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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
    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The gallery will feature local Asian artists for the month of May. A 'Gallery Hop' will take place on May 22, 4 to 6pm

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Peter Pan Story Time!
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    Join members of the Interaction School of Performing Arts for Peter Pan fun! Pirate costumes welcome!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    3D Printer Demo
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Come see what it is all about!

    Asian Heritage Month Film
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 during library open hours
    Free movie- 'Love Me Again'- a Filipino melodrama (2010)

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    E -book Clinic
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:15  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Drop in with your device and your questions! Downloading e-books made easy!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    NB Genealogy Society Meeting
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Monthly genealogy lectures! All welcome!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Let your imagination loose- have fun building and defeating creepers! Ages 7 & up!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, rhymes and stories for ages 18-36 months!

    Young volunteers needed for summer programs
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    Help with the collection and programs while building your resumé

    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    The gallery will feature local Asian artists for the month of May. A 'Gallery Hop' will take place on May 22, 4 to 6pm

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs ,fingerplays and crafts!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, June 4, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs!

    National Aborginal History Month
    Thursday, June 4, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Join us for the film 'Trick or Treaty?'- a documentary looking at justice issues since the 1905 Treaty

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, June 6, 2015  till Saturday, June  13, 2015  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts! Saturdays until June 13.

    An Introduction to Islam
    Saturday, June 6, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Join Fazal Masood Malik who will introduce the basic teachings of Islam and describe a Muslim's daily life

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs ,fingerplays and crafts!

    Celebrate National Aboriginal Month
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    First Nations inspired story time for pre-schoolers

    Book Club
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discussing 'The Fault in Our Stars' the heartbreaking best seller.

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs!

    Chess Tournament
    Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    All ages welcome. Play for the Bill Ross trophy. Door prizes! Please register at 643-7236

    National Aboriginal History Month
    Saturday, June 13, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Free film- 'Rhymes for Young Ghouls'- a documentary centred on the horrors of the residential schools

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs ,fingerplays and crafts!

    Resumes and Cover Letters
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Learn how to make your job application stand out! Free program but pre-registration is necessary.

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

    Summer Reading Club Kick-off Week
    Monday, June 22, 2015 during library open hours
    Monday- Roar! - all day scavenger hunt for school age children

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs ,fingerplays and crafts!

    Summer Reading Club Kick-off Week
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Tuesday- Monkey Business- monkey stories and make a monkey!

    Book Club
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Drew Haydon Taylor's tale of aboriginal community - Motorcycles and Sweetgrass

    Summer Reading Club Kick-off Week
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Wednesday- Family Movie Matinee- '101 Dalmations'- free popcorn

    Summer Reading Club Kick-off Week
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Thursday- Animal Origami- make frogs, birds and more!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For 18-36 months! Wear your pajamas! Fingerplays, stories and songs!

    Summer Reading Club-Kick-off Week
    Friday, June 26, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Friday- T-shirt decorating!

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

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

    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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    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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