Adult Summer Reading

Adults and Teens are teaming up against the Children to see who can read the most books this summer. No registration is required. Just read and report as much as you can to help your team win!

If you are of or over the age of 18 and wish to participate, simply report the number of books you read during the summer by filling out our Summer Reading bookmarks (attained at the Circulation Desk when checking out materials). Each bookmark acts as a raffle ticket. We have gift baskets which will be raffled off each week from July 6 to August 10; all you need to do is place your bookmarks into the box corresponding to the gift basket that you would like to win. Other prizes will also be given out throughout the summer, so be sure to come in and report your reading as often as you can, and keep an eye out for our weekly trivia game!


Summer Reading Kick-Off
Saturday, June 23, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Summer Reading is not just for children! Come to the library’s main lobby this afternoon to play a scavenger hunt game for a chance to win prizes! This is also a good opportunity to find out about the programs for all ages available at the library: the Children’s Room and Teen Room will be having their Kick-Off events as well. (Find more information for teens here, and for kids here.)

Summer Sewing
Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.  
Make a child-size sun visor with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert in the library’s Makerspace! All materials will be provided; open to ages 8 and up. Registration suggested, ask at the Reference Desk (or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20).

Reference USA Seminar
Monday, July 9, at 4:00 p.m.

A Reference USA representative will be at the library to go over how you can use this database to "Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business." Catered to the business community, this program teaches business owners how to identify their vertical market and generate sales leads based on what community is most likely to buy their products and services. Other concepts are taught through the database like competitive analysis, market research, and varying outreach methods to attract new customers.

New Brunswick Thump!
Saturday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m.
The library, in conjunction with Cultural Connections and African Kaleidoscope, presents a retrospective discussion on the musical talent coming out of the African American neighborhoods in and around New Brunswick. Featured Artist Melvin McKnight will share how living in New Brunswick influenced his music. Come and hear the stories as lived by artists such as The Variations, Teachers Plus Three, From Out of The Blue, The Fondells, Nice and Tight, Black Passion, The Howard Family, The Sutton Family, The Shake Band, Exit Nine, Victor Hoagland, Jaheim Hoagland, Jonathan Hall, to name a few.

Summer Monday Movie Nights
July 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Life is Beautiful (rated PG-13)
July 23 at 6:30 p.m.: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (rated PG)
July 30 at 6:30 p.m.: Jaws (rated PG in 1975, possibly considered PG-13 now)
August 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Mary Poppins (rated G)
To correlate with the Summer Reading theme, all the films selected for the summer Movie Nights were Academy Award winners for best original scores: come enjoy the music as well as the story! Movies are shown courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Open to all appropriate ages according to movie rating.

Rock Painting
Wednesday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m.
Come out to the Henry Guest House (next to the library) for a fun hour of Rock Painting: Paint cute bugs, brightly colored decorations, or inspirational words on rocks to use in your garden or flower boxes. Registration is limited to 15 adults; ask at the Reference Desk (or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20).

Summer Sewing
Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Make an earbud pouch with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert in the library’s Makerspace! All materials will be provided; open to ages 8 and up. Registration suggested, ask at the Reference Desk (or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20). 

Summer Concert 
Saturday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m.
Come to the library for a free concert provided by SpeakMusic Conservatory in Highland Park! More details to come.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library
  • Constellation Energy
  • Hansel ‘n Griddle
  • Caffe Bene
  • Massage Envy
  • State Theatre New Jersey