us in the Teen Room 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

    KCC does DnD: Tuesdays, January 21 - March 3 *except February 11*, at 4:00 p.m.

    KCC Book Club: Tuesdays, March 10 - 31, 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!

    This winter we're exploring a Dungeons and Dragons campaign together.

    In March, we will be reading Farah Rocks Fifth Grade to prepare for our visit from the author, Susan Muaddi Daraj, on April 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.! (Please note: the author visit is open to students in grades 3-8.).


    Afternoon Game Time

    Wednesday, February 26 and March 11 & 25, 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, or have some fun with another type of game.

    Open to tweens and teens.


    Hour of Code

    Thursdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours.

    With this self-directed program, you can learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. Or explore other possibilities! 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 through 12.


    Friday Afternoon Magic

    Fridays, March 6, 20, & 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Young adults in grades 6 through college interested in playing Magic the Gathering are invited to meet up in the Teen Room and play a few games.


    Teen Conversation Café

    Saturdays from February 15 to April 25 (no sessions on March 14, 21, nor April 11), at 3:00 p.m.

    Teens in grades 8-12 can join this English Conversation Café for free! English-speakers of any level are welcome. To join, please complete a registration form at the library (or download one here and bring it in with you). 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!

  • 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.


    Black History Month Exhibit

    On display from February 1 to 23, 2020.

    During the month of February, the library will present an exhibit entitled Native Son: James P. Johnson, Father of Stride Piano, curated by Lucretia Lipper. This exhibit will be in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room; please call 732-745-5108 x20 to arrange access.

    James P. Johnson, born in New Brunswick, was the composer and pianist who invented Stride Piano, the bridge between Ragtime and Jazz. He is best known for the Charleston, the theme song of the Roaring Twenties.


    Women's History Month Exhibit

    On display from March 1 to 24, 2020.

    The library will display an exhibit entitled The Long Road to Women's Suffrage in Black and White, 1848 to the Present in March. This exhibit will be in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room; please call 732-745-5108 x20 to arrange access.

    Support and contributions to the exhibit are by Patricia Williamson for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Lela Hughes of the Raritan Valley National Council of Negro Women, and Rutgers Public History interns Noel Dempsey and Veronica McMaster.


    National Poetry Month Celebration 2020

    Anthology submissions accepted: February 3 - March 20.

    Poetry Reading: Monday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 22nd annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2020. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 20. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. For details on submitting poems, a Poetry Submission Form can be downloaded here. Please note the submission limit of one poem per person. Each poem must be no longer than one page, typed. (Please read submission form for full details.)

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

    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

    Save the Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.

    The library will hold its 11th annual Indian Holi Festival in cooperation with Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association and New Brunswick Cultural Center. 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 crafts for children. There will then be music and dance performances, delicious Indian food, and a free raffle! Join us on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting) after the performances if you wish to participate in the Holi Color Festivity (dry 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, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional program sponsors include South Asian Total Health Initiative, Taalim School of Indian Music, Music Souls, Utsav International, TV ASIA, and WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Radio.



    Visual Arts Contest and Exhibit

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library proudly presented its 2019 Visual Arts Contest (with a submission deadline of October 18) and Exhibition, accompanied by free visual art workshops (which took place in September). Please visit the Visual Arts page for more details.

    The Opening Reception for the Exhibit was Friday, November 15, and the artwork will be on display in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room until December 3, 2019. Please call 732-745-5108 x20 or visit the Reference Desk with any questions or to arrange to view the exhibit (as the Community Room is not open to the public unless there is a meeting or event in it).

    Funding for this program is generously provided by Johnson & Johnson, Inc. with the goal of fostering and expanding the dynamic local arts scene. The Middlesex County Office of Arts & History (MCOAH) facilitates the funding process.


    Photography Contest and Exhibit

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 12th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit, with the theme "Love and Unity," in the Spring-Summer of 2019. For more details, please visit the Photo Contest page here.


    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.


    Pop-Up Greeting Card Making

    Saturday, February 22, at 3 p.m.

    Come make a pop-up flower greeting card for a special occasion, or just because! All supplies will be provided. For ages 11 and up; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is suggested: please call 732-745-5108 x20 to sign up. Please arrive on time to participate. Space is limited.


    Sewing 101

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks.

    Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. - Come make a cute hedgehog-shaped potholder!

    Registration is suggested: please call 732-745-5108 x20 to sign up. Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate.


    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

  • 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.

    Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. (You may click on each movie title to see more information about that movie.)

    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.


    "HERSTORIES" Themed Poetry Reading by Cool Women Poets

    Saturday, March 7, at 12 noon.

    Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members – Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson - have deep New Jersey roots. Since their debut in Princeton on Valentine’s Day 2000, they have given dozens of readings in the tri-state area and as far away as Portland, Oregon. Each of the Cool Women is widely published on her own. Collectively they have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, have won countless prizes, grants, fellowships, and awards, and have written several dozen books. This year they celebrate 25 years as a group and 21 years of performing together.

    This program is free and open to the public.


    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.


    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 dates for the next Book Sale are as follows:
    Friday, April 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. &
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.