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Holi Festival at New Brunswick Free Public Library

Members of RIGSA pose for a photo following color play at a past Holi Festival at the NBFPL.

Members of RIGSA pose for a photo following color play at a past Holi Festival at the NBFPL.

The New Brunswick Free Public Library will be celebrating its Sixth Annual Holi Festival on Saturday, March 28. The performances will begin after remarks by Upendra J. Chivukula, Commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities.

Holi is an exuberant festival of colors celebrated in the month of March. Originally called Holika, it is meant to be a festival that
brings people together. Meeting and greeting friends and relatives and exchanging sweets and gifts are integral parts of Holi.

The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Mehndi, the Indian henna tattoo that is applied to the hands. This is a temporary tattoo that plays varied roles in Indian culture. After henna is applied and dries off, it leaves an ornate, brownish orange design which will stay on for a few days.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a display of regional dresses, an Indian jewelry display, children activities, and music and
dance performances by Rutgers students, Taalim School of Indian Music, and Hindi USA. In addition, a variety of Indian food and delicacies will be provided for sampling.

Finally, from 3:30-4:00 p.m., Holi color play (throwing colored powder) will take place on the library’s front lawn.
If you want to participate in color play, please make sure to wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty! After color play, please understand that we will be unable to have you back inside the library building. Please come and join us for this wonderful community event.

This family event is free and open to the public. This program has been organized in conjunction with the Rutgers Indian Graduate Students Association (RIGSA), Hindi USA, Taalim School of Indian Music, and the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI). RIGSA organizes a number of social gatherings and cultural shows each semester. Hindi USA is the largest Hindi volunteer organization in USA. Taalim School of Indian Music is a premier tabla school and an Indian performing arts
organization, guided by Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil. SATHI is a program based out of UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for improving health and well-being of South Asian community.

For more information about this event, please contact Kavita Pandey at (732) 745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org or visit www.nbfpl.org.

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NJ Makers Day

The New Brunswick Free Public Library will participate in the first annual New Jersey Makers Day on March 21. The New Brunswick Free Public Library Handcrafting Makerspace will be open with an assortment of various equipment and crafts available, including sewing machines, the Silhouette vinyl cutter, button maker and more.

Anyone who is interested in the “maker movement” or who just wants to create something original is welcome to
come see what the library has to offer.

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Computer Literacy Training Available at New Brunswick Free Public Library

Collaborating with Rutgers Student Volunteer Council, the New Brunswick Free Public Library is offering one-on-one computer skill tutoring to those who need to learn the basics of using a computer this spring. Realizing the differences of each individual’s learning pace, the classes are one-on-one private lessons. Volunteers recruited by the Rutgers Student Volunteer Council will […]

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Free Tax Preparation Assistance Available at the New Brunswick Free Public Library

The New Brunswick Free Public Library has announced free tax filing assistance for the public through early spring. Volunteers from Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting and Finance Honors Society at Rutgers, will help taxpayers file online, by appointment only, on Fridays and Saturdays from February 6 to April 11, 2015. This annual service is sponsored by […]

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Free Early Developmental Screenings

Children’s Specialized Hospital will conduct Free Early Developmental Screenings at the New Brunswick Free Public Library on December 17. This is a free developmental screening for children ages 1 to 5 years old along with the sharing of valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development. 13 percent of children in the United States have a developmental delay and many are not identified by the time they enter kindergarten.

For more information or to schedule a free screening please call (908) 301-5498 or visit www.childrens-specialized.org/screening. Screenings will be scheduled every 30 minutes. Registration is encouraged.

This community service is made possible by the Kohl’s Autism Awareness program at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

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