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 download here) and then mail it in or bring it in. 


Yesenia Hernandez, President
Nicole Tracy, Vice President
Linda Hrycenko, Treasurer

Robert Belvin
Deborah Celey
Marilyn Herod
Gerarda Pizzarello
Monica Tarver

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

Friends of the Library Events

Saturday Programs

Starting in October 2017, the Friends have been presenting noon-time programs on the first Saturday of the month. Please check back for details, as some events are not yet confirmed.

  • October 7: "Keep This Toss That" with Organizing Humorist™ Jamie Novak.
  • November 4: The Lakewood Tent City, presented by Sherry Rubel and Hank Kalet.
  • No event in December or January.
  • February 3: Black History Month Program in conjunction with the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee. (This day's program will begin at 1:00.)
  • March 3: Cool Women Poets.
  • April is the Book Sale (no first-Saturday program.)
  • May 5: New Brunswick's Sister Cities, Tsuruoka and Fukui, in Japan.
  • June will be the Annual Meeting.

The Friends' Book Club

The book club normally meets one Monday a month at 1:30 p.m. next door in the Henry Guest House. The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it. The library will often have 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 2017-2018 here.

  • Sept. 25 - Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett:
    Conversations with people whose insights kindle a sense of wonder and courage.
  • Oct. 23 - Moonglow (A Novel) by Michael Chabon: 
    A memoir of the author's grandfather.
  • Nov. 27 - Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom:
    Based on two separate conversations between the author and two clergy, a New Jersey rabbi and a Detroit minister.
  • Dec. 18 - When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson:
    A crime novel that explores how the past can affect the future and how choices have lasting implications.
  • Jan. 22, 2018 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:
    A novel that explores the foundational sins of America.
  • Feb. 26 - Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal:
    The author, a Dutch-American primatologist, shows there is no clear behavioral division between animals and ourselves.
  • Mar. 26 - Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman:
    A guide to seeing what others do not.
  • Apr. 23 - The Sellout by Paul Beatty:
    A satirical novel about a narrator who tries to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
  • May 21 - Lost In The City by Edward P. Jones:
    A collection of 14 short stories about African Americans in Washington D.C. in the 20th century.
  • June 11 - All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones:
    A continuation of the lives described in Lost In The City.

Book Sale

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.

This year's book sale is set for the following dates/times:
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. &
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.