JUNE 2015

Director's Corner

Spring is in the air!  It is a time for so many milestone celebrations: graduations, weddings and anniversaries.  Why not commemorate these happy occasions with a donation to the Library through our book donation program? A book will be "plated" in honor of your loved ones and will remain as a reminder of your dedication for all the years that the book circulates.  The Library sends a lovely acknowledgement of your gift to your honoree informing them of the title chosen in their honor.  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 consider a gift that keeps on giving and make a donation to your Library in honor of those you love. For full information and the required form, please visit the following link: Book Endowment 


-Maryann Ralph, Interim Director


What's New at the Library

Summer Reading Begins Saturday, June 20

Summer Reading is almost here, and there are many activities and programs for adults, teens, and children of all ages!

Besides participating when you are in the Library, please share your love of reading on social media by using the hashtag #ebplsummer.  You may get points towards prizes for your posts.

You can read more about the programs for each age level below by visiting our table at the East Brunswick Farmer's Market on Saturday, June 6, or visit the summer reading website.

Raconteur Radio presents the Hound of the Baskervilles

Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m.

Set on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country, this is the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson investigate the case. From the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Recommended for ages 8 and older.

Raconteur Radio productions feature theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects. 

Co-sponsored by the East Brunswick Arts Commission.

Record.Play Film Festival Screening & Award Ceremony

Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.

The 2015 Record.Play Film Festival Awards will be held on Thursday, June 25.

Come walk our red carpet, be interviewed by EBTV, and celebrate the short films of the youth, teens, and adults of East Brunswick.
Get ready to enjoy your favorite magazines from your computer, phone, or tablet with ZINIO - the library's online newsstand of eMagazines. Zinio lets you enjoy the latest issues of the most popular magazines at no cost to library cardholders.

Check magazines out digitally here.

New users will need to create an account using their 14-digit library barcode number.

Browse our collection of forty popular magazines, then read them online whenever you desire. There's even a Zinio for Libraries app to read your favorite magazines offline on your iOS, Android, and other devices.

Here is the complete list of exciting titles for 2015:

Apple Magazine
Food Network MagazinePC Magazine
Bon AppétitForbesPC World
Car and DriverGlamourPopular Science
Condé Nast TravelerGood HousekeepingPrevention
Cooking with Paula DeenGQReaders Digest
CosmopolitanHGTV MagazineShape
Country LivingKiplinger's Personal FinanceVanity Fair
DiscoverMartha Stewart LivingVegetarian Times
ElleNational Geographic InteractiveVictoria
Eating WellNewsweekVogue
The EconomistNew YorkerWIRED
Every Day with Rachael RayOK! MagazineWomen's Day
Family CircleO, The Oprah MagazineWomen's Health

Adult Programs & Events

Eat It: Adult Cooking Class
Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. 

This new monthly cooking program ensures that adults can have treats just like the tweens!

This month, we will make our own marshmallows and create indoor S'mores.

Please note that food items may contain: gluten, nuts, dairy, eggs, meat, and other allergens. Those with pacemakers cannot attend due to the use of induction burners.  Knives and hot equipment may be used, so only adults may participate.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

The Flea Market Book
Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. 

There is growing interest in flea markets in New Jersey. Author Manny Luftglass' first book in the upcoming multi-part series, Flea Market Book, showcases 10 New Jersey markets, including the local market in Englishtown.  Manny will share his vast knowledge of the do's and dont's for shopping. Copies will be available for purchase.

Manny Luftglass is the author of multiple books, on topics like flea markets and fishing.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

World Party! Short Story Discussion Group
Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a short story discussion with a multicultural focus. This month, we will read, "A Private Experience" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 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.

Meditation: A Tool for Stress
Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Meditation can bring about a sense of calm and balance that benefits both your emotional and physical well-being, which in turn will impact your overall health and reduce stress. It is easy to learn and can have many lasting and beneficial effects.  After you meditate, the benefits don't end when your session ends.

Jim Rose holds an M.Ed. from Rutgers University and has been meditating for over 30 years.


Two Counties Symphonic Band: Remembering Flag Day
Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m.

The Two Counties Symphonic Band, directed by David Crosby, is a small, 25-piece symphonic band, made up of musicians from both Monmouth and Middlesex counties. They perform classical, Broadway, film, pop, and big band music. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Crafter Dark
Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Jealous of the Teen Crafternoon?

This is a new monthly adults-only program that meets on the Third Monday of each month.  

This month we will be creating our own polymer clay beads, which you form, bake, and use for jewelry, decorations, embellishments, and more!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Caring for Someone with Memory Loss

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Caregivers for those living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia can become overwhelmed with a lack of knowledge about the disease and ways in which to care for their loved ones.

This program will go in-depth about different caregiving techniques they can utilize throughout different stages of the disease, and will review the different types of alternative living residences.


Melissa Stables holds a master's degree in Social Work and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is the Director of Memory Care at Golden View Health Care Center.

Adult Summer Reading

June 20 through August 15

This summer, escape the ordinary at the library! Read books, submit reviews or attend programs and be entered for the chance to win weekly prizes, including a grand prize as part of the EBPL Summer Reading Club.


Look for the display in the front of the library, or go to the summer reading website for more information

The First Jewish Feminist

Monday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Judy Petsonk will discuss her new book, Queen of the Jews. Queen Shalom Zion was considered the first Jewish feminist. She ruled alone for 37 years and played an important role in the transition from temple-centered to rabbinic Judaism. She is responsible for the Jewish people being called "the people of the Book."


Co-sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee

Library Xchange for 20- to 30-somethings

Table Top Game Night
Thursday, June 18 at 6:45 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 on our Meetup page.

Trivia! Night
Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. 

Come team up and play Trivia! Night, a mix of pub trivia and a famous TV game show. 

Register your team online, or meet new people and play together!

You must RSVP on our Meetup page.

Teen Programs & Events

YA & Tween Author Panel

Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

To help us kick off summer reading this year, we have five YA and Tween authors coming to visit the Library!

Meet authors Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, Yvonne Ventresca, Crissa-Jean Chappell, Jennifer Ann Mann, and Russel Like. Hear them talk about their books, what it's like to be an author, and ask all your burning questions.


Win great giveaways and start your summer off right with free books and more! Books will be available for purchase and the authors will take time to sign your books at the end of the event. 

For more information, visit the event page.


Teen Summer Reading Program 

Are you ready for another exciting summer reading program at the East Brunswick Public Library?

We're keeping things simple this year-for every 5 books you read, you get to pick out a book from our Summer Reading Cabinet to keep! Also, for every book you read and every review you write (or Instagram!) you get a raffle ticket to use for gift bags full of goodies and prizes at our End of Summer Reading Party!


If you think you're a SuperReader this summer, work on our reading challenge game board for additional prizes and raffle tickets.

For more details and to register for the Teen Summer Reading program, visit the library starting June 17th.

Youth Programs & Events

Summer Reading: Escape the Ordinary

While summer reading is a fun way to spend the summer, it is the best way to ensure that your child is ready for the new school year in the fall.

Our summer reading program for elementary school students encourages them to make reading a daily habit by reading 20 minutes every day. Children who read during the summer are eligible for raffle prizes and can spin the Wheel of Fun for small prizes every time they visit the Library.

Tweens (students in grades 6-7) can join a special reading club just for them! The challenge for tweens is to read a book a week for the entire summer. If they participate, they will discover some great new titles that they will want to share. We encourage them to review at least 4 books with a written review, or recording short videos on the Library's iPads with a review, recommendation, or just panning a book.

Even preschoolers can participate in summer reading! The Library has activity sheets with games and challenges for caregivers and children to complete together. This fun project encourages creative and educational play.

As always, the Library will have special programs throughout the summer for families and children of all ages. Be sure to visit the Youth Services department next time you are at the Library to see what we are up to!


Visit the Summer Reading website.

Super Scientific Circus

Tuesday, June 23 at 11 a.m. 

Start off the summer with an exciting, high energy show that's fun for the whole family!


Circus routines full of audience participation, including juggling, balancing, plate spinning, boomerangs, bubbles, and more.


Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Register Now: Lego Mindstorms Robotics Club

Thursdays, June 25 through July 16 from 2-4 p.m. 

Combining the fun of Legos, robotics, and programming, the Library will be offering a Mindstorms club this summer, aimed at introducing the programmable Lego robotics kit to tweens and teens. The club will meet every Thursday from 2-4 pm from June 25 to July 16 and will start from scratch to learn to build and program different projects using the Mindstorms kit. No experience is necessary.

Attendance is limited to 18 and will fill up quickly, so please register your tween or teen today.


Note that this is a 4-part series of classes, so please only register if your child can attend all 4 sessions. 

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.

Book Discussion Group

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Thursday, June 18 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.

"A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road...it is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark."


Sponsored by The Friends of the Library