RED BANK, NJ - The Red Bank Public Library is proud to announce a new program, Let’s Talk About Race, which will begin on August 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. “Let’s Talk About Race” is a dynamic new series of discussions to be held each month that will explore race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class. The upcoming sessions are designed to encourage an open and honest conversation that is both enlightening and informative. The audience will hear from guest speakers and view compelling mixed-media that support the theme of the group discussions. Gilda Rogers will initiate this program as curator and moderator. The series opensWednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Library with a presentation by Sid Bernstein founder of Citizens for a Free Diverse & Open Society and author of “America: A Country in Search of a New Dream.” Sessions will follow, one each month from September through November. This program is free but registration is required. Visit the Reference Desk or call 732-842-0690 x111 to register.

Project Write Now, a local organization dedicated to helping people of all ages become better writers, has partnered with theRed Bank Public Libraryto continue the Oral History Project which began last summer. Teenage interns trained for several days with the instructors at Project Write Now in order to conduct meaningful interviews with elderly local residents and preserve their memories on paper in a compelling way. The Library is providing a comfortable space for the interactions to take place and will store the interviews with accompanying photographs and artifacts in the Local History Room.  A celebration of this collaboration, now dubbed“The Interview Project”will take place onMonday, August 24in the Library’s Meeting Room from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The writers will introduce their subjects and showcase their finished projects. Refreshments will be served, and the event will be open to anyone interested in meeting these special seniors and learning more about the history of this place we call home.

National Night Outis a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held this year onTuesday, August 4. Once again, the Library’s friendly staff is excited to participate and engage with our community at this fun family event. Visit our table outside Red Bank’s Borough Hall for information about upcoming programs, our new virtual branch and how to register for a library card. We will have face painting, tattoos and goodies for the kids, too! 

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 Adult Summer Reading Program started on June 6 and runs through August 8, 2015, with the theme “Every Hero has a story, and every story has a hero.” Red Bank Library cardholders are encouraged to join. The more books you read, the more chances you have to win one of our prizes. Celebrate the end of the program on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. at a social event with refreshments and prizes galore!

Thenext meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, August 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited to attend on the first Thursday of each month.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is the Workshop’s Artist-in-Residence and consults 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 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. We are happy to announce that with our new expanded hours, starting in July, the group has moved back to the Red Bank Public Library for their meetings. The group will discuss “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson on August 19, 2015. For more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.  

The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series to the Library. The series is dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors. There are featured readers plus and an Open-Mic session.  The group meets the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 am-1:30 p.m. Come to listen—come to share. All are welcome.

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 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.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday starting at 3:00 p.m., excepting August. The next Friends Board meeting will be September 10, 2015. All are invited to attend.

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Children’s Programming

New Program: The Red Bank Library's Children’s Room is offering a new Tween program –Creator’s Lab: Full STEaM Ahead! For curious, creative, imaginative kids, ages 8-12, who like to tinker and experiment. Monthly workshops will be offered, based on themes which integrate STEaM concepts, curriculum and fun! (SCIENCE+TECHNOLOGY+ENGINEERING+arts+MATH= STEaM).  The sessions will be held on Wednesdays August 5, September 2, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. These workshops are free, but registration is required.  Stop by or call the Children’s Room at732-842-0690x115for more information and to register.

New Program: Another fun, new offering for kids ages 8-12 is Creating Comics! Saturday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Children’s Room, kids will work online, both individually and collaboratively, to make their own comics!   This program is free, but due to limited computer availability, registration is required. Register in person or by phone at 732-842-0690x115.

TheAnnual Summer Reading Programis well underway, encouraging early literacy and motivating children to enjoy a summer of reading, learning, and fun! Children registered for the program earn prizes for reading and enjoy an array of activities based on this year’s theme  -- “Every Hero Has a Story.” There is still time to participate! For more information about the Summer Reading Program and how to register, contact the Children’s Room at732-842-0690 x115.

The Children's Summer Reading Program wraps up onFriday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. with a party featuring two special hometown heroes, Red BankPolice Patrolman Balmer and his new K9, Hunter!  Ptl. Balmer will introduce Hunter to the children, tell them about the training they received, and demonstrate some of Hunter’s special skills. There will also be games, crafts and snacks for those who attend, and certificates will be presented to the children who participated in the Summer Reading Program. This event is free for children ages 3-12; however, registration is required. For more information, please visit the Children’s Room or call732-842-0690 x115.

Children ages 3 - 5 can take part in the finalPre-K Sci-Timeof the summer featuring a short video, a snack, and a science-related activity. Wednesday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. This program is free and registration is required.

Super HeroMovie Nightfor children 5 to 12 years old will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday August 27. Come settle down with a fun family movie with a heroic theme 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 Red Bank Public Library is now offering expanded hours!

Monday           10:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.

Tuesday           10:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.

Wednesday      1:00 p.m.  -  9:00 p.m.

Thursday           1:00 p.m.  -  9:00 p.m.

Friday               1:00 p.m.  -  5:00 p.m.

Saturday         10:00 a.m.  -  2:00 p.m.

Check out our calendar atwww.redbanklibrary.orgfor new program offerings!

Upcoming Library Closings: September 5 & 7 - Labor Day weekend.

The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank. To find additional information on these and other free programs at the Red Bank PublicLibrary, 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 alertsfrom the library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website www.redbanknj.org.