New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732.745.5108
nbfpl@lmxac.org

New Brunswick Free Public Library

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All events are free and open to the public.
Please read each event description on our Google Calendar or in our "Special Events" &/or "Ongoing Programs" sections below for possible age limits and registration details. Children's and Teen programs have their own pages.


Special Events

Adult Summer Reading
For more details about this program, visit the Adult Summer Reading page. This Summer Reading program is from June 8 to August 21, and is open to any adult (at least 18 years of age) regardless of residency. No registration is required, merely participation!

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 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20. Attendance counts as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Superhero Trivia Fest
Come test your knowledge of different superhero comic book universes! Compete with others for prizes and just have fun with some super trivia.
Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please note that this event is presented as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, but mature teenagers are also welcome to attend.

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. 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.
Minimum age to attend this event is 8 years old. Registration required: please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 732-745-5108, ext.20. Attendance counts as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Photography Contest and Workshops

Photography Contest
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 8th Annual Photography Contest! The contest theme this year is "Take Your Best Shot". Simply put: Capture the world around you, whether it be your family, friends, neighborhood, workplace, or beyond! Submitted photos must be taken between June 1, 2015 and October 2, 2015. Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken.   
The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy (o en español).
Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, and the New Brunswick Free Public Library. A panel of professional photographers and library staff will judge the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners will be announced at the Photography Contest Exhibition Reception on Friday, November 13* at 6 p.m. at the library: see that event listing for more details.
Photos will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre from November 13th to November 20th, 2015 and at the Library from November 13th to November 30th, 2015.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public of all ages.
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.

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 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. (Children in grades 4 - 6 can sign up at the Children's Circulation Desk.)

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 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20. (Children in grades 4 - 6 can sign up at the Children's Circulation Desk.)

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 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20. (Children in grades 4 - 6 can sign up at the Children's Circulation Desk.)

Photography Contest Exhibition Reception
Photographs entered in the Photography Contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, and the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Winners of the Photography Contest will be announced at the Exhibition Reception in the library, followed by viewing of winning photos at the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre.
Friday, November 13* beginning at 6 PM in the Library's Community Room.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue,
the George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Ave,
and the Crossroads Theatre is located at 7 Livingston Ave, all in New Brunswick.

{*Please note: The reception date has been changed from Friday November 6th to November 13th.}
The contest and all related events are free and open to the public. For more information about these events, please call the reference desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.
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.

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Ongoing Programs

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. There will be a break during the summer as well.)

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 joye@lmxac.org 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 Summer-Fall, 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 kavita@lmxac.org 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 Fall 2015 Saturday morning ESL Group is from September 19 to December 19. Meetings will be held every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration and assessment are required: the Registration Date is Saturday August 29 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you miss the registration date, you may download a general interest form here to then fill out and submit to LNJ.
For more information about this program, patrons must directly contact the LNJ office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at mbernstein@literacynj.org. 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)