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The Harmonists
Germany-1999-123 minutes-Rated R
This musical drama tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a popular vocal group in 1930's Germany. For more information about film showings at the library please see our Film Festival page.

Tuesday, No. 18, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.




The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers

In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.  

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.


It's wonderful to have a special treat chosen just for you. Let the East Brunswick Public Library staff use their expertise to select your next great read with our new match+book service. 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!

match+book form is available online by clinking here or by visiting  and clicking on Great Books and Films. A paper form can be obtained by asking at the Information Desk.  So let us pamper you today!



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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Holiday Book Gift Guide 

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Come get expert book recommendations for your holiday gifts this season! 

Acoustic Guitar Performance
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
Come and enjoy a wonderful acoustic guitar performance with musician Matt Richards

East Brunswick Public Library
2 Jean Walling Civic Center Dr.
East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
 Director's Corner November 2014
We Are Thankful For Our 'Friends'

As our thoughts turn to our uniquely American Thanksgiving holiday, it is always nice to take a few minutes to think about all the things in our lives for which we are grateful.  


This November I am particularly grateful for the Friends of the East Brunswick Library. This dedicated group of volunteers are unflagging in their support and hard work to raise funds to make this library special. The Friends spend so many hours thinking about the library and planning fundraisers large and small to enable the library to offer new programs and services.


This past year the Friends sponsored the construction of three small group study rooms that are now a popular destination for many small meetings, homework groups, business meetings and folks that don't need a large meeting room for their activity.  


In November the Friends offer two very popular programs: their Fall author meeting featuring local author Scott Mazzella and the "What's It Worth?" collectibles program, back by popular demand. So be sure to jot down the dates and plan on attending these programs so you too can say a personal "thank you" to the Friends for all that they do for your public library!

MaryEllen Firestone, Library Director


Friends Fall Meeting: Author Scott Mazzella

Thursday, Nov. 13 at 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.

Read This Book on EBTV!
Read This Book
Get book recommendations from our enthusiastic readers! Check out our online book reviews by some of East Brunswick's most voracious readers.

This month, Dan Moran of the East Brunswick High School talks about "Steve Jobs: a Biography," by Walter Isaacson.


Saturday Senior Social
Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 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.

The Geek League 
Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday. Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 22 from 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.   

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

 What's It Worth?
Sunday, Nov. 16 at 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).

Author Talk: Desperate Love: Author Talk  - Richard Reiss
Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Richard Reiss will discuss his book, Desperate Love: A Father's Memoir along with his wife, psychologist, Paula Kaplan-Reiss, Ph.D. As a couple who struggled to become parents, Rick and Paula adopted their infant son who grew up having significant emotional and behavioral issues. Discussion will focus on adoption, mental health issues and how to protect and strengthen marriage and family when a child is in crisis.

Put a reserve on Dr. Kaplan-Reiss' book by clicking here!


World Party! Short Story Discussion Group

Monday, Nov. 17 at 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. 


Be sure to 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.


Teen Action Group - TAG 

Monday, Nov. 3 from 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 at

Teen Harry Potter Alliance Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join the new Harry Potter Alliance Chapter at the library!
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. Community service hours are given for this club.

League of Legends Tournament
Friday, Nov. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Teens 13-19 are invited to join us for our popular League of Legends Tournament, Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Get your team lined up! Spectators are welcome as well. We'll be shoutcasting and live tweeting the tournament so if you are away on vacation, you can still tune in.  Registration will start two weeks before the tournament.   Register here!

Gamers Guild
Monday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Gamers Guild has returned! Please join us as we play Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering.

Teen Writers Workshop
Mondays, Nov. 10, 17 and 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Mondays, Dec. 1 and 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate National Write a Novel in a Month..the month of November (NaNoWriMo). We'll be writing together, working on different writing prompts, sharing our work, getting feedback from friends and more. You'll leave this workshop with a bound book of everyone's work. Contact Jessica with questions.  

Girls-Only Book Club!

Sunday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 
Girls-Only Book Club! For Teen Girls ages 13-19. For November, we are reading AND WATCHING: 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.

Teen Crafternoon!
Friday, Nov. 21 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Winter is coming! Arm-knit yourself a scarf! We'll provide the yarn, you bring the arms. Join us for this new and awesomely cool craft program. We'll be making something new each month.
Hunger Games Monopoly
Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
Mockingjay will be in theaters this month. Celebrate and find out if the odds really are in your favor. Teens are challenged in this team-based, life sized board game based on The Hunger Games. You and your fellow tributes will trade, haggle, scheme and plot to be the Ultimate Victors.
Business Resource Center

What Employers Expect

Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon

Offered by the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development in partnership with the BRC

Outstanding work readiness skills, excellent customer service skills, accomplished team player. These are all phrases used continuously by employers when asked what they seek in an employee.  What do those phrases actually mean and how do you showcase these traits in an interview?  This presentation will provide tips, suggestions and steps to help you obtain the job of your dreams. 

Computer Training


Photoshop CS6
Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.  

Learn how to use the most recent version of the most popular image-editing software on the market. We will cover some basic photo editing techniques, and look at how to work with layers. This class is conducted using Macs and will require you to have basic computer skills including using a mouse and keyboard. This program is free. Call 732-390-6767 or visit our website at      


Final Cut Pro Workshops

Monday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 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.

Computer Training Courses

Courses in November 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.