Library News

Teen Library Connection (TLC) Applications Available Now!

Teen Library Connection (TLC) Applications Available Now!

Posted April 30, 2013

Students - Sign up now for the Library's annual TLC volunteer program. For students entering grades 8, 9 and 10 in September

Students entering grades 8, 9 & 10 in September can earn volunteer hours during the summer. Teens must commit to two consecutive weeks between July 8 and August 16. The program runs from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Important Dates for 2013

  • April 26: Applications available in The Library
  • May 6-17: Application & $25 participation fee accepted IN PERSON ONLY at the Youth Services Desk. 
  • After June 4: Acceptances mailed.

Plan Ahead as Your Parent Age

Plan Ahead as Your Parent Age

Posted April 29, 2013

Thursday, May 9 at 7:00. This seminar will cover issues such as changes that may occur in the aging process...topics that should be addressed ahead of time with parents.

For more information please contact the Senior Center (732) 390-6896

FUSION 2013: Ethnicity in America: Becoming American

FUSION 2013: Ethnicity in America: Becoming American

Posted April 29, 2013

Dr. Michael Aaron Rockland returns to discuss the experience of becoming an American during FUSION 2013: Ethnicity in America: Becoming American Monday, May 6 • 7 p.m.

Dr. Michael Aaron Rockland returns to The Library with an examination of how various ethnic groups struggle to become American while simultaneously maintaining their identity and integrity. He explores how the “melting pot” as a metaphor describing American life has been replaced by the “salad bowl” or “the mosaic.” A look at the extraordinary diversity of the country that has sometimes been called “the United Nations in miniature.”  Sponsored by The New Jersey Council for the Humanities Horizon Speakers’ Bureau, Agraj Seva Kendra, India Association of Garden State, Enjoy Explore India and The Library. Photo credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

May Computer Training at the Library

May Computer Training at the Library

Posted April 18, 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 May 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 three levels of Microsoft Word, four levels of Excel, and PowerPoint 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. 

New Class

We are pleased to announce a new class offering this month, a keyboard shortcut class called Tips, Tricks and ShortcutsTips, Tricks and Shortcuts is an introduction some of the time saving keyboard shortcuts for common computer programs that people use every day. Learn how using the Ctrl, Alt and function keys can make your keyboard experiences easier and make you look like an expert! It is for almost every level of student except introductory. Registrants should have mastered the concepts in PC Lit I and II and the Intro to Word. This will make their introduction to using the shortcuts much easier.

QuickBooks Series Begins Again in May

The Library's three part hands-on introductory series for the popular small business financial software, QuickBooks begins again in May. The courses are offered on Saturdays, beginning on May 4th, 18th and then June 1st. These classes are 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 I

Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 - 2 p.m. This class will introduce users to the interface, show 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

Saturday, May 18th from 9:30 - 2 p.m. Level II will include working with your accounts, recording sales information, handling payments, and, time permitting, entering and paying bills.

QuickBooks, Level III

Saturday, June 1st 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.

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.

May Schedule:

All courses are offered using 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.


Field Artist on the Loose in Africa

Field Artist on the Loose in Africa

Posted April 17, 2013

Help the Library celebrate Earth Day during Art in the Wild and a vIsit from artist A.E. Soto-Canino

Join us and hear “field artist on the loose” A.E. Soto-Canino as she shares her observations and portrayals of plants, ecologies and wild, endangered and dangerous animals and more through video and photographs of her latest field work in Africa. This free event is sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee and The Library.


How to: Free Do-it-Yourself Websites  Using Easy-to-use Templates

How to: Free Do-it-Yourself Websites Using Easy-to-use Templates

Posted April 17, 2013

Build your business by having a web presence. Attend this hands-on instructional workshop to learn how to use templates to build your own business website, using the number one free web-building site, April 22, 2013

This hands-on 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 using your own domain name for a monthly fee. Attendees will also be given links to other free and low-cost build-your-own website companies.
Taught by marketing communications consultant/graphic designer Jill Marshall-Work in the library's computer lab.

Date/Time:  April 22, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm
Fee:  $25
Space is limited!  Pre-registration is required.

Please call 732-390-6782 or email to register

State Theatre Artist-in-Residence: Glenis Redmond, Performance Poet

State Theatre Artist-in-Residence: Glenis Redmond, Performance Poet

Posted April 15, 2013

Come celebrate National Poetry Month by attending a free performance by Glenis Redmond.
Date: April 18th
Time: 7 p.m.

Come and be enthralled and inspired by this talented poet. Glenis Redmond is an award-winning poet with two full-length poetry books, several chap books and a CD to her credit. She has appeared on National Public Radio and was the subject of an award-winning DVD, "Mama’s Magic."

Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Jewish Choir of Central Jersey Returns

Jewish Choir of Central Jersey Returns

Posted April 12, 2013

The Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey Makhelat HaMercaz will perform. Sunday, April 14; 3 p.m

Enjoy a great afternoon of music when the Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey Makhelat HaMercaz performs at the East Brunswick Public Library. Back by popular demand, the performance will feature a terrific repertoire of religious, secular, classical, jazz, pop and folk music as well as African, Ladino and Caribbean-style songs. Under the direction of cantors Anna West Ott and Sheldon Levin, all are welcome to enjoy this musical event!

Sign Up for Defensive Driving Classes

Sign Up for Defensive Driving Classes

Posted April 08, 2013

Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from your or your teen’s driver’s license. Monday April 29, Tuesday, April 30; 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from your or your teen’s driver’s license by attending the next two-day East Brunswick Friends of the Library’s Defensive Driving Course. 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.


Holocaust Remembrance at the Library

Holocaust Remembrance at the Library

Posted April 06, 2013

Join guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Dr. Michael Kesler as he shares his own story of survival. Thursday, April 11; 7 p.m.

The East Brunswick Public Library’s efforts to help chronicle the tragedy of the Holocaust will continue with an evening of remembrance and music. Join guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Dr. Michael Kesler as he helps celebrate the latest expansion of The Library’s Holocaust Memorial Collection by sharing his own story of survival. The event will include Dr. Kesler, as well as speakers Dr. Paul Winkler, Dr. Jacob Solomon Berger, and a musical interlude by Dr. Tamara Freeman.

In 1983, the East Brunswick Public Library received a major contribution from the Yad Vashem Committee of the East Brunswick Jewish Center and its chairman, Karl Kaplan, to establish a premier Holocaust Memorial Collection. The collection, available to all, has been growing ever since. This year Yad Vashem has made a generous endowment to the library to purchase books for the collection for many years to come. In addition, Dr. Kesler and his wife, Dr. Barbara Reed, have donated a collection of Yizkor Books, translated by Dr. Berger. These special books enhance residents’ firsthand knowledge of this tragedy.

The Library is deeply grateful for this thoughtful and thought provoking donation and we urge you to attend this special event.

Tickets to this special event are limited. For more information call 732-390-6781. Tickets are available at The Library’s circulation desk.


Volunteers Needed for Book Sale

Volunteers Needed for Book Sale

Posted April 02, 2013

The Friends of the Library need volunteers to help sell, set up and clean up at its upcoming Book & Media Sale.

The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library needs your help!

Volunteers are needed to help with The Friends’ Bargain Book and Media Sale to be held at the East Brunswick Square Mall from Monday, April 15th, to Sunday, April 21st.

This is The Friends’ biggest event of the year and the most popular book sale in Central New Jersey. We need you to help keep it running smoothly by volunteering to help throughout the week, or to set up or clean up.
Customers get to choose from thousands of books, including popular fiction, mysteries, science, health and more, all in hardcover, paperback or on CD. Music CDs, video games, DVDs and videos also will be for sale!

The sale will be held at the Brunswick Square Mall on Route 18 at the JC Penny Court. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

How to volunteer