RED BANK, NJ - The following programs are offered at the The Red Bank Public Library, 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.
Food Donations: We are again collecting food donations for our local food pantries. Together we can give our neighbors the hope and stability they need.
Food for Fines: For every dollar that you owe in fines, bring in a food item to be donated to St. Anthony’s food pantry. Only canned and dry goods will be accepted. $1.00 for each item will be credited to your account. For example, if you owe $5.00, then five canned goods will clear your account. All fines will be waived including those on your current account for overdue materials previously returned and not paid. No lost/missing/damaged items are eligible for amnesty.
Donations: Thank you to everyone who has contributed items for our collection for the Journal Publications. Your donations of needed items for “180 Turning Lives Around” can make the holidays brighter for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Displays: We welcome our new artists who are displaying this fall. When you enter the Library, please be sure to check out the original artwork behind the Circulation desk. Painted by local artist and Library patron, Katie Bridge Altieri, the display continues through the end of December.
Also, it’s your last chance to view our array of display cases that focus on Native American Indians. We give a special thanks to Native American Activist, Clare Garland, for sharing her fabulous collection with us through December 3.
The Red Bank Regional Strings Ensemble Performance: The Library will host RBR Visual and Performing Arts strings teacher Jeffrey Boga and his string quartet ensemble. Please join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. for this special performance. This program is free and registration is not required. Please contact the Library for more information at 732-842-0690 x110.
The Red Bank Public Library monthly program, Let’s Talk About Race will take a break in December but will resume in January. This series 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 discussions. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative discussions, and we invite you to join us in January. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690, ext. 111 or visit the Reference Desk for more information about this free program.
The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, December 1 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.
English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are conducted by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library from September 8 through Dec. 8. Classes are on Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Classes will resume in January. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at www.lvmonmouthnj.org for more details about the ESL classes, in addition to volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.
Computer Tutors: Are you an Email hoarder looking to de-clutter your Inbox? Need to organize oodles of family photos? Looking for help with an online job search? Now you can stop by for Drop-In Tech Support on Wednesday afternoons between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. with specific questions or help with your phone, tablet or laptop. One-On-One Computer Tutoring Sessions can be scheduled on Wednesday and Friday afternoons by appointment only. Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please visit the Reference Desk or call 732-842-0690 ext. 111 to make an appointment.
ROSETTA STONE® Library Solution is available to all patrons! "The Red Bank Public Library now offers Rosetta Stone, the premier language learning software used worldwide. It's free and you can get started immediately! Lessons include focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more, and 30 languages are offered! Visit the Research Databases page on our website, select "Rosetta Stone" and create an account. Then choose a language and you're on your way!
Indulge your love of reading and share interesting conversation at the Readin’ on the River Book Club. The Red Bank Public Library hosts an adult book discussion group on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 21, and the book selection is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. It is available now at the Circulation Desk. For more information, 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 will take place on on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters will be the featured guests. Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Immigrant Model (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), translator of Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015), and editor of a collection of critical essays on poet Gerald Stern (Trinity University Press, forthcoming 2016). She is assistant professor of English at Monmouth University and also teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Michael Waters’ eleven books of poetry include Celestial Joyride (2016), Gospel Night (2011), Darling Vulgarity (2006—finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), & Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001—finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize) from BOA Editions. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review & Rolling Stone. In 2004 he chaired the Poetry panel for the National Book Award. The recipient of five Pushcart Prizes & fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, & the NJ State Council on the Arts, Waters teaches at Monmouth University & in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults with 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 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. On the first Thursday the group meets in the evening from 7:00 to 8 p.m. On the third Thursday they meet 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.; however, it does not meet 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. The next meeting will be held on December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Come to Chess Club on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.! Drop in and play chess with coaching and instruction available by members of the Red Bank Regional Chess Club. All ages and skill levels are welcome!
On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month join our Anime Club at 4:30 p.m. If anime is your passion, meet up with other fans to watch a program and have a snack. Paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! For ages 10 and up. Registration is suggested.
ARTSY SMARTSY: Learn all about the great “Masters” of art, and then become one yourself! Join us on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. and learn about artist Gustav Klimt. He added beauty to his pieces by applying real gold to them! We will make our own golden paintings that will sparkle and shine! For children ages 5 and up. Registration is required for this free program. Contact the Children's Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.
HOLIDAY PARTY: Children ages 3-12 years are invited to come celebrate the holidays on Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. There will be crafts, games and goodies galore! This program is free. Registration is suggested. Contact the Children's Room at 732-842-0690 x115 or check our website www.redbanklibrary.org for more information.
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. NOTE: No Story Time the week of 12/25-1/1/17
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.
DECEMBER SPECIAL HOURS AND CLOSINGS:
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Day – CLOSED
Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Day - CLOSED
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.