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EB Con Returns This December

EB Con Returns This December

Posted November 02, 2017


East Brunswick Public Library's geek event returns this December.

Inspired by the popularity of video games and comic book movies, East Brunswick Public Library plans on hosting their second annual EB Con on the weekend of Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Library are hosting a Geek Flea Market at the library. Attendees can shop for toys, comic books, dolls, video games, crafts, collectibles, games and any other geeky things at this sale. There is no admission fee for this Geek Flea Market.

The Friends of the Library are currently looking for vendors for the event. Table spaces are $20 and include one 18”x72” table with two chairs. All proceeds benefit the library. To purchase a table space, please bring the payment (cash or check) to the library’s Circulation Desk. Registration forms can be found here or at the library.

Later that night, the library presents EB Con: After Hours starting at 5:00 pm. Activities for the night are gaming-themed, including retro video gaming, board and card games, geek crafting and a life-sized Pac-Man competition. These programs are designed for teenagers and adults. You must register online by clicking here.

On Sunday, December 3, there will be several activities for children and families planned in the Youth Services Department. For more information about EB Con and other library events, keep checking the website. 


On View: November 2017 Exhibitors at EBPL

On View: November 2017 Exhibitors at EBPL

Posted November 01, 2017


Our November 2017 exhibit walls feature the photography of Kenn Krasner.

*Serenity Photograhy* by Kenn Krasner
November 2017 | Walls




About the Exhibition

This exhibit features Kenn Krasner's latest large scale photographic works and panoramas (from 18”x36” to 24”x50”) of serene and inspirational landscapes as well as more intimate looks at the natural world.
 

About the Artist

Kenn Krasner, local Edison NJ nature and landscape photographer, has been taking photos since 1963, but only started taking good ones around 1993. Over the last 31 years, Kenn, together with Mary, his wife and creative/business partner, have amassed a collection of thousands of images taken over their years together walking, hiking, and snowshoeing in local, state and national parks, and wildlife refuges, as well as in and around the highways and by-ways they've traveled in New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. 


East Brunswick Public Library Wins Award For Option Green Program Series

East Brunswick Public Library Wins Award For Option Green Program Series

Posted October 23, 2017


The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library received a 2017 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) for their Option Green Lecture series.

The award was presented at the ANJEC’s Environmental Congress at Mercer County Community College on October 13.
The ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award recognizes exceptional projects carried out by environmental commissions and nonprofit organizations that benefit the local environment. The criteria for the award are the project’s impact, originality, educational value, innovation, and response to a need in the community.

The Option Green Lecture Series began in March 2017 as a partnership between the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the East Brunswick Public Library. The series’ goal is to host speakers on a wide range of topics that offer new or updated information on specific environmental issues.

Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions President Nancy Tindall and Executive Jennifer M. Coffey present East Brunswick Public Library Programming Librarian Melissa Hozik with the Environmental Achievement Award for the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library’s Option Green programming series. 


This year, topics in the series have included climate change in New Jersey, hydroculture, salamander migration and protection, and beekeeping. For more information about the upcoming lectures, including geocaching, visit www.friendsebec.com.


Local Girl Completes Girl Scout Silver Award Project With East Brunswick Public Library

Local Girl Completes Girl Scout Silver Award Project With East Brunswick Public Library

Posted October 13, 2017


East Brunswick Public Library regularly helps children, whether it be with homework help or finding a book. But Liliana Cantillo needed assistance with something else—her Girl Scout Silver Award.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and the second-highest award in the Girl Scouts of the USA program. Liliana is a member of Girl Scout Troop 80350. To earn a Silver Award, a candidate has to coordinate a project that addresses a need in the community. She came up with a project that coincides with her love of reading.

The theme of her Silver Award project was “Female Role Models in Literature.” After noticing that the majority of children’s books do not feature female lead characters, Liliana put together a project that would highlight prominent women in history.

Liliana planned and organized several workshops for East Brunswick Public Library and local daycare facilities that shared the stories of several notable women for children, accompanied with related arts and crafts projects. She also regularly updated a poster display at the library and created a website about female role models in literature.

“We’ve worked with several kids working on volunteer and service projects,” said Suzanne Klein, a children’s librarian at East Brunswick Public Library. “Liliana’s project was really impressive, and many families really enjoyed the programs and activities she planned.” Klein also served as an advisor for the project.

The biggest part of her Silver Award project was organizing a community book drive, collecting new books for East Brunswick Public Library at Saint Bartholomew of East Brunswick and other community events. In total, almost 400 new children’s books were collected, as well as an additional $600 to be used for additional programming in the Youth Services Department.

“Everyone was so nice,” Liliana said. “I was impressed by how many people gave books.” Books donated included picture books and novels for younger readers. Liliana recommended the illustrated biographies.

Information about Liliana’s project can be found online at http://femalerolemodelsinliterature-troop80350.weebly.com/


Enjoy Complimentary Digital Access To The New York Times

Enjoy Complimentary Digital Access To The New York Times

Posted September 22, 2017


Going to the library? Enjoy complimentary digital Access to The New York Times.com at the East Brunswick Public Library.

Visitors to the East Brunswick Public Library  are used to coming to the library to read newspapers from around the world.

East Brunswick Public Library now offers complimentary digital access to The New York Times for their customers inside the library.

“Our print copies of the Times are always being read by our customers,” said Karen Parry, Information Services Manager. “With this new service, you can now read The New York Times digitally on your computer, smart phone or tablet whenever you are at the library.

This digital access to The New York Times includes the full text of articles going back to 1981, a historical archive of stories published between 1851 and 1922, real-market business data covering over 11,000 public and private companies, and interactive research tools including video, photography and even virtual reality.

This service also includes full access to the international, Chinese and Spanish editions of the New York Times.

To sign up for online access to The New York Times through East Brunswick Public Library, click here to create an account.


EBPL Completes Brief Renovation
Part of the renovation includes the construction of a makerspace.

EBPL Completes Brief Renovation

Posted July 26, 2017


To meet the ever changing needs of the community, East Brunswick Public Library is briefly closing to the public for two weeks, starting on Monday, August 14.

Since East Brunswick Public Library first opened the doors of its current location in 1976, it has been one of the busiest libraries in central New Jersey. To meet the ever changing needs of the community, East Brunswick Public Library is briefly closing to the public for two weeks, starting on Monday, August 14.

“This short-term closure allows us to efficiently make these changes to the building,” said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “Our library is the information center of our community, and this project will allow our customers to have a better experience at the library.”

There will be several updated features throughout the building, including:

  • The creation of a makerspace programming room, complete with audio recording studio
  • A new information services desk
  • A more convenient circulation desk
  • New lounge furniture in the center of the library and outside of the group study rooms
  • New carpeting throughout the building.
 “This project helps us make several improvements to the library which we can’t wait to share with the public,” said Podolsky.
The library anticipates reopening on Tuesday, August 29. The project is funded by a combination of funds from the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library.

While the library is closed, feel free to stop by any of the other libraries that are part of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium, as you can use your EBPL library card there. We also offer tens of thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, movies and television shows through our digital resources, which you can access on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

The library thanks everyone for their patience and support while we complete this project. For more information about the project, please read the following:
EAST BRUNSWICK PUBLIC LIBRARY RENOVATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
When is the library closing?
East Brunswick Public Library is briefly closed to the public for two weeks beginning Monday, August 14 to allow for interior renovations.

When is the library reopening?
The library anticipates reopening on Tuesday, August 29 at 9 am. Check the library website, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Why is the library closing?
During the closure, the library will be completing several renovations to improve the building, including the creation of a makerspace. This exciting new space will be the site of several future programs, ranging in topics from technology to crafting. The makerspace will also feature a special audio recording studio and lendable learning and tech kits.

Other parts of the renovation include:
  • New flooring surface
  • New circulation desk
  • New information desk
  • New lounge furniture by the current reference desk and outside of the group study rooms
Are there any other libraries I can visit during the closure?
Yes. Since East Brunswick Public Library is a member of the Libraries of Middlesex County Automation Consortium (LMxAC), library cardholders can visit, check out items at and use library resources at 30 other area libraries.  Some of the nearby libraries include South River Public Library (55 Appleby Avenue, South River), Spotswood Public Library (528 Main Street, Spotswood), Milltown Public Library (20 West Church Street, Milltown) and Monroe (4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township). A complete list of LMxAC member libraries can be found here.

How can I return library books?
The library’s book and media drops are closed during the project, and customers will not be charged any fines at this time. If you wish to return your library items during the closure, you can return them at any of the other LMxAC libraries, the closest being Spotswood, Milltown, South River and Monroe.

To help make this easier, all Items checked out before the closure will have an extended circulation period. The due dates will be between Tuesday, September 5 and Sunday, September 10.

Can I place books on hold while the library is closed?
Yes.  Holds can be placed anytime, and if desired, the pick-up location can be changed to another library in the consortium.  HOWEVER, holds on EBPL owned items will be paused on Monday, August 7 through Friday, September 1.  Holds on EBPL owned items will be filled beginning Tuesday, September 5.  You will not lose their place in the hold queue.  
 
Will I be able to check out eBooks during the closure?
Yes. While closed, the library offers several different digital resources through its website www.ebpl.org. Cardholders can access digital library materials through several different services hoopla digital (provides eBooks, audiobooks, movies, television programs, music and comics), eLibrary NJ (provides eBooks and audiobooks) and RB Digital (magazines). They can also hundreds of different continuing education classes on Universal Class, ranging from finance to genealogy to web development.
 
 
Can I make a meeting room reservation at this time?
Meeting room requests will be suspended during this closure.

Can I drop off book donations?
Friends of the Library booksale donations will not be accepted at this time.

Will the Passport Office be open during the renovation?
No. The Passport Office will be closed during the renovation. The nearest passport acceptance centers are in Old Bridge Public Library and the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office in New Brunswick. 


50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted April 18, 2017


East Brunswick Public Library celebrates its 50th Anniversary

There were several notable events in 1967. The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs played in the first Super Bowl. Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married. The first ATM was installed in London. But on a more local note, the East Brunswick Public Library first opened its doors.

The roots of the East Brunswick Public Library began in 1965 by a library referendum. This was the third attempt, narrowly passing by a vote of 3,841 to 3,704. The original library was located in the municipal building. It first opened on May 1, 1967, with a collection of over 10,000 books.

East Brunswick Public Library wasn't the first library in the township. The Alice Appleby Devoe Memorial Library was a small association library staffed by volunteers that opened in 1944.  Once the municipal library was established, it became a library branch that served the community until 1981.

The library moved into its current home on April 11, 1976. That year it also became the first library statewide to use an online computerized circulation system. Through the years, the building has undergone several design changes. Most recently was the creation of a teen space in 2007. The library is currently beginning the process of a minor renovation and creation of a maker space, with an anticipated completion date this September.

Over the past fifty years, East Brunswick Public Library has gone on to become one of the busiest and most innovative libraries in the area, thanks to programs like the Just For The Health Of It wellness initiative, the Business Resource Connection, the Teen Library Connection, and the passport services office.

“Our library has certainly evolved since it first opened,” said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “Our library has continually reinvented itself to serve our customers better. Our success is due to the continual support of our community and the hard work of our staff.”

To celebrate this milestone, East Brunswick Public Library kicks off its anniversary on Sunday, May 7, with a special pre-opening ceremony at 12:30 pm. That afternoon also features a petting zoo from Green Meadows Farm, as well as refreshments and prizes, all sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation is presenting a special author program from New York Times bestselling novelist Stephanie Evanovich that afternoon at 2 pm. Evanovich will discuss her three novels, Big Girl Panties, The Sweet Spot and The Total Package.

“The Foundation works with the community to preserve the library’s financial future, and we are delighted to participate in the anniversary,” said Tracy Fink, President of the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation.

The library hosts several other programs through the spring and summer to celebrate their anniversary, including New York Times-bestselling author Jason Fry (Saturday, May 13), local historian and East Brunswick: Images of America author Mark Nonestied (Monday, May 15), Golden Girls trivia and appreciation night (Wednesday, May 17), and Retro Roadmap author and blogger Beth Lennon (Thursday, June 1). These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 


EBPL Reveals Library Card Contest Winners

EBPL Reveals Library Card Contest Winners

Posted March 30, 2017


East Brunswick Public Library regularly displays the work of local artists. This time, the library is showcasing art somewhere else—on its library cards.

As part of the library’s fiftieth-anniversary celebration, East Brunswick Public Library unveiled three new library card designs. These cards feature art that was submitted to the library through a contest in late 2016.

“We were impressed by not only the number of submissions we received but also with the creativity shown by our local artists of all ages,” said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “There were so many great submissions, and it was hard for our judges just to choose three.”


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: EBPL Library Director Jennifer Podolsky, library card contest winners Kaleigh Duffy, Ruqaya Tapya and Dylan Ing, and Board of Trustees president Deborah Cornavaca, Ph.D.

The judging panel consisted of members of the library’s Board of Trustees, Friends of the East Brunswick Library and the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation. The cards feature artwork from three area children—Kaleigh Duffy, Dylan Ing and Ruqaya Tapya.

The three winning designs are available in both traditional sized library cards as well as key chain tags. Information on how to get a library card from the library can be found here


Take A Continuing Education Class With Universal Class

Take A Continuing Education Class With Universal Class

Posted February 23, 2017


East Brunswick Public Library now offers over 500 free online continuing education courses through Universal Class.

"Our library has been offering instructional classes for years,” said Karen Parry, Information Services Manager. “With Universal Class, we can now offer our customers several courses that we would not have been able to. And, best of all, our customers can take these classes online at their schedule.”

East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can create a free account for Universal Class online. Their valid library card number is necessary to register.

Once registered, library customers can sign up for up to five different classes. Topics range from basic accounting and business skills, to web development and programming, and personal courses like genealogy and organization.

Students have up to six months to finish each course. Each course has flexibly scheduled classes and assignments, as well as access to an instructor for further questions. Courses offered through Universal Class are non-credit and not to be intended as a substitute for licensing or educational requirements.

For more information about Universal Class, call the Information Services Department at 732-390-6767.


East Brunswick Public Library Circulates 30,000,000th Item

East Brunswick Public Library Circulates 30,000,000th Item

Posted February 14, 2017


On February 12, East Brunswick Public Library celebrated an incredible milestone. The library circulated its 30 millionth item.

“This is a huge accomplishment for us,” said Library Director Jennifer Podolsky. “Our customers realize that libraries are more than just books, and stop by to borrow movies, music, video games and even museum passes. They can now borrow digital items from us on their own schedule.”

The library doesn’t know exactly know what book or other item was the 30 millionth item checked out, as the computer circulation system calculates the total number of checkouts at the end of the day. The final count for Saturday was 30,000,225.

To celebrate the occasion, the Friends of the Library held a prize drawing for every customer who checked out an item that day that was won by Michelle Brill of East Brunswick.

“When I moved to East Brunswick in 1983 one of the first places I knew I needed to find was the library,” Brill said. “It wowed me then and continues to impress each time I go. I think it’s the pride of East Brunswick.”

This milestone coincides with the East Brunswick Public Library’s 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated this May.

On February 12, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) celebrated an incredible milestone. The library circulated its 30 millionth item.

“This is a huge accomplishment for us,” said Library Director Jennifer Podolsky. “Our customers realize that libraries are more than just books, and stop by to borrow movies, music, video games and even museum passes. They can now borrow digital items from us on their own schedule.”

The library doesn’t know exactly know what book or other item was the 30 millionth item checked out, as the computer circulation system calculates the total number of checkouts at the end of the day. The final count for Saturday was 30,000,225.

To celebrate the occasion, the Friends of the Library held a prize drawing for every customer who checked out an item that day that was won by Michelle Brill of East Brunswick.

“When I moved to East Brunswick in 1983 one of the first places I knew I needed to find was the library,” Brill said. “It wowed me then and continues to impress each time I go. I think it’s the pride of East Brunswick.”

This milestone coincides with the East Brunswick Public Library’s 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated this May.