RED BANK, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to an Ice Cream Social to kick off the summer on Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.   Build your own sundae, play games, and sign up for the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading Club.  Children 3 to 12 years old can join the Summer Reading Club at the library and win prizes for every ten books read and enjoy “Dig into Reading” fun activities throughout the summer.  The Ice Cream Social is free and no registration is required.

Timber, a certified therapy dog, visits the library twice a month to sit with and listen to hesitant readers and dog lovers too. Children age 5 and over can register for a free 15 minute Timber Time session on the first and third Wednesday of each month between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Timber is a beautiful, patient, loving, and gentle listener.  Come meet him!

Children ages 5 and older are invited to a Wii Just Dance Party on Monday, June 17, 2013, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Laugh, play, have fun, and enjoy board games, crafts, and some snacks too.

To register for any of these free children’s programs, visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

The Children’s Room also offers free drop-in Storytime for young children with a caregiver on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Join us for some quick stories, musical activities, and a craft.  Spanish Storytime for young children with a caregiver is offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required for storytimes.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400.

Red Bank Public Library Teen Summer Reading begins Saturday, June 15, 2013. Teens and pre-teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to sign up to read books and win great prizes.  For more information, contact Stephanie at [email protected] and visit us on Facebook. 

The Young Adult Anime Club for teens and pre-teens in grades 6 through 12 meets the first Saturday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   On June 1, 2013, meet other people who like anime, watch some episodes together, and join in on the fun.  The Young Adult Book Club for teens and young adults in grades 6 through 12 meets the first Monday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The group will discuss Looking for Alaska by John Green on Monday, June 3, 2013.  For more information on these free Young Adult programs and to register for programs, please visit the Adult Circulation Desk, the new Teen area, contact staff member Stephanie Chadwick at [email protected], and check us out on Facebook. 

Bring all the questions you always wanted to ask about Red Bank History to the Red Bank Public Library on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. when you can join in a Conversation with Glenn Vogel, the collector of “All Things Red Bank.”  One of Glenn’s unusual hobbies is digging for historic treasures, and on display at the library during the month of June are items Glenn has collected that were once considered trash.  Then come back throughout 2013 as many items from Glenn’s collections of photographs,  postcards, bottles, jugs, jars, and all manner of ephemera and memorabilia related to the history of Red Bank will be on display in the library’s history exhibit room.   Every month something new and different will be featured to challenge the recollections of even the most knowledgeable Red Banker.   This free program is open to adults and interested children.   Registration is not required.

The Red Bank Public Library in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is providing Conversational English classes this summer for adults 18 and over from June 13 through August 15, 2013, 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. These conversational English classes are suitable for both beginning and intermediate speakers of English and help participants speak English with greater ease at work, home, and in the community.  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 and will resume at the library in September.  Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at for information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes coming up at the Red Bank Public Library and available at other sites in Monmouth County.

Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, June 6, 2013, 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 our 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.

On Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. librarian Erik Stevenson will demonstrate how to browse, check out, and download free audiobooks and free eBooks to a computer, eReader, or MP3 player using the library’s eLibraryNJ service.  Erik will explain technical procedures clearly to the beginner and clarify issues for the experienced electronic media user.  Please call or visit the Adult Reference Desk to sign up.

Friends Scrabble will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.   This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  Registration is not required.

The River Read Poetry Reading Series will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Poets Chris Bogart, Gregg Glory, and Deborah LaVeglia will be the featured readers.  An open mic will follow. The public is invited to this free program and no registration is required.

Colleen Smith, MA, MSW, LSW, of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, leads regularly scheduled Caregiver’s Support Groups at the Red Bank Public Library. The meeting date in June will be Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  These free programs are available to anyone who is a caregiver for a person over the age of 60.  Caregivers are invited to come and relax while finding resources and information with a supportive group of peers. For more information contact Colleen Smith at the Monmouth County Office on Aging at 732-308-3770 x8780. Registration is not required.

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Members will discuss The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. For more information and to register, contact Patrice Baldino at the library at 732-842-0690.  

Anyone interested in the art of collage is invited to the free monthly Collage Klatch at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The group’s leader is the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott.  You can pick up a materials list at the library and check our Facebook page for updates.

The Red Bank Public Library offers the free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Allison Sorokin teaches the class, which is appropriate to 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.

Free one-on-one Resume Help is offered at the Red Bank Public Library on selected Saturdays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Our librarian volunteer provides assistance writing a new resume or updating an old one and explains the free online career resources provided by the New Jersey State Library.  Bring your work history and your library card for access to the online resources available to you.  Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.

Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library.  Learn computer basics or get help with more advanced topics from our knowledgeable

and patient volunteers. Individual help with Kindles and Nooks is now available as well.  Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program.

The Red Bank Public Library New Jersey History Room is open every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.  Researchers, genealogists, local historians, and students are invited to browse the collection and enjoy historic displays about the area’s people, places, and events.  Please call the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott, for more information at 732-842-0690 x119.

The Friends of the Library meet monthly at the Red Bank Public Library.  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 Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will meet on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. 

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.

For adults 18 and over interested in photography and writing, the Red Bank Photography Club and the Red Bank Writers Group meet at the Red Bank Public Library on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  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 meets at the library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  Each group welcomes new members interested in developing their skills in these creative fields. 

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, call the library at 732-842-0690, and check us out on Facebook.  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  Regular library hours through Friday, June 14, 2013, are Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Children’s Room open Monday10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  From Saturday, June 15, 2013, through September 7, 2013, the library will be open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank. 

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