rb library march exterior 340x255RED BANK, NJ – The Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library are happy to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McDermott to the position of Director of the Red Bank Public Library.   Elizabeth had been Acting Director since April 15, 2014 when the former Library Director Virginia Papandrea retired.

With the help of a new Board of Trustees, the Borough and Council, and a core group of very dedicated employees, Elizabeth helped steer the library through a difficult period in 2014. The CFO and Borough Administrator worked with the Board and library personnel to develop a lean budget that ensured the successful completion of the year with a solvent library.

2015 is a new year, a new beginning.  As the Director, Elizabeth will work with the Board to develop a Strategic Plan for the future.  The 2015 Budget is being developed to enable a slow but steady growth.  Great staff, great volunteers and generous supporters make this a reality.

Elizabeth is originally from Tinton Falls but left New Jersey in the early 1980’s for a career in computer software consulting – first to New York City and then across the world.   In 2007, Elizabeth switched career tracks and obtained her Masters in Library Science from Rutgers in 2007.  Her love of history and genealogy brought her to Red Bank Public Library in 2008 where she helped to reinvigorate the New Jersey History Room.  Elizabeth had worked in both Circulation and Reference before becoming the Acting Director.  She also worked at the Brielle Public Library, the Long Branch Free Public Library, the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library and Brookdale Community College Bankier Library.

Currently Elizabeth lives in Middletown but feels very much a part of the Red Bank community.  She is particularly interested in the history of Red Bank and plans to continue to strengthen the library’s history collection while building the library’s online collections and improving technological offerings as well as the overall collection of books and DVDs.


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Past, present and future – the Red Bank Public Library is the most remarkable place in town.


In April, the Red Bank Public Library will celebrate National Library Week and its theme “Unlimited possibilities @ your Library”with special programs, events and activities!  For starters, we will offer Fine Forgiveness Week from 4/13-4/18!   We won’t refuse anybody if they have fines – even if their fines come from the week before. On Saturday, April 11 the Children’s Room will host a Leader Reader event sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  Our special guest will be Red Bank businessman, youth advocate and legendary local – Mr. David Prown.  Also during the week, there will be raffles galore and giveaways, too! Everyone who checks out materials will be entered into a raffle in either the Circulation Department or the Children’s Room.  Finally, all are invited to stop in on Saturday, April 18 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when the Library will host an Open House to formally introduce and congratulate our new Director, Ms. Elizabeth McDermott, MLS.  While here, enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  Staff members will be on hand for behind-the-scenes tours of the Library including our Local History Room as well as website instruction and demonstrations of our new virtual branch. On that date in the Children’s Room, winners will be announced for the Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and the Woman’s Club of Red Bank.  Come celebrate with us and discover the unlimited possibilities that the Red Bank Public Library has to offer!

During the month of April, Children are invited to enjoy regular and special programming in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library.

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 fun stories, musical activities, and a craft. 

LEADER READERS SERIES– Interesting and influential community members participate in these special story time programs for kids ages 5 & up, sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  On Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. meet our Leader Reader – Mr. David Prown, Red Bank businessman, youth advocate and legendary local.  He will read a story book related to his work and community involvement. Snacks and a fun, related craft will follow!  This program is free. Call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x 115 to register.  

Come settle down for a family movie and a snack at Movie Time! at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. For children ages 5 to 12 years old. To register for this free program, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, April 2, 2014, 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 for meetings on the first Thursday of each month.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm, our Artist-in-Residence, 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 Red Bank Public Library’s monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to discuss The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. Please contact the library for a copy of the book and for information on the current off-site location.

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 through June. The new spring session will begin Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Register for this free, 9 week class during the first two sessions only at the Red Bank Public Library.  Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on ESL classes, 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.  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 meets 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 fields.

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 patron 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. Online language instruction is here, too! These new resources come to us via the Library Ideas suite of services, which includes Freegal streaming music and video, Freading (e-books) and Rocket Languages. Rocket Languages provides streaming or downloadable instruction in speaking, writing, listening, and reading for a variety of languages including Spanish, Hindi and Sign Language. All services are free and accessible on desktop/laptop computers to patrons using 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!

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are happy to announce a brand new funding opportunity for our beloved library through Amazon, the retail giant. It’s incredibly easy for everyone to participate. Just log on to Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon’s philanthropic website, 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! It is essentially the same shopping experience usually available on Amazon.com,  but  so much more! It will be certain to put a big Smile.Amazon on all of our faces!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, April 16 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:  May 21, June 18, 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

from the library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website www.redbanklibrary.org.  THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED THE FOLLOWING DAYS IN APRIL:  Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 for Easter weekend and Tuesday, April 21 for staff training. 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.

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