EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:24:55 GMT Register Now: 3rd Annual Hour of Code for Teens Saturday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24650 Join us for another awesome night full of computer science for teens! The East Brunswick High School Code Club will host another year of coding, robotics, website building and more after hours for teens at the library. Register today! <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=24650">Read More</a></b><p>Hour of Code will take place this year on Saturday, December 10th, after-hours, from 5pm-9pm at the library.</p> <p><strong>Teens 13 years old and up can register to attend here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tinyurl.com/ebplhoc3" style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 122, 183); text-decoration: none;">www.tinyurl.com/ebplhoc3&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>Pizza and free t-shirts will be provided for all attendees.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24650 Tech Week: Intro to Podcasting Tonight http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24647 Join Harry Marks (Covered) and Chaim Cohen (inThirty) to learn about how to set up and run a successful podcast. <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=24647">Read More</a></b><p><strong><a href="http://inthirty.net/" style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 122, 183); text-decoration: none;">Listen to the&nbsp;InThirty podcast here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://hologramradio.org/covered" style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 122, 183); text-decoration: none;">Listen to the Covered podcast here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>This program is part of EBPL&#39;s Tech Week.</em></p> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24647 Tuesday's International Film: Dark Horse http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=23590 Come enjoy one of the many films we are screening this fall. <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=23590">Read More</a></b><p><em><strong>All films are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>International Film: Dark Horse</h3> <p>Tuesday, December 6, 1:30 &amp; 7:30PM</p> <p><em>Wales. 2015. &nbsp;85 minutes. Rated PG. </em>A group of friends in a Welsh workingman&rsquo;s club decide to breed a racehorse and compete with the elite in the sport of kings. &nbsp;This inspirational true story won Best Documentary-World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the British&nbsp;<br /> Independent Film Awards.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!-- p><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6GS3v0iOSU" width="420"></iframe></p --> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L6GS3v0iOSU" width="420"></iframe></p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2>Previous Films</h2> <h3>International Film: Marguerite</h3> <p>Tuesday, October 18, 1:30 &amp; 7:30PM</p> <p><em>France. 2015. 129 minutes. Rated R.</em> A wealthy socialite with a passion for singing trains for her first big concert despite the fact that she can&rsquo;t carry a tune. &nbsp;This comedy, loosely based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, was nominated for numerous Cesar awards in 2016. &nbsp;Catherine Frot took home the award for Best Actress in the title role.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!-- p><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZsgWFITTu8" width="420"></iframe></p --> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AZsgWFITTu8" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Young Frankenstein</h3> <p>Thursday, October 27, 7:00PM</p> <p><em>USA. 1974. 106 minutes. Rated PG.&nbsp;</em>A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nCna0BqtRW8" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Fine Film: Caf&eacute; Society</h3> <p>Tuesday, November 1, 1:30 &amp; 7:30PM</p> <p><em>USA. 2016. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13.</em>&nbsp;A New Yorker named Bobby moves to Hollywood in the 1930s to work for his uncle Phil, a powerful and well-connected agent. When he is spurned by his love interest, Phil&rsquo;s secretary Vonnie, he returns home to find success running a nightclub for his gangster brother. Written and directed by Woody Allen, this comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell and Kristen Stewart.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FGRNkrvh1Dg" width="420"></iframe></p> <h3>International Film: Dough</h3> <p>Tuesday, November 15, 1:30 &amp; 7:30PM</p> <p><em>England. &nbsp;2015. 94 minutes. Not Rated.</em>&nbsp;A curmudgeonly widower forms an unlikely friendship with the Muslim teenager he hires to help him in his Kosher bakery. &nbsp;Winner of audience awards at several Jewish film festivals, this comedy stars Jonathan Pryce, Pauline Collins and Jerome Holder.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y7b4IoNRhtk" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=23590 Tech Week: Register for Wednesday's DIY Phone Charger Workshop http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24649 Grownups age 18 and older can learn how to use dollar store items to make emergency car chargers Wednesday at 7PM. <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=24649">Read More</a></b><p>You must register at the link below, as there is limited seating for this program.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272016-12-07%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=&amp;Event_Id=69283">Register here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>This program is part of EBPL&#39;s Tech Week.</em></p> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24649 Author Panel on "From Rough Draft to Book Deal" Tonight http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24632 Join authors Melanie Conklin, Val Emmich, Holly Schindler and Chelle Martin who will discuss the challenging road to publication on Tuesday, November 29th at 7PM. <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=24632">Read More</a></b><p>The writing process, critique groups, query letters, agents, and self-publishing vs. traditional publishing will be among the topics discussed.&nbsp; Attend if you are writing a book, have written a book, or simply interested in learning about how to go from the proverbial slush pile to published author.</p> <p>This panel is moderated by local award-winning author Jennifer Salvato Doktorksi, and is free and open to the public. Raffle prizes, light refreshments, and a book signing will follow the program.</p> <p><strong>Melanie Conklin</strong> is a writer, reader, and life-long lover of books. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs, who are thankfully booklovers, too. Melanie spent a decade as a product designer and approaches her writing with the same three-dimensional thinking and fastidious attention to detail. <em>Counting Thyme</em> (Penguin, April 2016) is her debut middle grade novel.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer Salvato Doktorski</strong> is the author of the YA novels, <em>How My Summer Went Up in Flames</em> (Simon Pulse), <em>Famous Last Words</em> (Henry Holt and Co.), a Bank Street College Best Children&rsquo;s Book of the Year, <em>The Summer After You &amp; Me</em> (Sourcebooks Fire), which was nominated for a YALSA&rsquo;s Teens&rsquo; Top Ten Award, and the forthcoming <em>August &amp; Everything After</em> (Sourcebooks Fire 2018). She lives with her family in East Brunswick, New Jersey and her&nbsp;summers are spent &ldquo;down the shore,&rdquo; where she dreams of taking surfing lessons and observes sea life while keeping her toes in the sand.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dubbed a &ldquo;Renaissance Man&rdquo; by the <em>New York Post</em>, <strong>Val Emmich</strong> is a writer, a singer-songwriter, and an actor. He&rsquo;s had recurring roles on HBO&rsquo;s <em>Vinyl</em> and ABC&rsquo;s <em>Ugly Betty</em>, as well as a memorable guest role as Tina Fey&rsquo;s coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on NBC&rsquo;s <em>30 Rock</em>. Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children. <em>The Reminders</em> is his first novel.</p> <p><strong>Chelle Martin</strong> is a member of MWA, RWA, and SinC, serving as the current president of the SinC Central Jersey chapter. Her short mysteries have been published by various small presses and in numerous issues of <em>Princeton&#39;s US 1 Summer Fiction</em>. While Chelle considers herself a short story writer, she is working on the first novel of her proposed <em>Dog Mom Mysteries</em> series which she describes as Seinfeld meets Mary Higgins Clark.</p> <p><strong>Holly Schindler&rsquo;s</strong> award-winning traditionally published books have received starred reviews in PW and Booklist; <em>The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky</em> is nominated for this year&rsquo;s Sequoyah and Mark Twain Awards. She&rsquo;s been an Amazon bestseller with her independently published work, and has experience in all aspects of the publishing process&mdash;formatting, copyediting, cover creation, even illustration and interior book design. Latest releases include <em>Spark</em> (YA / HarperCollins) and the magical, independently published <em>Forever Finley</em> series.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24632 EB Con http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24642 Join us this Saturday, December 3 (12-4 pm) for a day long celebration of comics, video games and more! <br><b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-what-is-new.cfm?Doc_Id=23610">Read More</a></b> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24642 Thanksgiving Holiday Closing http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24639 East Brunswick Public Library is closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. We reopen on Saturday, November 26. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24639 December Computer Classes At EBPL http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=24627 East Brunswick Public Library has released a full schedule of computer classes for the month of December. Classes cover a variety of topics, including computer basics to the Microsoft Office programs.<p>East Brunswick Public Library &nbsp;has released a full schedule of computer classes for the month of December.</p> <p>Classes cover a variety of topics, including computer basics to the Microsoft Office programs. The complete list of programs is:</p> <p><strong>PC Literacy I</strong> (Monday, December 6, 6:30 pm)<br /> An introduction to basic computer use: includes keyboard and mouse skills, clicking and scrolling, and an introduction to computer terminology. There are no prerequisites.</p> <p><strong>PC Literacy II </strong>(Monday, December 13, 6:30 pm)<br /> Continuation of computer basics from PC Literacy I. Participants will learn how to execute basic computer tasks including copying and pasting, creating, editing and saving documents, print preview and printing. Students will also receive an introduction to the basic layout and components of program toolbars.<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>: PC Literacy I class or the ability to use a mouse and basic keyboarding skills.</p> <p><strong>LEAP Home Computer: Magnification </strong>(Wednesday, December 7 and 14, 1 pm)<br /> The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) provides FREE training in the use of assistive technology to adults 55 years of age or older with vision problems. This moderately advanced class will show you how to download a free program, Zoom Text and Ease of Access Center, and how to use it to navigate your computer and the internet.</p> <p><strong>LEAP Home Computer: JAWS Screen Reader </strong>(Wednesday, December 21 and 28, 1 pm)<br /> The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) provides FREE training in the use of assistive technology to adults 55 years of age or older with vision problems. This moderately advanced class will show you how to use JAWS to navigate your computer and the Internet.</p> <p><strong>Intro to Excel</strong> (Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm)<br /> An introduction to the popular spreadsheet program.&nbsp; Learn how to create, edit and save spreadsheets, how to use formulas and print, along with tips and hints.<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>: MS Word class or equivalent PC experience.</p> <p><strong>Excel II</strong> (Thursday, December 13, 6:30 pm)<br /> Students will build upon the skills learned in Excel Basics.&nbsp; They will learn how to create equations, use AutoSum, freeze/unfreeze panes, hide/unhide columns, sort &amp; filter data, format their document&rsquo;s appearance and more.<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>: Excel Basics class or equivalent PC experience.</p> <p><strong>Excel III</strong> (Thursday, December 20, 6:30 pm)</p> <p>Students will continue advancing their intermediate skills in Excel. They will learn how to use the data tab to import data, do more work with formulas, create simple macros for repetitive tasks and explore more of the page layout options. As time permits, students will also explore Excel templates and conditional formatting in Excel 2013.</p> <p><u>Prerequisite</u>: Excel II or equivalent PC experience. Introduction to the new Microsoft Office is recommended.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Excel IV</strong> (Thursday, December 27, 6:30 pm)</p> <p>Students continue their mastery of Excel in this class offering. They learn how to create and modify pivot tables, to protect cells and worksheets, to create and use the payment function, to create and use forms for data entry, to use the VLookup function, learn the advantages for defining data as a table, and how to use Excel as an architectural design tool. In addition, the class will offer an overview of best practices for spreadsheet design</p> <p><u>Prerequisite</u>: Excel III or equivalent Excel experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Intro to PowerPoint </strong><br /> Saturday, December 3, 9:30 am) Learn basic PowerPoint skills for creating and editing presentations; how to add excitement with images, animations, &amp; transitions; &amp; tips for viewing and saving. Presentation software guidelines used by professional trainers to create a professional looking slideshow will also be shown.&nbsp;<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>: Students MUST be comfortable using MS Word.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PowerPoint II</strong> (Saturday, December 10, 9:30 am)<br /> Learn a variety of advanced tasks to embellish your PowerPoint presentations. This will include creating Slide Masters, detailed skills for adding images (clipart, shapes, WordArt and more) and manipulating them and how to insert charts. Animations and transitions basics will also be covered as well as a miscellaneous array of tips and hints for better navigation.<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>: Intro to PowerPoint or equivalent experience. Students must be comfortable with the basic PowerPoint framework and navigation.</p> <p><strong>PowerPoint III</strong> (Saturday, December 17, 9:30 am)<br /> Students will continue with the advanced topics learned in PowerPoint II. Topics covered include creating custom designs, dimming text, using SmartArt graphics, rehearsed timings, looping, hidden slides, quarter screen viewing and more as time permits.<br /> <u>Prerequisite</u>:&nbsp; PowerPoint II or equivalent PowerPoint experience.</p> <p>The Intro to Word, Intro to Excel, Intro to PowerPoint, Email Basics and LEAP iPad classes are free. All other classes are $10 for LMxAC cardholders and $15 for non-LMxAC cardholders. All class fees are nonrefundable.</p> <p>To sign up for any class, visit the online <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-events-calendar.cfm">library calendar</a> call the Information Desk at 732-390-6767.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=24627 Pine Barrens Folklore Lecture Tonight http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=23615 Join us on Thursday 11/17 at 7PM for a lecture with natural historian Mark Demitroff as he shares tales from his childhood in the Pine Barrens. <br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=23615">Read More</a></b><p>Local natural historian Mark Demitroff grew up on a western Atlantic County poultry farm. There he enjoyed hearing tales told by neighbors, farmhands, and family members about odd happenings in the piney woods and dense swamps behind his village. Mark will spin a few yarns about ghosts, demons, and darksome fathomless pools with sinister qualities. Several traditional stories were passed down from the speaker&rsquo;s Ukrainian heritage. Folklore, once an everyday form of entertainment, has lost its former importance but fortunately is not quite forgotten.</p> <p><em>Mark Demitroff is a native Pinelands natural historian and tree expert who publishes and lectures internationally on South Jersey&rsquo;s Ice Age geology. He is an adjunct instructor at Stockton University and a board member of Stockton&rsquo;s South Jersey Culture and History Center, &nbsp;Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, and the United States Permafrost Association.</em></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=23615 Thanksgiving Pet Toxins http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24626 Preventing your pet from poisonous household dangers this Thanksgiving.<p>Pet Poison Helpline and AKC Reunite want to wish you, your family and your furry friends a safe and Happy Turkey Day! During this time of family, friends and festivities, we also want to help prevent your pet from some potentially poisonous household dangers common during the week of Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Read this interesing article.</p> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=24626