Library News

Online Registration for Library Events Will Be Down for Part of the Day, January 16

Posted January 16, 2013

The library catalog is currently undergoing an upgrade in service. Online registration for library events using the library calendaring system will therefore be down during this period for library cardholders.

Please check back later today to register for any classes.

Shave Points Off Your License With Our Defensive Driving Course

Shave Points Off Your License With Our Defensive Driving Course

Posted January 16, 2013

Sign Up for our Defensive Driving Class today! Dates: Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from you or your teen’s driver’s license by attending the next two-day East Brunswick Friends of the Library’s Defensive Driving Course. Scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26 from from 6:30 to 10 p.m., eligible drivers can erase two points from their driver’s  license and/or get a five percent discount for three years on a portion of their auto insurance by attending both sessions.

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. For both, the cost is $65. 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.

No vehicle is needed, as it is conducted in a classroom setting with multimedia aids. For more information call 732-257-2967 or e-mail Download the registration form here. Checks should be made payable to E.B. Friends of the Library.

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


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

Posted January 15, 2013

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.”


February Computer Training at the Library

February Computer Training at the Library

Posted January 10, 2013

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.

The computer training schedule for FEbruaryhas now been published. The training schedule will focus on the Microsoft Office Suite for users who already have basic skills. We will be offering four levels of Microsoft Word, four levels of Excel and PowerPoint II.  We will also offer the Windows 7 class.

There is also something for beginners with the Email Basics series.  Email Basics Parts I and II will be offered on Wednesday afternoons during the month. In addition, the infrequently offer Internet training series will be beginning at the end of the month with the Internet I class.  Take advantage of this special offering and continue it in March.

Did you get a new digital camera for Christmas and now are wondering what to do with your photos?  Let the Library help you figure it out.  Take our Great Web Tools for Your Digital Photos class to find out the best practices and websites for dealing with your photos.

QuickBooks Classes To Help You Manage Your Business

The Library's three part hands-on introductory series for the popular small business financial software, QuickBooks concludes in February.  The course is offered on Saturday, Feb 9th.  This class is designed for individuals who are just starting out with QuickBooks and have a working knowledge of the Windows environment. 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.

QuickBooks, Level III
Saturday, Feb 9th from 9:30 - 2 p.m.

The final course in the series, will cover payroll basics, handling sales tax, customizing QuickBook forms, and using reports in QuickBooks. Attendees should have taken the Level I and II classes or have equivalent experience.

February 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. 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.