The East Brunswick Public Library is a vital community resource for the whole family. From those who enjoy reading for pleasure, to students researching class assignments, and nearly everyone in between, the library is the place where residents come together.
“We have an amazing collection of books, movies, music and magazines in our library,” said Jennifer Podolsky, library director. “Through our website — www.ebpl.org — we offer thousands of additional books, movies, graphic novels, documentaries, audiobooks and magazines digitally that you can access on your computer, smartphone or tablet.”
In addition to its extensive collection of books, magazines and ebooks, the library is also known for its knowledgeable staff and outstanding customer service.
“What makes our library so special is our staff, who all are dedicated to providing top-notch customer service, whether it be helping you find something in our library or researching on your behalf. They also put together special events and programs, ranging from storytimes to musical performances to author visits to lectures featuring experts in their field,” Podolsky said. “Our library is one of the busiest in Middlesex County, providing something for everyone. There is something for any age at the library — playtimes for infants and preschoolers, crafting programs for children, volunteering opportunities for teens, even crafting and cooking clubs for adults.”
The library can be a one-stop shop for many needs, including copying, fax, notary, passports, printing, proctoring and scanning services. For those who need access to technology services, the library offers computer training classes, device borrowing, multilingual computing, public computers and wireless internet access.
In addition to the traditional and standard services that can be found at a library, East Brunswick offers several different resources. Just for the Health of It is East Brunswick Public Library’s prescription for the best health and wellness information around town. Librarians are trained by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health to help customers find information and research any medical or health-related topic. The Business Resource Connection joins small business, entrepreneurs and job seekers within Middlesex County to vital resources, training and networking opportunities to help them thrive. The library has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Labor to be a New Jersey Career Connections site, providing job seekers with career training and other resources. Through a partnership with the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, East Brunswick has a seed library that customers can use to start their garden and resources to make it successful.
One of the most exciting developments at the library is the EB Create Makerspace. This addition enables more collaboration and hands-on learning opportunities for the community, and features various technology equipment, art and crafting amenities. Likewise, the makerspace room boasts computer stations available for graphic design and video editing. There is also a recording studio. Patrons can also borrow items from the makerspace if desired.
“Our customers always want more active learning opportunities and access to technology, and our EB Create makerspace allows us to provide both to the community,” Podolsky said. “Whether you are looking to use a sewing machine or our audio/video editing workstations, EB Create gives you the opportunity to use this equipment independently or through a group training class. You can also check out several lendable kits that you can borrow. Our library is unique, as you can check out a Go Pro video camera, a museum pass or even a ukulele for the weekend.” n By Sarah Lancaster