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Defensive Driving in February

Defensive Driving in February

Posted January 31, 2014

Get a discount on your car insurance. Monday, Feb. 3 & Tuesday Feb. 4 • 6:30 to 10 p.m.10 a.m. to 4 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. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 4, 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 fixaticket@aol.com.

Registration form

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Celebrating Our Study Rooms

Celebrating Our Study Rooms

Posted January 27, 2014

Join us in thanking the Friends of the Library for their very generous donation.

The Library Board of Trustees and the library introduced three new Small group Study rooms to the public during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The rooms are a generous gift from the Friends of the Library and can be used by community groups, businessmen, students and more.




Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Small Group Study Rooms

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Small Group Study Rooms

Posted January 23, 2014

Celebrate a generous donation from the Friends of the Library. Sunday, February 26 • 1:15 p.m

The Library Board of Trustees would like to invite the community to a very special event, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the addition of three small group study rooms.

The rooms come as a generous donation from the Friends of the Library and can be used by community groups, businessmen, students and more. The Library is looking forward to having community groups, students and businessmen come to think of the library as a place where they can conduct business and brainstorm. The Library has a variety of services that can help any group be productive, including free Wifi, computers, copiers, printing services, research tools and more.

Refreshments will be service.

Friends 2014 Magazine Sale

Friends 2014 Magazine Sale

Posted January 18, 2014

Pick up older copies of your favorite magazines. The Friends Annual Magazine Sale runs until Sunday!

If you missed an issue of your favorite magazine then head to the East Brunswick Public Library and see if you can buy it there. The Friends of the Library’s Annual Magazine Sale starts Thursday, Jan. 16, and ends Sunday, Jan. 19. We’ll have magazines that cover science, entertainment, teens, adults, cooking and a lot more, so if you’re looking for a good read and an even better bargain, then pick up a bundle of six to 12 magazines for $3.


Local Author Talk and Performance: Strings Attached

Local Author Talk and Performance: Strings Attached

Posted January 14, 2014

Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky remember EBHS orchestra teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K, during a discussion of the book "Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations." Melanie, a Chicago Symphony violinist, will be performing. Sunday, February 9 • 2 p.m.

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations is about former East Brunswick High School orchestra teacher Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K. Join the co-authors, EBHS grads Joanne Lipman and Mr. K’s daughter, Melanie Kupchynsky, in a multimedia tribute to this remarkable teacher. The book brings to life the power of music and the lasting influence of the great mentors in our lives. Find out the events that shaped Mr. K’s life and how he impacted the lives of his students as he imparted lessons in resilience and excellence while practicing the fine art of tough love. Co-author Melanie Kupchynsky, a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will perform several pieces that play a role in the book.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Celebrate the Super Bowl With Games and Movies

Celebrate the Super Bowl With Games and Movies

Posted January 13, 2014

Celebrate the Super Bowl coming to the NJ Meadowlands Stadium at the library with games, movies and snacks. Open to all ages, you’ll be able to watch an all-day marathon of football movies in the community room. Saturday, January 25

Families and children 5 and up are invited to visit the Youth Services Activity room at 11 a.m. to make a fun football craft.

Movie Marathon in the Community Room:

Invincible - 12:30 p.m.
Rated PG. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Sal Darigo, Nicoye Banks.

Vince Papale is a down-on-his-luck substitute teacher in Philadelphia who, at the age of 30, was out of work, abandoned by his wife, and biding time as a part-time bartender when he decides to answer an open call for tryouts on the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team in 1976. Going with his gut instinct, new coach Dick Vermeil rewards Papale's diligent efforts with a place on the team.

The Blind Side- 2:30 p.m.

Rated PG-13. Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer, Andy Stahl.

Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome - as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Teen Space Activities
In the Teen Space, teens can play Madden and other football video games on the PS3 in the Teen Space.

Challenge your friends to a paper football championship game!  Post your scores on our score board and claim bragging rights as the best paper football player in the library!

Spend the day at the library with all your friends watching football movies and playing football video games!

Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival

Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival

Posted January 11, 2014

Get your tickets now for the 2014 Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival. Sunday, February 16 • 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23 • 2 p.m.

It's almost that time for the 2014 Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival. Held over two weekends, the festival is guaranteed to entertain and delight children of almost any age.  These wonderful programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tickets will be sold in advance at the circulation desk beginning Monday, Jan. 6. Cash or checks should be payable to E.B. Friends of the Library. Ticketholders must meet minimum age requirements.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., join Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre for “Cirkus.” A circus band begins to play, a siren whistle sounds, and suddenly a zany ringmaster appears to introduce the show.  He and his clown “assistants” are determined to see the show go on, despite bungled magic tricks and escaping animals. For families with children 3 years old and up.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., join Robert Rogers Puppet Company  for “The Bugtown Follies.” Look down at the ground with a magnifying lens and what do you see? Insects, of course. But in this show, they’re doing lots of things you wouldn’t expect. As a matter of fact, they’re singing, clowning around, and using their unique and varied attributes to perform great feats of theatrical skill. For families with children 3 years old and up.



Book Launch: Hurdles by Michael Kesler

Book Launch: Hurdles by Michael Kesler

Posted January 11, 2014

East Brunswick Library Hosts Book Launch by Local Author Hurdles - When Cancer Strikes a Family by Michael G. Kesler, PhD, with afterword by Dr. Howard Paul. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, Jan. 12 • 2 p.m.

When cancer strikes, there is more than one victim: the patient and the patient’s loved ones. In his latest memoir, East Brunswick author Michael Kesler, PhD, will talk about his family’s experience through the diagnosis, treatment and death of his first wife due to breast cancer during a special Book Launch event at the library.

Hurdles is a compelling, heartrending story of tragic loss and a desperate struggle for survival, alleviated by love and devotion, and deep commitment to life. It is a testimony to resilience and strength of the human spirit, a must-read for victims of this terrible disease and their caregivers. You will hear about breast cancer, which afflicts nearly 200,000 women in the U.S. each year, from the viewpoint of a husband and father of four young children.

Excerpts from his book will be read by Rabbi Esther Reed of Rutgers University Hillel, step daughter of Mr. Kesler.   Clinical psychologist Howard Paul, PhD, will add a professional perspective on the effects of such a devastating diagnosis on families and caregivers. Dr. Kesler's Book "Hurdles—When Cancer Strikes a Family” will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Kesler.  Dr. Howard Paul will also be signing his book, “The Heart of Psychology.”


Saturday Stitch Drop-In Session with Sandy Kandel

Saturday Stitch Drop-In Session with Sandy Kandel

Posted January 08, 2014

Bring your favorite project and get to work while having a ton of fun! Saturday, January 11 • 10 a.m.–noon

Bring your favorite needlecraft project and tap on Sandy’s expertise to get past those problem spots! Whether you do knitting, crochet, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, embroidery or other needlework, come drop in at your convenience for tips and enjoy Sandy's expert advice and the camaraderie of fellow crafters. There will be a sign-in sheet, and Sandy will give one-on-one advice in order of the sign-ins. All levels welcome. This is a regular monthly program on second Saturdays. Sponsored by The Friends of The Library.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: A CHAUTAUQUA - As portrayed by actor/historian Marvin Jefferson

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: A CHAUTAUQUA - As portrayed by actor/historian Marvin Jefferson

Posted January 04, 2014

Celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. as actor Marvin Jefferson portrays King through first-person historical. Sunday, January 19 • 2 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luter King Jr. is one of the most celebrated African-Americans of the 20th century and was known best as a leader in the U.S. Civil Rights movement. A clergyman, activist and humanitarian, King’s honors include the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

Marvin Jefferson has been building a national reputation for his portrayals of MLK Jr., Paul Robeson, and William Clark’s slave, York, over the past couple of decades. His appearances include performances at both the Nevada and Ohio Chautauqua festivals. He returns to The Library by popular demand after last year’s standout presentation as Paul Robeson. Sponsored by The Friends of The Library