Red Bank Regional High School yearbooks now available online

RED BANK, NJ - Children are invited to enjoy regular and special programming in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library in June.

June marks the end of the school year and the beginning of our Annual Summer Reading Program to encourage a summer of reading, learning, and fun. Children are invited to enjoy an array of activities based on this year’s theme -- “Every Hero Has a Story” with a focus on Hometown Heroes, Superheroes, and more. The Summer Reading Program officially begins on Monday, June 15. It is open to children ages 3 to 12. Super Readers will earn prizes throughout the summer. Registration is required. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.

Children of all ages are invited to kick off the Summer Reading Program at our Super Duper Ice Cream Party featuring Hometown Hero, Mayor Menna! Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. We will have build-your-own sundaes, games and crafts to enjoy. Mayor Menna will read a story and encourage the children to read during the summer months. Children of all ages are invited to come to an Ice Cream Social to kick off the summer and celebrate the Summer Reading Program with a cool treat on Friday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. This program is free and no registration is required.  

Children ages 3 to 5 can take part in Pre-K Sci-Time featuring a short science-themed video, a snack, and related craft or activity. Topics will be related to our Super Hero themes. Wednesdays June 24, July 15, and August 19 at 1:30 p.m. This program is free and registration is required.

Super HeroMovie Nightsfor children 5 to 12 years old will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays June 25, July 23, and August 27. Come settle down with a fun family movie with a touch of science and enjoy a snack. This program is free and registration is required.

The Children’s Room offers free drop-in Story Times for young children with a caregiver on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Join us for quick, fun stories, musical activities, and a craft.            

The Adult Summer Reading Program returns from June 6 – August 8, 2015, with the theme “Every Hero has a story, and every story has a hero.” Red Bank Library cardholders are invited to join us on Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. for a sign-up social and an arts and crafts activity. The more books you read, the more chances you have to win one of our prizes. Patrons can also register at the Reference Desk during the week of June 7-13. Get together again on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m. for refreshments, book review sharing, arts and crafts and a prize for the reader of the most books for the month of June. Celebrate the end of the program on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. at a social event with refreshments and prizes galore!

The Red Bank Public Library in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County will

provide Conversational English classes for adults 18 and over from June 18 through August 13 on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.   The classes are free and registration is not required. The classes, led by volunteers trained by Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, assist those whose native language is not English to learn the language in an informal, stress-free environment in which they can meet and practice speaking with others who are also learning English. Free English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are offered regularly at the Red Bank Public Library in partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County from September to June. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at http://www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.

The next meeting of the “Artists’ Workshop” at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, June 4, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited to attend the “Artists’ Workshop” on the first Thursday of each month.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is the Workshop’s Artist-in-Residence and works with the artists as a group and individually, offering suggestions for subjects as well as guidance in principles of art such as color, composition, and the selection and use of materials.   The “Artists’ Workshop” is free and no registration is required. Participants should bring their own drawing and painting materials, although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns. The program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to host the“The River Read” Reading Series, dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors. Sessions have featured readers plus an open-mic portion.The group meets the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Come to listen—come to share.All are welcome.

The Red Bank Public Library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Readin’ on the River,” on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The group will discuss The Boys in the Boatby Daniel Brown on June17, 2015. For more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.

Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library. Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.

The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat. Registration is not required. Participants attend on a first come, first served basis up to a total of twenty people.

The Jersey Inchkins is a club made up of adults who do "very little work.” Club members build houses, rooms, scenes, and vignettes in miniature, usually on a scale of one inch to one foot.   Jersey Inchkins meet at the library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The group welcomes new members 18 and older interested in developing their skills in this creative field.

Thanks to generous funding from our Library's Friends in the amount of $3000, we were able to submit 40 Red Bank Regional High School yearbooks from our New Jersey History Room collections to be digitally scanned at Innovative Digital Imaging in East Brunswick. The scanned books are available for viewing via www.redbanklibrary.org and range from years 1922 – 1980. We have even more rare and unique items we hope to digitize in the future, and we would love to receive additional yearbooks from Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Catholic as well.

In related news, librarian Lisa Iannucci wrote an article on the yearbooks project for the New Jersey Library Association Newsletter; the story, which discusses the project as it relates to future plans for our special collections, is set to appear in the newsletter’s summer edition which we will post on our website when it becomes available.

The Red Bank Senior Center in cooperation with the Red Bank Public Library hosts a book discussion group on the last Monday of each month at the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. except in December. Red Bank Borough residents age 60 and over are welcome to join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs. Call them at 732-747-5204 for more information.

The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to add a Virtual Branch to our current array of online resources. In addition to existing Freegal music downloads, eLibraryNJ e-books and downloadable Zinio digital magazines, we now offer free downloadable books and streaming music and video. These new resources come to us via the Library Ideas suite of services, which includes Freegal streaming music and video, Freading (e-books), Rocket Languages, and Universal Class. Rocket Languages provides streaming or downloadable instruction in speaking, writing, listening, and reading for a variety of languages including Spanish, Hindi and Sign Language. Universal Class offers over 500 non-credit continuing education courses for personal and professional development. These services are free and accessible on desktop/laptop computers to patrons using their library card and PIN; Freegal and Freading are also accessible via a mobile app. Visit our website and look for links to our Virtual Branch to get started!

Support the Library when you shop Amazon online. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the Friends of the Red Bank public Library. Just log on to Smile.Amazon.com, indicate that you would like a portion of the sale to go to The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and then shop to your heart's content.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library meet monthly. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for the Friends next meeting date and more information about this vibrant group and its activities that support the library.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will be on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. These meetings are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room unless otherwise noted. The scheduled dates for the remainder of the year are as follows: July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.

To find additional information on these and other free programs at the Red Bank Public

Library, visit us at the library and on the library’s website www.redbanklibrary.org, call the library at 732-842-0690, and check us out on Facebook. You can also receive timely and helpful news, messages, and alerts

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www.redbanklibrary.org. Regular library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.