RED BANK, NJ - Learn the “who, what, and how” of meditation. No experience necessary! Starting on July 9, classes will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Please join us for a half hour of meditation in the downstairs meeting room or outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Take a break from the week and join instructor DonnaLyn Giegerich for this meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike. For free articles that support a meditation inspired life, go to www.donnalyn.org. For more program information, call 732-842-0690 or visit our webpage. Join us to demystify meditation basics!
Thenext meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, July 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, as well as individually. He offers 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.
Our next “Author Talk” takes place at the Library on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m when “award winning journalist, writer/producer, educator and, community activist Gilda Rogers discusses "Supernatural:The Play.” Author of two previous books, Arrested Development: The State of Black Achievement and Education in Hip Hop America and FEARLESS: A Bold Approach to Reinventing Your Life., Gilda added playwright to her resume when she was one of three playwrights who worked on Supernatural: The Play. When the play originally debuted at the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick it received a standing ovation. It is coming back to New York in early November after a long stint in L.A. “Supernatural: The Play” is told through the eyes of women of color. The message of the play is being your authentic self. In the words of one journalist, "The journeys are very universal and they touch home with women of all textures and ethnic backgrounds." Please join us by registering for this “Author Talk”.
The Red Bank Public Library is hosting the Mobile County Connection on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In partnership with the Red Bank Human Relations Advisory Committee and Councilman Michael Whelan, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Monmouth County Clerk’s office and the Surrogate’s Office, the Library will bring these key county services to your doorstep. Have you been meaning to get your passport? Did you miss voting in the primary? Come to the Library and meet your elected officials and also take care of some important business! Additional information is available at the Library in English and Spanish. But don’t wait! Some pieces of key information may take some time to obtain. Start now – and come prepared to get down to business!
The “LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE” discussion series takes a break in July but returns in August with a riveting program in which the Reverend Gilbert Caldwell will be at the Library. Rev. Caldwell, who earned his Master of Divinity from STH in 1958, is a retired member of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, co-founder of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and co-founder of United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church. Described as a “foot soldier” in the civil rights movement, Rev. Caldwell marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has also advocated for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Methodist Church.
The Red Bank Public Library invites you to participate in this necessary conversation that explores race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class. Mixed media presentations and guest speakers support the theme of the discussion. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative discussions, and this one promises the same. Registration is requested. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690, ext. 111 or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program.
Conversational English Summer Classes continue in July. The classes run through August 11 and meet weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. New participants are always welcome. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at www.lvmonmouthnj.org for more details. You can also find information about volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.
Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library at the following times: Thursdays 3-6 p.m., Fridays 2-5 p.m. (three sessions available on each day). Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please visit the Reference Desk or call 732-842-0690 x111 for further information and to register.
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. at the Red Bank Public Library. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 20, at which time they will discuss A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. For details about this month’s book, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.
Please join us in celebrating the joy of words. The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series to the Library. The adult poetry reading series is dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors.The next program, now an annual summer River-Read tradition, will take place on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite poem or two to share at our July casual roundtable when our theme will be “Poems by Others”, an open reading and discussion. Your co-hosts, Linda Johnston Muhlhausen & Gregg G. Brown welcome everyone to come, listen to featured readers and participate in the Open-Mic sessions. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come to listen—come to share. Open to all.
*NEW TIME/NEW TEACHER: The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults with NEW yoga instructor Jeanette Sealy on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 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.
Yarn Arts is a new group of like-minded crafters who knit and crochet. They meet to work on their own projects on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s downstairs meeting room. Anyone is welcome to join, whether experienced or novice. This program is free and no registration is required. Contact the library for more information at 732-842-0690 x 111.
Looking to pick up some great books at a great price? Save the date for the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month when our Book Sale Room holds a $5.00 Bag Sale. We provide the bags – you fill them with books, CD’s, and DVD’s! Or purchase a Friends of the Red Bank Public Library canvas tote bag for $10 and fill it for free. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for more information.
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. Borough residents age 60 and over may join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs.
Volunteer at the Library! RBPL’s Volunteer Program includes a wide array of volunteer opportunities that truly meet the needs of our public library and its surrounding communities. With our increased amount of programs and many children’s events during the summer, we need more volunteers than ever! From putting away materials, to helping with copying our flyers, to joining the Friends group, we offer many opportunities for volunteers. If you are a student looking for community service or a new retiree, we encourage anyone who might be interested to get involved with the Library.
In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to work as computer tutors, working one-on-one with our students for an hour lesson. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application which can be found on our website or stop by the Library. Adult volunteers working with children may be fingerprinted. To find out how you can get involved and help your Library, contact Linda Hewitt, our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com, call 732-842-0690, ext. 112 or stop by the Library to speak with her.
The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday starting at 3:00 p.m. The next Friends meeting will be July 14. Everyone is welcome.
The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library will hold their Annual Sidewalk Book Sale at 84 West Front Street in front of the Library. Children’s books, Adult Books, Fiction and Non Fiction, paperback and hardcover, DVDs and CDs – all these will be available at the Sidewalk Sale Friday, July 29and Saturday, July 30. Don’t miss this chance to stock up on great books for a low, low price! Also available – Friends of the Library Book Bags $10 and packets of notecards of iconic Red Bank buildings 6 for $10 (notecards are ink drawings made by artist Terry McCue).
New Summer Artwork on Display:The next time you visit the Library, be sure to take some time to view the artwork of Peggy Thomas which will be displayed through August. As you enter the building, Peggy Thomas’s exhibit can be viewed on the wall behind the circulation desk.
After a long and satisfying career in public service, Peggy retired and needed a more creative outlet for herself. She relocated from North Jersey to Monmouth County because of its beauty – its ocean, rivers and the outdoor life it offered. She was always interested in design, colors, trends and architecture but never pursued them. After settling in Monmouth County Peggy took a course in drawing which lead to painting and teacher Katie Stone.
As Peggy states, “I was so surprised when I discovered I had a talent for it. When I found painting, I found my joy. I try to give my paintings an emotional feel – a sense of time and place. I am mesmerized with the ever changing quality of the sky and water, with the colors of nature and the impact it has on us. My painting is evolving and I don’t know how it will change and grow in the coming years, but I know I have found my way of creating magic.”
In addition to Peggy Thomas’s artwork, be sure to check out our many displays throughout the Library.
Red Bank teens, 6th grade and older, are encouraged to participate in Get in the Game: READ!, the Red Bank Public Library’s teen summer reading program. From June 18 to August 20, teens are invited to complete boxes (books/activities) on a bingo board for prizes, as well as take part in special events offered throughout the summer. Summer reading books for school will count towards rewards, and we even included service activities like “Help in the Children’s Room” and “Read to a child” that will count, too. Special events this summer will include book-themed programs, Fiction Writing, Chess, a Gaming Event, Poetry Slam, and Make & Take crafts and food! Register online at http//tinyurl.com/rbplteensummer or in person at the Library. The Summer Reading Program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.
Every Wednesday is Teen Wednesday at the Library this summer! Meet up with friends on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. for something fun and different to do. So if Anime is your passion, join the Anime Club and hang out with other fans on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Watch anime, paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! Other Teen Wednesday events will includeChess, MineCRAFTS, Snack Attack, and several Make & Take projects. Snacks will be served at all events! Visit the teen page on our website for more information.
Teen Fiction Writing with Red Bank resident and talented creative writing student Lola Todman will take place every Wednesday in July from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. outside on the Library’s back lawn.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! READ, MOVE, LEARN, CREATE & PLAY when you register for our 2016 Summer Reading Program. Children ages 3-12 will be encouraged to become “record breaking readers” through incentives and prizes. And special children’s programs and activities will take place all summer long! Register any time you visit the Library this summer. The Summer Reading Program is supported by generous contributions from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and your local McDonalds. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.
Ready, Set, Tell! - a program of interactive storytelling for children ages 7-9. Children will draw, fold and cut to tell stories! They will perform Reader’s Theater and stretch their imaginations by learning a new story each week. Every Wednesday evening through August 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Registration is recommended. Contact the Children’s Room 732-842-0690 x115 for more information.
Ready, Set, Create! - for ages 4-7. Friday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. Join the fun and get creative outside with rock painting, chalk painting and sunlight prints. The session will begin with a related story and a snack. Come back in August for Ready, Set, Go…to the Olympics! Registration is suggested. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.
The Children’s Room offers free drop-in Story Times for young children with a caregiver every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Join us for fun stories, musical activities, and a related craft. Call the Children’s Room for more information at 732-842-0690 x115.
Hang out with friends at Movie Time when we watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time every 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library meeting room.
Saturday is Game Day in the Children’s Room. Drop in every Saturday any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for board games, coloring sheets, and a special make ‘n take craft!
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: July 2: CLOSED
Monday: July 4: Holiday CLOSED
We will Reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 10 am.
Check out our calendar atwww.redbanklibrary.orgfor more program offerings!
The Red Bank Public Library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank. For additional information about these and other free programs please stop by in person, visit our website at www.redbanklibrary.org, call us at 732-842-0690, or check out our Facebook page. You can also receive timely and helpful news, messages, and alerts from the Library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website www.redbanknj.org.