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Adult Summer Reading
Stop by the Main Lobby during the second week of June to sign up for our 2015 Adult Summer Reading program!
- June 8th, 3 - 5 pm
- June 9th, 10am - 12pm
- June 10th, TBA
- June 11th, 10am - 12pm
- June 12th, 2 - 4pm
This program is for anyone over the age of 18. The kick-off for Kids' and Teens' Summer Reading Programs will be on June 20th. More details to come!
As part of the library's observance of Juneteenth, Jarrett Drake (Digital Archivist, Princeton University, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library) will give a presentation of his paper on NJ slave consent laws, for which he received a NJSAA award.
June 18 at 6:30 pm, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This program is free and open to the public.
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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.
- June 1: Dracula Untold
This movie is rated PG-13. Visit this page for more information.
- June 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
This movie is rated PG-13. 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!
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 or other events.)
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.
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. There are no more appointments for the current semester; please check back in the Fall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-745-5108 x20.
ESL Conversation Café
New sessions will begin in June -- details will be posted as soon as possible.
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.
~ February 25 - April 22: 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.
~ February 6 - April 24: 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 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 email@example.com. Download a flier here.
Download a listing of all 4 of the different ESL groups offered at the library here.
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