New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

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

Friends of the Library Event Series
The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library presents a series of monthly events. Download a PDF of the 2016-2017 Event Series calendar here.
Visit the Friends of the Library page for more information.

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 3 to April 8, 2017. The volunteers are only able to file current standard returns, no itemized deductions or special forms, and the service is for those of low to moderate income. This annual service is sponsored by VITA, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
For an appointment, please call the library at 732-745-5108 ext. 25, or stop by the library's Main Desk.
All adults on the return must be present at the appointment. 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. Click here for a printable list of what to bring, in English and en español.
Please understand that the library is only the site for this service and library staff cannot answer tax-related questions.

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 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 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at or 732-745-5108 x20.

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.

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.
For the first half of 2017, these groups meet January 3 through June 29. One group meets on Tuesdays, one group meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 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 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 three English Conversation Cafés during Winter-Spring 2017: one on Wednesday mornings (February 8 - April 19, with no meeting on 3/15), one on Wednesday evenings (February 22 - April 19, with no meeting on 3/15), and one on Friday mornings (February 24 - April 28, with no meetings on 3/17 & 4/14). Download a description and schedule here. Download the registration form here.
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at 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; the Family Success Center at PRAB; 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 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. The meeting dates for the beginning of 2017 are: January 9 – April 10 and May 1 – August 31 (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

~ Download a listing of all 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)