EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:28:27 GMT Friends Chipotle Fundraiser Saturday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28999 Support East Brunswick Friends Of The Library at their Chipotle Fundraiser on Saturday at 609 State Route 18 in East Brunswick on Saturday, April 17th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.<br><b><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/friends/events/friends-chipotle-fundraiser-609-state-route-18/2021-04-17-200000-2021-04-18-000000">Access Flyer & Promo Code</a></b><h2><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/friends/events/friends-chipotle-fundraiser-609-state-route-18/2021-04-17-200000-2021-04-18-000000">View flyer &amp; promo code here.</a></h2> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28999 Library Services & Updates http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28962 The East Brunswick Public Library will open to the public with limited services.<br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=28962">Click here for more information.</a></b>The library&#39;s hours will be as follows: <ul> <li><strong>Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays </strong>from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.&nbsp;From 10:00 am to 11:00 am, seniors and vulnerable populations have exclusive access.</li> <li><strong>Tuesdays and Thursdays </strong>from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.</li> <li><strong>Saturdays </strong>from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.</li> <li><strong>Sundays </strong>from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.&nbsp;</li> </ul> The library will be adhering to the Governor&rsquo;s most recent Executive Orders limiting indoor attendance to 35% of capacity. For everyone&rsquo;s protection, library staff will continue to enforce mask use, safe distancing guidelines and hand washing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Board of Trustees made this decision at their meeting held February 16, 2021.&nbsp;It is based on the fact that transmission rates, hospital admission rates and death rates of COVID-19 have begun to show steady declines.&nbsp;These hours are subject to change, based on the Board&rsquo;s continuing review of case-based scientific data.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Board of Trustees knows that residents enjoy the services of our public library.&nbsp;The library&rsquo;s dedicated team of professionals has served the community with innovative and broad-based virtual programming, access to digital resources, and curbside pickup throughout the pandemic. These services will continue, but we know how much the community has missed being able to visit the library in person.&nbsp;We look forward to welcoming you back to the library on March 1, 2021!<br /> <br /> Sincerely,&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>East Brunswick Public Library Board of Trustees</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>OTHER LIBRARY NOTES:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>BOOK DROPS WILL REMAIN OPEN</strong><br /> Customers may return their library materials at any time to the book drops outside of the library. Please do not leave any items outside of the building. Returned items are quarantined for 7 days and will remain checked out to your library card until the quarantine period is complete.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>CURBSIDE PICKUP</strong><br /> Customers will be able to continue to get library materials through Curbside Pickup. Library cardholders with a valid LMxAC member library card can use curbside pickup at East Brunswick Public Library.&nbsp;<a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/ebpl-curbside-pickup">Click here to learn about this service.</a> If you are looking for book recommendations, our <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/content/ebpl-matchbook">Match+Book program </a>puts together a literal bag of books based on your reading interests.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>PASSPORTS</strong><br /> Passport services at East Brunswick Public Library are available by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment to submit a passport application, call 732-390-6761. Additional information about passports can be found <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/passport-services">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>VIRTUAL REFERENCE</strong><br /> East Brunswick Public Library can still answer your reference questions virtually, by telephone, e-mail or through the chatbox on our website. <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ask-a-librarian.cfm">Learn more about virtual reference here.</a>&nbsp;Also, many of the library&rsquo;s online resources, ranging from Ancestry to Pronunciator to Universal Class, and our technology classes are available from home. <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-online-platforms.cfm">Check out the full list here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>VIRTUAL PROGRAMS</strong><br /> All virtual programs at East Brunswick Public Library will continue. We have activities, workshops and lectures planned for all ages. <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/ebpl-virtual-programs">For a complete list, click here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMPUTER USE</strong><br /> If you need to use the library&#39;s computers, photocopier, scanner or fax machine, they are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 732-390-6767.<br /> <br /> <strong>eBOOKS AND MORE</strong><br /> The library offers <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-downloadables.cfm">eBooks, magazines, movies, graphic novels, television shows and even crafting instructions</a> for free with your library card. If anyone in your family or friends need an East Brunswick Public Library card. We have made it easier than ever; you can <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/signup.cfm">apply online</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>OTHER NOTES</strong> <ul> <li>All expiring cards will be extended through March 31, 2021.</li> <li>The Friends of the Library will not be accepting donations of books at this time.</li> <li>Additional information will be provided as more details become available. You can find the latest news about your library on our website, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/eastbrunswicklibrary">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/EBPLibrary">Twitter</a>.</li> </ul> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28962 "Building Bridges: Combating Anti-Asian Racism" Panel April Tuesday http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=29000 East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, the East Brunswick Human Relations Council and East Brunswick Public Library team up to present the Facebook Live program “Building Bridges: Combating Anti-Asian Racism” on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 pm.<br><b><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults-teens/events/building-bridges-combating-anti-asian-racism-fb-live/2021-04-20-233000-2021-04">Learn More</a></b> Sun, 11 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=29000 Seeking AAPI Art for May Exhibit http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28997 EBPL and the East Brunswick Arts Commission are seeking artists from our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities for a 2D exhibit in May during AAPI Heritage Month.<br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=28997">Learn More</a></b>&ldquo;With such a large and diverse AAPI population, we want to support, lift, and celebrate local artists in this important exhibit,&rdquo; said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. &ldquo;We look forward to showcasing this community.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Art can be photography, painting, or drawings no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches, and is not limited to East Brunswick residents. Images must follow the library&rsquo;s exhibition guidelines.<br /> <br /> Interested artists should email programs@ebpl.org for more information and submissions requirements. Art must be submitted no later than Monday, April 26 to be included. Sun, 11 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28997 COVID-19 Vaccine http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28979 The East Brunswick Community Arts Center has been selected as a COVID-19 vaccination center. <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=News&doc_id=28979">More Info</a><p>East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen announces that the East Brunswick Community Arts Center located at 721 Cranbury Road has been selected as one of the six future regional vaccination centers operating through the Middlesex County Health Department. However, Middlesex County cannot open this location for vaccinations until the vaccine is allocated for the site from the state. Township and County officials are allocating all necessary resources so the site can open as soon as the vaccine&nbsp;becomes available.<br /> <br /> Information will be shared as it is received. The expanded Middlesex County vaccine site locations include:</p> <ul> <li>East Brunswick Community Arts Center</li> <li>Monroe Township Senior Center</li> <li>The Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center in New Brunswick</li> <li>Middlesex County Office of Health Services in Piscataway</li> <li>Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville</li> <li>Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in Perth Amboy</li> </ul> Middlesex County is also the site of one of New Jersey&rsquo;s six mega-site vaccination centers. The Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-Site, located in Edison Township at the New Jersey Convention &amp; Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ). <p>WHO IS ABLE TO GET THE VACCINE RIGHT NOW?</p> <ul> <li>Healthcare workers, sworn first responders (police &amp; fire), Long Term Care residents and staff.Individuals at High Risk &ndash;Individuals aged 65 and older</li> <li>Individuals aged&nbsp;16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, Heart conditions, Obesity, Severe Obesity, Sickle cell disease, Smoking, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, immunosuppressed and solid organ transplants.</li> </ul> <p>HOW DO I REGISTER</p> <ul> <li>Registration is available on the NJ State Website&nbsp;https://covidvaccine.nj.gov&nbsp;You will receive a return email that CONFIRMS your registration. When an opening becomes available at one of the state vaccination sites, you will receive an email that lets you schedule an appointment at one of those locations.</li> <li>Starting Monday, Jan. 25 from 8 AM until 8 PM the state will have 250 agents registering residents via phone at 855-568-0545</li> <li>Individuals who cannot register online, or who have more detailed questions, should call the Middlesex County Health Department Call Center at 732-745-3100</li> </ul> Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28979 Short Story Month Competition Returns http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28998 We are excited to announce the return of its annual short story contest in celebration of National Short Story Month.<br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=28998">Learn More</a></b>The &ldquo;73 Words in the 732&rdquo; contest seeks original short stories that contain seventy-three words or fewer. Stories can be on any theme or topic, and a panel of library staff will select the best short stories, which will appear on the library&rsquo;s website.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Storytelling is a powerful medium, and with the continuation of the pandemic affecting our daily lives, this contest helps our community connect in a personal way&rdquo; says Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian.<br /> <br /> All ages are welcome to participate and East Brunswick residency is not required.<br /> <br /> Contributors must submit their stories online through the library&rsquo;s website <u><strong>by May 24.</strong></u> <h2><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeB3QBMqBtGRxN-659WTG_bbHjVno1cYPATtnEtBb9hmzJmiA/viewform">Submit your story here.</a></strong></h2> Enjoy the children&#39;s 2019 and 2020 submissions here: <ul> <li>2019: <a href="https://padlet.com/ebpl/148n047sfbmhherf">https://padlet.com/ebpl/148n047sfbmhherf</a></li> <li>2020: <a href="https://padlet.com/ebpl/r461styri0o5m1n8">https://padlet.com/ebpl/r461styri0o5m1n8</a></li> </ul> Enjoy the adult 2020 submissions: <ul> <li>2020: <a href="https://wke.lt/w/s/iLJW2y"><span style="color:unset">https://wke.lt/w/s/iLJW2y</span></a></li> <li><span style="color:unset">Listen to minisodes featuring some of the writers: </span><a href="https://anchor.fm/ebpl73words">https://anchor.fm/ebpl73words</a></li> </ul> <br /> &nbsp; Fri, 09 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28998 EB Grow Seed Library Open for 2021 Season http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28995 With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, we're opening the EB Grow seed library to the public after being shuttered in 2020 due to the pandemic. <br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=News&doc_id=28995">Learn More</a></b>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. <p>&ldquo;EB Grow unfortunately was unable to give out seeds in 2020 due to the library closure through the pandemic. During that time, many in our community turned to gardening as a stay-home hobby&rdquo; said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian and EB Grow&rsquo;s coordinator. &ldquo;We are excited to offer a limited selection of curated garden packs to inspire you to start growing a garden.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gardeners can view and request one of the three curated garden packs online at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow. This collection includes easy-to-grow seeds that do well in New Jersey&rsquo;s climate. Each pack has a different theme, including garden salads.</p> <p>&ldquo;You do not have to be a resident of East Brunswick to use the seed library,&rdquo; Hozik added. &ldquo;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.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the EB Grow seed library, East Brunswick Public Library circulates a special seeds starting kit through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. The kit includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants. Kits can be borrowed by library cardholders for two weeks.</p> <p>The library is also hosting the upcoming gardening program, including <strong><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/starting-seeds-indoors-are-you-ready-2021-zoom/2021-04-06-230000-2021-04-07-001500">&ldquo;Starting Seeds Indoors: Are You Ready for 2021?&rdquo;</a></strong> with Middlesex County master gardener Vivian Morris on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00pm. This program will be held virtually, and is free and open to the public.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebgrow.cfm">View the seed library and place your request by clicking here.</a></h3> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28995 Virtual Film Festival Ends in April 21 http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28974 We are holding our first-ever Virtual Film Festival, featuring four films focusing on climate change. The Festival runs through April 2021.<br><b><a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=28974">Learn More</a></b>The Option Green Virtual Film Festival is part of the ongoing partnership between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Each year, the two organizations host free events on environmental topics led by experts in the field. The film series is funded by the American Library Association&#39;s &quot;Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change&quot; pilot program.<br /> <br /> The films will be available for online viewing. Participants can sign up for these free screenings online at <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/option-green">www.ebpl.org/optiongreen</a>. Links to view the films will be sent to ticketholders at the start time of this event, and will expire 48 hours later. Following each screening, there will be an ongoing, discussion on the EBPL Discord server. Attendees will receive the link in their ticket.<br /> <br /> Watch trailers:<br /> <br /> <s><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-chasing-ice/2021-01-19-171500-2021-01-21-044500"><strong><em>Chasing Ice</em>, Jan. 19-20,</strong></a> tells the story of National Geographic photographer James Balog&#39;s journey to the Arctic to document Earth&#39;s changing climate. The film won the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming. It runs 75 minutes and is rated PG-13. <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-chasing-ice/2021-01-19-150000-2021-01-21-140000"><strong>[RESERVE TICKET HERE]</strong></a></s><br /> <br /> <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-fesitval-how-let-go-world-and-love-all-things-climate-can%E2%80%99t-change/2021"><strong><em>How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can&#39;t Change</em></strong></a><strong><em>, </em>Feb. 16-17</strong> is directed by Academy Award-nominee Josh Fox. The film shows the consequences of climate change across 12 countries on every continent. It runs 127 minutes and is rated TV-14. <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-fesitval-how-let-go-world-and-love-all-things-climate-can%E2%80%99t-change/2021"><strong>[RESERVE TICKET HERE]</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-boy-who-harnessed-wind/2021-03-16-041500-2021-03-18-034500"><strong><em>The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind</em></strong></a><strong>, March 16-17</strong>, is Is based on the true story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, who finds inspiration from a science book. He builds a wind turbine to save his famine-ravaged village in Malawi. This film is rated TV-PG and runs 113 minutes. <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-boy-who-harnessed-wind/2021-03-16-140000-2021-03-18-130000"><strong>[RESERVE TICKET HERE]</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-fire-flood-queer-resilience-era-climate-change/2021-04-20-041500"><strong><em>Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change</em></strong></a><em>, </em><strong>April 20-21</strong><em>,</em> examines how the LGBTQ communities of Puerto Rico and Santa Rosa survived Hurricane Maria and wildfires, in late 2017.&nbsp; The film explores the vulnerability of LGBTQ communities to climate disasters. This film is not yet rated but runs 102 minutes. Trailer not available. <a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/virtual-film-festival-fire-flood-queer-resilience-era-climate-change/2021-04-20-140000"><strong>[RESERVE TICKET HERE]</strong></a><br /> <br /> The Option Green Virtual Film Festival is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, and the <a href="https://www.friendsebec.com/">Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission</a>. Wed, 07 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28974 Super Bowl Lecture Tonight http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28996 Join us for a lecture on, "The Super Bowl. How America’s Top Sports Event Was Created In The Aftermath Of The AFL All Star Game Boycott" on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00pm<br><b><a href="https://ilove.ebpl.org/adults/events/super-bowl-how-america%E2%80%99s-top-sports-event-was-created-aftermath-afl-all-star-game">Click Here to Join</a></b> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28996 Our Electronic Magazines Have Moved http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28992 Effective immediately, RBdigital magazines moved to our OverDrive collection. All magazines are now available to check out and read on the Libby app. You’ll still be able to read magazines on the RBdigital app until March 31, 2021. <a href="https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-news.cfm?doctype_code=Teens%20News&doc_id=28992">More Info</a>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>How do I get magazines going forward?</strong><br /> You can find magazines in the Libby app. Just download the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0018yAYS1PhHUYJR7oVjLXF4-x3YAaxJ9S5u4zGO2ZX406zYR4FRyitZ9W_S3ia3efKbOFJRrFBlsxMd8s03HoqKDS07_F6vSSOwf_auZJPuxBkDqbvaSocQRTpNK-2QizbZya0xxgDYYsRx3T72wJvEM-mv1Mrguz8bLknbHYzsvQ=&amp;c=9PMW7e6L4jzNAy530bKHnm4nFSFPwSKwMY8b8AmBpjiKkkoDxbFHaA==&amp;ch=_HBY5GnEIkqce_68pQrg2kI9_EGscvUIjwr4Cl-ai4bgp75OmBrR7g==" target="_blank">Libby</a>&nbsp;app and start browsing or searching for your favorite content. You&#39;ll be able to check out&nbsp;<strong>more than 3,000 magazine titles </strong>with a three-year backlist of issues. This backlist will be&nbsp;continuously&nbsp;three years, so as the months move, the oldest issues will drop off.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Getting Started with Libby</strong><br /> For those who have not yet tried the Libby app, all you need to get started is your library card number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow. If you have questions, contact the Information Services desk at 732-390-6767 or the web chat on our <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0018yAYS1PhHUYJR7oVjLXF4-x3YAaxJ9S5u4zGO2ZX406zYR4FRyitZwN64B3rEdfJalKkkvKgAd1P_znVVl-3p2FctWQ6WWo8wtWjzoPOg-eo8o6vlkYXl8oS-VseOfw4jcbLrheuDnY=&amp;c=9PMW7e6L4jzNAy530bKHnm4nFSFPwSKwMY8b8AmBpjiKkkoDxbFHaA==&amp;ch=_HBY5GnEIkqce_68pQrg2kI9_EGscvUIjwr4Cl-ai4bgp75OmBrR7g==" target="_blank">website</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>New to digital?</strong><br /> In just a few taps, you can start reading instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Download the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0018yAYS1PhHUYJR7oVjLXF4-x3YAaxJ9S5u4zGO2ZX406zYR4FRyitZ9W_S3ia3efKbOFJRrFBlsxMd8s03HoqKDS07_F6vSSOwf_auZJPuxBkDqbvaSocQRTpNK-2QizbZya0xxgDYYsRx3T72wJvEM-mv1Mrguz8bLknbHYzsvQ=&amp;c=9PMW7e6L4jzNAy530bKHnm4nFSFPwSKwMY8b8AmBpjiKkkoDxbFHaA==&amp;ch=_HBY5GnEIkqce_68pQrg2kI9_EGscvUIjwr4Cl-ai4bgp75OmBrR7g==" target="_blank">Libby</a>&nbsp;app to get started. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=28992