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Photography Contest Exhibit
The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 9th Annual Photography Contest with the theme of "Freedom: Capture Your World." Everyone's world is different. Show us what it looks like from your perspective! Submitted photos must have been taken between February 1, 2016 and May 21, 2016.
Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the George Street Playhouse, the New Brunswick Cultural Center in 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, June 10, at 6 PM at the library.
At around 6:45 p.m., exhibit viewings will be held at the George Street Playhouse and at the New Brunswick Cultural Center in the Crossroads Theatre. Crossroads Theatre is located at 7 Livingston Avenue; the George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue.
Photos will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and the New Brunswick Cultural Center from June 10th to June 25th and at the Library from June 10th to July 10th, 2016.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.
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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.
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 most Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as on other event dates. Check out the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace webpage for exact schedule and full details!
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 2016! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at email@example.com 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.
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 fill out this editable PDF on a computer to then print or email.) You may also download a PDF of the schedule for 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-745-5108 x20.
Are you an adult language learner looking for conversation practice in English and/or Spanish? Join a Conversation Café!
The Conversation Tree in collaboration with Youth Empowerment Services and the New Brunswick Free Public Library will provide Conversation Cafés – in English and in Spanish. All Conversation Cafés begin in June and run through August, 2016.
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.
The Summer Friday morning Café runs from June 24 to August 12. Meetings are 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Click here for a flier in English or aquí para Español.
To join this Conversation Café, download a registration form here, call/text 732-659-0590, or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.
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.
Summer 2016 Professional Development Opportunity
Would you like to be a Conversation Facilitator for the Conversation Café this Summer? Please click here for a full description of our Professional Development opportunity for those interested in learning how to support adult learners of various languages (English, Spanish, or Mandarin) in the Conversation Café.
Attend the Orientation on Friday, June 10, at 11:30 a.m. The PD continues into August. Download a flier here.
Space is limited. If interested, please e-mail email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
For more information, contact librarian Kavita Pandey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.
The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships is 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 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. Class cycle 2 started on February 1 and ran through May 2, 2016. Cycle 3 starts May 23 and runs through August 29, 2016.
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 current Saturday morning ESL Group sessions end June 25, 2016. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration and assessment are required: 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 email@example.com. Download a flier here.
~ Download a listing of all the different ESL groups offered at the library here. ~
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