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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
    March Break Fun! Movie and a craft!
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Watch NFB's ' Oh no! The Cat Came Back'! and make a dancing cat! Chance to win tickets to see Fred Penner later in the month!

    Teen Newcomers' Weekly English Study Group
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Pre-school Story time
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    March Break Fun - Minecraft!!
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Make Minecraft crafts, enjoy the activities and the Minecraft computer game!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Every Wednesday evening for ages 7 and up! Let your imagination loose! Please pre-register 643-7239

    March Break Fun - #codekids!
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Make your own animated story on the computer! Please pre-register- space is limited!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs! pre-register 643-7239

    A Medieval Bestiary
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Learn how medieval cultures related to animals.

    Free movie for adults!
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.
    'Jesus Christ Superstar'- directed by Norman Jewison

    E -book Clinic
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:15  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Drop-in! Learn about your device and how to download free e-books!

    March Break Fun-Family Movie!
    Friday, March 6, 2015 2:30  a.m. - 4:30  p.m.
    Free movie and popcorn- 'Jumanji'!

    March Break Fun! Puppet Show!
    Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:30  a.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Join us for a puppet show and then make your own puppet! Could win tickets to see' The Star Keeper' at the Imperial!

    Pre-school Story Time
    Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers Saturday Social
    Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends- practise English!

    Babies in the Library!
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:30  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, knee bounces and rhymes! Please pre-register!

    3D Printer Demo
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Drop in and see what this new technology is all about!

    Teen Newcomers' Weekly English Study Group
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Pre-school Story time
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Commemoration of Sir Winston Churchill
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Lecture by Harold Wright; video by Joshua Thomson

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Every Wednesday evening for ages 7 and up! Let your imagination loose! Please pre-register 643-7239

    Sir Winston Churchill
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Lecture by Harold Wright; video by Joshua Thomson

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs! pre-register 643-7239

    Pre-school Story Time
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens help develop the library collection, programs and services of the future!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers Saturday Social
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends- practise English!

    Family Movie Matinee!
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Free movie and popcorn- Disney's 'Planes'

    Babies in the Library!
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:30  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, knee bounces and rhymes! Please pre-register!

    Tea and Poetry @ the Library!
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Listen to some of your favorite poems- featuring those about Spring this month!

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discussing Christina Baker Kline's 'Orphan Train'.

    Teen Newcomers' Weekly English Study Group
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Pre-school Story time
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities!

    Separation: Legal Considerations
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Free legal workshop - must pre-register 1-888-236-2444

    IMPAC Dublin Award Nominations
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Help us select our 3 nominations for the best novel published in 2014!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Every Wednesday evening for ages 7 and up! Let your imagination loose! Please pre-register 643-7239

    Computer Training
    Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00  a.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Free basic training on Microsoft Word! Pre-register 643-7224

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs! pre-register 643-7239

    Music and Munchies! Free concer for kids!
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:30  a.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Join the Saint John String Quartet for 'Fiddle Faddle'! All are welcome!

    Pre-school Story Time
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Free movies @ the library!
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:45  p.m.
    'Poor Boy's Game'- set in Halifax- starring Danny Glover (2007)

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers Saturday Social
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends- practise English!

    E-reader Clinic
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:15  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Free e-reader and e-book help!

    Babies in the Library!
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:30  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, knee bounces and rhymes! Please pre-register!

    IMPAC Dublin Award Nominations
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Help us select our 3 nominations for the best novel published in 2014!

    Teen Newcomers' Weekly English Study Group
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    NB Genealogy Society meeting
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00  a.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Monthly genealogy lectures! All welcome!

    Pre-school Story time
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens help with library programs, collection maintenance and other activities!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Every Wednesday evening for ages 7 and up! Let your imagination loose! Please pre-register 643-7239

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs! pre-register 643-7239

    Teen Gaming- All Day!!
    Friday, March 27, 2015 during library open hours
    No school today? Drop by the library for Wii, board games and more! Treats!

    Pre-school Story Time
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers Saturday Social
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends- practise English!

    Babies in the Library!
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:30  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, knee bounces and rhymes! Please pre-register!

    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.
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    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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