New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901
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New Brunswick Free Public Library

THE FRIENDS OF THE 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.

MEMBERS

Executive Board {revised June 2014}
Monica Tarver, President
Ann Gordon, Vice-President
Peggy Sica, Secretary
George Dawson, Treasurer

Robert Belvin    Marie Borbely    Deborah Celey    Carlos Fernandez
Yesenia Hernandez    Marilyn Herod    Gerarda Pizzarello    Nicole Tracy

Cecilia Claflen, Honorary
Jennie Fischer, Honorary

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY EVENTS

The Friends' Book Club
Mondays (usually the last Monday of the month) at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. 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 2014-2015.

2014-15 BOOK CLUB LIST:

Sept. 29  Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
A novel of five families against the backdrop of the events of the early 1900s.
~OR~ Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark.
The story of an heiress whose last twenty years are spent in a hospital room with her mansions empty.

Oct. 27  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
How we love, how we take care of one another, and choices cascade through generations.

Nov. 17*  New Brunswick and the Civil War by Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi.
Accounts of the Civil War by men who answered the call of duty.
{*Date changed from Nov. 24.}

TUESDAY Dec. 9*  The Ransom of Russian Art by John McPhee.
The story of an economics professor who collected 8,000 works of Russian dissident art and eventually donated them to Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum.
{*Date changed from Dec. 15. Also, this meeting will take place in the lobby of the Zimmerli Museum instead of at the library. Click here to download a flier.}

Jan. 26, 2015  Swimming Across by Andrew Grove.
A memoir of the author's childhood in Hungary with Nazis, Russians, and his eventual arrival in the United States.

Feb. 23 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A love story and a social critique of a young Nigerian couple facing difficult choices.

March 30  The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer.
A nonfiction book which portrays a superpower coming apart at the seams.

April 27  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
A novel based on Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist and women's rights crusader that begins with the gift of a slave on her 11th birthday.

May 18  Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The story of Indian brothers who come of age in the ’60’s and follow different paths. One emigrates and the other stays and joins a revolutionary movement.

June 15  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
A true account of eight women meeting every week for two years to discuss forbidden Western literature.

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"Brown Bag Lunch" Programs
Wednesdays (the first Wednesday of the month) at 12:15 pm in the Library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Admission is free; coffee and tea will be served.

September 3, 2014
Musician and actor Dennis Kobray will perform Ragtime music by Scott Joplin.

October 1, 2014
A classical string quartet from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School will perform. This quartet includes violinists Tao Zhang and YuJin Oh, violist OnYou Kim and cellist Hyojin Lee. All four are doctoral students at Rutgers. Their concert is slated to include Josef Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33#2, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #5, Spring Song by Mendelssohn, Schubert’s Serenade and a Humoresque by Dvorak.

November 5, 2014
Dale Caldwell, Head of School and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Village Charter School (VCS), a K-8 public school serving the students of Trenton, will speak.
Dale G. Caldwell is a graduate of Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in finance. Dale also completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is the CEO of Strategic Influence, LLC and the President of Tempus Management Consulting, LLC and the Founder of Residential After-School Program, Inc. and Work for Peace, Inc. Dale's professional experience includes holding the positions of Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, Executive Director of the Newark Alliance, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Director, Employee Service Group of Scholastic, Inc. His volunteer leadership experience includes serving as President of the New Brunswick Board of Education, President of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, President of Crossroads Theatre Company, President of the United States Tennis Association Eastern Section and Commissioner of the Asbury Park Housing Authority.

December 3, 2014
Home-grown singer and songwriter Spook Handy and his Trio will perform a special tribute to Pete Seeger.
Spook had the fortune of performing over 50 concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger between 2003 and his passing in 2014.  As a result, Spook learned many of Pete Seeger’s songs and the stories behind them – and not only songs he wrote but those of Woody Guthrie and many others. In response to Pete Seeger’s passing earlier this year, Spook has put together a program called "Remembering Pete Seeger" and is presenting it in concert halls, theaters, arts centers, libraries, festivals, summer concert series, churches and college classrooms all over the world.

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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 videos, DVDs, CDs, and more!!
{Next date TBA.}

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Quick Links:

Membership Brochure

Book Club Schedule


NBFPL Website

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