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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.
Family History Workshops
What's in Your Attic? Preserving Your Family Treasures
Many of us have materials or objects that are meaningful to our families stashed in the attic, basement, or garage. Often they are not stored or cared for in the best manner possible. The care and preservation of family treasures connects one generation to the next. New Brunswick Free Public Library can provide help with resources and information that help the family collector or hobbyist protect, organize, and house items such as letters, documents, jewelry, photographs, clothing and textiles, and many other objects. Bring a treasure or two to discuss with the library’s Archival Librarian, Kim Adams. We will begin with a general discussion about how to best protect your treasures and then review the materials or objects that participants have brought in to share.
Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Please contact the Reference Department by emailing email@example.com or calling 732-745-5108 x20 to register. (Registration is not mandatory but will help us plan if we know what you will bring to discuss.)
Researching Your African American Family
Would you like to begin researching your African American family history? Come to this free workshop at the library! This workshop will focus on utilizing local resources, websites, genealogy databases including Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, and the digitized New Brunswick historical newspapers. Attendees are welcome to suggest their own questions as research examples.
Thursday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, please contact the Reference Department. (Registration is not required, but is suggested.)
Day of the Dead Celebration / Fiesta del Dia de los Muertos
Take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar.
The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of tamales (Mexican appetizers) and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink).
New Brunswick Free Public Library's Day of the Dead program includes collaborations with: Lazos America Unida, Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, New Brunswick 4H Club, Unity Square, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and The Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.
Sunday, October 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
This program is free and open to all ages!
Please call Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule school visits.
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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.
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!
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!
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 2016! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Librarian Joye Crowe-Logan at email@example.com 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.
To join the 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.) You may also download a PDF of the schedule for 2016 Summer-Fall, listing the dates for the two different groups (one meets on Tuesdays, one meets on Thursdays, both from 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-745-5108 x20.
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.
Fall/Winter 2016: There will be two English Conversation Cafés, one on Wednesday mornings and one on Friday mornings. Click here for a registration form.
Wednesday Cafés begin on September 28; Friday Cafés begin October 14; both from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Click here for a flier with the description and schedule. For more information, please contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at email@example.com 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 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. Download a flier here. Classes meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Fall 2016 cycle will begin September 19 and continue through December 19, 2016 (please note the library is closed on October 10). In 2017, the dates will be January 9 – April 10 and May 1 – August 31 (again, 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 2016 fall session will have a registration date of September 17 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and classes will meet September 24 - December 17, 2016. The session will resume January 7 and continue through June 24, 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 then fill out and submit to LNJ.
For more information about this program, patrons must directly contact the LNJ office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Download a listing of all the different ESL groups offered at the library here. ~
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