MARCH 2016

What's New at the Library
NJ Makers Day
Saturday, March 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To celebrate Do It Yourself (DIY) culture, the East Brunswick Public Library will again host NJ Makers Day on Saturday, March 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is one of over 200 official locations across the state featuring maker-themed programs. Demonstrations and workshops during the day include hands-on electronics, upcycling and furniture building, STEM-based projects, cooking, Rube Goldberg machines, green screen lab, arm knitting, and more.
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Elect Me Speech Competition
Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
Organized by East Brunswick High School's Political Club, the Elect Me Debate is a contest between nine high-schoolers who will deliver a unique, comprehensive presidential platform onstage. Come listen and vote for your favorite candidate!
Five judges, which will include Senator Sam Thompson and Councilman Jim Wendell, as well as the audience, will ask questions to the contestants in order to reveal the faults and facets of each student's plan. At the end, the audience will vote for their favorite teenage candidate to be appointed President of the United States in 2016! Refreshments will be provided.
Sunday Night Live: Comedian Dave Sirus
Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
VFW Post #133, 485 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
The East Brunswick Friends of the Library will present a benefit comedy performance by stand-up comic and Saturday Night Live writer Dave Sirus at the VFW Hall Post #133 at 485 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick on Sunday, March 20. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

A 1996 graduate of East Brunswick High School, Dave (aka David Pollock) has performed at multiple venues in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as written and produced for television and film. In 2015, he became a writer for Saturday Night Live.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the East Brunswick Public Library Circulation Desk and at the door. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited.

Proceeds will support programs for adults and children and other Library activities and services.
Coming to America: Stories
Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The United States of America is sometimes described as a giant melting pot of people from all over the world.  Most of our families have roots in countries other than America. 

The East Brunswick Public Library's Harry Potter Alliance Chapter is hosting a night of storytelling at the library.  Listen to East Brunswick community members share their immigration stories.  Highlights will include the journey to America and first experiences in their new country.  Enjoy coffee, snacks, and socializing at this coffee house event.
If you are interested in speaking at this event and sharing your story, please email: with a brief description of what you'd like to talk about.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the email above or Jessica Schneider, the HPA advisor, at:
Adult Programs & Events
LEGO Build
Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Game Night

Thursday, March 17 at 6:45 p.m.

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East Brunswick Community Garden
Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Come learn more about the East Brunswick Community Garden at its annual meeting. The Community Garden is open to all residents.

To register for a plot, please visit
Managing College Selection
Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
This workshop will cover:
  • Current trends in college admissions
  • How to develop a realistic list of target schools
  • The pros and cons of applying for early decision
  • An overview of how to write a "unique" essay
Dale Callender is the founder of College Entry Coaching, which has helped students get into selective colleges such as Penn State, and the Honors Programs at Rutgers and the Univ. of Illinois. Dale graduated with honors from Yale, and is an alumni interviewer for the University.
Teen Programs & Events
Freshman Hall Crystal Ball
Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
Get the inside scoop on what college life is really like at this event! EBHS graduates will return for one night only to talk about their experiences so far at their various undergraduate institutions.  No question is off limits!

Ask them about what dorm living is really like, their best tips for getting the class schedule you want, the perils of the dining hall and more.  These former high schoolers will tell you all you need to know to survive your first year in college. Gain from their experience and head to college next year armed with the best information possible.
Kawaii at the Library
Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute!  We're having ourselves an All Things Kawaii Party at the library for Spring Break!

At our Kawaii party we'll experiment with our Popin Cookin kits, make Neko Atsume cat pillows, and make our own bubble tea!

For teens 13+.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Teen Crafternoon: Nebula Jars
Thursday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m.
In March we'll be making Nebula Jars!
Bring a little bit of outer space into your life with your very own nebula in a jar! Join us every month on the 3rd Thursday in the Teen Space for a new craft project.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Youth Programs & Events
Kindergarten Students: Welcome to the Library!
We welcome kindergarten students in the East Brunswick Public Schools to visit the library this month for stories, a behind the scenes tour of the library, and to sign up for their library card!

Congratulations to everyone who is about to receive their first library card. Do you have yours? It's never too late to sign up-just come visit us with your parents, or ask your school librarian for help.
Spring Break at the Library!
Join us at the library for a week of a fun activities during Spring Break. There will be cooking programs, science projects, scavenger hunts, and even a Minecraft Party! Check out our March calendar for the full schedule of events.

Read to a Service Dog (grades K-5)

Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.

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Tween Book Club : How I Became a Ghost (Tim Tingle)
Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Piccirillo Sciencetelling presents Dragons & Dreams
Wednesday, March 23 at 11 a.m.
Join us as we learn about dry ice and the shifting states of matter through storytelling. This spectacular tale features interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, smoke filled bubbles, flying rockets and more! Wouldn't dragon's breath be an amazing sight!?! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the show begins.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
How Money Works for Kids (tweens and parents)
Saturday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m.
Financial planner Sunit Patel will share tips and tricks about how to best save and spend money.
Books and Crafts (grades 2-3)
Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Have you just read a great book and need to find the next one to add to your list? Join us for our new book group, Books and Crafts, for kids in grades 2 and 3. Share what you have been reading with others, and make a great craft to take home!
Book Discussion Group
Book Discussion Group: The Invention of Wings
(Sue Monk Kidd)
Thursday, March 10 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

For more information, please call Adult Services librarian and discussion facilitator Claudia Link at 732-390-6772.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Film Festivals
International Film: Testament of Youth
Tuesday, March 8 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
UK. 2014. 129 minutes. Rated PG-13.

During World War I, an Oxford University student postpones her studies to serve as a nurse while her suitor, her brother and a secret admirier face death in the trenches. Based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, this historical drama is directed by James Kent and stars Swedish Oscar-nominee Alicia Vikander.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Popular Film: Brooklyn
Tuesday, March 22 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
UK. 2015. 111 minutes. Rated PG-13.

An Irish immigrant leaves her small town and builds a better life in Brooklyn in this drama based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

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 computer skills.

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.