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 and then mail it or bring it in to the library.
Yesenia Hernandez, President
Nicole Tracy, Vice President
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer
Cecilia Claflen (1922 - 2015), Honorary
Jennie Fischer, Honorary
Friends of the Library Events
Saturday Program: The Life and Times of Paul Robeson
Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.
This month’s Saturday program is presented by the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee in conjunction with the Friends of the Library. Marvin Jefferson will present a historical portrayal of Paul Robeson’s life and accomplishments – 20th century Renaissance man, social activist, singer, scholar, actor, All American athlete, lawyer, humanist and advocate for international peace.
The program is funded through a grant from the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, and support from the NJ Council for the Humanities.
The program is free of charge and open to the public.
The Friends' Book Club meets one Monday a month (often on the fourth Monday of the month) from September through June, at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Guest House, next to the library. The only requirements to attend the meetings are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it. The library usually has copies of the Book Club book set aside for the upcoming discussion; just ask at the front desk.
Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2018-2019 here.
- Sept. 24 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:
A heartwarming story of what happens when a couple with two young children moves next door to a cranky old man.
- Oct. 22 - The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:
A New York Times notable book for 2004, it is a history of the Dutch founding of Manhattan.
- Nov. 26 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee:
The story of a Korean family, first in Japanese occupied Korea and then in Japan from before WWII to the late 80s.
- Dec. 17* - Soul of America by Jon Meacham:
A perspective on American history when we have chosen kindness over paranoia and rancor. (*Date changed from 12/10.)
- Jan. 28, 2019 - Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout:
A collection of short stories.
- Feb. 25 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:
The Man Booker 2017 winning novel about Lincoln's grief at the death of his son Willie.
- Mar. 25 - Grant by Ron Chernow:
Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant's career will learn something from this.
- Apr. 22 - The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
In 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in India. They explore the nature of joy, obstacles to joy, and their daily joy practice.
- May 20 - Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday:
A comedy of manners set in Manhattan as well as a tragedy about an Iraqi-American family which poses deep questions about free will, fate and freedom, the all-powerful accident of one's birth and how life is alchemized into fiction.
- June 10 - The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:
A set of philosophical essays expressing a deep humanity.
The library's Book Sale is an annual event, usually held in mid-April. The Friends sell a wide array of items at incredibly low prices: There are always thousands of books as well as DVDs, CDs, and more!!
Only cash and checks are accepted.
The next Book Sale is tentatively scheduled for the following dates/times:
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. &
Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.