The library building may be closed, but the virtual library is open.

Our librarians are available to answer your questions by telephone, email or chat Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am - 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday 12pm - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, and Sundays 12pm - 4pm. Click here for more information or call 732-390-6767.

Curbside Pickup is available 7 days a week. Please call 732-390-6888 to make an appointment.

Please return library materials at our outdoor book drops which are open 7 days a week. Returned items are quarantined for 7 days and will remain checked out to your library card until the quarantine period is complete. Please call 732-390-6888 for instructions on returning lendable kits.

 

Library News

Calligraphy Workshop Thursday

Calligraphy Workshop Thursday

Posted September 27, 2020


Join artist Roberta Hodes for a live demonstration and introduction to calligraphy this Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 pm on Zoom
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Outdoor Voter Registration Tuesday

Outdoor Voter Registration Tuesday

Posted September 17, 2020


Join us next Tuesday, September 22 from 12:30-5:30 for Outside Voter Registration for National Voter Registration!
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We Want Your Favorite Podcasts

We Want Your Favorite Podcasts

Posted September 15, 2020


Do you have a favorite podcast? Let us know!
Submit Here

Email programs [at] ebpl.org with your first name, the name of the podcast, and why you like it (maybe a recommendation of a fave episode too), or leave us a voice message here. You may hear your submission in a future audio program!

 


Virtual Social Worker Program Returns to East Brunswick Public Library

Virtual Social Worker Program Returns to East Brunswick Public Library

Posted September 15, 2020


Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the East Brunswick Public Library offers library customers the ability to speak with a health literacy social worker. More Info

 
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is aware that people throughout the county are struggling.  This is a grant to serve all residents of Middlesex County.   Many people have lost businesses and jobs caused by the pandemic.  The social worker will help guide people to places for comfort, assistance, resources for help and skills building so that they can recover emotionally and financially.” said Karen Parry, the library’s Information Services Manager.
 
Emerith Hernandez Cortes, MSW, Health Literacy Social worker, is a bi-lingual social worker who speaks both Spanish and English.  She can help people with needs such as food, housing, addiction, health services, job loss, small business recovery, places to find employment, and mental health topics.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are conducted virtually. Ms. Cortes is bilingual; speaking both English and Spanish
 
Appointments with Ms. Cortes can be made by calling 732-518-8247 or by e-mail at ecortes@ebpl.org. These appointments are digital on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Thursdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Sessions are private and confidential. The library advises that if there is an emergency to call 911.

Ms. Cortes will be off on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving, and will have special hours on Monday, November 30 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
 
The program runs through November 30. This service is offered through the library’s Just For The Health Of It! consumer health and wellness information initiative. To learn more, visit www.justforthehealthofit.org.


<strong>Friends Photo Shoot Fundraiser Sunday</strong>

Friends Photo Shoot Fundraiser Sunday

Posted September 14, 2020


The Friends of the Library are hosting a Family Photo Fundraiser on October 4. More Info

Our Family Portrait Photo this summer was such a success, we are offering it again! The Friends of the Library are offering another family photo shoot on Sunday, October 4, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm over at the gazebo by the municipal pond (2 Jean Walling Civic Center).
 
You can use these photos for anything--holiday cards, poster, whatever you want. For more information and to sign up please email friends@ebpl.org.


<strong>Friends Outdoor Booksale Weekend October 3-4</strong>

Friends Outdoor Booksale Weekend October 3-4

Posted September 14, 2020


The Friends Outdoor Book Sale will run from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday October 4th, 2020. It will take place outside the library!
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The book sale will run from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday October 4th, 2020. It will take place outside the library! Tables will be set up with fiction, nonfiction, romance/mystery, children’s, young adult, and cookbooks. All materials will be priced as marked.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CASH/CHECKS ONLY FUNCTION - WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.

Full safety measures have been incorporated into this sale. All patrons and volunteers will be required to wear face masks at all times at this event.

Rain date is set for Saturday, October 10th & Sunday October 11th, 2020 from 12pm to 4pm.

NEW THIS YEAR!!

We will be offering the following:

"Grab Bag of Books"
Check out our 2 new Library Totes - which you can purchase and fill with books for free.

“Modena Gift Sets”
Imported from Italy Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Gift Sets - great for the Holidays!


Voting Information

Voting Information

Posted September 12, 2020


Our librarians have pulled together information about voting resources.
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Option Green Expands Thanks To ALA Grant

Option Green Expands Thanks To ALA Grant

Posted September 11, 2020


East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission’s award-winning Option Green environmental program series is expanding. The partnership has been selected as a grantee for the American Library Association’s Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change initiative.
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The American Library Association grant provides funding for film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest. East Brunswick Public Library is one of twenty-five libraries to receive this award.  

“The Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are excited to offer more programming on the topics of sustainability, climate change and environmental justice in 2021,” says Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “Climate change impacts all of us, and having discussions about the science and how we as a society can make changes is more important now than ever.”

For 2021, there are several programs planned, including a documentary discussion on “Decoding the Weather Machine” with New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers University professor David A. Robinson on January 13, a lecture on “Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe” with Stockton University professor Tait Chirenje, and the presentation Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice” with Maritza Jauregui, Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Stockton University on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 pm.

The library will also hold a workshop on weather emergency preparedness to help community members stay safe after weather events such as Tropical Storm Isaias.

“The Library is very happy to have the Friends as a partner on this project,” Hozik added. “Our partnership has allowed East Brunswick residents to discuss environmental issues that face our community.”

In 2017, the East Brunswick Public Library began a partnership with the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (a nonprofit dedicated to local environmental education and conservation) on the “Option Green” program series. Each year there are six events, ranging from lectures featuring environmentalists in various fields to documentary screenings with facilitated discussions. Since 2017, over 600 people have attended Option Green programs.

This program series will be held virtually and closed-captioning will be provided. Additional information on the program series can be found online at www.ebpl.org/optiongreen.


EBPL's Ebooks and Audiobooks Moving from RBdigital  to Libby Reading App

EBPL's Ebooks and Audiobooks Moving from RBdigital to Libby Reading App

Posted September 09, 2020


Libby will be the new home to RB digital's ebooks and audiobooks.

Digital books previously available through the RBdigital app will be moved to the library’s Overdrive service and available through Libby starting on October 26.  You can still use RB digital to access digital magazines.  

Ebooks checked out in the RBdigital app will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so readers can finish the title without disruption. Holds will not be moved, but library patrons may export their Transaction History from the RBdigital app then borrow or place holds on those titles again in Libby.  This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook.