Library Features: What's New @ The Library
Girl Scout Troop Builds First Little Free Library in East Brunswick
On Tuesday, September 25th, the East Brunswick Public Library held a ceremony to celebrate the installation of East Brunswick’s first Little Free Library. The library was built by Girl Scout Troop 80119 for their Bronze Award Project, with building supplies and assistance from Home Depot in Milltown.
Little Free Libraries help increase access to books of all ages and backgrounds when public libraries are not open. The Little Free Library is located in Grace Smith Auer Reading Garden at the Municipal Complex, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center.
EBPL Offers Cardholders Thousands Of Films And Documentaries Online Through New Kanopy Service
To bolster the selection of online movies, East Brunswick Public Library now offers its customers access to Kanopy, an online streaming services with thousands of classic, international, independent and educational films.
East Brunswick Public Library has been connecting library goers with films, whether it be through screenings at the library, DVDs for customers to check out or most recently through online streaming. To bolster the selection of online movies, East Brunswick Public Library now offers its customers access to Kanopy, an online streaming services with thousands of classic, international, independent and educational films.
Kanopy features over thirty thousand different titles, from award-winning studios like PBS, ABC and NYX Chanel. It also features curated film selections from The Criterion Collection.
“Unlike a service like Netflix—which focuses more on the summer blockbusters—we chose this service because it has an amazing collection of independent and award winning films,” said Stephanie Fillipone, the library’s Adult Services Manager. “Not to mention, Kanopy also has great documentaries, and even classic television and news programs.”
Kanopy can be used on internet connected devices, such as computers, laptops, iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets and smartphones. Users can also watch video from Kanopy on a television using a Roku box or a Chromecast device.
East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can sign up online to create an account. To sign up, users must enter their first and last name, e-mail address and a valid East Brunswick Public Library card. Users can watch up to five titles a month.
Library cardholders can access other streaming content services online from the library here, including eBooks, magazines and audiobooks.
East Brunswick Public Library Launches “EB Grow” Seed Library
The EB Grow seed library is housed inside the library in an effort to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability.
Every spring, library customers visit East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) to find resources on how to garden. Thanks to a joint partnership between East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, gardeners will be able to get some “seed money” to start their first crops for the year.
The EB Grow seed library is housed inside the library in an effort to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability. The seed library allows the community access to seeds to start their own garden without having to purchase the seeds themselves.
The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission applied for donations from organizations throughout the country, and qualified for grants including from Herman's Garden Seed Donation Program.
“Many East Brunswick residents have an interest in gardening, whether it’s just as a hobby or as a tradition to feed their families,” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “By partnering with the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, we are excited to join other libraries throughout the country who offer seeds to their communities to encourage sustainability.”
Library customers can come to the library to browse through a catalog seeds for flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and just like with other library materials, the seeds are free. Gardeners are encouraged to save seeds from their own crops, or to donate seed packets for use by future gardeners.
East Brunswick Public Library Foundation Sponsors Library Fine Elimination Program For Children and Teens
East Brunswick Public Library customers will not have to pay overdue fines for children’s and teen items checked out at the library.
Since first opening its doors in 1967, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) has strived to promote literacy to library users of all ages. The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation has removed one barrier: eliminating overdue fines on items for children and teenagers.
“The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation is constantly looking for new ways to support our library,” said Tracy L. Fink, Foundation Board President. “Sponsoring a unique program like this is a great way to give back to the library and to give the children in our community the gift of literacy.”
East Brunswick Public Library customers will not have to pay overdue fines for children’s and teen items checked out at the library. The goal is to increase library usage in families by removing the fines, allowing children and families to have more access to library materials. According to Fink, this is a pilot program that runs through the rest of 2018.
“There are a few public libraries that have been experimenting with eliminating library fines,” said East Brunswick Public Library Director Jennifer Podolsky. ”Studies have shown that libraries have a positive impact on child development. Anything that we can do to increase accessibility to the library for families is important, as removing barriers to access is a key component of our strategic plan.”
East Brunswick Public Library joins Camden County Library as the only public library in New Jersey that do not offer library fines for children and teen items. East Brunswick is the only library in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium that provides this to its cardholders.
“By sponsoring this program, the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation has really done something that will impact many families in town,” Fink added. “We’re happy that this announcement coincides with National Library Week (April 8-14).”
Although overdue fines will not be charged, fees for lost and damaged items remain. Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date are considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the library customer’s account.
Established in 2009, the East Brunswick Public Foundation works to mobilizes private support to enhance innovative programs and services, while helping the library remain vibrant and responsive in an ever-changing world. Most recently, the foundation sponsored a library visit with bestselling children’s author and “Arthur” creator Marc Brown. Information about supporting or joining the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation can be found online at www.ebplfoundation.org.
East Brunswick Librarian Named “Mover and Shaker” By Library Journal
Library Journal named East Brunswick Public Library’s Information Manager Karen Parry as one of fifty “Movers and Shakers” in libraries in the magazine’s March issue
Library users in Middlesex County have known for years about the innovative services that East Brunswick Public Library librarians provide. One East Brunswick Public Library employee is receiving national attention.
Library Journal named East Brunswick Public Library’s Information Manager Karen Parry as one of fifty “Movers and Shakers” in libraries in the magazine’s March issue. The honor celebrates librarians that are transforming what libraries deliver and how they interact with the communities they serve.
Parry, an East Brunswick resident, has been part of East Brunswick Public Library since 2001. She was named a “Mover and Shaker” for starting the library’s “Just for the Health of It!” consumer health and wellness information initiative in 2009.
“The initiative has a personal beginning. When my mother was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, I realized how difficult it is to search for reliable health care information,” said Parry. “Soon after, I also noticed that the town’s demographics were changing, with more elderly and new immigrant patrons asking our librarians for more understandable health information.”
“Just for the Health of It” is a consumer health research service, connecting library customers with information about their medications, tips on how to improve their wellness and programs. Through the program, library customers are provided information from librarians on staff that are certified by the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization Program. While they do not conduct diagnoses or make healthcare recommendations, the librarians can research and provide information about healthcare topics so library customers can make informed decisions.
With a goal of providing equal access to trustworthy health and wellness information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, Parry put together a comprehensive outreach plan. The librarians share information at several outreach visits in the community month. The library also regularly hosts workshop, featuring healthcare professionals who discuss pertinent medical topics for all ages, from infants through seniors.
The “Just for the Health of It!” program was cited as a model program by the New Jersey Hospital Association in an award in 2017. Healthier Middlesex, a consortium between Robert Wood Johnson and Saint Peter’s University Hospitals, has made public libraries part of their three-year Community Health Improvement Plan, with the goal of expanding “Just for the Health of It!” throughout Middlesex and Somerset Counties.
“Our library staff is always developing new programs and initiatives to better serve our community,” said Jennifer Podolsky, East Brunswick Public Library Director. “Our staff and Library Board of Trustees are very proud that the success of Karen and ‘Just For The Health Of It!’ has been recognized on a national level.”
Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers list first debuted in 2001. Parry joins thirty other librarians who have been named Movers and Shakers.
Information about upcoming Just for the Health of It! programs, resources and services can be found online at www.wellinks.org.
East Brunswick Friends of the Library Hold 44th Annual Book Sale
Thousands of books, audio books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the East Brunswick Public Library.
The East Brunswick Friends of Library holds their 44th annual Book and Media Sale in the Centre Court of Brunswick Square Mall (755 State Route 18, East Brunswick) this April 9-15.
The sale runs through the mall's normal hours of operations. Monday, April 9 through Saturday, April 14 (from 10 am to 9:30 pm) and Sunday, April 15 (11 am to 6 pm). Thousands of books, audio books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase.
"The book and media sale is one of our biggest fundraisers each year," said Ellen Cramer, Friends of the Library President. "It really is a great event because not only can you find bargains on books and movies, but your generosity allows the Friends to sponsor amazing programs for all ages at the East Brunswick Library."
There will be a special preview sale on Monday, April 9 from 8 to 9 am. "The preview gives book collectors a chance to look at the sale before the general public," Cramer added. Admission for the preview sale is $25.
Cash, checks and credit cards are all accepted forms of payment.For more information, about the East Brunswick Friends of the Library, call 732-390-6950 or go online to www.ebpl.org/friends.
Save Money On Your Passport Before Rate Increase At East Brunswick Public Library
An increase mandated by the Department of State for any passport application submitted to an authorized agent, including the US post office, government office or authorized agent like East Brunswick Public Library, goes into effect on April 2.
If you are planning to get a new United States passport, you can save $10 by submitting your application at the East Brunswick Public Library before Monday, April 2.
The cost of a passport’s execution fee is rising from $25 to $35. The fee increase is mandated by the Department of State for any passport application submitted to an authorized agent, including the US post office, government office or authorized agent like East Brunswick Public Library.
“With the impending fee increase coming next month, this is a great reason to apply for your passport early,” said Karen Violand, the library’s Passports Supervisor. “We’re approaching the busy season, as many of our customers are planning trips abroad. It’s a great time to beat the rush and save money.”
The library began offering passport services in the summer of 1999. The services has been popular; 8,003 first time passport applications were submitted in 2017.
East Brunswick Public Library offers convenient hours to fit anyone’s schedule. Passport applications can be submitted at the library Monday through Thursday (from 10 am to 8:30 pm), Friday and Saturday (from 9 am to 4:30 pm), and Sunday (from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm). On site photo services are available.
For more information about passport services at East Brunswick Public Library, click here.
Visit EB Create
Have you checked out EB Create, our new makerspace yet?
Public libraries across the country are transforming--in a good way. The services that modern libraries offer are more than just books and reference help. East Brunswick Public Library is no exception.
To meet the needs of a community that wants more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education and programming, East Brunswick Public Library has opened its new EB Create makerspace.
"Libraries across the country have noticed that their customers are seeking more active learning and access to technology," said Jennifer Podolsky, East Brunswick Public Library Director. "Our town is no different."
A makerspace is a dedicated area that encourages members of the community to collaborate on hands-on projects. EB Create features a variety of art, crafting and technology equipment that library customers can use. The room also has several computers stations dedicated for graphic design and video editing, as well as a recording studio space.
"Our staff has been holding many different programs in EB Create, ranging from building robots out of LEGO Mindstorms kits to more advanced painting classes," Podolsky said. "Seeing how interested our customers are in attending these programs is extremely encouraging, especially since we are connecting with several different age groups."
The library is also launching a series of lendable kits, allowing customers to borrow items from the makerspace. These items will be available to the public at the end of February.
"Our customers will soon be able to check out items from the makerspace so that they can work on projects from home," she added. "Many of our customers borrow books before they go on vacation. Now we can offer them the opportunity to borrow a GoPro video camera or even a telescope. EB Create really opens up a whole world of possibilities to our customers."
EB Create will have open hours for the community to use the space and the equipment to work on projects at the library.
Information about EB Create can be found online at www.ebpl.org/ebcreate.
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.