APRIL 2015

Director's Corner
As the information center of our community, the Library strives to present programs that enrich, educate and challenge our residents to view history or current events in a whole new way.  For the past few years, the Library has collaborated with local Holocaust survivor Michael Kesler, to present programs that "fill in the gaps" of our knowledge about life before the Holocaust.  These unique programs paint a beautiful portrait of everyday life in the villages and towns of Eastern Europe.  We are grateful to the East Brunswick Jewish Center and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey for sponsoring this year's program.  Please join us for an afternoon that will transport you to a simpler time and a beautiful place. 
What's New at the Library

Holocaust Remembrance: The Jews of Poland, pre-WWII

Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Come and learn about the rich history and culture of the 600-year-old Jewish community of Poland, the cradle of most Jews in the Americas.

This free event includes a historical overview with Professor Glenn Dynner, and Music of the Time & Place with violist Tamara Freeman, tenor Michael Kesler, and pianist Ed Goldberg.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey and the East Brunswick Jewish Center.

EBPL Harry Potter Alliance Announces Book Drive

Teens from Dobby's Favorite Sock, the East Brunswick Public Library's Harry Potter Alliance Chapter, in partnership with the Children's Librarians of Middlesex County's Books to Keep program, will be collecting books at the Library throughout April and May.  The group will be collecting new and very gently used books for all ages to give to those in need this summer.  Books to Keep provides books to children whose families cannot afford them in order to encourage a lifelong love of books and reading. There will be collection sites located in the children and teen departments.  The HPA will also be hosting several events to encourage donations.

Adult Programs & Events

Eye Health as You Age
Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. 

Dr. Leitman will discuss common eye ailments of aging, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, their causes and state-of-the-art treatments.

He will also share ideas on ways to keep your eyes healthy as you age.

Dr. Mark Leitman is the author of the Manual for Eye Examination and Diagnosis, which is used by physicians worldwide.  Dr. Leitman practices general ophthalmology in East Brunswick and is presently on staff at Saint Peter's Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center. 

Saturday Stitch: Drop-In Session
Saturday, April 11 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

Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.

The East Brunswick Public Library welcomes author and autism advocate, Jesse A. Saperstein.  Jesse will share the wisdom he has gained during his 32 years of living on the autism spectrum.

Sponsored by The Friends of The Library


Jesse A. Saperstein is the author of the best-selling memoir, Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters, and his most recent book, Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood.

World Party! Short Story Discussion
Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a short story discussion with a multicultural focus. This month, we will read, "Naima" by Hisham Matar. 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.

Luboml: My Heart Remembers

Tuesday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Film screening with an introduction and discussion by Sally Bauer Cohen.


"A glorious celebration of the beauty and vitality of life in the Jewish shtetl of Luboml in Poland, 1940. Archival  photos and footage, together with Holocaust survivors' and other former residents' accounts, create a living memorial to a vibrant town where religious tradition and community life coexisted. That life ended dramatically, when Nazi genocidal actions in 1941-42 destroyed the community, executing nearly all of its Jewish citizens." 

The Statue of Liberty

Thursday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Harbor has stood watch since 1866, following 20 years of planning. Kevin Woyce will lecture about the fascinating history of the Statue of Liberty-how she was built, what she symbolizes, and those involved in her creation.

Original photographs of the statue, Ellis Island, and the immigrants entering New York will be shown.

Kevin Woyce is an author, photographer, and speaker specializing in New Jersey and New York regional history.  Co-sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee.

Pathways to Success for Immigrant Professionals: Professional Networking for the U.S. Job Search

Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

In this seminar we will discuss: 

  • Utilizing your international education and experience to seek employment in the U.S.
  • Networking strategies, including social media, volunteering and other networking skills
  • Accessing local programs that assist immigrant professionals

In this seminar, we will discuss networking, an essential and often under-utilized skill in building a career in the U.S. You will learn about different ways of networking, including in-person and social networking, and how to prepare for a successful networking experience. We will also share tips on presenting your qualifications and provide information on how to incorporate networking into your job search.

This seminar is designed for immigrants who hold foreign academic qualifications and are seeking employment. 


Library Xchange for 20- to 30-somethings

Table Top Game Night
Thursday, April 9 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. RSVP at tinyurl.com/libraryxchange.

Trivia! Night
Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. 

Come team up and play Trivia! Night, a mix of pub trivia and our favorite TV trivia game show.  8 teams of 4 can sign up.  If you don't know someone, just come and be assigned to a team.


RSVP at tinyurl.com/libraryxchange.

Teen Programs & Events

Teen Action Group

Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Are you looking to volunteer at the Library? Want to know more about what events the Library has for teens? Do you have a great idea for a teen event you want to share? The Teen Action Group is where you want to be! By joining TAG, you'll get access to many teen volunteer opportunities and have a say in teen events at the library each month. Joining TAG is easy-all you need to do is show up to our meeting on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m.  TAG is the BEST way to begin volunteering and get to know the Library!

Teen Library Connection (TLC) Information Sessions
Session 1: Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

The summer is fast approaching! TLC is back again for another fantastic summer full of fun volunteering at the Library. This year, the program is open to applicants entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in the Fall of 2015.

There are several new changes this year and as such, teens who wish to participate in this program MUST attend one information session in order to receive an application. 

Students entering 12th grade in the Fall are also encouraged to apply for our TLC Teen Assistant positions and should attend an information session as well.

Information sessions will be held on:  

  • Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 1
  • Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. in Meeting Room 1
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the YS Programming Room

You may register to attend a session through the calendar. Applications for the TLC 2015 session will be due to the library by May 22.

Questions? Email Jessica at jschneider@ebpl.org

Teen Crafternoon
Thursday, April 16 at 3 p.m.

Come learn to craft something new! This month we will be making our own polymer clay beads.  Create your beads, bake them, and use them for endless possibilities from jewelry to decorations, embellishments, and more!

Youth Programs & Events

NJ Snake Man

Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. 

Don't miss this fascinating and educational show featuring real live snakes from around the world. Learn how to identify them and where they live. Fun for the whole family!  Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the program begins.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Tween & Teen Harry Potter Trivia Night

Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The HPA Dobby's Favorite Sock chapter invites you to test your Harry Potter knowledge at our Harry Potter Trivia Night for tweens and teens.  Visit the calendar for more information.  Participants are encouraged to bring a book to donate for the HPA Book Drive.

Computer Training Class Schedule

The Library offers computer training classes for those who want to learn the newest versions of software or want to gain basic skills using computers.

All introductory classes are free, upper-level courses are $10 for EBPL cardholders, or $15 for non-cardholders.

You must register for a course to participate. Below is a list of the upcoming classes. We hope to see you there.

Film Festivals

Spring International Film Festival

Ida (PG-13)
Tuesday, April 14 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

**2015 Oscar Winner, Best Foreign Languages Film** Anna, a novitiate in 1960's Poland on the verge of taking her vows, visits her sole living relative only to discover a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. This award-winning drama is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.  [Poland (2014), 82 minutes]

Popular Film Festival
The Hundred Foot Journey (PG-13)
Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. 

When the Kadam family opens an Indian restaurant in a quaint French village, they have difficulty winning the approval of the proper French chef who owns the restaurant across the street. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this drama stars Helen Mirren and Om Puri. [USA (2014), 122 minutes]

Book Discussion Group

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
Thursday, April 16 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.

"Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?  Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship."

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 conducts tutor training throughout the year. 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.
Try EBPL's 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 Connection [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