April is World Autism Month, dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder

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.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – A LINK FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT WILL BE SENT 24 HOURS BEFORE THE PROGRAM

SB Reads

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).

Mar. 23rd | Influential Women of South Brunswick

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.

You can also check out our collection of biographies in honor of these Women in South Brunswick

If you know any women who contribute to the fabric of the community of South Brunswick, send us their names so we can honor them!

April 11th | Virtual Concert by City Winds

The Friends of SBPL will host the first event of their 2021 concert series:

Join us for a distinguished classical and operatic music concert City Winds, featuring Crispian Fordham on Flute and Meredyth Coleman on Oboe and Harp.

For more information about City Winds please visit www.citywindstrio.com

For more information about the Friends or to become a member visit the SBPL Friends of the Library page.

Registration required – a link for the event will be emailed approximately 24 hours before the concert.


Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund

Mar. 13th | Turning the Tide

Learn about South Brunswick’s beautiful wetlands in this special event on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. Turning the Tide: Short Film & Discussion about protecting wetlands.

Wetlands are nature’s gift to South Brunswick’s climate resiliency amidst frequent and more severe rainstorms. This 25-minute documentary and discussion to follow showcases Secaucus Meadlowlands and Hamilton-Trenton Abbott Marshlands to help us better understand the wetlands’ superpowers and how to spot these little gems in your travels around South Brunswick.

Presented by South Brunswick Environmental Commission with special guests Dr. Mary Leck and Pat Coleman, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Please register to attend. An access link will be emailed to you. You must register to participate in this virtual event.

Option Green 2021: Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice

“Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice” with Maritza Jauregui, Assistant Professor of Sustainability, Stockton University

In this talk, we will focus on the various causes of environmental justice, generational impacts on those affected, and what can be done to reverse the course.

To register, click here!

This event 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.

Option Green 2021 Program Community Partners

  • 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

Feb 17th | Stunning Spring Perennials Gardening

Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Virtual: Registration is required. Instructions on how to access the meeting will be emailed to you. 

Whether you garden in sun or shade, there are many lovely spring perennials that will add colorful flowers and interesting foliage to your early spring garden.

Expert Joan Butler will discuss her favorite plants and flowers and how to combine them for best effect in the garden.  Joan has been an enthusiastic gardener and plant collector for more than 35 years.  The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, Hosta, and epicedium.

She holds a BA in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge.

Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies and professional organizations.

This special virtual event will be presented on Zoom.  Register using the highlighted link at the top.

A link will be sent to all who are registered with an email account.  A reminder will be sent to early registrants several days before the start of the program and a final reminder will be sent to everyone once registration closes at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

(If you have not received your Zoom invitation by 6:30 on the evening of the event, please check your SPAM folder.)

Funding for this program provided by the Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library.

February is Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by looking into South Brunswick's Past

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by Black Americans. Check out these online resources to learn about the important achievements and literary traditions of Black Americans through fascinating stories, photos and virtual journeys. We welcome you to check out the Library’s archive where we in celebrate the Black Community in  South Brunswick ‘s History.

Online Resources

Experiences and Lessons For Use with Kids

Booklists

SBPL staff has put together these booklists featuring black authors, voices, and issues.

Adult fiction

Adult non-fiction

Teen fiction

Teen non-fiction

Graphic novels

Picture books

Tweens

K-3 Kids

Feb. 21st | “What’s It Worth?” Antiques Road Show with Mike Ivankovich

Become a Friends Member for access to this special event and other member benefits while supporting the Library! 

Friends Members can join Author, Auctioneer, Appraiser and Radio show Host Mike Ivankovich who will introduce you to “What Determines Value” and reveal what your Antiques, Collectibles, and Personal Treasures are really worth today. Each attendee is invited to have 1-2 items for Mike to appraise!

To join the Friends for 2021 or renew your membership visit https://www.sbpl.info/about-us/partners/friends-of-the-library/ .  An invitation to register for the event will then be sent to you!

Feb. 9th | Option Green 2021 – Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Zimbabwe – Part 2

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.