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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
    Daring Dogs SRC Thursday fun for 7-10 year olds!
    Thursday, July 2, 2015  till Thursday, August  13, 2015  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Join us every Thursday from 2-3pm for animal inspired fun and exploration!

    Cool Cats SRC Thursday evening SRC program!
    Thursday, July 2, 2015  till Thursday, August  13, 2015  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Be a Cool Cat every Thursday evening starting at 7:30pm, and join us for SRC stories and activities.All ages welcome!

    Tech Turtles Summer Reading Club Program
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015  till Wednesday, August  19, 2015  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Tech Turtles will monkey around with Minecraft every Wednesday evening at 7pm! Create, invent, design with the Summer Reading Club.

    Happy Hampster SRC Tuesday Story Time program
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Be a Happy Hamster and join us for stories and crafts at 10:30am every Tuesday! For children ages 3-5 years old. Younger children are welcome with a caregiver.

    Book Discussion- The Ragged Believers
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Part of the Read Around New Brunswick recommendations- featuring Robert Rayner of St. George

    Family Movie Matinee - A Bug's Life
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 1:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Free popcorn and a family-friendly movie!

    Conversation Café
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers! Please pre-register!

    Free Movie and Popcorn!
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    "Now You See Me"

    Young Volunteers
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, and collection maintenance. Help build your resume!

    Craft Evenings for Adults!
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join mentor Gabriela de Austin, and learn from fellow crafters! Knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, jewellers, and stitchers are all welcome!

    Free Evening Movie
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    The Lost World; Jurassic Park II (1997)

    E-reader Drop-in Clinic
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Bring your device and let us help you download e-books

    Conversation Café
    Friday, August 7, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Friday Special - Art Smart with the SJ Arts Centre
    Friday, August 7, 2015 11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    Bring your imagination and get Art Smart!

    Book Launch: TRUer North by John Dunphy
    Friday, August 7, 2015 11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    With slides and dramatic readings the author will share his six year adventure in Nunavut.

    Teen Drop-In
    Friday, August 7, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    Teen Drop-In
    Monday, August 10, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    The Great 'Gators SRC Monday program
    Monday, August 10, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Be a Great Gator and join us every Monday from 2-3pm for Summer Reading Club animal stories and crafts. For 5-7 year olds!

    Gaming at the Library!
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 during library open hours
    Play Xbox and Wii. Snacks for tired gamers!

    Happy Hampster SRC Tuesday Story Time program
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Be a Happy Hamster and join us for stories and crafts at 10:30am every Tuesday! For children ages 3-5 years old. Younger children are welcome with a caregiver.

    Family Movie Matinee - Jumanji
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Free popcorn and a family-friendly movie!

    Conversation Café
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:30  a.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers! Please pre-register!

    Free Movie and Popcorn!
    Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Thor: The Dark World

    Young Volunteers
    Thursday, August 13, 2015 3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, and collection maintenance. Help build your resume!

    Craft Evenings for Adults!
    Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join mentor Gabriela de Austin, and learn from fellow crafters! Knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, jewellers, and stitchers are all welcome!

    Conversation Café
    Friday, August 14, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Teen Drop-In
    Friday, August 14, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    Teen Drop-In
    Monday, August 17, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    The Great 'Gators SRC Monday program
    Monday, August 17, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Be a Great Gator and join us every Monday from 2-3pm for Summer Reading Club animal stories and crafts. For 5-7 year olds!

    Happy Hampster SRC Tuesday Story Time program
    Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Be a Happy Hamster and join us for stories and crafts at 10:30am every Tuesday! For children ages 3-5 years old. Younger children are welcome with a caregiver.

    Conversation Café
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Free Movie and Popcorn!
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Jurassic Park III

    Craft Evenings for Adults!
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join mentor Gabriela de Austin, and learn from fellow crafters! Knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, jewellers, and stitchers are all welcome!

    Summer Reading Club Closing
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:30  p.m.
    Join us for a party to celebrate all of our summer readers! Donations for the SPCA welcome!

    Conversation Café
    Friday, August 21, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Newcomers, seniors and adults all welcome- have a coffee and meet new friends!

    Teen Drop-In
    Friday, August 21, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    Gallery Hop
    Friday, August 21, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 6:00  p.m.
    Featuring a new exhibit of quilts by Riel Nason. Light refreshments.

    Toddler Tantrums, Time Outs and Time Ins
    Monday, August 24, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    Join local parenting coach Alison Smith as she shares tips for handling toddlers

    Teen Drop-In
    Monday, August 24, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    Book Discussion- The Hatbox Letters
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Part of the Read Around New Brunswick recommendations- join us to discuss this work by Beth Powning of Sussex, NB

    Author reading- Thomas L. Shanklin
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Join us for the reading of Mr. Shanklin's new mystery- "There's a Hearse in My Parking Space"

    Craft Evenings for Adults!
    Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Join mentor Gabriela de Austin, and learn from fellow crafters! Knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, jewellers, and stitchers are all welcome!

    Teen Drop-In
    Friday, August 28, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    Teen Drop-In
    Monday, August 31, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Drop by the Teen Zone for discussion and snacks!

    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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