New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


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Special Events

Poetry Month Celebration
To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 19th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2017. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. The deadline for submissions has now passed (it was extended to Friday, March 24.)
Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at or call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information.
All poets whose submissions are published in the Anthology are invited to read those poems at the library's Poetry Reading on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. This reading is free and open to the public.

Mixing Religion and Economics
Jim Niessen and Joe Williams of Rutgers University will explain their research: Niessen will give an overview of the history of the oldest churches in New Brunswick, Williams will discuss the role that religion plays in the social and economic fabric of evolving communities. Following their presentations, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss aspects of religion-community interactions. Young people are encouraged to attend and participate. Light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This program is free and open to the public; it is supported by a generous gift from Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple.

Photography Contest and Workshops
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 10th Annual Photography Contest! The contest theme this year is "My Inspiration!" Capture with your photos moments or images that inspire you. Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken.
Deadline for submission is May 9, 2017.
The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy (o en español.) You may also fill out this online form to submit photos to the contest and register for workshops.
Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed at 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 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
Photos will be on display at the Library from June 9 to July 9, 2017.

The contest and related events are free and open to the public. This contest is open to all ages!
Grant funding has been provided by the 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.

In conjunction with the contest, the library will offer three Photography Workshops:

  • 1st Photography Workshop - Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.
    Landscape and Nature Photography: From the Obvious to the Transcendent
    Presented by Joel Simpson

    Learn what it takes to develop your own vision in the very popular field of landscape and nature photography. Do you aspire to take photos that are as good as the ones you see on postcards and calendars? Or do you find these trite and predictable and want to go beyond them? Award-winning photographer Joel Simpson will show you the path to photo-Nirvana, what it takes to set yourself on it, and what to expect along the way. You can’t get there overnight, but if you persist, nourish your visual curiosity, get the right equipment, are willing to wake up early, stay up late, go out in the rain, and, above all, to look at lots of good photographs, you, too, can make the journey.

  • 2nd Photography Workshop - Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    Editing Digital Photos
    Presented by Bill Blanchard

    Well known NJ photographer Bill Blanchard brings his expertise and humor for an informal and fun introductory workshop about Editing Digital Photos: Demonstration of Adobe Lightroom software. Adobe Lightroom is a photo editing program that has revolutionized digital photography. Making it possible to organize, correct and enhance your images while backing them up at the same time. For this demonstration the emphasis will be on the Library module, where all your images are organized, and the Develop module, where you can correct and enhance your images. He will also cover a bit of Photoshop to explain the differences between the two softwares.

  • 3rd Photography Workshop - Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Beauty of Black and White: Learn Why & How
    Presented by Danielle Austen

    Come and learn from professional photographer and speaker Danielle Austen about the Beauty of Black & White. Black & White photography creates a timeless quality to images. It is a creative choice as it can dramatically transform your image, but it can also help improve an image as it focuses more on the elements like tonal contrast, texture, shape, form and quality of light. It is suitable for almost any type of genre, like landscapes, portraits, architecture, still life and street photography. During the workshop we will discuss the principles of B&W Photography and why converting your images can be beneficial. Danielle will then demonstrate how to convert images using some of the most accessible post-processing software programs available.

To attend any of these workshops, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20. Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!
For more information, please contact librarian Kavita Pandey at
All workshops are 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Grant funding has been provided by the 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.

Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival
The library has again partnered with other community organizations to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. in the library’s Community Room with storytelling by re-enactor Domingo Camarillo as Benito Juárez, President of Mexico. Festivites at the library will also include piñata, face painting, arts and crafts. At 1 p.m. we will have a parade featuring low rider cars from the library to Joyce Kilmer Park, where there will be variety of food vendors, music and dance performances.
Program sponsors include Lazos America Unida, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick 4-H Club, Unity Square, Harmony Family Success Center, La Costena Radio, and Professional Latino Firefighters of Central New Jersey: New Brunswick Chapter.
Download a flyer here. For more information, please call Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or e-mail
Saturday, May 6, starting at 11:00 a.m. at the library.
Parade from library (60 Livingston Ave) to Joyce Kilmer Park (143 Joyce Kilmer Ave) begins at 1:00 p.m.
Festival runs until 6:00 p.m. in Joyce Kilmer Park.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Folklife Program for New Jersey through a grant from New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Special Recurring

Job Search Workshops: Path to Employment
Join us for monthly workshops to learn about how NJ Career Connections can help you with your job searches. You may attend whichever workshop(s) you like: you do not need to attend all workshops.
In April, we'll cover effectively setting up your goals. We'll also discuss the phases of job loss and how you can deal with the changes in your life.
Thursday April 20, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
In May, we'll focus on building resumes. We'll cover everything from formatting your resume to following up with employers.
Thursday May 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration is suggested but not required. To register, please call 732-745-5108 x20, or email
See more about Career Connections at the library below.

Friends of the Library Event Series
The Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library presents a series of monthly events. Visit the Friends of the Library page for more information and/or download a PDF of the 2016-2017 Event Series calendar here. (Please note that the final program will now be on May 3 instead of April 5.)

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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. 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.

Career Connections Assistance
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a NJ Career Connections site, partnering with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Jobseekers can receive one-on-one, in-person job search and career navigation assistance by visiting the library Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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.

~ NEW! English for Beginners
The English for Beginners class will support adults new to English in building communication skills in contexts that are meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. Class activities will be interactive and focus on skills and strategies related to vocabulary, listening, speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. The class is free, with all materials provided. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Space is limited.
Monday evenings, 6 - 7:30 p.m., from March 20 through April 24.
*Additional dates just added!* May 8 - 22, June 5 - 19.

To register, please email the instructor, Jessica Hunsdon, at or call/text 732-993-4505. You may send or leave a message in English or Spanish. You may also download a registration form here.
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey 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.
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 Cafés
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:
- Wednesday mornings, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 8 - April 19 (no meeting on 3/15),
- Wednesday evenings, 6 - 7 p.m., February 22 - April 19 (no meeting on 3/15),
- Friday mornings, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 24 - April 28 (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 21 (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 Adult ESL groups offered at the library here. ~

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