Event Details

  • Adult Events


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    Friends of the Library Book Club

    Monday, January 24, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

    Register by calling 732-745-5108 x20.

    On this date, we'll discuss Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: a gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

    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 as well as over Teleconference phone call, for those more comfortable with that option. (Teleconference log-in information will be provided to registrants before the meeting.)


    Preserving your Family Treasures: Why-How-What

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
    Register here.

    Archival Librarian Kim Adams will discuss and illustrate how to plan and save your items for the next generation. This may include how to preserve documents, photographs, jewelry, silver, letters, artwork, and more! In addition, Kim will discuss planning how best to make those chosen items meaningful for future generations.

    Each attendee is encouraged to email questions and/or images of 1-2 items at least 1 week prior to the program in order to facilitate providing guidance. Emails can be sent to kirkleyk@lmxac.org. Information about good sources for supplies and additional information will be distributed upon request. The program will include a 15 minute Q&A session.

    Registration is required for this virtual program: Register here to get the Zoom link, or call the library at 732-745-5108 x20.


    Hervey's Boys: New Jersey's First Chinese Community

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    Before there were Chinese hand laundries, there were the Passaic Steam Laundry and Hervey’s Boys. From 1870 to 1886, the Passaic Steam Laundry in present-day North Arlington employed as many as 172 Chinese immigrant laborers. These men formed the center of Chinese immigrant life in the New York/New Jersey area at the time. Join East Brunswick resident Neal Stoffers for an exploration of the state’s first Chinese immigrant community, as well as the history of New Jersey’s Chinese-Americans from1886 to the present. Neal Stoffers is a retired Newark Fire Captain. He has earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Asian studies from Seton Hall University. This presentation is based on his Master’s thesis, Hervey’s Boys: New Jersey’s First Chinese Community, 1870-1886.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library is pleased to co-sponsor, along with the Newark Public Library and Old Bridge Public Library, this virtual program, hosted by the East Brunswick Public Library. Please register here or call the East Brunswick Public Library at 732-390-6767.


    Calling All Poets!

    Submissions accepted February 1 - March 19, 2022.
    Poetry Submission Form

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will compile its Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2022. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 19. For details on submitting poems, you may download a Poetry Submission Form here to print and fill out. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com, or call the library at 732-745-5108 x20, for more information.

    All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Poetry Reading in late April. More information on whether this will be virtual or hybrid will be available in early April.


    Windows of Understanding: Art of a Healthy Mind Virtual Painting Workshop

    Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    In this interactive virtual painting workshop, participants will paint their own personal Zen Garden on canvas. The program is free and open to all ages and all supplies will be provided. Registration is required; register at tinyurl.com/2s3snbvs or at the library’s Reference Desk (phone: 732-745-5108 x20). Once you register for the workshop, a Zoom link will be provided to you to join the live session, and library staff will contact you to arrange supply pick-up.

    This program is part of the Windows of Understanding City-Wide Public Art Project, and will be led by Mr. Dontae Muse, owner and creative director of Above Art Studios.


    Chinese Knotting & Paper Cutting

    Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    Celebrate Chinese New Year with two Chinese ancient folk arts - Chinese Knotting and Paper Cutting. Librarians Hsien-min Chen (New Brunswick) and Peggy Wong (Piscataway) will lead a festive workshop tying the Double Coin Knot, and cut out a paper Chinese character with you. The two projects will then be combined into one pretty hanging decoration that will bring you luck and fortune for the upcoming new year. Register for the workshop to be contacted to pick up a material kit. Kits are limited; first come, first served.

    Supplies needed if not picking up a material kit from the library:

    • 1. 1 piece of 8 1/2" x 11" (letter size) color paper. Red is the best, but other colors also work.
    • 2. Print and cut out this template for the Chinese character "Luck" and the tiger bookmark with regular printing paper.
    • 3. 1 piece of 3mm or thicker satin cord or parachute cord, 24".
    • 4. 1 piece of 0.8mm or 1.4mm or 1.5mm statin or metallic cord/string, 36".
      (for 3. and 4., you'll want a piece of thicker cord, and a piece of thinner cord with two different colors that compliment each other.)
    • 5. 2 jewelry beads with holes big enough for two of your thinner cords to go through together.
    • 6. Will also need: a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a hole puncher (optional).


    Knitting/Crocheting Club

    Thursday, February 10, 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 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. Meetings will be virtual until further notice; each month will require a new registration, though at the same link. 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 Groups

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from January 10 to May 9, 2022, via Zoom.

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from January 11 to May 10, 2022, via Zoom.

    These conversation groups are 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.


    Virtual English Conversation Café

    6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Mondays, from February 28 to April 25, 2022, via Zoom.
    (There will be no session on March 14.)

    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 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 email nbfplelp@gmail.com with any questions or requests for more information.

  • Kids Events


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., via Zoom.*
    *This program will be virtual until further notice.
    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 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!

    Todos los jueves de enero de 2022, a las 6 p.m.
    Registrate.

    Una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas de 2 a 5 años y sus guardianes. Este programa es virtual solo hasta nuevo aviso. 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-->, presented via Zoom only until further notice. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/NBcuentos. Call 732-745-5108 x31 with any questions.)


    African American Stars of NASA

    Every Tuesday in February, 2022, at 4 p.m., via Zoom.
    Register.

    In this virtual program, children in grades K-6 will hear inspiring stories about scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who contributed to the space program, and then engage in interactive space-related activities. Register at tinyurl.com/NASAstars.


    Space Race

    Ongoing from February 1 to April 30, 2022.

    Children in grades K-6 can win prizes by exploring space websites, reading about astronauts, and creating space projects! Complete any 10 activities on the Space Race game board and write down 5 space facts to earn a prize! Pick up a game board at the library or contact kstuppi@Lmxac.org to have one emailed to you.

  • Teen Events

  • 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.


    Windows of Understanding: Art of a Healthy Mind Virtual Painting Workshop

    Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    In this interactive virtual painting workshop, participants will paint their own personal Zen Garden on canvas. The program is free and open to all ages and all supplies will be provided. Registration is required; register at tinyurl.com/2s3snbvs or at the library’s Reference Desk (phone: 732-745-5108 x20). Once you register for the workshop, a Zoom link will be provided to you to join the live session, and library staff will contact you to arrange supply pick-up.

    This program is part of the Windows of Understanding City-Wide Public Art Project, and will be led by Mr. Dontae Muse, owner and creative director of Above Art Studios.


    Chinese Knotting & Paper Cutting

    Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
    Register here.

    Celebrate Chinese New Year with two Chinese ancient folk arts - Chinese Knotting and Paper Cutting. Librarians Hsien-min Chen (New Brunswick) and Peggy Wong (Piscataway) will lead a festive workshop tying the Double Coin Knot, and cut out a paper Chinese character with you. The two projects will then be combined into one pretty hanging decoration that will bring you luck and fortune for the upcoming new year. Register for the workshop to be contacted to pick up a material kit. Kits are limited; first come, first served.

    Supplies needed if not picking up a material kit from the library:

    • 1. 1 piece of 8 1/2" x 11" (letter size) color paper. Red is the best, but other colors also work.
    • 2. Print and cut out this template for the Chinese character "Luck" and the tiger bookmark with regular printing paper.
    • 3. 1 piece of 3mm or thicker satin cord or parachute cord, 24".
    • 4. 1 piece of 0.8mm or 1.4mm or 1.5mm statin or metallic cord/string, 36".
      (for 3. and 4., you'll want a piece of thicker cord, and a piece of thinner cord with two different colors that compliment each other.)
    • 5. 2 jewelry beads with holes big enough for two of your thinner cords to go through together.
    • 6. Will also need: a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a hole puncher (optional).


    Calling All Poets!

    Submissions accepted February 1 - March 19, 2022.
    Poetry Submission Form

    To commemorate National Poetry Month, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will compile its Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology in April 2022. The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 19. For details on submitting poems, you may download a Poetry Submission Form here to print and fill out. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com, or call the library at 732-745-5108 x20, for more information.

    All poets who submit to the anthology are invited to read their published poems at the Poetry Reading in late April. More information on whether this will be virtual or hybrid will be available in early April.


    "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 Photo Contest page to see information about, as well as photos and the presentation from, the New Brunswick Free Public Library's 2021 Virtual Photography Contest, as well as previous year's presentations.

    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.

    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 each 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 -- 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. Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, please contact Librarian Kym Kirkley at kirkleyk@lmxac.org or 732-745-5108 x20.


    Design your own T-shirt @ the NBFPL Makerspace

    ~ Postponed until further notice. ~

    Bring a t-shirt (solid color shirts are recommended) to decorate using fabric paint and stencils. Use existing stencils or make your own with the library's Silhouette Cameo machine. The library will provide all the materials except the t-shirts.
    This program is free and open to all ages. Please keep in mind that masks are required to be worn during this in-person program.

  • 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, January 24, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

    On this date, we'll discuss Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: a gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

    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 as well as over Teleconference phone call, for those more comfortable with that option. (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.