HOLIDAY ALERT : In observance of Memorial Day, the Library will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020. No email questions or telephone calls will be answered on Monday.

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

Our librarians are available to answer your questions Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 6:00 pm. Click here or call 732-390-6767. A librarian will respond to your request as soon as possible.

 

Library Features: What's New @ The Library

Wash Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands!

Posted April 13, 2020


Did you know that washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy?


Our friends at Rutgers University's student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association put together this guide to why you should wash your hands for your children and family. You can check it out here


New OverDrive Update

New OverDrive Update

Posted March 04, 2020


Do you use the Libby app from OverDrive to get eBooks from EBPL? You might be interested in this new feature.

OverDrive has just added a new feature to our Libby app called hold redelivery. With this feature, it gives you more control than ever before over your eBook hold requests.

Once your eBook hold becomes available, you will be able to choose from the following options: 
 

  • Borrow the title within the 3-day pickup period
  • Cancel the hold
  • Choose the “Deliver Later” option

If you take no action, the hold will automatically be suspended for 7 days and the book will be passed on to the next person on the wait list. After the 7-day suspension period, you will have another chance to borrow the book when the next copy becomes available. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically. You must manually check out the material, even after they have selected to have it delivered later.  If they do not manually borrow the title the hold will be cancelled.  There is no auto-delivery in any form.


Check Out Our Pop Up Library At Nielson Plaza

Check Out Our Pop Up Library At Nielson Plaza

Posted February 20, 2020


Taking the bus? We've launched a new digital pop up library at Neilson Plaza, located at 7 Tower Center Boulevard.

The pop up library is powered by a wireless transmitter, allowing visitors to Neilson Plaza to go through a collection of over fifty current best-selling titles downloadable as eBooks to smartphones or tablets. Anyone can access the eBooks without a library card. Information on how to use the service is available at the Neilson Plaza. 


 

 

"To make it more convenient, we decided that everyone in the community should be able to access the pop up library, regardless if they have a library card or not," added Kuzma. "We do encourage everyone in East Brunswick to get their library card. The process has been streamlined, and you can even apply for your card online at www.ebpl.org/signup."

Every morning, commuters take the bus into their jobs in New York City. To help make their ride more pleasant, East Brunswick Public Library has unveiled a new pop up library at the town's Transportation and Commerce Center (551 Old Bridge Turnpike).

Once downloaded, items borrowed from the pop up library can be read anywhere, and they are returned automatically after 14 days. 

The pop up library offerings are in addition to the other digital items that East Brunswick Public Library offers its cardholders. A complete listing of digital offerings can be found online

 "We've heard from many of our commuting customers that finding time to get to the library can be difficult," said Melissa Kuzma, assistant library director. "The new pop up library at the transportation center allows us to provide commuters with eBooks while they wait for their bus."


Friends Profile: Ellen Cramer

Friends Profile: Ellen Cramer

Posted February 05, 2020


"I went to that meeting and was so impressed with the commitment of the women on the board to helping the library. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group."

East Brunswick Public Library has one of the most active Friends of the Library groups in New Jersey. We had a chance to sit down with one of our longtime Friends, Ellen Cramer.

What are your earliest members of East Brunswick Public Library?

"As an avid reader and commuter, I sought out the library shortly after moving to East Brunswick in 1979. When I had my first child in 1982, my time to read diminished considerably, but my children and I became frequent library visitors and came to many children's programs. I soon found out about the Friends of the Library and became a member. As my children got older, I volunteered to send out mailings and help at the book sale."

When did you join the Friends' Executive Board?

"At the book sale in 2007, I was chatting with Robin Rushfield (then slated to be the next President of the Friends), and she suggested that I come to the next meeting of their executive board to see if I wanted to become more involved. I went to that meeting and was so impressed with the commitment of the women on the board to helping the library. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group."

What titles have you held in the Friends of the Library?

"I have been Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Financial Secretary and President (five times)."

What is your favorite part of being a Friend of the Library? 

"It is very gratifying to know that thanks to our group, that the library has a well-stocked makerspace, a museum pass program, and wonderful programming for children and adults, as well as many other extras that the library budget doesn't provide for."

What do you think makes the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library such a successful group?

"The members. I have gotten to know and work with an amazing group of ladies on the Executive Board, as well as working with several members of the library staff who are so dedicated and committed to making the East Brunswick Public Library the welcoming and amazing library that it is."

For more information on how you can join the Friends of the Library, click here. 


East Brunswick Public Library Launches Pop Up Library eBook Service For Commuters

East Brunswick Public Library Launches Pop Up Library eBook Service For Commuters

Posted December 12, 2019


Every morning, commuters take the bus into their jobs in New York City. To help make their ride more pleasant, East Brunswick Public Library has unveiled a new pop up library at the town's Transportation and Commerce Center (551 Old Bridge Turnpike).

 "We've heard from many of our commuting customers that finding time to get to the library can be difficult," said Melissa Kuzma, assistant library director. "The new pop up library at the transportation center allows us to provide commuters with eBooks while they wait for their bus."

The pop up library is powered by a wireless transmitter, allowing visitors to the Transportation and Commerce Center to go through a collection of over fifty current best-selling titles downloadable as eBooks to smartphones or tablets. Anyone can access the eBooks without a library card. Information on how to use the service is available at the Transportation and Commerce Center. 

"To make it more convenient, we decided that everyone in the community should be able to access the pop up library, regardless if they have a library card or not," added Kuzma. "We do encourage everyone in East Brunswick to get their library card. The process has been streamlined, and you can even apply for your card online at www.ebpl.org/signup."

Once downloaded, items borrowed from the pop up library can be read anywhere, and they are returned automatically after 14 days. 

"So far, our most popular pop up library title has been ‘Catch and Kill’ by Ronan Farrow," said Stephanie Filippone, adult service manager.

The pop up library offerings are in addition to the other digital items that East Brunswick Public Library offers its cardholders. A complete listing of digital offerings can be found online


Friends Profile: Meet The Co-Presidents

Friends Profile: Meet The Co-Presidents

Posted September 24, 2019


This year, the East Brunswick Friends of the Library will have co-presidents. The idea is to have an experienced hand at the helm while at the same time helping a relatively new member learn the ropes.

We spoke to Anita Varshney and Karen Karnchanapee about their new roles.

“It has been an honor to serve the Friends of the Library and support the jewel of our town, the East Brunswick Public Library,” said Anita. She has been a member of the Friends executive board for 18 years.

“My children and I have volunteered and used the library extensively, and we have appreciated having a great resource in our town. The library serves as more than just a place to get books; it is a community center with many resources. I have enjoyed serving on the board and am looking forward to helping grow the library to new heights.”Karen joined the Friends executive board after retiring. “I have enjoyed getting to know the other members and library staff, as well as being involved in community activities,” she added.

“Ellen Cramer has been president ever since I joined Friends. I’m looking forward to learning from her and Anita, who are much more familiar than I am with all the many aspects of Friends’ activities and functions.”

Karen has a personal connection to the library; her mother, Rose Rosenberg, was a children’s librarian here for 25 years. “My daughter was a frequent visitor, so the library has always been a big part of our lives in East Brunswick,” she said.


East Brunswick Public Library Customer Survey Results

East Brunswick Public Library Customer Survey Results

Posted August 16, 2019


In late spring, we asked East Brunswick Public Library customers to take a brief survey about their library usage. There were several interesting takeaways that we would like to share with you.


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EAST BRUNSWICK LOVES ITS LIBRARY: One thing that was made clear was that East Brunswick residents feel strongly about their library. An overwhelming majority (approximately 91%) believe that the library is important to their family. Nearly 97% of all responders feel that their library is important to East Brunswick Township.



MORE HOURS: Due to an overwhelming demand for the library to be open, we are expanding the hours of operation on Sundays. Once summer hours are over, the library will have Sunday hours from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This extra time gives you more time to study, borrow items from our collection or to attend the special events and programs at our library.



USED BOOK STORE: Our library customers seem to enjoy buying their own books just as much as they do borrowing books from the library. The Friends of the library's annual book and media sale is their largest fundraiser event. Did you know that they have a unique book sale display in the front of the library?  The Friends regularly curate special collections from time to time.



DIGITAL MEDIA LAB: East Brunswick has a very creative community and this survey was a great reminder of that. The EB Create makerspace has dedicated stations for you to work on desktop publishing, video and audio projects. There is even a recording booth for you to work on anything from a podcast to live music!



There were several other great takeaways, including ideas for library programs, events and new services. We also noticed that there were several suggestions about more parking spaces, adding a café with food options, a new children's space, more meeting rooms, "quieter" study and work areas, and even outdoor seating.



With all of this great feedback, we would like to officially announce that we are developing a plan to renovate and expand East Brunswick Public Library! Stay tuned for more information.


Friends Profile: Carol Adelman

Friends Profile: Carol Adelman

Posted April 26, 2019


If you have ever been to any event run by the Friends of the Library, you have probably seen Carol Adelman. We caught up with her to learn more about her time and involvement with the Friends.


WHEN DID YOU JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY?
I am probably the “oldest,” though I prefer “longest reigning” board member of the East Brunswick Friends of the Library. I joined about 43 years ago, when we sorted books in the basement of the municipal building and then in President Brenda Berger’s basement.

YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF THE FRIENDS IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP ROLES. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TITLES YOU HAVE HELD?
I was Book Sale Chair while pregnant with my now 41-year old daughter and have also held the positions of Financial Secretary and, several times, Recording Secretary. I have worked on almost every committee and the book sale all these years. Early on, we had our board meetings at the homes of our presidents (with that came some great baked snacks).

WHAT MADE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY? 
My interest in Friends developed through a love of books, having been an editor in the publishing industry for many years.

FOR YOU, WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST PART OF BEING A FRIEND?
This group of dedicated women have become friends, and we’ve developed a bond working together for the betterment of our wonderful library. I look forward to continuing in this fulfilling endeavor for many more years.

 

For more information on how you can join the Friends of the Library, click here. 


East Brunswick Public Library Rolls Out SmartAlec Printing Service

East Brunswick Public Library Rolls Out SmartAlec Printing Service

Posted March 12, 2019


East Brunswick Public Library now offers library customers the SmartALEC wireless printing service. With SmartALEC, customers can print documents at the library using their laptops, smartphones and tablets.

 
SmartALEC works when customers create an account with SmartALEC and can upload documents to the library's wireless printing website. In addition, customers can download SmartALEC apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for their mobile devices.
 
“Our customers have been looking for a way to print documents from their own devices,” said Alpesh Shah, Information Technology Manager. “With Smart Alec, we can finally provide this service to them.”
 
The library charges $0.15 per page for black and white printouts and $0.50 per page for color printouts. Click here to start using SmartALEC.


Get Ready To Garden With EB Grow

Get Ready To Garden With EB Grow

Posted March 08, 2019


With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, East Brunswick Public Library is opening its EB Grow seed library to the public for a second season.


EB Grow began in 2018 as a joint project between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.  Housed at the library, the goal of the seed library is to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability and hands-on learning.
 
“EB Grow has over 100 members popular since we introduced it last spring,” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “Our seed collection has grown, thanks to donations from plant companies like Burpee and Seed Savers Exchange, as well as from members of the community.”
 
Gardeners can view the seed library catalog online at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow. This collection includes easy-to-grow seeds that do well in New Jersey’s climate. Requests can be made for up to ten different seeds a year, and library staff package the seeds for customer pick up.
 
“You do not have to be a resident of East Brunswick to use the seed library,” Hozik added. “Our only request is that gardeners save seeds from their own crops or donate unused seed packets back to ensure the collection for future gardeners.”
 
In addition to the EB Grow seed library, East Brunswick Public Library circulates special gardening kits through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. They can can borrow a curated gardening kit that includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants. Kits can be borrowed by library cardholders for two weeks.
 
The library is also hosting three upcoming gardening programs, including “Introduction to Composting with the Middlesex County Master Gardeners on Thursday, April 25, “Introduction to Home Landscape Design with Rutgers Gardens director Bruce Crawford on Thursday, March 21, and “Horticultural Therapy” with Laura DePrado on Tuesday, May 28. All programs are held at the library, and they are free and open to the public.
 
East Brunswick Public Library also has a teaching plot of land at the East Brunswick Community Garden (next to the East Brunswick Municipal complex on Rues Lane), which will be used for library projects and programs throughout the growing season.