New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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All events are free and open to the public.
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Special Events

NJ350 Celebration

In cooperation with New Jersey 350, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will have a year-long celebration of New Jersey’s sesquitricentennial. The first two displays will begin February 1.
New Jersey’s and New Brunswick’s uniqueness owe much to the cultural infusions of the populations who have settled and merged here. In addition to a joint observance of Black History Month with the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee, the library will display an exhibit related to African American history in New Jersey, in the main lobby from February 1 to March 22. At the same time, in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room, The Indian Diaspora and New Jersey will detail the immigration to America of a diverse East Indian population and their growing involvement as part of New Jersey’s culture and history. The history of additional immigrant populations will be highlighted in displays now in development as the year progresses.
In June, there will be a historical timeline depicting some of the significant people and events in the New Brunswick area, ranging from the Hall-Mills murder, through New Brunswick Sister Cities, to involvement in wars, and local industries. The timeline will be mounted in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room with extended displays in the main lobby.

Collecting Memories of New Brunswick: Photographs to Celebrate NJ 350
The library is looking for photographs of New Brunswick that were taken from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Photographs tell stories, both those which were intended -- such as the first communion picture -- and those that were not -- such as the street scene behind the picture of the family’'s first car after World War II. To preserve the history and memories for future generations, the New Brunswick Free Public Library is making a Community Photobook to celebrate New Jersey'’s 350th birthday.
If you have family photographs, whether in albums or loose, the library wants the opportunity to look at them and scan some of them. The library will return all original photographs. They can range from, for example, a portrait of your grandparents in front of People’s National Bank, to the interior of St. John'’s Church, to a Burnet Street flood. Especially helpful are pictures that can be identified as to time and place, for example, in front of a house on Hardenberg Street about 1955.
Some of the scanned photographs will be used for an exhibition in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. If the photographs have already been scanned, the library will need 600dpi images. Interested participants should contact the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 or download a submission form here.
Please download a flier here if you would like to spread the word!

Poetry Month Celebration

Poetry Anthology Reading: April 28, 2014
To celebrate National Poetry Month, April 2014, the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries has published its second annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology. This year’s theme is "Our Town," commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the play by Thornton Wilder. Poets who submitted work to the anthology could use this theme for inspiration, but was not a required poem subject. One pair of tickets per library to the performance of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder at the George Street Playhouse will be awarded to the poets who best used the "Our Town" theme.
Poets whose work was chosen for the Anthology have been invited to read at their home library’s Poetry Celebration in April. Participating libraries include Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Dunellen, Middlesex, New Brunswick, and Raritan.
The Celebration Reading at New Brunswick Public Library will take place Monday, April 28 at 7pm in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Download a flier here!

Photography Contest

January to May 2014
The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its seventh annual Photography Contest, and is now getting ready for the Exhibit of the submitted photographs! The contest theme this year is "New Brunswick: Our Town". Simply put, entries were to capture an aspect of New Brunswick (i.e. daily life, businesses, city history, buildings, pets, parks, etc.) If the picture was not taken in New Brunswick, information about the subject's connection to New Brunswick was to be provided. Photos submitted will also be eligible for recognition if they represent the "NJ350" theme of New Brunswick history. Submitted photos must have been taken between January 2 and March 22, 2014.
Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a group exhibition at the George Street Playhouse, Heldrich Hotel, 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 Thursday, April 24 at 6:00pm at the library. (Click here for a flier for the reception.) Photos will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and at the Heldrich Hotel from April 24 - May 24, and at the Library from April 24 to May 30, 2014.
The contest and related events are free and open to the public.
This program or service is funded in part by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission with assistance thru a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept of State.
Prizes are courtesy of the following businesses: 

Monday Movie Night

Monday, April 21
Come enjoy a Monday Movie Night for all ages! Popcorn will be served. On this night, we will be showing the movie "Frozen." Download a "ticket" here! (Tickets are not required, but it's a handy save-the-date reminder!)
6:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Visual Arts Workshop for Teens and Kids: Dream Kite Making

Saturday, May 3
The Mason Gross Extension Division presents the fourth and final workshop in a series that the library has partnered with them to provide for children and teenagers in grades 3 through 8. At this event, students will create an inspiring vision and/or dream for the future on a personal kite they will build and fly at the end of the workshop. Instruction by Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division faculty, all materials provided.
1 - 3 PM in the Henry Guest House.
For more details and to register online, please visit the Mason Gross Extension Division webpage here.

Sojourner Truth: "Ain't I a Woman?"

Tuesday, May 13
Join us as we step back into history! Dr. Daisy Century (of the American Historical Theatre) will portray Sojourner Truth, one of our country's advocates for women's suffrage and abolition. This program is free and open to the public of all ages!
4:00 - 5:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Funded by the Horizon Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Centsible Living" Financial Literacy Workshops

In partnership with the Piscataway Public Library, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will be hosting two financial literacy workshops:
"How Are You Doing? Give Yourself a Financial Check-up" on June 12
and "Investing For Long Term Financial Goals" on September 11,
both at 7pm in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
These programs are made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. To register for any of the workshops, and for additional information, please visit this webpage. Details about these two workshops can be found on our Google Calendar.

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Ongoing Programs

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 will receive a Certificate of Attendance if they attend at least 7 sessions.
Two Conversation Cafés will meet in the beginning of 2014, one on Wednesday evenings and one on Friday mornings: You may download a PDF flier here (in English and Spanish), or a more detailed schedule here. *Update: Both Café groups are now full. You may apply to be put on the waiting list, but as of March 7th the Conversation Cafés cannot accept more students. Download an application here.
The Fall 2013 Conversation Café was a huge success! View photos here!
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.

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 schedule, which lists 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.

LPNJ ESL Conversation Group
Brought to you by the Literacy Programs of New Jersey, 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." 
To join the ESL Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and return it to the Library. Students must be over the age of 18 and be able to speak some English. Meetings will be every Saturday from March 8th to June 28th, 2014 from 10:30am-12:00pm. For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at or 732-745-5108 x20.

Free ESL/Citizenship Classes
Do you need help preparing for your Naturalization interview? Learn what you need to know in order to pass your exam. Jewish Family & Vocational Service 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 JFVS office at 732-777–1940 to register and for more information on classes and immigration services. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30-8:30, starting in January of 2014. Students can attend any of the classes. Download a flier here.

Knitting Club
Like knitting or want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from those who've never picked up needles to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you're new to knitting, a willingness to learn. Participants exchange knitting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is a self-run group, and not an instructional class.)
The Knitting Club regularly meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (with some exceptions): click here for a flier showing the dates for 2014! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30pm.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at or 732-745-5108 x20.

Computer Skill Tutoring
The library will again be offering one-on-one basic computer classes. The hour-and-a-half sessions will cover mouse and keyboard tutorials, basic word processing, and using the Internet and email. Volunteers will work with each person according to their familiarity with computers and their learning styles. Sessions are free but space is limited: Please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 to make an appointment. The tutoring sessions will be Mondays-Thursdays from February 17 to April 17, and are made possible by the library's collaboration with the Rutgers Student Volunteer Council.

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 7 to April 12. The volunteers are only able to file 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. When you come to your tax-help 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.

Homework Help for Kids and Teens:

Tutors from the Rutgers Tutoring Plus program are often available in our Teen Room and/or Children's Room after school, to help with homework on all subjects for all grade levels. No appointment is necessary, but feel free to call ahead to ensure tutor availability (732-745-5108 ext.20 for the Reference Desk.)
Tutors are only available when Rutgers is in session. Their usual hours are:
3:00 to 7pm Mondays - Thursdays & 3:00 to 5pm on Fridays, with occasional weekend hours.

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