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The Motion of Poetry

The Motion of Poetry

Posted April 24, 2009 B By Vivian Vega

Watch as award winning performance poet Glenis Redmond brings poetry to life during a free performance at The Library’s café on Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m.
Ms. Redmond, an Artist-in-Residence at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, will bring audiences to their feet as she floats, glides and pounds her way across the stage. A poet since she was 12, Ms. Redmond tells stories with poetry about her life, her family and her African-American heritage, inspiring audiences of all ages.

More about Ms Redmond:

Glenis began writing poetry at the age of 12. She worked for seven years as a family counselor. While enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology, she rediscovered her love for poetry. Pregnancy with twins and a serious illness helped her find the strength to follow her heart and dedicate her life to poetry.Glenis has been published most recently in Meridians, African Voices, EMRYS, Asheville Poetry Review, 2006 Kakalak: A Journal of Carolina Poets, Appalachian Heritage, and the Appalachian Journal. Her newest full-length book of poetry, Under The Sun, was released in 2008 by Main Street Press. Glenis has also published a full-length book of poetry, Backbone, and several chapbooks of original poetry, including one for children, Word Power. Glenis’ first CD, Glenis On Poetry, explores her philosophy of poetry and education. Her second CD, Monumental, features her performance of original poetry written in tribute to those who lift us up: mothers and grandmothers, sisters and brothers, and those in the world who dare to write, to speak, to dance, to sing for us all. Glenis is the subject of an award-winning DVD, Mama's Magic. Her work has aired on National Public Radio.

Glenis has won numerous awards including the North Carolina Literary Award and a Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Poetry, awarded by the Appalachian Heritage Journal. She is a national workshop leader with the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program in Washington, D.C. She is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and a top-ten finalist in the National Poetry Slam.

Township of East Brunswick Request for Proposals (RFP)

Township of East Brunswick Request for Proposals (RFP)

Posted April 21, 2009 B By Joanne Mullowney

The East Brunswick Public Library is submitting a Request For Proposals to operate a café at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816.
Contract to Operate a Café at the East Brunswick Public Library [Five(5)Year Contract].
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the Director for the East Brunswick Public Library, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey on Monday, May 18th at 10 a.m.
For additional information, or an appointment to view the space, call (732) 390-6781.

East Brunswick Public Library, 
2 Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone 732-390-6761
Fax 732-390-6869

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Register Now for a Defensive Driving Course to be held on May 11 and 12

Register Now for a Defensive Driving Course to be held on May 11 and 12

Posted April 13, 2009 B By Joanne Mullowney

Participating motorists can be eligible for a 2-point reduction and/or 5% insurance discount.
Registration begins now for the ever-popular Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This two-day course runs on May 11 and 12 from 6:30-10 pm. Registration is required and seating is limited to 30 people. Applications are available at the Circulation desk or online. Acceptance is first come by postmark. Fees range from $55-$65, depending on one’s goals.

Eligible motorists can erase two points from their driver’s license and/or get a five percent discount on a portion of their auto insurance. Attendance is mandatory on both nights to receive credit. Refunds cannot be given for partial attendance. See the registration form for additional details.

Approved by the state of New Jersey, this course is taught by an experienced police detective-accident investigator. No vehicle is needed, as it is conducted entirely in a classroom setting with multimedia aids. For more information, please call 732-485-9714, email, or download the registration form here.

Literacy Programs of New Jersey (LPNJ)-- “Taking Steps for Literacy” Walk Needs Volunteers

Literacy Programs of New Jersey (LPNJ)-- “Taking Steps for Literacy” Walk Needs Volunteers

Posted April 02, 2009 B By Joanne Mullowney

Come Join The Library’s Teams "Bookworms or Spectacular Steppers” Sunday, April 26th at Middlesex County College.
The Library staff at The East Brunswick Public Library is rallying their loyal customers to join Library team members in the “Taking Steps for Literacy” Walk, a 3 mile walk to benefit the Literacy Programs of New Jersey (formerly Literacy Volunteers of Middlesex). The walk takes place at Middlesex County College in Edison on Sunday, April 26. Registration is at 9:00 am at the Student Center Building and the walk starts at 10:15 am.

The Library staff will be participating through two  teams, “Bookworms” and the “Spectacular Steppers.”  To join the Library team, just go to the walk’s website at and follow the directions to join. Other options are creating your own family, neighborhood or workplace team, becoming another team’s walker or participating as an individual walker.  If you are unable to participate this year, you can still help by visiting the website and sponsoring a participant, team or by making a general donation to the “Walk in Spirit” team.  
The mission of the Literacy Programs of New Jersey  is to give every adult the opportunity to acquire the necessary basic skills in reading, speaking, and writing English, thereby empowering them to participate more fully in the daily tasks of family, school, job, and community. 
The Walk promises to be a fun-filled family day with free breakfast and lunch served to all walkers. A DJ will provide musical entertainment and a clown and magician.   T-shirts and other prizes will be awarded for sponsors that hit their goals. For more information, or to register, please call the Literacy Programs of New Jesey at 732-613-3724 or go to the LPNJ website at

The Library Offers New Online Resume Building Software and 
Training Class

The Library Offers New Online Resume Building Software and Training Class

Posted April 02, 2009 B By Joanne Mullowney

Need a resume? Want a cover letter? Get help with the Library's new subscription product, OptimalResume. Unsure of how to use it? Register for the training class on April 30th.
With The Library's subscription to OptimalResume online software, you can quickly and effortlessly create a professional resume. The Optimal Resume software is available to all East Brunswick Library card holders.

Optimal Resume™ is a comprehensive web-based application for library cardholders to create, present, and manage resumes. The application allows convenient previewing, forward/backward navigation, drag/drop reordering of sections, and the ability to delete/add sections at any time.  Resumes are automatically generated in several formats, including Rich Text, Plain Text, PDF, and HTML, and can be edited, downloaded, renamed, or deleted at any time. Users can also reference an occupational database to create targeted resumes for specific employers and occupations.   It's easy to search careers by job family, high growth industry, or STEM discipline and view key job information such as required tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, and more.

Users can create and manage an unlimited number of resumes in their account, and the software includes spell checking, action words, and format assistance - all on a 24/7 basis. A state-of-the-art Resume Stylist makes it easy for users to choose from up to 1 Million Resume Styles, so no two resumes ever look the same!

Six new features have been added to OptimalResume our online resume builder.  They include:
·         Letter Builder -create high-quality professional letters in a matter of minutes including cover letters, networking letters, follow up letter and more
·         Online Portfolio -upload professional documents into an attractive web portfolio
·         Skills Assessment helps you analyze your skills and experiences
·         Interview Prep helps prepare you for even the toughest of interviews with real-to-life, multi-media interview scenarios that were developed by seasoned employment professionals.
·         Video Resume -create high-impact videos using the latest video technology with elements of typical PowerPoint ® presentation to create a powerful marketing piece
·         Website Builder helps you create your own professional website.

To use this software go to Research Tools in the navigation menu on the left and select Find Information in Online Databases.   You can scroll down the alphabetical listing of all of The Library's databases to OptimalResume.  Or you may select Education and Careers from the drop down menu on the right side of the page and scroll through a much shorter shorter list of databases.  Click on the link and enter the password listed in the instructions and begin.  Users will need to create an account to use the software and store their data. 

The Library will also be offering a hands-on 2 hour training class on how to use OptimalResume for library cardholders on April 20th at 7 p.m. in the Library's Computer Training Center.  Registering is easy.  Simply click on the OptimalResume event in the Library Calendar.  Click on the Sign Me Up link and type in your library card and PIN numbers.  Once your card is validated fill out the registration form and you are all set.  An email confirmation will be sent to you or you can print out the confirmation page. 
For more information, please call 732-390-6767.