New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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Special Events

Adult Summer Reading
Stop by the Main Lobby during the second week of June to sign up for our 2015 Adult Summer Reading program! Come during the kick-off hours for 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 Summer Reading program is from June 8th to August 21, and is for any adult (at least 18 years of age) regardless of residency. The kick-off for Kids' and Teens' Summer Reading Programs will be on June 20th. More details to come!

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.
This program is free and open to the public.

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.
This program is free and open to the public.

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Ongoing Programs

Monday Movie Mania!
Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free! 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.

  • June 1: Dracula Untold
    This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.
  • June 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.

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 Handcrafting Makerspace
The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace is open for workshops and craft nights, etc. The library's community room will function as the maker-space every* Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as on other event dates. Check out the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace webpage for full details!
(*Every Wednesday with some exceptions, mostly due to holidays or other events.)

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 and 4th Thursday of each month (with some exceptions): click here for a flier listing the dates for 2015! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at or 732-745-5108 x20.

Computer Skills Tutoring
Looking for help with learning to use a computer? We have volunteers who offer one-on-one tutoring sessions (by appointment) 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 Student Volunteer Council, and are only available by appointment. Appointments are only during Rutgers semesters. There are no more appointments for the current semester; please check back in the Fall.

ESL Conversation Groups
The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring ESL Conversation Groups which meet 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.
To join the ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the Library. You may also download a PDF of the schedule for 2015 Winter-Spring, listing the dates for the two different groups (one meets on Tuesdays, one meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m.) For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20.

ESL Conversation Café
The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group which welcomes all levels of English speakers over the age of 18. Participants have opportunities to improve their English through one-on-one or small-group conversations with English speakers discussing a variety of topics, based on the needs of participants. English conversation partners are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through a course offered at the Graduate School of Education. Participants may receive a Certificate of Attendance by attending most of the sessions.
The 2015 Summer Session runs from June 12 to August 7: The meetings are on Fridays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Download a registration form here. {This form can also be used to register for the Monday evening Spanish Conversation Café, which will be held at Youth Empowerment Services on 270 George Street. See the form for more details.}
This program is made possible through a partnership of 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, and the New Brunswick Free Public Library.

Professional Development Opportunity
Are you are interested in intercultural exchange and supporting adult language learners? Become a Conversation Facilitator for the Conversation Café this summer! For full details of this Professional Development opportunity, please download the description here. Orientation is May 29 at 11:30 a.m.: download a flier here.

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 free 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. Classes meet on Mondays from 5:30-8:30. Download a flier here.

LiteracyNJ ESL Conversation 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.
*The Winter/Spring 2015 Saturday morning ESL Group is from January 17 - June 27 2015. The next session begin September 19. Meetings will be held every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration and assessment are required. For more information about this program, patrons should directly contact the LNJ office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at Download a flier here.

~ Download a listing of all 4 of the different 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)