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  • Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
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    1, Market Sq.
    Saint John, N.B.
    E2L 4Z6
    Tel: (506) 643-7236
    Fax: (506) 643-7225
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    The library is located on the second and third floors of the Market Square complex
    Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
    Free Wi-Fi wireless internet available at this library Wheelchair accessible

    Closure: Employee Development Day

    All libraries in the Fundy Region will be closed on <17/09/2014>. The closures will allow all staff to participate in a day of training and professional development.

    Normal hours of opening for libraries will resume on <09/18/2014>. Thank you for your understanding and support.




    Hours
    Fall/Winter/Spring Hours:
    This schedule starts on the second Monday in September.
    Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours:
    This schedule starts on the third Monday in June.
    Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    Activities and events
    Toddler Time
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for fingerplays, rhymes, and songs!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for fingerplays, rhymes, and songs!

    Free Movies@the Library
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:45  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.
    Join us for a free screening of FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966, 1h 56m)

    eBook & eReader Drop-In Clinics
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Curious about the New Brunswick Public Library Service's Electronic Library & all the downloadable books it offers?

    Computer Basics
    Friday, September 12, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Find answers to questions like: How does this machine work anyway? No experience required.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for fingerplays, rhymes, and songs!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens help develop the library collection, programs and services of the future at monthly meetings.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Make new friends and practice your English in a comfortable social setting.

    Wall-E : Movie Matinee
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Share summer reading experiences and get the schedule for the year with your first book.

    NB Genealogy Society Session
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Each session features a lecture on various topics. Open to all.

    Music Discussion Group
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:00  a.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Like a book club…only with music. Join us to discuss Rush’s 2112 (1976).

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for fingerplays, rhymes, and songs!

    Fahrenheit 451 Panel Discussion
    Friday, September 26, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Interact with our panelists as they debate which books ought to be burned and which books should be saved.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Saint John Free Public Library Tours
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    There’s something at the library for everyone! Drop in and see us.

    Special Collections Room Tour
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.
    Find out what treasures are hidden behind the locked doors of the Special Collections room.

    Free Movies@the Library
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Free screening of "Brazil" @ the Library. All welcome!

    eBook & eReader Drop-in Clinics
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:15  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Curious about the New Brunswick Public Library Service's Electronic Library & all the downloadable books it offers?

    Music and Munchies: Concerts for Kids
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Concerts for Kids Featuring the Saint John String Quartet

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join us for pre-reading skills and different weekly themes!

    Other upcoming activities and events at the Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
    Upcoming activities and events for all New Brunswick public libraries and bookmobiles

    Staff
    Library Director - Joann Hamilton-Barry
    Head of Reference Services - Keith MacKinnon
    Young Adult and Adult Librarian - Carole MacFarquhar
    Children's Librarian - Heather McKend
    Acting Circulation Supervisor - Mark Goodfellow

    Parking
    Parking is available on the street and in the underground parking garage.

    Free parking is not available during the week. Please note that parking is free on Saturday on the street and in public parking lots.

    About the Library:

    Get your choice of the best books, magazines, newspapers, CDs or DVDs. We’ve got something for all ages!Search our collection thanks to our provincial catalogue. Find answers to your questions with the latest information.

    We will help you with research for a special project; retrieve reliable health information and more. Start now, ask a question, check out our online publications or browse the Virtual Reference Library.

    There’s more to a library than books! We have activities for everyone. Use our public computers to surf the net, catch up on the news, write your resume, or tap into our E-Resources and our Virtual Reference Library. The virtual branch of the New Brunswick Public Library Service, Electronic Library New Brunswick, is available 24 hours a day for eBook and audiobook downloads.

    Ask for what you want to read. Just because something isn’t on your local library’s shelves doesn’t mean you can’t read it! Stop by, place a hold in our online catalogue, or give us a call to request an item and we’ll deliver it to the most convenient library for you.

    Drop in... you’ll feel right at home!

    Library Highlights:

    • Located on the second and third floors in the Market Square complex, our library offers fantastic views of the Saint John Harbour, as well as paintings, sculptures and wall hangings featuring well-known Saint John and New Brunswick artists.
    • A Computer Training Lab, which is also available for public use.

    Our Special Collections:

    • The Special Collections Room is an authentic re-creation of a 19th century Victorian salon. The focus of the collections is on New Brunswickana, Canadiana, and local history materials.
    • An extensive collection of southern New Brunswick newspapers is available on microfilm.

    Our History:

    • The Saint John Free Public Library, one of the oldest public libraries in Canada, was founded in 1883.
    Partners
    In New Brunswick, public libraries exist as part of a partnership between the provincial government and participating municipalities. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the:
    We would also like to acknowledge donations made by local community organizations and businesses. We thank you for your support. For more information about the structure and mandate of the public library system go to the About Us section.


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