New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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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 6 to April 11, 2015. This annual service is sponsored by VITA, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and is for those of low to moderate income. For an appointment, please call the library at 732-745-5108 ext. 25, or stop by the library's Main Desk. Download a list of necessary items here to ensure that you bring all required documents.
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) 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.

Calling All Poets!

To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2015, the New Brunswick Free Public Library has joined with the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries to publish its 3rd annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology. Poets whose work is chosen for the Anthology will be invited to read at their home library’s Poetry Celebration in April. Participating libraries include: Bernardsville, Dunellen, Middlesex, New Brunswick, and Raritan. For details on submitting poems, please download the Poetry Submission Form here or ask for one at the Library’s Reference Desk. Interested persons can also call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 13th.
The Celebration Reading at New Brunswick Free Public Library will take place at 7 PM on Monday, April 20th in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Guests are invited to this event, which is free and open to the public.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Ring in the Year of the Sheep with an afternoon of crafts and performances at the Library! Sponsored by the Confucius Institution of Rutgers University, this festive program will feature Chinese knotting and calligraphy crafts, colorful folk dancing, Chinese Yo-Yo performances, and delicious food. Bring the whole family to learn about Chinese culture and celebrate the new year with us.
Sunday, March 1 beginning at 1:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This event is free and open to all ages. Download a flier here.

Photographs of Harry Rubel

For the month of March, the New Brunswick Historical Society supported by the New Brunswick Free Public Library presents an exhibit, Photographer Harry Rubel: Images of Thought and Beauty. Harry Rubel was a local photographer whose career spanned many years. Like many professional photographers, he wore two hats: He had a day job for financial reasons and photographed for the love of the art. His subjects were varied and sometimes amusing. The exhibit will feature photos that Harry had selected for exhibit himself. The photos are a sampling of the diversity of subjects he snapped. Among them are images of New Brunswick, landscapes, chairs, and architecture.
Come join us for the reception on Saturday, March 7 from 2 - 4 PM in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. His wife, Jaqcue Rubel, and daughters will join us and be available to informally chat about Harry’s life, work, and influences with attendees. The event is free and all are welcomed. The photographs will be on display throughout March: please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or ask at the Reference Desk to view the exhibit after the date of the opening reception.
The exhibit is graciously supported by a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Holi Festival

The Library is again celebrating the Indian festival of Holi in cooperation with Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association, Hindi USA, Taalim School of Indian Music, and South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI). Please join us for a fun filled and colorful celebration of the Indian Festival of colors, music, dance, henna, and delicious Indian food. This program is free and open to all ages!
Saturday, March 28
1:00 - 1:30 PM = 'Henna'-Indian tattoo, display of regional dresses, crafts for children,
1:30 - 3:30 PM = Music, dance performances, feast and free raffle in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
3:30 - 4:00 PM = Color Festivity (weather permitting) on the front lawn. You will not be allowed back in the building after color play. If you wish to participate in the color play (dry and wet colors) please make sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty!
For more information, please contact Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20. Download a flier here.

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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. {Please note changes to the original movie night schedule, due to the library closing early on January 26.}

  • March 2: The Boxtrolls
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.
  • March 9: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    This movie is rated PG. Visit this page for more information.

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!

Computer Skills Tutoring
Looking for help with learning to use a computer? We have volunteers who offer one-on-one tutoring sessions 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.

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 8:30pm, 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.)

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 8:30pm.
*February 2015 only has one meeting date, and it will be a special "workshop" -- click here to download a flier about this special meeting!
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at 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.
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 Winter-Spring, listing the dates for the two different groups (one meets on Tuesdays, one meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30pm.) For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at 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.
Download a registration form here. Download a schedule here for more details.
~ Beginning February 25: Wednesday morning sessions, which run from 11am to 12:30pm, include children's programming for kids two years of age and older. Download a flier here for the Wednesday English Conversation Café.
~ Beginning February 6: Friday morning sessions also run from 11am to 12:30pm. Download a flier here for the Friday Conversation Café.
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.

NEW! Spanish Conversation Café
If you are interested in maintaining or improving your knowledge of the Spanish language, or would like to support others as they learn, this Conversation Café is for you! All levels are welcome. Meetings will be on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00pm February 25 - April 22 (with no meeting on March 18.) Download a flier here for more details, and the download the registration form 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 Winter/Spring 2015 Saturday morning ESL Group began on January 17, 2015. Meetings will be held every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration and assessment are required. The registration date for this current session has passed. For more information about this program, patrons should directly contact the LNJ office at 732-432-8000 or email Melissa Cohen at 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)