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  • ESL

    Our library is proud to offer many opportunities to improve English language skills. A list of our ESL programs can be downloaded with this link. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    English for Beginners

    One-hour Information Sessions for Cycle 3: Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, August 8, at 11:00 a.m. Please attend one Info Session if you would like to begin taking these classes. You may download a flyer here (o en español aquí).

    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 (available at the library or here) and return it to the library before attending the class. Email Jessica Hunsdon at nbenglishforbeginners@gmail.com or call/text 732-659-4359 with questions. You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish.

    This program is funded by an American Dream Literacy Initiative grant. The American Dream Literacy Initiative, a grant offering of the American Library Association, is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Information Session Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Cycle 3 of English for Beginners needs volunteers! Please download the information packet here to find out more.


    ESL Conversation Groups

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring ESL Conversation Groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The goals of this adult ESL program are: To provide English language instruction, to help adults gain motivational skills and knowledge to pursue further education and training, and to enhance the parenting skills of adult participants. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." Students must be over the age of 18 and be able to speak some English.

    One group meets on Tuesdays and one group meets on Thursdays. You can attend one or both of these groups.

    To join an ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the library.


    English Conversation Café

    Summer session: Fridays, June 29 - August 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    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.

    To join a Conversation Café, please fill out a registration form and return it to the library.

    Interested in becoming a Conversation Facilitator? Please attend the Orientation on Friday, June 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please click here for more details.

    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.


    JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes

    Thursdays* from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    June 14 - September 13, 2018.
    (*Please note day change: Starting in June, this group will be meeting on Thursdays, instead of Mondays as they had previously done.)

    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


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays 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!

    If you have not already registered, please fill out the registration form at this link, or pick up a copy in the Children's Room. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    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 Time

    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.


    M.A.S.S.T.

    Tuesdays, June 19 through August 14 (with no meeting on July 3) at 6:00 p.m., for native English speakers.
    Wednesdays, June 20 through August 15 (with no meeting on July 4) at 6:00 p.m., for native Spanish speakers.

    Math And Science Story Times are back! This summer, join the Children's department for free bilingual story-times featuring stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 2-5 to important math and science concepts! Parental attendance is required.
    Native English speakers should plan to attend Tuesday evening sessions, and native Spanish speakers should plan to attend Wednesday evening sessions. All sessions will be held in the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Registration required. For more information, visit or call the children’s circulation desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 16.


    Rocks Rock!

    Thursdays, July 5 through 19, at 4:00 p.m.; with a special event on July 26.

    For kids in grades K - 6: Study all kinds of rocks, watch a rock tumbler in action, and get your own set of rocks to take home!

    On July 26, there will be a special presentation by the Rutgers Geology Museum for kids in grades K-3 at 2:00 p.m. and for those in grades 4-6 at 3:30 p.m.


    Home Depot Workshop

    Mondays, July 9 and August 13, at 10:30 a.m.

    Registration required: please sign up in the Children's Room or call 732-745-5108 ext. 16

    For children in grades K-6.


    Garden Club

    Mondays, July 16 & 30 and August 6 & 27, at 10:30 a.m.

    Listen to garden-related stories, do an activity, and see how the library garden is growing!

    For children in grades K-6.


    Bonk!

    Tuesday, July 17, at 4:00 p.m.

    An Expressive Drum & Percussion Workshop, presented by Drumhead Enterprises, for children ages 4-10.

    Kids have fun expressing themselves with this 1 hour interactive program as they are introduced to interesting drums and percussive instruments from around the world. The kids will learn basic hand drum and percussion techniques, 'talk' to one another using drums, and make their own rhythms as they sharpen their listening skills and learn about musical dynamics. Using some exotic instruments, the group will even create the sounds of their own rainforest!


    Animals Rock!

    Monday, July 23, at 3:00 p.m.

    Did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B Flat, and groundhogs whistle? We’ll discuss these and other surprising sounds animals use while seeing and hearing the animals live at the library! Presented by Eyes of the Wild.

    For all ages.

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  • Teen Events

    We offer events just for teens, including programs involving gaming, coding, and more.


    Kids' Community Council

    Tuesdays 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!

    If you have not already registered, please fill out the registration form at this link, or pick up a copy in the library. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Wednesdays at 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. We'll have “Dropmix” available on July 11th and 18th.

    Open to tweens and teens.


    Hour of Code

    Thursdays between 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. in the Teen Room

    Learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch. 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 - 12.


    Summer Reading Collaboration Table

    Mondays, July 2 through August 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Teen Room.

    Discuss with your peers the book you are currently reading and get help with your Summer Reading Assignments. Students in grades 6 through 12 are welcome and Mr. Trevor will be available to help out!


    Afternoon Movies

    Certain Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room:
    July 3: School of Rock (PG-13); July 24: La La Land (PG-13); August 14: Pitch Perfect (PG-13); September 4: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13).

    Afternoon Teen Movies are open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating and are courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.


    Teen Tech Time

    Certain Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Teen Room:
    July 10: Google Drive; August 7 (date changed from July 31): Audacity (audio editing software); August 21: Internet Safety.

    Come explore specific computer software, programs, and topics on library computers in the Teen Room “after hours”! This program is open to students entering grades 7 through 12.


    Learn to Play Magic the Gathering

    Thursday, July 19, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Learn the game using a premade, 30 card deck supplied by the library. Staff and other resources will be available to walk you through your first games. Open to teens entering grades 7 through 12.

    PLEASE NOTE: Experienced players are welcome to attend but this program’s primary focus is toward the newcomers to Magic, the learning of the game, and developing a positive community of players.


    Teen Advisory Group

    Fridays, July 20 and August 3 & 31, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Interested teens: come help create teen-related programming, content, services, etc., for the library and find additional ways to help the community!


    Learn to Play D&D

    Thursday, July 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House.

    First time adventurers are encouraged to attend this event and delve into a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set adventure. Participants will use a pre-made character and learn the ins and outs of this tabletop game.

    Open to teens entering grades 7 through 12. Registration suggested, please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20.


    End of Summer Party

    Friday, August 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    All teens are invited to come celebrate!


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  • 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


    Rock Painting

    Wednesday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m., in the Henry Guest House.

    Adults (anyone over the age of 18) are invited to come out to the Henry Guest House (next to the library) for a fun night of Rock Painting, presented as part of our Summer Reading Program. Paint cute bugs, brightly colored decorations, or inspirational words on rocks to use in your garden or flower boxes.

    All supplies will be provided. Registration is limited to 15 adults; to register, please stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x.20.


    Volunteer Opportunity

    Information Session Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Cycle 3 of our English for Beginners classes needs volunteers! Please download the information packet here to find out more.


    Master the Art of Networking: a Career Connections Workshop

    Tuesday, August 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Attend this workshop to learn how to identify your network, plan your network’s growth, and expand your network.

    This workshop is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections, brought to you by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


    Career Assistance

    Mondays & Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.;

    Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

    Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (when the library is open).

    Stop by our Reference Room and get assistance from our career counselors. They offer help with resume writing, career searching, and referral services. This program is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections.

    Open to everyone. No registration is required.


    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


    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.


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  • 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, though most of these events have specific contact people to whom questions may be addressed.


    Summer Reading

    Kick-Off: Saturday, June 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Summer Reading Fair (by invitation only): Saturday, August 18.

    Come to the library to learn about the library’s Summer Reading programs for all ages! Kids, sign up in the Children's Room. Young Adults, sign up in the Teen Room. Adults, just ask for a bookmark when you're checking out library material!

    Find out more about the Adult Summer Reading program here. Libraries rock!

  • 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.


    Summer Sewing: Kid's Sun Visor

    Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. On this evening, make a visor to keep the sun off your child's face.

    Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate. Registration is suggested.


    Summer Sewing: Earbud Pouch

    Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.

    Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. On this evening, make a pouch to carry your earbuds.

    Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate. Registration is suggested.


    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

  • Monday Movie Nights

    Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! To correlate with the Summer Reading theme, all the films selected for these summer Movie Nights were Academy Award winners for best original scores: come enjoy the music as well as the story!

    Showtime is 6:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Open to appropriate ages according to movie rating (movie ratings are listed below).

    Movie screenings are courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Check back for additional dates and titles for the library's Monday Movie Nights!

  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented by the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    The Friends' Book Club

    The book club usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month (with some exceptions) at 1:30 p.m. next door in the Henry Guest House. (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.

    Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2018-2019 here.

    • Sept. 24 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:
      A heartwarming story of what happens when a couple with two young children moves next door to a cranky old man.
    • Oct. 22 - The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:
      A New York Times notable book for 2004, it is a history of the Dutch founding of Manhattan.
    • Nov. 26 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee:
      The story of a Korean family, first in Japanese occupied Korea and then in Japan from before WWII to the late 80s.
    • Dec. 10 - Soul of America by Jon Meacham:
      A perspective on American history when we have chosen kindness over paranoia and rancor.
    • Jan. 28, 2019 - Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout:
      A collection of short stories.
    • Feb. 25 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:
      The Man Booker 2017 winning novel about Lincoln's grief at the death of his son Willie.
    • Mar. 25 - Grant by Ron Chernow:
      Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant's career will learn something from this.
    • Apr. 22 - The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
      In 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in India. They explore the nature of joy, obstacles to joy, and their daily joy practice.
    • May 20 - Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday:
      A comedy of manners set in Manhattan as well as a tragedy about an Iraqi-American family which poses deep questions about free will, fate and freedom, the all-powerful accident of one's birth and how life is alchemized into fiction.
    • June 10 - The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:
      A set of philosophical essays expressing a deep humanity.