Director's Corner

Oh, how quickly the days of summer fly by!  It is hard to believe that August is already upon us. While each season offers its own particular ways to enjoy reading, summer is a great time for reading al fresco.  In particular, I love to read on my annual beach vacation.  At a young age, my mother turned me on to the pleasure of reading under a beach umbrella as wave after wave crashed against the shore. 


As an avid reader, there never seems enough time to fit in all the reading I want to accomplish each summer.  So over the years I have trained myself to be more disciplined and return a book if the author has not engaged me after 50 pages.   So far this summer has been a great one for my reading list. 


I started off with Jane Smiley's, Some Luck.  This is the first in her Last 100 Years trilogy, centered on the Langdon family, a clan of Midwest farmers at the turn of the last century.  As always, Smiley's writing is perfectly descriptive and compelling, and you continue to think about the characters even after you are done reading for the day.  I followed that with the perfect palate cleanser, The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, a light and quirky romance that reminded me of the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.  Next up is the Pulitzer Prize winner, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.  It is a historical novel about a blind French girl and German boy who help each other make their way through occupied France.  According to the reviews, it is a book you can sink your teeth into so I am excited to start!


I hope you are enjoying an equally excellent summer of reading.  If you need help finding a great book to take with you on your next trip to the shore, Crystal Springs or just your backyard, be sure to take advantage of our match+book service.  Fill out this short form and our librarians will give you a list of suggestions to try.


Happy reading!


-Maryann Ralph, Interim Library Director

Coming Soon

EBPL Community Conversation Group

Fridays, August 21 through September 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Are you new to the U.S. and East Brunswick? Not sure how to get around town, sign up for school, or where to shop? Learn about your new community, practice speaking English in a relaxed, casual setting, and make new friends! Guest speakers will help acclimate you to town. 


To register, contact Jill at or call 732-390-6772 .

Defensive Driving Course
Part I - Tuesday, September 8 from 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Part II - Wednesday, September 9 from 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Erase the points on your driving record, and save money on your car insurance. Sign up for a NJ approved class taught by an experienced police detective/accident investigator.

  • $65 - 2-point reduction and insurance discount
  • $55 - insurance discount
To register, download registration form and mail or hand deliver to Library by Thursday, September 3.  Click to download the form here.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Adult Programs & Events

Eat It: Adult Cooking Class
Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. 

This month, we will make tomato-based salsas.

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, August 10 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a short story discussion with a multicultural focus. This month, we will read, "The Journey of the Corpse" from Stories from a Ming Collection: The Art of the Chinese Story-teller.


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

Guardians of the Galaxy
Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

Follow Star Lord, Groot, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, and Drax as they are thrown together to save the universe.  The soundtrack highlights some of the most popular songs of the 1970s and 1980s.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Crafter Dark
Monday, August 17 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 using paper and modge podge to cover cans, journals, and more.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Literacy NJ English Conversation Group Registration

Monday, August 24 from 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Led by tutors from Literacy New Jersey, English Conversation Groups meet at the library on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings to practice English speaking skills from September through June. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, able to read and speak some English and must register in person before attending.  

Make Homemade Ice Cream

Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

Making ice cream by hand is worth the sore arm! Come make ice cream and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


30 free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to program.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Bocce Ball Tournament

Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m.

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


Come and enjoy a friendly tournament of bocce ball. Come with a teammate, or meet someone new!  

Library Xchange for 20- to 30-somethings

Trivia! Night
Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

Trivia! Night is a mix of pub trivia & a famous TV game show.  8 teams of 6 players may participate.  If you have a team, RSVP together, or meet someone new as a wildcard team!

Teen Programs & Events

Lego Mindstorms Robotics Club

Tuesday, August 18 through Friday, August 21 at 3 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 teens and tweens.


Attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to 15 participants.  Show up early to the first session to grab your spot!  Please note that this is a 4-part series, so please make sure you can attend all 4 sessions.

Teen End of Summer Reading Party

Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate all you've achieved this summer at our teen End of Summer Reading Party! Teens who registered for summer reading this year are invited to attend our party, which will include ice cream, games, and more. Collect your raffle tickets and reward yourself with great summer reading prizes!

Current SAT vs. ACT Combo Practice Test

Wednesday, August 19 at 11 a.m.

Free SAT/ACT Practice Test brought to us by Kaplan. Test begins promptly at 11 a.m. Bring your #2 pencil and a calculator. Registration is required. Please register here.

Kaplan's unique Combo Practice Tests are perfect for students who wish to experience more than one exam in a single test experience. Results from each test provide a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the exams, detailing a student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as feedback comparing their performance across the analogues test sections of the exams-for example, current SAT Math section vs. new SAT Math section vs. ACT Math section.

You must register with Kaplan here.
Youth Programs & Events

Celebrate Local Heroes

Saturday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Some of East Brunswick's local heroes-firefighters, EMTs, and medics-will be visiting the Library.  All ages are invited to come to meet these heroes and learn about what they do every day to help our community. Afterwards, everyone is invited outside to get an up-close look at different firetrucks and ambulances. 

Free Day at Crystal Springs

Thursday, August 6 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To celebrate a summer of reading, all children and teens who are members of the Library's Summer Reading Club will have free admission after 4 p.m. at the Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center (380 Dunhams Corner Road). Parents of readers will be admitted at the reduced rate of $5.

It is not too late to join the Library Summer Reading Club-just visit to create an account. And if you are already registered, don't forget keep updating your reading log for opportunities to win prizes all summer long. 

Zoom Balloons

Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Come and celebrate our last day of the Summer Reading Club with a unique and entertaining show. This energetic show includes music, dancing, magic and the most amazing balloon art. Fun for the whole family!

Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program begins.


Stick around afterwards for our End of Summer Reading Party, including games, fun, and crafts for the entire family from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

Super Science Make & Take

Session 1: Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: Thursday, August 20 at 11:30 a.m.

See how much fun learning can be by using scientific concepts to create glowing slime, a lava blob, and more!

Presented by Super Science for Kids for ages 6 through 10.

Limited registration begins August 5.
Please call 732-390-6789 to register for one of the sessions.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
International Film Festival
Zero Motivation
Tuesday, August 4 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert army base bide their time pushing paper and playing video games in this dark comedy that won six Israeli Film Academy awards.


Watch the trailer here.


Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 

Wild Tales
Tuesday, August 11 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.


An anthology of six short films exploring the theme of revenge, this dark comedy swept the Argentinian Academy awards and was nominated for an Oscar.

Watch the trailer here.


Sponsored by The Friends of the Library