Event Details

  • Adult Events


    The NBFPL is proud to be a Libraries to Business advocate. Libraries are playing a vital role in helping NJ businesses and residents recover in the wake of economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many New Jersey libraries have banded together in order to continue to act in the way that they have for centuries: as a conduit for information. The calendar housed on libs2b.com represents combined efforts and expert insights from government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts. Visit the L2B calendar here.


    Virtual Photography Contest

    Contest Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to October 22, 2020.

    Virtual Opening Reception: November 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its first ever Virtual Photography Contest and Workshops, after our plans for our 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020 were disrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown. See full details on the Photo Contest page, or use this link to submit photos.

    Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State.


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m. (All ages welcome.)

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form -- advance registration is required.
    On October 23, let's go on a scavenger hunt over Zoom! How fast can you find items in your own house?!


    Make a Women's Suffrage Sash with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Friday, November 13, at 6 p.m.

    Create a sash with the traditional colors of the (American) National Woman’s Party -- purple, white and gold -- with our volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Participants need to have an iron and an ironing board; all other materials needed for the project will be provided. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.


    Book Club

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

    We will discuss Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming via Teleconference phone call. To register, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. Log in information will be sent out to registrants before the meeting.


    Harvesting Your Crops in an Urban Setting

    Tuesday, November 17, at 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for a noontime conversation in conjunction with Elijah’s Promise Agriculture and Garden programs. Garden Coordinator Brian Gardner will discuss when to harvest (times, locations, area zones), what to do with your crops after harvesting (cooking, freezing, preserving), how to harvest your crops, use of tools and helpful techniques.

    Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Make a Women's Suffrage Rosette with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Saturday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

    Create a "Votes for Women" rosette pin to celebrate women's right to vote. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.


    New Brunswick Scavenger Hunt

    Fall 2020.

    We've put together a New Brunswick Scavenger Hunt; all you need to participate is an Instagram account and the ability to use it! Enjoy the outdoors while exploring the city and you can win prizes! Visit this page for details.


    "Escape the Library" Challenge

    Ongoing virtual program.

    We've created a virtual "Escape Room" for you to have a little fun with while testing your knowledge of the NBFPL. See if you can successfully Escape the Library! (Answer each question correctly to move on to the next one until you've completed the challenge.)


    ~ Check out other tabs on this page -- under "Event Details" -- to see what else the library has to offer! ~

  • English Language Programs

    Our library is proud to offer many opportunities for adult emerging bilinguals who are interested in improving their English language skills.

    English Language Programs at the New Brunswick Free Public Library are made possible in part by the Community Library Adult Literacy & Career Pathway Grant Program from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. If you need more information on any of these programs, please direct your messages to Kavita Pandey at: kavita@lmxac.org


    Virtual English Conversation Group

    Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. from September 21 - December 21.

    UPDATE: Our English Conversation Group is not meeting in person until further notice. However, you are welcome to join us virtually via Zoom.

    This virtual group meets weekly via Zoom. Each week the group will discuss a topic in English to help improve their conversational skills. Please call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or email kavita@lmxac.org with any questions or requests for more information. This program is intended for adults who know some English and want to improve their language skills.

    **If you are interested in volunteering to lead or assist our Virtual English Conversation Group, please contact Kavita Pandey at kavita@lmxac.org before registering.


  • Kids Events


    Outdoor Story Time

    Every Tuesday in October (weather permitting) at 3:00 p.m.

    Bring a blanket, wear a mask, and join Ms. Karen in front of the Henry Guest House (next to the library) for an outdoor story time!
    Call 732-745-5108 x13 or email kstuppi@lmxac.org with any questions.


    Read and Play

    Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

    Our beloved Read & Play program is BACK, now virtually via Zoom! Register using our read-and-play-form to receive a link via email to our weekly Zoom Room.

    For kids ages 0-4 and their caretakers. Call 732-745-5108 x13 with any questions.


    ¡Cuentos y Canciones!

    los jueves al mediodía (1 de octubre & fechas por anunciar).

    Acompañanos de la plataforma Zoom para una programa de cuentos en español para niños/niñas y sus guardianes. ¡Registrate ahora! Llamando al 732-745-5108 con preguntas.


    Fall Reading Program

    October 1 - 31.

    Carve Out Time for Reading! Participate in the library’s online Fall Reading Program and win prizes! Register, log your reading, and complete Bingo board activities all at nbfpl.readsquared.com. Contact Ms. Karen at kstuppi@lmxac.org if you have any questions.


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form -- advance registration is required.
    On October 23, let's go on a scavenger hunt over Zoom! How fast can you find items in your own house?!


    Spooky Stories

    Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m.

    Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us virtually for a fun night of stories, songs, and games! Register here.


    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


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form -- advance registration is required. (Check the Events Calendar for details each week.)
    On October 23, let's go on a scavenger hunt over Zoom! How fast can you find items in your own house?!

  • 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.


    VIRTUAL Photography Contest

    Contest Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to October 22, 2020.

    Virtual Opening Reception: November 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

    The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its first ever Virtual Photography Contest and Workshops, after our plans for our 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020 were disrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown. See full details on the Photo Contest page. You can also use this link to submit photos.

    Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State.


    Friday Fun Day!

    Fridays at 3:00 p.m. (All ages welcome.)

    Every Friday afternoon, all are welcome to join Ms. Karen online for a virtual game of Kahoot or Bingo or maybe a Scavenger Hunt! Children under age 8 may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling. Register using this form -- advance registration is required.
    On October 23, let's go on a scavenger hunt over Zoom! How fast can you find items in your own house?!


    Make a Women's Suffrage Sash with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Friday, November 13, at 6 p.m.

    Create a sash with the traditional colors of the (American) National Woman’s Party -- purple, white and gold -- with our volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Participants need to have an iron and an ironing board; all other materials needed for the project will be provided. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.


    Make a Women's Suffrage Rosette with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Saturday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

    Create a "Votes for Women" rosette pin to celebrate women's right to vote. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.


    New Brunswick Scavenger Hunt

    Fall 2020.

    We've put together a New Brunswick Scavenger Hunt; all you need to participate is an Instagram account and the ability to use it! Enjoy the outdoors while exploring the city and you can win prizes! Visit this page for details.


    "Escape the Library" Challenge

    Ongoing virtual program.

    We've created a virtual "Escape Room" for you to have a little fun with while testing your knowledge of the NBFPL. See if you can successfully Escape the Library! (Answer each question correctly to move on to the next one until you've completed the challenge.)



    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.

    ~ As of March 14, 2020, the library is closed to the public until further notice. 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.


    Make a Women's Suffrage Sash with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Friday, November 13, at 6 p.m.

    Create a sash with the traditional colors of the (American) National Woman’s Party -- purple, white and gold -- with our volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Participants need to have an iron and an ironing board; all other materials needed for the project will be provided. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.


    Make a Women's Suffrage Rosette with Pam Brooks - Virtual Program

    Saturday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

    Create a "Votes for Women" rosette pin to celebrate women's right to vote. The program is free and open to the general public. Register here. A Zoom registration is required, and we will contact each registrant to pick up the material kit prior to the program. Registration is open until space is full. Please email librarian Hsien-min Chen at htang@lmxac.org with any questions.

    This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Program funded in part by a grant to Middlesex County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

  • Movie Nights

    Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! Open to appropriate ages according to movie rating. Movie screenings are courtesy of a license generously purchased by the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.

    Please note: as of March 12, 2020, Movie Nights are suspended until further notice.

    Please check back for additional dates and titles for the library's Movie Nights.

  • Friends of the Library Events

    These events are presented by the Friends of the Library: Learn more about them here.


    Book Club

    The book club previously met one Monday per month (except during the summer) at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Guest House, next to the library. Since the Coronavirus-related closure in March 2020, the book club has not been able to meet. We will try something new in November and meet virtually!

    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

    We will discuss Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming. Open to everyone via Teleconference phone call. To register, please call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. Log in information will be sent out to registrants before the meeting.


    Book Sale

    The Friends sell a wide array of items at incredibly low prices; books of all kinds, for all ages, as well as DVDs, CDs, and more! Proceeds benefit the library. Only cash and checks are accepted.

    The next Book Sale has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for exact dates.