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Check out our schedule of events for the second annual EB Reads event! We are reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!
Join us for the second annual EBReads, A Community Book Discussion for East Brunswick High School students and East Brunswick community members. This year’s selection is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The book is a science fiction thriller, exploring a virtual world of the future that is filled with tributes to the 1980s. To celebrate EB Reads, we have planned several fun events at the library throughout the month! Attendees to all events will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Ready Player One movie and other 80’s book-related prizes!
KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES
Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm
In honor of our 2018 EBReads selection Ready Player One, we're exploring virtual reality with the Oculus Rift! Come play the smash hit virtual reality game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes!Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a virtual reality game where one player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the bomb defusal manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast!
EBREADS BOOK DISCUSSION: FUTURE WORLDS
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
YS Programming RoomWe’ll be discussing the book’s portrayal of the future and what we think the future might hold for us. Wherever you are in the book, come and talk about it with others who are reading along at the same time! Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Meeting Rooms 1 &2Come and celebrate Halliday’s beloved 1980’s. We’re watching classic 80’s movies, getting in the mood with popular 80’s crafts and maybe even a Jane Fonda workout video or two! Prizes will be given out for the best 80’s themed outfit with a station to create your own costume.
80'S TRIVIA NIGHT
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Meeting Rooms 1 &2Test your 80s trivia knowledge just like Wade Watts in Ready Player One. Prizes to the team that knows the most about 80s pop culture, history, and more!
Author Visit With Marc Brown
Meet Arthur Creator and Author Marc Brown!
The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation celebrates National Read Across America Day by hosting a special author visit with Marc Brown, the creator of the best-selling Arthur book series, at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) on Thursday, March 1 at 4:30 pm.
“We’re thrilled to have an author of this caliber visit the East Brunswick Public Library,” said Tracy L. Fink, East Brunswick Public Library Foundation President. “My kids grew up with Marc Brown’s books. He inspired them, and millions of other children, to connect with characters who they could relate to.”
Brown is one of the most prominent names in children’s literature. He has entertained generations of young readers with his relatable stories featuring Arthur the Aardvark, selling over 65 million copies of his Arthur books. Arthur is also a successful children’s television series on PBS, winning six Emmy Awards and receiving a total of 17 nominations).
In recent years, Brown has illustrated such award-winning and critically acclaimed picture books as Wild About Books, Born to Read, ZooZical!, and Wild About You! His latest book, In New York, introduces children to the city he calls home.
This free program is geared toward preschool and elementary school students but is open to readers and fans of all ages. Brown will be discussing his books and Arthur. Following the program, there will be a book signing. A bookseller will be on hand to sell a variety of books from the Arthur series.
To coincide with the program, East Brunswick Public Library is having a contest for children. Any child who completes the library’s Winter Reading Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a signed book from Brown on the day of the event. To sign up for the reading challenge, visit the children’s services desk at the library.
This author visit is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation. The Foundation, a 501c3, was established in 2009 to ensure that the library will continue to connect people with ideas, information, technology, resources, and each other in ways that enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams. The Foundation mobilizes private support to enhance innovative programs and services while helping the library remain vibrant and responsive in an ever-changing world. To learn more about the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation, visit their website. For more information about upcoming East Brunswick Public Library events, visit the online calendar.
Six Ways To Get More Involved With EBPL
Everyone loves East Brunswick Public Library! Find out how you can become more involved with your favorite library.
East Brunswick Public Library has amazing customers; the library served nearly 349,000 people who came through our doors last year! One of the things we always we always hear from of our customers is how can they be more active with the library. Here are six ways that you can become more involved with EBPL!
Volunteer At The Library
Volunteering at the library can be a rewarding experience, and there are several projects available. Individuals interested in volunteering may pick up an application at the Administration Office or the Information Services desk.
Be Our Friend
East Brunswick Public Library has one of the most active and vibrant--not to mention longest running--Friends of the Library groups in New Jersey! Whether it is working at their Annual Bargain Book and Media Sale or their other countless programs, they can always use your help. Whether you are looking to just lend a hand or to join the Friends, check out their website.
Show Your Art
East Brunswick has a strong art community, and the library showcases different local artists each month. The library has gallery spaces and display cases that we are always looking to fill. If you are interested in displaying your work at East Brunswick Public Library, click here to submit your proposal.
Use Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? The online retailer has a special program that lets you designate the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation as the recipient of a donation, based on 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Click here and select the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation to be the charitable organization you support.
Watch More EBTV
EBTV is our local municipal television station, based out of the library. Did you know that you can watch their programming, like This Week In East Brunswick, on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Check out their Video On Demand here.
Are you a younger adult (between the ages of 20 and 39) and looking to make new friends? Our Library Xchange regularly hosts several fun programs that you can attend, designed for you to do after work that range from crafting, gaming and even meeting up at local restaurants for book discussions on the weekends! The group also helps make suggestions about library events and programs. Join the official MeetUp group here.
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On View: February 2018 Exhibitors at EBPL
Our February exhibitors include the Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School students at the East Brunswick campus; a vintage sports pennant collection from Chris Wilcox; and an Arthur exhibit.
Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School – East Brunswick
February 2018 | Walls
This exhibit features work from the East Brunswick Tech Graphic Design/Commercial Art Program. All the work displayed has been created by the Senior and Junior classes.
The work includes art created for a charity called The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty.
The exhibit also includes work from our Senior showcase. The seniors created original art for their portfolios. There is album cover art, a comic book, a gaming world, an original story, original poetry and photography depicting teen reality.
Vintage Pennant Collection by Chris Wilcox
This is a collection of vintage pennants of defunct sports teams on loan from Chris Wilcox. The teams represented are from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and the World Hockey Association.
February 2018 | Cases
Arthur the Aardvark
In celebration of our upcoming visit with author Marc Brown, we are showcasing the library’s collection of his beloved Arthur the Aardvark.
February 2018 | Cases
Tsum Tsums by Brie Dyas
Tsum Tsum, meaning "Stack Stack" in Japanese, is the latest explosion of cute and cuddly plush soft toys. The idea is that these small plushes can be stacked on top of one another to create limitless combinations of great mountains of adorable friends. This collection is on loan from Brie Dyas.
February 2018 | Cases
East Brunswick Public Library Prepares For Budget Cuts
Due to an anticipated reduction of municipal appropriations in the proposed 2018 budget, East Brunswick Public Library will be changing its hours of operation.
“The East Brunswick Public Library has been informed by the Mayor that the 2018 municipal budget may include a cut to the library’s appropriation; this would be the first cut to the library’s budget since the 2009 recession,” said East Brunswick Public Library Board of Trustees President Wayne Christie.
“This cut will sadly require a reduction to our hours, and perhaps some services, in order to continue to provide excellence to our visitors, over 348,000 who came through our doors in 2017,” said East Brunswick Public Library Board of Trustees Budget Committee Chair and former President Deborah Cornavaca, Ph.D. “The Board of Trustees deeply regrets the inconvenience that the loss of hours will cause, most especially to our families and local businesses.”
Effective Thursday, February 1, East Brunswick Public Library will reduce hours of operations Mondays through Thursdays, now opening at 10:00 am instead of the previous 9:00 am.
The library’s Sunday hours will also be adjusted, with the library being closed on Sundays starting May 27 through September 8. In addition, the library will be closed on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5).
“The Board of Trustees and library staff are committed to the highest standards of excellence, free and equal access to our resources, and the innovation that our customers are accustomed,” Christie added. “We hope you will work with us to see funding restored soon so that we can continue to serve you and our community.”
More information about East Brunswick Public Library’s schedule changes can be found online at www.ebpl.org. East Brunswick Public Library is a member of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC) and has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with thirty area libraries, allowing cardholders access to materials and services. A complete list of LMxAC libraries can be found online at www.lmxac.org.
On View: December 2017 Exhibitors at EBPL
Our December 2017 exhibitors include the sketchpen artist Komal and Funko Pop collector Benjamin.
*Sketchpen Art* by Komal
December 2017 | Walls
This exhibit features Komal's latest paintings. This includes vibrant flowers, colorful birds, and the fantasy world of cartoons, uniquely created with markers on canvas.
About the Artist
Komal, a resident of East Brunswick, is a self- taught artist, with a zeal to create life on canvas. She has been painting since childhood as a hobby, now turning into her passion with each growing year.
The following lines, penned by her, portray her love for art:
Let yourself imagine a world, / A world so different from the one you live in, / Away from the woes and sin. / Take a look...sit, / And adore it. / Sketch a picture of it, / Or pen a rhyme on it. / Create something; u can call your own, / Some creation that's new and unknown.
Items are available for purchase. Please contact the artist directly at ecstaticartsnj [at] gmail [dot] com.
Funko Pop Collection by Benjamin
December 2017 | Children's Display Case
Benjamin is 11 years old, and he collects Funko Pop! figures. He has been collecting them for about four years. He has 64 figures in his collection, and his favorite one is the Red, White and Blue Snoopy. He focuses most on collecting Star Wars, Batman and Harry Potter figures.
EBPL Cardholders Can Access Consumer Reports Online
Research your purchases with Consumer Reports!
Making a big purchase? Trying to pick the right tablet? East Brunswick Public Library can help; the library now offers digital access to Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports magazine features trusted and unbiased product reviews for thousands of products, ranging from consumer electronics to garden tools to refrigerators. The library has offered print copies of the magazine for years, but we are excited to announce that you can now access the online version of Consumer Reports for free.
ConsumerReports.org is available to East Brunswick Public Library cardholders from home or at a library computer. From home, you will need your library card number to log in. To get started, click here.
If you need any help using Consumer Reports, visit the Information Services desk or call 732-390-6767.
EB Con Returns This December
East Brunswick Public Library's geek event returns this December.
Inspired by the popularity of video games and comic book movies, East Brunswick Public Library plans on hosting their second annual EB Con on the weekend of Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.
From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Library are hosting a Geek Flea Market at the library. Attendees can shop for toys, comic books, dolls, video games, crafts, collectibles, games and any other geeky things at this sale. There is no admission fee for this Geek Flea Market.
The Friends of the Library are currently looking for vendors for the event. Table spaces are $20 and include one 18”x72” table with two chairs. All proceeds benefit the library. To purchase a table space, please bring the payment (cash or check) to the library’s Circulation Desk. Registration forms can be found here or at the library.
Later that night, the library presents EB Con: After Hours starting at 5:00 pm. Activities for the night are gaming-themed, including retro video gaming, board and card games, geek crafting and a life-sized Pac-Man competition. These programs are designed for teenagers and adults. You must register online by clicking here.
On Sunday, December 3, there will be several activities for children and families planned in the Youth Services Department. For more information about EB Con and other library events, keep checking the website.
On View: November 2017 Exhibitors at EBPL
Our November 2017 exhibit walls feature the photography of Kenn Krasner.
*Serenity Photograhy* by Kenn Krasner
November 2017 | Walls
This exhibit features Kenn Krasner's latest large scale photographic works and panoramas (from 18”x36” to 24”x50”) of serene and inspirational landscapes as well as more intimate looks at the natural world.
About the Exhibition
About the ArtistKenn Krasner, local Edison NJ nature and landscape photographer, has been taking photos since 1963, but only started taking good ones around 1993. Over the last 31 years, Kenn, together with Mary, his wife and creative/business partner, have amassed a collection of thousands of images taken over their years together walking, hiking, and snowshoeing in local, state and national parks, and wildlife refuges, as well as in and around the highways and by-ways they've traveled in New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York.
Items are available for purchase. Please contact the artist directly at us [at] spheres [dot] net .