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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



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


    Activities and events
    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, April 5, 2014  till Saturday, April  26, 2014  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Make new friends and practice your English in a comfortable social setting. Newcomers and native Saint Johners are all welcome.

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    PRIDE & PREJUDICE Book Discussion
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discuss and debate Jane Austen’s classic novel, in relation to the many spin-off books.

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Registration for this term is now closed. Call 643-7237 for more information.

    Resume Workshop
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    You’ve got some Microsoft Word experience & you’re looking for a new job – it’s time to create a new resumé, or spruce up the one you’ve got. Join us in our computer lab to learn how to make a resumé that gets results.

    Income Tax Clinics
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Community organization volunteers prepare returns for eligible taxpayers who have low to modest income and a simple tax situation. Contact staff for eligibility details: 643-7224.

    Music Discussion Group
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    We're discussing Broken Social Scene’s YOU FORGOT IT IN PEOPLE (2002).

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    CHAT to the FUTURE with puppets!
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    Join us for a puppet show and the opportunity to Skype with kids in Uganda.

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Teens help develop the library collection and services of the future during monthly meetings. Application forms are available at the circulation desk or www.saintjohnlibrary.com. Call 643-7237 for more information.

    Movie Club - David Lynch Double Feature
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.
    April’s theme is NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY: TRANSGRESSIVE MOVIES. We're watching WILD AT HEART and BLUE VELVET.

    Music and Munchies
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 2:30  p.m.
    Enjoy "The Music of Mozart" in this concert from the Saint John String Quartet.

    Chess Club
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Saturdays, 2 -3 pm. For children and teens of all ages and skill levels. Parents welcome too. Help is available. Call 643-7237.

    E-Book & E-Reader Drop-In Clinics
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:15  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Visit the Saint John Free Public Library's Reference Desk with your gear during our drop-in sessions and we'll answer your questions!

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Join us for a discussion of RAGGED ISLANDS, a poignant Maritime story by NB author Don Hannah. Books are available at the circulation desk. All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, call 643-7237.

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Registration for this term is now closed. Call 643-7237 for more information.

    Understanding NB Land Grants with John Elliott
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 9:00  p.m.
    ALL are welcome. Sponsored by the NB Genealogical Society -Saint John Branch

    Public Library Book Sale
    Friday, May 2, 2014  till Saturday, May  3, 2014  during library open hours
    Book bargains galore at the Annual Fundy Regional Library Book Sale in Market Square on May 2nd and 3rd

    Book Sale
    Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00  a.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    The 17th annual Regional Library Book Sale takes place in Market Square on May 2nd and 3rd.

    Book Sale
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00  a.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    The 27th annual Regional Library Book Sale takes place on May 2nd and 3rd in Market Square.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 3, 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.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2014  till Saturday, May  17, 2014  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Chess Club is for children and teens of all ages.

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Lunch & Learn: Cultural Clashes
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:30  p.m.
    Facilitated by Professor Greg Marquis, Professor of History, UNBSJ.

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The last day for Young Volunteers is May 28th

    Asian Film Series
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Wed. May 7, 6:30pm we will be screening "Amal".

    Jane Austen Tea
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:30  a.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Time to polish your best manners at the Jane Austen Tea

    Free Movies @ the Saint John Free Public Library
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Thursday, May 8 at 7pm, we are featuring "Heavy Metal".

    eBook & eReader Drop-in Clinics
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:15  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Visit the Saint John Free Public Library's Reference Desk with your gear during our drop-in sessions and we'll answer your questions!

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens help develop the library collection and services of the future.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 10, 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.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 10, 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.

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Lunch & Learn: Asian Wedding and Funeral Practices
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:30  p.m.
    Asian Wedding and Funeral Practices- Wednesday, May 14th, 12 noon – 1:30 pm

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The last day for Young Volunteers is May 28th

    Asian Film Series
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Wed. May 14, 6:30pm: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 17, 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.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 17, 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.

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Join us for a discussion of Silence of the Grave

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The last day for Young Volunteers is May 28th

    Gallery Hop
    Friday, May 23, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 6:00  p.m.
    Paintings by local Asian artists. Light refreshments served.

    Chess Tournament
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00  a.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Chess Tournament for all ages. Play for the Bill Ross Trophy.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    Free Movies @ Saint John Free Public Library
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Concert Film Double Feature!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 24, 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.

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 24, 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.

    eBook & eReader Drop In Clinics
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 2:15  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Visit the Saint John Free Public Library's Reference Desk with your gear during our drop-in sessions and we'll answer your questions!

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The last day for Young Volunteers is May 28th

    Genealogy Tour of the Library
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:00  p.m. - 6:45  p.m.
    Take a tour of the free genealogy resources available at the library. All are welcome.

    New Brunswick Genealogy Society Meeting
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Come see what the society is all about. Each session features a society meeting and a lecture on various topics.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs, fingerplays & lots of crayons too! Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

    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. 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...

    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 or give us a call to make a request and we’ll deliver your selections to the most convenient library for you.

    Our friendly and knowledgeable staff provides quality services and programs. Drop in… the library belongs to everyone!

    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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