EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Wed, 04 May 2016 11:42:40 GMT Friends Designer Handbag Bingo Friday May 6 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21386 The East Brunswick Friends of the Library will host a Designer Handbag Bingo Friday, May 6 at East Brunswick High School, 380 Cranbury Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game will be called at 7:30 p.m. The event will also include tricky tray baskets, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes.<b> <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21386">Read More</a></b><p>Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at the East Brunswick Library Circulation Desk until May 2 or at the door for $35. Admission includes three bingo cards for 10 games and light refreshments. Additional bingo cards will be available. <strong>Download the registration form at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebpl.org/pdf/Handbag-Bingo-flyer.pdf">http://www.ebpl.org/pdf/Handbag-Bingo-flyer.pdf</a></strong></p> <p>All proceeds will benefit the library.</p> <p><strong>For more information about this and other upcoming Friends events, visit <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/friends">www.ebpl.org/friends</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ebplfriends/">www.facebook.com/ebplfriends/</a>.</strong></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21386 Accio Book Drive & Harry Potter Events in May http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21398 The teens from Dobby's Favorite Sock, the East Brunswick Public Library's Harry Potter Alliance Chapter, in partnership with New Jersey's Bridge of Books Foundation, will be collecting books at the library throughout the month of May. The group will be collecting new and very gently used books for all ages to give to those in need this summer. <b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21398">Read More</a></b><p><strong>Bridge of Books</strong> provides an ongoing source of books to under-served children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Look for collection sites in the children&#39;s department and at our local East Brunswick public schools. &nbsp;The HPA will also be hosting several events this month to encourage donations. &nbsp;</p> <h4>Read to Wizards<br /> Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.</h4> <p>The library will be invaded by wizards! Wizards are coming from all over the magical world in the hopes that you will read to them. &nbsp;This program is open to all school age children and we encourage you to bring your book donation for the Accio Book Drive to the event.</p> <h4>Harry Potter Trivia<br /> Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m.</h4> <p>Come to the library to test your Harry Potter knowledge! &nbsp;We&#39;re bringing back the popular Harry Potter Trivia Night for all ages this year. &nbsp;All are welcome, but make sure you have read all the books to avoid any spoilers.</p> <h4>Teen Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest &amp; Reading<br /> Tuesday, May 31 at at 7 p.m.</h4> <p>Teens are invited to the library to share their Harry Potter fan fiction! The library is hosting a fan fiction contest. Teens should submit their fan fiction entries to dobbysfavoritesock@gmail.com by Saturday, May 21st.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and rules about our fan fiction competition, please see the library&#39;s teen page and calendar for more details.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participants are encouraged to bring a book to donate to all the Harry Potter themed events at the library this month.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21398 Record.Play Announces Film Competition for 2016 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=21391 We're announcing our third-annual Record.Play Film Competition and Festival. This year’s competition accepts film submissions from New Jersey residents and students in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (13 to 18); and adults (19 and older).<h3>&quot;The&nbsp;<em>Record.Play</em>&nbsp;committee chose the theme<strong>Explore</strong>&nbsp;for 2016 because it can be interpreted in so many ways.&nbsp; We are very excited to see how New Jersey filmmakers run with it,&quot; says Teen Services Librarian Jessica Schneider.</h3> <p>A panel of three judges will select a 1<span style="font-size:10.5px">st</span>&nbsp;and 2<span style="font-size:10.5px">nd</span>&nbsp;place winners in each age category.&nbsp; &nbsp;All the films entered must be original work. Entries will be evaluated on how they interpret the theme, visual and audio quality, and editing skills. Films must not exceed 7 minutes in length. &nbsp;The 1<span style="font-size:10.5px">st</span>&nbsp;place&nbsp; winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $100 and 2<span style="font-size:10.5px">nd</span>&nbsp;place winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $50.&nbsp; Additionally, all films will be screened publicly at the 2016<em>Record.Play</em>&nbsp;Film Festival on Thursday, June 30<span style="font-size:10.5px">th</span>&nbsp;at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Submissions must be received no later than Sunday, June 5<span style="font-size:10.5px">th</span>.&nbsp; Rules and complete submission guidelines can be found online at<a href="http://www.ebpl.org/recordplay" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 122, 183); text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent;">www.ebpl.org/recordplay</a>&nbsp;. Check out the Library&#39;s May calendar for upcoming filmmaking events for all ages.</strong></p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=21391 Record.Play Announces Film Competition for 2016 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21390 We're announcing our third-annual Record.Play Film Competition and Festival. This year’s competition accepts film submissions from New Jersey residents and students in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (13 to 18); and adults (19 and older). <b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21390">Read More</a></b><h3>&quot;The <em>Record.Play</em> committee chose the theme <strong>Explore</strong> for 2016 because it can be interpreted in so many ways.&nbsp; We are very excited to see how New Jersey filmmakers run with it,&quot; says Teen Services Librarian Jessica Schneider.</h3> <p>A panel of three judges will select a 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> place winners in each age category.&nbsp; &nbsp;All the films entered must be original work. Entries will be evaluated on how they interpret the theme, visual and audio quality, and editing skills. Films must not exceed 7 minutes in length. &nbsp;The 1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp; winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $100 and 2<sup>nd</sup> place winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $50.&nbsp; Additionally, all films will be screened publicly at the 2016 <em>Record.Play</em> Film Festival on Thursday, June 30<sup>th</sup> at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Submissions must be received no later than Sunday, June 5<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Rules and complete submission guidelines can be found online at <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/recordplay">www.ebpl.org/recordplay</a> . Check out the Library&#39;s May calendar for upcoming filmmaking events for all ages.</strong></p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21390 "Intro to Container Gardening" Tuesday 4/26 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21392 Container gardening allows you the flexibility to start a garden anywhere. Join a Master Gardener Volunteer who will teach you best practices to make your container garden successful. Jay Quimby is a Master Gardener Volunteer with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21392 Un-Retirement Workshop Wednesday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21384 Transitioning into the new “un-retirement” is not an easy process. Come to the library this Wednesday at 7PM to explore ways of living a fulfilling life in Life 2.0. <b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21384">Read More</a></b><p>You look back and wonder &ldquo;where did the time go&rdquo;? You look ahead and wonder &ldquo;what am I going to do with the next 20-30+ years of my life&rdquo;?</p> <p>Having a plan ahead of time or as you begin entering Life 2.0 helps to make the transition easier. This workshop is designed help participants begin to think about how they are going to live &ldquo;Life 2.0&rdquo; in the new &ldquo;un-retirememt&rdquo;. We will define the new &ldquo;un-retirement&rdquo; and explore ways of living a fulfilling life in Life 2.0.</p> <p><em>Jacqueline Robinson is the owner of the Life 2.0 Community, and JRR Consulting, Inc.&nbsp; She worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years, and now teaches others how to enjoy a fruitful un-retirement.</em></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21384 Defensive Driving Course April 12 & 13 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21373 Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from you or your teen's driver's license by attending the next two-day East Brunswick Friends of the Library's Defensive Driving Course. <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21373">Read More</a><p>Eligible drivers can erase two points from their driver&#39;s license and/or get a five percent discount for three years on a portion of their auto insurance by attending both sessions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Approved by the State of New Jersey, the course is taught by an experienced police detective-accident investigator. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings for credit. Course costs vary according to goal: for a 2 point reduction on your license, $65; for an insurance discount, $55. &nbsp;For both, the cost is $65. &nbsp;</p> <p>Attendance is mandatory and refunds cannot be given for partial attendance. Registration is required and seating is limited to 30 people. &nbsp;<strong>To register&nbsp;download the registration form and mail or hand deliver to Library by April 6,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebpl.org/pdf/Defensive_Driving.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(51, 122, 183); text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent;">http://www.ebpl.org/pdf/Defensive_Driving.pdf</a></strong></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21373 "Jews of Russia" Program May 15 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21385 On Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m., the East Brunswick Public Library will present a program of lectures and music, produced and directed by Michael Kesler, on “The Jews of Russia before World War II.” This program is free and all are welcome. <b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21385">Read More</a></b><p>The program is the third in an annual series which presents the culture and history of the Jews of Eastern Europe before the Holocaust as a way to commemorate the catastrophe&rsquo;s victims.&nbsp; Previous events in the series highlighted the Jews of Ukraine (2014) and the Jews of Poland (2015).&nbsp; This year&rsquo;s event will cover Russia proper during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.&nbsp; That period witnessed a spectacular migration of Jews from the Ukraine and Belarus, when Tsar Alexander the Second, &ldquo;the Liberator,&rdquo; freed them from confinement in the so-called Pale of Settlement.&nbsp; Many of them found their way to the major Russian cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Odessa.</p> <p>The Jewish arrivals began to change dramatically the cultural, and particularly musical, landscape of those cities. &nbsp;In time, they became part of Russia&rsquo;s academia and intelligentsia, rising to the top of the country&rsquo;s political and cultural leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1862, Anton Rubinstein founded the St. Petersburg Conservatory, which provided modern, westernized musical education for talented young Russian, as well as Jewish, students.&nbsp; It also offered a training ground for the important composers of the time, such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and others.&nbsp; As decades went by, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, as well as the Moscow Conservatory, founded by Anton Rubinstein&rsquo;s brother Nikolai, produced virtuosos which became American household names, including pianist Emil Gilels; violinists Mischa Elman, David Oistrakh, and Yascha Heifetz; and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.</p> <p>Jennifer Podolsky, the East Brunswick Public Library Director, will open the event.&nbsp; Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director of Hillel at Rutgers University, will introduce the program.&nbsp; Glen Dynner, Professor of History and Chair of Humanities at Sarah Lawrence College, will give an overview of the history and culture of Russian Jewry. &nbsp;Rabbi Bennett Miller of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick will reflect on the influence of Russian Jews on American Jews and America. The musical part of the event will feature TOPP (Tales of the Past Promoters), an ensemble specializing in Jewish music of Eastern Europe.&nbsp; Dr. Tamara Freeman, ethnomusicologist and violist, Dr. Michael Kesler, cantor, David Schlossberg, pianist, and Dr. Susan Hornstein, alto, will offer selections of Jewish music of Russia from the 19<sup>th</sup> and 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, echoing the cultural history of the Jews of those times.&nbsp; Tamara Freeman will be featuring a viola of 1935, rescued from the Holocaust.&nbsp; Michael Kesler will present a classical selection in <em>bel canto </em>style.&nbsp; MaryEllen Firestone, former director of the East Brunswick Public Library, will pay tribute to the late Karl Kaplan, a library benefactor. The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey and the East Brunswick Jewish Center are co-sponsors of this free event.</p> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21385 42nd Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale Ends Sunday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21358 The 42nd Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from April 4th through 10th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall. The sale, which annually draws thousands of people from the region, is much anticipated by book bargain lovers. <b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=21358"> Read More </a></b><p>Thousands of books, videos, audio books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library. An exclusive Preview Sale will be held on Monday, April 4<sup>th</sup> from 8:00-9:00 a.m. The cost is $25 per person at the door. The full Sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, April 6<sup>th</sup>, there will be a free children&rsquo;s event from 6:30-8:30 p.m.</p> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21358 Volunteers Needed for Book & Media Sale http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21377 We need your help--if you can volunteer at the Book & Media Sale next week and have not yet signed up, please visit the form below. Thanks, and please share! <b><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/Requests/Booksale_Volunteer_Signup.cfm">Click here to volunteer.</a></b> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=21377