RED BANK, NJ – In April, the Red Bank Public Library will celebrate National Library Week and its theme “Libraries Transform” with special programs, events and activities! For starters, we will offer Fine-Forgiveness Week from 4/11-4/16! We won’t refuse anybody if they have fines – even if their fines are old. We do ask that, if possible, you donate to our food drive that benefits the pantry at St. Anthony’s Church. 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. Come celebrate with us and discover how the Red Bank Public Library helps transform our community.
The Let’s Talk About Race series continues on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.. Please join us for this dynamic series of discussions held each month that explore race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class. Moderated by local resident Patricia Whyte, 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 requested. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690, ext 111 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.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we welcome New Jersey Poet, Daniel Weeks to our “Author Talk” series on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm. Daniel Weeks is an accomplished writer who has published seven collections of poetry—X Poems (Blast Press, 1990), Ancestral Songs (Libra Publishers, Inc., 1992), Indignities (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999), Small Beer (Blast Press, 2007), Characters (Blast Press, 2008), Virginia (Blast Press, 2009), and Self-Symphonies (Blast Press, 2014). Inspired by classical music, the author will discuss Self-Symphonies, in which he explores a life lived on the Jersey Shore. Also to be discussed is A Prosaic Light: Essays Revisions and Reviews, 1987-2015. This collection takes on many issues from social and political commentary to literary reviews, including those of NJ writers Robert Pinsky and Amiri Baraka.
The Author Talk Series, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, presents a different local or area author. Registration is preferred but not required. All are invited to this free program.
Artwork on Display: In April we receive photographer and artist Lynne Kennedy (pictured)to the Library. In recent years, her photographic work has concentrated on exploring the use of digital applications to manipulate photos taken with DSLR cameras. The application of multiple layers, alterations, and adjustments results in images that resemble fine art paintings. Lynne’s influences range from iconic film masters to groundbreaking digital photo pioneers. Her work has been featured in travel publications for Maine and New York City. Her awards include First Place, American Mensa Photo Cup, 2014. Recent shows of her work have been held at locations throughout Monmouth County, including the Oyster Point Hotel, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and the Atrium at Navesink Point. Check out her fine art photography when you walk through the door! Her photos will be on display through the spring.
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Help us celebrate Earth Day throughout the month and be sure to check out the amazing displays of environmentalist, Lisa Bagwell. Lisa lives in Red Bank “building with her trash in the bleak hope that she can express through sculpture the cumulative guilt she shoulders on behalf of the human race for having so inelegantly damaged the earth’s complex ecosystems.”
Thenext meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, April 7 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 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 www.lvmonmouthnj.org 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 on site an adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at which time they will discuss America’s Girl by Tim Dahlberg. 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 April 9 with Darla Himeles & Yesenia Montilla, with the following program scheduled for May 14 featuring 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 to 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 April 14, 2016. All are invited to attend.
Please look for information at the Red Bank Public Library for our upcoming Annual Friends of the Library Townwide Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, May 7.
You can support the Friends when you shop Amazon online. Just log on to Smile.Amazon.com, 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.
We are excited to announce that we have launched our new Enterprise catalog system, and have been receiving positive feedback from users here at the Library! Enterprise incorporates some great new features into our online catalog, including a streamlined search bar and easier access to your LMxAC account library. Look for Enterprise on our redesigned web site – coming soon!
Poetry Workshops for middle and high school students! Celebrate National Poetry Month with free workshops led by National Student Poet Eileen Huang. Eileen attends High Tech High and is one of 5 students in America to receive the nation’s highest honor for youth poets in 2015. She recently presented her work in a private reading ceremony at the White House hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama. Her workshops at the Red Bank Public Library will include spoken word, written poetry and more. Four sessions will be offered on Wednesdays — April 6, 13, 20 and May 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Library’s historic Eisner Room. Come to one or come to all! Register at the Reference Desk, on the library’s Facebook page or just by showing up!
Check out our new Anime Club! If Anime is your passion, this club is for you! Meet with other anime fans on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to watch anime. Have a snack, paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! Our first meeting will be Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. For ages 10 and up. Registration is not required.
Free SAT & ACT Practice Tests: This is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the new format of the SAT and see how they score. The ACT exam will be offered as well. Be sure to bring a scientific calculator and a pencil. Reserve your spot for Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through the link on our website www.redbanklibrary.org or by calling the Reference Desk at 732-842-0690 x111.
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. Call the Children’s Room for more information at 732-842-0690 x115.
Bilingual Story Time is back on Saturday,April 9 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!
Meet up with friends for our free Gymboree Library Play Date on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Gymboree Play & Music of Red Bank will lead you and your little one(s) in a session of play and learning through fun, age-appropriate games and activities. For children ages 0-5 yrs accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Space is limited, and registration is required. Contact the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up today.
In honor of National Library Week, join us on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. as we announce and celebrate the winners of our Annual Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library! We will unveil and distribute the professional bookmarks made from the winning designs of four local students. The theme of Library Week is “Libraries transform,” and the theme of the party will be “Bookmarks and Butterflies” with crafts, games and special treats. The event is open to children of all ages and their families.
Learn all about the great “Masters” of art, and then become one yourself at Artsy Smartsy on Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. Our featured artist will be Georges Seurat – most known for his unusual technique of pointillism or painting with dots! Come learn about it and view examples of his work. Then have fun creating your own amazing masterpiece! For children ages 5 and up. Registration is encouraged 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, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. Come settle down for a fun family movie and enjoy a snack. This program is free and registration is encouraged.
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.
Check out our calendar at www.redbanklibrary.org 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 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.