JULY 2015

Director's Corner

Author and illustrator Brian Selznick was honored by the East Brunswick Library Foundation at the 1st annual Roots & Wings event on May 28, 2015. In turn, he honored the library and East Brunswick with a warm, thrilling, and mesmerizing presentation. He shared his memories and experiences of growing up and coming of age as a writer, raconteur, and artist in the schools and the library of his beloved hometown. Brian came equipped with innumerable slides, videos, and anecdotes, each one funnier and more enlightening than the one before. The Foundation could not have picked a more deserving and rewarding honoree. Brian's storytelling talents articulated why supporting the Library Foundation is important; the library nurtures and supports generations of creativity and curiosity in East Brunswick. The only problem is that the Foundation set quite a high bar for the next native son or daughter to be recognized. I am certain all of us who were there said, "I'm so glad I attended!" I encourage residents to stay tuned for information about the next Roots & Wings event in 2016 so you will not have to say, "I'm sorry I missed it!"

-Art Lewin, Library Board of Trustees 

Summer Reading Continues!

Have you or your child enrolled in Summer Reading? If not, it is not too late! Sign up at www.ebpl.org/src and visit the library to pick up your special summer reading bookmark, bingo cards, and more. If you have already enrolled, don't forget to update your reading log throughout the summer for chances to win prizes. Keep visiting the library to see what special things we are doing all summer long.

Adult Programs & Events

Basic French for Travelers
Part I - Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. 

Part II - Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

For someone planning to visit a Francophone country, basic survival phrases are a necessity. It's also fun to try to communicate in a language other than English, which not everyone speaks! In this class not only will you hear the correct way to say a phrase, but you'll get the chance to say it yourself! After these classes, you should feel more confident that you can make yourself understood in very basic French.

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

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

This month, we will make pickles with different brines and vegetables.

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

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

Join us for a short story discussion with a multicultural focus. This month, we will read, "Help" by Lysley Tenorio.  "After the Beatles reject an invitation by Imelda Marcos for a Royal Command Performance, an aging bachelor attempts to defend her honor by recruiting his three nephews to attack the group at the Manila International Airport."


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.

Crafter Dark
Monday, July 20 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 making perler bead art.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library


Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Quizzo night for adults is an evening of pub-style trivia. Come join a team and test your knowledge in one of our many categories.  

Learn to Play Bocce Ball

Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.

The bocce ball court is next to the Senior Center at 3 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive.


Bocce is a ball sport that has its origins in ancient Rome. Come and learn the basic rules of the game.  

What Does Organic Mean?

Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.

You will learn about what USDA organic means; the process of a farm or product being labeled organic; history of the organic movement, from state to federal government; and what the certification process entails.

Al Johnson farmed and market gardened organically for 12 years and has now been an inspector of organic farms and food processing facilities for 26 years. He is a board member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ, and helped draft the organic certification standards.
Library Xchange for 20- to 30-somethings

Table Top Game Night
Thursday, July 16 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.

Lip Sync Live
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. 

Do you love to sing in the shower, but not in public? This event is for you! In the style of Lip Sync Battle, submit your songs on Spotify, and perform live. The audience will decide who's the true lip sync virtuoso.

Contact mhozik@ebpl.org for more information.

Teen Programs & Events

Aspiring Business Leaders: a 4-Day Workshop to Engage Teens in the Business World 

Saturday, July 11, 18, and 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have you ever considered a career in business?

Aspiring Business Leaders is a four-session workshop designed to engage High School students in the multi-faceted world of business. The program offers key insights into undergraduate business school, tips to land internships at top firms, and steps to craft a smart resume that will prepare you for success. In addition, Aspiring Business Leaders will culminate with a corporate case competition sponsored by Facebook! Students will form teams and present their solutions and ideas to a panel of judges for prizes.



  • Session 1: Business Schools, Majors, and Case Competition Introduction
  • Session 2: Internships, College Activities, and Entrepreneurship in High School and College
  • Session 3: Resumes and the Interview Process
  • Session 4: Final Presentations to Facebook and Other Companies

    The sessions are July 11, 18, and 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and July 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $30. Refreshments are included.


    To register, please call 732-390-6764 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ebplbusiness.

    To learn more, e-mail: AspiringBusinessLeaders@gmail.com

    Summer EATing Program

    Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 29 at 3 p.m.

    In the summertime at the library, we are all about our Summer Reading Program, but we also love to eat! This summer we are bringing you an addition to summer reading-Summer EATING!


    Join Jessica in the Teen Space to talk about the books you're reading and enjoy a fun and delicious snack. Want to show off your own mad cooking skills? Bring your own dish to share! For every Summer EATing program you attend, you get 5 extra raffle tickets to use on the End of Summer Reading Party prizes.

    League of Legends Tournament

    Friday, July 17 at 5 p.m.

    Are you ready for another exciting summer reading program at the East Brunswick Public Library?The Teen League of Legends Tournament is back!  Registration is REQUIRED.

    THIS IS AN AFTER-HOURS EVENT. Only those registered will be allowed in the building. Re-entry will not be allowed once the event has started. The cost is $5 per person to participate.

    We'll be giving away RIOT points for participants. We're also adding a new element this time with two tournaments running at once! You are also welcome to come and spectate and cheer your friends on. Additional games will continue to be played as the tournament progresses so if you don't have a team, you can still play.

    Form your team and register here: http://tinyurl.com/ebplol17
    Youth Programs & Events

    Superhero Costume Making and Parade

    Friday, July 10 at 12 p.m.

    Kids grades K+ can come make their own superhero costume, complete with masks, capes, and shields. Children of all ages will get to show off their new costumes to friends in a superhero costume parade around the duck pond at 12:45 p.m.

    Monkey, Monkey Music

    Thursday, July 16 at 11 a.m.

    Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, pop bubbles, and stroll in the garden with Monkey Monkey Music. Meredith LeVand's videos air on PBS stations, and now you can participate in this high energy, fun, interactive show. Recommended for children ages 2-6, but anybody can join in on the fun!

    Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program begins.

    Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

    Film a Superhero Movie

    Friday, July 17 at 12 p.m.

    The library is filming its own superhero movie, and we are looking for you to star! We'll provide the script, props, and technical crew. Come in costume if you want! We are casting kids in grades 3 and up.

    Super Community Playdate

    Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

    Come to our biggest playdate ever! There will be activities, games, and fun for kids ages 2-5.

    Superhero Academy

    Friday, July 31 at 12 p.m.

    Do you have the skills to be a hero? Attend our Superhero Academy and test your brains, brawn, and creativity and see if you can complete our superhero obstacle course.  Grades K+.

    International Film Festival
    Force Majeure
    Tuesday, July 7 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

    SWEDEN. 2014. 120 MINUTES. RATED R. 

    A Swedish husband on a skiing holiday with his family in the French Alps discovers the consequences of fleeing an avalanche in this comic drama. 


    Watch the trailer here.


    Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 

    Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

    UK. 2014. 119 minutes. RATED R.

    During the strike of 1984, a group of gay activists from London offers support to a village of Welsh coal miners in this poignant comedy based on a true story. 


    Watch the trailer here.


    Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 

    Land Ho!
    Tuesday, July 21 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.



    Two American buddies attempt to reclaim their lost youth during a road trip in Iceland. 

    Watch the trailer here.


    Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 

    Tuesday, July 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.


    A cattle herder and his family find their peaceful lives turned upside down when their village is taken over by terrorists in this Oscar-nominated drama. 


    Watch the trailer here.


    Sponsored by The Friends of the Library