Library News

East Brunswick Roots: Tanoura Egyptian Dancing

East Brunswick Roots: Tanoura Egyptian Dancing

Posted June 25, 2014

Learn the basics of the Egyptian whirling dervish dance, Tanoura. Thursday, July 3 * 7 p.m.

Meet Egyptian-born Yasser Darwish, the only master of authentic tanoura dance (Egyptian whirling dervish) in the U.S. He and a dancer from his Egyptian dance troupe will dazzle and entertain with performances and cultural insights on tanoura and other Egyptian folk dances. This is a don’t-miss event for all ages! This free program is co-sponsored by The Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, the E.B. Human Relations Council and The E.B. Arts Commission.


Sign up for  the Adult Summer Reading Club!

Sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Club!

Posted June 23, 2014

Enter online or at the library for a chance to win weekly drawings and a grand prize!

The club will run from June 23rd through August 15th.  Keep track of the number of books you read to be eligible for weekly gift card drawings or the GRAND PRIZE--a Samsung Galaxy tablet.  Good Luck! 

Click here to register!



Who is Egypt? Modern Egyptian Identity with Maysa Hayward, PhD

Who is Egypt? Modern Egyptian Identity with Maysa Hayward, PhD

Posted June 17, 2014

Learn about the evolving social and cultural landscape of Egypt. Thursday, June 26 • 7 p.m.

A discussion on how today's Egypt and Egyptians are best defined. Are the people Middle Eastern? African? Asian? Mediterranean? Is it an Arab state? A theocracy? A republic? A stratocracy? How much are Egyptians shaped by their history? Geography? The talk will address the questions of how these definitions might differ in the eyes of Egyptians and in the eyes of the world at large, and how those definitions play a role in the current/recent political situation.

Maysa Abou-Youssef Hayward, PhD., was born and raised in Egypt. She taught at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. She is currently Dean of eLearning and Global Outreach at Ocean County College, where she developed a pilot program in Middle Eastern Studies. She has been an active teacher, researcher, presenter and grantwriter in the area of international education, with an emphasis on Arabic literature, culture and history. Her previous lectures have included: "The Present Middle East, Challenges and the Case of Egypt," and "The Role of Egyptian Women in the Arab Spring." As a teacher, she designed and has taught the course Arabic Literature in Translation, has developed and taught World Literature, and has taught courses in Arabic for the United Nations. Her research, publications, and presentations in the field have sought to make Arabic literature accessible to American students and have looked for ways to globalize and internationalize the curriculum. Dr. Hayward earned her PhD in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a focus on translation.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities 

Aspiring Business Leaders: a Workshop for Teens

Aspiring Business Leaders: a Workshop for Teens

Posted June 10, 2014

Get your teens engaged in the business world. Sign up for the Aspiring Business Leaders Workshop. Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26 at 11 a.m.

The Business Resource Center@The East Brunswick Public Library will present a three-day Aspiring Business Leaders workshop designed to get teens engaged in the business world. Led by Natesh Sood, a business student at Rutgers University, the program will focus on training the students on how to find a job or internship, how to present yourself professionally during an interview, how to handle rejection, how to build experience on a college application, and the secrets of successful leaders. The sessions will be held on Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop will feature guest speakers from profit and nonprofit organizations who will share their knowledge and personal stories of success. The program is open to ages 13 through 19. The cost is $10 per session, or $25 for all three. Refreshments will be provided. The deadline to register is July 9. Call 732-390-6782 or email For more information, email

The Music of George & Ira Gershwin With Robert Butts, PhD

The Music of George & Ira Gershwin With Robert Butts, PhD

Posted June 09, 2014

Enjoy the glamour and sophistication of music from the 20s and 30s. Wednesday, June 25 • 1 p.m.

Learn about the fascinating works of the Gershwin brothers, who gave a musical voice to the glamour and sophistication of the 20s and 30s. Their songs are enduring standards, and include I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, Summertime, Strike Up the Band and Someone to Watch Over Me. George Gershwin’s orchestral compositions also include the brilliant Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. You don’t want to miss this event!<br><br>

Dr. Butts is a music professor at Montclair University and College of St. Elizabeth, as well as the director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey ad the Opera of Florham. He is composer of numerous orchestral, opera theatre and chamber works.<br><br>

Co-sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Horizon Speakers’ Burea.

June is Audiobook month!

June is Audiobook month!

Posted June 05, 2014

Get caught listening!!! Check out our great selection of titles, including recent Audie Award winners and finalists.

Library Announces Record.Play Teen Film Competition

Library Announces Record.Play Teen Film Competition

Posted June 04, 2014

Learn how you can become the next great teen filmmaker! Record.Play is our new student film competition. Information sessions are: Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m.

Think you’re the next Scorsese, McQueen, or Cuarón? Here is your chance to put your skills to the test!

Record.Play is a student film competition that invites teens to create a “trailer” promoting the services, collections and programs of the East Brunswick Public Library.  The Library will share the results with the community at the Record.Play Film Festival on Sunday Sept. 7.  At the end of the Festival, the judges will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.   The complete set of guidelines is available here:

There are two information sessions for teens interested in participating in the competition, Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m., and Monday, June 30, at 7p.m.  This is an opportunity to find out about Library services, programs, and collections, review the competition’s guidelines, as well as ask library staff questions.