New Brunswick Free Public Library

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New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library

Kids' Events

Spaces at all events are given on a first-come first-served basis. Register for programs at the Children's Circulation Desk or by calling 732-745-5108 x16.

Download a PDF of the Kids' Events Flier:
Math and Science Story Time (MASST en Espanol)!

See our Google Calendar for all library events.

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The Children's Room is currently operating according to Summer Hours.
Summer Hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Club!

All kids from preschoolers to those going into 6th grade are encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Club in the Children's Room! Come on in and find out all about this year's program! The basic details are as follows:

Register at the Children's Circulation Desk.

  • When a child registers, they will receive a Fizz, Boom, Read! tote bag which will contain their reading log as well as some coupons and other little "swag" items.

Reporting for kids in grades 1-6 begins Thursday, June 26th.

  • Children will need to report on what they read so as to earn credit for their reading.
  • Reporting hours are:
    Mondays -Thursdays = 10:30am - Noon & 2:00 to 5pm.
    Fridays and Saturdays = 10:30am - Noon & 2:00 to 4pm.
  • Reach our reading goal of 30 hours to be invited to the Summer Reading Fair! Other prizes will be awarded at different reading benchmarks along the way.

Children who have not yet started Kindergarten can take part in "Summer Fun for Little Ones."

  • Win prizes for doing literacy activities like reading, coloring, and signing.
  • Little ones who meet our activity goal by completing all 5 weeks' worth of activities will be invited to our end-of-summer PJ party!

There are certain events that children must sign up for ahead of time.

  • These include: The Math & Science Story Times (MASST), the chocolate tasting, and the volcano bus.
  • Please note that the MASST program has a limit of 20 attendees. Sign up now if interested!

Ongoing Summer Programs

Wednesdays June 25 - August 13

Math and Science Story Times
This summer, join us for special Wednesday evening storytimes featuring stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to important math and science concepts! All storytimes will be presented in Spanish and English!
6 - 7:30 PM in the Children's Room.
Registration is required: please call 732-745-5108 ext. 16 or stop by the Children's Room to sign up. Download a flier here (o en Espanol.)
Math and Science Storytimes at the New Brunswick Free Public Library are made possible by a Target Educational Grant, Rutgers University Research Council Grant, and Community-University Research Partnership Grant. They are presented in conjunction with the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Mondays July 14 - August 11

Join us for a very special and relaxing book time where a guest reader will read aloud as kids get to sit down, lie down, and just chill. Feel free to bring a pillow!
1:30 PM.
For all ages under 13.

Wednesdays July 9 - August 13

TWEEN Afternoon Events
Kids in grades 4 through 8 are invited to a different fun activity on most Wednesdays during the summer. Please see the Teen Events page for details of each event.
3 - 4 PM.

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July Events

Tuesday, July 22

Chocolate Tasting School
Can you tell the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate? How about regular dark chocolate and super dark chocolate? What about chocolate from Switzerland or chocolate from Peru? Come learn a little about chocolate and taste lots of yummy treats. Please be aware that there will be nut products at this program. Registration is required: Please sign up by calling 732-745-5108 ext. 16.
3:30 PM.
For ages 6-12.

Thursday, July 24

Eyes of the Wild: Animal Show
It's mammal mania at the library! Join a wildlife expert as he brings unusual and very cute wild animals to the library.
3 - 4 PM.
For all ages.

Tuesday, July 29

Volcano Bus
The Volcano Bus is erupting at the library! Join us for 45 minutes of hands- on science experiments and watch the library explode! Registration is required: Please sign up by calling 732-745-5108 ext. 16.
4 PM.
For ages 6-12.

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August Events

Tuesday, August 5

Video Game Jeopardy
Come test your knowledge of all your favorite video game characters and earn prizes when we play jeopardy on the big screen.
3:30 - 4:30 PM.
For ages 7-12.

Tuesday, August 12

Craft Club!
Do you like to make friendship bracelets, keychains, puppets, fancy bookmarks? Well come join us for an hour of crafting fun. It's amazing what you can make!
3:30 - 4:30 PM.
For grades K-5.

Saturday, August 16

Summer Reading Fair
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with fun, food, and prizes!
2 - 4 PM.
By invitation only! Earn your invitation by meeting our reading goal.

Monday, August 18

Greyhound Dogs
Do you love dogs? How about big dogs? How about big, fast dogs? Come meet the biggest, fastest and nicest dogs you will ever see when greyhounds visit the library. Come learn about these magnificent animals and then take your turn getting to know them.
7 pm.
For all ages.

Tuesday, August 19

Movie Afternoon: Frozen
It's hot outside – come inside and get Frozen! You know you love it, now come experience the magic all over again on our big screen. Singing along is encouraged, and yummy snacks will be available.
3:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 20

Pajama Party
Our end-of-summer celebration for the "Little Ones!"
7 pm.
By invitation only! Earn your invitation by meeting our activity goal.

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