Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, Dec. 7 •  10:30 a.m.

The Mobile Branch dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the parking lot of the South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane in Monmouth Jct. The new mobile branch will be open to visitors throughout the day. Afterward, step inside the Library to warm up and enjoy some complimentary refreshments and fun for all ages. The Friends of the Library will present the Library’s Annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can enjoy crafts and games in the Winter Carnival. The Friends will host a table of specialty items for shoppers. At 2 p.m. the public can enjoy a live tabla drum music concert. Free admission.

The SBPL Foundation’s Delicious & Divine, A Wine, Dinner & Chocolate Affaire

Delicious & Divine

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 – 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Café Nicole at the Princeton Holiday Inn
Route 1 North South Brunswick

Kick off your holidays with live music, wines and other beverages, chocolates of all kinds, buffet dinner; and a live presentation by chocolatier Kir Rodriguez. Chef Kir is a professional pastry chef, instructor and member of the International Culinary Center in New York.

Tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased online with the button below.

The South Brunswick Young Orators Competition

Young Orators Competition
The SBPL Foundation presents The South Brunswick Young Orators Competition on November 24, December 8 and January 12 at the Library. The public speaking competition is for children in third, fourth and fifth grades. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes for each competition. Public speaking is a critical skill that is best practiced early in a student’s career. Register online now! There is a $10 registration fee. See below for competition dates and registration deadlines.

  • 5th Graders –  Competition is Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Oct. 28
  • 4th Graders – Competition is Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Nov. 8
  • 3rd Graders – Competition is Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Dec. 1
The SBPL Foundation Competition is being presented in partnership with CKW Academy and the Youth Leadership Development Program.

Friends Concert Series: Dave Schlossberg, pianist

Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
Meeting Room A/B

Dave Schlossberg will present “Around the World in Music!” Dave will perform his inspired and sophisticated renditions of famous international songs. He will also showcase songs from his solo CD, “A Place Beyond Words.”

Dave is an accomplished pianist and member of numerous musical groups in the New Brunswick area. He especially enjoys Jewish folk music, and also jazz and classical Bach and Chopin. His debut album A Place Beyond Words was awarded a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards, and was selected as one the top five albums of 2017.

The Friends of the Library Concert Series presents live musical performances several dates throughout the year. 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.

Halloween Storytimes and Parades!

There will be two Halloween Parades and Storytimes on Thursday. Oct. 31. Storytimes will take place in the Ellen Gambatese Room. The Parades will begin in the Children’s Department and proceed throughout the Library. Children ages 12 to 36 months (w/caregiver) will participate from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 years (w/caregiver) will participate from 11:30 a.m. to Noon.

In our annual Not-So-Scary Storytime and Costume Parade, children and caregivers will read funny stories, parade around the Library, and get a special treat! No registration required, but families must be SBPL cardholders to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Friends Fall Boo…k Sale

Fall Book Sale

Find frightfully great savings on books, movies and more!

The Friends Fall Boo…k Sale in October at the Library.

Preview Sale: Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. All are welcome.

Public Sale: Friday, Oct. 18 from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Find literally thousands of new and nearly new paperbacks, hardbacks, movies and more all on sale at the Friends Boo…k Sale in October. Items for all ages available. Pay as little as 50 cents. Payment is by cash or check (with ID) only.

Remember, your purchases help the Friends support Library programming for all ages and interests, and those with special needs.

For more information, contact Bob Holland, Friends Book Sale Coordinator, at (732)991-9046

South Brunswick Local History Day

Celebrate local history in South Brunswick on Saturday, Oct. 19th between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby at the South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane in Monmouth Junction.

There will be activities for all ages.

Play an interactive history game to win prizes. Meet Township Historian Ed Belding and members of the South Brunswick Local History Society. Bring your photos and memories to share.  View documents dating back to the 1700s. Browse vintage photographs of local homes and landmarks.

   Author Brian Armstrong will be on hand to discuss his true crime book The Franklin Park Tragedy: A Forgotten Story of Racial Injustice in New Jersey, which has references to South Brunswick in it.

For more information, contact Randall Marsola at

Friends Fall Boo-k Sale Donation Drive

Fall Book Sale
Fall is a good time to clean out and do your holiday gift shopping!
The Friends Fall Boo-k Sale Donation Drive will be on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Oct. 12, 13 & 14. Please bring us your new and nearly new/gently used books, CDs, and DVDs. Please no magazines, VHS, audiotapes, or encyclopedias. Funds raised by the sale of your donated items help support literacy in South Brunswick, including Library workshops, classes, and seminars for all ages, interests, and abilities.
The Friends Fall Preview Sale will be on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission $10.
The Friends Fall Public Sale will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 18, 19 & 20. Free admission.

3rd Annual Harvest Hope Festival

Harvest Hope Festival

Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reichler Park, behind the South Brunswick Municipal Building

Spread hope and have fun as we collect food for the South Brunswick Food Pantry and families in need! Kids and families can enjoy crafts, food, beverages, and tons of fall fun and games at our Harvest Hope Festival at nearby Reichler Park.

Suggested donation of one non-perishable or canned food item. All donations will go to South Brunswick Food Pantry!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.

Throughout the school year, librarians will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available.

How much money can you save?  Visit the ALA Library Value Calculator to total your savings.