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Library to "Celebrate New Jersey" with themed month in February

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Help The Library celebrate New Jersey through programs, events, exhibits and collections.

The Library is launching new "themed months" at The Library. The kick-off of the new programming initiative occurs in February with the theme, "Celebrate New Jersey." The next themed month will be "Earth Day All Month" in April.

Starting off the celebration is a live performance by actor Marvin Jefferson as Paul Robeson. Robeson was one of NJ's favorite sons, a Rutgers grad and the performer who immortalized the song "Ol' Man River" in the musical, Showboat. Paul Robeson: A Chautauqua will be presented at 2:00 on Sunday, February 3. The free program is sponsored by The Friends of The Library and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Horizon Speakers’ Bureau.

Next on the agenda is the Lunar New Year celebration, which salutes East Brunswick’s—and New Jersey’s—diverse cultures on Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Friends of The Library, the E.B. Human Relations Commission, the Mid Jersey Chinese School, the Hua Xia Chinese School and the EBHS Asian Club, this free event features a variety of performers, arts & crafts, cultural presentations and light refreshments. Bring along the whole family for a cultural taste of Asia.

The “Science Scene” program in Youth Services celebrates “Scientific Firsts of New Jersey” with a program on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. for students in grades K–5. Perhaps one of those students will go on to produce another scientific first for the state?

The East Brunswick Historical Society has been offering the community a series on New Jersey Inventions. The Library will participate by hosting a month-long exhibit of New Jersey Inventions: Radio and a free talk on the early development of radio in New Jersey by Harry Klancer of the NJ Antique Radio Club, presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21.

All month long, there will also be an exhibit of portraits by New Jersey artist Don Bloom of Piscataway.

For those with an interest in exploring New Jersey topics, EBTV features regular programming that includes Old Ways in New Jersey with Angus Gillespie and This Week in East Brunswick, which offers a focus on community faces and voices. The documentaries section of DVDs included Mark Nonestied’s On the History Trail, which explores New Jersey sites and events.

The Library’s collections include a huge range of New Jersey topics. Whether you want to investigate the New Jersey Devil, trace the history of rail transit in New Jersey, ponder theories on the Lindbergh kidnapping, understand the “Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey” or get great tips on New Jersey fishing spots, The Library is the place to start!

Come beat the February chill with a warm welcome at The East Brunswick Public Library. The winter blahs will disappear as the community comes together to “Celebrate New Jersey.”