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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



    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
    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fun activies for childen ages 3-5 years

    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!

    Babies in the Library
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:30  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Activies for babies and parents

    Tuesday ‘Tea and Poetry’ Club
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    A gathering of folks who like to listen to the written word.

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities. Learn how the library works.

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, songs and stories for toddlers

    Music Discussion Group
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Like a book club . . . . only with music.

    Grant Connect Demo
    Friday, October 24, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Look for funding opportunities using this free library database

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fun for kids ages 3-5

    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!

    Free Movies at the Library
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:45  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Enjoy a variety of new releases and select classics

    E-Book & E-Reader Drop-In Clinics
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Learn how to download free e-books from the library

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, October 25, 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.

    Chess Club
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children and teens of all ages. Parents welcome too.

    Get Crafty!
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    A new craft every month.

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fun activies for childen ages 3-5 years

    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!

    Babies in the Library
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:30  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Activies for babies and parents

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities. Learn how the library works.

    Book Club: Fahrenheit 451
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Discuss Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel

    NB Genealogy Society Session
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Join us for new genealogy training sessions each month.

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, songs and stories for toddlers

    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!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, November 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
    Saturday, November 8, 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.
    Accessible Collections & Services
    The library offers :
    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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