Event Details

  • Adult Events


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    Friends of the Library Book Club

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    Register by calling 732-745-5108 x20.

    We'll discuss Intimations by Zadie Smith: 6 poignant essays written during the COVID-19 Quarantine reflecting on what was “once necessary” that now “appears inessential”. This book club is open to everyone: To register, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. This meeting will take place in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room, but we will also provide the Teleconference option for those more comfortable with that. (Teleconference log-in information will be provided to registrants before the meeting.)


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m.

    Register here.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- now via Zoom! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Work on your current project, or start a new one with tips from other attendees. Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal group and not an instructional class.) Register here; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


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  • English Language Programs

    Our library is proud to offer many opportunities for adult emerging bilinguals who are interested in improving their English language skills. Find more information about these programs on our English Language Programs page.


    Virtual English Conversation Group

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from August 23 to December 13, 2021, via Zoom.

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from August 24 to December 14, 2021, via Zoom.

    This conversation group is for adult language learners with at least an intermediate level in English. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." The goal of this program is to support further education and workplace training.

    The online registration form (link above) is for all English Language Programs currently provided by the library. Please call/text 732-659-4359 or email nbfplelp@gmail.com with any questions or requests for more information.


    English Conversation Café

    In-person: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Fridays, from September 3 to December 17, 2021, in the library's community room.

    Virtual: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from October 7 to December 2, 2021, via Zoom.
    (No class on Friday, October 29. No class on November 25 or 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.)

    The Conversation Café is an informal conversation practice group for adult language learners with all levels of proficiency. Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics.

    The online registration form (link above) is for all English Language Programs currently provided by the library. Please call/text 732-659-4359 or email nbfplelp@gmail.com with any questions or requests for more information.



    Citizenship Class

    12-week in-person class starts October 5, 2021: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library has partnered with The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County to offer Citizenship Classes. Do you need to improve your English and pass the Citizenship Test? Do you need help with your Naturalization Application? This free Citizenship class is available for beginner and intermediate English learners who are legal Permanent Residents (Green Card holders). During the class, you will work with certified teachers and dedicated tutors to improve your English. The teachers are Board Certified to represent you with your citizenship case.

    To register, please call John Tello at 732-777-1940 (se habla Español). Please note that proof of vaccination is required to attend this class.

  • Kids Events


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., at the library and/or via Zoom.
    Register.

    Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun during this newly "hybrid" program! Register here to attend in person OR receive a link via email to our weekly Zoom Room. Contact Karen Stuppi at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.


    ¡Cuentos y Canciones!

    Jueves 7, 14 y 28 de octubre, a las 6 p.m.
    Registrate.

    Una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas de 2 a 5 años y sus guardianes. Únase a nosotros en la biblioteca o en línea. Registrese aquí. Llame al 732-745-5108 x31 con preguntas.
    (Those with children ages 2-5 are invited to attend this Spanish-language story time in person or online. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/NBcuentos. Call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.)


    Getting Started in Robotics

    Saturday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m.*, via Zoom.
    Registration required.

    Children in grades 3-5 are invited to this virtual program, a fun and interactive introduction to robotics presented by Aadi Vadhavkar, a high school robotics team Design Captain. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/NBrobotics. For more information, contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 ext. 31.

    *Please note: The start time has changed from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m.!


    Spooky Stories

    Tuesday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m., at the library and/or via Zoom.
    Registration required.

    Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us at the library or online for stories, crafts, and games. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/Misteriosos. For more information, contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 ext. 31.


    Chalk Doodles

    Would you like to receive a personalized chalk doodle for your child from Ms. Karen? Just send your child’s first name and the name of their favorite animal to kstuppi@lmxac.org and she will email you back a photo of the chalk doodle!

  • Teen Events


    Teen Tuesdays

    October 5 at 3:00 p.m. - What are you reading?
    October 12 at 3:00 p.m. - How's it going?
    October 19 at 3:00 p.m. - Book vs. Movie
    October 26 at 3:00 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group

    You can register for one or all of these Teen Tuesdays! (Each program has its own registration link, below.) When registering, you will need to provide an email address so we can you send the Zoom meeting link. Details and registration links are listed here:

    • Register for "What are you reading?": All teens are welcome to join this virtual program to discuss what books they are reading and what draws them to the titles they pick.
    • Register for "How's it going?": This program is a chance for teens to meet up virtually and discuss everything going on in the world today.
    • Register for "Book vs. Movie": This session we will be picking which book and movie we will be discussing at next month's meeting and what we all look for when comparing a movie to the book it was based on.
    • Register for "Teen Advisory Group": All teens are welcome to attend and discuss the programming and books they would like to see at the library. The library is happy to sign off on these meetings as a form of community service for those who need it.

  • All-Ages Events

    As with most other events, please feel free to call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 20 for more information.


    Photography Contest Exhibit

    September 17 - October 15, 2021 in the library's community room.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 14th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2021. Entrants in the contest are featured in an exhibition in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. To view the photo exhibit at the library, please call 732-745-5108 x29 or email kavita@lmxac.org to make an appointment. Find more details, including the presentation of all submitted photos, on our Photo Contest page! Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.


    "On Demand"

    Virtual Holi Festival

    Available at this link; originally streamed on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 5 p.m.

    The Library celebrated its 12th annual and 1st virtual Indian Holi Festival in partnership with New Brunswick Cultural Center and Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association. This celebration of the Indian Festival of colors was offered virtually via YouTube/Facebook, for free and open to all ages. There are several music and dance performances, a painting tutorial, and a delicious Indian food demonstration by Majwani restaurant! All supplies for the painting tutorial as well as dry Holi colors were provided by registration and appointment.

    For more information, visit this page or contact librarian Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20. You can also watch our promo video here!

    This project is funded with support from the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners, with support from the Folklife Program for New Jersey at the Arts Institute of Middlesex County, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Our additional program sponsors are South Asian Total Health Initiative, Navrang Dance Academy, Sowparnika Dance Academy, Taalim School of Indian Music, Mejwani Indian Restaurant, and WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Radio.


    Option Green 2021 Programs

    Documentary Discussion: "Decoding the Weather Machine" with Dr. David A. Robinson (went live on January 13 at 7:30 p.m.)

    Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe with Dr. Tait Chirenje, Stockton University (went live on February 9 at 7:00 p.m.)

    Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice with Dr. Maritza Jauregui, Stockton University (went live on March 11 at 7:00 p.m.)

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a community partner for the Option Green: Climate Change & Community virtual event series, a partnership between the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Please visit the EBPL's webpage for details.


    Virtual Multicultural Festival

    Available at this link; originally streamed on Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    The Library held a Virtual Multicultural Festival in cooperation with New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. This program was free and open to all ages. The festivities included music and dance performances, arts, crafts, and a free raffle. We showcased cultural celebrations from several countries such as Mexico, Hungary, India, China, Peru, Caribbean and many more. You may still use this link to view this vibrant virtual event!

    Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State. Our additional program sponsors are Navrang Dance Academy, Events USA Now, Holy Family Parish, and American Hungarian Foundation.



    Past Programs

    Please visit the Visual Arts page to see information about, as well as photos and the presentation from, the New Brunswick Free Public Library's 2019 Visual Arts Contest.


    Check back for details on upcoming events! You can view photos from past events on our Flickr page.

  • Makerspace Events

    Makerspace

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library's very own makerspace provides workshops and craft nights. The library's community room will function as the maker-space during event dates, unless otherwise noted.

    ~ All programming will be virtual for the time being. Please check back for updates. ~

    This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Register in advance for this virtual meeting here.

    Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn and already have your own supplies? Join the club -- now via Zoom! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Work on your current project, or start a new one with tips from other attendees. Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal group and not an instructional class.) Register here; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    The Knitting/Crocheting Club meets on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented with thanks to the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    Book Club

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    We'll discuss Intimations by Zadie Smith: 6 poignant essays written during the COVID-19 Quarantine reflecting on what was “once necessary” that now “appears inessential”. This book club is open to everyone: To register, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. This meeting will take place in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room, but we will also provide the Teleconference option for those more comfortable with that. (Teleconference log-in information will be sent out to registrants before the meeting.)

    Download a copy of the Friends' Book Club Schedule for 2021-2022 here.