EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:02:25 GMT Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood” http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17909 The East Brunswick Public Library welcomes author and autism advocate, Jesse A. Saperstein on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.<p>Jesse will share the wisdom he has gained during his 32 years of living on the autism spectrum. &nbsp;These learning experiences are compiled in his second book, Getting a Life with Asperger&rsquo;s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood, which was published last August. &nbsp;Jesse is also the author of the best-selling memoir, Atypical: Life with Asperger&rsquo;s in 20 1/3 Chapters.</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17909 Sellers Needed: Community Yard Sale http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17911 You will want to attend The Friends of The Library’s Community Yard Sale to find a few hidden gems. Refreshments will be sold and outdoor restrooms will be available.<p>Charity truck will arrive at 1pm to take away unsold items and provide a tax receipt. &nbsp;Registration forms available at The Library and online at ebpl.org. Cost $20 for double space, additional single spaces for $10. (First- come, first-served for spaces.) Email questions to: ebfriends@ebpl.org</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17911 The Jews of Poland, pre-WWII http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17912 This program of music and lectures is presented by Glenn Dynner, Ph.D.; Tamara Reps Freeman, Ph.D., viola; Michael G. Kesler, Ph.D., voice; and Ed Goldberg, piano. The Jews of Poland represented one of the oldest and certainly by far the largest Jewish communities in Europe.<p>Arriving in the late 14th century at the invitation of King Kazimierz the Great, they constituted an important cornerstone of the King&rsquo;s program to revitalize Polish urban life. &nbsp;In time, they became partners with the Polish nobility in their conquest, with Lithuania, of the Ukraine. &nbsp;With Poland impoverished by wars with the Swedes in the north, and with the defense of Central Europe against the Ottomans, anti-Semitism undermined the Jewish-Polish symbiotic relationship. &nbsp;The Jews grew in number and wealth, despite the constant persecution and their population reached some 3, 300,000 before World War II. &nbsp;Nine out of ten Jews perished in Poland during the war.</p> <p>The program presented here will deal with the rich cultural, religious, &nbsp;and political tapestry of Jewish life before World War II.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17912 Get Defensive About Your Driving http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17900 Shave points off your license or save on your insurance. Monday, March 16th and 17th at 6:30 p.m.<p><span style="font-family:calibri,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from you or your teen&#39;s driver&#39;s license by attending the next two-day East Brunswick Friends of the Library&#39;s Defensive Driving Course.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:calibri,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">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;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:calibri,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">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;</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-family:calibri,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Attendance is mandatory and refunds cannot be given for partial attendance. Applications are available at the Circulation desk or online. Registration is required and seating is limited to 30 people.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/pdf/Defensive_Driving.pdf">Click here for an application form</a></strong>, or contact the library.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17900 Digital Filmmaking Classes in March http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17887 Join us for three Saturdays in March to learn screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro skills.<p>Join us for three Saturdays in March to learn screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro skills.</p> <p><u><strong>Screenwriting:</strong></u></p> <p>The screenwriting workshop is going to be an immersive crash course into telling a story for the screen, starting with crafting a concept and leaving participants ready to begin writing. &nbsp;The focus will be on character-driven narratives that utilize want and conflict as the building blocks of drama. &nbsp;Participants will explore the elements of three-act structure, proper screenwriting formatting and technique, as well as methods to draw inspiration from their own lives. &nbsp;It will be beneficial if students attending the workshop have a strong interest in telling stories, and come to class with an idea they wish to write.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-07%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=62341">Register here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Zack Morrison is an award-winning writer, director, and cinematographer; currently pursuing his Master of Fine Art degree in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University. &nbsp;He has created many short films, both fiction and documentary, that have screened at festivals in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Cannes. &nbsp;A proud alumnus of Rutgers University, Zack was a key contributor in the development of a new BFA degree program in digital filmmaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2014, Zack was awarded the &quot;Poo Industries&quot; collegiate Lifetime Achievement Award from Campus Moviefest, the world&#39;s largest student film festival. &nbsp;His professional credits include work for the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary You Don&#39;t Know Bo and various projects with MTV. &nbsp;Zack graduated from East Brunswick High School in 2010, and is currently writing his first feature film.</em></p> <p><u><strong>Film Composition:</strong></u></p> <p>Learn the language of film. This program will cover the basics of shot composition and show you how to turn your ideas into a digital film. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and build a foundation for successful filmmaking.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-14%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=62342">Register here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Paul D&#39;Amico is a digital filmmaker and teacher with a number of network television and film credits.</em></p> <p><u><strong>Final Cut Pro:</strong></u></p> <p>The Library is embracing the &quot;maker culture&quot; by creating a new space and giving you toold to bring your creativity to the next level. We have 5 Mac computers with Final Cut Pro X, a non-linear digital editing software so that patrons of all ages can edit and produce their own movie masterpieces. &nbsp;This workshop is designed to introduce beginners on how to use the software. &nbsp;The workshop is limited to 5 people. &nbsp;We have two sessions on March 21st at 12pm and 2pm. &nbsp;Space is limited.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-21%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=63481">Register here.</a></strong></p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17887 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17886 The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). The sale, which annually draws thousands of people from the region, is much anticipated by book bargain lovers. 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, March 2nd 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 Tuesday, March 3rd, there will be a free children’s event at 7 p.m. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17886 NJ Makers Day at East Brunswick Public Library http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17881 <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>Visit <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/make">www.ebpl.org/make</a> for the full schedule!</strong></span></p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17881 2015 Record.Play Film Festival http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17888 The East Brunswick Public Library [EBPL] announces its second-annual Record.Play Film Competition and Festival. This year’s competition is broadened to accept film submissions in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (12 to 18); and adults (19 and older).<p><strong>The East Brunswick Public Library [EBPL] announces its second-annual <em>Record.Play</em> Film Competition and Festival. This year&rsquo;s competition is broadened to accept film submissions in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (12 to 18); and adults (19 and older).</strong></p> <p>The 2015 <em>Record.Play</em> Film Competition&rsquo;s theme is Heroes. &quot;The <em>Record.Play</em> committee chose the theme Heroes because it can be interpreted in so many ways and is accessible to the different age groups that have been added to the competition this year.&nbsp; We are very excited to see how our local filmmakers run with it,&quot; says Assistant Director Maryann Ralph.</p> <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 be a minimum of 5 minutes and not exceed 15 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 2015 <em>Record.Play</em> Film Festival on Thursday, June 25<sup>th</sup> at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, May 26<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> .</strong></p> <p><strong>Upcoming programs that tie into <em>Record.Play</em> include workshops on screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro.&nbsp; To register, please visit the Library&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.ebpl.org">www.ebpl.org</a>.</strong></p> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17888 New All-Ages Language Learning Resource http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17882 The East Brunswick Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new all ages language learning resource. Pronunciator is one of the fastest-growing online resources for language learning, and now East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can use it to learn 80 languages, or learn English from 50 native languages<p>The East Brunswick Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new all ages language learning resource.&nbsp;<br /> Pronunciator is one of the fastest-growing online resources for language learning, and now East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can use it to learn 80 languages, or learn English from 50 native languages. It can be accessed from any computer or device through the Library&rsquo;s website at www.ebpl.org.<br /> Users can practice pronunciation, conversation, and grammar with structured lessons that can be taken at a user&rsquo;s own pace. Multimedia features such as audio and video help to make a comprehensive learning experience. Lessons are arranged by age group, so even the youngest learners can follow along.&nbsp;<br /> Pronunciator also offers assessment tools, trackers for progress, and features that help users become comfortable with the sounds of a new language. Audio lessons are taught by native speakers, and in-depth pronunciation analysis and drills will refine your accent.</p> <p><br /> For those on the go, fully- functional apps are available for mobile devices (Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire) to registered users.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Another feature of Pronunciator also includes workforce-specific exercises that simulate real-world professional use.</p> <p><br /> Tutors and instructors can also design their own courses of any length and size in the Course Designer feature, which can track students and their progress.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Pronunciator was purchased with funds from the American Library Association Dollar General American Dream Starts @ your library grant. East Brunswick was one of three recipients in New Jersey, and will be embarking on a year-long program called Global Connections @ your library, which aims to bring advanced cultural and business immersion ESL to the community. Look for programming and workshops to be announced soon!</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17882 16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14854 Sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library, the 16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival's second performance is on February 22nd. Tickets cost $4 each and are available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk. Ticketholders must be ages 3 and up.<p>On Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m., Spring Valley Puppet Theatre will present &ldquo;Jack and the Beanstalk,&rdquo; for families with children ages 3 and up. This show is a re-telling of the story in which Jack makes his own wishes come true. Following the performance there will be a demonstration of some of the puppets.</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14854