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The Past

France/Iran-2013-130 minutes-Rated PG-13  

After years of separation, Ahmad returns from Tehran to finalize his divorce from his French wife in Paris. This domestic drama was directed by Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 * 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  




UK-2014-104 minutes-rated PG  

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, this historical drama explores race relations and the abolition of slavery in 18th century England. Directed by Amma Asante, it stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Tom Wilkinson, and Emily Watson.  

Tuesday, Oct. 21 * 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  




Behind The Beautiful Flowers

By Katherine Boo

Thursday, Oct. 16, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.



Tuesdays, Oct., 7, 21, and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays,  Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 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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What's It Worth?
Sunday, Nov. 3 * 1:15 p.m.
Come to everyone's favorite "Antiques Road Show" and learn to tell how much that family heirloom or treasured possession is worth. Have your items appraised by Joe Bodnar from Bodnar's Auction Sales. Tickets to get two appraisals are $10 and are on sale at the library now. Attendance is free, but for those wanting appraisals for their items, tickets are $10 (no weapons please).

Friends Fall Meeting: Author Scott Mazzella
Thursday, Nov. 13 * 7:30 p.m.
Come to the Friends of the Library's Fall Meeting and visit with Scott Mazzella, the award winning author of "Surviving Sandy."An educator, former reporter, passionate writer and weather-buff, Mazzella captures the devastation and impact Superstorm Sandy had on Long Beach Island and the surrounding communities, and what happened in the days and weeks that followed.Copies of his book will be available for purchase at a discounted price. This free program is sponsored by 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 October 2014
Get books chosen just for you

It's wonderful to be pampered now and then.  A special treat chosen just for you. Everyone deserves that kind of special treatment.  Let the East Brunswick Public Library staff use their expertise to select your next great read!

EBPL match+book is a new service available at the library. Just fill out a simple form telling us about what you like to read and what you're looking for, and librarians will give you three custom book suggestions. The service is available for books, ebooks and audiobooks - just let us know how you want to read, and we'll do the rest. There is even an option for the books to be placed on reserve for you!

The library's Reader's Advisory committee worked on developing the form, and it was piloted over the summer. We're very excited about being able to offer this to our community, and encourage you to give it a try!

EBPL's match+book form is available online at  when you click on Great Books and Films and a paper form can be obtained by asking at the Information Desk.  So let us pamper you today!

MaryEllen Firestone, Library


East Brunswick Roots Project: Puerto Rico

The East Brunswick Public Library's Roots Project continues in October with two great programs.  

On Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., Explore the political structure of Puerto Rico within a historical context during Puerto Rico: the 51st State? We will discuss questions and issues on Puerto Rican citizens' rights and addressing whether statehood is in the best interests of Puerto Rico and/or the U.S.

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., explore the "Nuyorican Origins of Salsa," with a talk and performance by the Jose Obando Salsa Trio. This free performance will focus on the origins of salsa among New York's East Puerto Rican immigrants.

These programs are made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Friends of the Library.

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This month, Tom Husar of the East Brunswick High School talks about "The Presidents Club" by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

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.

Unlocking Your Body's Energy for Power and Healing
Thursday, Oct. 2 * 7 to 9 p.m. 

A bold, entertaining, and interactive presentation by local wellness expert, Dr. Ken Freedman. From his 35 years of practice experience, he will share how you can remove barriers and find your inherent power to self-heal and bulletproof yourself against stress. You will learn how to see your body in a new way, and receive transformational wellness tools to improve your quality of life and longevity.   


East Brunswick Roots Project: PUERTO RICO, the 51st State?
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.


Saturday Senior Socials
Saturday, Oct. 11 * 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.  

Free Tech Help!   

Saturday, Oct. 11 * 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25 * 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Monday, Oct. 27 * 6 to 8 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.


Harper's Escape 

Sunday, Oct. 12 8 1:30 to 3 p.m.  
Back by popular demand!
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. Join us for this annual festival of harps!

Table Top Game Night
Thursday, Oct. 16 * 7 to 10 p.m.
20 and 30somethings Table Top Game Night is a night of fantastic table top gaming exclusively for 20 and 30somethings! Bring your own game or play one provided by the library. Snacks will be provided!

 East Brunswick Roots Project: Jose Obando Salsa Trio
Sunday, Oct. 19 * 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for a discussion about the origins of salsa among New York's East Puerto Rican immigrants. The talk will explore the Puerto Rican folkloric genres plena and bomba, the evolution of salsa and Afro-Caribbean influences on salsa. Enjoy a performance by the Josť Obando Salso Trio.
Sponsored by The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Friends of the Library .


World Party! Short Story Discussion Group
Monday, Oct. 20 * 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.


Teen Action Group - TAG

Monday, Oct. 6 * 7 to 8 p.m.   

Join TAG, the library's Teen Action Group! Meet new friends in this fun group. We plan programs and events at the library just for teens!  Participate in creative activates like decorating the Teen Space with our awesome post-it note designs!  Every TAG activity that you participate in, including the monthly meetings, count for community service hours! Contact Jessica Schneider with questions

Teen Harry Potter Alliance Chapter Meeting

Monday, Oct. 13 * 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join the new Harry Potter Alliance Chapter at the library!
Start your Teen Read Week off right by joining our new Harry Potter Alliance chapter at the libary! We are an army of teen fans, activists, nerdfighters, teenagers, wizards and muggles dedicated to fighting for social justice with the greatest weapon we have-- love. Come find out what HPA is all about and join our new library chapter! We'll work to hone the magic of our creativity in endeavoring to make the world a better place. Join our army to make the world a safer, more magical place, and let your voice be heard!

Teen Crafternoon!

Tuesday, Oct. 14 * 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a new and awesomely cool craft program! We'll be making something new each month. In October we'll be making our own beaded wrap bracelets.

SAT Practice Test

Saturday, Oct. 18 *  12 p.m.
 SAT Practice Test brought to us by Kaplan. Ready to take the SAT's? Come to a free practice test session provided by Kaplan. Test begins promptly at noon. Bring your No. 2 pencil and a calculator. Registration is required. Contact Jessica Schneider with questions


Girls-Only Book Club!
Sunday, Oct. 19 * 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The Girls-Only Book Club is for Teen Girls ages 13-19. For November, we are reading: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert! This club meets once a month. Come help us decide what books we'll be reading, discussing, and watching this year! For October, we are reading "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. This club meets once a month
in Group Study Room 3.
Monday, Oct. 21
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!

Teen Halloween Movie Marathon

Monday, Oct. 27 * 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Come get in the spooky spirit and binge watch cheesy and scary movies with your friends! Snack on Halloween themed refreshments and make some fun and spooky crafts!   

Computer Training


Final Cut Pro Workshops

Thursday, Oct. 9  * 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25 * 12 p.m.  
EBPLay, the Library's media lab, includes five Mac computer work stations, all with Final Cut Pro, digital editing software, so that patrons of all ages can edit and produce their own movie masterpieces. This workshop is designed to introduce beginners on how to use the software.  The workshop is free and limited to 10 people.

Funding for the EBPlay Media Lab was 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.



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.