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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
    Teen Newcomers' English Study Group
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015  till Wednesday, April  29, 2015  5:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.
    Practise English and meet new friends! Snacks provided! Please pre-register!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn pre-reading skills! Stories, songs and crafts! For ages 3-5! Different themes weekly!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people - practise your English!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess for all ages and skill levels!

    Free Income Tax Clinics for eligible patrons!
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Call now to book an appointment and to see if you qualify! 643-7224

    Family Fun Day @ the Library!
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Join our Youth Volunteers for puppets, music and more!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn pre-reading skills! Stories, songs and crafts! For ages 3-5! Different themes weekly!

    Book Club
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discussing F. Scott Fitzgerald's ' The Great Gatsby'. Win tickets to SJ Theatre Company's May performance!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, and collection maintenance. Help build your resume!

    Free Income Tax Clinics for eligible patrons!
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Call now to book an appointment and to see if you qualify! 643-7224

    National Canadian Film Day 2015
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.
    free film- 'Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould' (1993)

    Author Reading - Ian Weir
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Fog Lit Festival presents Ian Weir reading from his work set in the Regency period.

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, April 29, 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

    Annual Book Sale
    Friday, May 1, 2015  till Saturday, May  2, 2015  during library open hours
    Market Square- something for everyone! Bargains galore! All proceeds help collection development in the Fundy libraries - from Sussex to St. Stephen!

    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 2, 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 2, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

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

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 2, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Music and Munchies!
    Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Concert with the Saint John String Quartet - 'Fiddle Faddle'!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    National Youth Arts Week
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    Celebrate youngsters who contribute to the arts in Canada with a special story time

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, May 6, 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!

    Asian Heritage Month Film
    Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Join us for the film '2046' by director Wong Kar-Wai

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

    E-reader Drop-in Clinic
    Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    We'll answer your e-book questions! Bring your device and drop by!

    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 9, 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 9, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    Family Movie @ the Library!
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Film- 'Big Hero 6'- free popcorn!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Tea and Poetry @ the Library!
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Reading gardening poems in May!

    Computer Training - Powerpoint Basics
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Come and learn this presentation program! Free. Pre-register 643-7224

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, May 13, 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!

    Great Gatsby Afternoon Tea and Mocktails!
    Thursday, May 14, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Take in some scenes from SJ Theatre Company's forthcoming play. Learn about making 'mocktails'. Tea and lemon cake will be served!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, rhymes and stories for ages 18-36 months!

    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 16, 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 16, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

    'I'm a Lumberjack (or Jill!)' - Special Program
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Wear your plaid shirt! Free tree seeds from JD Irving Nurseries! Chance to win tickets to "Timber!" at the Imperial Theatre!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, songs and crafts!

    Lunch and Learn!
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Presenting Asian Health and Wellness. Asian snacks will be served. Part of Asian Month celebrations!

    Book Club
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Discussing the thriller 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn for May

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, May 20, 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 21, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Fingerplays, rhymes and stories for ages 18-36 months!

    LINKEDIN: Social Media for Professionals
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Free training- please pre-register 643-7224

    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

    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!

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

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    For children, teens and adults!

    Asian Heritage Month Film
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    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!

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

    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!

    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!

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

    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!

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

    Asian Art Exhibit
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 during library open hours  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

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new friends, practise your English! Snacks! Please pre-register!

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

    Young volunteers needed for summer programs
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 during library open hours
    Help with the collection and programs while building your resumé

    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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