Director's Corner
September conjures up memories of back-to-school - pencils, notebooks , and the excitement of something new. Thanks to the library's commitment to lifelong learning, EBPL can offer English language learners that same opportunity.

In addition to the on-going ESL and English Conversation Groups the library hosts, we will be offering advanced ESL classes and workshops throughout the fall and winter. This effort, called Global Connections @ EBPL, was designed to help members of our diverse community that are looking for help beyond the basics. The EBPL Community Conversation Group began in August, and aims to acclimate newcomers to day-to-day life in East Brunswick. The initiative continues with an Accent Reduction Course in September, taught by a certified teacher, that will give speakers confidence when speaking as well as result in more accurate, comprehensible English.

Later in the fall, you can look forward to a Business English Conversation group, as well as a series on networking for the American job search, to help with the "soft skills" that play such an important role in our business culture.

As always, the library offers a wide variety of programming for all ages and levels. Stop in today to learn something new!

-Maryann Ralph, Interim Library Director
What's New at the Library
Defensive Driving Course [Final class for the year]
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

Accent Reduction Workshop Registration

Monday, September 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This four-part Accent Reduction Workshop will introduce students to the various elements of American English pronunciation. The emphasis will be on intonation, stress, clarity and rhythm. Awareness and practice will raise confidence levels and result in more accurate, comprehensible English. Registration is required for the classes!


For more information, contact Jill at or call 732-390-6772 .
Adult Programs & Events

Sourcing Affordable, Local Organic Foods
Thursday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

Learn how your food is produced and the relative cost of these foods. Even if the farms are not within a comfortable driving distance, there are still ways to obtain local organic foods at reasonable prices.

Theresa Lam holds a B.S. in biology, is a board member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ (NOFA-NJ), and chairperson of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.
Meditation for Peace and Well Being
Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.

English Conversation Group Registration

Thursday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 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, and able to read and speak some English before they are admitted to the group.

Registration is required for the classes.

The Writer's Group @ EBPL

Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.

Do you write poetry, screenplays, essays, novels, or working on your PhD dissertation?  Drop in on our weekly Writers' Group at EBPL and share your projects with others for feedback, and more! 


We meet in Group Study Room 1 on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. 

The Book and the Cook (Cookbook Club)

Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Test out a new recipe from one of our cookbooks and share it with others!


This month, please bring in an appetizer and its recipe to share.  

Staging Your Home to Sell

Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Cindy Mussman will share her home staging tips to entice potential buyers.

Indian Dance Workshop

Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m.

[click here for more information]

Crafter Dark
Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Cult Film Screening: The Princess Bride
Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

Future Financial Health
Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Ron Granberg will offer his expertise on how financial markets work, prices move, and risk evolves. Discover that much of what you think about and are told about investing is wrong and manipulative. Mark Emmerson will discuss how to use life, disability insurance & long term care insurance, along with other estate planning tools, to enhance your long-term plan to maximize assets in retirement. 
Teen Programs & Events

Teen Arduino 2-Part Workshop - Make a Piano

Part 1: Monday, September 14 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Part 2: Tuesday, September 15 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Kunj Shah is back again to teach teens ages 13 and older all about Arduino!

In the first session. you will get an introduction on how Arduino works, and in the second session you will create pianos out of buttons and buzzers with Arduino programming!

There is a maximum of 10 participants in this program.

Teen Crafternoon
Thursday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m.
Join us each month to craft something new and awesome!

This month we'll be making t-shirt tote bags. Bring an old t-shirt you are ready to upcycle and turn it into a cool new bag to carry your books to school in. No sewing knowledge is necessary, as we're making these no-sew totes with just our own two hands and scissors.

A very limited amount of t-shirts can be supplied by the library, so please bring your own if you want to participate in this crafternoon.
New PSAT Practice Test
Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m.
Through this unique opportunity, students will take a fully-proctored exam, experiencing the New PSAT. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment. Practice test scores from this event can serve as a score prediction prior to having to sit for the actual exam.

The test will take approximately 3 hours. Students will need to bring a calculator and two #2 pencils.

You must register here.
Youth Programs & Events

Makey Makey Workshop

Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Makey Makey's are a great way to learn about circuits and have fun! Join a team and race against the clock to use our collection of supplies to create a functioning version of the classic board game Operation. No experience is required, as a brief explanation of Makey's will be provided at the beginning of the program. 
Book & Reading Discussion Groups
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Thursday, September 10 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life, and has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will is acerbic, moody, and bossy. But Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

For more information, please call Adult Services librarian and discussion facilitator Claudia Link at 732-390-6772.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 
World Party! Short Story Discussion Group
Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
"The Curtain Blown by the Breeze" by Muriel Spark
Fine Film Festival
Far from the Madding Crowd
Tuesday, September 29 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
UK. 2015. 119 MINUTES. RATED PG-13 

Independent and headstrong, wealthy landowner Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors in this romantic drama set in Victorian England. Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd stars Carey Mulligan and is directed by Thomas Vinterberg. 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 
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.

Cancer Survivorship: what do we mean and why does it matter? 
Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Cancer survivorship is defined many different ways. Here we focus on the phase of care after cancer treatment is completed.

This talk outlines key issues faced by patients after treatment and what can be done about them. Attendees will learn about cancer survivorship, as well as programs and materials available to guide patients after treatment.

Denalee O'Malley, PhD (c), LSW, is the Supervising Program Development  Specialist at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Cancer Transitions Workshop

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

Take part in this FREE, six-week series for people with ALL types of cancer diagnoses who have completed active treatment 1 month to 2 years ago and currently have no evidence of disease.  The program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, and medical management after cancer treatment ends.

Registration is required: Call 908-658-5400 or visit