New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732.745.5108
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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

Photography Contest Exhibit Reception
The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 10th Annual Photography Contest this Spring, with the deadline for submissions set as May 16, 2017. The contest theme this year is My Inspiration: Capture with your photos moments or images that inspire you. Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the Alfa Art Gallery 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 Opening Reception in the library. Afterwards there will be a viewing of winning photos and a follow-up reception at the Alfa Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room,
then at the Alfa Art Gallery located at 108 Church Street, New Brunswick.

Along with the contest, the library offered three Photography Workshops. The contest submission form with complete details can be viewed here: click here to download a copy (o en español.)
Photos will be on display at the Alfa Art Gallery from June 9 until June 16 and at the Library from June 9 to July 9, 2017.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or call the reference desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20.
Grant funding has been provided by the 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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Special Recurring

Job Search Workshops: Path to Employment
Join us for monthly workshops to learn about how NJ Career Connections can help you with your job searches. You may attend whichever workshop(s) you like: you do not need to attend all workshops.
In May, we'll focus on building resumes. We'll cover everything from formatting your resume to following up with employers.
Thursday May 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
In June, we'll cover how to prepare for a job interview, what interviewers are looking for in their candidates, and what to do after the interview is over.
Thursday June 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 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 below.

Professional Development Opportunity
The library is again collaborating with The Conversation Tree to provide a Professional Development opportunity for community members interested in learning how to support adult learners of English, Spanish, or Mandarin in the Conversation Café. The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group for adult language learners of all levels.
This Summer Professional Development series will meet on nine Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning June 9 at the library, and will include a primer of second language acquisition, strategies and techniques used in conversation facilitation, and an opportunity to serve as a conversation facilitator at one of two Conversation Cafés. A Certificate of Participation will be given to Conversation Facilitators who complete the Professional Development.
Download a full description here.
You may also download a flyer here.
To participate in the summer Professional Development, please RSVP to trotolo@gse.rutgers.edu and plan to attend the information session and orientation on June 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Space is limited.
More information about the Conversation Café may be found below.
For more information about this program, please contact Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org. Professional Development is provided by 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.

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Ongoing Programs

Monday Movie Nights
Every Monday evening in June, the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee will host a movie in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Showtime for all June movies is 6:00 p.m. These movie nights are free and open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

Movies are 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 Makerspace
The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace provides workshops and craft nights. The library's community room will function as the maker-space during event dates, unless otherwise noted. Check out the NBFPL Makerspace webpage for exact schedule and full details!

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 Thursday of each month: Each meeting is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at joye@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.

Career Connections Assistance
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a NJ Career Connections site, partnering with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Jobseekers can receive one-on-one, in-person job search and career navigation assistance by visiting the library Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Computer Skills Tutoring
Appointments are only during Rutgers semesters, September - April.
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.

English for Beginners
The English for Beginners class will support adults new to English in building communication skills in contexts that are meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. Class activities will be interactive and focus on skills and strategies related to vocabulary, listening, speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. The class is free, with all materials provided. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Space is limited.
Monday evenings, 6 - 7:30 p.m., from May 8 through June 19 (with no class on May 29).
To register, please email the instructor, Jessica Hunsdon, at jhunsdon@gmail.com or call/text 732-993-4505.
You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish. You may also download a registration form here.
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.

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.
One group meets on Tuesdays, one group meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For the first half of 2017, these groups meet January 3 through June 29. To join an 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 it.) For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.

Conversation Café
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.
There will be one English Conversation Café during Summer 2017:
Fridays, June 16 - August 4, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Download the registration form here. Download flyers in both English and Spanish here.
There will also be a Spanish Café offered at the Youth Empowerment Services: download a full schedule here.
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.
This program is made possible through a partnership of the New Brunswick Free Public Library and 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.

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 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. Download a flier here. Classes meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Current meeting dates are: May 1 – August 21 (with the exception of holidays).

LiteracyNJ ESL 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 session will continue through June 17, 2017. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Registration and assessment are required: download a general interest form here to fill out and submit to LNJ, or ask for a form at the library's reference desk. 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 listing of all the Adult ESL groups offered at the library here. ~

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