Love Them & Read Them Book Donation Drive

The Friends of the Library will host its annual Love Them or Read Them book donation drive and sale in February. The Donation Drive will be in the large Meeting Room A/B on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please bring your new and nearly new book donations to Meeting Room A/B during regular library hours.
The Preview Sale will be on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Public Sale will be on Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Bag Sale on Sunday $5, bag included.

Please, no donations of encyclopedias, VHS, audio cassettes, or magazines. Preferred genres for donation: history, biography, health, science, children’s books, art, textbooks, business, and foreign language-learning.

The Friends host a library-wide Book Sale three times a year: February, June and October. There is an ongoing sale in the aisle next to the Borrower Services Desk. Funds raised by the Friends book sales help to support Library classes, events, and workshops for all ages, interests, and abilities. All donations are tax-deductible.

Explore the Old Barracks!

A pass for the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton was just added to The Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library’s Museum Pass Program. For details about the Old Barracks, visit

The Friends Barracks Pass is good for up to four individuals. Each of the museum passes offered by the Friends program have different borrowing conditions. Join the Friends and check the details for the Pass you want to borrow on the Friends page of the SBPL website. Visit:


Be our Friend!

Pay as little as $15 for a year-long Buddy Membership with the Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library for Museum Pass privileges and more. Get a Family Friend Membership for twice the rewards. Six categories in all are offered up to Life Long Friend for $300, which includes an engraved leaf on the Giving Tree and more.

All membership categories offer a variety of gifts and incentives. The greater the Friendship; the bigger the rewards. To learn more or join now, visit  Memberships can also be purchased in the Library at the Borrower Services Desk. Credit card/PayPal purchases must be made online.

Depending on the category you choose, among the perks with Library Friendship are: coupons for fines and movies, tote bags, book sale coupons, the Bookopoly game, and an engraved brass leaf on the Giving Tree. Access to Museum Passes comes will all levels of Friend-berships.

The Museum Pass program is a Friends-only benefit. The program currently allows for discounts and free admission at area museums, including The Monmouth Museum, Battleship New Jersey, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Garden State Discovery Museum; and (new in 2020) The Old Barracks in Trenton.

In March each year the Friends of SBPL sweeten new and renewed Friend-berships with its annual Friends-only Tea event. Members are served teas from around the world, a variety of tasty finger foods, and a live entertainment presentation.


What is New Year’s Day?

Friday, Dec. 27 • 3 to 4 p.m.
What is New Year’s Day? Storytime & Craft for ages 5 and up on Friday, Dec. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. “What Is?” is a brand new series of story-time and craft events introducing children to various holidays, customs, and traditions from around the world.
Today, children will learn about how people celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day around the world through stories, crafts, and even a New Year’s Eve countdown! This children’s class is open to SBPL card-holding families. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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