New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


The Friends of New Brunswick Free Public Library encourage library awareness, promote use of the library, and encourage reading and life-long learning. They publicize library activities, enrich the presentations of the library, donate equipment, and raise funds. Become a Friend, and with your annual membership enable the library to share with the community the wealth of knowledge in a speaker or a book.

To become a Member of the Friends, or simply make a donation, fill out the Friends brochure (available for downloading as a PDF here) and mail it in or visit the Library. To view the by-laws of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, download the PDF here.


Executive Board {revised June 2016}
Monica Tarver, President
Yesenia Hernandez, Vice President
Carlos Fernandez, Secretary
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer

Robert Belvin    Deborah Celey    Marilyn Herod
Gerarda Pizzarello    Nicole Tracy

Jennie Fischer, Honorary
Cecilia Claflen (1922 - 2015), Honorary

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The New Brunswick Free Public Library would like to honor Mrs. Cecilia Claflen, who passed peacefully Sunday morning, June 7, 2015. Mrs. Claflen, in her twenty-six years as a member of the library's board of trustees and four more as a trustee emerti, served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the board. She served as a one-person public relations department ensuring that those who helped mold opinion in New Brunswick were informed of the library's successes and progress. Mrs. Claflen's record of good works is extensive. Beyond her other work in the community, she was active in the Friends of the Library that she helped found thirty years ago and of which she had served as President.


The Friends' Book Club
Usually held on the last Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room or next door in the Henry Guest House. The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it.

Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2016-2017.


Sept. 26 - Eligible: a Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld.
A modern, tender, and hilarious retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Oct. 31 - The Kitchen House: a Novel by Kathleen Grissom.
The story of a young Irish immigrant girl on a tobacco plantation in Virginia at the turn of the 19th century.

Nov. 28 - Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
The true story of the author's founding of an organization to defend innocent people who have been condemned to death.

Dec. 12* - Excellent Daughters: the Secret Lives of Young Women who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf.
An informative account of the lives of Middle Eastern women.

Jan. 30, 2017 - The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobb.
The author recounts his roommate Robert Peace's return to Newark to teach after Yale, his slide into drugs, and his murder at age 30.

Feb. 27 - My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante.
An intense exploration of a lifelong friendship between Lila and Elena.

Mar. 27 - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
A fascinating and darkly comic examination of the legacy of the Vietnam War.

Apr. 24 - The Mare: a Novel by Mary Gaitskill.
An exploration of what happens when a 12 year old Dominican girl from Brooklyn makes a two week visit to a middle aged couple in upstate New York.

May 22* - The Known World: a Novel by Edward P. Jones.
An inspired and unflinching look at slavery and its consequences. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

June 12* - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
The story of how the Wright Brothers learned to fly, and the part played by their sister Katherine.

(* means the meeting date is not the last Monday of the month.)

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2-Day Book Sale
The Library's Book Sale is an annual event, usually held in mid-April. The Friends organize a wide array of items and sell them at incredibly low prices! There are always thousands of books as well as DVDs, CDs, and more!!
Please understand that only cash and checks may be used for payment; no credit or debit cards will be accepted.
Friday, April 15, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please note that the library closes at 5 p.m. on Friday -- only the Community Room will remain open until 7 p.m. on April 15. Please use the lower/side entrance to access the book sale after 5 p.m.

{Next year's dates will be posted as soon as possible.}

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Quick Links:

Membership Brochure

Book Club Schedule


Bylaw Amendment Summary

NBFPL Website

Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)