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.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

    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 regularly meets on the second Thursday of each month (with a summer break -- no meeting in July). Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


    Marine Science Fair

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

    As our Oceans of Possibilities summer theme comes to an end, we will explore the wonders of marine life! Graduate students from the Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences will be on hand with interactive stations. View a wave tank, meet oysters, examine the ocean through a microscope, and more! Open to all ages. *Registration is required but is full as of August 1; you may contact kstuppi@lmxac.org to be put on the waiting list.


    Healthy Coping Strategies

    Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

    Register here.

    In the Healthy Coping Strategies program, we will be discussing the importance of healthy coping strategies that will help keep us grounded throughout our everyday routines. This program will guide you through a variety of activities that reduce stress daily. We will be creating our own healthy coping plan for times when we feel anxious or stressed. This is an interactive presentation; we will be doing a few reflective exercises at the end. Register at tinyurl.com/3sjpx946 to get the Zoom link.

    This program is brought to you by the New Jersey Hope and Healing Program at Catholic Charities- Diocese of Metuchen.


    Design Your Own T-shirt with Fabric Paint and Stencils

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

    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.


    Free Visual Acuity and Glaucoma Screening

    Thursday, September 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
    Register here.

    Trained and certified professionals will provide free vision screenings and determine if a patient needs to be further evaluated and treated by a doctor at a New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI) site based on the results. Sign up at tinyurl.com/MPUWTPXS or ask a librarian to help you sign up. Call 732-745-5108 x20 with any questions.


    ~ Visit the Explore LMxAC Calendar for information about events at other libraries in our consortium!

  • 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.


    All English Language Programs have completed their previously scheduled runs for 2022. Please check back in late August/early September for details of when these programs will resume in the Fall!


  • 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.


    Oceans in Motion

    Wednesdays, June 22 – August 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Registration is full*.

    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. *Registration is full for all remaining Oceans in Motion dates, as of 7/7/2022. Please contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org if you would like to be put on the waiting list.


    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.


    Marine Science Fair

    Saturday, August 13 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the library.
    Registration is full*.

    As our Oceans of Possibilities summer theme comes to an end, we will explore the wonders of marine life! Graduate students from the Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences will be on hand with interactive stations. View a wave tank, meet oysters, examine the ocean through a microscope, and more! Open to all ages. *Registration is full as of August 1; you may contact kstuppi@lmxac.org to be put on the waiting list.


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

  • 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.


    Marine Science Fair

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

    As our Oceans of Possibilities summer theme comes to an end, we will explore the wonders of marine life! Graduate students from the Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences will be on hand with interactive stations. View a wave tank, meet oysters, examine the ocean through a microscope, and more! Open to all ages. *Registration is required and is full as of August 1; you may contact kstuppi@lmxac.org to be put on the waiting list.


    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.


    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.

  • Past Programs


    Visit our Photo Contest page for information about this popular annual program. The page includes links to past year's Photography Contest presentations, starting with 2018.


    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.


    Visit our Holi page for information about our annual Holi festival. The page also includes links to watch our 2022 festival.


    "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 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.