red bank library feb2016PHOTO: Red Bank Public Library (credit: Allan Dean)

RED BANK, NJ – On Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. please join us when local resident Jim Whyte, a member of the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch for almost two decades, will present his 2nd Annual “Bagpipes, Kilts and More!” program at the Red Bank Public Library. Jim will bring his instrument, perform some songs and explain the traditions. There will be special refreshments as well. “Bagpipes, Kilts and More! is FREE but registration is required. This is a program that the whole family will enjoy! This program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

Want to learn about quilting? Here’s your chance! Come learn the fundamentals of quilting when the Red Bank Public Library hosts a FREE “Quilting Workshop” provided by Rebecca’s Reel Quilters on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This will be a one-hour information session about tools, fabrics, equipment, and pattern styles related to learning the fundamentals of quilting. No experience is necessary. Attendees will view sample quilts and FREE kits with directions will be provided, During the Quilting Workshop, registration will be open for two additional Wednesday classes.

2-Hour Quilting Classes will be held Wednesdays, March 9 and 23 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the Library’s Meeting Room where you will make a table runner/table topper. *If you have a working sewing machine, bring it along. A limited number of machines will be available for use in the class. So come to improve your skills and/or try something new. Go home with a completed project after learning how to cut, sew and piece together quilt blocks. These programs are FREE, but space is very limited and registration is required. Contact the Reference Desk at 732-842-0690, ext. 111.This program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.


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.

The Let’s Talk About Race discussion series continues on Wednesday, March 30. Join us for this special family program when we turn the conversation to the Latino community and offer a screening of the movie Inocente, “a powerful and moving documentary that delivers a rare glimpse inside the inspirational life of a homeless, undocumented fifteen-year old [Latino] girl, a burgeoning artist, and the extraordinary challenges she must face on a daily basis.” Prior to the screening, from 6:30-7:00 p.m., children are invited to come to the Children’s Room to have their faces painted. Then from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. adults and children ages 12 and up are encouraged to watch the film in the Meeting Room. There will be a Q&A led by Monmouth County Arts Council following the movie.  

Let’s Talk About Race is a continuing series at the Red Bank Public Library which encourages participants to explore issues of 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 themes of the discussions. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative exchanges, and this one promises the same. Registration is required. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690 or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program. This series is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

Thenext meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, March 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited the first Thursday of each month to attend.   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. New participants are always 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, March 16, 2016, at which time they will discuss Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. For details about this month’s book, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.  

The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series to the Library. 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. The next event will take place on March 12 and will feature Storytellers Rosemary Wright & Jean Hal. Look for their upcoming programs on April 9 with Darla Himeles & Yesenia Montilla and May 14 with 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: Thursdays 3-5 p.m., Fridays 3:30 p.m. (one session available). 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.

Yarn Arts is a new group of like-minded crafters who knit and crochet. They meet and work on their own projects on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s downstairs meeting room. Anyone is welcome to join in 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.

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 March 10, 2016. All are invited to attend.

You can support the Friends when you shop Amazon online. Just log on to, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. Just click the button and start shopping.

Currently on display near the Circulation Desk is an array of quilts by Phyllis Garnant. They will be on view through 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. Rebecca’s Reel Quilters will present their 2016 Around the Block Quilt Show on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 at Poricy Park, Middletown, with raffles, vendors and more. Visit for more information.

Children’s Programming

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 now offer – Bilingual Story Time on Saturday.March 12 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!

Artsy Smartsy: Learn all about the great “Masters” of art, and then become one yourself! Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 5 and up. Featured artist: Piet Mondrian – a Dutch painter famous for his vivid, modern works featuring black lines and primary colors. Come and view examples of his work and have fun creating your own amazing masterpiece! Registration is required for this free program.  Contact the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.

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 make-it & take-it craft! No registration is required.

Movie Time for children 5 to 12 years old will be held on Thursday, March 24 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: Friday, March 25, 2016

     Saturday, March, 26, 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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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...