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New Brunswick Free Public Library

2014AdultSummerReading

ADULT SUMMER READING!

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents our third annual Adult Summer Reading Program! The theme this year is "Escape the Ordinary" and ties in with the overall "hero" theme which encompasses the Children's and Teen programs as well. Any adult (at least 18 years of age) may participate in this program, regardless of residency.

The Adult Summer Reading Program kicks off the week of June 8 - 12, and ends on August 21.

Stop by the Main Lobby during the kick-off hours to learn all about the program and get a chance to win a Summer Reading bag and other prizes. Kick-off hours are as follows:

  • June 8th, 3 - 5 p.m.
  • June 9th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • June 10th, 3 - 5 p.m.
  • June 11th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • June 12th, 2 - 4 p.m.

This year we're doing something a little different. We will have "Bingo Cards" with simple activities for participants to complete in order to be eligible for a prize at the end of the program. Get Bingo Cards at the Reference Desk or download one here (o en español). An individual may complete and submit up to three Bingo Cards during the program.

There will be one prize drawing, with multiple prizes to be won, on Monday August 24th. The library will also host multiple events during the summer. See below for details or download a calendar here!

* The library thanks these generous sponsors for making this program possible! *

Constellation     Barnes&Noble


Escape the Ordinary

Extra-Ordinary Events!

Download a calendar of events here.

All of these events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of these events, please contact Librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.

The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace will be open every Wednesday in June from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for extra-ordinary craft workshops! Click over to the Makerspace Page for more details.

(Attendance at any of the following events will count toward the first bonus box on your Bingo Card.)

Reflections on Juneteenth: Imperfect Union, Imperfect Emancipation
As part of the library's observance of Juneteenth, Princeton University archivist Jarrett Drake will give a presentation on the complex history of American enslavement, freedom, and re-enslavement. By describing failed attempts at emancipation in the antebellum United States—and New Jersey in particular—he will explain that a proclamation of freedom rarely promised a provision of freedom, a reality made clear by the commemoration of Juneteenth.
Jarrett M. Drake is the Digital Archivist at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was a Research Archivist on the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives. Jarrett is also a college English Instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.
Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

The Archaeological Dig at the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick
Ian C. Burrow will present a review of what has been going at New Brunswick's First Reformed Church. Archaeologists have been working alongside the architects and construction professionals to discover and document its buried history, including the foundations of the Colonial period church that pre-dated the present building.
Ian C. Burrow has directed cultural resource management projects in the United States and the United Kingdom for more than thirty years. Among his projects has been work at the Old Barracks, Trenton and the Tweed Courthouse in New York City. His education includes a Ph.D. in History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, England. Since 1988 he has been Principal Archaeologist at Hunter Research, Inc. in Trenton.
Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Are there Ghosts in New Brunswick?
Paranormal Consulting and Investigation of New Jersey is coming to share stories of their past investigations and answer questions regarding paranormal activities.
Monday, July 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

1st Photography Workshop
Topic: Secrets of Dynamic Travel Photography

Do you wonder how professional photographers get such wonderful images, like the ones that appear in National Geographic or Travel+Leisure, or even the New York Times Travel section? Join award winning photographer Joel Simpson as he shares a number of the techniques he uses to get great travel photos. Mr. Simpson took a 10-week trip around the world last year. He will show you what he looks for and how he gets images that surprise, reveal and astonish. And you can do most of it with a good point-and-shoot camera, even more with a good digital SLR, which needn’t be fancy or terribly expensive.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. This event is being presented in conjunction with the library's Photography Contest: see more here.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Be an Environmental Hero: Up-cycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag
Join us at the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace with volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks to learn how to create a tote bag out of that old t-shirt you never wear!
Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20.

2nd Photography Workshop
Topic: Take Great Pictures with Any Camera

Well known NJ photographer Brien Szabo brings his expertise and humor for an informal and fun introductory workshop covering the steps for how to take great pictures with any camera!
Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
Thursday, July 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. This event is being presented in conjunction with the library's Photography Contest: see more here.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

3rd Photography Workshop
Topic: Basics of Digital Photography and Composition

Come learn from professional photographer Mr. Bill Blanchard about basic tips of digital photography which includes setting up the camera from the Menu settings. He’ll go over the basics of good composition; take a look at the camera's shooting modes with an emphasis on the Manual (M) and Program (P) settings; and discuss how ISO, Shutter Speeds and f-Stops all work together to make a well balanced image.
Thursday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. This event is being presented in conjunction with the library's Photography Contest: see more here.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Superhero Trivia Fest
Come test your knowledge of superheroes from different comic book universes!
Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please note that this event is for adults.

Extra-Ordinary Handmade Cosmetics
Expand your handmade beauty and skin care with custom bath fizzes, bath salts, and body scrubs. Learn how to make these simple treats with basic ingredients from your kitchen. Minimum age to attend this event is 8 years old. Participants need to bring an apron or wear an old t-shirt.
Monday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20.

Be an Environmental Hero: Up-cycle Your Old T-Shirts into a Quilt
Join us at the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace with volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks to learn how to turn your old t-shirts into a super quilt!
Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20.

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