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.


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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Download a PDF of the 2016-2017 Event Series calendar!

Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring Radio Jarocho
Wednesday October 19, 2016 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. The New York-based band has championed son jarocho by performing over the past decade in dozens of concerts and fandangos in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.

The Classical Benny Goodman, featuring clarinetist Maureen Hurd Hause and pianist Alisson Brewster Franzetti
Wednesday November 2, 2016 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

Almost from the moment Benny Goodman was dubbed the King of Swing, Goodman pursued classical playing, and his wealth and fame resulted in famous masterworks and little known gems. Join Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty Maureen Hurd Hause and Alisson Brewster Franzetti in a concert featuring works by Morton Gould, Alan Shulman and Alex North.

InSpira Performing Arts Dance Ensemble
Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 2-4 PM

Founded in 2002, InSpira has provided opportunities for individuals, young and old, to discover the joys of dance, music and fitness. Its aim is to instill confidence and self-awareness in each student that will help them achieve their goals and dreams.

Tax Preparation Hints & Tips with Jean Emmanuel Huc Desravines
Wednesday January 11, 2017 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

~ Canceled. ~
Join us for a session on tax preparation with income tax planner Jean Emmanuel Huc Desravines.

Black History Month, featuring Victor Marshall Hand and Drum Ensemble
Wednesday February 1, 2017 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

As a jazz musician, percussionist Victor Marshall has performed at the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s 10th Anniversary “Afternoon In Jazz”, and various tri-state areas' jazz clubs such as Birdland, S.O.B.’s, Honeysuckle’s, Soul Café, Cornbread & Caviar and Manhattan Proper.

Women’s History Month, featuring Cool Women Poets
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

Cool Women Poets features poets Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Bonham Lies, Judy Rowe Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman and Gretna Wilkinson.

Dance Madness, with Arthur Murray of Highland Park
Wednesday April 5, 2017 @ 12:15—1:00 PM

Join us for a ballroom dance program featuring instructors from Arthur Murray of Highland Park.

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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!!
Only cash and checks accepted.
Friday, April 7 [tentative], 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 [tentative], 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Please use the lower/side entrance to access the book sale after 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Book Club Schedule


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