New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901
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New Brunswick Free Public Library

ADULT SUMMER READING!

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents our fifth annual Adult Summer Reading Program in 2017! The theme this year is "Build a Better World!" Any adult (at least 18 years of age) may participate in this program, regardless of residency. (Information about the youth Summer Reading programs can be found on the Kids' Events Page and the Teen Events Page.)

Build a Better World

The Adult Summer Reading Program runs from June 24 through August 18, 2017. No specific registration is required, only participation -- and participation is easy! This year, we're doing something different: the adult and young adult departments are challenging the Children's Room to see which department gets the largest number of books read during the summer. All you have to do is fill out a bookmark (available at the Main Circulation Desk) with the number of books you have read: you can do this as many times as you would like, any time you have finished reading some books, beginning on or after the Summer Reading Kick-Off on 6/24. These bookmarks will not only keep track of the number of books read, but will also serve as entries into our Prize Drawing on Friday, August 18!

The library will also host multiple events during the summer: See below for details!


This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, as well as the following sponsors:

Constellation     Barnes&Noble


Help "Build a Better World" with these Events!

All of these Summer events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of these events, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or email nbfpl@lmxac.org.

Download a calendar of events here.

Family Events:
(These are not on the Adult Summer Reading events calendar.)

Relax!
Feelin’ stressed? Come Relax! Learn how to feel calm with yoga and mindfulness. Why practice yoga and mindfulness? It helps train the brain to pay attention, it teaches us to handle stress better, it helps us choose kindness, and it makes us feel great!
Thursdays July 13 & 20, and August 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to families and/or all ages. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible, as mat supplies are limited.

NJ Snap Ed Family Program
NJ Snap Ed will provide 3 workshops to help your family eat healthy!
Families are invited to:
- Colors of the Garden on Monday, July 17
Learn easy ways to eat more fruits and veggies.
- Fast Food Fix on Monday, July 24
Learn how to make healthy choices at fast food restaurants.
- Label Me Healthy on Monday, July 31
Learn how to understand nutrition facts on food labels.
All workshops begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration is required - sign up for one, two, or all three workshops!

July Events

Adult Coloring Club
Come join other coloring enthusiasts at the library! Bring your favorite crayons, markers, or colored pencils, or borrow ours for the afternoon. The library will supply different coloring pages ranging from easy to intricate that you can take home afterwards.
Thursday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House (next to the library).
Registration suggested: stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext.20.

Adult Art Class: Intro to Color Works
Joyce Browning, retired art teacher, will lead 5 workshops during this summer. Each workshop is different: sign up for one, a few, or all of them! This first one will involve color experiments with colored pencils.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own washable media. Color pencils can be lent to those who need them. Paper will be supplied.
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration required; stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Knit/Crochet Club
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets every second Thursday of each month (with some exceptions: for a flier listing all meeting dates, click here) and welcomes new members. Join in and build your skills at yarn crafting!
Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in a meeting room (ask a librarian on the meeting day for exact location.)
Geared to adults, though youth are allowed.

Adult Art Class: Shapes and Seeing
Joyce Browning, retired art teacher, will lead 5 workshops during this summer. Each workshop is different: sign up for one, a few, or all of them! In this class: Test your memories of colors and shapes by drawing a boxy landscape with or without looking.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own washable media. Color pencils can be lent to those who need them. Paper will be supplied.
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration required; stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Summer Sewing: Pillowcase Challenge
Pam Brooks, a local volunteer sewing expert, will guide participants in making pillowcases to be donated to charities.
Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested.

Path to Employment Job Search Workshop
The library offers monthly workshops to learn about how NJ Career Connections can help you with your job searches. Since these might just help Build a Better World, here's the info for July's workshop!
Join us to learn about the phases of job loss and how to organize your job search.
Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 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 nbfpl@lmxac.org. See more about Career Connections at the library here.

Adult Art Class: Cool Colors vs. Warm Colors
Joyce Browning, retired art teacher, will lead 5 workshops during this summer. Each workshop is different: sign up for one, a few, or all of them! On this night: Find out how using different color schemes can affect the senses.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own washable media. Color pencils can be lent to those who need them. Paper will be supplied.
Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration required; stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Summer Sewing: Quilts for Charities
Pam Brooks, a local volunteer sewing expert, will guide participants in making simple quilts to donate to an animal shelter.
Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested.

Build a Better World Book Discussion
Calling all adult Summer Readers! We will be discussing the books I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and how they relate to this year’s Summer Reading theme "Build a Better World". The Main Circulation Desk will have copies available starting the last week of June, so stop by to pick up one, or both, of the titles to read before the discussion!
Monday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House (next to the library).
For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext.20.

August Events

Adult Art Class: Abstractions
Joyce Browning, retired art teacher, will lead 5 workshops during this summer. Each workshop is different: sign up for one, a few, or all of them! On this night: Create some abstract art.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own washable media. Color pencils can be lent to those who need them. Paper will be supplied.
Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration required; stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Adult Coloring Club
Come join other coloring enthusiasts at the library! Bring your favorite crayons, markers, or colored pencils, or borrow ours for the afternoon. The library will supply different coloring pages ranging from easy to intricate that you can take home afterwards.
Thursday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House (next to the library).
Registration suggested: stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext.20.

Blooms, Bugs, & Birds
Kathy Easton from About Birds, LLC will give a presentation about how shrinking habitat and environmental conditions are affecting the birds, bugs, and plants we rely on. Come learn how we as individuals can help in both big and small ways to support the ecosystem we live in!
Kathy is an experienced Associate Naturalist at the NJ Audubon Plainsboro Reserve, a competitive birder, and a Mercer County Master Gardener who will bring her considerable knowledge to this engaging presentation.
Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to all ages.

Knit/Crochet Club
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets every second Thursday of each month and welcomes new members. Join in and build your skills at yarn crafting!
Thursday, August 10 at 7 p.m. in a meeting room (ask a librarian on the meeting day for exact location.)
Geared to adults, though youth are allowed.

Adult Art Class: Mosaics
Joyce Browning, retired art teacher, will lead 5 workshops during this summer. Each workshop is different: sign up for one, a few, or all of them! On this night: Create abstract or representational designs using colored squares.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own washable media. Color pencils can be lent to those who need them. Paper will be supplied.
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration required; stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Consumer Fraud Workshop
A representative from NJ Consumer Affairs will be present to help you protect yourself against consumer fraud. Learn about IRS phone scams, lottery scams, email and text messaging scams, and identify theft.
Wednesday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Register by visiting the Reference Desk or calling 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Adult Coloring Club
Come join other coloring enthusiasts at the library! Bring your favorite crayons, markers, or colored pencils, or borrow ours for the afternoon. The library will supply different coloring pages ranging from easy to intricate that you can take home afterwards.
Thursday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Henry Guest House (next to the library).
Registration suggested: stop by or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext.20.

Submit all Summer Reading Bookmarks by the end of the day Thursday August 17 to be eligible for the End-of-Program Prize Drawing the following day!

Build a Better World

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