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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
    Babies in the Library
    Tuesday, January 6, 2015  till Tuesday, January  27, 2015  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  p.m.
    Fun for families and children

    Preschool Storytime
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For ages 3 - 5 years old

    IMPAC Dublin Award Selection
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Help choose nominees for the IMPAC Dublin Award

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Teens volunteer at the library for experience and fun.

    #KidsCanCode
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Kids learn about basic coding using Scratch

    NB Genealogy Society Session
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Learn NB genealogy directly from the experts.

    Minecraft
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:45  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn and play the epic game together!

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For ages 18 - 36 months.

    Preschool Storytime
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    For ages 3 - 5

    Newcomers’ Saturday Social
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people and improve you English.

    Chess Club
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess for all ages and levels.

    Get Crafty
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    This month's theme is Winter Wonderland

    Family Drop-In
    Monday, February 2, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Books and activities for the family to share!

    Win Tickets!
    Monday, February 2, 2015 during library open hours
    Win tickets to 'Ten Strings and a Goat Skin' concert

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, singing and play!

    Traditional Book Club
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Reading from Lisa Moore's 'February'

    Signing For Babies
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn to sign with your baby

    Young Volunteers
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015  till Wednesday, February  25, 2015  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.
    Teens help with library programs and collection!

    Teen Newcomers' Weekly Social
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015  till Wednesday, February  25, 2015  5:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.
    Social for teen newcomers!

    #KidsCanCode
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Kids learn about basic coding using Scratch

    Minecraft
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Discover the world of Minecraft!

    Lecture Series- Charles Gorman
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Hear about Saint John's great skater!

    Getting To Know Your Computer
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.
    Computers made easy!

    Art Exhibit Launch
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 4:30  p.m. - 6:30  p.m.
    'Introducing Coffee, Tea and Paints'- art show launch and reception

    Movies @ the Library!
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    'Hundred-Foot Journey' starring Helen Mirren

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers!

    E-Reader Clinic
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Learn how to download free books on your device!

    Story time
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Pre-schooler stories, songs and play!

    Black History Month celebration!
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
    'Q is for Quilt' Family Storytime

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people- practise your English!

    Chess
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess club for kids and teens!

    Winterfest @ the library!
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Celebrate winter!

    Family Drop-In
    Monday, February 9, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Books and activities for the family to share!

    Tuesday Tea and Poetry
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Valentine's tea and love poems!

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, singing and play!

    Signing For Babies
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn to sign with your baby

    Lecture Series- Charles Gorman
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Hear about Saint John's great skater!

    Minecraft
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Discover the world of Minecraft!

    Black History Month celebration!
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.
    View the movie-' Poor Boy's Game' to celebrate Black History Month

    Getting to Know the Internet
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.
    Internet Training

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers!

    Medieval Music @ the Library!
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Live and recorded music in a kitchen party setting

    Blind Date With A Book
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
    Choose some good romances selected by staff! (Feb.7-14)

    Story time
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Pre-schooler stories, songs and play!

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens help to develop the library collection!

    Chess
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess club for kids and teens!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people- practise your English!

    Get crafty kids!
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Special Valentine craft!

    Family Drop-In
    Monday, February 16, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Books and activities for the family to share!

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, singing and play!

    Signing For Babies
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn to sign with your baby

    Separation: Legal Considerations
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Free Family Law Workshop- please pre-register 1-888-236-2444

    Minecraft
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Discover the world of Minecraft!

    Lecture Series- Charles Gorman
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Hear about Saint John's great skater!

    Getting to Know Google
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.
    Have fun with Google searching!

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers!

    Music Discussion Group
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Discussing AC/DC's 'Back in Black'

    Story time
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Pre-schooler stories, songs and play!

    Emerging Authors Award Ceremony
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Celebrate these new authors, plus readings by Lisa Moore and Robert Rayner- live music and reception

    Chess
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess club for kids and teens!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people- practise your English!

    Family Movie @ the Library!
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Join us for a free movie and popcorn!

    Family Drop-In
    Monday, February 23, 2015 during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
    Books and activities for the family to share!

    Preschool Storytime
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Stories, singing and play!

    Signing For Babies
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Learn to sign with your baby

    NB Genealogy Society meeting
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Learn about your family's history

    Minecraft
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Discover the world of Minecraft!

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, stories and fun for toddlers!

    Story time
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Pre-schooler stories, songs and play!

    Chess
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess club for kids and teens!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people- practise your English!

    'Freedom To Read' Week
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 during library open hours
    Exercise and celebrate your right to read! Feb 21-28

    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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