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! (For information about the Children's or Teen's Summer Reading Programs, please visit/contact the Children's Room or Teen Room.)

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 so be sure to come in and report your reading as often as you can!  We have prize baskets which will be raffled off each week ending on August 11; all you need to do is place your bookmarks into the box corresponding to the gift basket that you would like to win. You may also submit your completed bookmarks to the Adult Circulation Desk if you are not interested in winning a basket: Bookmarks will be accepted at the adult circulation desk up until August 17 to be counted towards the competition between the Adult/Young Adult Departments and the Children's Department. When you hand in your bookmarks during the week of August 13-17, you will get a BOGO Chipotle coupon (while supplies last)! Other prizes were also given out throughout the summer with our weekly trivia game (which ended on August 6).

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
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill


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! Two senior pianists will perform:

Irene Westfall started playing piano at age 6 under the direction of Aaron Weiman. Over the past eleven years, she has studied classical, ragtime, jazz, and salsa piano under the direction of Enriqueta Somarriba, Aaron Weiman, and Roger Noguerol. She has also received instruction from Berklee School of Music and Peabody Conservatory faculty at summer programs. The salsa band La Flama, led by Roger Noguerol, recorded their album La Llavó in 2016. Irene has performed in Carnegie Hall and Baruch Performing Arts Center, and ranked silver and double bronze in Golden Key Music Festival. On June 13, Irene hosted her senior recital where she played a varied repertoire, including composers like Debussy, Bach, and Schubert. Headed to Wesleyan University in the fall, Irene plans to continue playing piano while branching into new genres.

Yulin Ni first started playing the piano when she was 7. Since then, she's been enamored by the beautiful tone and versatility of the instrument, and, along with her brother, discovered the world of anime piano music from an early age. In her free time, Yulin scours the internet for sheet music of anime soundtracks arranged for piano - recently, she's also started experimenting with making her own arrangements. Someday, she'd like to join the ranks of all the talented anime pianists on YouTube and upload her own piano covers online. She is currently still building up her classical repertoire, with the hopes that the skills learned from doing so will aid her in her future musical endeavors.

Please come enjoy the music provided by these two young talents!