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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
    Infant Massage
    Monday, November 17, 2014  till Monday, December  1, 2014  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    Learn the basics of baby massage

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, November 20, 2014  till Thursday, November  27, 2014  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.
    Activities for children 18 - 36 months

    Computer Basics
    Friday, November 21, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    No experience required

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fun for ages 3-5

    Free Movies @ the Saint John Free Public Library
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Enjoy free movies at the library.

    Newcomers’ Saturday Social
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Practice English in a comfortable setting at the library.

    Chess
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Play and learn for all ages.

    Chess Club
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess for all ages and levels

    E-Book & E-Reader Drop-in Clinics
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:15  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Learn how to sign out free library e-books

    Family Movie Matinee
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Fun family movies every month

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Activities for ages 3-5 years

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discuss your favorite authors and books

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens help with library activities.

    NB Genealogy Society Session
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Learn about a variety of genealogy related topics

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fun for ages 3-5

    Jane Austen’s Birthday Party
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    A special event celebrating Jane Austen

    Newcomers’ Saturday Social
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Practice English in a comfortable setting at the library.

    Chess
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Play and learn for all ages.

    Chess Club
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess for all ages and levels

    Make a Holiday Card with CARDAMAMA!
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Holiday crafts for kids.

    Books, Beethoven and Beer
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 10:00  p.m.
    The title says it all!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014  till Wednesday, December  17, 2014  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.
    Teen volunteers help out at the library

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, December 4, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Rhymes, songs and stories for toddlers

    E-Reader and E-Book Drop-in Clinic
    Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Free e-book sessions

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Chess Club
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn how to play chess or improve your game!

    Music and Munchies: Concerts for Kids
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Winterscapes, snowy music to celebrate the season.

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Tuesday Tea and Poetry Club
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Join us for tea and Christmas poetry

    Annual Christmas Open House
    Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.
    Christmas Drop-in

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Rhymes, songs and stories for toddlers

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Youth Advisory Club
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens have say in library collections and programs

    Chess Club
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn how to play chess or improve your game!

    Page to Stage: Royal Tales and Treats
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Stories, crafts and games!

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Monthly Adult Book Club

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Rhymes, songs and stories for toddlers

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories for ages 3 - 5

    Solstice Celebrations
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 3:30  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.
    Stories and crafts

    E-Reader and E-Book Drop-in Clinic
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Free e-book session

    New Year's Eve Daytime Events
    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Movies, crafts and stories

    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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