Event Details

  • Adult Events


    Computer Classes

    One-on-One sessions available at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

    Call or visit the library to register.

    Patrons can schedule a one-on-one appointment to learn about specific computer-related topics. Subjects include computer and internet basics, Microsoft Office, and Windows operating system. Appointments are required: Call the library at 732-745-5108 x22 to register for an appointment.

    The curriculum for these appointments has been provided by Northstar Digital Literacy.


    Vision Board Workshop

    Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

    Register here.

    A Vision Board will help give clarity to your goals, help keep you motivated, and enhance your happiness. Presenter Carol Roberts Solomon, who has many years of helping to create vision boards with organizations, schools, and families, will show you how to bring your positivity and creativity together to make a Vision Board that is unique and very personal to you. The library will supply all the materials.

    This program is intended for adults, but families are welcome. Registration required at https://forms.gle/apip1xgFzRS8sgEw7.


    Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

    Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

    Register here.

    Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety, and their work. Doctors and medical practitioners are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace. Once we connect to a place of happiness and peace within us, we experience a reduction in our anxiety. Join John Bednarik, long time meditator, for this informative lecture via Zoom. There will even be a short meditation sitting.

    To get the Zoom link: Register at tinyurl.com/Sep29meditate. To join by phone, please call the library in advance at 732-745-5108 x20 for meeting ID and passcode details.


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

    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 -- 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 at tinyurl.com/KnitCrochetNB; once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    The Knitting/Crocheting Club meets on the second Thursday of each month (*no meeting in November 2022). Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


    Autopsy of a Crime: Panel Discussion & Book Signing

    Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. at NBPAC.

    Register here

    The local Hall Mills Murder of 1922 is still unsolved. Revisiting it 100 years later, Joe Pompeo, senior media correspondent at Vanity Fair and author of Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime, and special guests Johnny M. Meyer and Karen Alvarado of Thinkery and Verse Theater, will present their views and processes with New Brunswick Free Public Library's archivist, Kim Adams.

    This event, sponsored by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the New Brunswick Historical Society, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, NBPAC, and Middlesex County, will be held on the 3rd Floor of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center at 9 Livingston Ave. Admission is free; reserve your seat in advance at secure.nbpac.org/hallmills. Book purchase available at the event. For any questions, please contact the Library at 732-745-5108 x. 20.


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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.


    English Conversation Cafés

    In person: Mondays, October 17 - December 5, 2022, at 6:30-7:45 p.m.,
    and Fridays, October 21 - December 9, 2022 (no session on Friday, November 25) at 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Virtual: Wednesdays, October 19 - December 7, 2022 (no session on Wednesday, November 23rd) at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    Are you interested in practicing English and meeting new people? Join one or more of our English Conversation Cafés! 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. Face masks are required for in-person programs. Advance registration required to get the Zoom link for the virtual program.

    The English Conversation Cafés are made possible through a partnership with The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships, a program created by Rutgers Graduate School of Education and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.

    Please feel free to call (call/text 732-659-4359) or email nbfplelp@gmail.com with any questions or requests for more information.

  • Kids Events


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun during this bilingual program. Register here to attend in person. Contact Karen Stuppi at kstuppi@Lmxac.org or call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.


    Hispanic Heritage Program

    Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    K-6 children are invited to join us for crafts and games to celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Register at: tinyurl.com/LatinoHeritage.


    Reading Buddies

    Mondays, October 3 - December 12* at 3:45 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    K-5 students are invited to join Rutgers students from the Youth Empowerment Club for fun enrichment activities after school at the library on Mondays (*excluding October 10 and December 5). Register at: tinyurl.com/5xa49pjm. For more information, contact youthempowermentclubru@gmail.com.


    Lego Club

    Tuesday, October 18, November 15, & December 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Lego Club is back! We will provide a variety of Lego blocks, Lego wheels, and Lego creatures. Just bring your imagination and your readiness to build! For K-6 children. Register at: tinyurl.com/ClubLego.


    Spooky Stories

    Tuesday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the library.
    Register.

    Children in grades K-6 are invited to listen to spooky stories, create spooky crafts, and have spooky fun! Register at tinyurl.com/misteriosos or call 732-745-5108 x31.


    ~ Please note that masks are to be worn while attending events in the library's community room.

  • Teen Events


    Hour of Code (Passive Program)

    Wednesdays in the Teen Room during Teen Room hours.

    With this self-directed program, you can learn how to create your own website using HTML or your very own computer game through MIT's Scratch... or explore other possibilities! Just come to the Teen Room during its open hours (usually 2:00 - 5 p.m.) on Wednesdays and sign in with the librarian there to start your Hour of Code!

    Open to students in grades 7 through 12.


    Afternoon Game Time

    Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.*

    Come test your mettle and challenge your friends with one of the library's games. Brawl it out in Super Smash Brothers, put the pedal to the metal with Mario Kart, play Magic the Gathering, or have fun with some other game. Come see what's in store each Thursday afternoon!

    Open to tweens and teens.


    *Please note that masks are required to be worn while attending events in the library's community room.

  • All-Ages Events


    Photography Contest 2022

    Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the library's community room.

    Entrants in the New Brunswick Free Public Library's 15th Annual Photography Contest will be featured in a joint exhibition at the library and Above Art Studios. Winners will be announced at the exhibit's Opening Reception. Photos submitted to the contest will be on display in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room from October 7 until October 19, 2022. Winning and selected photos will be exhibited from October 7 until October 21 at Above Art Studios, located at 55B Morris Street, New Brunswick, NJ. The contest and related events are free and open to the public of all ages.

    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. Please visit the Photo Contest page to see more information about the New Brunswick Free Public Library's Photography 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.

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


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Second Thursday of the month (usually*) at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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 -- 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; *there will be no meeting in November, 2022. Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


  • Friends of the Library Events

    Learn more about the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library here.


    Autopsy of a Crime: Panel Discussion & Book Signing

    Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. at the NBPAC.

    The local Hall Mills Murder of 1922 is still unsolved. Revisiting it 100 years later, Joe Pompeo, senior media correspondent at Vanity Fair and author of Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime, and special guests Johnny M. Meyer and Karen Alvarado of Thinkery and Verse Theater, will present their views and processes with New Brunswick Free Public Library's archivist, Kim Adams.

    This event, sponsored by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the New Brunswick Historical Society, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, NBPAC, and Middlesex County, will be held on the 3rd Floor of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center at 9 Livingston Ave. Admission is free. Reserve your seat in advance at secure.nbpac.org/hallmills. Book purchase available at the event. For any questions, please contact New Brunswick Free Public Library at 732-745-5108 x. 20.


  • Past Programs


    Visit our Photo Contest page for information about this popular annual program. The page includes links to past year's Photography Contest presentations, starting with 2018.


    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.


    Visit our Holi page for information about our annual Holi festival. The page also includes links to watch our 2022 festival.


    "On Demand"


    Multicultural Festival: New Year Celebrations Around the World

    Available to watch on YouTube here.
    Originally held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 2:00 to 4 p.m.
    In-person in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room and Virtual via Zoom

    All were welcome to join us -- either in person or online -- for a vibrant, fun-filled hybrid Multicultural Festival, presented in collaboration with New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. The festivities included cultural displays, music and dance performances, crafts, and international food. We showcased cultural celebrations from several countries such as Mexico, Hungary, India, China, Caribbean, and many more.

    This program was free and open to all ages. 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 included Events Now USA, Holy Family Parish, Navrang Dance Academy, and American Hungarian Foundation.


    Virtual Holi Festival

    Available to watch on YouTube here.
    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 was 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 were 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.


    You can also view photos from past events on our Flickr page.