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A Message From The East Brunswick Public Library Board Of Trustees

A Message From The East Brunswick Public Library Board Of Trustees

Posted February 23, 2021


Great news! Beginning March 1, 2021, the East Brunswick Public Library will open to the public. Click here for more information.

The library's hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. From 10:00 am to 11:00 am, seniors and vulnerable populations have exclusive access.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 
The library will be adhering to the Governor’s most recent Executive Orders limiting indoor attendance to 35% of capacity. For everyone’s protection, library staff will continue to enforce mask use, safe distancing guidelines and hand washing.
 
The Board of Trustees made this decision at their meeting held February 16, 2021. It is based on the fact that transmission rates, hospital admission rates and death rates of COVID-19 have begun to show steady declines. These hours are subject to change, based on the Board’s continuing review of case-based scientific data. 
 
The Board of Trustees knows that residents enjoy the services of our public library. The library’s dedicated team of professionals has served the community with innovative and broad-based virtual programming, access to digital resources, and curbside pickup throughout the pandemic. These services will continue, but we know how much the community has missed being able to visit the library in person. We look forward to welcoming you back to the library on March 1, 2021!

Sincerely,  
East Brunswick Public Library Board of Trustees

OTHER LIBRARY NOTES:

BOOK DROPS WILL REMAIN OPEN
Customers may return their library materials at any time to the book drops outside of the library. Please do not leave any items outside of the building. Returned items are quarantined for 7 days and will remain checked out to your library card until the quarantine period is complete.
 
CURBSIDE PICKUP
Customers will be able to continue to get library materials through Curbside Pickup. Library cardholders with a valid LMxAC member library card can use curbside pickup at East Brunswick Public Library. Click here to learn about this service. If you are looking for book recommendations, our Match+Book program puts together a literal bag of books based on your reading interests.
 
PASSPORTS
Passport services at East Brunswick Public Library are available by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment to submit a passport application, call 732-390-6761. Additional information about passports can be found here.
 
VIRTUAL REFERENCE
East Brunswick Public Library can still answer your reference questions virtually, by telephone, e-mail or through the chatbox on our website. Learn more about virtual reference here. Also, many of the library’s online resources, ranging from Ancestry to Pronunciator to Universal Class, and our technology classes are available from home. Check out the full list here.
 
VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
All virtual programs at East Brunswick Public Library will continue. We have activities, workshops and lectures planned for all ages. For a complete list, click here.
 
COMPUTER USE
If you need to use the library's computers, photocopier, scanner or fax machine, they are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 732-390-6767.

eBOOKS AND MORE
The library offers eBooks, magazines, movies, graphic novels, television shows and even crafting instructions for free with your library card. If anyone in your family or friends need an East Brunswick Public Library card. We have made it easier than ever; you can apply online.  
 
OTHER NOTES
  • All expiring cards will be extended through March 31, 2021.
  • The Friends of the Library will not be accepting donations of books at this time.
  • Additional information will be provided as more details become available. You can find the latest news about your library on our website, Facebook and Twitter.


Library Board Special Announcement

Library Board Special Announcement

Posted February 22, 2021


Melissa Kuzma, Director of the East Brunswick Public Library, has accepted a position as Library Director in a larger library system in New Jersey. Her last day in East Brunswick will be March 24, 2021. We thank Melissa for the service she has provided to the Library and the East Brunswick community. We wish her the best as she assumes this new role in her library career. More Info


Michael Bobish, Assistant Director of the East Brunswick Public Library, will assume the responsibilities of Acting Library Director until such time that a new Library Director is hired.

Michael has extensive experience working in multiple library administrations.  Prior to accepting his current position in East Brunswick, he served as Director of the Old Bridge Public Library.

Meanwhile, the Library Board has begun the process for hiring a new Director. As we transition through hiring a new Director, we will strive for continuity in the high quality of services our Library provides the community.  Be assured the Library Board is resolute in finding a Director that embodies the qualities that reflect East Brunswick Township’s long-standing reputation as one of the best public libraries in New Jersey.

East Brunswick Library Board of Trustees


Schedule Your Curbside Appointment ONLINE!

Schedule Your Curbside Appointment ONLINE!

Posted February 22, 2021


Unable to call to schedule your curbside appointment? You can now schedule it online!
Learn More under Quick Links


Women's Suffrage Series Continues in March

Women's Suffrage Series Continues in March

Posted February 21, 2021


Join us for the next two events in our women's suffrage series in March.
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The first program “Alice Paul: Crusader for Equality” is on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 pm and hosted by the Alice Paul Institute. Paul was one of the most influential women in 20th-century America, leading the final fight for women’s suffrage and championing equal rights for women.

Her story will be told through original photos from her personal collection, highlighting her roots in the New Jersey Quaker community to her work for the Equal Rights Amendment. 

The second program in this series will be a virtual crafting workshop with fiber artist Pam Brooks. The project will be making a women’s suffrage rosette, a symbol of the suffrage movement, on Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 pm. There will be a random drawing for a limited number of free supply kits.

To end the series, Stockton University professor Linda J. Wharton hosts “Gender Equality and the Constitution: The Unfinished Business of Reform” on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. She will discuss the renewed push for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and explain why expanding protection for gender equality is needed now more than ever. 

Wharton was featured in the recent documentary film on the ERA, Equal Means Equal.  She is the former Managing Attorney of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia where she served as lead co-counsel before the United States Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the Court reaffirmed the core principles of Roe v. Wade. Her scholarly work on the positive impact of equal rights amendments in state constitutions has been widely cited.

These three virtual programs are free and open to the public, and closed captioning will be provided. To reserve your seat, visit the library’s website at www.ebpl.org/womenvote or call the library at 732-390-6767.

Other partners in the Women and the Right to Vote: Then and Now” series include the East Brunswick Human Relations Council, East Brunswick Woman’s Club, Milltown Public Library, Monroe Public Library, Piscataway Public Library, South River Public Library, and the Spotswood Public Library.


Results of the Unity For Immunity Are In!

Results of the Unity For Immunity Are In!

Posted February 18, 2021


The survey helped us understand your questions and concerns toward the Covid-19 vaccine. More Info


Literary March Madness: Round 1

Literary March Madness: Round 1

Posted February 11, 2021


This round one of Literary March Madness, our annual tournament where patrons pick their favorite books from a particular genre or category.
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This round one of Literary March Madness.  An updated sheet will be posted every Monday to reflect your picks.Please select one option per match-up. 

If you don't have a preference, simply skip the question.   Pick your favorite books from the first 20 years of the 21st century.  Enjoy! 


Monday! Red Robin Fundraiser

Monday! Red Robin Fundraiser

Posted February 09, 2021


The Friends of the Library are teaming up with Red Robin for a fundraiser take-out night on Monday, February 15. More Info

The Friends of the Library are having a fundraiser take-out night at the Red Robin at Brunswick Square Mall (755 State Highway 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816) on Monday, February 15, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
 
When you order take-out, 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library sponsor many important programs at East Brunswick Public Library, ranging from the EB Create makerspace to the Museum Pass Program to our all-ages events. 

Take-out orders must be ordered online. Here is how to order

  1. Start your order at order.redrobin.com and select the restaurant below.
  2. In the menu, go to the category labeled “Fundraisers (To-Go Only)."
  3. Open "Spirit Night (To-Go) Fundraiser."
  4. Add organization name to the Special Instructions in the Spirit Night item, then add it to cart. Note: if you add the item prior to entering your information, you can still edit it from your cart.
  5. Add your meal items and check out.
  6. Arrive at Red Robin, pull into a pickup spot and call the phone number on the sign. A Team Member will bring your order to your car.
Click here for the flier


Watch Sustainable Projects in Zimbabwe Tonight

Watch Sustainable Projects in Zimbabwe Tonight

Posted February 07, 2021


The second part of our Option Green: Climate Change & Community series returns with Dr. Tait Chirenje's presentation on, "Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe" on Tuesday, February 9.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH


Wednesday: The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday: The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Posted February 05, 2021


This presentation on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00pm, led by Professor Randall Westbrook, will explore the origins and meanings of the famed Harlem Renaissance.
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Friday! Friends Wine Bottle Painting Fundraiser

Friday! Friends Wine Bottle Painting Fundraiser

Posted February 04, 2021


Join the EB Friends of the Library for a virtual fundraiser with Pinot's Palette on Friday, March 5 at 7:00pm where you will learn to paint a Wildflower Garden Wine Bottle. Proceeds benefit library programs and services.
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