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Gone Fishin' in New Jersey - Meet the Author, Manny Luftglass

Gone Fishin' in New Jersey - Meet the Author, Manny Luftglass

Posted May 30, 2012

Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Get the lowdown on the best fishing holes around when author and angler Manny Luftglass shares his “fish tales” about casting lines and reeling them in around the Garden State.

The author of 15 books about fishing and the former mayor of Somerville, Manny will talk about fishing in the Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs, Lake Hopatcong, and saltwater hot spots and styles. He will also talk about "Free fishing days" in New Jersey on June 16 and 17. Manny has written more than 3,000 feature articles, columns and reports for such publications as The Somerset Messenger Gazette, The Hunterdon Democrat, North American Fisherman Magazine and Fishing & Hunting News. In 2012, five of his articles will be featured in Fisherman Magazine. Attendees will receive free fishing hooks while supplies last. Whether you’re a salty professional or just starting out, ‘fisherpeople’ of all ages are welcome! Audience participation will be greatly appreciated.

The Ephrussi Family: A History in Literature, Art and Music

The Ephrussi Family: A History in Literature, Art and Music

Posted May 30, 2012

Learn about Paris life through the eyes of Charles Ephrussi. Friday, June 15; 1 p.m.

Learn more about Paris life through the eyes of well-known flaneur, friend of the impressionists, patron of the Paris Opera and owner of The Gazette des Beaux Arts, Charles Ephrussi, during a multi-media presentation. Visit the East Brunswick Public Library for a panel composed of Susan Lipstein, a librarian; and  Maryann Zolota and Peter Cancro, OLLI-RU instructors, as they focus on Charles Ephrussi in Paris during the late nineteenth century. As rich and respected as the Rothschilds, the Ephrussi Family “burned like a comet” in nineteenth century Paris and Vienna. This grand banking family has roots as grain merchants in Odessa, Russia before they emigrated to Paris and Vienna.  Charles Ephrussi’s collection of netuskes forms the core of Edmund de Waal’s best seller, “The Hare with the Amber Eyes.” Charles is also the gentleman in the top hat in Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party.” This free event is sponsored by the Middlesex County chapter of the Brandeis National Committee and the Library.


Get Organized Today! 3 Steps to Organize Your Home, Office & Life

Get Organized Today! 3 Steps to Organize Your Home, Office & Life

Posted May 23, 2012

Jamie Novak will reveal her trademark 3-step system to organize everything from paper to closets to recipes and receipts. Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m

Overwhelmed by papers, projects, and piles? You‘re not alone! Join author and expert organizer Jamie Novak as she reveals her trademark 3-step system to organize everything from paper piles to closets, from recipes to receipts, and from clothes to your car. Jamie has been seen on HGTV and QVC and she currently serves as a home blogger for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. Not sure where to start? You’ll leave this program with a plan and simple solutions you can really use! Check out for free tips today. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Bring Your Collectibles to

Bring Your Collectibles to "What's it Worth?"

Posted May 18, 2012

Come to everyone's favorite "Antiques Road Show" and find out what your collectibles and heirlooms are worth. Sunday, May 20, 1:15 p.m.

Come to everyone’s favorite “Antiques Road Show” and learn to tell how much that family heirloom or treasured possession is worth. Attend What’s it Worth? from 1:15 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, and learn how to get the best price for your collectibles and get a chance to have your items appraised. Attendance is free, but for those wanting appraisals for their items, tickets are $10 and include having two items (no weapons, please) appraised by professional appraiser Joseph Bodnar and colleagues. Tickets are on sale now at the Circulation Desk, and with only 100 available they are sure to sell out fast. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Catch Intellectual Property in Concert

Catch Intellectual Property in Concert

Posted May 14, 2012

Check out the dynamic music of the classic rock band “Intellectual Property." Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Head to the East Brunswick Public Library for the dynamic music of the classic rock band “Intellectual Property,” on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. These talented performers, some of whom are college professors by day, include guitarists Rik Riman and Vince Fiorello (vocals), drummer Tom Nosker (vocals), bassist Andy Gehman and lead singer Dorian Grumet. The group has been playing together for the past several years and their repertoire includes the Beatles, Doobie Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as a few contemporary selections from Adele and others.  Come and enjoy a rockin’ good time! This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Get Great Bargains at the Community Yard Sale

Get Great Bargains at the Community Yard Sale

Posted May 14, 2012

This year's Community Yard Sale is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever. Come to the High School Saturday and check it out. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Find a bargain or a hidden treasure at the Friends of the Library  Community Yard Sale , Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Brunswick High School on Cranbury Road. The raindate will be Sunday, May 20.

There is still room available if you want to be a seller. Double parking spaces will be $20. Additional single parking spaces are available for $10. Refunds will be given if the event is canceled. Food and restrooms will be available. Sellers will be allowed to set up at 8 a.m. All unsold and unwanted items will be collected at 1 p.m. by the Lupus Foundation and the Trenton Rescue Mission. Tax Exempt Receipts will be given. 
Registration must be received by Friday, May 10. Make checks payable to the EBPL Friends. Contact Willette Seibel at 732-390-6774 or at for more information. 

Click here to register!


June Computer Training at the Library

June Computer Training at the Library

Posted May 10, 2012

Get the computer training you need at the Library and update your skills this month. Register now for the East Brunswick Public Library’s latest computer class offerings. June offers something for everyone with classes for beginners and more advanced students alike.

The Library will be offering courses for both beginners and more advanced Microsoft Office users. This month we are again offering a brand new course - Microsoft Word IV and the continuation of the QuickBooks series.

For Beginners

Beginners can register for our Email Basics, Parts I and II classes for users who are new to web-based email.  Registrants must have basic Internet skills to attend this class!  Last month we offered PC Literacy I; this month we continue the series with PC Literacy II class for beginning students!

For More Advanced Users

More advanced users can sign up for the Microsoft Office suite of classes.  This month we are offering four levels of Microsoft Word, four levels of Excel, and the Introduction to PowerPoint.

Microsoft Word IV

Students will learn advanced Word document formatting and editing skills in this class. Content will cover using and creating styles and templates, inserting a table of contents (the easy way once you have employed styles), themes, cross references, reviewing documents and password protection. Offered in Office 2010.

Prerequisites: MS Word III or intermediate Word processing skills, including copying and pasting, editing and saving, multitasking and more. Attendees must be able to easily navigate to shared files and be comfortable typists.

Introduction to QuickBooks Levels II and III

The three part introductory series to the popular small business financial software continues with Levels II and III, offered on Saturdays, June 2nd and 16th respectively. These classes are designed for individuals who are just starting out with QuickBooks and have a working knowledge of the Windows environment.  Registrants should have taken QuickBooks Level I or have equivalent experience.

  • QuickBooks Level I introduces users to the interface, shows how to set up a company’s QuickBooks, and how to begin to add and work with customers, vendors, accounts and inventory.
  • QuickBooks, Level II includes working with your accounts, recording sales information, handling payments, and, time permitting, entering and paying bills.
  • QuickBooks, Level III, the final course in the series, covers payroll basics, handling sales tax, customizing QuickBook forms, and using reports in QuickBooks.

The fee for each course is $50. Advance registration and prepayment is required. See the event in the calendar for the specifics on registration and cancellation.

June Schedule:

All courses are offered using the latest Microsoft software - Windows 7 and Office 2010. Registration is required. All registrants should look at the class offerings carefully to insure that they have the necessary skills for each class. Most classes are two hours long and limited to 12 students per class.  


There is a $5 fee for cardholders and a $10 fee for non-cardholders with the exception of the QuickBooks classes ($50 each.  See class description above about payment requirements). Fees will be added to a cardholder’s account and paid for at the Circulation desk. Register at the Library, by phone or by going to the event in the website Calendar and clicking on the Sign Me Up link. Your library card and PIN numbers will be required. Non-cardholders must pay at the time of registration, i.e. registrations must be in person.

Cancellation Policy

Fees for computer class registrations are NOT refundable, so please be aware that you are making a definite commitment to attend a class when you register.  Managing all of the changes in customer computer class registrations has been a very large job and has required staff hours which the library no longer has. The library would ask that you think of this as a small donation for all of the hours that are put in to running the classes.

If you cannot attend

If you cannot attend a class for which you have registered the Library would ask that as a courtesy to other registrants who may be waitlisted for that class that you call 732-390-6767 to cancel your registration or cancel your registration online so that they might have the opportunity to attend.

Waitlisted registrants

Waitlisted registrants will be notified by email and/or telephone as soon as there is a vacancy in a class. They will have 24 hours to respond to the notification. If they do not respond within that time frame, the next person on the waiting list will be notified. Once a commitment to attend has been made, that registration is subject to the same cancellation policy noted above. They do not pay unless there is a cancellation and they are admitted to the class proper.

Registration Requirements 

Please register early.  Registration will be closed 24 hours before the start of a class.  If there are fewer than six people registered at that time the class will be cancelled.  The library will make every effort to run classes as scheduled.  If circumstances dictate that the library must cancel a class, registration fees for those students are refundable.

Contact the Trainers

For more information, please call 732-390-6767.

NJLA Says "When it comes to eBooks, there's NOT eNOUGH"

Posted May 09, 2012

Ever wonder why many of your favorite authors aren’t available in an eBook or eAudiobook format from New Jersey libraries? The answer might surprise you.

 The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has launched a website to inform library patrons about the policies of the major publishers concerning selling eBooks to libraries. The policies from the various publishers are all different. Your library has to deal with policies like:

• Publishers who refuse to sell eBooks and/or eAudiobooks to libraries;

• Publishers who charge libraries as much as 5 times more than consumers for the same digital content;

• Publishers who embargo their content and will not sell to libraries any newly published digital content;

• Publishers who make digital content available in only some formats (ePub but not Kindle for example).

For years libraries have worked hand in hand with publishers. That relationship has now changed drastically and we find ourselves unable to deliver the digital content library patrons want.

If you would like to let your favorite author and their publisher know that you want to be able to continue to read favorite authors and discover new authors at the library, click here to find a sample letter you can send to them.


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