Summer Sundays
Beginning Sept 7, the East Brunswick Public Library is once again open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.  
Holidays in September
The Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
USA-2014-100 minutes-Rated R
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his trusted friend, are told in this stylish and thoughtful comedy set in 1930's Europe.  It is directed by Wes Anderson and stars Ralph Fiennes.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 * 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.



Tuesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.

The program is Literacy New Jersey, a statewide organization whose mission is to improve adult literacy rates. Classes are run by dedicated volunteers who undergo a rigorous training program. Registration is required!

Questions? Please contact Jill D'Amico at 732-390-6772 or email




One-on-One Job Help

The Business Resource Center@East Brunswick Public Library is offering one-on-one job help provided by the Professional Services Group - New Brunswick. An experienced counselor will help you to:
  • Fill out online job applications
  •  Create an email account
  • Explore career options
  • Identify the best job websites and databases

This service is BY APPOINTMENT only. All sessions are held in the library's Business Resource Center. Please call 732-390-6782 or email and schedule a session .

Get Your Resume Reviewed
Are you confident with your current resume?
Are you getting the results you desire with your current resume?If you don't have a resume, could you write an effective one quickly and easily? Is your resume appropriate for your career phase and level of expertise?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions or you're not sure, then you are a perfect candidate for our resume review/writing services. You will meet individually with a Business Resource Center Team Member to review your job goals and how to attain them through your resume.
The $75 fee covers meeting with your coach 2 or 3 times to develop the resume that is best suited to you and your goals. Call 1-732-390-6782 or email  to make an appointment.

Room Rentals

Meeting rooms for events up to 200 persons are available for use for a fee. There is no minimum attendee requirement, no limit to the number of group meetings, and groups are permitted to charge and/or conduct fundraising activities. Click here for rates, insurance requirements, and the policy. We are centrally located in Middlesex County, with easy access to all major highways.

Our rooms are...State-of-the art, handicap accessible, equipped with TV/DVD players, WiFi, a podium and a flip pad. 

Two of our rooms can be set-up in four possible configurations: U-shape, classroom, Seminar, Work Group

A third room can accommodate smaller meetings/trainings The Business Resource Center at the East Brunswick Public Library proctors exams for anyone who is pursuing traditional college degrees, distance learning or certification in a trade or specialty. All exams are proctored by professional librarians in accordance with the guidelines of each institution.
There is a $25 fee for each exam. Payment is required at the time the exam is administered.  The library will accept cash or checks. Checks must be made payable to the East Brunswick Public Library. Contact Rumeli Mukherjee at or call 732-390-6782.


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East Brunswick Roots Project: PUERTO RICO
Thursday, Oct. 9 * 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Explore the political structure of Puerto Rico within a historical context, discussing questions and issues on P.R. citizens' rights and addressing whether statehood is in the best interests of Puerto Rico and/or the U.S.  

Sponsored by The New Jersey Council for the Humanities.


Harper's Escape

Sunday, Oct. 12 * 1:30 to 3 p.m.
The delicate sound of the harp can be soothing and wonderful. Just imagine what it will be like when more than two dozen harpers perform at the East Brunswick Public Library. 


East Brunswick Roots Project: Jose Obando Salsa Trio

Sunday, Oct. 19 * 2 to 4 p.m.

Come to this free performance and discussion on the origins of salsa among New York's East Puerto Rican immigrants. Featuring music by the José Obando Trio.
Sponsored by The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Friends of the Library

ESL Programming

Did you know the Library has a wide range of services for those who are learning English as a second language? Visit our website and find out more about the ESL programs we have for  everyone, including kindergarten students all the way up to adults. Games, web resources,  quizzes, puzzles and more. It's all here at the Library. For a schedule of in-person ELS sessions, click HERE.

East Brunswick Public Library
2 Jean Walling Civic Center Dr.
East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
 Director's Corner August 2014
Record.Play film festival
is Sunday Sept. 7, 2pm


We are so excited to have arrived at this point in our 12 month journey.


Last fall the library sent out a survey to all our cardholders to gauge our residents' interest in different aspects of "maker culture."* Library staff were working on applying for a "maker space" award through the State Library and LibraryLinkNJ and we wanted input so our proposal would reflect community interest. EBPLay media lab was the result of your feedback and our successful application. We now have a lab with five mac workstations loaded with Final Cut Pro editing software as well as the Adobe Creative Suite. Everyone is welcomed to use the new lab.


In addition, this spring we announced Record.Play, a student film competition that invites teens to create a "trailer" promoting the East Brunswick Public Library. The goal of the Record.Play competition is to promote EBPLay media lab, support East Brunswick teen filmmakers' creativity, and foster a culture that encourages peer-to-peer learning.   The festival on Sept. 7 is a wonderful opportunity to share the creation of local content with our community.   


So please join library staff, teen filmmakers, and judges to view the entries and celebrate the culmination of a wonderful year of work by all! Stay for light refreshments and find out who the judges award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes!   After the event be sure to check out EBPLay.


*Maker culture is a movement to foster an environment where everyone can come to create content and innovate new ideas or products.


MaryEllen Firestone, Library
Network-eting Extravaganza!

Thursday, Sept. 18 * 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Imagine an event that combines great food, networking, and a chance to learn marketing strategies from top experts to help your business grow. Central Jersey Business Alliance has partnered with the Business Resource Center@ The East Brunswick Public Library to bring this event to our small business community. This free event will include presenters from a variety of industries who will share their expertise on different aspects of marketing. A light dinner sponsored by Chili's of East Brunswick will be served.


The schedule includes:

  • "The Secrets of Great Relationship Building" - Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin
  • "What's Hot in Print Marketing Today" - Darr Kartychak
  • "Networking Secrets from a Marketing Guru" - Tracy Fink, MBA
  • "Cross-Cultural Business Etiquette" - Ajay Kumar, CPA
  • "What to Consider When You're Considering Social Media for your Business" -- Jennifer Gardella, PhD, Your Social Media Hour

Space is limited so make your reservation by emailing For more information call 732-690-5496 or visit



Sunday, Sept. 7 *  2 p.m. 

It's time for the East Brunswick Public Library's first annual Record.Play Film Festival.


In the spring, we challenged East Brunswick's teen filmmakers to make a short film promoting the library. Come by as we will celebrate their work and award prizes for the best pieces. The Record.Play competition is designed to promote EBPLay media lab, support East Brunswick teen filmmakers' creativity, and foster a culture that encourages peer to peer learning.  


So join library staff, teen filmmakers, and judges to view the entries and celebrate the culmination of a wonderful year of work by all!  Stay for light refreshments and find out who the judges award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes too!   After the event be sure to check out the EBPLay media lab.


*Funding for this Mobile Project initiative is provided by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative whose services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.


Read This Book on EBTV!
Read This Book
Get book recommendations from the experts! Check out our online book reviews by some of your favorite  librarians and some of our biggest fans.

This month, Norma Rossi talks about "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor.

Go to the calendar on our website, , to find out about future events and programs. To find library resources related to the program topics, look for book/DVD/CD/audiobook displays during the week the program is presented and/or ask a librarian.


$ Defensive Driving-Sign up now!
Monday, Sept. 8 & Tuesday, Sept. 9 * 6:30 p.m.
Get a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance or erase points from you or your teen's driver's license by attending the next two-day East Brunswick Friends of the Library's Defensive Driving Course.

Eligible drivers can erase two points from their driver's license and/or get a five percent discount for three years on a portion of their auto insurance by attending both sessions.

Approved by the State of New Jersey, the course is taught by an experienced police detective-accident investigator. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings for credit. Course costs vary according to goal: for a 2 point reduction on your license, $65; for an insurance discount, $55.  For both, the cost is $65.  
Attendance is mandatory and refunds cannot be given for partial attendance. Applications are available at the Circulation desk or online. Registration is required and seating is limited to 30 people.      

NEW!! Saturday Senior Socials
Saturday, Sept. 13 * 1 p.m.
Seniors and their caregivers are welcome!
Galina Markovich, an adult nurse practitioner, will lead this new series that will give seniors and their caregivers a chance to mingle and have some fun. Refreshments will be served.
This month: Bingo! 
Saturday, Sept. 13 * 10 a.m.-noon 
Bring your favorite needlecraft project and tap into Sandy's expertise to get past those problem spots! Whether you knit, crochet, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, embroider or other needlework, come drop in at your convenience for tips and enjoy Sandy's expert advice and the camaraderie of fellow crafters. There will be a sign-in sheet, and Sandy will give one-on-one advice in order of the sign-ins. All levels welcome. This is a regular monthly program on second Saturdays.

Sponsored by The Friends of The Library   


World Party! Short Story Discussion Group   
Monday, Sept. 15 * 7:30 p.m. 

Short stories are popular the world over - so join us for a new discussion group with a focus on multicultural authors and stories. Every other month we'll be meeting to discuss an individual story. Pick up a copy of the selection at the Information Desk. All are welcome! For more information, contact Jill D'Amico at or 732-390-6772.

"Navy Crazy" Book Talk
Monday, Sept. 22 * 7 p.m.
Meet author Michael Aaron Rockland as he discusses his new book, "Navy Crazy." The book is a memoir of Rockland's time in military service as a young medic working in a locked psychiatric ward with Navy and Marine mental patients in Japan. It was peacetime. With no one to shoot, people in the military began shooting themselves and each other. During his time in the ward, Rockland came close to being murdered twice.
"I was also partly responsible for the death of a patient which is something I shall always regret." There was also a riotous visit to the ward by Cardinal Spellman of New York. A mixture of tragedy and comedy taking place a decade or so after World War II, when "Made in Japan" was not always welcomed.

Rockland is professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. His early career was in the U.S. diplomatic service, during which he was a cultural attaché in both Argentina and Spain. He is the author of twelve books, three of which have received special recognition. Rockland has won five major teaching/lecturing awards, including the National Teaching Award in American Studies. He has lectured in some twenty-one countries around the world. A regular contributor to New Jersey Monthly magazine, he has also worked in television and film production, mostly for PBS.   

Banned Books Week at the Library!
Celebrate Banned Books Week from Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 27 at the library!

Get Caught Reading in the Teen Space!

Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 27 all day, every day.
Drop in all week to the Teen Space to celebrate Banned Books Week and get your picture taken in front of our "Caught Reading" back drop!

Pick your favorite banned book and take a "shelfie" with it in the stacks! We'll post your pics to the library Facebook page!

Banned Books Week Craft
Blackout Poetry in the Teen Space!

Saturday, Sept. 27 * 2 p.m.
Come and celebrate Banned Books Week at the library with this unique craft!

Blackout Poetry is the practice of blacking out most of the words on a page while the remaining words that are visible become your poem. Take your poem home with you or post it in the teen space for everyone to read!

Teen Movies 'N Books Club - watching TFIOS!
Monday, Sept. 29 * 6 p.m.
Nerdfighters Unite! Watch The Fault in our Stars and join our NEW movies and books club just for teens!

We'll watch together, cry together, and pick a book and a movie to watch for the next meeting!

Each month we'll pick a book and movie combo to read, watch and discuss together. Come with your ideas for what you'd like to watch or read and vote on the next selection!

To be held in the Youth Services Programming Room.

TAG - Teen Action Group

Monday, Sept. 8 * 7 to 8 p.m.
Join the Teen Action Group and have a say in the library's teen programs!  Help plan fun activities for you and your friends at the library, participate in creative activities, and tell us what you'd like to see in the library's collection.  Each TAG meeting counts toward 1 hour of community service credits!  Open to teens 13 - 18 years old.  No need to sign up, just show up and join the TAG list!


Gamers Guild
Mondays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 * 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Gamers Guild has returned! Please join us as we play Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering every other week at the library throughout the summer!


PSAT Practice Test

Sunday, Sept. 21 *  12 p.m. 

PSAT Practice Test brought to us by Kaplan. Ready to take the PSAT's? Come to a free practice test session provided by Kaplan. Test begins promptly at 12pm. Bring your #2 pencil and a calculator. Registration is required. Contact Jessica Schneider with questions

 The Geek League 

Saturday, Sept. 13 * 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22 * 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27 * 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3 * 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by and have the tech savvy teens of the East Brunswick Public Library's "Geek League" help you with that tricky new gadget. Teens in the Geek League are available to help create an email or Facebook account and answer other basic computer questions. They are there to coach adults to be more comfortable with electronic gadgets such as cell phones and ereaders. Just bring your gadget and any manuals and cords it comes with.  


See our video about the Geek League here!  

Please note that non-wi-fi devices generally need software pre-installed on your computer...please bring your laptop as well.

Computer Training


Sign Up Now for Computer Training Courses

Courses in September include offerings for beginners to experts. Classes are two hours long and limited to 12 students each

All Intro and Level 1 Courses are Free. There is a $10 fee for all others. Fees will be added to a cardholder's account and paid for at the Circulation desk. Non-cardholders will be charged $15 and must pay at the time of registration.