New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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All events are free and open to the public.
Please read each event description for possible age limits and registration details.
Children's and Teen programs have their own pages.

Special Events

Home Decorating Workshop
This home decorating workshop is for early nesters, new home buyers, renters, and everyone in between. Learn fun and inexpensive ideas to spruce up any space. Gifty Anane of a New Brunswick home decorating company will conduct the workshop and answer your questions about interior decorating. She will bring along samples to demonstrate her interior designs.
Monday, October 2, at 6:30 the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Free and open to the public.

Keep This Toss That
Join Organizing Humorist™ Jamie Novak for a "laugh-out-loud funny" look at the challenges of clearing clutter and storing stuff. Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with tips on how to clean closets, purge paperwork, and much, much more! Jamie Novak is the author of multiple bestsellers including Keep This Toss That.
Saturday, October 7, at 12 noon in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Free and open to the public, presented by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Download a flyer here.

Special Recurring

Job Search Workshops: Path to Employment
The library offers monthly workshops to highlight how NJ Career Connections can help you with your job searches. You may attend whichever workshop(s) you like: you do not need to attend all workshops, and there is no limit to how many you can attend!
In September, join us to learn how volunteering can help you with your job search and expand your network. We'll discuss the benefits of volunteering, how to find volunteering opportunities, and how to choose the best volunteering experience for yourself.
Thursday September 21, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
In October, join us to learn the basics of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the largest professional networks, with more than 400 million members. Learn how to create an account, connect with other professionals, and search for job opportunities. We encourage you to bring your own laptop or smart phone, so you can create an account along with the workshop presentation.
Thursday October 19, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration is suggested but not required. To register, please call 732-745-5108 x20, or email
See more about Career Connections at the library below.

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Ongoing Programs

Monday Movie Nights
Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! Showtime for all movies is 6:30 p.m., in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

These movies are being shown pursuant to a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Check back for additional dates for the library's Monday Movie Nights!

NBFPL 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. Check out the NBFPL Makerspace webpage for exact schedule and full details!

Knitting/Crocheting Club
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're 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.)
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month: Each meeting is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to join the email list for meeting reminders, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at

Career Connections Assistance
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a NJ Career Connections site, partnering with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Jobseekers can receive one-on-one, in-person job search and career navigation assistance by visiting the library Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday* from 1 to 5 p.m. (*The library is only open on Sundays from September through May; there are no Sunday hours during the summer months.)
~ Starting September 20, 2017: Wednesday Career Connections hours will change to 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Computer Skills Tutoring
By appointment only during Rutgers semesters, October - May.
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. Ask at the Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20, to schedule a tutoring session.
Volunteer tutors are sponsored by the Rutgers Give Where You Live Program.

English for Beginners
The English for Beginners class will support adults new to English in building communication skills in contexts that are meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. Class activities will be interactive and focus on skills and strategies related to vocabulary, listening, speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. The class is free, with all materials provided. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Space is limited.
Monday evenings, 6 - 7:30 p.m., from August 7 through September 18 (with no class on September 4) and then from October 16 through November 20.
To register, please email the instructor, Jessica Hunsdon, at or call/text 732-993-4505.
You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish. You may also download a registration form here.
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20.

ESL Conversation Groups
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, one group meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (You may attend one group, or both groups.)
To join an ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the Library. (You may fill out this editable PDF on a computer to then print or email it.) For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20.

Conversation Café
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.
There will be two English Conversation Cafés at the Library during Autumn 2017:
Wednesdays, September 27 – December 6 (with no meeting November 22) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fridays, October 13 – December 8 (with no meeting November 24) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Download a schedule flyer here. Download a registration form here.
(As shown on the registration form, there are other Conversation Cafés being held this Fall in locations other than the library: there will be a Spanish Café as well as an English Café offered at Youth Empowerment Services, a Mandarin Café offered at the Rutgers Graduate School Lounge, and another English Café offered at New Labor.)
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.
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
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 to register and for more information on classes and immigration services. Download a flier here. Classes meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are currently no meeting dates after August 21, but they may start again in October 2017.

LiteracyNJ ESL Group
Brought to you by the Literacy New Jersey – Middlesex County Programs, the goal of this adult ESL program is: To provide English language instruction, to help adults gain motivational skills and knowledge to pursue further education and training. The group provides a comfortable setting for the practice of spoken English language skills. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Registration and assessment are required: download a general interest form here to fill out and submit to LNJ, or ask for a form at the library's reference desk.
Meetings are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please contact LNJ for dates.
For more information about this program, patrons must directly contact the LNJ office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at

~ Download a listing of all the Adult ESL groups offered at the library here. ~

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Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)