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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

    Closure: Easter Monday
    All public libraries and administrative offices will be closed Monday, April 6, 2015. Bookmobile services as well as the Books-by-Mail/Talking Book services will also be suspended.

    Closure: Good Friday
    All public libraries and administrative offices will be closed on Friday April 3, 2015. Bookmobile services as well as the Books-by-Mail/Talking Book services will also be suspended.



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

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, and collection maintenance. Help build your resume!

    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!

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, April 1, 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, April 2, 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, April 4, 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!

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

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

    Saturday Movie Matinee @ the library!
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
    Join us for 'Gnomeo and Juliet'- free family fun! Free popcorn too!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, April 7, 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 8, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Featuring John Irving's ' A Prayer for Owen Meany'

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, April 8, 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 8, 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

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, April 8, 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

    3D Printer Demo
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Drop by and see what the excitement is all about!

    Toddler Time!
    Thursday, April 9, 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

    Free movies- double bill!
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Documentary double feature: 'Little Big Girls' (2014) and 'The Lost Garden: the cinema of Alice-Guy Blache' (1995)

    Free e-reader clinic!
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:15  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Drop in with your device and your questions! Downloading e-books made easy!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, April 11, 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 11, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people - practise your English!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, April 11, 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 11, 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

    Kindergarten Bag Day!
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Bring the kindergarten bag that you received from your school, and bring your family! Fun activities to learn about your library together!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, April 14, 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!

    Tea and Poetry @ the Library!
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Reading poems about animals in April!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Help with library programs, and collection maintenance. Help build your resume!

    Separation: Legal Considerations
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
    Free family law workshop - must pre-register 1-888-236-2444

    Free Income Tax Clinics for eligible patrons!
    Wednesday, April 15, 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

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, April 15, 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, April 16, 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

    Microsoft Excel Basics!
    Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Learn how to use the world's most popular spreadsheet program! Pre-register 643-7224

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Saturday, April 18, 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!

    Youth Advisory Group
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Teens help develop the library collection, programs and services of the future!

    Chess Club!
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Chess for all ages and skill levels!

    Newcomers' Saturday Social
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Meet new people - practise your English!

    Free Income Tax Clinics for eligible patrons!
    Saturday, April 18, 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

    Get Crafty: spring crafts for kids!
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Never too late to celebrate Earth Day! Make a newspaper wreath or twig flowers!

    Pre-school Story Time!
    Tuesday, April 21, 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!

    Young Volunteers!
    Wednesday, April 22, 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 22, 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

    Minecraft!
    Wednesday, April 22, 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

    'Grant Connect' database demo
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 0:00  a.m. - 1:00  p.m.
    Learn how to research free funding opportunities in Canada! Please pre-register 643-7224

    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)

    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

    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.

    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!

    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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