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Summer Reading Club Night At Crystal Springs

Summer Reading Club Night At Crystal Springs

Posted August 15, 2016


Celebrate the end of summer reading at Crystal Springsā€™s very special Summer Reading Club night on Thursday, August 25! Kids and teens who were part of the summer reading club will be able to get FREE admission from 3 to 7 pm.

We won't let a little bit of rain stop us!

We've rescheduled our night at Crystal Springs!

Celebrate the end of summer reading at Crystal Springs’s very special Summer Reading Club night on Thursday, August 25! Kids and teens who were part of the summer reading club will be able to get FREE admission from 3 to 7 pm.

Accompanying adults can get a reduced admission of just $5. When you get to Crystal Springs, East Brunswick Public Library staff will be there to look you up in the summer reading club list and give entry hand-stamps. You don’t need to stop by the library first.

See you at Crystal Springs!


Friends Of The Library Offer Defensive Driving Program

Friends Of The Library Offer Defensive Driving Program

Posted August 12, 2016


Looking to erase points on your driving record? Want to save money on your car insurance? The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library are hosting a two-part defensive driving class on September 12 and 13.

Looking to erase points on your driving record? Want to save money on your car insurance? The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library are hosting a two-part defensive driving class on September 12 and 13.

Held in the East Brunswick Public Library meeting room, the classes run from 6:30 to 10 pm. This classes are presented by the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey. Lead by police driving instructors, the classes give a unique insight into defensive driving theory and traffic law-enforcement.

After taking the class, attendees may apply to reduce points on their driving license once every five years; to receive an insurance discount, once every three years. Licensed motorists with fewer than four points enjoy a mandatory discount on the auto liability, collision and no-fault portions of their insurance premiums for three years, starting with the next renewal.

Attendance is limited to thirty people and attendance is mandatory at both classes. Pre-registration and advance payment is required. Course costs start at $55.

The application form can be found online or at the library’s circulation desk. Checks should be made payable to “E.B. Friends of the Library.”

For more information about the class, contact the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey at 732-257-2967 or by emailing fixaticket@aol.com.


East Brunswick Public Library Showcases the Art of Don Bloom

East Brunswick Public Library Showcases the Art of Don Bloom

Posted August 05, 2016


Throughout August, the East Brunswick Public Library displays the paintings of the late Don Bloom.

“We’re very fortunate to have several pieces in our collection that he donated to the library,” said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “With his passing in June, we felt this was an appropriate time to showcase his work to the community.”

Bloom was a longtime East Brunswick resident. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of the Arts in 1953, attended the Art Students League of New York, and received his MFA in Painting from Instituto Allende, San Miguel, Mexico. In 1957, the Newark News named him one of the 5 "Artists of the Year" in New Jersey.

His paintings are held in hundreds of private collections and in many New Jersey colleges, public institutions and libraries, including the East Brunswick and South River Libraries, the South River Council of Congregations and the East Brunswick Senior Center. His work has been featured in several one-man exhibitions across the country.

For 34 years, Bloom also worked as an Art Educator in the Piscataway Public Schools, serving as Department Chairman from 1966-1983. He was also an instructor at several northern New Jersey art centers, as well as at Bloomfield College and the College of New Jersey.

In addition to fine art and instruction, he was also an acclaimed editorial cartoonist. Ten of his editorial cartoons are in the permanent collection of the International Museum of Cartoon Art.

Information about Bloom’s seven-decade long career can be found online at his website.