EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Wed, 27 May 2015 21:49:42 GMT EBPL Expands World Language Collections http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18029 The East Brunswick Public Library has expanded its world language collections to reflect our growing community.<p>&ldquo;We have expanded our collections to better reflect East Brunswick,&rdquo; said Jill D&rsquo;Amico, Adult Services Librarian. &ldquo;The Library is a community resource, and we strive to offer materials that are inclusive and reflective of this community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Library recently begun to order Urdu books, and plans to add more throughout the year. Urdu is widely spoken in Pakistan and India, and is cited as among the top 10 languages spoken at home among East Brunswick public schoolchildren. Recently added Urdu books include popular fiction and cookbooks.</p> <p>Also recently updated was the Hebrew collection. With grassroots support from the local Hebrew-speaking community, this collection has expanded to include recent popular fiction and history books from Israel.</p> <p>Thanks to generous donations, our Chinese language collection also expanded. These books are ordered on a continual basis so that our patrons can enjoy the newest books as they are published.</p> <p>The East Brunswick Public Library offers materials in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Gujarati, Hindi, and Arabic. Residents who have suggestions or questions regarding the world language collections are encouraged to contact Jill D&rsquo;Amico at <a href="mailto:jdamico@ebpl.org">jdamico@ebpl.org</a>.</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18029 Record Play Film Competition Deadline EXTENDED http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18014 The Record.Play Film Competition submissions are NOW due by Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. The 2015 theme is Heroes. There are three age categories: Youth (12 and under), Teens (13 to 19) and Adult (20 and older).<p>The screening and red carpet award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 25th.</p> <p>We look forward to seeing what you create!</p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001b9msUNgbkonJJdZj9TSWuQvQXk8nQOWU9ZB1satKV871Ga0cWFJEP8TrIiSF6Yf0V6Y-0znqcSYUtX2kT1N6F6pWiPKdXI775NZdVJ_oP1nmq6Efmh1JdIkAisD31zyGKKUcYzePqF8-pgKF1P_90eWybpdHbxGfcVthf5LstqD8nU01hnK0lQ==&amp;c=EKz_qvdxDBjBVot4HAEyuL2eMXI5y1JRpALlWhpaTkve8qUrss9wGw==&amp;ch=YGX2QquwQY559k71Hnu0rXps7imuGHLovimijHufcuh9Fetya72PBw==" target="_blank"><strong>Submission guidelines are located here.</strong></a></p> Tue, 26 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18014 Library Closing Thursday at 1 p.m. http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18020 The Library will be closing at 1:00PM on Thursday, May 28th, 2015.<p>The Library will be closing at 1:00PM on Thursday May 28th, 2015 to prepare for the Brian Selznick Foundation Event.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://foundation.ebpl.org/news.html" style="text-decoration:none;background:#069ee6; border-radius:5px;padding: 5px; color:#000" target="_blank">Buy Your Tickets Here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Books drop WILL REMAIN OPEN , however NO FINES will be accrued on this day.</p> Tue, 12 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18020 Zinio for Libraries http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18019 Get ready to enjoy your favorite magazines from your computer, phone, or tablet with ZINIO - the library's online newstand of eMagazines. Zinio lets you enjoy the latest issues of the most popular magazines at no cost to library card holders.<p>Simply go to <a href="http://www.ebpl.org">www.ebpl.org</a>&nbsp;and click on the ZINIO link at the bottom of the page to get started. New users will need to create an account using their 14-digit library barcode number.</p> <p>Browse our collection of forty popular magazines, then stream them online, 24/7. There&#39;s even a Zinio for Libraries APP to read your favorite magazines offline on your <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zinio-for-libraries/id952437054?mt=8%29">iPad</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zinio.mobile.android.libraries">Android</a> and <a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/eastbrunswicknj/help/zinio-faq#faq82">Other Devices</a>.</p> <p>Here is the complete list of exciting titles for 2015:</p> <p>AppleMagazine<br /> Bon Appetit<br /> Car and Driver<br /> Conde Nast Traveler<br /> Cooking with Paul Deen<br /> Cosmopolitan<br /> Country Living<br /> Discover<br /> Elle<br /> Eating Well<br /> The Economist<br /> Every Day with Rachel Ray<br /> Family Circle<br /> Food Network Magazine<br /> Forbes<br /> Glamour<br /> Good Housekeeping<br /> GQ<br /> HGTV Magazine<br /> Kiplinger&#39;s Personal Finance<br /> Martha Stewart Living<br /> National Geographic Interactive<br /> Newsweek<br /> New Yorker<br /> OK! Magazine<br /> O, The Oprah Magazine<br /> PC Magazine<br /> PC World<br /> Popular Science<br /> Prevention<br /> Readers Digest<br /> Shape<br /> Vanity Fair<br /> Vegetarian Times<br /> Victoria<br /> Victoria<br /> Vogue<br /> WIRED<br /> Women&#39;s Day<br /> Women&#39;s Health&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18019 EBPL Teens Website Redesign http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18013 We are proud to announce the release of our newly EBPL Teens redesigned website. Our Teens website's fresh look, user-friendly navigation and responsive design are some of the new features you will enjoy.<p>Take a look at the new website <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/teens" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=18013 Community Yard Sale This Saturday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17911 You will want to attend The Friends of The Library’s Community Yard Sale this Saturday, May 16 from 9-1 at the East Brunswick High School (380 Cranbury Road).<p>Come find a few hidden gems. &nbsp;Refreshments will be sold and outdoor restrooms will be available.</p> <p>Email questions to: ebfriends@ebpl.org</p> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17911 Library Foundation Fundraiser: Author and Illustrator Brian Selznick http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18009 The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation invites the community to its 1st Annual Roots & Wings Celebration, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m., and program at 7:00 p.m., featuring author and illustrator Brian Selznick.<p>Selznick, an East Brunswick native, is the award-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into the 2011 Oscar-winning film Hugo.</p> <p>The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation strives to create an environment in which children, teens, and adults can root themselves in our society, our culture, and our town. By supporting the growth of Library services and activities, the Library Foundation strengthens the roots of the Library. Strong roots allows the library to give wings to our residents&rsquo; ideas, dreams, and lifelong learning. The Library&rsquo;s ability to provide the &ldquo;roots&rdquo; of learning, the roots of exploration and the roots of personal enrichment then empowers our residents to fly through their world and take &ldquo;wing&rdquo; on their dreams.&nbsp; The name of this event celebrates this notion.</p> <p>Tickets cost $100 for adults, and $40 for students in grades 10-12, and can be purchased at the circulation desk in the Library at 2 Jean Walling Civic Center.&nbsp; The evening includes a presentation by Brian Selznick, silent auction, book signing, and an elegant dessert buffet.&nbsp; All proceeds will benefit the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation.</p> <p><strong>Contact Andrea Alexander, Development Director, at 732-390-6762 for more information.</strong></p> Mon, 04 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18009 Director of EBPL Announces Retirement http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18023 MaryEllen Firestone, Director of the East Brunswick Public Library [EBPL], will retire as of June 1, 2015.<p>Ms. Firestone has been an integral part of EBPL since 1990. &nbsp;She served as a part-time reference librarian, cataloging and programming librarian, Assistant Director, and Director.</p> <p>During MaryEllen&rsquo;s 25-year career with the EBPL, she focused on the special populations that are part of the diverse East Brunswick community.&nbsp; In 1996, she was awarded the American Library Association&rsquo;s Bessie Boehm Moore Award, for recognition of her creation of a computer literacy program for seniors.&nbsp; In 2000, her commitment to English as a Second Language and literacy programs at EBPL were recognized when she was asked to join the Literacy Volunteers of Middlesex&rsquo;s Board of Directors, later named Literacy Programs of New Jersey [LPNJ].&nbsp;&nbsp; She served as President of LPNJ for 6 years.&nbsp; In 2011, her literacy work was recognized with a Chamber Choice award from the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 2014, eight local affiliates of LPNJ merged with the state organization to form Literacy New Jersey, for which Ms. Firestone serves as a board member.</p> <p>In 2002, when appointed Assistant Director, she embraced the role of Library ambassador by encouraging the Library to celebrate the community&rsquo;s many cultures. The Library began to host celebrations of Asian Indian history and culture as well as annual Chinese New Year celebrations. Ms. Firestone forged many partnerships with community groups and organizations that positioned the Library as the community center for the town.&nbsp; Ms. Firestone also became a staff champion by encouraging professional development, supporting staff initiatives, and consistently acknowledging and celebrating staff members&rsquo; many achievements.</p> <p>Since 2009, when Ms. Firestone began her tenure as Director, she helped form the Library&rsquo;s Foundation to garner long term support for the Library; supported the creation of the [now] Business Resource Connection, which aids small businesses in the area with programs and research; and assisted in creating the Just for the Health of It initiative, which created a strong consumer health resource service.</p> <p>The Library and community thank MaryEllen Firestone for her 25 years of service to the Library and the East Brunswick community, and wish her well in her retirement.&nbsp; She plans to continue her literacy work with Literacy New Jersey as a board member, as well as enjoy traveling and leisure reading.</p> Sun, 03 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=18023 Designer Handbag Bingo Tickets http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17917 The Friends of the Library are holding their Designer Handbag Bingo event on Friday, May 8, 2015.<p>The event is at the East Brunswick High School (380 Cranbury Road). &nbsp;Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the first came will be called at 7:30 PM. &nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to bingo, there will be a 50/50 raffle, prizes, and more.</p> <p>Designers include Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney &amp; Bourke, Cole Haan, and Kate Spade.&nbsp; There are ten rounds, with one handbag winner per game.</p> <p>There are ten rounds, with one handbag winner in each game. &nbsp;No individuals under the age of 18 will be permitted.</p> <p>All proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library.</p> <p><strong>Admission is $35 at the door. &nbsp;There is limited seating.</strong></p> <p><strong>Questions? &nbsp;E-mail <a href="mailto:ebfriends@ebpl.org">ebfriends@ebpl.org</a> or call 732-390-6774.</strong></p> Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17917 Spring Break Programs http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17915 See what programs we have for children and families this week!<p><img alt="" src="/userfiles/image/Spring%20Break2015.jpg" style="height:712px; width:550px" /></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17915