Director's Corner
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and the Library offers a unique gift for that special person in your life.  Why not make a donation to the Library through our book donation program? A book will be "plated" in honor of your loved one and will remain as a reminder of your dedication for all the years that book circulates.  Our Book Endowment Program also offers the opportunity to plate a new book each year for 10 years in honor of a special person in your life.  So this year consider a gift that keeps on giving and make a donation to your Library in honor of or in memory of those you love. For full information and the required form, please visit the following link: Book Endowment Program Form
What's New at the Library

Blind Date with a Book Month

Feeling a little lonely this month? Ready for a new adventure? Come to the Library and try a "blind date" with a book throughout the month of February! Look for our Blind Date with a Book displays around the Library and pick up a festively wrapped book to check out. Read the clues on the outside of the book to determine if this potential "date" is for you. Do not unwrap your date until you get your book home, and be sure to "rate your date" when you return it to the Library! Who knows, this could be the beginning of a new and beautiful book love affair!

Looking for more Blind Date with a Book fun? Stop by our table throughout the week of February 8-14 to play the "Book Dating Game"! Ask questions of potential "book dates" and choose your perfect blind date to curl up with for Valentine's Day this year.

Teen Space on Instagram: @eastbrunswicktag

Follow us on Instagram for all things Teens, including books, contests, and Library events.  To introduce our new account, we are running a special contest for the month of February. Follow us at @eastbrunswicktag, and guess the title of our #wrappedreadschallenge . You could win a copy of an unpublished Teen book! Look for a new challenge at the end of each week this month and be the first to guess the title in the comments to win.
Adult Programs & Events

Opera Talk: Lakmé with Joanna Barouch
Tuesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. 

Set during the British Raj in India, Delibes' Lakmé is a rarely performed work of French exoticism, enhanced with rich melody and detailed choral and orchestral writing. East Brunswick Arts Commission member Joanna Barouch will take you through the story, providing background and insight. The Arts Commission is offering tickets for the February 8 matinee of Lakmé at the Nicholas Music Center at Rutgers University. For tickets and information, call Bunny Gittleman at 732-257-5583 or email bunny2@comcast.net.

World Party! Short Story Discussion
Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a short story discussion with a multicultural focus. This month, we will read, "The Cat," by Tove Jansson. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Pick up a copy of the story at the Information Desk. Questions? Contact Jill at 732-390-6772 or jdamico@ebpl.org.

Walk-in In-Person Health Insurance Enrollment
Monday, February 9 from 3 - 8 p.m.

Sit down with a trained navigator from the Community Health Law Project to learn about the different health plans available through the federal marketplace (Affordable Care Act) and enroll on the spot. Have your questions answered! No registration is necessary. The federal deadline to enroll is February 15.

Move Well-Be Well! Back Health In the Workplace And Home

Thursday, February 12, 7 p.m.

[Snow Date: Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.]

Do you have a back weakness, or want to protect your back from injuries and their associated costs?  This informative and interactive program will show you how to handle home and work-related stress. Learn how to: reduce injuries, improve productivity, and reduce likelihood of medical interventions. Dr. Ken Freedman is the owner and director of Freedman Chiropractic Center, LLC. He is also the host of EBTV's Wellness Spotlight, and has been a recognized spinal and wellness expert in East Brunswick for over 35 years. 

Saturday Stitch: Drop-In Session
Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

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 the camaraderie of fellow crafters. There will be a sign-in sheet, and Sandy will give one-on-one advice in order of arrival. All levels welcome. This is an ongoing monthly program held on second Saturdays.  Sponsored by The Friends of The Library

Library Xchange for 20- to 30-somethings

Table Top Game Night
Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m. 

A night of fantastic table top gaming exclusively for 20- and 30-somethings! Bring your own game or play one provided by the Library. Snacks will be provided.

Trivia! Night
Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. 

Come team up and play Trivia! Night.  That evening, teams can sign in as a group, or be created as a wildcard team.  First prize includes Amazon.com gift cards, and Library cardholders have the chance to win free DVD rentals!  Register at http://tinyurl.com/libraryxchange

Teen Programs & Events

Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

Music lovers unite! If you have a burning desire to spread the word about your favorite band, learn about new artists, and share your love of music, come to this new program for Teens. In February we'll be sharing our favorite anti-love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. No sappy, love-y dove-y songs allowed! Bring your music to share or email Jessica and she will add it to the playlist. Song lyrics will be discussed and music videos will be watched.

Teen Anti-Valentine's Day Anti-Party
Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m.

Tired of all the Valentine's Day hype? Avoid it as best you can for a few hours at our anti-Valentine's anti-party! Join us for games, contests, crafts, snacks, and playlists of the best break-up songs ever. Teens are encouraged to wear black. 


Teen Writers Group
February 24 at 7 p.m.

Join other like-minded Teens who want to work on creative writing. This casual group meets once a month to share what we've been working on or just take time out of our busy schedules to write. With writing prompts and a fun group of friends to hang out with-what could be better?

Youth Programs & Events

16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the 16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival is set for two Sundays this February. Tickets cost $4 each and are available for purchase at the Library's circulation desk. Ticketholders must be ages 2 or 3 and up, depending on the performance.


On Sunday, February 8 at 2 p.m., Paper Moon Puppet Theatre will present, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," for families with children ages 2 and up. This show is a modern re-telling of the classic story, with a family of bears at a national state park, and a feisty Goldilocks. There will be an interactive session before the performance.


On Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m., Spring Valley Puppet Theatre will present, "Jack and the Beanstalk," for families with children ages 3 and up. This show is a re-telling of the story in which Jack makes his own wishes come true. Following the performance there will be a demonstration of some of the puppets.

World Literature Collection

The Youth Services Department is expanding its collection of children's books in world languages to better represent the diversity of the East Brunswick community. Picture books and non-fiction titles in Russian, Korean, Tagalog, Chinese, Hindi, Gujarati, and Tamil are being added in February. Youth Services librarians would love to hear your feedback on these new collections.

PARCC Testing Resources

For students and parents preparing for the upcoming PARCC standardized tests, the Library is ready to assist you. The most comprehensive way to study for the PARCC exam is to use the online test preparation service provided by Lumos Learning. The website includes study guides, videos, and practice tests which will be automatically scored to help students focus on areas that may need further study. This service requires an EBPL library card to accessed via this link on the children's home page.

Computer Training Class Schedule




Looking Ahead

41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale

The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2 through March 8 at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). The sale, which annually draws thousands of people from across the region, is much anticipated by book bargain lovers. Thousands of books, videos, audio books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library.

An exclusive Preview Sale will be held on Monday, March 2 from 8-9 a.m. The cost is $25 per person at the door. The full Sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, March 3, there will be a free children's event at 7 p.m.

The Friends need volunteers to help run the event. To sign up, please visit the Friends website.

Film Festivals

Winter International Film Festival

Instructions Not Included (PG-13)
Tuesday, February 10 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

A playboy's carefree life is changed forever when an old girlfriend leaves a baby on his doorstep. When the birth mother returns years later to retrieve her child, Valentin must fight to keep his family together. Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez wrote, directs and stars in this comic drama. [Mexico (2013), 115 minutes]

Popular Film Festival
Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13)
Tuesday, February 24 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. 

A magician in 1920's England undertakes an investigation of a celebrated young spiritualist but doesn't count on falling in love. Colin Firth and Emma Stone star in this comedy directed by Woody Allen. [USA (2014), 97 minutes]

Book Discussion Group

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
Thursday, February 19 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Copies of the book are available at the Information Services desk one month before each meeting. The discussion leader is Adult Services Librarian Claudia Link. Call 732-390-6767 for details.

"Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent." Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 

English as a Second Language
The Library has a growing ESL collection that can help with language learning and advanced communication skills. Check out our materials for tutors, pronunciation and accent help, study guides for the TOEFL and IELTS, and much more! Ask a librarian for more details.

Make a difference in someone's life! Literacy NJ is hosting tutor training in March. Please contact the LNJ office to receive your tutor registration package. Contact Melissa Bernstein or Ivette Yu at Mbernstein@literacynj.org, Iyu@literacynj.org or 732-906-5456.
February is the perfect time to find your perfect match! Try EBPL's
 new match+book service - free customized reading suggestions from librarians. Finished everything by Baldacci? Waiting for the next installment in your favorite series? Sick of binge-watching shows? Let us suggest something you might like, based on what you do (and don't) like. The feedback has been great, and our patrons love match+book - so try it out for yourself.

Just fill out the form and receive a list of reading suggestions from an EBPL librarian.

Business Resource Center

About the BRC

The Business Resource Center [BRC]  was started at the library to assist Middlesex County businesses and entrepreneurs get the skills and programs they need to grow their businesses.  The BRC partners with multiple professionals to offer workshops and seminars to the business community.  Library staff does one-on-one business research by appointment.  For more information please call or write Karen Parry, Manager, Information Services at 732 390-6764 or kparry@ebpl.org 

Upcoming Events

ReferenceUSA Database Webinars for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, & Job Hunters

Small business owners, entrepreneurs, and job hunters will learn how to harness the power of the ReferenceUSA Database to boost their business or find employment.  This series of hour-long webinars are being offered from the comfort of your own computer and will focus on a different topic each week. For more information, click here.


SCORE StartSMART™ Series for Start-Ups

Have you thought about starting your own business? Do you know how to turn your dream into a reality? Retired executives from Princeton SCORE are offering a popular, 5-part workshop that will teach the basics of entrepreneurship.  The first session is offered as a FREE trial on February 26th. The entire series is a great value at $128, and includes all four 3-hour workshops.  For more information, click here.