SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Kerry Magro is an award-winning professional speaker with autism, best-selling author, and autism consultant to the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher which aired last Fall 2019. He started professional speaking 10 years ago via the National Speakers Association and has spoken at over 1,000 events during that time including 2 TEDxTalks and a ‘Talks at Google’ presentation. In addition, Kerry is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 86 scholarships for students with autism for college and counting since 2011. In his spare time, he hosts a Facebook Page called Kerry’s Autism Journey that now has 205,000 Facebook followers where he does on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by a diagnosis to breaking down barriers in our community. His videos have been watched over 35 Million times.
Read a book (or two, or more) this year that reminds you of life’s silver linings! All ages are invited to participate in the communitywide 2021 South Brunswick Reads Silver Linings reading program. When we endure challenges in life, such as those presented by Covid-19 this past year, it helps to look for the good, the silver linings, to get us through and keep our spirits up.
SB Reads is for all ages. Visit the SBPL social media pages and Events Calendar for information about suggested book lists and programs. Click here to visit the School District’s SB Reads page to learn more.
Each year, South Brunswick Schools partner with the South Brunswick Public Library to continue our reading tradition. For the eleventh year, we invite members of the community to engage in this common reading experience called South Brunswick Reads (SB Reads).
March is Women’s History Month!
Join the the South Brunswick Historical Society on Tuesday, March 23rd, as they discuss the Influential Women of South Brunswick.
SBPL is excited to partner with East Brunswick Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Matawan-Aberdeen Library, North Brunswick Library, Old Bridge Public Library, & Plainsboro Public Library on this important program about climate change.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.: Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe with Dr. Tait Chirenje, Professor of Environmental Science & Sustainability, of Stockton University. Climate change is wreaking havoc in the lives of rural farmers in Zimbabwe, often leading to poor or no harvests in back to back seasons. This virtual talk on Feb. 9 will focus on results from a four-year effort to help rural farmers transition from vulnerable large-scale field based agricultural practices like corn/soybean growing to small-scale controlled environment system like shed-grown mushroom and hydroponics. The talk will cover how the development of a demonstration center helped provide incentives for local farmers and international experiences for Dr. Chirenje’s university students.
Tait Chirenje holds a PhD in Trace Metal Biogeochemistry from the University of Florida (Florida), an MS in Earth Science from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and a BS from the University of Zimbabwe (Harare, Zimbabwe).
Dr. Chirenje works in the area of aquatic chemistry, brownfields assessment and redevelopment and the urban geochemistry of trace elements. He has worked on baseline studies of trace elements in both urban and rural areas of Florida and performed geochemical characterization of water bodies including Hammonton Lake, the Delaware River, Crosswicks Creek and the Great Egg Harbor River.
Dr. Chirenje currently runs the Stockton University Environmental Internship Program (SUEIP) and he and his team of 10 students and four scientists help the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMAVA)’s Environmental Monitoring Bureau (EMB) meet environmental compliance at their 27 sites in the state of New Jersey. He also advises local communities on storm water quality and watershed management projects.
Professor Chirenje teaches courses in the field of environmental chemistry, including water chemistry, environmental remediation and biotechnology, environmental toxicology and environmental pollution and regulation. He also teaches and engages students in international sustainable development projects in Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Brazil.
- Highland Park Public Library
- Matawan-Aberdeen Library
- New Brunswick Free Public Library
- North Brunswick Library
- Old Bridge Public Library
- Plainsboro Public Library
- South Brunswick Public Library
The second event will be on Feb. 9: Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe with Dr. Tait Chirenje of Stockton University. The third event will be on March 11: Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice with Dr. Maritza Jauregui of Stockton University.Links are provided separately in our Events Calendar for each event in the three-part program. Visit our online Calendar for more details at https://www.sbpl.info
You can watch the movie in advance at: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/decoding-the-weather-machine/ Or, view it at 5:30 p.m. during an encore presentation preceding the Jan. 13 event.
This program is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, and funded by the American Library Association’s, “Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” pilot program.
AARP will be offering virtual tax preparation assistance this year in a no-contact model due the ongoing pandemic. AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide provides tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are age 50 or older or who have low to moderate income. Taxpayers will be guided through preparing their own tax returns from home with remote assistance from a certified counselor and using free software.
For more information and to request help, please visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp
Please note an email address is required to sign up for AARP Tax-Aide help.
For in-person or drop-off tax help, please use their Tax-Aide locator (https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action) to find help near you.
The United Way of Central Jersey‘s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers remote tax preparation assistance for those whose income does not exceed $65,000.
To make an appointment, please visit https://uwcjtaxprep.as.me/schedule.php
Please note an email address is required to make an appointment online.
For more information, check their VITA page (https://www.uwcj.org/volunteer-income-tax-assistance) or call UWCJ at 732-247-3727
Please register using the highlighted link above; an event link will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of the concert.
Sponsored by the Friends of SBPL. Click here for information about the Friends.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.