Library News

Eating Green: organic, unprocessed whole foods

Eating Green: organic, unprocessed whole foods

Posted March 20, 2013

Make the right food choices for yourself, and for the environment. Monday, April 8 • 7 p.m

Learn more about making food choices that are good for you and good for the environment. Sue Rose will talk about the positive impact of whole, non-gmo foods and plant-based proteins on your health and on the world we live in. She'll discuss how to plan healthy vegetarian meals using the new USDA One Plate, how to shop locally and what to look for in the grocery store. Come learn how to make healthier food choices. A vegetarian for more than 40 years, Sue Rose has been cooking and studying nutrition with an emphasis on finding healthy vegetarian alternatives. Since retiring from a senior executive position in sales and marketing, she has conducted numerous talks and workshops on the vegetarian diet and the vegetarian lifestyle around the world. Sponsored by the Library's Just for the Health of It! initiative.

Poetry Coffeehouse

Poetry Coffeehouse

Posted March 18, 2013

April is National Poetry Month. Read your own poems or listen to ones written by others.
Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m

April is National Poetry month. Celebrate with us in the Library Cafe with an open poetry reading starring you! Come read your poetry in an open mic environment or just stop by and listen. Members of the Raritan Poetry Society and local teens will be kicking off the event!


Get Your Romance Novel Published

Get Your Romance Novel Published

Posted March 15, 2013

Get started on publishing your own romance novel duirng "Getting Published in the 21st Century. Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

Whether you are an experienced writer or just getting started, you will not want to miss the final installment of Getting Published in the 21st Century at the East Brunswick Public Library. Join New Jersey authors Rachel Haimowitz (moderator), Kathleen Lutter, Linda J. Parisi, Marykate Schweiger and Joanne Aislinn to learn more about the ins and outs of writing romance novels, which account for a whopping 13 percent of all book sales.



April Computer Training at the Library

April Computer Training at the Library

Posted March 11, 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 April has 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, the Introduction to PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook II. 

We are also offering classes for beginners with the PC Literacy series.  PC Literacy I and II will be offered on Wednesday afternoons during the month. 

Are you new to digital cameras and 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.

Easy Free Websites Using Templates!

The Business Resource Center is offering a brand new website design workshop called Easy Free Websites Using Templates!   Attend this instructional workshop to learn how to use templates to build your own business website, using the number one free web-building site, This workshop will take you step-by-step through building a simple web site to showcase your business on the web, whether you are selling products or services, and for any target audience or type of industry. The Wix site can be hosted for free on the Wix domain, or they will host your site or e-commerce site for a monthly fee. Attendees will also be given links to other free and low-cost build-your-own website companies.  Taught by web/design consultant Jill Marshall-Work.  

Fee: $25

Cancellation Policy for BRC Classes

If you must cancel, please call 732-390-6782 at least 24 hours in advance of each class. You can also cancel your registration by email to The registration fee is nonrefundable without proper cancellation notice but may be applied to another class at a future date.

April 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 for classes other than BRC classes. 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.


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With a Free Concert

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With a Free Concert

Posted March 08, 2013

Whiskey & Porter’s blend of Irish music is sure to entertain and keep you toe-tapping, clapping and even singing along! Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m.

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Well, what could be more Irish than a high-energy duo featuring guitar, fiddle/mandolin and vocals playing traditional Irish tunes during a FREE concert? With a repertoire that ranges from rousing jigs and reels to light pub songs to politically-charged rebel songs, Whiskey & Porter’s blend of Irish music is sure to entertain and keep you toe-tapping, clapping and even singing along! Sponsored by The East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Friends of the Library.

Cultivating Social Change Through Art & Media

Cultivating Social Change Through Art & Media

Posted March 04, 2013

Learn how the arts and media–specifically traditional Indian classical dance, theatre and Bollywood films–inspire social change. Thursday, March 7; 7 p.m.

Learn how the arts and media–specifically traditional Indian classical dance, theatre and Bollywood films–inspire social change in areas such as inclusiveness, opportunity and cross-cultural understanding during a free panel discussion. Join Navneet Bhalla, New Jersey Policy and Outreach Coordinator/Consultant, South Asian Americans Leading Together; Dr. Debotri Dhar, instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University; and Ramya Ramnarayan, Artistic Director, Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance, while they discuss this interesting topic. This great evening will be moderated by MaryEllen Firestone, Director of the East Brunswick Public Library and is sponsored by Enjoy Explore India, Agraj Seva Kendra and The Library.