New Brunswick Free Public Library

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

New Brunswick Free Public Library

LIBRARY EVENTS

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, &/or add us to your circles on Google+
to keep updated on our events.
Visit our Flickr page to see photos of past events.
Check out our Spotlight Page for other features.

Download (PDF) Event Calendars: February
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

Free Income Tax Filing Assistance

Volunteers from Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting and Finance Honors Society at Rutgers, will help taxpayers file online, by appointment only, on Fridays and Saturdays from February 5 to April 9, 2016. For exact dates and times of appointment slots, download this PDF. You can also download a flier here. This annual service is sponsored by VITA, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and is for those of low to moderate income (annual incomes of $54,000 or less). There will be Spanish-speaking volunteers this year, to assist those who may need it.
For an appointment, please call the library at 732-745-5108 ext. 25, or stop by the library's Main Desk. When you come to your tax-filing session, please bring Social Security cards and ID for you and any dependents, your W-2 forms and any tax forms sent to you by the government, records of expenses you want to declare, and a copy of last year's tax returns if available. For further information about this service, contact the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20. Please note that the library staff are not tax professionals and cannot answer tax questions.
Beta Alpha Psi is the Accounting and Finance Honors Society at the Rutgers Business School. The organization is highly selective and focuses on academic excellence, leadership, community service, and social networking. Along with maintaining high academic standards and exhibiting leadership skills, members of BAP are also deeply committed to community service, both on campus and in the surrounding city of New Brunswick. Along with the tax return assistance program, BAP is involved in many on-campus volunteer opportunities, various tutoring and literacy programs, and is part of a coalition of non profit organizations working to better the larger New Brunswick area.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is a national program providing free assistance to low income, elderly, limited English proficient and disabled individuals who require assistance in preparing their tax returns and cannot afford the services of a paid professional tax preparer.

African American History Month Event

The New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee will present a panel discussion entitled Slavery in New Jersey and the Evolution of Race Relations: How do we Shift the Paradigm? The keynote speaker will be Professor Deborah Gray White, the Chair of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History. Panelists include Reginald Johnson of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and President of the Metuchen-Edison NAACP; Lewis J. Dixon who is active in ministry and teaches incarcerated individuals; Jarret Drake, archivist at Princeton University and a prison volunteer; Mekala Audain, history professor at The College of New Jersey; and Professor Muhammad Abdul Rahman who is active in youth education. Dr. White will provide a synopsis of African American History post-Civil War while the panelists bring a variety of personal and professional perspectives regarding racism. Audience participation in the panel discussion is encouraged.
Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library and generous individuals. This program is made possible by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding in part from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Join us to celebrate the Year of the Monkey with an afternoon of traditional crafts and performances. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, this festive program will feature Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, paper cutting, colorful folk dancing, Chinese Yo-Yo performances, and delicious food from the students of Edison Chinese School. Bring the whole family to learn about Chinese culture and celebrate the new year with us.
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU) was formed in partnership with Jilin University in China and with support from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)/Confucius Institute Headquarters. CIRU aims to broaden Chinese language instruction, promote Chinese culture, spur the development of Chinese Studies, and advance a wide range of cultural exchanges of the U.S. and China.
Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Free and open to all ages.

Poetry Month Celebration Anthology and Reading

To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2016, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 18th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the library's Poetry Reading on Monday, April 25. Download a flier here.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 18th.
A Poetry Submission Form is available at the Library’s Reference Desk or download a PDF here.

Here are some important requirements for poetry submissions:
• Limit two (2) poems per individual.
• Poems must be typed in Microsoft Word and emailed as an attachment to: nbpoetry@gmail.com.
• Maximum length for each poem is 1 page, using Times New Roman font, size 12, single spaced.
• One poem per page with the poem's title at the top of the page and the author's name at the bottom of the page.
Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com or call the library at 732-745-5108 ext. 20 for more information.

Photography Contest

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 9th Annual Photography Contest! The contest theme this year is "Freedom: Capture Your World." Everyone’s world is different. Show us what it looks like from your perspective!
Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken. Submitted photos must be taken between February 1, 2016 and May 14, 2016.
The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download an editable PDF which you can fill out on a computer before printing or emailing with your submissions. (O haga click aquí para bajar el PDF cual puede llenar en la computadora antes de imprimir o mandarlo por correo electrónico con su submision.)
Please read and follow all submission requirements listed on the submission form. Email submissions to nbphotocontest@gmail.com. Call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or email kavita@lmxac.org with any questions.
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 10th, at 6 PM at the library.
Photos will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre from June 10th through June 30th, 2016 and at the Library from June 10th to July 30th, 2016.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public. This contest is open to all ages! There will also be three Photography Workshops, detailed below. Feel free to download a flier here.
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.
County of Middlesex NJ council of the arts DiscoverJerseyArts

1st Photography Workshop
Topic: How to Get Great Prints from Your Photos Either Online or from Your Local Lab
Have you ever visited a photo exhibit and wondered, "What process did they use to achieve that look and feel?" Today’s print technologies make it easy and affordable to find outside photo labs and print service bureaus. In this workshop, award-winning photographer and consultant Andrew Darlow will reveal many printing processes and provide step-by-step advice to help you turn your photos into printed works of art. Each attendee will receive a printed handout and a test print to help you match your computer screen or tablet to your prints.
What will be covered:
• An overview of some different print processes, including samples of canvas, paper, wood, satin, and metal print options;
• How to find the right companies to print your work (each participant will receive a list of hand-picked suppliers that Andrew uses or highly recommends);
• How to quickly and easily see if your monitor or tablet is the right brightness and color;
• How to inexpensively test any print process;
• Hanging and display options for different print processes;
• How to protect your work for shipping or transportation.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
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).

2nd Photography Workshop
Topic: Protecting Your Precious Moments
Well known NJ photographer Jack Howard brings his expertise and humor for an informal and fun introductory workshop covering the steps for how to protect your precious moments beyond the on-screen gallery and 4x6s. This will help make the most of your memories today, and ensure they'll be there tomorrow. He will cover photo projects including calendars, books, custom canvases, and some digital tricks to make people disappear and appear multiple times in the same image, etc. File formats, video, slideshows, etc. Archiving, back-up, cloud versus local, redundancy, and so on.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
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.

3rd Photography Workshop
Topic: Intermediate Photography
Come and learn from professional photographer and speaker Nat Clymer about photography. In today’s world of newer and constantly changing technology, anyone can take a well exposed photo just about all the time. But how do you transcend taking "average" pictures by using average, computer generated exposure algorithms? Well, quite simply, you can’t! You have to take your camera off Automatic or Programed exposure and use the Manual exposure settings!
This workshop will revolve around the simple concept of taking your camera off Auto and thinking more about what you are trying to say with your photos. Mr. Clymer will discuss the exposure triangle of f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISOs. Then he’ll get into some of the principles of composition and how to break some of those "rules", to say what YOU want to say in your photos, and how to make your photos more about the way that YOU see the world around you!
Wednesday, May 4th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Room.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20.
Enter the Photography Contest! Click here for a submission form with full details (o aquí para Español).
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.

 

Back to top.


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.

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!

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 2016! 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.

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 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.
Sessions resume in February 2016.

  • The Wednesday morning session, which includes programming for kids presented in coordination with PRAB, runs from February 10 to April 20, with no meeting on March 16. Meetings are 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Download a registration form for this specific session by clicking here.
  • NEW! There will now be a Wednesday evening session, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., from February 24 to April 20, with no meeting on March 16.
  • The Friday morning session runs from February 26 to April 22, with no meetings on March 18 and 25. Meetings are 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Click here to download a description and schedule for all three Cafés. Click here to download a registration form. For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 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.

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 starts on February 1 and runs through May 2, 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 mbernstein@literacynj.org. Download a flier here.

~ Download a listing of all the different ESL groups offered at the library here. ~

Back to top.

Download (PDF) Event Calendars:
February

Jump to:

Special Events

Ongoing Programs
~ Conversation Groups


Also see:
Kids'
&/or
Teen
event pages.


NBFPL Website

Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)