RED BANK, NJ –  The following programs will be held at Red Bank Library during the month of February:

Author, artist, journalist and teacher Tova Navarra will discuss her newest book, New Jersey Artists Through Time at the Red Bank Public Library on Wednesday, February 10, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This program will begin the Library’s 2016 “Author Talks” book series.

This ground-breaking volume features many of the New Jersey’s painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, and cartoonists, and celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, 2014. Although many artists are now gone, their legacies are vibrant; the ones who are still working and exhibiting are creating important legacies for the future in this comprehensive overview of artwork. How exciting that many of these artists are known nationally and internationally!

Some of the local artists included in Ms. Navarra’s book are Judy Martin, of Red Bank; Grace Graupe-Pillard, well known for her Red Bank studio where she worked and taught for years; George Tice, of Middletown; and Ms. Navarra, herself. You will get to know them, discover more about them, and be delighted that New Jersey’s art world stands tall and most proudly between New York and Philadelphia.

A Red Bank resident, Ms. Navarra is a member of the Monmouth County Arts Council and the Guild of Creative Art. Her work includes collage, construction, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. She is also a former art critic of the Asbury Park Press, and a nationally syndicated columnist of Copley News Service, San Diego, and CA. Ms. Navarra is the author of 30 books on various topics, including a book of her photographs, The New Jersey Shore: A Vanishing Splendor, published in 1985.


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*Ms. Navarra will have copies of New Jersey Artists Through Time available for purchase and signing. This program is FREE and no registration is required.

The LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE discussion series continues in 2016 with the first session to be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.  As we celebrate Black History Month, The Red Bank Public Library invites you to participate in this important 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 will 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. We are pleased to have Red Bank Chief of Police, Darren McConnell join us for the program. Registration is required. This program is FREE. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690 or visit the Reference Desk to register.

Thenext meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, February 4 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.

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 class meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The new session of ESL classes began on January 14, but new additions are welcome. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at for more details. You can also find information about volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.

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, February 17, 2016, at which time they will discuss Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood. New participants are always welcome. For more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.  

The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series. The series is dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors. All are welcome to come and 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.-1:30 p.m. Come to listen—come to share.

Upcoming programs:        

  • February 13: John Smith & Evelyn Hampton
  • March 12: Storytellers Rosemary Wright & Jean Hall
  • April 9: Darla Himeles & Yesenia Montilla
  • May 14: Tony Leuzzi & Steven Huff

FREE one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library at the following times: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m., Thursdays 4-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 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.

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.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday at 3:00 p.m. The next Friends meeting will be February 11, 2016. All are invited to attend.

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Currently on display near the Circulation Desk is an array of quilts by Phyllis Garnant of Longarm Quilting Services. They will be on view into the month of March when the members of Rebecca’s Reel Quilters will offer three sessions on the Fundamentals of Quilting including a one hour information session followed by two quilting classes. Please contact the Library for more information.

A special thank you to everyone who contributed to the Library’s Winter Coat Drive that benefited St. Anthony’s Church.

Children’s Programming

SPECIAL PROGRAM: Roses are red. Violets are blue. Come to our Valentine’s Party for you! With stories and crafts and fun things to do, we hope to see you and all your friends, too! Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For children ages 3 and up. 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 fun stories, musical activities, and a craft. Call the Children’s Room for more information at 732-842-0690 x115.

We are pleased to offer a new program – Bilingual Story Time on Saturday.February 6 at 11:00 a.m. for young children and their caregivers. Come for stories and songs in Spanish and English and a related craft, too!

If it’s Saturday, it’s 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 craft! No registration is required.

Movie Time for children 5 to 12 years old will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. Come settle down for a fun family movie and enjoy a snack. This program is FREE and registration is required.


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.


CLOSED: President’s Day: Monday, February 15, 2016.


Check out our calendar at for 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, 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


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