Event Details

  • Adult Events


    Computer Classes

    One-on-One sessions available at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

    Call or visit the library to register.

    Patrons can schedule a one-on-one appointment 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.


    Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

    Thursday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

    Register here.

    This program provides a variety of examples of how we can practice self-care each day. We will be talking about making time for ourselves daily and making sure we nourish our body, mind, and soul. We will be discussing the importance of self-care and its health benefits. We will then create our own self-care action plan. This is an interactive program, and all are welcome!

    This program is brought to you by the New Jersey Hope and Healing Program at Catholic Charities- Diocese of Metuchen. Register at tinyurl.com/2p9hd9um; once you register for the workshop, a Zoom link will be provided to you to join the live session.


    Setting Goals

    Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

    Register here.

    This program will emphasize the importance of setting both long-term and short-term goals. We will be discussing tips on how to set goals and strategies to ensure that we are following through with the goals we set. We will also be learning about goal setting action plans!

    This program is brought to you by the New Jersey Hope and Healing Program at Catholic Charities- Diocese of Metuchen. Register at https://tinyurl.com/55s84wjj - once you register for the workshop, a Zoom link will be provided to you to join the live session. For any questions, please call the library at 732-745-5108 x20 or email kavita@lmxac.org.


    Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Register here.

    Adults are invited to come have fun painting land and seascapes with Joyce Browning, a long-time New Brunswick resident and art teacher. All supplies will be provided for this free workshop. Space is limited and registration is required; register here. For any questions, please call the library at 732-745-5108 x20 or email htang@lmxac.org.


    Meditation: A Vacation from Stress

    Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

    Register here

    Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation, meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Join us for this workshop with Arlene Samsel, who has been meditating for 25 years which has enabled her to speak firsthand about the crucial role of meditation in enhancing the daily lives of busy people. There will even be a chance to practice this technique. Register at tinyurl.com/StressVacation, or call 732-745-5108 x20 for dial-up instructions.


    Vision Board Workshop: A Dream As Vast As the Seven Seas

    Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House.

    A Vision Board will help give clarity to your goals, help keep you motivated, and enhance your happiness. Presenter Carol Roberts Solomon, who has many years of helping to create vision boards with organizations, schools, and families, will show you how to bring your positivity and creativity together to make a Vision Board that is unique and very personal to you. The library will supply all the materials. This program is intended for adults, but families are welcome. For any questions, please call the library at 732-745-5108 x20 or email htang@lmxac.org.


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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 Group

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from May 17 to July 19, 2022, via Zoom.

    This conversation group is for adult language learners with at least an intermediate level in English. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." The goal of this program is to support further education and workplace training.


    English Conversation Cafés

    The winter/spring schedule has ended as of April 25, 2022.
    Check back in late August/early September for details of when this program will resume!

    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. Face masks are required to attend in person.

    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.

    Please feel free to email nbfplelp@gmail.com with any questions or requests for more information.

  • Kids Events


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun during this bilingual program. Register here to attend in person. Contact Karen Stuppi at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.


    Garden Club

    Mondays, May 2 - August 8, at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Registration is full*.

    K-6 youth are invited to learn about gardening through stories, crafts, planting, and other activities. *Registration is full as of May 2, but there is a waiting list. For more information, contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31.


    Oceans in Motion

    Wednesdays, June 22 – August 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    K-6 children are invited to celebrate the Oceans of Possibilities summer reading theme by participating in a variety of ocean-related crafts and activities. See the list of activities and register at tinyurl.com/OceansNB.


    Math And Science Story Time (MASST)

    Thursdays, June 23 – August 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    In this bilingual program, children ages 2-5 will be introduced to math and science topics through stories and activities. Families will also learn everyday activities they can do with their children to enhance their interest in math and science. Register at tinyurl.com/MathSciNB.


    Young Athletes

    Tuesdays, June 28 – August 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the library.
    Register*.

    In this program sponsored by Special Olympics NJ, children ages 2-7 will have fun while improving their gross motor, social, and language skills. (All children must participate with a parent or guardian.) Celebrate what your child CAN do! *Registration is full as of 6/28, but there is a waiting list. For more information, contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31.


    Nebula in a Jar

    Saturday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Adults, teens, and children accompanied by adults are invited to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope and create their own nebula in a jar. In anticipation and celebration of the first images coming back from Webb, participants will combine science and art to create a beautiful craft project! Register at tinyurl.com/NebulaJar.


    The Otter Spotter Story

    Tuesday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Children ages 3-7 and their caregivers are invited to this important program teaching water safety. Information will be presented by the Raritan Valley YMCA. This program is co-sponsored by our friends at Unity Square. Register at tinyurl.com/OtterSpotter.


    Space Painting

    Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Celebrate the first images returned from the James Webb Telescope and be inspired to paint your own space image. Local artists Joyce Browning and Donita Jackson will guide you as you paint your creation. Adults, teens, and children are all welcome. Register at tinyurl.com/PaintSpace.


    ~ Check back here &/or visit the Kids Page for more Children's event listings!

  • Teen Events


    Teen Summer Reading Program

    Saturday, June 18 through Saturday, August 13

    Come to the library to sign up for this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program! Throughout the Summer, keep track of the number of minutes you read each day. You can read anything from blog posts to comic books. Every 300 minutes, you earn a level and a prize!

    For teens looking for volunteer hours, please speak to Mr. Trevor in the Teen Room (or call 732-745-5108 x22).


    Teen Advisory Group

    Mondays, July 11 & 25, and August 8 & 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the Teen Room.

    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.


    Cooking Matters for Teens

    Tuesdays, July 12 - August 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.*

    Teens in 7th through 12th grades are invited to learn about food and nutrition from Snap-Ed Educators while making something delicious! This program will be held in-person, at the library. To register, call the library at 732-745-5108.


    Hour of Code (Passive Program)

    Wednesdays, starting July 13, 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 (usually 2:00 - 5 p.m.) on Wednesdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students in grades 7 through 12.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Thursdays, starting July 14, 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 games. Brawl it out in Super Smash Brothers, put the pedal to the metal with Mario Kart, play Magic the Gathering, or have fun with some other game. Come see what's in store each Thursday afternoon!

    Open to tweens and teens.


    *Please note that masks are required to be worn while attending events in the library's community room.

  • All-Ages Events


    Summer Reading

    June 18 through August 13, 2022.

    Children, teens, and adults are all invited to participate in summer reading at the library! Details for anyone under age 18 can be found here, details for anyone over age 18 can be found here.


    Nebula in a Jar

    Saturday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Adults, teens, and children accompanied by adults are invited to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope and create their own nebula in a jar. In anticipation and celebration of the first images coming back from Webb, participants will combine science and art to create a beautiful craft project! Register at tinyurl.com/NebulaJar.


    Space Painting

    Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Celebrate the first images returned from the James Webb Telescope and be inspired to paint your own space image. Local artists Joyce Browning and Donita Jackson will guide you as you paint your creation. Adults, teens, and children are all welcome. Register at tinyurl.com/PaintSpace.


    Eyes of the Wild

    Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Get up close with live animals that thrive in water! Children, teens, and adults are all welcome to meet these fascinating creatures and learn from the animal experts at Eyes of the Wild during this presentation in the library's community room. Space is limited, so be sure to register at: tinyurl.com/AnimalesVivos.


    Marine Science Fair

    Saturday, August 13 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Adults, teens, and children are all invited to celebrate oceans by visiting a variety of marine science stations at the library! This event is the culmination of our Oceans of Possibilities summer program. Register at tinyurl.com/MarineFair. Contact Karen Stuppi at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.


    Design Your Own T-shirt with Fabric Paint and Stencils

    Saturday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Bring a t-shirt (solid color shirts are recommended) and we'll paint the shirt with stencils. Use existing stencils or make your own with the library's Silhouette Cameo machine. The library will prepare all the materials except shirts. Open to all ages. Registration is required; register here.


    Photography Contest 2022

    Submission Deadline: September 9, 2022.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its 15th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2022. The deadline for contest submission is September 9, 2022. The contest submission form with complete details is available to download here (o en español aquí). The contest and related events are free and open to the public of all ages. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

    Please visit the Photo Contest page to see more information about the New Brunswick Free Public Library's Photography Contest.



    Past Programs

    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.


    "On Demand"

    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 kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20. You can also watch our promo video here!

    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.


    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.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Second Thursday of the month (with a summer break*) at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Register here.

    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 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; *there will be no meeting in July 2022. Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


    Design your own T-shirt

    Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    Bring a t-shirt (solid color shirts are recommended) to decorate using fabric paint and stencils. Use existing stencils or make your own with the library's Silhouette Cameo machine. The library will provide all the materials except the t-shirts.

    This program is free and open to all ages. Registration is required as space and supplies are limited; register here. Please keep in mind that masks are required to be worn during this in-person program.

  • Friends of the Library Events

    Learn more about the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library here.


    Friends' Membership Growth Meeting

    Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

    Interested in helping out the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library? Join this committee meeting to discuss membership growth. All are welcome! This meeting will take place in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.


    Friends' Program Planning Meeting

    Monday, July 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

    Do you want to help the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library plan programming? Join this committee meeting; all are welcome! This will be a hybrid meeting; if you are not able to attend in person, please email directornbfpl@gmail.com for details to attend virtually. The physical meeting will take place in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.